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Flash is a device which provides additional light to a scene. It can be used to help fill in a dark area of a photo, to provide light if there isn't sufficient light to begin with, or it can help to improve the composition of a particular photo, by creating your own source of light.

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How do I troubleshoot my Nikon SB-400 accessory flash?

I have a Nikon D780 and a Speedlight SB-400 which I use only very occasionally. It used to work great, but today it essentially stopped working. What's strange is that everything appears normal: the &...
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My camera flash isn’t working even though is up

my canon powershot sx210 IS flash isn’t working even though the flash is up. When i try to take pictures with the flash i can’t i don’t know why
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Can I use an external flash with an iPhone?

I do interior photography occasionally. I'd like to replace my Canon M50 with the iPhone 13 Pro Max but I'm concerned about an external flash. Is it possible to use an external flash with iPhone? ...
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How can I tell if a Godox flash or trigger is compatible with my gear?

I'm looking for a flash trigger for my Canon M50 Mark II that I can connect to a Godox AD600 Pro. I checked some triggers, but the descriptions do not mention if they fit or not. Someone recommended ...
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How to fix Canon EOS 1200D flash release hook making a click click click?

My Canon EOS 1200D was working ok until, suddenly, it stopped showing the display. People suggested to take out the SD CARD and BATTERY for some time. This was done. Now any activity on my part, ...
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Will an ND filter lower flash output more than high speed sync?

I understand that both can allow for bigger apertures to be used in bright daylight but I am a little confused about the pros and cons. Will high speed sync lower your flash output more compared to ...
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Why isn't my flash gear working with my Canon R50?

I just moved from a Canon dSLR system to the R mirrorless system by getting myself an R50. But none of my flash gear, which worked just fine with my dSLRs, seems to work with it. What's going on?
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What flash slaves can be used with a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT?

My current flash setup is a standard shoe mount but I've been thinking about getting a remote. I've been drooling over the Speedlite 600EX-RT. It uses radio to control slaves, which is nice (longer ...
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Will my new Ricoh FF-3 AF meter correctly without its photocell cover?

I love this camera for all of its '80s beauty, and it's mechanically working fine. But as you can see in the red circle, the part protecting the film-speed window and the photocell is missing. If you ...
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What exactly is flash sync speed, and should it be a factor in a buying decision?

What exactly is flash sync speed and should it be a factor in a buying decision?
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Can the Godox XPro work with strobes from Elinchrom

I am planning on visiting a studio that is equipped with Elinchrom D-Lite One RX heads and I was wondering if the Godox XPro transmitter (Sony) that I current own is able to fire them off (manual mode)...
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Why won't my Canon Powershot take a photo when the flash is on?

I have a Canon Powershot SD4500 IS. It takes photos normally when flash is set to off, or when it’s light enough in Auto mode for it not to be necessary, but the camera will not take a photo when the ...
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Why does using flash sometimes create these white spots in the photo?

I have an Olympus FE-190. When I take a picture with flash in Digital Image Stabilizer (DIS) mode, I get white spots in pictures. This doesn't happen always. There is an option called Pixel Mapping, ...
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What causes electronic shutter to be permanently selected on an FZ300?

I have a Lumix DMC-FZ300, my silent mode is off. The flash and shutter type are both grayed out and my shutter type is stuck on electronic shutter so my flash won't work. How do I make it so neither ...
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What's the connector pinout and voltage to make a DIY external power supply for a Godox flash?

I want to make an external power supply for my Godox TT685N, and I have two questions: There are 3 pins on the connector (I found, that this is same conector like Canon) What is the pinout of this ...
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Can my Nikon D750 fire a flash while I'm connected to it over wifi?

I'm trying to take photos from my iPad using the wifi connection on my D750, but I can't get the setup to trigger my flash when I take photos that way. Is this a thing that can be done?
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Can I see what the final image will look like on screen in camera in manual setting with flash enabled?

I'm a very beginner hobby photographer so apologies in advance if I'm doing something silly. I've had a dslr for a few months and I worked my way through understanding different aspects and I'm ...
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How can I improve the dull colors in my product photography?

I try to shoot some pictures of apparel, lingerie, cometics on a white fluffy rag or a white paper board with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i + a Canon - Speedlite 270EX II External Flash on a tripod in day ...
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What is the guide number of a smartphone "flash"?

I know that smartphones have a LED "flash" which is not really a real flash that would produce a very intense short-lived pulse of light, but rather is a continuous light that is turned on ...
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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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Does adding additional strobes cumulatively add to the flash power?

I've been reading articles that talk about using multiple strobes next to each other, all pointing in the same direction: as a means to add more light over what one flash can do. Does the addition of ...
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What is the relationship between Guide Number and flash power level?

From this post, I understand that the flash guide number (GN) is given by the following formula: $$ \text{Guide Number} = \,\frac{\text{Shooting Distance}\times \text{f-number}}{\text{ISO factor}} $$ ...
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What is the quantative relation between flash guide number and ISO?

I found that formula on the Internet: $$ \text{Guide Number} = \frac{\text{Shooting Distance}\times\text{Aperture}}{\text{ISO Sensitivity}} $$ Is it correct? If it is could someone please explain why ...
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How can I disable the flash on a Fujifilm Smart Shot Supreme?

I'm new to film cameras. How do I make the flash not go off when I take pictures with my Fujifilm Smart Shot Supreme? It seems to be automatic, so would I just hold down the flash part with my finger ...
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How can I make use of a speedlight that does not work with the non-standard hotshoe on lower-end Canon cameras?

My Canon 2000D is not firing the YN560 iv speed light. So, I learned the hard way that this flash is not compatible with the hotshoe on my camera. Is there any way I can use this camera and flash ...
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Forcing flash on canon Ixus 240?

Bought a canon ixus 240 off ebay a few months back and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to force flash on. The two settings that are available to me are either no flash or auto flash which ...
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Why is my Yongnuo YN-568EX flash stuck in ETTL mode?

I’ve just bought this flash. At first it seems fine, and I can switching the mode from ETTL to M and Multi mode. But then after a while, I can’t change to other modes and the flash is stuck in ETTL. ...
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Why is my Nikon D5100's pop-up flash only lighting parts (top/bottom) of the frame?

I'm using a Nikon D5100 with a shutter count pf only around 7k. Now when I use it with the pop-up flash, only the thin top part or thin bottom part is flashed, the rest would be black or dark. I tried ...
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What does an expensive flash unit buy over a cheap one?

General question: What will I get from an expensive flash unit, that I can't get from a cheap one? Specific example: The $250 Canon Speedlite 430EX II vs. the $50 Neewer TT560. To my naive eye, the ...
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Flash and camera shutter not in time

I’ve searched far and wide but cannot find an answer. I recently purchased godox ct-16 to trigger my flash off the camera (canon a1). It worked perfectly on my digital camera and I copied the manual ...
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Exposure compensation on flash only works in manual mode, is this normal?

I just got a Nissin MF18 ring flash to stick on my Sony α7 III. I'm just wondering if how it behaves is normal or if there's a setting buried somewhere in the camera or flash that might change it. In ...
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What is the role of Shutter Speed while using a Manual Flash?

The relation that allows us to set the aperture or to choose the distance to take a photo with correct brightness while using a manual flash is this one: Guide number = f-number × distance, For a ...
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Why do I have shutter lag when shooting (pop-up) flash in manual mode?

Why does my D40 have a shutter lag when using the pop-up flash in full manual mode? There isn't a lag when shooting in any of the auto modes. I'm shooting in single shot mode. It is a constant lag ...
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How to use National PE-200 S flash

I just purchased a very nice Olympus 35SP rangefinder and the seller included a National PE-200S flash. I'm just exploring trying film photography and have very little experience. The camera manual ...
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What kind of flash should I use for general macro photography?

I want to get started into general macro photography. I have been really stuck on which kind of flash to get because they all seem to come with their own share of pros and cons, and everyone ...
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How can I wirelessly use the Neewer NW680/TT680 flash with the Canon 70D

I have a Canon 70D and the Neewer NW680/TT680 flash. I would like to setup an umbrella stand and use the flash externally. The flash can enter Slave mode 1 and 2 if you hold the M button but I was not ...
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How do I chose the right size/power of flash for still life photography?

I'm planning to change my lighting setup from fluorescent lamps to flash, after the guidance given in this question. At the moment, my two fluorescent lamps are in a softbox which point away from the ...
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Simple Explanation of the Hot Shoe Pins on Canon Cameras and Flashes?

I haven't found any thorough documentation about exactly what each pin does and the signalling between a camera (say a T6i) and a flash (say speedlite 600ex-rt ii) looks like. What voltage levels, ...
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Why is my 3rd party flash gear not working on my Nikon hotshoe?

I am having lots of trouble with my Neewer 750 II flash. I attached it to my Nikon D750 and the red light was pulsing, but later it just stayed fixed and the pilot button is not working either. I am ...
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Will the Neewer TT560 speedlite work with my camera? [duplicate]

I am looking into getting the Neewer TT560 speedlite for my Olympus E-PL5, since it has a transmitter/receiver combination that works with it. Is this a viable solution?
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Why do my studio shoots usually end up fuzzy? [closed]

I have been into photography for about a year now. I am very grateful I can use a studio of the local photographer here. Together we have build a cyclorama wall and the photo shoots are going pretty ...
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How can the focusing distance manually set on a lens influence the firing of a flash?

Situation: I use a Canon R6 Mark II with Godox flashes (TT350c or TT685c) for macro photography, flash monted directly on camera. Problem: when the focusing distance on the lens is less than a ...
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Why is my Nissin Di622 Mark II not working properly with my Nikon Z 50?

I have a Nissin Di622 Mark II which I was using nicely with a D40 and a D7100. I don't remember getting overexposed photos. Now I use a Z 50 and I often get overexposed shots, no matter whether I use ...
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Why do skin tones become yellower / oranger when the flash is on?

When I take pictures of people, the yellow and red tones seem to be enhanced and the result is a more jaundiced complexion in best case scenario and orange and a bit shiny if their skin is a bit oily. ...
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Why doesn't my D3100 take photos when the built in flash is popped up?

I have a Nikon D3100. It doesn't take pictures while the built in flash is popped up, but is working fine when the flash is down. What could be causing this?
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Is there no crossover point where shutter speed overtakes flash duration?

My understanding of flash sync is that: Up to a certain speed – apparently 1/250-1/500 for focal-plane shutters – the shutter curtains have a moment during which they are fully open. The ...
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Why won't my Yongnuo YN-560-TX trigger power on correctly?

When I turn on my Yongnuo YN-560-TX flash trigger it gets stuck on the power-on loading screen. Can someone please help me?
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Determining the Flash to Subject Distance with an Olympus FC-WR

I have an Olympus FC-WR commander and an FL-700WR flash. The flash will show me the flash to subject distance when it's in the hot shoe, but not when I'm using wireless mode with the FC-WR. Is there ...
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Is TTL flash really useful when using off-camera flash?

I have a Canon 700d and a 430EXIII flash. Recently I have been experimenting with off-camera flash. I was really surprised to see e-ttl ii available even when using off-camera flash (via the pop-up ...
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What flash specs matter for getting more light on Macro subjects?

I have been using a Nissen Di866 mark II speedlight (heavily diffused) on my Nikon D800e, for macro photography. I now need to replace the Di866. What particular specifications should I look at when ...

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