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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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Why is there still a flash before my exposure when using second curtain sync?

When I used second curtain sync on my Canon DSLR, I noticed that the camera flashes twice: once when the shutter opens and the other time when the shutter is about to close. (I noticed that because I ...
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Does Rear Sync really help background exposures in darker rooms?

The "Rear Sync" setting available in some cameras simply causes the flash to fire at the end of the exposure, rather than the beginning. I thought its only purpose is to cause the blur to occur in ...
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Which flash modes use the least power?

Cameras have a variety of flash modes (e.g. Fill-in Flash, Slow Shutter Flash, High-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Slow Sync Flash, etc..) So, which are the flash modes that use the least power ...
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When would I use rear curtain instead of front curtain sync? [duplicate]

What are examples of circumstances where rear curtain sync would be preferable to front curtain sync flash?
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How can I use flash more effectively in club photography?

I took some shots at a club/bar of DJ's for the first time. I tried a lot of different techniques, and I can't figure out how to better my flash shots. These were some of my worst shots, because I ...
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Is trailing curtain sync with manual power settings possible with Metz flashes on Pentax?

I want to use manual flash power settings in combination with trailing sync with older manual non-smc (m42) lenses on a Pentax K-7. This is for extreme macro and focus stacking. I'm using microscope ...
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How can I drag the shutter on a Canon 50D (or any Canon body)?

I want to drag the shutter (second curtain sync) on my Canon 50D using either a speedlight, or via a wireless remote flash. The 580 EX/EXII will trigger when the shutter opens, and again when it ...
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When should you use a normal flash vs a second-curtain flash?

There have been many questions lately that focus on improving the quality of the image taken, where the answers circle around using a second-curtain flash to reduce blur and freeze motion. Why not ...
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What is second-curtain or rear-curtain technique?

I have a Nikon D80 I seem to remember having read somewhere that it should be possible to take photos in it using something called a second curtain technique. My question is does anybody know if this ...