Welcome to Strobist.

At its heart, this website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash with your DSLR to take your photos to the next level. Or the next ten levels.

If you are a complete beginner at lighting, you are in the right place. Strobist's Free Lighting 101 course starts from absolute zero, and is widely considered to be the best resource of its kind on the web. Over four million photographers from all around the world have taken the plunge before you. So come on in, the water's fine.

You probably already have most of what you need to start creating kickass photos with your own small flash, and all of the information on this site is free. If you want to grow into more powerful lighting equipment later, fine. We talk about the big lights, too. But your small flashes are the perfect starting point: small, simple and cheap.

Already familiar with small-flash lighting gear and techniques? We also have an On Assignment series, where you'll be guided through dozens of real-world assignments, showing exactly how they were lit.

Questions? No Problem.

Join the over 100,000 people in the Strobist group on Flickr and fire away. But please, search the relevant terms in your question as it has probably been asked and answered before. And no worries, everyone was a newb at one point.

You can post your successes there to show off, or your failures when you need help. It's a very social place of peer-to-peer learning, filled with enthusiastic people from all over the planet.

Okay then. Pick a place to jump in:

Lighting 101 (Most people start here)
On Assignment
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