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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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Why are there no blinking red lights in slave mode with one of my Yongnuo flashes?

I recently bought two Yongnuo 568 EX IIs and they're working great! I'm just having one problem in one of the two: when I put the flash in any of the slave modes (Sc, Sn, S1 or S2), the red lights do ...
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Can a Speedlite 430EZ be used with a Canon 6D?

I have recently bought a Canon 6D and want to use my Speedlite 430EZ with it. Is this possible, or are there compatibility issues?
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Battery Pack for Metz 64

Are there any recommended battery packs for the Metz 64? I've seen many for the Metz 58 and I presume they use the same connector? From these Amazon links here, here and here, it seems that all of ...
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Portable Diffuser for shooting on the go [closed]

Context I've recently been using Gary Fong's Diffuser and I like the results that it gives me on my Metz 64. I use my flash mostly indoors but also outdoors as well for people shots that can vary ...
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Nightclubs photography, setup to capture the real mood and atmosphere?

I was hired to photograph at a nightclub on Friday. I've never done this before, and I do not have any specification for the moment. I'd like to be able to capture the atmosphere at the right moment, ...
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Diffuser for travelling?

I am going to travel abroad in a couple of months and I am considering, since I will take my photo-backpack with me (Tamrac evolution 8), to buy a diffuser for a Yongnuo 560 Mk III flash. Most of the ...
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Can I trigger a Yongnuo 560 III off-camera flash from Yongnuo RF-603II triggers on two different bodies?

I have two Canon bodies, three flashes, and two RF-603II triggers. I am planning to set the Yongnuo YN-560III as an off-camera flash at an event. The Yongnuo 560 III has its built-in RF-603 receiver. ...
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Is it possible to trigger a Canon 600 EX-RT with a Fuji's on-camera flash?

I was playing yesterday with my Fuji X100T and got curious if I can use my Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite as an optical slave to the built-in flash on my Fuji X100T. Is this possible?
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Is there a way to achieve even lighting using one flash and a reflector?

I'm deciding whether to buy/rent lights to shoot my design portfolio and was wondering whether it's possible to achieve even lighting using one 500W monolight, shoot through umbrella and a reflector. ...
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Would this IR-transparent plastic be useful for blocking unwanted control flash?

Pentax's wireless P-TTL system is optical, and requires a control flash. I'm using the built-in flash on my camera, but one can also use a hotshoe-mounted flash with the right feature set. If you have ...
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How do I get my Sony RX10 to effectively trigger an old studio flash?

I'm new to digital photography, got myself a Sony RX10 and I want to get it to trigger my old Portaflash 336 VM heads. They've got built-in opical slaves. I tried setting the camera on manual, ...
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How far is the heat limit from the power limit on speedlights?

Sort of questioning the premise of What to look for in a flash battery pack?: Can a speedlight work significantly faster than on its internal batteries without overheating? The reason I ask is that ...
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Why are professional flashes so expensive?

I need a high energy flash, very bright with a relatively long pulse duration otherwise my short exposure time photos have half of the image dark, because the light pulse has ended before the ...
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How do manual flash power levels map to flash compensation values?

When I am on Manual flash, I can go from 1/1 to 1/128 and even with 1/3 stops too. When I am on TTL mode or Remote mode of the TTL flash I can do "exposure compensation" for that flash and for me I ...
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Why doesn't my YN-565EX fire with the RF-603II wireless triggers?

I can't get the flash to fire with flash triggers on. Can anyone help? Body: Nikon D7000 Flash: Yongnuo YN-565EX Trigger: Yongnuo RF-603II wireless flash trigger
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Metz 58 AF-2 red light indicator lightswhen test button is pressed; what's wrong?

My Metz 58 AF-2 flash fails to work. The red light indicator lights when the test flash button is pressed. Batteries are fully charged. Is there something wrong with the setting?
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Why won't my YN-568EXII work with a flash trigger? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 5DMk2 and have just bought 2 Yongnuo YN568EXII speed lights. I have an existing Yongnuo RF-603CII trigger, but I cannot get them to work together! Does anyone have any suggestions, as ...
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HighSpeed Sync in Slave Mode

I have a couple of SB-910 flashes and they can easily do high speed sync to like 1/8000 sec. I also have some PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers but that model does not support highspeed sync. So if ...
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How to gel a large softbox to match ambient?

I'm searching suggestions to quickly and easily add a gel to color correct light from a giant softbox to match ambient. In my application I'm using a CTO for tungsten ambient. The equipment I'm ...
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What cheap flashes for Nikon offer a repeating flash mode?

What's a good cheap flash for taking repeating flash photographs using a Nikon D3100? I' not sure exactly what this is called, so I'm not sure how to ask the question do I hope this makes sense.
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What are the most essential modifiers for shaping light?

I don't have a studio so I mostly shoot outside on locations, or for practice in my small room. I see some pictures that they have shaped and directed the light so well. For example a violin where ...
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How to shoot a moody and darker scene in day light?

I am doing a shoot outdoors from 5:00 PM, which is still harsh sun light, and the client would like it to have a moody and Gothic theme. What are some strategies to fight against that? My own ...
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Leave Macrolite Ring Adapter 67 on 100mm macro?

I've just bought a MR-14 EX II ring flash and the necessary ring adapter for my 100mm 2.8L macro lens. I'm now wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't leave the adapter on my lens permanently ...
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Reproduce picture on black background with soft light on face only

I don't have much experience in studio photography but I'm following a photographer named Brian Ingram and his work is amazing. Could you guys give me some insight on how to reproduce this kind of ...
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Why won't my D3100 take flash pictures even when focused?

Recently my camera has randomly stopped letting me take photos on settings that have a flash or have a flash option. It will let the camera focus and it will make a click sound like it is ready to ...
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How can I create creative soft light? [closed]

I've been doing photography for a year and I've become curious about soft light and its use in Wedding photography. What are some methods to create soft light?
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Why does exposure vary subtly between P, A and S modes, when the flash is on?

I took a photo in P mode, with the flash on: I noted the exposure it used — 1/3s at F2.8. I then switched to A mode, set the exposure to F2.8, and took a photo. The camera chose the same shutter ...
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Do I need an external flash to take sports pictures on the field at night?

Do I need a external flash to take sports pictures under lights on the field at night? I'm using RAW and manual exposure.
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What kind of results can I expect with a Prophoto Zoom Reflector?

I am trying to find sample photos that are made with "Profoto Zoom Reflector 2" and I looked up in YouTube videos and Google image search ,and still don't get what kind of light quality is possible to ...
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What's the relationship between flash modes and flash power on the Sony NEX cameras?

The Sony NEX cameras [1] offer the following flash modes (pasting from the manual): Autoflash: Fires in dark environments or when shooting towards bright light. Fill-flash: Fires every time you ...
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Are there any guidelines on how to prevent the flash from overpowering the scene?

I know the technical aspects of controlling flash power: increase or decrease flash exposure compensation, and if that doesn't work, increase or decrease shutter speed, and use more flash power for ...
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Off-camera flash bracket - flash position

Why do almost every flash bracket users prefer an "above camera" flash position? I am a studio/softbox guy and usually don't use bare flashes. Recently I tried to use flashes on top and this looks ...
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Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns?

I just got a new off-camera flash, and the instruction manual says: Never fire the flash unit closer than 1 meter from infants. This was a little startling to me, since one of the main reasons I ...
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What is the difference between a very expensive flash and a average priced flash?

Let's say between a Profoto B1 flash and a Nikon SB-910 flash. I understand flashes have TTL, HSS, Output power, etc., that makes them different, but let's say in a completely equal scenario that a ...
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Issue with Yongnuo 568EX flash on i-TTL mode

I've just received 2 pieces of Yongnuo YN568EX for my Nikon D610. When I’m on I-TTL mode the flash fires but the image is black (I tried it on each mode: auto, manual, A…), the sound tick-tick ...
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How to meter for manual bounce flash?

I use a Yungnuo flash in manual mode. I use it mostly indoors, so I bounce the flash off the ceiling. What is a good approach to read the camera metering and make adjustments to flash intensity? My ...
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Is there a technical reason why the flash is disabled with film simulation bracketing on the X100t

The Fuji X100t disables the flash when bracketing is enabled. This seems logical for things like ISO bracketing because several photo's are taken in quick succession. However with film simulation ...
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Do all TTL systems calculate the same exposure?

Do all TTL systems calculate the same exposure? Three options for example: Nikon SB-910 flashes, you can do TTL with them. You can use PocketWizard Flex/Minis for TTL flash You can use Profoto ...
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Is there a way to “lock” a YN560 III's power setting?

Is there a way to lock this flash so that the up/down/left/right buttons temporarily don't change the power? I find that I often accidentally hit the down button with my forehead, and would like to ...
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430 ex II or cheaper other brand? [duplicate]

I am looking for a falsh. As Canon currently has the Cash-Back campaign I was looking specifically into the 430 ex II (230€, 50€ cashback = 180€). Do you know any alternative in that price category ...
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How to get flash high but out of the way?

It happens often to me that I am on location and have to shoot with the flash and umbrella high in front of the model. Problem with that is that the boom holding it is right in front of my subject. ...
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When and why should I consider buying a speedlight/external flash?

I am just a hobbyist in photography. And I do not have specific interest areas (as of now). So while looking for different things to try with photography, I kept coming across things which require use ...
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How can I use my Minolta 3500xi flash with my Sony A camera?

My external flash, a Minolta 3500xi, doesn't seem to be synchronized with my camera Sony A 200. Can you help?
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D5200 darker area at top

I'm using a Nikon D5200 and when I use my flash on auto I get a dark bar across the top of the image. When I use the auto but disable the flash the image looks fine. If I turn the camera on its side ...
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Why do pictures turn out dark when I shoot with my external flash?

I've tried many things: I've changed the flash's batteries and also the camera's batteries, none of them seem the problem. I'm using a Canon t3i and sunpak digiflash 3000. I've tried the internal ...
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Remote flash triggering options for Canon 6D

I've built a water droplet photography rig, and the last piece of the puzzle is finding the right flash setup. I have a Canon 6D, and I already have a Canon 320EX flash. I need at least one more ...
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Can Speedlite 430EXII be used on Canon 5D M3 as primary or only as slave?

I read that my Canon Speedlite 430EXII could only be used as a slave on my new 5D Mark 3 and that I should buy a new flash. My flash seems to work on the camera, but since I'm such a new user with ...
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How to troubleshoot Canon Speedlites that are not firing at the same time?

I'm working on some studio lighting and want to have my two Canon Speedlite 580EX IIs fire simultaneously using Canon's built-in wireless communications (i.e., I want the master to trigger the slave, ...
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What does TTL mean?

I'm new to photography and I see the term TTL all over the place. What does it mean? And how do I use it to make my pictures better?
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What to look for in a flash battery pack?

I have never had one but have seen it on flash stands of other photographers. So my assumption is that it brings more power to faster recycle time to shoot faster with flash. I wanted to buy one but ...