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Questions tagged [off-camera-flash]

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

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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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ISO and aperture not syncing with flash over wireless triggers

I’m using Nikon d3200 and Neewer VK750II Flash, off camera, with neewer fc16 trigger and receiver. In TTL mode, the flash fires correctly with the shutter speed but it doesn’t sync ISO or angle (...
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Unable to trigger my Speedlite YN565EXIII via optical trigger using a Canon 750D (Rebel T6i)

I own a Rebel T6i and a apeedlite, a Yongnuo YN-565EX III. I've tried several times to trigger the flash off-camera (on a tripod with a softbox) and I've had some very unsatisfactory results. With ...
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How can connect an Yongnuo YN 600 EX RT flash as master with an Yongnuo YN 560 IV as receiver mode

I want to connect my Yongnuo YN 600 EX RT flash so it works as master flash with an Yongnuo YN 560 IV flash as receiver.
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Is there a simple flash bracket which holds a flash securely?

The flash bracket / umbrella swivel I'm using works just fine, but I'm a little nervous about the way the flash attaches. It's held in place by a combination of friction from screw on the side of the ...
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Can my Canon 600EX II-RT on-camera flash trigger a 430EX-II off-camera flash, or do I need tranceiver(s) as well?

I am a beginning wedding photographer using off camera flash for the first time during a wedding reception. It will be outdoors in a big white tent. I plan to mount my Canon 600EX II-RT on-camera to ...
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Why was my Canon Speedlite 600EX triggering other flashes?

Hi: I second shot a wedding reception last Saturday and my on-camera Canon Speedlite 600EX flash (on a Canon 5DM3) was triggering the lead photographer's two Godox off camera flashes (she had a Nikon ...
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Godox X1T and AD200 remote triggering

Been trying to find a definitive answer but couldn't and hope someone can help me out. I need to use the AD200 off camera and release the shutter away from the camera. Do I need two X1T to ...
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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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Can one use optical slave in a triflash bracket setup?

So there are these modifiers that you could use a triflash bracket and use it to build a large modifier. Typically one would need radio triggers for each of those. I'm wondering if it's possible to ...
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Why is power tied to TTL and zoom tied to M with my Phottix Odin II and LumoPro LP180R?

I am a brand new user of the Phottix Odin II and the LumoPro LP180R. In order to set the power level of the flash on the Odin, I have to have the LP180R set to TTL. When the LP180R is set to TTL, I am ...
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Why did my Yongnuo YN685 speedlight stop working after firing it off camera?

In the middle of a shoot, I had the idea of doing some off-camera flash pictures. This is the gear I used: camera: Nikon D7100 speedlight: Yongnuo YN685 radio trigger: Yongnuo YN622 TX-N I realized ...
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How do I set up my Flashpoint/Godox triggers to use an AD200 with my OEM hotshoe flash?

Can anyone please tell me the steps for setting up Flashpoint R2 E-TTL 2.4G Wireless Flash Trigger Receiver For Canon (Godox X1R-C) triggers with a Canon Speedlite 430EX, AD200, and a Canon 80D? I ...
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My Godox speedlight won't fire off-camera. What should I check?

I have a Godox speedlight with a built-in radio trigger, and I honestly can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I've checked that: All the batteries in everything are good and everything's turned on. ...
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Will I get HSS with my Fuji camera and Godox flash gear?

I'm trying to figure out if I can get HSS with my Fuji X-E3 and Godox flash gear, but my camera body doesn't appear on the much-repeated-about-the-interwebz compatibility charts: Is there any easy ...
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Is the Yongnuo YN968EX-RT compatible with a Panasonic Lumix Gx85 camera?

My first question ever. I am considering buying the Panasonic Lumix GX85 and would like to know if I can use my Yongnuo YN968 EX-RT flash with it. Are they compatible? Will I get TTL with this combo?...
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Is there a radio flash control system for Olympus that allows setting flash power from the camera?

One of the main advantages of optical wireless flash control systems is that they don't require anything extra: at least with many cameras, they work with the built-in flash, and can often control (...
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Yongnuo YN560-TX II

I watched a Kelby One lesson and per course purchased a Yongnuo YN560-TX manual controller to trigger my Nikon SB900 off camera with a softbox. Do I need to purchase something else to make this work (...
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Can I use a Sony HVL F43AM off-camera with Sony HVL F43M as master?

Can I use the Sony HVL F43AM flash as an off-camera flash with the Sony HVL F43M as the transmitter? Or am I just better off buying some cheaper flashes for off-camera flashes? (I already own the Sony ...
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How do I get my Godox trigger and flash to work close to each other?

I have a Godox light and transmitter, and they work fine when they're a few yards apart, but when I try to put the flash on a bracket or use it close to the transmitter, they stop working reliably. ...
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Options for a 5-flash 4-group lighting set-up using Canon (compatible) gear

Here's my problem: I have a portrait job coming up at the end of the month that ideally requires a lighting set-up with five flashes organised into four groups: Group-1: key-light Group-2: fill-...
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How long is the range of Canon ST-E2 speedlite transmitter in practice?

I just ordered a used but working Canon ST-E2 speedlite transmitter because it was so cheap that it cost practically nothing. However, the ST-E2 hasn't arrived yet. My flash has support for ST-E3-RT ...
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Is a Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II speedlight overkill for real estate lighting?

I have a typical newbie question. I've done HDR for a couple of years now and I see its limitations, so I'm ready to start using flash. I do real estate photography with the Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens ...
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How to achieve the same effect of bouncing against the ceiling without a ceiling?

Bouncing flash against the ceiling is great, adds a lot to a photo. My question is how can I achieve this effect without actually bouncing against the ceiling? I have two umbrellas, magmod sphere and ...
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How can I think logically about getting correct exposure with flash?

I recently got a new off-camera flash (Nikon SB-700), and I'm having trouble thinking about the variables that go into proper exposure. For example, without flash, I have a little mental decision ...
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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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Camera uses double flash which triggers external flash before the camera captures, What are the solutions?

I have a Sony NEX3 camera and an old external flash. Since Sony NEX3 doesn't have a hotshoe I use the optical sensor in the flash to be triggered by my camera's flash. Unfortunately the camera uses ...
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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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Do I need 1/128 flash power at guide number 43-44 or is 1/32 enough?

I am planning to take photographs that have a shallow depth of field (50mm f/1.8 on a crop sensor body) and that are also lighted by an external off-camera flash. I am comparing two external flashes. ...
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Why did this image turn out darker?

In this tutorial on creating christmas themed images the author describes how she adjusted her exposure settings to add more weight to the christmas lights She says she went from f/2.8 and 1/3 of a ...
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How does the infrared beam look like on a 600EX RT?

As far as I know, you can see an infrared (IR) beam by pointing a camera at its direction and take a photo or video of it. As I understand it, external flashes like the Canon Speedlite 600EX RT have ...
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What is the things on front of the Canon 600EX RT? [closed]

There are two things on the front. An hole with a metal rod in it [perhaps a connection for something] A red piece of glass with something in it. [stupid guess says it's an charging indicator.] ...
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Why do we use patterned glasses and flash diffusers?

I first noticed it on the xenon flash on my Nokia N8. When viewed from an angle you could easily see the glass on front of the flash tube which had clearly defined vertical cuts which made the glass ...
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Can I use rechargable batteries in an external flash?

I have a Neewer NW670C flash which uses 4 AA batteries. I've been using regular alkaline ones so far because I couldn't get myself to buy rechargable ones yet. However, the flash ate their capacity in ...
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Why do we charge our flashes?

So whenever we want to shoot our flash before taking a photo. we have to charge it first. What is the point of the charging our flashes? Aren't their power directly supplied by the battery of our ...
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Remote trigger of Canon 420EX Speedlite

I'm using 2 x Yongnuo YN560 IV speedlites triggered by a Yongnuo YN560 TX II wireless Manual Flash Controller. Works perfectly. I'd like to add my Canon 420EX into the mix but I can't seem to find a ...
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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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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

I am shooting a wedding for a family friend, and one of the shots she would like is of them both standing on a balcony over a stairway. It's an old building they're getting married in, and it is a ...
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Canon/Yongnuo YN-E3-RT compatible with Flashpoint strobes? [duplicate]

Can I use a Canon/Yongnuo YN-E3-RT radio controller to fire Flashpoint strobes? I don't need TTL, just manual control and firing.
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Are any of the common third-party flash systems with radio-trigger capability inofficially multi-platform?

There is a rather confusing mess of flashgun+wireless sets sold under various brands (eg Godox, Neewer,....), usually described as preflash/digital-TTL capable for a certain camera platform. Can any ...
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No signal from Nikon D750 to Yongnuo YN622N-TX

I've used this set up successfully before, but now I can't figure out what the problem is. I have the YN622N-TX in the D750's hot shoe, and the YN622Nconnected to the YN568EX flash off-camera. When ...
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How do I pair a yn660 speedlight with the yn560-tx transmitter

I can't get the yn560-tx to control my new yn660 light. The flash fires on test. So it is working. If I push "act" I can test fire the flash from the transmitter, so they do connect, but I can't ...
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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?
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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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Is it possible to trigger a camera from a flash, which is triggered by another flash?

I have a wifi ad-hoc connection to a Canon 6D, that I trigger from my laptop. The Canon is physically connected via sync cable to an Impact brand monolight. The monolight triggers another monolight ...
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How do I know if it's safe to use an older film flashgun with a modern digital 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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Canon Wireless Flash Options

I recently changed cameras from 7D to 5DM4 and the only real disappointment is the absence of wireless flash control. This was great on the 7D and allowed me to communicate with my 420EX Speedlite off-...
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Use phone as an external flash

I have a DSLR that was given as a present and I cannot afford a real external flash, however the flash on my phone is powerful enough to use. The reason I wanted to use an external flash is to have ...
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How can I tell if a 3rd-party flash is compatible with my camera?

I am looking for a TTL flash compatible with my Nikon D3400. I am going to use it with a Tamron 70-300 (this one, to be precise) (which I have not bought yet) and with the 18-55 kit lens. I don’t have ...
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Can a Yongnuo YN-560 III wireless flash be used with a Hahnel Combi TF (both for Nikon)?

Can a Yongnuo YN-560 III wireless flash speedlite for a Nikon DSLR be used with a Hahnel Combi TF for Nikon?