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What are some budget flash options for the Canon 1000D?

Could you kindly suggest an external flash for 1000d within 100$ to 150 $. My main interests are portraits and wedding.
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What do you recommend as a first step for hands-on learning about flash?

So far, I am enjoying my new Speedlight (Nikon SB-700), but any good results I have gotten have been mostly luck. I'd really like to understand how to use it so that I can make intentional technical ...
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How to trigger off camera flash in combination with burst mode?

I would like to photograph a falling object in burst mode and light it using an off camera flash. My current gear includes the following: Canon 550D Starblitz 2000BTZ flash Two Cactus V5 wireless ...
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What is required to trigger an optical slave?

I previously asked a question about how to trigger a flash unit with a smartphone such as an iPhone here: Can I trigger my Canon flash with an iPhone?. The top answer suggested that I simply put the ...
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Are there any official flash extenders for macro work?

I'm regularly doing macro work using a Nikon D800, typically with its internal flash, and when possibly using the SB700 speedlight. In both cases, the flash is directly head-on, which has several ...
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how many YN-622C do you need to work with YN-568EX II

I'm interested in buying a Yongnuo 568EX II flash for my Canon 550D, and use it off-camera. I understand I have to attach a wireless trigger (YN-622C) to my camera, but I'm not sure whether the ...
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What gear do I need to trigger off camera Nikon speedlights from Sony NEX6?

I have a Sony NEX6 and a couple Nikon speedlights. What do I need to have the NEX6 trigger the Nikon wirelessly?
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Can Canon Rebel XS effectively optically trigger a speedlite flash?

I am looking at purchasing a flash to go with my Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D), such as the Speedlite 430 EX II. I understand that there is some ability to trigger the speedlite by way of the on-camera ...
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How can a camera signal an electronic device that a photo was taken?

I'd like to use an Arduino electronic board with a Nikon D7000 to automate the capturing process (i.e. rotate an object by stepper motor, make a capture, new rotation and so on). I decided to trigger ...
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How do I know if it's safe to use an older film flashgun with a modern digial camera?

I've read from many sources that film flashguns won't work with newer digital cameras due to voltage differences and timing differences (and trying may in fact damage my camera), however I have heard ...
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Can you enable 2nd curtain when firing off-camera flashes?

The situation: I have a 580EX on a lightstand and am firing it with Cybersync triggers. The transmitter is mounted on a 5D Mark II. Because the camera is unaware of the transmitter, there's not a way ...
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What do I need to use off-camera flash on location?

I have a Canon 5D Mk3 a Canon Speedlite 580EX and a Speedlite 540EZ. Also I have an Trek Tech Optera Pro 460 (a GorillaPod-like mini tripod) besides of my 'official' carbon-fiber tripod for camera. ...
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Is there a simple flash bracket which holds a flash securely?

The flash bracket / umbrella swivel I'm using works just fine, but I'm a little nervous about the way the flash attaches. It's held in place by a combination of friction from screw on the side of the ...
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What is the best external flash for Nikon beginner?

I have read a lot about the SB-800/SB-900 but I am on a low budget (around ~120$). Is there an external flash that I can have to start learning to use it? I do not want absolutely TTL compatibility so ...
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Will using a CTO gel help make my flash less distracting in a cafe?

I sometimes encounter a situation where using a flash would greatly enhance the pictures because of the low ambient light, but I don't use the flash as it is mighty distracting in a low-light cafe/bar ...
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How do I set up off-camera flash for wedding receptions?

I'm a wedding photographer working with a Canon 5D Mark II. Previously when photographing weddings, I had been using my Speedlite (600ex-rt) on my camera (ETTL). I'd really like to start learning off ...
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How can I shoot in a studio at the widest apertures?

I ran into a limitation while shooting a newborn baby this weekend. I was indoors next to a set of windows. I was also using an off camera flash on a stand through an umbrella. The flash was a Canon ...
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Can an E-TTL II cable trigger a speedlite in Manual mode

Essentially, if you own an E-TTL II (or presumably iTTL) cable of a certain length/type, is there any reason to also own a manual PC-sync cable of a similar length/type, or can the camera be fired in ...
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Pentax K-30 + Metz 52 AF 1 as off-camera slave

I recently bought external flash Metz 52 AF 1 and I have Pentax K-30 camera. Wireless mode works fine, however i expected it will be possible to use ONLY Metz flash without built-in pentax flash - ...
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Why is there a preflash from a built-in flash when using remote flash only?

When using Nikon D7000 with an off-camera SB600 (which cannot be used as commander) in TTL mode, the built-in flash must be opened to make it work (to serve as a commander), even if this built-in ...
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How do I light a photo booth with a single flash and an umbrella?

I run a photobooth for a friend at a party for a side job and last night we came across a predicament. We only were able to use one flash on a tripod, instead of the usual two, along with the camera ...
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Why does my Cowboystudio NPT-04 not trigger flash with Live View on Canon T3i?

I just purchased a Cowboystudio flash trigger, model NPT-04 to use on my Canon T3i with a Canon 430 EX ii Speedlite. It seems to only work when looking through the viewfinder- if live view is on ...
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Can I combine my Canon camera with my Nikon flash?

I have a Canon 60D camera and a SB-600 flash for Nikon. Can I use this flash wirelessly with my camera? I had Nikon camera before which I replaced with Canon and I haven't purchased a flash yet, so ...
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Lighting tutorial techniques [closed]

I'm reading the Strobist 101 lighting technique tutorial. Very useful and interesting. I was wondering if there is an even more detailed lighting tutorial on the web, with more images and examples. ...
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How to use old flash units with Digital SLR?

I got some old flash units (e.g. Metz 30bct-3) that I won on eBay along with some older slr cameras. The flash units are in good condition. I thought of using them with my Canon 600D but heard about ...
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What do I need to trigger 2 external flash units from a D5100?

I'd like to connect 2 Yongnuo i-TTL Speedlite Flash units to a Nikon D5100. I'm fine with a wired connection. I only want to operate the flash units in manual mode. I do not want to use the camera's ...
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Will my SB-600 work off camera with any camera?

I own a Nikon SB-600 flash and no camera. Now, looking for a new camera, I want to know if I could trigger the flash from another non-Nikon camera body. I never use it on camera and therefore I ...
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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 do I get started with off camera flash in the Canon ecosystem?

This is a very basic question, and I have looked through different resources including the Strobist Lighting 101 tutorial and a few books (Scott Kelby, Neil van Niekerk). Some of the limitations I ...
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How to use Canon 430EX II as a slave for Rebel T1i?

I have been trying to figure out how to set my camera/flash to slave mode. Can I use my Canon 430EX II as an off camera flash with my Rebel T1i? If so, how would I accomplish this?
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Is it possible to mount a Flash on a Tripod?

Are there any tricks / methods / accessories that can be used to mount an off camera flash unit on a tripod?
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Why am I limited to 1/100th of a second or slower with 5D Mark II, 600EX-RT, and ST-E3-RT?

I'm fairly new to using flash in my photography, so I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to the finer points. I have an ST-E3-RT transmitter on my 5D Mark II, and a 600EX-RT Speedlite set as a ...
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PC flash sync adapter for canon 550ex

I'm trying to sync my XTi to a 550ex speedlite with PC cord. I'm shopping on amazon.co.uk and can only find two adapters that might do the job; Hama or SC2. Will either of these do the job? If not can ...
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What flash trigger do I need for my Nikon Speedlight?

I have an SB 800, SB900, and D700 Nikon cameras. The CLS system doesn't work consistently when I'm shooting groups or reception shots at weddings. I think I may need a wireless trigger system. What ...
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Do I need a light stand mount specific for Sony shoe?

I'm a hobbyist looking to get into off-camera lighting on a budget. I have a Sony a57. I already have a manual flash that works when attached to the camera. Based on this guide, I'm looking at ...
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Synchronization problems with Rekam NEO 200 and Canon 600D

I've recently got two Rekam NEO 200 lamps with synchronization cable. To connect them to my canon 600D i've bougth an adapter. The flash seems to sync correctly when setting exposition to values ...
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What gear for Sony off-camera flash sync with TTL?

I'm just getting into digital photography, and I'm planning on getting some flash gear for Christmas that will let me dig into the Strobist lighting tutorials. I have Sony / Minolta gear. So let's ...
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How are power levels automatically determined when using multiple speedlights with CLS?

If I take a picture with an on-camera flash, or a single speedlight, my understanding is that the camera/flash pre-fire and then automatically select the approrpriate power level to properly expose ...
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How can I light creative portraits with one flash?

I have a single flash... and from what iv'e seen many photographers often uses 2 wireless flashes to get right light approaching to the subject. I only have one flash and a pop-up flash. Is there ...
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Remote controlled flash and umbrella/softbox

I have a dSLR body that can control off camera flashes using the light from its own popup flash (60D). When shooting with off-camera flash, I find that for it to work the flash must be oriented so ...
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Slow flash when shooting a D90 and SB 700

I'm experiencing slow flash recycle times. What can I do to troubleshoot or speed up the flash? I'm using a Nikon D90 with an SB700.
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What's the recommended off camera flash setup for Canon and Sunpak flash combination?

I'm new to off-camera flash photography, and this question confirmed my guess that you don't have to have off-camera flashes of the same brand; but I need a bit more info. I've got a Canon 40D, ...
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How should I set up a flash bracket for Pentax?

I have a Pentax K-r and a Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital flash unit, and I've been having problems with red-eye. As a result, I'm considering getting a flash bracket. I am aware that I can simply ...
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What is a good off-camera flash for a Nikon D40?

I have a Nikon D40 and would like to start taking pictures with the flash off the camera. The D40 doesn't have a commander in it. So what can I do? Do I need two flashes? One with a commander in it ...
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How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a flash?

How do I compare the output of an LED panel with that of a conventional hotshoe flash? I haven't been paying attention to the LED panels, but they've been on the market long enough so that I'm ...
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Can any radio flash triggers be used without a sync cable?

I am looking for an inexpensive wireless flash trigger system to use with my Pentax k-x and an old flash I wouldn't trust on the camera hot shoe (Vivitar 550FD) because of its high trigger voltage. I ...
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Can one radio trigger be used to trigger two speedlights?

I have a pair of Yongnuo RF-603 radio flash transceivers, two SB-600s & D200. I'm planning to build a large rectangular softbox that'll use both speedlights for extra power. Is there a synch cord ...
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How does commander mode on a Nikon camera body differ from commander mode a on SB-700 Speedlight?

My Nikon D80 and new Nikon SB-700 both offer Commander mode. I have two questions: When NOT in wireless mode (that is, when the flash is plugged into the hot shoe either directly or with a cable), ...
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Why are there multiple contradictory ways to control flash ratio?

I am reading the following introduction to flash photography: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-flash-2.htm In this article, I came across two seemingly contradictory statements: ...
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How can I think logically about getting correct exposure with flash?

I recently got a new off-camera flash (Nikon SB-700), and I'm having trouble thinking about the variables that go into proper exposure. For example, without flash, I have a little mental decision ...