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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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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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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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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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Need advice on purchasing flashes for use with a light tent

I am looking to purchase three flashes for use with a light tent and am unsure of which I should purchase. I found the following on Amazon, both of which look really good and have great reviews, but ...
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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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Why is the shutter speed so long when using Flash in Aperture Priority on a Nikon D40X?

I'm trying to get the background out of focus (bokeh) and using Aperature(A) mode and setting aperture to lowest value. Update: I'm shooting in dim light and the flash goes off but the shutter speed ...
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Why doesn't the focus assist light get triggered on a flash connected via a Pocket Wizard TT1?

I have a Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 which work fine. I mount the TT1 on the camera shoe and the TT5 fires my remote flash ETTL fine. I now want a focus assist light, so I set a flash (580, 430 or ...
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Re-attach Canon Speedlite Wide Panel (diffuser)

I am renting a Canon Speedlite 580EX II. I had the pull-out Wide Panel (aka diffuser) out and, and when I went to push it back in I noticed that it was very, very loosely attached to its little black ...
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CLS to work with third-party Ring Flash?

I was new to this CLS technology from Nikon and wanting to make full use of this technology. Unfortunately recently I just bought a Sunpak ring flash and it does not support CLS function. May I know ...
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Will Quantaray QTB 7500A with module CN AF work with Canon Rebel XSi?

I saw your earlier post about a new module that was required for use with the quantaray QTB7500A with the canon rebel xsi? I'm not sure what you meant by new module...my module says CN AF and has ...
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Bad halo with gelled speedlite on background

Once a week I photograph adoptable animals at the local humane society. We always shoot against a white seamless background. To mix things up, typically we throw a gelled speedlite on the background. ...
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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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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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UV-coated vs non-UV-coated flash tube/dome - UV eye hazard?

NOTE: there have been many edits to this question as I understand more and more, so answers might not be totally relevant to the question, sorry for this all... My concern is: all the current flash ...
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How do I prevent the background from going dark when using the flash with a subject?

This is with Flash, short shutter exposure time, and zoomed in This is without Flash but with long shutter exposure time when using the Flash the background tends to get dark and the subject ...
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Can any radio flash triggers be used without a sync cable?

I am looking for an inexpensive wireless flash trigger system to use with my Pentax k-x and an old flash I wouldn't trust on the camera hot shoe (Vivitar 550FD) because of its high trigger voltage. I ...
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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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Is this statement By Jim Zuckerman incorrect?

"For the exposure of the foreground, though, the lighting came from the flash only. Therefore, changing the shutter speed didn’t affect the exposure of the subject, since the speed of light is faster ...
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How to stop built-in flash from pre-flashing?

Canon T2i keeps shooting pre-flashes; I have set the dial to "MAnual" (M) Im trying to trigger another separate flash optically-wirelessly with the in-camera flash but preflashes cause it to go off ...
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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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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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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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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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Nikon P310 - Infinity Focus and Flash

I have a Nikon P310 point and shoot which I intend to use for a very specific application. I want to use infinity focus setting. However, when selecting infinity focus the camera disables the flash. ...
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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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How can I use flash more effectively in club photography?

I took some shots at a club/bar of DJ's for the first time. I tried a lot of different techniques, and I can't figure out how to better my flash shots. These were some of my worst shots, because I ...
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What is the highest shutter speed in which the shutter is at some point completely open?

Specifically, for my Nikon D7000, but also in general. Is this shutter speed basically going to be the same shutter speed as the fastest flash sync speed, or the flash sync speed more affected by ...
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Why don't these external flashes fire when the camera shoots in Live View mode?

I had the opportunity to use some professional flashes yesterday and I found out that they didn't fire when I was trying to shoot with the camera in Live View mode. The flashes were two Elinchrom ...
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How bright should a flash be?

Is it common/wise to invest in multiple flashers for different situations or can you use one given it has enough intensity? Another way to read this is: can a flash be too bright?
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Canon 30D + speedlight not synching properly

My 30D + 340EX has started acting up. About half the time the flash doesn't synch properly, leaving some portion of the frame incorrectly exposed (sometimes the top doesn't get flash, sometimes the ...
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Practical difference between TTL and flash sensor

On an speedlite 600EX-RT, what is the practical difference between E-TTL II and Ext. A? I know the technical one, but how does it change flash exposure if you measure through the flash sensor rather ...
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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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Flash gun vs Studio light for product shoot

I need to make some shoot of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super professional pictures but I wan't something reasonnably good, better ...
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What is the relationship between Guide Number and flash power level?

From this post, I understand that the flash guide number (GN) is given by the following formula: Guide Number = Shooting Distance × f-number ÷ ISO factor I'm assuming that the GN calculated via the ...
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What flash guide number do I need to underexpose a “sunny” background?

I'm familiar with the maths behind flash usage (guide numbers, etc.). Here's a more practical question that doesn't yet seem to have an answer on photo.se: Consider a subject, outdoors, on a regular ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Powering a Nikon SB-28 or Cobra flash with an external (not portable) power supply for studio use.

I often have to use my cobra flash indoor, as a studio flash, but I always have batteries problems : not enough charged batteries, no new batteries for backup, battery charge too low after some ...
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How important is it that the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens does not return distance data?

I read at the photonotes website that the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens does not return distance information to the camera, to be used for E-TTL II. How important is this, and should this be a ...
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How do the ePhoto and Cowboy Studio beauty dishes compare for a newbie learning the ropes?

I'm wanting to buy a beauty dish and I'm on a tight budget, I can't find reviews comparing the ePhoto vs Cowboy Studio Beauty Dishes and was hoping one of you might help me choose. I'm looking at ...
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Where should one go in terms of equipment for event shooting after a D7000 kit?

I'm still new at photography -- really, it is going to be a long while before I can get close to the potential out of the D7000 kit. However, Microsoft recently has been giving me the opportunity to ...
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My Flash doesn't Flash

I have a Sunpak PF30x on a Nikon D40. I just put in new batteries and the flash worked great for two shots. After that, the flash doesn't pop. I tried turning the camera off and the flash off then ...
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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 my nikon flash fire 3 short flashes before the full flash goes off?

I have a Nikon D200 and I'm using the SB 800 flash. I've been using this flash for a year and now when I take a shot the flash pops 3 short flashes and then the shutter engages and the full flash goes ...
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How can I use the built-in flash with a legacy prime on a Nikon D3100?

I purchased an older 50mm prime lens to use on my Nikon D3100. I know it will not meter or focus (and I can handle manual focus and exposure etc.) but I cannot get it to fire the on-camera flash. Any ...
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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 ...