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

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Can I trigger a Nikon SB-600 off-camera with any other flash on the hotshoe?

Is it possible to trigger Nikon SB-600 with.. say, any flash, wirelessly? If not, what speedlights are capable of this? What's this feature called, so I can search for more details?
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Why can't I successfully fire my studio strobe and speedlight together?

In a Profoto YouTube video, the instructor had a setup where two Profoto B1 flashes were triggered with a Profoto AirRemoteTTL on the hotshoe of the camera but then he wanted to add a small Canon ...
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ETTL with YN-568 and YN-560. Plus, manual with other flash unit

I have a YN-560 iii, Vivitar series i, RF-600Tx, RF-602RX and a YN-568 on the way. Ideally, I would like to use YN-568 and YN-560 iii in ETTL and the Vivitar in manual. Does anyone know if the ...
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Can I mix the Profoto off-camera flash system with other Nikon flashes?

If I get a Profoto B1, from what I read they do TTL and they have their own AirRmote trigger which is all important for me ( I do want Remote trigger and HSS and TTL) But now my question is how about ...
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How can I use an on-camera TTL flash with a Yongnuo 605N to trigger my off-camera manual speedlights?

I am using a Nikon D7000. I want to use an SB700 on camera in TTL as well as have my Yongnuo RF-605N trigger my off-camera speedlights in manual. The RF-605N does NOT perform TTL pass-through. I see ...
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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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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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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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Is using a light meter along with TTL flash meaningless?

I have a Sekonic light meter (478 DR I think) and I use my off-camera flashes in TTL mode. So I was wondering if using a light meter even makes sense in this case?
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What are the most essential modifiers for shaping light?

I don't have a 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 where ...
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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

This is ruining my photos and I don't know how to solve it. I will post the result photo and you tell me the wrong things I am doing resulting in this! And how to fix it :) Light was a Profoto B1 ...
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Do I need an external flash to take sports pictures on the field at night?

Do I need a external flash to take sports pictures under lights on the field at night? I'm using RAW and manual exposure.
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What kind of results can I expect with a Prophoto Zoom Reflector?

I am trying to find sample photos that are made with "Profoto Zoom Reflector 2" and I looked up in YouTube videos and Google image search ,and still don't get what kind of light quality is possible to ...
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What is the difference between Prophoto's Zoom Reflector and Wide Zoom reflector?

On Profoto Zoom Reflector page, it says Light spread: 105° at position 10, and in Wide Zoom Reflector page It says 80° at position 10. So isn't 105 degrees wider than 80 degrees? Then why the other ...
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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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How can I use high speed sync on a Canon 430 EXII with a Cowboy Studio trigger?

So I have a Canon T2i dslr and a canon 430exII speedlite that I use off camera. I have a transmitter that I bought from Cowboy Studio that works pretty great. In high speed sync, the flash goes off ...
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What type of stand is needed for a beauty dish?

I've never used a beauty dish and I'm not sure what's the typical way of positioning it. I want to shoot on location and not in a studio setup, and I don't have an assistant. What kind of stand do I ...
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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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Is a PC-sync cable universal and allows me to operate a flash of any brand with a PC-sync port from any camera that has a PC sync port?

For example suppose I have a Canon 7D and a Pentax flash AF360FGZ mounted on a hotshoe with a PC sync port. Can I connect that camera and flash to fire in sync? The goal is to shoot self-portraits.
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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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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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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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Will I get full functionality from a Canon 600EX-RT flash with a ST-E3-RT trigger on an Rebel XS?

I have a Canon Rebel XS (1000D) and I use the 430exII flashes with the Cactus V5 transceivers. They all worked well, but of course with no TTL — everything, everytime, in manual. I have achieved great ...
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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 aren't my Yongnuo 605N wireless triggers working with my YN568ex off-camera flash?

I have a pair of Yongnuo rf605n wireless flash trigger transceivers and can not (despite several hours of trying) get them to fire my Yongnuo 568ex flash off camera. I have one mounted on the camera ...
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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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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 won't my Yongnuo 568EXII (if used on a radio trigger) fire my 430EXII?

I have a Yongnuo 568EXII that I bought as a master for my Canon 430EXII. If the Yongnuo is used on camera, it triggers the speedlite just fine. However if I trigger the Yongnuo via a radio trigger (I ...
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What is the difference between this wireless flash trigger and wireless flash controller?

I am trying to work out what I need to trigger my flashes, which are Yongnuo YN-565EX (Nikon). I have found two options, but I am not sure if I need both. One is a "wireless flash controller" ...
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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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If I have a Phottix Mitros+ and Odin trigger, what is my best option for on-camera fill flash that can still be a master?

So I am starting to confuse myself with all of the different transmitters and receivers. I was looking at the Yongnuo triggers and flashes but once I saw the Mitros+ and that it has built-in radio, it ...
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Can the YN-568EX be used as a commander for other 568EX flashes?

I see the 622 transceivers and 622 tx, but am I able to use a 568EX as an on camera fill flash and also control the 568EX that would be off camera?
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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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Why is Master flash still firing?

Here is a picture of my setup. The remote flash fires correctly but I don't know why Master flash is firing too? or maybe is it just pre-flash? But it looks pretty bright to me, not sure if it is ...
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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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Is CLS system in Nikon able to send the zoom of the lens to the remote flash?

I am testing with a Nikon SB910 as remote flash and the camera is Nikon D-810 and in settings I have put it in Commander mode. It does fire the flash but the zoom on flash is not reading from the ...
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Would a TTL flash have advantages over a manual flash for my scenarios?

I've never used a TTL flash before and have used my manual flash in three shooting sessions so far. I will receive my first TTL flash (Nikon SB910) and was wondering the following things: In a ...
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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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What to look for in a starter-level off-camera flash?

I have zero experience with flash and want to learn how to use it from zero, for example by following the Strobist blog. What are the absolutely necessary specifications I should look for when ...
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Is there a workaround for off-camera second-curtain sync with non-Canon flashes?

I have a Canon camera but only have Yongnuo flashes and triggers which won't allow me to use the rear-curtain sync camera function. I've read around that there are hacks or workarounds to kind of ...
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Which radio triggers can I use with a Yongnuo 565EX flash and a Nikon D610?

I just bought a Yongnuo YN-565EX Flashlight for my Nikon D610. Later I realized that it doesn't have any radio trigger. I want to use it as an off-camera flash and from what I understand, I would ...
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Youngnuo flash as a compatible slave flash [duplicate]

I have a 600EX-RT Canon flash, and am looking for a cheap Yongnuo flash to be used as a slave to the Canon. Do you know any Yongnuo than can reliably be used as a slave to my 600EXRT ?
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How do I set up two off-camera flashes with Yongnuo RF-603II triggers?

I’m new to this group. Can anyone please tell me the steps for setting up Yongnuo RF-603CII triggers with a Canon Speedlite 430EX, Yongnuo YN-560II, and a Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 6D? I just want to ...
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Why is the bottom half my picture black when shooting with Cowboy Studio remote triggers?

This is my very first day of shooting with flash and remote flash. And picture turned out like this: Bottom half of it is black. I have no idea what has caused this and how to prevent it? I just know ...
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PocketWizard without cable

I have only used Cowboy studio triggers and not familiar with PocketWizard. My question is if I get PocketWizard Plus III from what I saw on YouTube videos they were connected to the remote flash ...
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Can I trigger a EOS 70D remotely using a 600EX-RT speedlite?

Hi is it possible to remotely trigger an EOS 70D using a 600EX-RT? For example, I'd like the EOS onboard flash to be the slave and the 600EX-RT to be the master.
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Are there any radio flash triggers capable of P-TTL?

All the popular radio TTL flash triggers, like PocketWizard or RadioPopper, seem to be only available in Nikon and Canon flavors. Are there any models capable of transmitting Pentax P-TTL data?