What Is a Hot Shoe in a Camera?

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A hot shoe on a camera is an electrical outlet that is attached at the top of a camera, which enables the user to attach a variety of accessories, such as a flash. See how a hot shoe functions with information from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on photography.

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In this clip we're going to discuss what a camera Hot Shoe is. A camera Hot Shoe is pretty easy to explain. Any SLR that you're going to buy, digital or traditional film. You're going to have a Hot Shoe. Especially on any of the film cameras. Because they need it to attach a flash. This is basically again, the, an older SLR. And the Hot Shoe is this part at the top. It has electrical kind of outlet. Where they can attach the electrical outlet. The bottom of a flash or whatever. Sometimes there are other accessories that you can attach to it, also. And what you do is, you just flip it back. Flip it in, like this. And at that point the electricity, the electrical waves above the camera. Are going to be in sync. When you press the shutter, you should be able to get the flash to go off. As you can see, when you press the shutter release button. The flash automatically goes off. In a more modern camera like the digital SLR. You almost always are going to have a built in flash on the top, anyways. But they provided you with a Hot Shoe anyways. Because sometimes, depending on how professional you get. You're going to need a more powerful flash.


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