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Why do we charge our flashes?

The peak power at work when a flash is being discharged is extreme. Example: a classic Metz 45CT (a large but still handheld unit) on full manual power delivers around 90 watt-seconds of electrical ...
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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

The idea is I will be down below, looking up at them to take the photo, so a flash would be useless. Only if you limit yourself to a camera mounted flash. The key to such a shot is to get the ...
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How do I correct overexposed fill-flash when shooting outdoors on a sunny day?

Maybe the picture is already overexposed because of the sunlight? Then you do to the flash settings what you want, and it won't help you. Verify this first. 1/200 with 2.8 ISO 125 seems to be very ...
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How do I get my Godox trigger and flash to work close to each other?

Yes. There's a "close" mode you can use on the Godox transmitters that helps to trigger a flash more reliably when it's close to the transmitter. Godox added this with firmware updates to ...
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Why was my Canon Speedlite 600EX triggering other flashes?

The reason you were triggering the other flashes is that the other photographer is a rookie. She was probably using the flashes as optical slaves... bad decision. Even if she was using a radio ...
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My Godox flash won't fire off-camera. What should I check?

Here's a list of common things to check. Are you using the wrong slave mode? For your speedlight to be a radio slave, the antenna icon must be showing, and the backlight should be orange, and the ...
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Why did this image turn out darker?

So, what you have here is a mixed lighting situation. The background and star notes are being lit via flash (check out their shadows. Nice and soft and from top to bottom. The main bulb cluster is on ...
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Is TTL flash really useful when using off-camera flash?

The same is true when the flash is on the camera, facing away from the subject into empty space with nothing to reflect it back to the subject. The point of TTL is to adjust flash power automatically ...
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Shooting glass product with embossment

Two things seem apparent to me looking at this setup. First, the position of the subject appears to be a little further from the camera than the lights. Before you fool with the position of any ...
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How do I correct overexposed fill-flash when shooting outdoors on a sunny day?

I'm shooting in Manual on bright, sunny day. ... Settings: 1/200 SS, f2.8, ISO 125. Did you look at your meter? It was likely telling you that you were overexposed. Purely on the ambient. If you ...
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Why are my flashes not putting out full power in HSS?

That's the nature of HSS. Instead of one full-power firing of the flash at a point when the entire sensor is exposed, it has to fire a series of very fast flashes at different points while different ...
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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

In addition to what Michael has already stated, depending on the configuration, you may want to create a composite. Long exposure for the scene only and then add the lights and couple to overlay on ...
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Will I get HSS with my Fuji camera and Godox flash gear?

Fuji HSS There's an easy way to tell if your Fuji camera does HSS. Unlike all the other camera brands supported by the Godox X system, Fuji's HSS setting is controlled by the camera, not by the ...
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Can I use rechargable batteries in an external flash?

Although freshly charged NiMH measure at 1.4 or so volts, they quickly drop to 1.2 under load. However, unlike alkalines, they stay around that 1.2 for a long time (this is called a "relatively flat ...
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Are any of the common third-party flash systems with radio-trigger capability inofficially multi-platform?

Yes, there are several systems that work in the way you describe, where the off-camera lights can switch between different TTL systems, and the only thing you need is an on-camera transmitter unit ...
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How does using an ND filter compare to using HSS for freezing subject motion in daylight?

Just to get the full understanding: Only to freeze fast moving subjects which need shorter shutter speeds than the flash's burning speed HSS is really required? Sort of. That is a common reason to ...
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How can I preview exposure and autofocus with flash in a low light studio?

You simply cannot preview the exposure of light that does not exist at that moment. You had modeling lights on, which is about the best you can do. You do not have to use such a dimly lit studio ...
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Can an off-camera speedlight work for learning basic off-camera lighting?

Yes, a so-called Strobist setup (a radio controlled off-camera hotshoe flash/speedlight) can be great for learning and experimenting with basic off-camera lighting, even while it won't deliver the ...
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Buying wireless flash trigger vs. cheap flash to use as master

Using the Godox TT350N as a means to control your other Godox speedlight is a perfectly viable option. If you later decide to buy a dedicated trigger, you can control both of them. The only drawback ...
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Can vintage strobes damage wireless receivers?

Yes, there is the possibility that vintage strobes with high trigger voltages can damage wireless receivers/transceivers attached to them. The danger would only apply to the receiver/transceiver ...
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How do I set up my Flashpoint/Godox triggers to use an AD200 with my OEM hotshoe flash?

You also need a transmitter unit on the hotshoe of your camera to send the hotshoe signals to your slave/receiver units. If you want TTL and HSS triggering, you can use any of the following Godox ...
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Does Yongnuo YN622C TX/RX accept rechargeable NiMh AA batteries?

I've been using the YN622C-TX and YN622C transceivers for about the last four years. I think I have gone through maybe three or four sets of alkaline batteries in the TX. The transmitters and ...
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How to test if a light meter is working well?

Since you do not have the appropriate test equipment, the best test will be to shoot a few test rolls and examine the outcome. That being said: Seek out a local minilab photofinisher; they should have ...
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External Flash triggered by camera's internal trigger

The only way to use a 750D to trigger an off-camera YN-560 IV without adding any other hardware is to use the pop-up flash to trigger the YN-560 IV in "dumb" slave mode. The YN-560 IV has a built in ...
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How can I make my speedlight, a Canon 430EX II work wirelessly with my Godox gear?

You have to attach an X1R-C receiver to the foot of the 430EX II to use it in the Godox 2.4 GHz radio system. The X2T is a dedicated transmitter unit and cannot be used as a receiver. Ideally, I ...
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JJC JF-U wireless trigger does not trigger flash at the right moment

You're probably not doing anything wrong. It's that the JJC triggers can't tell what they're being used for, and both receivers are getting the transmitter signal at the same time, and tripping the ...
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Why am I getting weird circular lines below my product lit by a speedlight?

The problem is that your speedlight is pretty close to a point source light. You need a large diffuse light source, such as through a diffuser, umbrella reflector(*), or using a light tent. Pardon my ...
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Are there any radio flash triggers capable of P-TTL?

The following radio-based flash triggering systems can communicate TTL for Pentax: The Cactus X-TTL system with their V6II/IIs triggers can give you remote power control over TTL Pentax flashes, HSS ...
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Is there a radio flash control system for Olympus that allows setting flash power from the camera?

As of 2018, aside from the built-in RC "smart" optical system made by Olympus and Panasonic, there are a few radio triggering systems that now support TTL and HSS with MFT (micro four-thirds), as well ...
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Shooting glass product with embossment

The shot you're trying to emulate has two light banks above & slightly to the front of the jars. There is a big white reflector card propped between the two light banks & just above the ...
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