Quote Originally Posted by Truzi View Post
It is easy to short a cap to discharge it, and then you will be safe.
No, any of the higher energy capacitors should only be discharged though an adequately rated resistor
Both to protect the operator, and the capacitor's life.
For an average flash capacitor, let me say a 10,000Ohm 20 Watt resistor , or similar, commonly available eg at radio shack
with insulated leads, let it remain connected directly across the capacitor till dc voltage is less than 12 V, and wait 1 minute longer.