Yeah, so I have barely touched my camera and equipment in like two years.

Last week I was helping a friend list some jewelry on Ebay. I had a necklace set up on a box with a piece of black stretch velvet under it. The first few pictures were good. But for some reason, half the time my flash would not go off. I was using the SB400. Fresh batteries. I thought something was wrong, so I took that flash off, and used the built in flash. I was using macro, and also the P setting. Both times I would get the flash to fire sometimes and other times not. I could not for the life of me figure out what I did. I changed a million settings to the point that I have no idea what I did anymore. I have to go through the book, and put it all back the way I used to have it.

Can anyone give me a quick 5 minute lesson? Just tell me what I need to do to get my flash to go off while photographing small items!!! I can pull out the camera later, and go through what it says. I need to take some more pictures, and I am actually scared of my camera now. :-(

So lesson learned ... use it or lose it, totally!