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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 to do Low Key Photography with Sony A57 Camera?

I have a Sony A57 and a Sony HVL-43 flash. I have been trying low key photography wirelessly, but I am struggling with the settings. I've followed settings from other sources I have found, and I have ...
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Does TTL by definition overexpose your subject? [duplicate]

So I'm only beginning to learn TTL but from what I understand the preflash determines how much flash power to use. But the camera already exposes everything correctly for the entire scene (assuming ...
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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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What to look out for in indoor restaurant photography?

I'm tasked with documenting a company event we are hosting in an restaurant. As you can see the place is lighted but I'm sure it's still consider dark for photography. I'm not a professional ...
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How do I take portrait photo with flash and good ambient light as background?

I was taking a building structure with nice ambient light using high ISO without flash. The photo turned out as what I expected. However, when I took it with a person as foreground with Canon ...
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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 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? Thank you very much!
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What should I pay attention to when buying a second hand flash?

I am planning on buying a second hand ETTL flash for my Canon 550D. What are things I should pay close attention to when buying a second hand flash? For example: is there a parameter, comparable to ...
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Does the diameter of openings on photographic lighting grids affect brightness?

I was kind of thinking about different grid options considering the depth vs diameter of individual openings and get to a interesting point (at least for me :-) ). Let's consider a very simple home ...
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Why do I have shutter lag when shooting flash in manual mode?

Why does my D40 have a shutter lag when using flash in full manual mode? There isn't a lag when shooting in any of the auto modes. EDIT: I'm shooting in single shot mode. It is a constant lag ...
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Canon 430EX vs 580EX vs 600EX-RT

I'm considering buying a flash for my Canon DSLR. I noticed the 600EX recently came out. Do you have any suggestions/opinions about the pros and cons of the new 600 flash versus the other two?
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multiple pictures give different shades for same scene and lighting

I am photographing an object 4 cm away from the camera using 5MP phone camera. It is being used in macro mode with fixed ISO 100 setting. Automatic White balance is being used along with ...
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Does a flash's TTL automatically adjust as I change its location?

I just bought a radio trigger for my flash. I was just wondering if I understood TTL correctly, as I move the flash around and changes the distance does TTL automatically try to compensate (assuming ...
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Which Canon should I buy? [closed]

I've done photography for some months now. I always borrowed an Canon 600D from a friend. Now I got a job as a party and concert photographer. (I need to use an external flash of course.) I'm just ...
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Does Rear Sync really help background exposures in darker rooms?

The "Rear Sync" setting available in some cameras simply causes the flash to fire at the end of the exposure, rather than the beginning. I thought its only purpose is to cause the blur to occur in ...
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How might the flash mode affect the exposure program on a point and shoot film camera? (Agfa Optima Sensor Flash)

I have purchased an Agfa Optima Sensor Flash camera. I've googled and had a read around, including the manual, and have figured out for the most part how I can expect the metering program to work ...
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Will my SB-600 work off camera with any camera?

I own a Nikon SB-600 flash and no camera. Now, looking for a new camera, I want to know if I could trigger the flash from another non-Nikon camera body. I never use it on camera and therefore I ...
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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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Can Phottix Odin flash trigger work in tandem with Nikons CLS?

I'm wondering whether it is possible to still use the built-in flash while using the Phottix Odin mounted (and using it) on my Nikon camera. Physically, it seems to me that since the Odin is built ...
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Does quality of light vary in different studio strobes and speedlites?

I wonder what you think about the quality of light in studio flashes or portable speedlites? The first time I used speedlites, the light was very good. Then I purchased an Elinchrom D-Lite kit. My ...
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How do cheap macro ring flashes perform?

When I last checked years ago, the price of a typical Ring flash unit was approximately $500. Nowadays there are still ring flashes for approx. $500 like Pentax AF160FC, Pentax AF-140C, Canon MR-14EX, ...
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How can I use a flash indoors with a really high roof?

I am using a Nikon D3200 with SB-700 flash. Typically, when taking pictures indoors, I bounce the flash off the roof or the walls. However, I will soon be in a situation where the roof is too high to ...
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What is the smallest option for a flash that can also bounce?

I have a full size Canon flash, which has a flash head that "can be moved up from 0-90°, left from 0-180° and right from 0-90°". This is a necessity for me in a flash to properly bounce the flash on a ...
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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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Why does my flash have lower power in automatic than in manual? [duplicate]

I have a Sony HVL-43AM flash. I've found that when I'm in automatic mode, when I dial the flash exposure compensation to -2EV I was able to get a much weaker flash than if I went manual with the flash ...
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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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How does high speed sync mode work?

Some flash units have a high speed sync mode, that allow a camera to take a photograph with the flash while using a shutter speed that exceeds the X-sync speed. The photo won't appear with improper ...
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Which flash modes use the least power?

Cameras have a variety of flash modes (e.g. Fill-in Flash, Slow Shutter Flash, High-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Slow Sync Flash, etc..) So, which are the flash modes that use the least power ...
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When would I use rear curtain instead of front curtain sync? [duplicate]

What are examples of circumstances where rear curtain sync would be preferable to front curtain sync flash?
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How to avoid shadows under the eyes when using bounce flash?

How can I avoid shadows under the eyes when I am bouncing flash? The first picture below, using bounced flash, came out horrible. The second picture, using direct flash, has no shadows under the eyes. ...
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Why do we use flash in photography?

Why do we use flashes in photography, instead of simple light bulbs etc. to illuminate the scene? Why are specially made flashes used?
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How do you meter for the effects of a TTL flash

I'm experimenting with a shoe mounted flash at the moment. It's a TTL flash and yet the metering doesn't seem to account for the fact the flash will fire, making judging the correct exposure ...
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Why isn't my camera's internal light meter adjusting for my external flash?

I have a Canon T3 / 1100D and I just bought a Neewer TT560 Speedlite external flash which connects to my camera's hot shoe. The camera's light meter adjusts appropriately when the internal flash is ...
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I'm experimenting with film and flash [duplicate]

ok i am taking a photos with a Pentax ZX-5 camera with black and white 400 film and i just got a promaster FTD 5200 flash and i dont know when and where i should use it. and what shutter and aperture ...
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What is term for the opposite of “Dragging the Shutter”?

My first helpful experiments with flash started after taking a seminar with Scott Kelby on the subject. I don't recall him mentioning dragging the shutter (but he may have). But, I do recall him ...
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photo using no flash

I've been put into a situation where I have been asked to photograph a party in a hall where there is virtually no light. I want the photos to have a very dark backgound but the person stands out how ...
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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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What are the functions of the extra contact points on a Canon hotshoe?

I am wondering about the 5 contact points on the top of the Canon camera for the flash. The flash I am putting on this camera has only the center contact. What are the functions of all these other ...
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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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Why do people in the stands during events use flash?

I was watching the Olympics, and one thing I noticed was that flashes are going off in the spectators' stands. Why are people using flash? Is it because they are using automatic mode, or point and ...
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Can Nikon flashes display flash power used right after a shot was taken?

I'm trying to compare two camera bodies (Nikon D90, Nikon F100 (digital and film)) with respect to TTL flash power in different situation. I came to know that few Canon flashes can display the flash ...
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Why is the Fluorescent filter for a flash green?

I just bought a Nikon SB-910 speedlight. The filter that comes with it to use under fluorescent lighting it green, why is this? because certainly to my eye there is not a hint of green under normal ...
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What are general rules for ISO settings when using a flash?

I am trying to stop using the auto mode. I think I sort of understand the following ISO rules: Use an ISO of 100 or 200 when taking photographs outside in sunny conditions. If the sky is overcast ...
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Why is 1/250th second used as shutter speed when using a speedlight with my Nikon D7000?

I've got a Nikon D7000, if I increase the shutter speed it eventually goes to the bulb option and after that to 250, I've been told that 250/second is specifically for when using a speedlight as ...
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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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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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Whats 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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Why are there white dots on my night time photo?

Could you please explain why I am getting white semi-transparent dots for night photography with flash on? Original image here.
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Multiple flashes with different trigger voltages

I have the following: Nikon D3100 (max 250V trigger voltage) Vivitar 2600 flash (148V trigger voltage*) Yongnuo YN465 flash (6V trigger voltage) Hot shoe universal translators** I'd like to use ...
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How can I get a black background in daylight using flash sync speed with no extra gear?

I have seen sports photography where the background is completely wiped out (black) during daylight. I'm trying to achieve a similar (pure black background) effect with no extra gear, just a DSLR ...