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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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Orange “aura” around people/objects in photo, usually present with older cameras? [duplicate]

I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask but I’ve been unable to figure out what exactly this is. It’s an effect, seemingly unintentional, that makes people and things have orange blurs around ...
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Why does the flash freeze a picture?

Why does a flash freeze a picture even if I use a shutter speed like 1/10 sec? I don't understand it, because the light will hit the sensor the whole time, not just when the flash is fired.
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Photographing a waterfall but also have a person in foreground

I was wondering how I take a picture of a waterfall in motion but also have a person as my main subject. I know I have to use a slower shutter speed, and use a tripod to get the water in motion. How ...
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What configuration would limit my DSLR's shutter speed to 1/200?

I'm using a T4i with a 100mm f/2.8L (with macro twin flash). In manual mode, I could select any shutter speed down to 1/4000. However, when shooting the DSLR would set it back to 1/200. Does it depend ...
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Why doesn't a shutter speed of ¹⁄₂₅₀th freeze motion when a flash of that duration does?

This question connects with my previous question: Why do cameras that film with high FPS rates cost a lot? I just read that a normal flash illuminates a scene within a 1/250th of a second. (A flash ...
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If a rolling shutter travels from top to bottom, why does this image seem to show skew in the other direction?

In the picture below you can see that the rolling shutter moves downwards...i.e., it exposes the light to the sensor from top to bottom. . So the information that the sensor recieves is a bit ...
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What is this strange ghosting effect and how can I remove it?

There's a strange ghosting effect in this photo (actually quite a few of my recent photos), when I used built-in camera flash. EXIF: f/5.6, ISO 400 and 1/60 sec. Is it caused just by a slow shutter ...
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What is “Dragging the Shutter”?

I've heard this term of "dragging the shutter". What does this mean and why would I use it?
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How can I create light trails without a blurry subject?

I would like to achieve this effect using my Nikon P510: Are there any suggestions or tips that would help me do that?
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Can I do high-speed sync with a Nikon D5500 and SB800?

I have a Nikon D5500 and Nikon SB800 speedlight. From previous answers it appears that it is not possible to do high-speed sync flash photography. Can I overcome the camera limitations?
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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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Why don't we have Manual flashes with High Speed Sync?

What's the technical challenge here? Is it more of a marketing decision to encourage you to pay more for TTL based models (let's disregard other advantages of TTL for the moment). If we can have flash ...
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Why does flash decrease motion blur? [duplicate]

While experimenting with my 600d, I have noticed that on the same shutter speed, without inbuilt flash I get motion blur in my pictures, but with flash there is little to not motion blur (on the same ...
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How is the illusion of light streaks achieved in this photo? [duplicate]

I've seen a photo with a nice light streaks illusion, that I believe was captured in the camera itself rather than added in post-processing. Can anyone explain how one can replicate it?

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