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A hot shoe flash is a removable flash that can be mounted on a camera's hot shoe.

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What is sync speed?

When referring to flash exposure, what does "max sync speed" mean?
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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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Pros and cons of cheap studio strobes vs. hotshoe/speedlight flash for portraits?

Not so long ago, AC-powered studio lights were the only option for serious studio photography, and low-cost starter sets like this Two Monolight Portrait Studio Kit¹ were a fixture in every ...
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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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How do I start using a hotshoe flash?

I've just been given a Sigma EF-500 DG ST flash unit. I've not really had much experience using flash. How can I get started? Are there any good learning resources?
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What third party Speedlites work best with Canon?

I am currently picking out a flash (speedlite) for Canon XSI. There is a number of third party flashes available from manufacturers other than Canon. They all claim to be Canon compatible but I have ...
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How can I get proper flash exposure in AV mode without using ETTL?

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and normally shoot with natural light (I try to stay away from flash). However, I am taking on more situations where I need to use my hotshoe flash (Canon Speedlite 580 EX ...
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Does a flash work well with regular alkaline batteries?

In doing research prior to purchasing my first flash for my DSLR system I have come across a wealth of information, including this post that outlined many great points in selecting the best ...
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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

Since I have a wireless flash I figured I may as well get a tripod adapter and some sort of diffuser so I can supplement strobes, and especially use it off-camera at locations I wouldn't haul ...
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What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc)?

What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc) to distinguish them from studio strobes and alike? Is it simply speedlight/speedlite or has that just become a generic ...
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What is the most effective way to get soft light from hotshoe flash indoors?

I'm thinking of getting a flash for better indoor pictures. I was looking at the 430EX Speedlite as a good unit in budget, but still having lots of capability. How do I use this most effectively ...
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Why won't my Canon Speedlite 430EX II AF Assist come on?

I just purchased the Canon Speedlite 430EX II and for the life of me I can't get the AF Assist light to come on! I shoot in manual on my 5D Mark II, and I have set the flash on ETTL. The guide says ...
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Firing a TTL on-camera flash and manual off-camera flashes via radio triggers

I want to use an on-camera TTL flash and off-camera manual flashes simultaneously. That is, when I press the shutter button, I want my main on-camera flash to fire using TTL and my off-camera manual ...
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Why is the lower part of the picture black when using a Canon flash on a Nikon D700?

I haven't used external flashes before and a friend has let me borrow her Canon flash on my Nikon d700. Problem is, when I use it the lower part of the picture is black. The percent of the lower part ...