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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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Is it necessary to have a macro ring flash to take macro photos?

I just got a macro lens but it turns out the subject is not bright enough. I am wondering if I need to buy a macro flash for macro photography? The flash seems expensive and I am wondering if it is ...
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How do I get started with off camera flash in the Canon ecosystem?

This is a very basic question, and I have looked through different resources including the Strobist Lighting 101 tutorial and a few books (Scott Kelby, Neil van Niekerk). Some of the limitations I ...
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What flash options are there for the Pentax system?

I am a relative newcomer to the photography world and am slowly building up a set of gear based around my Pentax K-x. Next on my list of priorities is a flash. As I have virtually no experience in ...
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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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Can camera flash damage your eye? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns? Camera flash are pretty strong these days and while adults find direct flash unpleasant, perhaps it is powerful ...
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How does dragging the shutter work?

I am reading a photography book which talk about dragging the shutter when a flash is used. It just tell me how to do this trick but doesn't explain why. Can someone here tell me more about how it ...
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Why won't my D3100 won't 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 to disable infrared focus assist beam on my YN568ex

I recently got a YN568ex speedlight and every time I focus, the infrared focus assist beam lights up. This is great for low light situations but I want to be able to turn it off when there's enough ...
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What is the difference between a “slave flash” and “master flash”?

My Nissin Di866 II flashgun supports operation in both "slave flash" and "master flash" mode. The former I know needs to be used with a Nikon DSLR's "Flash Commmander" mode. What's the latter mode? ...
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Why am I limited to 1/100th of a second or slower with 5D Mark II, 600EX-RT, and ST-E3-RT?

I'm fairly new to using flash in my photography, so I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to the finer points. I have an ST-E3-RT transmitter on my 5D Mark II, and a 600EX-RT Speedlite set as a ...
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Optimal flash settings for macro photography (Nikon SB-900 + softbox)

I'm using a Nikon SB-900 along with a softbox when photographing macro (1:1). What I would like to know is what flash mode that would fit this setup best. Should i simply set it to "M" and adjust it ...
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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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PC flash sync adapter for canon 550ex

I'm trying to sync my XTi to a 550ex speedlite with PC cord. I'm shopping on amazon.co.uk and can only find two adapters that might do the job; Hama or SC2. Will either of these do the job? If not can ...
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Why does the ISO change with the shooting mode when the aperture and shutter speed are constant and using a flash?

I have a canon 60d, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens, and a Canon Speedlite 430EX II TTL flash. I like to use the manual modes, such as Av and Tv but I am having some difficulties when using the ...
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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?
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Flash bracketing on Nikon D5000

I own a Nikon D5000 and a SB-700 flash gun. I was trying to do what I think it is called flash bracketing : taking a series of 3 pictures which differ only by the flash power in order to combine them ...
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Synchronization problems with Rekam NEO 200 and Canon 600D

I've recently got two Rekam NEO 200 lamps with synchronization cable. To connect them to my canon 600D i've bougth an adapter. The flash seems to sync correctly when setting exposition to values ...
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What flashes for use with RF602 on a 7D

I've got a Canon 7d and I just bought some Yongnuo RF602 triggers. What flashes are best to work with these triggers? I don't know what information the triggers can send to the flashes / interact ...
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How would one remove yellow eyes instead of red eyes?

On a recent trip to Madagascar, we were able to capture some interesting animals during the night, where of course we used flash. The following photo is not made by me... ...
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What is the most effective way to get soft light from hotshoe flash indoors?

I'm thinking of getting a flash for better indoor pictures. I was looking at the 430EX Speedlite as a good unit in budget, but still having lots of capability. How do I use this most effectively ...
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Why photos taken with flash appear to have less noise?

I have not verified this on pixel-peeping level. But I have observed that photos taken with flash (built-in one in my case) appear to have very less noise at ISO 800/1600 than the ones taken without ...
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How can I calculate the effect of non-TTL flash on exposure?

I recently got an old Canon AE-1 film camera back in working order. I'd like to use my modern 430EXII Speedlight flash with it, however since there is no TTL metering, I have no idea how much the ...
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What gear for Sony off-camera flash sync with TTL?

I'm just getting into digital photography, and I'm planning on getting some flash gear for Christmas that will let me dig into the Strobist lighting tutorials. I have Sony / Minolta gear. So let's ...
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Will I see a difference in my photos if I aim my flash to the umbrella axis?

I've seen people over the internet aiming their flashes to the umbrella's axis but haven't seen yet a before and after photo. In my case, the flash aims a bit above the axis. What would be the benefit ...
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Sigma EF610 flash compared to Sony HVL-F43AM

I'm in the market for a flash for my Sony A57. The two I'm focused on are the Sony HVL-F43AM for around $350 or the Sigma EF610 for around $250. They both seem very similar from a feature ...
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Why would I use FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing)?

In what situation would using FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing) be a good idea? Exposure bracketing can be blended together with HDR, but why would I use FEB?
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Can I repair a cracked internal flash in a Nikon D7000?

During our latest holidays unfortunately we dropped our d7000 and the internal flash broke (the plastic and the bulb are both cracked). Is this something I could replace myself? If so, where can I ...
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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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How can I light creative portraits with one flash?

I have a single flash... and from what iv'e seen many photographers often uses 2 wireless flashes to get right light approaching to the subject. I only have one flash and a pop-up flash. Is there ...
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How to use a wireless remote shutter release with flash?

I'm about to buy a wireless remote shutter release. However, all shutter releases that I saw so far are attached to the flash shoe and cover the build-in flash. Are there wireless remote shutter ...
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What is the best strobe kit/brand for high speed photography?

I will be planning on doing some more indoor studio shots of motion/fast speed photography and curious on what would be your choice for this kind of project? I am familiar with Bowens, Elinchrom, ...
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Should my Nikon D3100 adjust settings to allow for use of flash in AP or SP mode

When I'm shooting with the onboard flash in low light conditions, I observe the exposure preview settings between no flash and the flash popped up - there appears to be little or no difference between ...
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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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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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How do I take a portrait at night with detail in the background instead of just blackness?

I was trying to make a photo of my girlfriend around 9 pm with a D7000, Sigma 24-70 2.8, and SB-900. She was in the center of the frame, taking up about 20% of the frame. About 40% was taken up by ...
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What attributes should I look for when buying batteries for a flash?

I want to buy some more rechargable batteries (AAs) for my flashes. I suppose I mainly care about: - Quick recycling of the flash - Hold their charge when not in use Although bonuses for: - Long ...
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Is there a radio flash control system for Olympus that allows setting flash power from the camera?

One of the main advantages of optical wireless flash control systems is that they don't require anything extra: at least with many cameras, they work with the built-in flash, and can often control ...
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Ring flash for 430EX II and Canon Rebel 500D

I'm looking into buying a ring (ray) flash for this setup: Canon 500D Speedlite 430EX II For now I only found this one: Ring Flash O-Flash for Canon 430EX II. Which is compatible with the setup ...
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Using flash with Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority gives me a white image - why?

When using the built in flash with Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority selected, I am getting a completely overexposed (white) image. Now my understanding of AP and SP modes is that the camera ...
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Is it possible to use a YN467 TTL Flash Speedlite on a Nikon D40?

I am considering the purchage of a YN467 TTL Flash Speedlite for Nikon D700/D300/D200/D90/D80/D5000: but I need to use it on a Nikon D40. Although I have been told that it can work, I want to be sure ...
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Will an external flash for Pentax K-7 work for Pentax K-5?

I'm looking for a cheap flash, and found this one. It states that it works for Pentax K-7; will it work for my Pentax K-5 as well? I don't know what to look for in the specifications.
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Nikon D800 Wireless i-TTL range

I have been experimenting with my new Nikon SB-910 speedlight using the Wireless i-TTL Advanced Wireless Lighting System that nikon has kindly built into the D800, which i believe to be radio based ...
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Why does my Nikon sb900 have a delayed response?

I am new to the use of flash. I have a Nikon d300s and I am using it with the sb900 flash. After pushing the shutter button to fire, the sb900 makes 3 little clicking noises, then fires. I want ...
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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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Using an umbrella type softbox and light quality

When using an umbrella type softbox (a softbox that opens like an umbrella like this one) used with a cobra flash or a light bulb that is INSIDE the softbox : does the tripod tube and the light ...
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Would This “Flash Diffuser” Be Any Good for My SB700?

I bought an SB700 and I noticed that it came with several accessories (a green plastic, a "transparent" plastic and a brown one). I searched and the transparent one is called a "diffuser". I ...
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Is diffraction an issue with macro lenses?

I'm looking to try out macro photography and have a rental of the Canon 100mm 2.8L IS and the MT-24EX flash to try out on my Canon 7D. I've been reading that with the flash, you can stop down to ...
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How to use this flash settings / chart

I bought a used flash of this model: Adorama Adorlite Twinblit However it didn't came with a manual. Anybody knows how to use these settings? and also this one? Basically the sliders move to ...
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How do i set studio flash power for a film camera without TTL/OTF metering

I have just bougnt an old fully manual medium format camera to play with, nothing serious. anyway on the lens there is a flash attachment point, which got me thinking: How do i decide on flash and ...