pop up flash trigger ???

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  1. gravity0

    gravity0 TPF Noob!

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    In a previous thread (before it got locked) someone mentioned the only thing the pop up flash is for is for a trigger. My question is how would this work? In my eyes the popup will flash signalling a remote to flash but this is still using the popup flash no?? Someone help a noob out?

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  2. Ins3rtNam3H3r3

    Ins3rtNam3H3r3 TPF Noob!

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    I didn't see the other but I assume the person meant that some external flashes can be triggered by the light from the pop-up flash.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yes, the other flashes will "see" the light from the pop-up flash and fire. They will be bright enough that the pop-up flash won't "mess up" the picture.

    ...Very basic explanation, but you get the idea.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ^^^ just adding to Josh's comment a bit... the external flashes will tend to overpower the built-in flash, though the built-in can and does contribute a small amount. I usually crank the power way down on the built-in just to be sure.
     
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    Sometimes the pop up flash will cause a little catch light in the eyes of someone, and this may or may not be wanted. But there should be a way to have the pop up flash fire but not simultaneously as the shutter and you will not see this annoying catchlight.
     
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    The pop-up flash is also useful for fill-flash when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight.
     

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