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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 achieve a flash image with a very bright, almost-whited-out subject and dark background?

I want to achieve this strong flash yet balanced background, I've been trying a couple things out but I need some tips. I know very little about flash in general, so any tips help! Thanks!
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Promaster Flash Module TTL on a Modern Canon DSLR

I have an old Promaster FTD 5600 flash. These flashes have an interchangeable module that allows it to work with different manufacturers' TTL systems. Right now the flash has a Nikon module; it does ...
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Can I change firmware from canon to nikon in a Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital?

I have a Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital for canon, so I can only use it in manual with my nikon d7100. If I change its firmware to the nikon one will it work with nikon or just break?
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Canon 1000D and sigma ef-610 flash issues

I have a canon 1000D DSLR and a Sigma EF-610 flash. The Flash seems to work find in full Auto mode when attached to the camera body, but when I try to use it off camera I run into problems. When the ...
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Can I use rear curtain sync in bulb mode?

I have an idea of shooting a low key photo of dancers using rear curtain sync and tracing them with continuous lights to get the classic trails of the dancers as well as a sharp frozen picture using ...
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Yongnuo YN-468 II — how can I turn off the beeps?

I have a Yongnuo YN-468 II and the beeps while the flash is focusing are annoying. How do I turn them off?
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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? I'm interested ...
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All the things that I did wrong with this shot [closed]

First time ever using flash, so I put the flash with softball attached to it on the ground on the right side of the girl ( left side of the picture ) and took this shot. I would like to know all the ...
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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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How can I improve my clothing photography with a limited budget?

I am shooting pictures for our sleepwear brand but I have limited budget/equipment: Nikon D40 Lenses: 18-105mm & 50mm f1.8 Flash: Yongnuo YN-560 Tripod We have some lights from the top that I ...
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Without modification, is the built-in pop-up flash EVER appropriate?

You can't use a diffuser, you can't redirect it, you can't adjust intensity, you can only pop that little sucker up and blast away. Is there ever a situation where having this built-in pop-up flash ...
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What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc)?

What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc) to distinguish them from studio strobes and alike? Is it simply speedlight/speedlite or has that just become a generic ...
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Would it be better to use hotshoe flashes or studio lights for a product shoot?

I need to make some shots of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super-professional pictures but I want something reasonably good, better than ...
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Firing master flash with Yongnuo RF-603 II

I got a couple Yongnuo RF-603 II triggers. And I got a Canon 550EX and 430EX. I want to use the triggers to fire the 550EX remotely. The 550EX is in master mode. Which should trigger my 430EX in ...
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Does the internal structure of an umbrella-type softbox impact 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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Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?

There are a number of "mini-softbox" products on the market. These are meant to mount on a hotshoe flash (usually with an elastic band). Lumiquest Softbox III Are these worthwhile portable and ...
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Yongnuo YN565ex flash, what is the SL option for?

If a Yongnuo YN565ex flash can only be used remotely without triggers, as an optical slave,via menu options S1 & S2, what is the SL option for? I had hoped SL was to recieve wireless signals from ...
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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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What third party flashes can be remotely controlled from an Olympus?

Olympus cameras (E-M1 in my case) are able to optically control Olympus flashes and adjust power accordingly, but are there third-party flashes that the Olympus can control? Many flashes can be ...
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Why is my ISO so high when shooting indoor photos with flash

I have a Nikon D5100. When shooting indoor photos using the built in flash, the auto ISO changes to 1600 or so. Doesn't the flash produce enough light so that the ISO would stay at 100 or so? ...
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Can I sync my iPhone to an external strobe / flash? [duplicate]

Is there any way I can sync my iPhone to a strobe? I've search around and can't seem to find any reliable way to do it. From what I've read it seems using an optical slave triggered by the iphone ...
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Is it possible to use a flash for modern DSLR on an older film camera?

Older flashes could have higher voltage than newer flash for DSLR. In that case one risks that there is an higher than expected voltage difference with all the subsequents possible consequences for ...
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Adding flash makes picture darker. Why?

I just started experimenting with flashes and was surprised by something, hope someone can explain me what us happening. I have canon 7d with built in flash extended, set to 1/32 power. Also, a flash ...
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How can I make the flash fire when it is connected with a cord?

I just received the lighting starter kit from Strobist and trying to see if I can make it take a shot before I go to bed tonight :D Here is the picture of how I have set it up currently: And also ...
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How to brighten the face of a backlit subject [duplicate]

I want to recreate a photo like the below one. The sun is at your back and I need that glow in the tips of the hair and would like to brighten up the face too.. Is flash recommended for this? If ...
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Do TTL flashes always “count” as a single pre-flash?

My Sony speedlight will only trigger off-camera with a TTL signal. I'm looking to expand my controlled-lighting arsenal with other speedlights and monolights that all have the ability to optically ...
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Why does a speedlite not fire when taking a still during movie mode?

My setup is limited to a Canon 6D and a Yongnuo flash, but I have a feeling this may be more fundamental than just the specific combination of body and flash. When you set the camera to movie mode, ...
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Why is my Metz 58 AF-1 flash showing low battery when fresh batteries are being used?

I have a Metz 58 AF-1 flash. I got it new in 2010 and it has worked great. Over the last 6 months, the recycling time has gotten consistently worse and worse. Before this issue, I could usually shoot ...
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how to use a speedlight flash in dark room

I recently bought a cheap speedlight flash. I've set it to manual mode and when i am using it in a dark place it dosent trigger and sometimes it does. Am i doing something wrong?
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Is Cowboystudio 4 channel remote trigger compatible with Canon 60d?

The trigger's test button works with my two studio strobe flashes, so i know it's not the flash system. In my settings under flash control, flash fire is enabled, when i click on built in flash it ...
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Is Yongnuo RF 603NII N3 compatible with YN-565EX II Flash Unit without using slave in flash unit

I have Yongnuo RF 603NII N3 transceiver (2 pieces). I would like to know whether we can use it without connecting one piece to YN-565EX II Flash Unit i.e. one piece of transceiver will be in my camera ...
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Best approach to handle flash with my film camera?

Although I have been photographing for 3 years now, there are still areas I am fairly new to. I really love film photography, but I also like to use flashes for portraits and such. Of course with my ...
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How can I get proper flash exposure in AV mode without using ETTL?

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and normally shoot with natural light (I try to stay away from flash). However, I am taking on more situations where I need to use my hotshoe flash (Canon Speedlite 580 EX ...
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Do all my speedlites need to be trigered wirelessly to do proper HSS?

What if some of them are slaves? Will they properly sync at 1/8000 along with the radio triggered ones?
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Off camera flash with cheap camera

After seeing this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh6zr3wKRV0 where famous photographers shooting with cheap cameras I wanted to try what Zack Arias dis in this video. In short, I tried ...
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Is it safe to override my camera's “flash busy” warning when the battery is low?

When I get the "flash busy" message, I usually restart my camera, or just push the flash back, and it pops up again. Both worked for me. Am I damaging my camera or flash this way? Or it will just ...
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How to disable the red eye protection flash with sony powershot DSCWX80 or WX60?

I want to DISABLE the extra flash that occurs when taking pictures of a group of people. Reason is, that people start looking away after they see the first flash, that occurs to remove the red eyes ...
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How can I trigger an off-camera flash with a Polaroid SX 70 or a Yashica-Mat?

I am interested in shooting pictures with off camera flash. I have a Polaroid sx 70 and one medium format Yashica mat 124. I was wondering if is it feasbile to shoot with off camera flash with one of ...
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How can I avoid light bleed in a studio shot?

I have a simple white backdrop setup with two off camera flashes setup. One flash is pointed directly at the background to overexpose it to white. The other flash is off camera to the right, shooting ...
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Why is the on-camera flash trying to pop up when using a D7000 with a MK930 Speedlite?

So I decided to buy a cheap flash to experiment bouncing flash on walls or ceilings. I can't stand flash in pictures so I thought this would be a great way to try, and seeing these things are barely ...
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What are the practical differences between Canon 580EX II and Canon 600EX-RT?

so which one is better and why? I just need to get as much flash power as possible for outdoor and indoor photography. Are they a lot different from each other? I couldn't care less about the ...
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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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Why don't we have Manual flashes with High Speed Sync?

What's the technical challenge here? Is it more of a marketing decision to encourage you to pay more for TTL based models (let's disregard other advantages of TTL for the moment). If we can have flash ...
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Is there a flash system that will work with for both Canon 5DMKIII and Sony A7MKII?

I have the following two new cameras: Canon 5D-MKIII & Sony A7-MKII I'm looking to see if I can avoid buying 2 different flash systems, will any of the new Yongnuo flashes (or other flash ...
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Flash for a6000 [closed]

Can someone recommend a good flash with manual and TTL capability for sony alpha a6000? I am looking for flashes other than the ones provided by sony. Also, do the normal hot shoe flashes work with ...
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What to bounce?

I was reading (on Tangents I think) advice on avoiding bounce off the ceiling as being an unnatural place for the light to come from (?) and in any case not artistic. Figure out where your lamp or ...
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How can I reduce the recycling time between shots when the built-in flash is enabled?

I know with external flash we can just use better batteries, but what about the built-in flash? Can we reduce its power or give it an external charger? I use a Nikon D5200.
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High speed sync Flash with 430EX II off-camera

I have a Canon 6D and a Speedlite 430EX II. It supports HHS, which works fine when the flash is mounted on the camera. Since I'd like to use it off-camera I bought the inexpensive Yongnuo triggers ...
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What camera & lens combinations are ideal for animal photography [closed]

What camera & lens combinations are ideal for animal photography? I tried to do it with my Canon camera.