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David Hobby

This website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash with your dSLR to take your photos to th [Read More]

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SLC-2L-04: Use a Tight Grid to Create Color
Normally, you might think of a grid spot for what it creates: a tight zone of light. But it also can be helpful to think of it in terms of the inverse: a grid also prohibits light from reaching everywhere else.And the "everywhere else" part—that rela...
The Strobist
Sunday, October 7, 2018

SCL-OE-04: Cheap, Portable Outdoor Light Source
No matter how long you have been doing something, be it lighting or photography or, well, anything, you're never too old to be dumbstruck by a cool new idea.Take the linens drying on the line above, for example. In the right frame of mind they are es...
The Strobist
Friday, September 14, 2018

SLC-OE-03: How to Choose a Softbox for your Speedlights
Umbrellas are a great first light mod: cheap, easy to use, easy to transport. But softboxes can give you more control, both in the beam's edge and with reduced light leakage. The photo above was shot with a single speedlight and a small softbox.Today...
The Strobist
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Now Open: X-Pedition Havana
We are announcing our second X-Pedition photo workshop, in Havana, Cuba for January 11-18, 2019. A joint project of and Washington, D.C.-based Focus On The Story, X-Peditions are a shooting-intensive week centered at the intersection of ...
The Strobist
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

SLC 2L-03: Use Your Second Light to Hide Your First Light
As promised in the last sunset lighting tip post, a second quick hack for dusk/lit portraiture. This one involves helping your camera's chip see a contrasty scene more like the way our eye sees it. Read more »...
The Strobist
Thursday, July 26, 2018

SLC-OE-02: The Best Compact Lighting Bag Is Not a Photography Bag
Call me crazy, but I love the idea of finding a great piece of photo gear by going off-label. In this case, a lighting bag that is not technically a lighting bag.It's perfectly sized, comes in a ridiculous array of colors and is $22.99 shipped. Read ...
The Strobist
Thursday, July 12, 2018

SLC-1L-04: A Hack for Manual Flash at Sunset
Manual flash is great for its consistency and repeatability throughout a shoot. But working in a fluctuating ambient environment, such as against a fast-waning sunset, can get hairy.Today in the Lighting Cookbook, how to easily control the exposure l...
The Strobist
Friday, June 15, 2018

SLC-0L-02: Shiny Object, Using an iPhone and the Sun
Whether photographing people or objects, how you approach your lighting is far more important than what camera and lighting gear you use.To illustrate, today we are going to photograph a complex, mirrored surface—an alto saxophone—using just an iPhon...
The Strobist
Friday, May 25, 2018

SLC-1L-03: Need Light With More Edge? Aim It Away From Your Subject.
The two photos above have the same light source, same light location and same white background. The only difference in the second photo is that the light has been aimed differently. Pointing your light away from your subject—and using the edge of the...
The Strobist
Thursday, May 3, 2018

SLC-OE-01: $20 DIY Portable Doorway
Pictured above is Moishe Appelbaum, of Midwest Photo fame, whom you may remember from Lighting 103. Moishe is lit with a single small flash. But the gentle wrap of the light—and the soft glow of the suppressed specular highlights—should cue you in to...
The Strobist
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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