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Flash is a device which provides additional light to a scene. It can be used to help fill in a dark area of a photo, to provide light if there isn't sufficient light to begin with, or it can help to improve the composition of a particular photo, by creating your own source of light.

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How can I fix a faulty flash on a Minolta Dimage 7i?

I have a Minolta Dimage 7i that used to work fine. Now when I pop up the flash it doesn't work and after I press the shutter to take a pic no picture is captured. After many attempts then the machine ...
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What causes the shadow at the bottom of this photograph?

I just got a new (to me) Nikon D70s to see if the DSLR world is right for me. My dad took this picture of me: In the middle of the bottom there's a rather large semicircle of shadow. Is this caused ...
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Why won't my Yongnuo YN468-II fire on a Canon Rebel 2000 (when it works on other cameras)?

So I have a Yongnuo YN468-II that will not fire on a Canon Rebel 2000 (film camera). What is strange is it will fire on a Canon Rebel T1i, and on a Canon AE-1 (another film camera). It seems to ...
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Blurry without zoom, sharp with zoom

I have Nikon Coolpix S5100. I've noticed that my photos are blurry when I'm NOT using zoom, while they are pretty sharp WITH zoom. It doesn't matter whether I shoot from the hand or from the solid ...
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Why isn't infrared AF assist beam the default when available (instead of irritating strobing)?

I have an entry level Canon camera with a built-in flash. When I try to photograph people at night the camera fires some pre-flashes to help with focus. While I do understand its necessity, some of ...
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What is the best way to trigger a Canon 550EX speedlite in a studio?

I want to try my hand at off-camera flash for some indoor portraits. How should I trigger the speedlite (Canon 550EX)? Should I go for wired or wireless? What's the difference between a TTL cable and ...
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Why does this happen: objects which are surrounded by brighter objects appear darker?

Objects surrounded by a brighter area appear darker, and if the brightness of the area increases further, then the objects appear even darker? An ex: Sun spots appear black. I observed the following ...
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Why do I get inconsistent results with Canon ETTL flash?

When using any flash I have ever bought on whatever camera I ever had I get inconsistent results. So I am assuming it is my lack of knowledge. I am now using the canon 6d and a 600ex-rt flash on ...
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What is wrong with my camera?

before I got my light leak in my XA2 fixed, this is the result of flash at night: then fixed in photoshop This was self developed, pushed to 800. After I got my light leak fixed, I shot some ...
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How does YN 560IV flash work? [duplicate]

I am using a Nikon D3300 with a Yongnuo flash YN 560IV, but it seems I can't really understand how the flash is working - as it is my first flash. So I would like to know what are the basics I need to ...
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What is the best external flash for Nikon beginner?

I have read a lot about the SB-800/SB-900 but I am on a low budget (around ~120$). Is there an external flash that I can have to start learning to use it? I do not need TTL compatibility so it can be ...
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Broke the wide panel of Godox TT520 flash. Can it be repaired?

I broke my Godox TT520 flash speedlite - I pulled the wide panel it fell in my hand. Can it be repaired or can a new wide panel be attached to it?
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How bright should a flash be?

Is it common/wise to invest in multiple flashers for different situations or can you use one given it has enough intensity? Another way to read this is: can a flash be too bright?
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Using flash with Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority gives me a white image - why?

When using the built in flash with Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority selected, I am getting a completely overexposed (white) image. Now my understanding of AP and SP modes is that the camera ...
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How do I create silhouettes in a studio environment?

The trick to creating silhouettes in the field, as far as I know, is to use spot-metering and to expose for the background. However, this is a bit more difficult in a studio environment. What is the ...
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Firing Nissin Di866 MKII with Cactus TX/RX

Hope someone can help with this. I recently purchased some Cactus v5 Transceiver/Receiver set, having being told they would fire with many different types of flash units and camera's (including the ...
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How do I light a photo booth with a single flash and an umbrella?

I run a photobooth for a friend at a party for a side job and last night we came across a predicament. We only were able to use one flash on a tripod, instead of the usual two, along with the camera ...
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How can I make the 580EX II “probe flash” on a 7D MkII?

I've bought the 580 EX flash used, it's my first external flash. And I'm playing around with it to get some experience. One of the problems I've noticed in very dark environments is that the autofocus ...
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How to use fixed power flash (strobes) units?

I obtained a second hand JTL Versalight J160 for a bargain price. It is supposed to be an 160 watt output unit. The problem is that the power regulator knob is not working in my unit and I'm stuck in ...
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How to remove external flash stuck on camera body?

Yesterday, after shooting I had to take the lens and flash off the camera body, but my flash 550EX got stuck and I can't get it off the body (EOS 5D). How to take it off? I turned the ring to loosen ...
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What are the color temperatures of the iPhone 6's flash?

The iPhone 6 has a dual-LED flash. What are the color temperatures of the two LEDs? Are there any commonly occurring light sources or scenes that are outside this range? For example, a sodium vapor ...
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How do I set up a Yongnuo RF-603 II with a Yongnuo YN-560 III flash?

I'm brand new into the world of photography. I'm a realtor and want to be able to take my own high end photography, but nothing too crazy. I've bought some cheap(er) equipment to help get my foot in ...
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How can I use flash more effectively in club photography?

I took some shots at a club/bar of DJ's for the first time. I tried a lot of different techniques, and I can't figure out how to better my flash shots. These were some of my worst shots, because I ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of the Canon 600EX-RT compared to the 430EX and 580EX?

I'm considering buying a flash for my Canon DSLR. I noticed the 600EX recently came out. What are the pros and cons of the new 600 flash versus the other two mentioned in the title?
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Metz 48 AF1 incorrect exposure on Pentax K3ii

My Dad recently upgraded his Pentax K5 to a K3ii. He has a Metz 48 AF1 flash which worked perfectly on the K5, and also on my sister's Kx. On the K3ii it wasn't exposing properly at all. It seemed ...
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Multiple flashes synced differently

I was wandering if it would be possible to set up 2 flashes on triggers but synced differently. I.e one 1st curtain and one 2nd curtain. A lot of people will be thinking "why?" but this would be ...
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Why does the flash freeze a picture?

Why does a flash freeze a picture even if I use a shutter speed like 1/10 sec? I don't understand it, because the light will hit the sensor the whole time, not just when the flash is fired.
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How do I predict exposure when using flash?

So I've got the basics down for the exposure triangle, but sometimes you just need to add more light to the room and the flash can be the most convenient way of doing that. The problem is that the ...
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What Yongnuo wireless triggers work together?

Will a Yongnuo YN-622-TX operate a Yongnuo RF-605 attached to a remote YN-565EX flash, and will it allow the 622 to perform eTTL operability with the remote flash? Also will the YN-622-TX operate a ...
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Why is maximum shutter speed fixed on Nikon DSLRs when using flash?

I recently upgraded from D300 to D800 and I was very excited about the new auto ISO feature that automatically sets the maximum shutter speed based on focal length (including an adjustable multiplier)....
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Which cameras can sync at faster than 1/250?

I am told that certain (mostly older) DSLRs can sync (i.e. successfully work with flash) at shutter speeds faster than 1/250 of a second. Which makes / models can do this? Update Thank you for ...
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How to use a Nikon SB-700 in combination with a Yongnuo 560 II and RF-603 triggers?

I'm shooting a D7100 and I have two flashes: an SB-700 and a Yongnuo 560 II. I have two Yongnuo RF-603 wireless triggers. How do I fire these two flashes? Do I need to buy two more triggers or is ...
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Does a flash work well with regular alkaline batteries?

In doing research prior to purchasing my first flash for my DSLR system I have come across a wealth of information, including this post that outlined many great points in selecting the best ...
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What are cheap, compatible receivers for the Yongnuo 622N-TX?

I only have a single flash so buying a pair of 622N for use as receivers seems like a waste. What are some alternative RF receivers? Do I get to keep i-TTL and high-speed sync if I use a non-622N ...
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Other methods to attach a softbox to a light stand?

I am in the market for a soft box. The only ones I've used have had this type of attachment: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DNw3H4HYL.jpg where the flexible metal rods in the soft box just ...
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How do I reduce a smartphone flash's power?

When I use a smartphone's flash, I find that it often overpowers the scene, leading to an ugly photo. Is there a way to reduce its power? Unlike a traditional camera, there are no controls like flash ...
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What adapter can I use to mount my flash on a tripod?

I had a Nikon D90 with and SB910 Speed light. To trigger my flash remotely, I had a Yongnuo remote trigger. I used to have a Ravelli tripod for my camera, but I recently upgraded it to a Vanguard ...
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What is the thick glass in front of Profoto B1 flashes?

Received my first big flash yesterday, these are Profoto B1 and there is a thick glass in front of the flash and removing it is not easy but it is possible. What is it? Is it something like that built ...
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Why can't I get a pure white background, even using multiple light sources? [duplicate]

Edit: THIS IS NOT a duplicate of Why can't I get a decent white background with product photgraphy?. Reading my question and the linked one you will see I HAVE ADDRESSED the issues suggested by ...
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Can two or more different models of Yongnuo flash work together?

I have a Yongnuo YN-568EX flash and I use it with a Nikon D7100. If I buy another two more Yongnuo flashes of any model other than a YN-568EX, in principle will they all work together using at least ...
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Can I use an old Sunpak flash usefully on a DSLR?

I'm a photo beginner and I'm having a Olympus E1 and looking for an inexpensive shoe flash. As usual I found before digital days camera flash from eBay for a reasonable amount and having some ...
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Can I have flash disabled by default in auto mode on Canon EOS 7D Mark II?

Sorry for the naive question. Just bought the 7D mark II and was wondering why if I disable the flash in auto mode, turn the camera off and then on, the flash is again enabled. Is it possible to have ...
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Is there a way to use my phone's dual LED flash with my NEX?

My phone has a dual LED flash that's supposed to match the color temperature of the scene, preventing color balance problems like this. I do a lot of night photography, and I use my NEX-5R. The NEX ...
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Can I leave a smartphone's LED flash on continuously before taking a photo?

When I take photos in the dark using my phone, I sometimes use the flash. However, the flash fires only at the instant of taking the photo, as with a traditional camera. This means that the preview is ...
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What are the advantages of a remote radio trigger over “slave mode”?

I understand that with remote triggers like PocketWizard we can set them to work on different channels and zones, but those things aside, from the view of just firing multiple flashes, should I just ...
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Why is my 430EX firing sporadically on my 40D?

I have a 430EX mounted on the hotshoe of a Canon 40D. I would like to use this in the studio and have the flash fire every time I shoot a photo. However it only fires sometimes. I am using manual (M) ...
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How to set up lighting when using a fog machine in the background of the model?

I did some search in the website about the topic and for example found this link but still my situation is different! Best way to create fog outdoors? I am using a fog machine and two strobes ...
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Does the wide-angle diffuser on a flash help reduce hotspots when used in a small softbox?

Many speedlight-style flashes have a pull-out / flip-down wide angle panel built in. This isn't really meant as a light modifier, but is intended to help the flash provide better coverage at wide ...
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What exactly is flash sync speed, and should it be a factor in a buying decision?

What exactly is flash sync speed and should it be a factor in a buying decision?
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How do I take a picture in a bright room and make it look darker than it actually is? [duplicate]

I was thinking I'd bring the exposure down and turn on my flash to make it darker in the background and brighter in the front, where the camera is focusing. what do you think? Is this the right way to ...