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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 are the Yongnuo flash naming conventions?

I'm trying to get an idea of which Yongnuo flash will fit my requirements. I'd like to have a flash to pair with my SB-900 with TTL support for use both on and off camera (Nikon CLS-compatible). My ...
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How to turn an external flash off and reactive the incorporated one (Canon 600D)?

After using an external flash, I took it off and, when trying to use the built-in flash incorporated to the camera, it just didn't pop up. In the menu, it tells me that the external flash is mounted, ...
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Old Yashica Flash with Nikon D3200

I have a Nikon D3200 and an old Yahica Branded Flash that came with an old Zenit ET. I googled for the instructions for using old flash with new cameras and found out that the excessive voltages could ...
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Off-camera flash bracket - flash position

Why do almost every flash bracket users prefer an "above camera" flash position? I am a studio/softbox guy and usually don't use bare flashes. Recently I tried to use flashes on top and this looks ...
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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 ...
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Is there a 3rd-party wireless slave for Nikon SU-4 triggering?

My question is similar to this one about a generic commander for the Nikon CLS system (IR wireless flash). Now if I want my SB-25 to be slaved by this system the Nikon SU-4 does the right job. As I ...
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What is the purpose of a dual LED flash?

I see that some smartphones now have dual LED flash. What exactly is the purpose of a dual LED flash? Anything to do with brightness? What can a dual do that a single flash cannot? Would a triple LED ...
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Reducing ambient color while preserving sharpness with a flash in concert photos

I have been shooting (small) live concerts with poor env. lightning for some years now with the help of F/1.4 & 2.8 lenses, mostly using a 160th shutter speed to make sure that the fast movements ...
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What are the possible reasons my Pentax K-r malfunctions when using flash?

I have a Pentax K-r. It works fine in general. But, when I try to use flash, it doesn't take pictures anymore. The shutter will not fire. What can be the possible causes? Is there a hope to repair ...
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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 to calculate camera settings for a family group portrait with a film camera and flash?

I'm shooting film 200 ASA.,, Three rows of family members in front of a large white lit xmas tree, with flash. Distance from first row approx.15ft. Where should the focus on the group be? What would ...
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Is using a large aperture with flash uncommon?

I found How can I use wide aperture with fill flash? and How can I use flash with large apertures? while trying to find a solution for using a large aperture to get DOF with the flash setup I have. ...
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Inconsistent TTL results when flash used off-camera (YN565 EX II)

I've got a Yongnuo 565 EX II that meters flawlessly when attached to the hotshoe of my 60D, but is very inconsistent when used off camera and slaved to the built in flash unit. It frequently doesn't ...
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Where can I get a replacement case for my Nikon SB400 flash?

I've lost the case for my SB400 Nikon flash and am having a devile of a time finding a replacement. I've Googled and so far, no luck. Any ideas?
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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 do I lower ISO in an intentionally dark photo and maintain contrast?

In the attached image I'd like to lower my ISO in an effort to reduce noise. Is there a way to leverage flash or some other technique to accomplish this without losing the contrast between the ...
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Why do my Cybersyncs fire my Sunpak flashes with the test button, but not the shutter release?

During wedding receptions, my Sunpak 383s fire very inconsistently. Every time I press the test button with the Cybersyncs, they fire every time. When I press the shutter button, they don't fire. ...
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Which flashes are weather-proofed?

With some effort, it's possible to find out which camera models and lens have weather sealing. However, there seems to be little information available on weather-sealed flashes. From another answer ...
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Can two or more different models of Yongnuo flash work together?

I have a Yongnuo YN-568EX flash and I use it with a Nikon D7100. If I buy another two more Yongnuo flashes of any model other than a YN-568EX, in principle will they all work together using at least ...
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Overexposed images when using ring flash

I am somewhat of a newbee to photography, but I have a Sigma EM-140 Ring Flash with a 18-250mm Sigma lens. In short, when I use the camera with the ring flash I can't get it to take photos that ...
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Are there any instructions for Pixel X-650 flash?

It is the first time I've used this flash and have no idea how to work it. Even though it seems to fire, my pictures are dark, as if it hasn't fired.
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How can I use my Minolta 3500xi flash with my Sony A camera?

My external flash, a Minolta 3500xi, doesn't seem to be synchronized with my camera Sony A 200. Can you help?
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High Speed Sync with Canon 7D and Sigma EF-610 DG Super

Does anyone know how or if high speed sync can be triggered using a Canon 7D and a Sigma EF-610 DG Super? After making all the settings as per the 610's manual, as soon as I meter/focus the camera ...
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What's a powerful waterproof flash?

Based on recommendations in a previous question, I'm now looking at purchasing a couple of powerful flashes. As far as i understand, almost all flash units are not waterproof at all. Since I take my ...
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Is it possible to trigger a Canon 600 EX-RT with a Fuji's on-camera flash?

I was playing yesterday with my Fuji X100T and got curious if I can use my Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite as an optical slave to the built-in flash on my Fuji X100T. Is this possible?
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How to get best photos with SB 28 external flash?

I am trying to figure out how to use my sb 28 nikon external flash with my tamron 200-500 mm lense. What is the best setting... i cant adjust the shutter speed on the camera or change anything when i ...
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Is the Yongnuo YN-622C transceiver compatible with the Alien Bee 800?

I am thinking about buying a second hand AlienBee 800. I currently have a pair of Yongnuo YN-622C Wireless TTL Flash Triggers for Canon. Would they be compatible with the AlienBee?
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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon CLS?

Does Canon have its own version of the creative lighting system?
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What flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1?

What vintage/modern flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1? I'm going away for vacation and I need something other than a tripod for low-light situations.
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Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns?

I just got a new off-camera flash, and the instruction manual says: Never fire the flash unit closer than 1 meter from infants. This was a little startling to me, since one of the main reasons I ...
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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What are good situations to use Multi-Flash / Repeating Flash feature?

What can be done with the MULTI-Flash feature of a 580ex II flash? What are good situations to use this feature?
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When might you use multi flash on a speedlight? [duplicate]

On my speedlight I have several settings for multi flash, mostly to do with how many flashes and how fast they are fired. When might you use multi flash? The only thing I can think of is cases where ...
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Can I use my Vivitar 283 flash with any DSLR cameras?

I am having Vivitar Electronic Flash (model 283) with Automatic Thyristor Exposure Control. Can I use this flash with Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras directly or with some other way.
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR?

I have been using my dad's old Metz mecablitz 18 B1 flash for a while with my Canon 7D and had no trouble with it, but just received some advice from a friend that using old flashes can fry the ...
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Difference between Wireless Flash Trigger and wireless flash controller

I am trying to workout what I need to trigger my flash lights (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BIVE59C/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A32ZNQ4MC3DYDA) I have found these 2 ...
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Can I use Mikona MV-328 flash on any DSLR cameras?

I am having Mikona Electronic Flash (model MV-328). Can I use this flash with Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras directly or with some other way.
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Background blur vs. frozen object in long exposure flash photography

I recently watched Adorama's video on rear curtain sync flash photography. At 4.12 to 4.42, the presenter claims that when using front-curtain sync, the background/long exposure blur will be put on ...
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Can I use a Metz flash with Yongnuo trigger?

I have a Metz AF 52 flash and a Nikon D5200 camera, which has no wireless commander. Will a Yongnuo trigger work?
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What does TTL mean?

I'm new to photography and I see the term TTL all over the place. What does it mean? And how do I use it to make my pictures better?
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Canon 70D with Neewer/Godox TT560 flash not working in hot-shoe

This is my first external flash and I'm not sure if I'm missing anything simple. The flash works in slave mode outside of the camera. But when I mount it in the hotshoe mount I can't get it to fire. ...
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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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Flash issue on Canon 600d and 500d - showing Err 20 when flash is in manual mode

I've got a canon 600d and a canon 500d. My flash is a Jessups 360AFDC. Although the flash works consistently on both cameras in TTL mode I have problems getting it to work on both cameras in manual ...
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What are the most important features to look for in a low budget hotshoe flash and why?

When trying to get started with flash photography, there are a lot of new options, features and techniques that a photographer gets thrown in to. When starting on a budget, what features will give a ...
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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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Yongnuo YN560-II flash not firing with Nikon D3100

I bought a Yongnuo YN560II external flash for my Nikon D3100 right before Christmas. When I first started using it, the shutter speed automatically adjusted as though there were no flash, but the ...
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RF Flash triggers and transmitters

I am still at a very basic level with flash photography. I have some questions: What is the difference, if any, between a trigger and a transmitter? Does the transmitter send more info to the remote ...
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What could cause pictures to come out too dark when using a ring flash? [closed]

I'm using a Nikon D800e. I've just got a Polaroid macro ring flash, but I'm having a hard time setting it up. The flash is good when I press the pilot button and the light button, but when I shoot, ...
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How do I repair a detached SB600 flash head tilt/rotate lock-release button?

The rubber cover that I press to tilt/rotate the head of my SB-600 flash has come off after years of abuse, and it looks like the original adhesive has dried out. Can anyone recommend some ...
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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 ...