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photos turn dark when external flash is on

im using canon t31 and sunpack digiflash 3000. when i take pictures with my external flash, i sometimes get images that are to dark even though the flash was fired at the time the photo was taken. so i tried this, i took photos with different shutter speeds. I was shooting manual for all photos with f1.8, iso of 200, white balance: Flash, my first shot was 1/200(max i can shoot with flash on) and my camera(or photos) did NOT pick up the flash and so with 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/25, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8 .... but anything solwer than 1/8 i was able to see flash on my photos ( 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 0"3, 0"4...etc) is there anything that I'm missing in flash photography, now i know that sppedsync is important with the camera's shutter and the flash itself. but I'm sure there is a way to shoot at 1/200 with flash. just to clarify again, the flash does fire in all the photos i took but anything faster than 1/8, you wont get your photo lit at all. i will provide the images for 1/8vs 1/6 and just know that in in both images i was able to see the flash firing with my eyes. please helpScreen Shot 2020-05-31 at 11.25.37 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-05-31 at 11.26.08 AM.png

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Re: photos turn dark when external flash is on

What mode was the flash in?  If on TTL (ETTL) and you try to take a photo of it, the power will be put on very low output.


Put the flash in manual mode instead.


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Re: photos turn dark when external flash is on

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hey there ricky. the flash does not have a manual option. matter fact it doesn't have buttons at all except off/on [link removed due to forum guidelines. Screen shot from link added to facilitate conversation]



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