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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 take a tunnel photo with a model inside the tunnel?

I recently bought Nikon D7200. A good camera. But I feel a great challenge while taking a photo of a model standing in the middle of the tunnel. The tunnel is short and outside the tunnel is a ...
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Yongnuo YN-685 underexposure issue in bounce mode at longer focal length

I just purchased a new Yongnuo YN685 to replace a trusty but old Canon 580-EX (the original, not the II version) that is misfiring and may be on its last legs. After playing with it for a few ...
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Does using flash makes a person's face look darker against a white background?

A CVS staff member took several passport photos of me against a white background. In some photos my face looked very dark, while in other photos my face doesn't look dark at all and it actually is not....
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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 low-...
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What might cause a Speedlight 380EX to stop syncing correctly?

I have a Canon Speedlight 380EX and some time ago it stopped syncing correctly. Every photo I take comes out dark as if the flash didn't fire. The flash fires, the IR assist beam works as intended and ...
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How do I get rear-curtain sync on a Canon 5D classic with a Yongnuo YN-500EX?

I have a Canon 5D classic and a Yongnuo YN-500EX and I'd like to take rear curtain sync photos with it but I can't seem to make it work. The flash has this function, I can turn it on and see it being ...
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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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Why won't my D3100 take flash pictures even when focused?

Recently my camera has randomly stopped letting me take photos on settings that have a flash or have a flash option. It will let the camera focus and it will make a click sound like it is ready to ...
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Cheap secondhand off-camera flash with manual power controls?

I have a Canon 500D and am not overly a fan of portrait shots, but thought I might give it a go with a few simple setup scenes. External lighting would be useful, but the good stuff is very expensive, ...
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Lightmeter not changing values after adjusted flash power?

This is my first time learning to use a light meter. Measuring ambient seems to be working and straight forward. However measuring the flash seems to be broken. I have it set to wait for a flash. ...
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What causes the “Flash busy” message (Canon EOS 1100D)?

Yesterday I was faced with a situation where I often saw the message "flash busy" with no chance to shoot. As I understand it, this can happen when battery power to flash is low, but I only used the ...
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Fixing an Unevenly Spread Flash Gel in Photoshop (or Lightroom)

so this is the image and as you can see, the yellow gel did not spread to the bottom left part of it. is there a way to artificially spread that (I can only do basic controls in lightroom and PS) ...
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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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How well will a Canon 580EX II flash work on my Nikon D5000?

I would like more specifics on how a 580EX II would work on a Nikon D5000 and if it is even worth it. This is the scenario, I have available a Canon XTi with a 580EX II for buying; I own a D5000 ...
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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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Where can I get the power supply specs for a Yongnuo YN-14EX flash?

I recently bought this flash for my Canon 70D, a Yongnuo YN-14EX macro ring light. Since it is equipped with a connector for external power supply... ... I want to build a power supply on my own. ...
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Canon ST-E2: Can I manually adjust the power of slave flashes using the camera menu?

I know that the ST-E2 does not have the functionality to alter the power level of slave flashes in manual mode. But can this be done via the camera's "External Speedlight control" menu. I've Googled ...
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Why won't my camera communicate with a new flash after doing an experiment with an older film camera flash?

I used a Cobra Auto2 10 (older film camera flash) on my Canon DSLR 5D mark 3 for an experiment. The flash was working fine. Then I put my newer Metz 58 AF-1 and AF-2 flash back on on the camera. My ...
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What is sync speed?

When referring to flash exposure, what does "max sync speed" mean?
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Why is part of my image underexposed when using flash with shutter speed faster than sync speed? [duplicate]

Hardware Neewer TT560 SpeedLite Cannon T6i Shutter Speed 1/200 shows full photo 1/400 shows 90% photo 1/640 shows 50% photo 1/1000 shows 10% photo From what I can tell, the shutter is faster ...
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What could cause severe under-exposure when using a Canon 5D Mark III with Speedlite 600EX-RT with Evaluative E-TTL2 metering?

I recently purchased a Speedlite 600EX-RT for use with my 5D Mark III. I'm shooting with a 17-40 f4/L lens. Particularly when using the flash in the standard forward position, I get extremely severe ...
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Why do indoor subjects have a dark shadowed outline on one side? [closed]

When I take a photograph indoors, I sometime get an outline on the subjects right side. It does not happen when I take photographs outside.
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Is TTL flash really useful when using off-camera flash?

I have a Canon 700d and a 430EXIII flash. Recently I have been experimenting with off-camera flash. I was really surprised to see e-ttl ii available even when using off-camera flash (via the pop-up ...
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Cheap lighting Vs second flash for reptile portraits?

I have to do a photoshoot for leopard geckos in the near future, it will be for a breeder so I want to focus on proper lighting- no shadows, good color replication etc. However, I feel that shooting ...
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Can my Nikon D750 fire a flash while I'm connected to it over wifi?

I'm trying to take photos from my iPad using the wifi connection on my D750, but I can't get the setup to trigger my flash when I take photos that way. Is this a thing that can be done?
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Can I use both the built-in flash and the PC adapter on my Nikon D750?

I have a Nikon D750 and a Nikon SB-26. I like macro photography and previously used both together using slave mode on the flash. I hold the flash in my left hand and the camera in the right. But ...
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Duration of Canon DSLR pop-up flash?

There is quite a bit of data online for external flash/speedlight durations, but I've never seen any data for the built-in flash. Has anyone ever tried measuring the duration of a pop-up flash at ...
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Can you provide (links to) hard evidence as to the effects of overprovisioning on CF/SD cards?

I am sure most are aware how overprovisioning SSDs increases both their performance and lifespan (I've been doing it over the past 8 years and differences are measurable even by me). Of course with ...
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YN685 AF assist not aligned with focus points — can anything be done?

I just got a Yn685 hoping to be able to focus better in low light. However, the red grid that is projected is WAY out of alignment with my focus points (Canon 6D). Is there anything that can be done ...
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Does the Nikon D3300 support high-speed sync speedlights?

I am a new to photography, and just got a Nikon D3300. I would like to know if my camera supports high speed sync and if so, what are my options for radio sync systems? Do all speedlights cooperate ...
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What setups work to trigger a Profoto B1 and Canon 600EX-RT Speedlights together from canon body

Given a Profoto B1, a Profoto AIR Remote TTL-C, and some Canon 600EX-RT , what configurations work with triggering these items together. Additional items are allowed (slave triggers, pocket wizards, ...
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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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How to calculate light output from strobe lights?

I have a medium size church room for doing standard wedding photographs and I'm trying to learn how to do the math for lighting. Over 1k of continuous lighting isn't near as bright as my two little ...
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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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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon CLS?

Does Canon have its own version of the creative lighting system?
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Flash guide number f/stop calculation

I have been reading the B&H Speedlight Buyer's Guide. I am confused specifically about the guide number calculation. I understand the principle and how the inverse square law is used. Here is the ...
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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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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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Can I trigger Yongnuo YN-622N and YN-622C together at the same time?

I am a Nikon user and my friend uses Canon. If we use Yongnuo YN-622N & YN-622C can we trigger both the Nikon and Canon flashes at the same time?
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Why is my Yongnuo YN-565 flash not working on my D750? [duplicate]

I got a new D750 and a Yongnuo YN-565 flash. The flash was working fine, then one day just stopped (I had it for maybe a week or two at that point). I tried everything - new batteries, resetting ...
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What does an unexposed band on your image mean? [duplicate]

I've just received and external flash : YN 560 III and I'm learning to use it. This is a manual external flash, it was mounted on the hot shoe of my Nikon D3200. For one picture I set the shutter ...
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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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Are super cheap flashes worth it?

Is YN-460 Yongnuo worth it? Found it for 34 EUR http://bit.ly/GE1Tdp Fist of all: is it so cheap I will regret I bought it and just withdraw using it? In my understanding and for I would use ...
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Flash communicates with camera but does not fire

I have a canon 70D and a yongnuo speedlight YN568EX II. When I first unboxed it from new I was able to just slip on the hotshoe of my camera and fire away. For some reason, it stopped firing.The flash ...
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How do I stack different brand flash controllers on my Canon 5D Mark III and still have full TTL and power control?

I am trying to control two off-camera flashes with my Canon 5D Mark III. The first flash is a Profoto B1. The other flash is a YN600EX-RT speedlight mounted on a Yongnuo YN622C II transceiver unit. ...
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Does front-curtain sync put blur in front of an object, and rear-curtain sync behind it?

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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What Yongnuo flash and trigger works with the Panasonic GH4

I am so confused - I'm fairly new to the whole camera trigger thing, as well as new to Yongnuo and the GH4, but here's my thing: All I want to do is figure out what I need if I want to control 2 or 3 ...
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What was my flash power?

When I am using a Canon flash in the E-TTL mode, how can I tell which flash power the E-TTL magic chose? For example, if I got a correct exposure in the E-TTL mode, can I easily choose the same flash ...
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How do I fix a non-charging Yongnuo YN568II flash?

My Yongnuo flash suddenly refuses to charge up. The batteries are good and new (Eneloop). The charge light is dim red when I press the power button and nothing is displayed on the LCD. It never turns ...
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High-speed flash with Tumax DPT586 AFZ-P: Why not manual mode?

I've just got a Tumax DPT586 AFZ-P flash gun for my Pentax K-50 DSLR. When in high-speed sync mode, it only works via TTL metering. Why? How can I go into manual mode / manual power setting whilst ...