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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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Are there any guidelines on how to prevent the flash from overpowering the scene?

I know the technical aspects of controlling flash power: increase or decrease flash exposure compensation, and if that doesn't work, increase or decrease shutter speed, and use more flash power for ...
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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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Speedlight 380EX sync issues

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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What is the thick glass in front of Profoto B1 flashes?

Received my first big flash yesterday, these are Profoto B1 and there is a thick glass in front of the flash and removing it is not easy but it is possible. What is it? Is it something like that built ...
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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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What is the difference between a very expensive flash and a average priced flash?

Let's say between a Profoto B1 flash and a Nikon SB-910 flash. I understand flashes have TTL, HSS, Output power, etc., that makes them different, but let's say in a completely equal scenario that a ...
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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 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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Issue with Yongnuo 568EX flash on i-TTL mode

I've just received 2 pieces of Yongnuo YN568EX for my Nikon D610. When I’m on I-TTL mode the flash fires but the image is black (I tried it on each mode: auto, manual, A…), the sound tick-tick ...
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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 there a technical reason why the flash is disabled with film simulation bracketing on the X100t

The Fuji X100t disables the flash when bracketing is enabled. This seems logical for things like ISO bracketing because several photo's are taken in quick succession. However with film simulation ...
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Do all TTL systems calculate the same exposure?

Do all TTL systems calculate the same exposure? Three options for example: Nikon SB-910 flashes, you can do TTL with them. You can use PocketWizard Flex/Minis for TTL flash You can use Profoto ...
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Other methods to attach a softbox to a light stand?

I am in the market for a soft box. The only ones I've used have had this type of attachment: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DNw3H4HYL.jpg where the flexible metal rods in the soft box just ...
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Diffuser for travelling?

I am going to travel abroad in a couple of months and I am considering, since I will take my photo-backpack with me (Tamrac evolution 8), to buy a diffuser for a Yongnuo 560 Mk III flash. Most of the ...
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Is there a way to “lock” a YN560 III's power setting?

Is there a way to lock this flash so that the up/down/left/right buttons temporarily don't change the power? I find that I often accidentally hit the down button with my forehead, and would like to ...
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430 ex II or cheaper other brand? [duplicate]

I am looking for a falsh. As Canon currently has the Cash-Back campaign I was looking specifically into the 430 ex II (230€, 50€ cashback = 180€). Do you know any alternative in that price category ...
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How to get flash high but out of the way?

It happens often to me that I am on location and have to shoot with the flash and umbrella high in front of the model. Problem with that is that the boom holding it is right in front of my subject. ...
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When and why should I consider buying a speedlight/external flash?

I am just a hobbyist in photography. And I do not have specific interest areas (as of now). So while looking for different things to try with photography, I kept coming across things which require use ...
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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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D5200 darker area at top

I'm using a Nikon D5200 and when I use my flash on auto I get a dark bar across the top of the image. When I use the auto but disable the flash the image looks fine. If I turn the camera on its side ...
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Why do pictures turn out dark when I shoot with my external flash?

I've tried many things: I've changed the flash's batteries and also the camera's batteries, none of them seem the problem. I'm using a Canon t3i and sunpak digiflash 3000. I've tried the internal ...
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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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Remote flash triggering options for Canon 6D

I've built a water droplet photography rig, and the last piece of the puzzle is finding the right flash setup. I have a Canon 6D, and I already have a Canon 320EX flash. I need at least one more ...
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HighSpeed Sync in Slave Mode

I have a couple of SB-910 flashes and they can easily do high speed sync to like 1/8000 sec. I also have some PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers but that model does not support highspeed sync. So if ...
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Can Speedlite 430EXII be used on Canon 5D M3 as primary or only as slave?

I read that my Canon Speedlite 430EXII could only be used as a slave on my new 5D Mark 3 and that I should buy a new flash. My flash seems to work on the camera, but since I'm such a new user with ...
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How to troubleshoot Canon Speedlites that are not firing at the same time?

I'm working on some studio lighting and want to have my two Canon Speedlite 580EX IIs fire simultaneously using Canon's built-in wireless communications (i.e., I want the master to trigger the slave, ...
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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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What to look for in a flash battery pack?

I have never had one but have seen it on flash stands of other photographers. So my assumption is that it brings more power to faster recycle time to shoot faster with flash. I wanted to buy one but ...
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Why is my Yongnuo YN-568EXII's zoom stuck at 14mm?

I am using a flash, the Yongnuo YN-568EXII for Canon, and am facing a zoom issue. It's stuck at 14mm and the M sign is blinking near the zoom button. I am not able to change the zoom. If anyone has ...
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What are the most essential modifiers for shaping light?

I don't have an studio so I mostly shoot outside on locations, or for practice in my small room. I see some pictures that they have shaped and directed the light so well. For example a violin that ...
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Highspeed sync using PocketWizards and Nikon flashes

I have set the camera on HighSpeedSync by going to flash setting in camera and setting the speed to 1/350 sec. ( on Nikon D-810) Then I researched a little and looks like there is not a setting for ...
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Can red eye in only one eye be a sign of cancer?

I noticed on a photo I did of a client that only one of their eyes turned red on a photo. I remembered reading that this could be a sign of eye cancer (see ...
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Changing the Flash Ratio as an input variable in Sekonic light meters

I just got a Sekonic light meter ( 478 DR ) and also have some flashes and PocketWizard radio triggers. The radio triggers are not TTL based. When I fire the flash with the Sekonic light meter, it ...
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Why is the D7000 commander mode flash firing during exposure when the manual says it won't?

I'm wondering if I'm using the D7000's Commander mode incorrectly. Page 225 of the Nikon D7000 manual says The built-in flash does not fire [in "--" Option], although remote flash units do. Yet ...
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Do flash guide numbers assume some amount of ambient light built-in?

My flash shows its potential range in meters, but is that indoors or outdoors? The question came up the other day when I was trying to work out whether fitting a diffusion dome would be suitable for ...
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Why is my camera limited to a shutter speed of 1/250th when the flash is up?

Sometimes in bright backlight and with large aperture (f2.8) I want flash at high shutter speeds. But when I pop the flash up on D7000 it caps the shutter speed to 1/250th, which overexposes the ...
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Syncing multiple cameras with multiple strobe lights

We are trying to sync 23 cameras and 4 strobe lights together. However, we keep getting a black band rolling across the images and can not figure out how to sync the strobes to fire when all of the ...
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How do manual flash power levels map to flash compensation values?

When I am on Manual flash, I can go from 1/1 to 1/128 and even with 1/3 stops too. When I am on TTL mode or Remote mode of the TTL flash I can do "exposure compensation" for that flash and for me I ...
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Why isn't my camera's internal light meter adjusting for my external flash?

I have a Canon T3 / 1100D and I just bought a Neewer TT560 Speedlite external flash which connects to my camera's hot shoe. The camera's light meter adjusts appropriately when the internal flash is ...
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nikon d3100 built in flash not working

I’ve been using my D3100 for awhile now. Today I took a few pictures using the flash and everything worked fine. After that I spent some time exploring menu set-up options and played with a few ...
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Why do so many photographers still use flash and noisy cameras in concerts? [closed]

I'm sometimes playing on stage, and also visiting concerts, and one of the biggest nuisances nowadays are people with mirror cameras looking like shotguns - and flashing, clicking and buzzing all the ...
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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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Is a TTL wireless flash trigger something meaningless?

I have a couple TTL flashes (Nikon SB-910s) and also a a couple of PocketWizards but I see on the internet that there are triggers that support TTL and that confuses me. If I am understanding ...
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What are the advantages of a remote radio trigger over “slave mode”?

I understand that with remote triggers like PocketWizard we can set them to work on different channels and zones, but those things aside, from the view of just firing multiple flashes, should I just ...
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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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Sony A7S and trigger voltages

I use a Sony A7S. Recently, I bought two old Panasonic PE-20s'. I've used it a couple times through the hotshoe without fail but recently I read up on how high flash trigger voltages can fry your ...
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When using a ring light, how do I get rid of the dimmed backround?

I just bought a new ring light and I love it! However I would like to use it and still have the backround light up instead of everything going dark. How can I achieve this? P.s I use my iphone 6 and ...
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How to fix issues with the flash on Nikon D3100?

When I am in M, A, S, or P modes, my flash goes off without needing to. The built in flash is down, also the button won't pop the flash up. The firmware is updated. Does anyone think this is a ...
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Why is my 430EX firing sporadically on my 40D?

I have a 430EX mounted on the hotshoe of a Canon 40D. I would like to use this in the studio and have the flash fire every time I shoot a photo. However it only fires sometimes. I am using manual (M) ...
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Why is 1/250th second used as shutter speed when using a speedlight with my Nikon D7000?

I've got a Nikon D7000, if I increase the shutter speed it eventually goes to the bulb option and after that to 250, I've been told that 250/second is specifically for when using a speedlight as ...