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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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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon CLS?

Does Canon have its own version of the creative lighting system?
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Why does the YN-565EX need a radio trigger with the YN-560-TX?

I am buying a Yongnuo YN-565EX TTL Flash Speedlite for Nikon. I am not sure what radio trigger do I need for this. I have found the YN-560-TX transmitter on Amazon. However, the description says ...
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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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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 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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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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What are the advantages of TTL over manual mode when using speedlites?

Yesterday a user on Stack Exchange asked me why I prefer manual over TTL when working with speedlites. I use them mostly off-camera and I've developed a kind of a workflow where I do not walk back and ...
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Can a Nikon/Canon flash be used on the other brand of camera?

I was just thinking about this problem and was wondering if anyone knew if/how to use a competing flash unit (EX or SB series) on a Nikon or Canon (respectively) camera. I would assume a lot of the ...
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What will I be missing with Vivitar 285HV vs. LumoPro LP160 or Canon 580EX?

I'm planning to get a hotshoe flash soon (I currently only have the onboard), and I have narrowed my choice down to several options, but I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go. ETTL This is ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I get HSS with off-camera Canon 430EX II speedlites, radio triggers, and a Sony A7?

I've been tirelessly searching the Internet for information on how to use my two Canon 430exii's in conjunction with my Sony A7 in HSS mode. I think I already know the answer (can't do that!), but ...
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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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Low budget entry level Speedlite?

Owning a cheap Canon 20D, I now want to buy an entry level speedlight/external flash but I'm confused with should i go for used or new the one while considering my low budget(150$ max). What things ...
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How to trigger AF-assist light on Canon Speedlites without firing the flash?

Most of Canon Speedlites flashes have quite nice built-in AF-assist LED lights, which would are useful in low-light situations, even when one doesn't want to use flash in photos. Is there any way to ...
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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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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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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 is the output signal of each pin at hot shoe on a Nikon DSLR?

I want to build my own external flash/ledlight/softbox just for practice and knowledge. What pin gives signal to external flash before a photo is taken? I messured the voltage with DC multimeter ...
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How does the power of a flash relate to the duration of the flash pulse?

Specifically for my Nikon SB-700, but also for flashes in general — how does the power setting relate to the duration of the pulse? Basically, is the power normally controlled by cutting down on the ...
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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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Why is the on-camera flash trying to pop up when using a D7000 with a MK930 Speedlite?

So I decided to buy a cheap flash to experiment bouncing flash on walls or ceilings. I can't stand flash in pictures so I thought this would be a great way to try, and seeing these things are barely ...
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Can the YN-E3-RT be used, mounted on top of the YN-622C?

Using a mix of different older flashes that I'm triggering with Yongnuo YN-622C remote triggers controlled by a YN-622C, I've began looking into the new Yongnuo YN-600EX-RT flashguns. They can be ...
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External power supply for Canon 600ex-rt that is not a battery pack

I need to power my canon speedlite 600ex-rt. It has an external power plug for which I can find plenty of battery packs (e.g. Godox). But I just want to plug it into 240V AC supply voltage. I cant ...
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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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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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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 ...