What is Strobist?

I'm David Hobby, the photographer behind Strobist. At its heart, this website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash to elevate your photography.

Over the course of my 25+ year career as a staff photojournalist, I completed over 10,000 editorial assignments. One of my strong suits as a photographer was in using small speedlights to elevate the quality of my location work.

In 2006, I returned from a typical assignment for The Baltimore Sun with the photo just below and thought, "That small flash I stuck behind the wind tunnel fan blade made a huge difference. I should start a website to show people how to do this stuff."

I did, and this little project grew to be far bigger than I ever dreamed. Two years later I left The Sun to publish Strobist full-time. A quarter billion page views later, here we are.

Believe me when I say that I envy you the door that you are about to walk through. When you learn how to light, your photography can just explode with new possibilities.

If you are a complete beginner, No worries. You are in the right place. Strobist's Free Lighting 101 course starts from absolute zero, and is considered to be the best resource of its kind on the web. More than four million photographers from all around the world have taken the plunge before you. Come on in, the water's fine.

You probably already have most expensive parts (camera, lens and flash) of what you need to start your lighting journey, and all of the information on this site is free. If you want to grow into more powerful lighting equipment later, fine. We'll 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 more than 150 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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