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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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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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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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Is it necessary to fully drain Ni-MH batteries before recharging them?

Is it really necessary to fully drain the Ni-MH batteries before recharging them? As a rule, I always want my speedlite batteries to be fully charged. At the end of each day when I use my flashgun, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Skin tones become yellower/ oranger when flash is on

When I take pictures of people, the yellow and red tones seem to be enhanced and the result is a more jaundiced complexion in best case scenario and orange and a bit shiny if their skin is a bit oily. ...
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How does TTL flash metering works in film cameras?

Unlike digital cameras, there are no pre-flashes in film cameras that do off the film metering. In absence of pre-flashes I want to know how camera can determine accurate flash power when flash is ...
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Why is ETTL necessary?

As I understand, the required flash power for correct exposure is determined by aperture, ISO and subject distance. It shouldn't matter whether a human subject is dressed in black or white -- the ...
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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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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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How to power and mount flashes?

I just purchased a few Yongnuo YN-560 II flashes for use with a light tent (for macro photos) and as this will be my first time using external flashes I'm not quite sure how to power or mount them. ...
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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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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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How to get better photos with Canon's G12 built-in flash? [duplicate]

My camera is a Canon G12. I don't have a fancy add-on flash. My main problems are: how can I get better images with the built-in flash in the Canon G12? What techniques can I use to make the ...
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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 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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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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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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Should my flash zoom match my lens focal length or its 35mm equivalent?

I have a camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Should my flash zoom match my lens's actual focal length or its 35mm equivalent? I am hoping that someone can shed some scientific light to this matter.
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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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Pop up flash & softbox headlight unit

I'm very new to flash photography. Just recently bought a softbox kit and I'm not quite sure how to use the built-in flash on the headlight unit. The sales person tells me that it has a light sensor ...
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Will the YougNuo YN-565EX set as slave work as TTL?

I'm trying to figure out something for a project that's upcoming. I'd like two flashes on stage (maybe three) triggered by an ST-E2 on-camera from the back of the room and various places in-between. ...
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Manual or Automatic Speedlight?

I'm beginner photographer. I thought of buying Speedlight and found cheap Yongnuo 460 for about $35. But it is Manual (No TTL). Is it hard to use Manual flash without TTL ? Should I have to choose ...
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How can I fire both a wireless trigger and an on camera flash at the same time?

I have three cactus v5 remote triggers. I also use Canon equipment. I want to be able to fire both a wireless trigger and an on camera flash at the same time. The wireless trigger would fire an off ...
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Should my speedlite burn through batteries when not in use?

I got a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II just a couple of weeks ago and noticed a surprising and annoying feature: If I leave batteries in the flash unit, even with the flash switched off and removed from ...
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Casio Exilim EX-Z85 camera broken flash

Hello I have Casio Exilim EX-Z85 with broken flash lamp, does anyboy know what is the lamp size? I want to replace this lamp, I found few on the web: http://goo.gl/SUPvR (link to google translate ...
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How to use in-camera AF light, instead of speedlight AF light?

I have a Nikon D3100 and a Yongnuo YN467 speedlight. What I need is to use thee AF light from the camera body, since I realize it is really better than the speedlight one. Is there any way to achieve ...
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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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Advantages of TTL over manual mode when using speedlites

Yesterday a user on stackexchange asked me why do I prefer manual over TTL when working with speedlites. I use them mostly off-camera and I've developed a kind of a workflow where I do not walk back ...
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How differently should I use a flash with film camera?

I will be using flash with a film camera for the first time. I've some experience with on and off camera flash with digital camera and film camera for landscape pictures. Now I do not know what are ...
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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 Canon Rebel XS effectively optically trigger a speedlite flash?

I am looking at purchasing a flash to go with my Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D), such as the Speedlite 430 EX II. I understand that there is some ability to trigger the speedlite by way of the on-camera ...
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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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Are there any compatibility issues with Canon 60D body and the Canon Speedlite 430EX?

I have an opportunity to purchase a rarely used Canon Speedlite 430EX flash. I admit I know next to nothing about flashes but want to learn the basics with this one. I understand that this is an ...
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What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture?

What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture ? I am amazed of the by level of diffused light. I am sure there is a lot of post processing but i believe the lighting is the most important ...
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Is it possible to manually controll the flash while using the BULB manual exposure setting on a Canon XSi?

To explain a little more, I want to be able manually set off the flash more than once for the purpose of having a double exposure while shooting in manual exposure mode. Is there a way to do this ...
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What kind of batteries will provide the fastest recharge/recycle time for a flash unit like the 430EX II?

I have gotten deep into bird photography this year, and have put a lot of time and effort into learning the tricks of the trade. My latest endeavors are into bird/bif flash photography. I own a Canon ...
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What cheap flashes can be wirelessly triggered by a Nikon SB-900?

I have a Nikon SB-900 and I love it. I am looking to expand my off camera capabilities and would love to buy another flash. The one important factor I'm looking for is the compatibility between my ...