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PotownAl 12 years ago
Jesse Crouch has a great post on his blog (ifakedit.com) about small budget photography. The section on his cheap lighting setup inspired me to invest in some work lights.


Found this on Digg a couple of months back.
carlos.benjamin 12 years ago
There are a lot of video tutorials on www.zugaphoto.tv/. Don't remember where I ran across them. I think it was an email I was sent from a photo mag.
RJLH 12 years ago
Chuck Gardner's simple but very perceptive and practical tips on portraits have been a feature of the lighting forums on dpreview - they're well worth looking at - super.nova.org/DPR/
Jame_s 12 years ago
forums.skateperception.com has a pretty good photo section for skateboard photographers. there's a few guys there with some awesome work.
Debbi in California 12 years ago
Here is another interesting one. A tutorial on drawing with sparklers at night and a strobe to light the subject.


AlwaysJanuary (Randy) 12 years ago
Here's a cool article on setting up a high key lighting portrait with just one studio strobe that could be adapted to use portable flash..

strobe_flash 12 years ago
A sales site, but heaps of tips and advice - lighting and equipment lessons if you click around

grandslam05 12 years ago
For those of you interested in beauty and fashion phtography check out this site. Stephen Eastwood in my opinion is a master at beauty photography with his amazing use of strobes. I think many of you will find it inspiring

jwilden 12 years ago

Not so much flash and studio. But the Best sto learn about seeing pictures and get them Critiqued.
humdrum sheet [deleted] 12 years ago
This is the stage in which many websites, businesses, and other relationships go astray. In his book "In Search of Excellence," Tom Peters used the phrase "stick to the knittiing."

What I find most appealing about Strobist is that David's writing focuses on practical techniques. The second reason I keep coming back to Strobist is its interactive nature - in other words, it's a blog. (I really hate the word "blog." Love the concept, hate the word.) It's too bad that a few jerks have forced David to spend his valuable time moderating the comments, but the ability to share ideas is essential to Strobist. And third, in my opinion, is that the material is meaningful to both beginners and professionals.

In my view, these are the strengths of Strobist.

Bill Rogers
jwilden 12 years ago
www.photojojo.com/content/ Alot of stuff about photography, even some building.
strobist PRO 12 years ago

100% agree. I am specifically trying to evolve into a system that allows me to spend as much time as possible on writing the longer, how-to posts.

Even so, there's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that does not result in new material.
trappedlight 12 years ago
Photojojo.com is the funniest site I've seen lately. Thanks jlw8209. Everyone else, its worth a read when you have some time.

For those with twisted senses of humor, here's a gem buried at Photojojo.com:
humdrum sheet [deleted] 12 years ago
David - Thanks. I sent you an e-mail. - Bill
jwilden 12 years ago
Here is a better choice then Gimp (I think).Its _very_ look a like Photoshop, and its fast to work with to!


And cheap 32$. :-)
rob_from_ca PRO 12 years ago
I've been using "GImpShop" until I finally get around to plunking down the dough for Photoshop:


It's just the Gimp, but it's interface and menus have been tweaked to be laid out closer to how photoshop is, so the transition between the two isn't quite as painful.
LeeLove 12 years ago
If you like Stobist then I think you will enjoy this site. It has a little of the same feel just not as indepth. There is some very nice work on this page and a few great lighting tips all in the Strobist Spirit of low cost tools to better lighting.

"A Photographers Sketch Book - Notes On Lighting"

Also another great site that will get your creative juices flowing is the "Analyzed" section of The AmericanPhotoJournalist.com site. This is very much like David's Assignment section where they explain how they created a certain shot.


PhotoDigitale 12 years ago
Here I want to present a great tutorials site on photography, but mostly on using flash, like stobist do. It is the website of Neil van Niekerk, mainly wedding photographer, I discovered jumping around the Rangefinder Magazine.


there you will find a series of tutorials on using on-camera flash (not the built-in, but the Speedlite-like) as it wasn't used at all (bounced flash), coupled with great examples. I'm sure it will be bread for your taste.

as side note, here I report a link submitted on the Dean Collins’ DVD series, where his former assistant, Tim Mantoani, explains how he (Dean) shot San Francisco 49ers' 1990 Superbowl MVP Joe Montana. It is a great joy to read the way a master worked and the influence he had on the followers

strobist PRO 12 years ago
Thanks for the heads up on this stuff, guys.

If you get some time, you might want to cruise through the links sections at Strobist and the gear/review/articles section. Many of the items mentioned here are long-time residents of Strobist's catacombs...
AlwaysJanuary (Randy) 12 years ago
I checked out my bookmarks and remembered this great tutorial on Halo and three-point lighting(cross lighting?). The examples are based on wedding photography, but can be used in other applications. This is what turned on the light for me that shooting towards the sun is not always bad. He also stresses getting the flash off the camera.

It's a three part series:

trappedlight 12 years ago
Rangefinder magazine (Sept 06) has several good articles this month that I thought we be helpful to folks here. As luck would have it they have a FREE online version, perfectly priced for the Strobist crowd.

Two article I thought useful were:

Quality of Light by Glenn Rand

Urban Nighttime Portrait Sessions by Chung Chan

Rest of the articles are here:
Debbi in California 12 years ago
Question from you experts on www.americanphotojournalist.com/analyzed.php?image=108454... When he explains how he got the sky he says of his strobe "To get the sky and building as dark as I wanted to I had to simply get the flash at the correct distance, without umbrella but with diffuser cap over the reflector. " I do not understand what he means by diffuser cap over the reflector??? Can anyone enlighten me?

harry pocius 12 years ago
I think he means a stofen omni bounce. A similar thing is packaged with the sb800.
MartijnKoevoets 12 years ago
He's using a Lumedyne-flash, so I doubt there's an omnibounce on it. :-P
luckyeddy 12 years ago
Lumedyne Heads come with a pair of plastic diffusers, each a different density, they just clip over the standard reflector and soften the light a little. Lumedyne also offers a globe that attaches to the reflector, works just like an omnibounce.

If you want to see more of neil Turners work go to


Its well worth a look
Debbi in California 12 years ago
Oh, yes, I went to B&H to see what a Lumedyne is and I understand now.
Thanks eddy (are you really lucky?)

strobist PRO 12 years ago
You can use a Lumy bare tube. That's like an omnibounce, but WAY more efficient.
lightnewb says: i put this in a new thread, didnt know about this one..lol sorry

since i am just asking and really not contributing....yet ( hey i dont know squat about lighting..lol) I figured Id post this tutorial from a user at P Base.. Bill Huber.. Thanks Bill, for making this available!
Instructions for a DIY light box .. very inexpensive, sturdy and really easy to make!


trappedlight 12 years ago
Just found a great way to diagram our lighting.

Over at FM forums, Kevin Kertz has created a little Photoshop file that works wonders for demonstrating your light setup. And its free for non commercial use. Thanks Kevin.

Here's a quick demo I did for the CD assignment...

Rock & Roll Lighting Setup

Here's the thread with the pertinent info over at FM forums:
RJLH 12 years ago
has anyone seen this great 'light box'

MartijnKoevoets 12 years ago

Very nifty, thanks!
sleepycharlie 12 years ago
There is a good video of a lighting workshop here: www.sportsshooter.com/special_feature/2003_luau_video/5_m...

There are several other videos on the same site that cover several topics including using radio slaves at sporting events. A listing of videos is at:
luckyeddy 12 years ago

My real name is Paul, Luckyeddy is a nick name I was given while I was in the military working on a Mountain Rescue Team. I always ended up getting into more scrapes than the casualties....it sort of stuck.
carlos.benjamin 12 years ago

Kind of like the poster for the missing dog:

Three legged, one eyed, deaf dog missing. Goes by the name of "Lucky"

Or something like that.
Rettop 12 years ago
I shoot a lot of macros. I've a SB-800 but it is quite a challenge to get natural looking results with a SB-800 especially when you in the field.

I would be really nice to see something in details about how to use a flash for macros in the field.
luckyeddy 12 years ago
Carlos, exactly......the inspiration came from a newspaper cartoon character that always had a piano fall on his head at the end of the sequence.
Captoe PRO 12 years ago
The SportsShooter Luau 2003 video was on Strobist in May.

Thanks for the link to the index.

Whyrnutz 12 years ago
As a followup to trappedlight's post - for those of us who want to use the VERY cool diagramming template at FredMiranda.com but only have Photoshop Elements (which doesn't deal with layer sets), there is a workaround. Download and install GimpShop, open the file and save it under a different name. Now you can open it with Elements and each symbol will have it's own layer. As an added bonus you now have a very powerful Photoshop "clone" (well, almost) which is absolutely FREE!

Thanks trappedlight!
starnaudr 12 years ago

A comic strip on photography. I stumbled on it through Rob Galbraiths site. Worth reading. Sept 7 2006 would be a perfect adjunct to the husings of Mr. Stobist and your future in photography.

Regards, roflol
AlwaysJanuary (Randy) 12 years ago
That's already been on Strobist.

Bits and Pieces, August 26, 2006.
BendyShugart 12 years ago
There's a good article at www.robgalbraith.com, "The New A/V Club", on the application "Soundslides" and how it's being used in multimedia journalism to enable better story telling. It is, of course, not related to using off-camera flash, but does contain more, very useful information for everyone out there in Strobist land, like me, whose interest was piqued by David's post recently about Multimedia Journalism and MediaStorm.

Check it out.
ntbd.net 12 years ago

I would love to see an article about dealing with the bright reflective saftey gear our police forces seem to be donning.

I have yet to see a well lit photo of a modern officer - due to the HIGHLY reflective jackets. Think this could make an interesting post?

fabulous paper [deleted] 12 years ago
strobist PRO 12 years ago

ou just have to light you scene and let the reflective stuff do what it is gonna go. Either use all available light, or flash it and let it go nuclear.

You have to flash on manual, or the auto funtion (or ttl) will expose for the jacket and the other stuff will be far too dark.


Dave's site was covered a long time ago! He's even a link on the links page.
Cappy5511 12 years ago
This looks pretty cool for a small product shoot setup. And, imagine what it would cost if made by Photoflex...


You'd have to balance for flourscent...
duaneellison 12 years ago
Workflow - I don't know if this is covered on the main site (I didn't find it in a search) but I would really like to hear what you have to say about your workflow. I know the main focus is lighting but hey you have to be able to do something with the images once you are done making them! With you shooting for the newspaper and such I would imagine you have a pretty streamlined workflow.

Thank you!

strobist PRO 12 years ago

My workflow is pretty much determined by the needs of my paper and lots of layers of redundancy.

For independents, I would recommend The DAM Book, and The Art of Raw Conversion, both of which have very good info on that. And far better than I what could provide.
MARTYr Photography 12 years ago
This one should definitely make the cut: Perhaps it's already common knowledge among PW users but if you store your PW with the batteries inside them, this can cause the batteries to explode inside the unit. This will void your warranty, as stated on the warranty card that comes with a new set of PWs.

Forgive the redundancy (I have a post talking about this) but I wanted to send this through the proper channels. Shout it far and wide.
strobist PRO 12 years ago
Thanks for the tip. I will not only follow it - never had any of my seven explode in 10 years, or even heard of it - but will also post in the next bits and pieces.

trappedlight 12 years ago

Print your own custom sunrise and sunset calendar. Moonrise and moonset time and moon phase information is also available. There is a list of predefined cities or you can enter your own location and get a calendar for anywhere in the world.

Found this on lifehacker.com
GarethDix 12 years ago
this is a link to another (but very long thread) about people's studio set ups with the final results they get from these. some really interesting stuff, including how to de-wrinkle creased muslin as a background... it's work a glance over

strobist PRO 12 years ago

Good thread, but geez, that thing's huge. If you can find a way to break that thing up, that'd be much better.
GarethDix 12 years ago
here you go...


of course some of the setups are very professional looking and a few people have built a full studio but the set ups and results are really amazing...
conraderb 12 years ago
The flash hot shoe on my Canon 20D recently became very loose - it was almost falling off.

I searched strobist but couldn't find anything about the topic of how to repair a flash shoe.

So, I figured it out myself and and I made a page showing how I did it.
I also showed how I made a flash 'switch' from a paperclip if the plastic switch falls into the camera body (which happened on both of my cameras).

Anyone who uses flash a lot will probably experience a loose flash shoe at some point in time, so I thought I would share this. David (Hobby), you are welcome to use all the material on the page if you think it would be helpful to your readers.

here is the link:


(the camera I was using was the Canon 20D, but I would think that the other Canon cameras would have something very similar, and Nikon would have something sort of similar).
strobist PRO 12 years ago

Muchas gracias, man!

Your tutorial is in my "evergreen" hopper, and will almost certainly buy me some time one evening when I would rather be spending time with the wife and kids than writing a long post on how to light a black hole with an SB-24.

I would imagine many of the Canon hot shoes can be tightened in a similar way.

conraderb 12 years ago
D - I just cleaned up the page a bit and added some more info to make it as easy as possible to understand for newbies. the link is the same as above.

public word [deleted] 12 years ago
I'm not sure if this is exactly up the strobist alley, but i wrote a tutorial on how to take macro photos of water drops using a flash which some people might find useful:

strobist PRO 12 years ago

Absolutely. I have a post going up in a few days on a high-end shooter who specializes in that field, and yout link will be a very useful addition.

johndohrn 12 years ago
David, On the topic of water drop photography. There's some pop photography article on the net on how to shoot water drops with what i feel are better examples
ricoj31 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by ricoj31 (member) 12 years ago
Hey David! Great site, I'm starting to build my own lightweight set and was looking for bungee balls here in the netherlands and found them in a boatshop. Didn't buy them though because I found something that seemed even better!



[edit: how do I include images in this post???]
Captoe PRO 12 years ago

Do you have a link to the product, or a trade name?

Mike H
Chad Simcox 12 years ago
Not really strobe related, but its deffinatly useful info for all those shooting digitally.

strobist PRO 12 years ago

Do you have an online source in Europe for them? A lot of readers Euro readers would like to know, i am sure.

Doug Hilton PRO 12 years ago
Great find sonofsimon!
Jim Strickland PRO 12 years ago
More good software: photoline 32


About seventy bucks US, and a lot less crippled than photoshop elements.

stk_ulm 12 years ago
David: The bungee mentioned by Rico is called "Spannflex" in Germany. It's used mainly for boating and trade fair constructing (correct term?)

I don't know any distributors who have specialized on them, but they can be had through ebay or some online music stores.
David Pfeffer 12 years ago

I'd love to see a post on your site about using HDR techniques with flash. HDR is typically shot with natural light, taking advantage of varying degrees of available light. However, I think that you might be able to accomplish some interesting techniques combining a flash setup with multiple exposures, later combined into HDR.

carlos.benjamin 12 years ago
David P - I don't think it's likely to go over well with the PJ's....
David Pfeffer 12 years ago
Probably not, but the whole of photography isn't just to capture realism. Sometimes a surreal effect is what we're after, and HDR can accomplish just that.

I'll add that HDR, which compresses the tonal range of many shots, can be applied to a single RAW image to map the 16-bit information back into 8-bits and displayed. ACR4 Beta can accomplish similar by boosting Fill Light and Recovery, but I don't think many photojournalists will object to that one.

strobist PRO 12 years ago
David P-

HDR is something I have read about, with interest. But the main purpose of it - contrast range compression - in large part does what using flash and ambient together well does.

It is an interesting technique, but one that only applies to static subjects. For that reason and the obvious ethical implications of cloning multiple images into one, it really doesn't intersect much with my sphere as a PJ.

I will have to look into the single-image technique - that has some promise. Thanks much for the heads-up.
Some of my best/favorite images are HDRs. However, like DH said, none are of people, most are landscape and city shots, all are edited in photomatix (HDR program) and photoshop and do not resemble PJ in any way whatsoever. I haven't shot any with my flash, however, the exposures tend to be too long to make it useful - combined with my shooting objects near the horizon much of the time.

Here's two examples of HDRs from one .RAW file. www.pbase.com/douglaslevy/image/70585424


and one combined from 3 exposures.


I love it, it's great fun, but I don't really see a Strobist connection.

mocknation Posted 12 years ago. Edited by mocknation (member) 12 years ago
Hi all! I'm a hardcore strobist fan! I just posted an example on how to attach gels! Maybe it's been done before but I just wanted you guys to be the first to know, cheers!



Merry X'mas & A Happy New Year!
chadgreen 12 years ago

I still haven't had time to get the 3373 as I've been using an old tripod and I was thinking the other day that the 3373 only raises to 6ft. I thought what if I want to have my 7ft subject stand for one reason or another? There really isn't any way to not shoot up at them given that their face could be the main composition point. Bogen makes an 8ft stand that ironically is cheaper but is not as compact. I was just wondering if you had any comments on this. Thanks.
strobist PRO 12 years ago
That 3373 6' height is the top of the stand. By the time you get the umb adapter and the flash on it, you are up to 6.5', which barely gives you room to tilt that umbrella up to point the reflected light down before you run into most ceilings.

Just a thought.

I rarely run into height problems.

(IMO, the 8-foot Bogen stand is a better choice if you are willing to sacrifice the relative portability, tho.)
IBCREWIN 12 years ago
How about something on optical slaves. I had considered it as an option before getting the Gadget infinity triggers. I am still considering one for a BG light.
strobist PRO 12 years ago
I am working on a complete overhaul/update of the flash/synching options section.

full home [deleted] 12 years ago
Don't know if anyone has checked out this guy's shots. They're pretty good for a self-tought, 19 year old in Alaska.

They're pretty good for anyone.

duganj 12 years ago
MAKE magazine's blog has an interesting post on a homemade remote flash trigger (microcontroller based). There are some other strobist related links in the post as well.

The original article is here.
mountainous system [deleted] 12 years ago
I don't think you can make a different pool, but how about a sticky thread for just posted set-ups and/or fun pictures e.g. us posing/testing out set-ups?
Captoe PRO 12 years ago

You're thinking of something we could do here on flickr, right?

"Sticky" is not something that flickr does in the normal sense of the word, but I'm sure we could accomodate your idea if you described the intent some more.

mountainous system [deleted] 12 years ago
As in a thread, like this, but only where pictures would be posted/linked. We would "sticky" it, so it would always stay at the top of the threads.

Is that what you meant?
carlos.benjamin 12 years ago
patrick - Yeah, that's the type of sticky that doesn't work. Only new posts will keep a thread above the waterline.....
mountainous system [deleted] 12 years ago
Ah... Oh, well :(
Captoe PRO 12 years ago
Maybe tags are the thing for this.
Or just a new thread....?

strobist PRO 12 years ago
I suppose we could put a link in the group description. That would keep it within easy reach.
Samuel Webster 12 years ago
i'm surprised with the amount of issues people have with the flickr system, why they don't change it.

a normal message board allows for stickies, allows you to subscribe to threads easily, allows you to see more than just 6 topics at a glance... always seemed like a better option for me...
Samuel Webster Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Samuel Webster (member) 12 years ago
that said, to keep a thread stickied, you could possibly post and delete your post, OR edit the main post just slightly (add a dot or something) and it should bring it back.

like this
JASPhoto 11 years ago
DH - have you seen photoflex's lighting school site www.photoflexlightingschool.com/
you may want to ad it to your links.
trukuds 11 years ago

The best Training DVDs for Wedding Photographers hands down.

Next month they have an intense DVD all on the use of off Camera Canon flashes coming out.

The photographer featured in all the vids is one of the best Wedding Photographers in the world. You can see his work @ www.storybyphoto.com

Loved this series! And im loving this board!
seanrolsen 11 years ago
I just had a thought / idea. X-10 sell this thing called the Ninja.


It turns thier little wireless cameras into pan tilt cameras. I was thinking, why not put a flash on there instead? Might be a good idea for lighting a gym or an event where your strobes are mounted high up or whatever, but would like to change the angle frequently. The ninjas are remote controlled for panning left to right and up and down.

I bet you could get one for pretty cheap on an online auction? They are about a hundred dollars new from x-10's website. Just an idea I had. Let me know what you think.
Cymen PRO 11 years ago
Looks like the current working URL for the Zuga TV content (first posted by Carlos way up above) is:

Maple Syrup Doodles 11 years ago
I found a number of links through the PhotoCamel forums
Equipment Links

Tutorials & Technique

My favorite is this one which is seems to be tailor made for lighting 101 & Strobists

Low-Budget Umbrella Flash for Dummies
Bill Millios 11 years ago
Just found this "New Wedding Photographer's Handbook".

www.aljacobs.com/NEW WEDDING.pdf

I haven't read it yet, but the guy has lots of cool self-made stuff elsewhere on his site.

benhays 11 years ago
Here is a time lapse video of Michael Grecco shooting Martin Scorsese. Pretty interesting to see the amount of handlers and gear involved.


MegaTen 11 years ago
I'd like to see your thoughts on Gary Fong's new whale tail light diffuser. Seems pretty useful.

carlos.benjamin 11 years ago
Looks to me like Gary saw the advantages of Joe Demb's Flash Diffuser.
S Moran 11 years ago
Hey David was wondering if you had checked out The Ultimate Light Box System? It can be found here:

lactose 11 years ago
Large DIY softbox under $5 for perfect portraits

strobist PRO 11 years ago

Neat project. Expect an extra page hit or two today.

Flyfleeecker 11 years ago

Check out the Ultrapod II, and the Ultrapod, in this link:


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