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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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Can I use my Vivitar 283 flash with any DSLR cameras?

I am having Vivitar Electronic Flash (model 283) with Automatic Thyristor Exposure Control. Can I use this flash with Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras directly or with some other way.
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR?

I have been using my dad's old Metz mecablitz 18 B1 flash for a while with my Canon 7D and had no trouble with it, but just received some advice from a friend that using old flashes can fry the ...
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Can I use Mikona MV-328 flash on any DSLR cameras?

I am having Mikona Electronic Flash (model MV-328). Can I use this flash with Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras directly or with some other way.
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Background blur vs. frozen object in long exposure flash photography

I recently watched Adorama's video on rear curtain sync flash photography. At 4.12 to 4.42, the presenter claims that when using front-curtain sync, the background/long exposure blur will be put on ...
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Can I use a Metz flash with Yongnuo trigger?

I have a Metz AF 52 flash and a Nikon D5200 camera, which has no wireless commander. Will a Yongnuo trigger work?
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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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Flash issue on Canon 600d and 500d - showing Err 20 when flash is in manual mode

I've got a canon 600d and a canon 500d. My flash is a Jessups 360AFDC. Although the flash works consistently on both cameras in TTL mode I have problems getting it to work on both cameras in manual ...
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What are the most important features to look for in a low budget hotshoe flash and why?

When trying to get started with flash photography, there are a lot of new options, features and techniques that a photographer gets thrown in to. When starting on a budget, what features will give a ...
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What does an expensive flash unit buy over a cheap one?

General question: What will I get from an expensive flash unit, that I can't get from a cheap one? Specific example: The $250 Canon Speedlite 430EX II vs. the $50 Neewer TT560. To my naive eye, the ...
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Yongnuo YN560-II flash not firing with Nikon D3100

I bought a Yongnuo YN560II external flash for my Nikon D3100 right before Christmas. When I first started using it, the shutter speed automatically adjusted as though there were no flash, but the ...
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RF Flash triggers and transmitters

I am still at a very basic level with flash photography. I have some questions: What is the difference, if any, between a trigger and a transmitter? Does the transmitter send more info to the remote ...
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What could cause pictures to come out too dark when using a ring flash? [closed]

I'm using a Nikon D800e. I've just got a Polaroid macro ring flash, but I'm having a hard time setting it up. The flash is good when I press the pilot button and the light button, but when I shoot, ...
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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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How can I use flash with large apertures?

I get very frustrated. When I take portraits, I want to use a flash because I think they turn out better. But if I use an f-stop that is high enough to blur the background, my shutter speed only ...
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Why do animals get green-eye?

Multiple sources on the internet (including answers on this site) claim that red-eye is created by light from the flash reflecting on the blood vessels in back of the eye. So, why do animals like ...
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how to determine how much power to use in manual mode for external flash? [duplicate]

i recently added an sb700 to my d3200 and am unsure how to determine proper amount of power to use in photos. in another thread here on stack exchange, it was suggested that the ttl metering makes a ...
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What remote flash triggers can you recommend, on a budget? [closed]

I'm looking for a remote flash trigger for my canon DSLR. I know that I'm going to hear Pocket Wizard or other similarly-priced options, but I'm looking for something a bit cheaper. At a minimum, I ...
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Using “Auto & Red eye reduction” flash setting when no eyes are present in the photo?

I have a Samsung S1050 compact camera. On the Auto shooting option, these are three options for the flash: Auto & Red eye reduction Auto flash Flash off The camera defaults to "Auto & Red ...
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What's the best way to use a flash and colour gel as a back light?

I want to know what is the best way of setting up a background flash with a coloured gel in a studio setting. I had a play around with this on Saturday. I started with a white background infinity ...
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how to adjust Triopo Shoe Mount Flash TR-950 TR950 with Nikon d3100?

When I shoot with my Triopo speedlight I have to set my camera to f/5.6 and 1/100 with the flash at 1/4 power. If I increase the flash power, the picture is black. If I change the shutter speed or ...
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Speedlite 430EX II & Canon 60D

I have a Canon 60D and a Speedlite 430EX II. Does anyone know if I can fire the speedlite remotely without firing the built in flash as well? So far I have only been able to fire them both.
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Can I compete with outdoor light using a diffused flash?

As I'm beginning my journey into controlled lighting I took my Sony HVL-F43AM outside on a sunny afternoon, put a model under a canopy (shade), and wanted to see if I could get enough light out of the ...
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What do I need to use a Metz 54 MZ-4 remotely with a Canon Rebel T2i?

I believe that the Metz 54 doesn't have a PC cable, and I'm looking for the cheapest option. The T2i doesn't have this built in does it?
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Is it acceptable in photography to never use flash?

I was hanging out with a friend of mine who is a professional photographer (for 15+ years), and has a solid portfolio, web-presence, and regional and national exposure. He never uses a flash. ...
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Need brighter flash. Shooting with Polaroid 600SE.

I need advice on acquiring a brighter flash, or a flash with brightness that I can control. I have been used to 35mm for years, shooting on 400 - 800ASA with apertures as large as 1.8. This has ...
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Can a Speedlite 430EX II be used on a Canon EOS 6D?

I recently purchased a Canon EOS 6D, but my Speedlite 430EX II is not working with it. Is this flash not compatible with the 6D? When I go to Menu --> External Speedlite Control, flash firing is ...
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Canon Speedlite 320EX or 430EX II, which one to choose?

I am going to buy a wireless flash for my Canon 650D camera. I've got two lenses, the Canon 18–55mm kit lens and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. I am not a newbie photographer and know how to use my camera well. ...
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Suggestion for my first flash gun [closed]

I have Canon 650D camera and mostly doing studio photography as a side income. So far I used my friends what ever the flash guns they had. But Now I'm considering to buy a new flash and after reading ...
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Third Party Flash for Portraits

Can you tell me what sort of flash is being used in the following picture and where can I get one of those? http://photos-e.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfa1/914797_708687699196740_706239400_n.jpg ...
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Nikon D3100 stuck on Auto Flash

Whenever I turn my camera on it goes on Auto Flash unless it's in the no flash mode. The flash pops up automatically and when I close it and put it in a different mode it pops up again. I need to hit ...
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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 effects do different flash diffuser shapes have?

Looking for a flash diffuser I stumbled upon this: Polaroid Universal Flash Diffuser The link is to an Amazon page where you can choose from a wide range of shapes and types, but for the purpose of ...
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How to adjust power on Yongnuo-14 EX Macro flash ring and Yongnuo 560 slave?

I recently purchased the above item and I am ready to toss it in the trash! Why? Because the directions that come in the manual are NOT for camera rookies. Terms I don't understand, etc. However, all ...
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My SB 700 is not working with my nikon D7000

Until recently my Nikon SB700 flash and D7000 were working fine together, but now when I connect the flash I see a message on the screen of the flash to change to manual mode (as it is not working in ...
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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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Dark zone appearing on pictures when using an external flash [duplicate]

(Moved here from chat) I faced a trouble with my Canon 6D and a Canon SpeedLite 430ex II... I took some shots and here is the result I've had : I've used the very same shutter speed as I was using ...
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How to avoid water in a shower from appearing to fall upwards?

If I'm photographing a bathroom shower, using flash, the fall-off of the light from the flash is such that the water droplets appear to fall upwards. That is, they appear large at the top and narrower ...
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How does TTL flash work when there are multiple flashes?

I've been watching a lot of deconstructing videos on how the light is setup. Often times there are 2-3 flashes at the studio. The photographer will say that they are all set to TTL. But how does that ...
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How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?

How do I get bright even and soft light on a face like this? Image taken from this link I got the exact same equipment but I wasn't able to reproduce the result. First I tried lighting it from ...
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accessory fill flash for nikon DSLR [duplicate]

My nikon d3100 has broken flash... what can I use to replace it, externally? I just want something small and lightweight, as fill flash. I have a large external flash unit, but it's HEAVY. Thanks! ...
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Can't get hot shoe flash to fire on Fujifilm Fine Pix

When my grandfather passed away I received a achiever auto thyristor 260T. I cannot seem to get the flash to go off when I take a picture. I made sure it was set up the best I could but it still won't ...
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If TTL only preflashes once, how does it get correct exposure immediately after?

If I understood TTL correctly, say you are in M mode with a camera and you have intentionally underexposed. The flash in TTL mode theoretically would try to add enough light to correctly expose the ...
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Metering - How to account for the light from the flash

I pretty much use Manual mode (in my Nikon D40) and learning quite a lot from it. Though I understand "Metering" for correct exposure, I've trouble understanding it while using Flash (both in-built as ...
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Can I use the internal autofocus (AF) beam with an external flash on a Canon 600D?

If we are using an external third-party flash with no auto focus beam support, is there a setting to use the built-in auto focus beam with an external flash? I'm using a Canon EOS 600D.
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Why does using the flash mess up the white balance?

When I take a photo without flash, I get reasonable white-balance: But when I turn on the flash, everything becomes yellow, which is not how the scene looks to the naked eye: Why does this ...
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Why does flash exposure compensation of 4EV have such an unnoticeable effect?

I took two photos, one with flash exposure compensation set to -2EV: and the other with +2EV: I find a minor, almost unnoticeable difference between these two photos. But there's a difference ...
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Time needed to full self-discharge of speedlight capacitor

I need to repair the Nikon's SB-600 speedlight. As I need to access to only the bottom part of the speedlight I skipped the danger of electric shock. However when I tried to disconnect one of the ...
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Do Canon 430EXII speedlite flash units have an optical slave function?

Before I buy , i want to make sure: will a 430exII fire by "seeing" the light burst from other flash sources? and if not, what canon speedlite can do this?
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Why can't I find the flash settings menu on my Canon 5d Mark II anymore?

I have 5d mark ii and 580EX ii, the flash menu was available on the cam and used it for few days. Lately I can't find the menu anymore, I've tried several things and no positive results.
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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 ...