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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 an optical slave flash with my Sony DSC RX100?

Can I use a slave flash (I have one — Simpex VT531) with Sony DSC RX100, since it does not have a hot shoe ?
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How to turn an external flash off and reactive the incorporated one (Canon 600D)?

After using an external flash, I took it off and, when trying to use the built-in flash incorporated to the camera, it just didn't pop up. In the menu, it tells me that the external flash is mounted, ...
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What cheap flashes can be wirelessly triggered by a Nikon SB-900?

I have a Nikon SB-900 and I love it. I am looking to expand my off camera capabilities and would love to buy another flash. The one important factor I'm looking for is the compatibility between my ...
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Is there a 3rd-party wireless slave for Nikon SU-4 triggering?

My question is similar to this one about a generic commander for the Nikon CLS system (IR wireless flash). Now if I want my SB-25 to be slaved by this system the Nikon SU-4 does the right job. As I ...
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What is the purpose of a dual LED flash?

I see that some smartphones now have dual LED flash. What exactly is the purpose of a dual LED flash? Anything to do with brightness? What can a dual do that a single flash cannot? Would a triple LED ...
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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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How to calculate camera settings for a family group portrait with a film camera and flash?

I'm shooting film 200 ASA.,, Three rows of family members in front of a large white lit xmas tree, with flash. Distance from first row approx.15ft. Where should the focus on the group be? What would ...
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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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Inconsistent TTL results when flash used off-camera (YN565 EX II)

I've got a Yongnuo 565 EX II that meters flawlessly when attached to the hotshoe of my 60D, but is very inconsistent when used off camera and slaved to the built in flash unit. It frequently doesn't ...
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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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Why do my Cybersyncs fire my Sunpak flashes with the test button, but not the shutter release?

During wedding receptions, my Sunpak 383s fire very inconsistently. Every time I press the test button with the Cybersyncs, they fire every time. When I press the shutter button, they don't fire. ...
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Which flashes are weather-proofed?

With some effort, it's possible to find out which camera models and lens have weather sealing. However, there seems to be little information available on weather-sealed flashes. From another answer ...
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Overexposed images when using ring flash

I am somewhat of a newbee to photography, but I have a Sigma EM-140 Ring Flash with a 18-250mm Sigma lens. In short, when I use the camera with the ring flash I can't get it to take photos that ...
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Are there any instructions for Pixel X-650 flash?

It is the first time I've used this flash and have no idea how to work it. Even though it seems to fire, my pictures are dark, as if it hasn't fired.
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What's a powerful waterproof flash?

Based on recommendations in a previous question, I'm now looking at purchasing a couple of powerful flashes. As far as i understand, almost all flash units are not waterproof at all. Since I take my ...
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Is the Yongnuo YN-622C transceiver compatible with the Alien Bee 800?

I am thinking about buying a second hand AlienBee 800. I currently have a pair of Yongnuo YN-622C Wireless TTL Flash Triggers for Canon. Would they be compatible with the AlienBee?
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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon CLS?

Does Canon have its own version of the creative lighting system?
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What flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1?

What vintage/modern flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1? I'm going away for vacation and I need something other than a tripod for low-light situations.
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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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 might you use multi flash on a speedlight? [duplicate]

On my speedlight I have several settings for multi flash, mostly to do with how many flashes and how fast they are fired. When might you use multi flash? The only thing I can think of is cases where ...
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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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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 ...