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    Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    I have a Nikon D3500. I have it set to "M" mode. For what I am photographing, I need the flash to fire every time. I have taken off the TTL flash setting and set it to the manual flash setting, I also have the flash mode set to "fill flash". From the manual and from what I have found online, this should make the camera flash every single time. It is only flashing about half the time and I have to retake all the photos that the flash didn't fire. Any clue on how to get the flash to fire every single time? Thanks for any help!


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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    Could it be possible that you don't wait long enough between shot and the flash just doesn't have time to recharge itself?
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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    I have thought of that as well. Sometimes a have waited 30 seconds to retake the photo...and have gotten the same result

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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    A couple of question to help us help you:
    Are you using the built-in flash or an external flash?
    If using external flash, which brand and model and are both the camera and flash set to manual, non-TTL and M mode?
    Why have you disabled TTL mode?
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  5. #5
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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    Hi,

    I am using the built-in flash.

    I take product photography in a heavily lit area, but still need the flash to really make the product pop off the screen. For some reason when I put the camera in TTL mode, about half the time the flash is either too bright or too dull so I have to keep retaking photos.

    I feel like a single product should take me about 30 seconds to take the 7-8 photos I need. But instead it's taking me several minutes due to all the retakes I have to do.

    I've had this camera for about a year and only remember having this issue for the last couple months. I'm not sure if that's because I'm just now noticing or if it's because something with the camera changed.

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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    7-8 photos in 30 seconds w/D3500 is probably pushing the limits with a brand new battery... How old is the camera and that battery???

    I'm not sure what safeguards are built into that camera's flash mechanism or even if there are any...but higher end Nikon flashes will heat up with rapid, continuous firing and turn themselves Off to protect the thermistors from over-heating and damaging the flash...

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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    Have you considered a separate flash unit? A flash unit can still be used on camera although off-camera tends to offer better results. Godox makes a couple that are quite good and are in the $85 to $110 range. You can even get a sync cord and set the flash off to the side without having to buy a trigger.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    Quote Originally Posted by d_kid_21 View Post
    It is only flashing about half the time and I have to retake all the photos that the flash didn't fire. Any clue on how to get the flash to fire every single time? Thanks for any help!
    There is a "lightning symbol" for a Flash Ready indication at right end of the lower bar in the viewfinder. This symbol goes out when you flash it, and the internal flash will not flash again until it recycles and comes on Ready again. That could take a full couple of seconds to recycle if at a high power level (You probably require the depth of field, but stopping the aperture down to like f/16 would be high power level, and f/4 would be much lower power level, and faster recycle). So it sounds like you are shooting pretty fast without watching for Flash Ready. Also, flashing it too many times too fast at high power could be a damaging overheating issue.

    This Flash Ready symbol is #10 on diagram on page 4 of the camera Reference Manual. The Reference Manual is a much larger and much more complete manual than the User Manual, and that PDF manual is free from Nikon at https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.c...471/D3500.html

    Using a hot shoe speedlight would recycle Ready faster at the same power. (Yes, it will also take a couple of seconds at highest power, but will have much more power, so it would be at a lower power level, and faster, if at your same current lighting level).
    Last edited by WayneF; 08-07-2020 at 03:47 AM.

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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    Quote Originally Posted by WayneF View Post
    There is a "lightning symbol" for a Flash Ready indication at right end of the lower bar in the viewfinder. This symbol goes out when you flash it, and the internal flash will not flash again until it recycles and comes on Ready again. That could take a full couple of seconds to recycle if at a high power level (You probably require the depth of field, but stopping the aperture down to like f/16 would be high power level, and f/4 would be much lower power level, and faster recycle). So it sounds like you are shooting pretty fast without watching for Flash Ready. Also, flashing it too many times too fast at high power could be a damaging overheating issue.

    This Flash Ready symbol is #10 on diagram on page 4 of the camera Reference Manual. The Reference Manual is a much larger and much more complete manual than the User Manual, and that PDF manual is free from Nikon at https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.c...471/D3500.html

    Using a hot shoe speedlight would recycle Ready faster at the same power. (Yes, it will also take a couple of seconds at highest power, but will have much more power, so it would be at a lower power level, and faster, if at your same current lighting level).

    Wayne although I don't have a D3500 I was unable to duplicate the OP complaint that the flash didn't fire. If the flash wasn't ready the camera wouldn't release the shutter (camera M flash M onboard flash.). As we don't have samples or a detailed description of work flow, could it be the distance is not constant and the "pop off the screen" is not there because the flash was now further back and not able to over come ambient ("working in heavily lit area"). Guess the real question is if the flash fired or not.
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    Re: Flash Not Firing Everytime?

    Flash Not Firing Everytime?
    I'm probably missing something here, but my D5100 has a button with a lightning bolt on it that will force the flash to rise, then fire when the shutter button is pressed. I'm guessing that the D3500 lacks this or that it won't fire in manual mode?

    What are you gaining in manual mode that you can't working settings with [A]?

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