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Using flash(es) while not mounted on camera hot-shoe.

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Why does using my slave flash darken the image?

Why does my slave flash at full power actually seem to darken the image? The camera (Lumix G1) is set to M-Mode, forced flash at -2, f6, 1/30s. I set my external flash (Nissin Di466 FT) to slave mode ...
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Why isn't my Nikon D7000 in Commander Mode working with my SB600 flash?

I have a D200 and a D7000. The D200 triggers the SB600 in Commander Mode without any issues. The D7000 on the other hand will not trigger the SB600 with absolutely identical settings in Commander ...
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Which is faster for flashes, radio triggers or optical triggers?

Assuming you have a line of sight to all your flashes and both methods will trigger the flashes with 100% reliability, is it faster to use radio triggers or optical triggers to set them off? Or put in ...
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Why does my external flash use Ni-Cd and Ni-Mh batteries so quickly?

I've recently purchased a Canon 430EX II to use with my 550D and it's great but I'm having battery issues. I've been trying to use 2× 800mAh Ni-Cd and 2× 2500 mAh Ni-Mh (all rechargeables, the 800mAh ...
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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 do I need to trigger a remote flash with a Nikon D3100?

I'd like to get into doing some remote lighting, but really don't get the best way to do it. I've got a Nikon D3100, so no "commander mode" with the built-in flash. My current external flash is a ...
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Flashguns For Nikon D40s

I'm looking to buy a flashgun for my Nikon D40 and wondered if anyone could recommend any. I'm on a budget and if I had the money I would go for the SB900, but is there a similar one for a smaller ...
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Why does exposure compensation have no effect with my hotshoe flash?

Taking photos with my Canon XTi and 550ex. Camera exposure compensation did not seem to effect the exposures. I figured out I needed to use the on-flash exposure comp. But the flash output is ...
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What is the best way to trigger a canon 550 EX speedlite in a studio

I want to try my hand at off camera flash for some indoor portraits. How should I trigger the speedlite (Canon 550ex)? Should I go for wired/wireless? What's the difference between TTL cable an PC ...
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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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What remote flash triggers can you recommend, on a budget? [closed]

I'm looking for a remote flash trigger for my canon DSLR. I know that I'm going to hear Pocket Wizard or other similarly-priced options, but I'm looking for something a bit cheaper. At a minimum, I ...
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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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Why is it important to move the flash away from the camera?

I've read that it's not the quality of your camera, but the quality of the lighting that make pictures really good. That is probably not always true, though - there are many crappy cameras out there. ...
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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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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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What off-camera flash settings should I use on Canon XSi in manual mode?

What should I set the Canon XSi in terms of flash settings? Also what would you recommend for ISO and aperture settings when using this off-camera flash (that doesn't synch with camera)? I have ...
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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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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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Recommendations for Wireless Flash Triggers?

Currently my AB800's have a built-in optical trigger, but still requires a flash to trigger them. I'd like to move to an all wireless setup. I also have the canon ST-E2 to pair with my Sigma 500 DG ...