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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 limiting are the line-of-sight requirements of Canon's optical wireless flash system?

I have a Canon 7D and 580EX II Speedlite, and am trying to make the jump into flash photography, particularly portrait work. I understand that the 7D's wireless trigger works by line-of-sight. Will ...
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Etymology of “flash gun”

I used the term "flash-gun" today in front of some non-photographers, and they looked at me blankly. "Why," they wanted to know "is it called a flash-gun, and not just a flash? How is it anything ...
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Are there any accessories that can protect my camera from high voltage flash guns?

I use some older flashes that have a lot higher trigger voltages and may damage my newer cameras if used in the hot shoe mount. Therefore as a precaution I use the PC sync with them instead and mount ...
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What are good situations to use Multi-Flash / Repeating Flash feature?

What can be done with the MULTI-Flash feature of a 580ex II flash? What are good situations to use this feature?
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When should I use Flash Exposure Lock (FEL)?

I know that this function calculate the flash output required for a shot and store it in memory. When and why would you use this function in the real life. Thanks,
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What does UV coating do for a flash tube?

For studio portrait lighting, is it better to have a UV coated flashtube, or a clear flashtube, and why? Does it make a difference what ambient light there is?
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Why does my old Quantaray flash not work on my newer Canon DSLR?

I have an older Quantaray QTB-7500A flash with the Canon TTL module. I used this with my old Canon EOS Elan 35mm which died a few years back. I recently bought a Canon Rebel XSi, because I could use ...
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What flash slaves can be used with a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT?

My current flash setup is a standard shoe mount but I've been thinking about getting a remote. I've been drooling over the Speedlite 600EX-RT. It uses radio to control slaves, which is nice (longer ...
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When would you use CTS (Straw) gel instead of CTO?

The Roscolux sampler pack contains several strengths of both CTO (Color Temperature Orange) and CTS (Color Temperature Straw?). The CTS seems to be a bit yellower than CTO. What situations would you ...
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Main differences between the Nikon SB-600 and SB-700?

I am a total newbie when it comes to flash, and I am looking to buy an off-camera flash for my Nikon D80. The main choices for an amateur like me seem to be the SB600 and SB700. What are the main ...
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Can I combine my Canon camera with my Nikon flash?

I have a Canon 60D camera and a SB-600 flash for Nikon. Can I use this flash wirelessly with my camera? I had Nikon camera before which I replaced with Canon and I haven't purchased a flash yet, so ...
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How do I manually calculate fill flash?

My main flash is a Nikon SB-24, used on a Nikon D200. Hence, iTTL doesn't work. I've had no issues using A-mode (the thyristor in the flash determines flash output) or M-mode (manual on the flash) ...
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Are burn marks on a flash unit window normal?

My flash unit has been accumulating small burn marks on its window. Is this normal wear and tear or equipment damage?
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Photoshoot lighting on a shoestring budget?

I've just about used every cent I can afford on my DSLR and an extra lens and a tripod and a friend of mine suggested I come along and do a casual photo shoot of two bands that are staying at her ...
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In low light, does it make sense to use a normal house light bulb instead of a flash?

Actually, yesterday I shot a photograph indoors with a tubelight (on the wall) and a flash on. The results were "too" boring. The flash had robbed away all the natural looks of the scene. Does ...
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What is needed for a photoshoot in a concert?

I have been invited to take some photos from an ensemble in a conservatory. I do photography a lot, but mostly outdoors and this is going to be my first experience. I have a Canon 50D with 2 lenses: ...
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What are the most important factors that need to be kept in mind while purchasing a manual flash gun?

What are the most important factors that need to be kept in mind while purchasing a manual flash gun?
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Why is there a preflash from a built-in flash when using remote flash only?

When using Nikon D7000 with an off-camera SB600 (which cannot be used as commander) in TTL mode, the built-in flash must be opened to make it work (to serve as a commander), even if this built-in ...
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What post-processing methods work best to “fix” photos that are blown out from flash?

Even when bouncing flash off the ceiling or nearby walls, you can occasionally blow out or overexpose a picture. What methods work best in Lightroom 3 or other software to reduce or eliminate the ...
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Are there any major drawbacks to buying a used flash gun?

I'm looking to buy my first external flash to use on my Canon 350d (which I bought used — no problems). Most likely this will be a Speedlite 430EX II. Looking on Ebay, it looks like I can save over ...
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR if it never fired?

my daughter found my old flash (20+ years old) and tried it on her canon T3i. It didn't recognize it and it never fired, but she tried the shutter button. Could this have damaged her camera even if it ...
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Can one radio trigger be used to trigger two speedlights?

I have a pair of Yongnuo RF-603 radio flash transceivers, two SB-600s & D200. I'm planning to build a large rectangular softbox that'll use both speedlights for extra power. Is there a synch cord ...
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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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How to take a picture with subject in focus but with a circular light-trace effect around it?

How to keep the Girls sharp combined with the lighttrace effect?
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How can I get started with a first flash gun?

I just got myself a flash gun for my dSLR. I realise that I don't quite know what to do with it. What should I do to get used to it, and to learn about how to get the most out of it? I'm interested ...
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I cannot open the internal flash on my Canon 60D camera; how do I fix it?

I tried opening the internal flash on my Canon 60D camera the other day and it didn't open at all. I couldn't understand why. After messing around in the menus, I found out that the camera thinks that ...
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Why does the camera default to ISO 400 in auto ISO mode with flash?

I've observed this behaviour on my Canon 550D, and I was wondering why it didn't use a lower or even variable ISO. I'm not sure if this is a camera/brand specific setting. Is there any particular ...
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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 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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How do I lower ISO in an intentionally dark photo and maintain contrast?

In the attached image I'd like to lower my ISO in an effort to reduce noise. Is there a way to leverage flash or some other technique to accomplish this without losing the contrast between the ...
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Does adding additional strobes cumulatively add to the flash power?

I've been reading articles that talk about using multiple strobes next to each other, all pointing in the same direction: as a means to add more light over what one flash can do. Does the addition of ...
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Quick way to disable the flash (Speedlite) on a Canon without switching off?

I have a 430 EX mounted on a 450D/XSI. Is there any easy way to quickly disable the flash for a shot, without turning it off, as you have to wait for it power up again.
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Is using a large aperture with flash uncommon?

I found How can I use wide aperture with fill flash? and How can I use flash with large apertures? while trying to find a solution for using a large aperture to get DOF with the flash setup I have. ...
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How to use old flash units with Digital SLR?

I got some old flash units (e.g. Metz 30bct-3) that I won on eBay along with some older slr cameras. The flash units are in good condition. I thought of using them with my Canon 600D but heard about ...
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How to use a flash on the red carpet without interference?

When I have used flash at semi popular events, from time to time my flash overlaps with others and the image either turns out extremely overexposed, or an odd color(gels?). How do photographers at ...
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How does the power of a flash relate to the duration of the flash pulse?

Specifically for my Nikon SB-700, but also for flashes in general — how does the power setting relate to the duration of the pulse? Basically, is the power normally controlled by cutting down on the ...
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Pentax P-TTL: Why and when does underexposure occur and what can I do?

Pentax's P-TTL flash metering system tends to be unreliable and may underexpose at times. When and why does the system underexpose and what can I do? I want to know the situations that cause flash ...
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Are there any tricks to make a pop-up flash suck less in low light?

I'm taking a lot of low-light indoor shots of moving subjects. I hate a the default flip-up flashes of most moderns DSLRs (in my case, a Canon 60D), but this is typically a point and shoot situation ...
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How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a flash?

How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a conventional hotshoe flash? I haven't been paying attention to the LED panels, but they've been on the market long enough so that I'm ...
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How are power levels automatically determined when using multiple speedlights with CLS?

If I take a picture with an on-camera flash, or a single speedlight, my understanding is that the camera/flash pre-fire and then automatically select the approrpriate power level to properly expose ...
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image metadata - flash mode values

the 'flash mode' is saved in the image meta-data as a number, what does every value mean in words? How can it be parsed? is their any documentation for this?
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Flashgun for Nikon D60 and F5

So, I'm a massive fan of Nikon gear. I've got a D60 which is pretty lovely, and I've recently bought a 2nd hand F5. However. The flash on the D60 is feeble, and there's no builtin flash on the F5. ...
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Reducing ambient color while preserving sharpness with a flash in concert photos

I have been shooting (small) live concerts with poor env. lightning for some years now with the help of F/1.4 & 2.8 lenses, mostly using a 160th shutter speed to make sure that the fast movements ...
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Outdoor flash lights on a budget?

What are the best options for having outdoor flash lighting? I have seen a few kits for sale on ebay that cost around $1000 which include 2 lights, a battery pack, umbrellas and soft box covers. I ...
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Can an E-TTL II cable trigger a speedlite in Manual mode

Essentially, if you own an E-TTL II (or presumably iTTL) cable of a certain length/type, is there any reason to also own a manual PC-sync cable of a similar length/type, or can the camera be fired in ...
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How do I repair a detached SB600 flash head tilt/rotate lock-release button?

The rubber cover that I press to tilt/rotate the head of my SB-600 flash has come off after years of abuse, and it looks like the original adhesive has dried out. Can anyone recommend some ...
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Can red eye in only one eye be a sign of cancer?

I noticed on a photo I did of a client that only one of their eyes turned red on a photo. I remembered reading that this could be a sign of eye cancer (see ...
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How long will the bulb last in the flash of a compact or DSLR?

Compact cameras and DSLRs have built in flashes. And DSLRs have external flashes that you can attach. How do I know how long the bulb in the compact camera flash will last? (e.g. how many more ...
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How do I get this fashion photograph effect?

I found an interesting fashion photograph and I want to recreate the effect. I know for a fact that the pictures are taken in complete darkness using a Canon XSi, the built-in flash, and some ...
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Ways to soften an onboard flash?

What can be done to soften the direct light from an onboard flash? I know there are diffusers available for external flash units, but I'm not aware of such a solution for an onboard flash, such as on ...