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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 do I warm up my flash's color for indoor shooting with slide film?

I am using ISO 100 35mm slide film (camera Minolta x700, with a dedicated flash unit). Pictures taken indoors with flash have come out insipid and almost too cold (white). How can I add a bit of ...
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What's the frequency of a flash when using HSS?

I want to make an HSS adapter for a YN-560, which will make a low-power high-speed strobe. But I haven't got a flash with HSS and can't measure the strobe's frequency. Does anyone know what the ...
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In a multiple strobe setup, how powerful must each strobe be?

I am about to buy my first strobe set. I want to do portrait photography, both in a home studio and outdoors. No weddings, no events, no more than one model at a time. I see that a complete set ...
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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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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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Why can't I open NEF files I downloaded to a thumb drive?

I am having a problem opening raw images from my Nikon D610 on my computer. Some background: I was traveling and was only able to use my wife's laptop (Windows) to download image files (.nef format) ...
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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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Will the Phottix Odins for Sony give me remote power control over a LumoPro LP180?

Context So I have a Sony α6300 with a Metz 64 with the Sony Phottix Odin Wireless setup. With that setup, I have no problems and TTL works just fine. Question I'm considering adding a second ...
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What flash power would I need from 2 units, when shooting at f13 and 1/200s ISO100?

Could someone be so kind as to help me figure out the flash strength I would need for this? Settings: D3200, Sigma 70mm Macro. YN560 III & YN560 IV, triggered by the 560-TX. F13, 1/200s and ...
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Doesn't Yongnuo YN685 speedlight have different part numbers for Canon and Nikon?

622C-tx controller is for Canon cameras and E-TTL compatible. 622N-tx controller is for Nikon cameras and I-TTL compatible. I presume that the suffix 'C' and 'N' are representative of respective ...
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Is E-TTL Universal?

Are high-end, high-power studio strobes (i.e., Profoto) integrated into the E-TTL flash exposure system? Do they have the manual settings option?
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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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What does the “P” and “C” in “PC sync terminal” stand for?

I don't know the underlying science to which I refer when I talk about a PC sync terminal connection between camera & electronic flash. What's the meaning of the letters "P" & "C" in PC sync ...
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Understanding IR / RF flash systems

I have had difficulty understanding how most flash systems work and was hoping someone could break it down. I'll use my current setup for a concrete example: Canon EOS 60D Nissin Di866 Mark II Flash ...
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Is there no crossover point where shutter speed overtakes flash duration?

My understanding of flash sync is that: Up to a certain speed – apparently 1/250-1/500 for focal-plane shutters – the shutter curtains have a moment during which they are fully open. ...
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Can you use the PE 2505 flash for Nikon D3200

I recently purchased a Nikon D3200 and I have a PE 2505 Flash sitting in my garage. Can I use that on my Nikon D3200? I was going to try it but I didnt want to damage the camera in anyway. The flash ...
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Why can't I fire the built-in flash on my Lumix GH4?

The manual says that I can use the built-in flash in intelligent auto mode, but when I pop it up it stays off. When I go to the menu, flash is grayed out and I can't do anything with it there. I have ...
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Why are there differences between images with flash-off and flash-on, if the flash is physically blocked?

I was clicking some images through an opening recently. The opening had been intentionally constructed to ensure that only the camera's lens passed through and thus the flash-LED was physically ...
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Can you control YN560 IV speedlights using a SB-700 in the hotshoe mount as a master?

I have a SB-700 speedlight and I would like to buy a few YN560 IV speedlights. With other Nikons, I could control them with the SB-700 on the camera hotshoe using Master mode. Can you do 100% ...
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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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Can I use non-Panasonic flashes on the FZ1000's hot shoe?

FZ1000's hot shoe; can I use any flashes? Or can I only use Panasonic flashes? Give me some details about the hot shoe...
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Macro photography with a ring flash

Being relatively new to photography I want to try some macro photography of flowers in my garden. I've bought a set of macro extension tubes and a ring flash (both unbranded and cheap to start with). ...
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How do I set a remote flash's power using Nikon CLS system?

I am using Nikon's CLS system to use the camera built-in flash as commander and the SB-910 flash as remote flash so I have set the SB-910 in remote mode and it does fire but I can't find a way to set ...
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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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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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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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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 ...