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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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Low light photography: which avenue of gear improvement? [closed]

When you see something to be desired in your photo, it can be as much your technique as the limitation in your gear. But I'm pretty confident that I've hit the limitation of my gear for low available ...
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To get a main to fill lighting 3 to 1 ratio you divide your main f/ number by 3?

I have read this information off a popular Photography site ; I am confused because I tought that for a ratio of 3:1 you need to set your main light to say: f/8 and your fill only one full stop down, ...
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Why does ETTL occasionally fail with my Canon Speedlite 580 EXII?

I have the Canon Speedlite 580EXII for 3-4 years now, and I have used it with a 450D and more recently with a 60D. With both bodies, there was a very weird behavior where ETTL or even TTL will ...
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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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Canon Flash Slave: 550 or 430 ex ii

I have a Canon 580 exii, now i am looking for a cheap slave either canon 430 mark ii or canon 550. not sure what should i pick?
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Is this tutorial about fill flash percentage wrong?

I saw an interactive tutorial at http://www.sekonic.com/classroom/fillflashtutorial.aspx,, it talks about how to control the proportion of fill flash relative to ambient light. In it, they illustrate ...
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Why won't shutter release when in flash mode?

I bought a used Nikon D3100 and cannot get the shutter to release in flash mode. The camera works great as long as it is not calling for flash. Not sure what to try or do.
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Why does my flash keep turning itself off?

I attached my Canon 580EX flash to my Canon 6D this evening to take some Halloween shots. Although body and flash usually work seamlessly together, tonight I noticed that the flash kept turning itself ...
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The best flash setup and postion for a portraits and groups shots in a low light room?

I am an beginner photographer and I was "hired" to cover a company final year party. The idea is take group shots or portraits and print "on the fly" the pictures, then the guests can see and take the ...
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PC Terminal vs Hot Shoe

It says here, PC Terminal and Hot Shoe are both types of flash sync connections. If that so, then what are their differences and primary uses? I'm a little confused about it because I understand ...
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What is the quantative relation between flash guide number and ISO?

I found that formula on the Internet: Guide Number = (Shooting Distance * Aperture) ÷ ISO Sensitivity Is it correct? If it is could someone please explain why ISO is related to guide number in this ...
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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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What Ever Happened to Hologram AF?

I'm currently using it in my Sony DSC-F828 and I think works very well especially in low light condition. I've read a lot of hypothesis about it but anyone know for sure why modern cameras don't use ...
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Hotshoe flash with adaptable color temperature?

The dual LED flash in the iPhone 5s allows changing its color from white to amber, to approximate the color temperature of ambient light. dpreview.com writes: In fact, it features the first ...
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Will a low-cost macro ring flash be useful for portraits?

A friend of mine wants a flash for her camera (Cannon 650D), and we want to buy her one for her birthday. She also said she wanted a ring flash (I think she was referring to the Orbis ring flash). ...
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Why does my Cowboystudio NPT-04 not trigger flash with Live View on Canon T3i?

I just purchased a Cowboystudio flash trigger, model NPT-04 to use on my Canon T3i with a Canon 430 EX ii Speedlite. It seems to only work when looking through the viewfinder- if live view is on ...
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using flash and av mode

I shoot with canon 1000d and in av mode. I prefer not to use flash but some times i use it (built in) to fill-in dark in day light. Flash make my photo too much over exposed. Any suggestion for ...
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How to explain to your client that a camera flash does no harm to infant?

Firstly, it is pretty definitive that a camera flash will cause no harm to infants (see below): Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns? My question targets photographers who had ...
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How to correctly expose when using a flash?

I have been using the Manual mode ever since I picked up my Nikon D3200 about 6 months ago. I am pretty well versed with the exposure triangle & how to use it. However, recently - I am starting ...
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How do I determine whether flash fired or not?

For example, I use a regular cropped DSLR (like Canon 400D (Rebel XTi)) and I use an external ON-camera flash (mounted on the camera's shoe). How do I determine by looking over the description within ...
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Why does using flash sometimes create these white spots in the photo?

I have an Olympus FE-190. When I take a picture, with flash on Digital Image Stabilizer (DIS) mode, I get white spots in pictures. This doesn't happen always. There is only an option called Pixel ...
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How to adjust the flashlight properly when to take a headshot?

I want to do indoor head-shot in a low light situation. What is the right way to adjust the flashlight pointing angle to receive the best out of it. PS : I use Nikon D3200 with 35mm f/1.8g lens and ...
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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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My D3100 takes longer exposure shots instead of using the flash

Both the camera and the Flash are in AUTO, so in low light it should make the flash pop up, but it does not. Instead it just seems to take a shot with longer exposure, making the photo appear with ...
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Nikon D70 and Sigma EF-500 DG Super NA-iTTL Flash

I have a D70 and Sigma flash gun, which I understand should work with the camera. I have read it is important to have the iTTL versions of the flash gun for it to be able to work with the iTTL ...
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Does an on-line flash buying guide exist with a feature search?

I'm looking for something comparable to dpreview's camera feature search and lens feature search. There are plenty of buying guides on-line outlining to what parameters one should pay attention when ...
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What's the point of a removable umbrella cover?

I'm new to off-camera flash and looking to buy some gear (stands, umbrellas, etc.). I've seen some umbrellas that have a removable black cover, like this one: I assume that you add the cover when ...
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How many watt-seconds do regular battery-powered flashes have?

I'd like to know how do battery-powered system flashes compare to studio units in terms of light output. I know that AlienBees B400 has 400 "effective"  Ws, and that Canon Speedlite 580EX II has ...
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Combinig external flash with ring flash - viable?

I have a Nikon SB900 which I use exclusively for macro photograhpy. Would it be a good idea to combine in with a ring light/flash for some extra fill light? Or would it be better to buy another ...
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How to troubleshoot Canon Speedlites that are not firing at the same time?

working on some studio lighting and want to have my two Canon Speedlite 580 EX II's to fire simulatneously using Canon's built in wireless communications (i.e. The Master to trigger the Slave, but ...
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Can anyone offer me some shooting advice for a wedding ceremony?

I will be taking some photos at a friend's wedding. Mainly the ceremony. It will be outdoors in some very nice gardens and a little before sunset, around 6.15pm while sunset is at 7.20pm in that city. ...
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With a limited budget, how should I invest between flash power and light modification?

I just bought a yn-622c for my t3i and I want to also pickup the lastolite ezybox 24" softbox. My main concearn is that the 430ex ii will be too weak to shoot in a softbox from several meters. Does ...
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How should I do a DIY set up for shooting clothing items?

I need to make a photo shoot of clothing articles (headbands, headscarves, etc) for an online store. I tried building a lightbox the other day (cheap way) and then put a light from the top. It was ...
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Why is my Phoenix external flash not charging?

I just got a Phoenix DZBIS-112CII external flash for my Canon 550D. I have tried everything that I can think of to make it fire, without any luck. It came with four dead batteries in it which had ...
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Why is maximum shutter speed fixed on Nikon DSLRs when using flash?

I recently upgraded from D300 to D800 and I was very excited about the new auto ISO feature that automatically sets the maximum shutter speed based on focal length (including an adjustable ...
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Is it worth to buy a pop up flash difuser?

I have come across this product while searching the net, and I wonder if it is worth to buy it. Is it a necessary to add if I want to use my popup flash?
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Light source types and which ones to use

There are not too much info on light source types. Basically there are continuous/halogen and flash lights. When do we choose which one? About continuous/flash lights, when do we use an ...
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“Flash busy” (Canon EOS 1100D) message - When does it happen and why?

Yesterday I faced with a situation where I saw very often the message of "flash busy" with no chance to shoot. As I understand it can happen when battery power to flash is low, but I use only built-in ...
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How do I fix a Nikon D5000 pop-up flash which won't stay down?

My Nikon D5000 had an accident and the camera flash now doesn't lock properly and instead it keeps popping up. Do you know how to fix this, have any hints on what to look for or if there's any place ...
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How does TTL flash work in manual exposure mode?

I got the Metz 44 AF-1 flash recently that is TTL capable for my Canon 550D, and have been reading around to get a better understanding of using flash on-camera (Neil Van Niekerk's article on flash ...
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Why does my 420EX Speedlite sometimes fail to start up?

I have a Canon 420EX Speedlite that sometimes won't start up. When it's not working, it behaves as if it didn't have any batteries in it... just totally dead. The odd thing is, it doesn't seem to be ...
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Does anyone make a flash diffuser for the Canon Macro Twin?

I'm currently looking for a flash diffuser for the Canon Macro Twin MT-24EX. I see that many people make their own. However, I'm not very good about building stuff. Is there anything available in the ...
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How can I trigger a flash remotely and manually?

If I want to do long-exposure photos in which I trigger the flash multiple times to freeze objects in the frame I know I can use the test button of the flash to trigger it manually. But if I want to ...
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Is it possible to use a Metz 36 AF-5 flash on a Praktica MTL5 film SLR?

Is it possible to use a modern, digital flash (like the Metz 36 AF-5) on an analog film SLR? I know that I have to be careful if I use it the other way around (old flash + DSLR) because of high ...
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Can I use auto flash and auto ISO in Aperture priority mode on a Nikon DSLR?

I would like to know if I can set my flash on auto in Aperture priority mode. I have a D3200 Nikon. And also, can I set auto ISO in Aperture priority mode?
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Versatile and small flash bracket for Canon 430

I need a flash bracket for macro work. But I'm looking for something versatile and smaller than the big ones I found online. Is there anything I can buy, possibly with a cable that can be connected to ...
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What is Auto Aperture Mode on Nikon Speedlight?

I am not familiar with the "Auto Aperture" mode in Nikon Speedlights. I've been using a non-Nikon flash and I have not tried AA mode before. What is it exactly?
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Why is manual flash at the lowest power stronger than the TTL result?

I have a 500D with the 430EX II flashgun. I've taken two pictures with the camera in manual mode, one with the flash in ETTL mode and then in manual mode with the power to 1/64 and the flash exposure ...
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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 ...