You Got Questions, We Got Answers: FAQs and Disclosures

Who writes this stuff?

I'm David Hobby, a 20-year career newspaper shooter. I studied photojournalism at the University of Florida, during/after which I shot for a variety of papers/wire services in Florida before settling into staff positions at Patuxent Publishing ('88-'99) and The Baltimore Sun ('99-'08).

I founded Strobist is 2006 and left The Sun in 2008 to pursue that and other ventures.

Why did you start this blog?

Honestly? Okay. Strobist was launched in April of 2006 as an excuse to get out of lecturing to my friend Gail Burton's photo class. I figured I would try to save some time by just writing it down once. In that sense, Strobist has been a spectacular failure.

But it also largely changed the way the photo community thought about light (150,000,000 page views and counting) so in that sense it worked out well.

Why Why not your own URL?

I think Blogger rocks. It's free, Google indexes it better than any other platform (they own it) and it is very robust. Plus, being Google, I know it will be around in five years. Bandwidth is not a problem on this free platform either. When we passed 50k views a day, I contacted them and asked if we were getting too big for the free service. They had a nice chuckle over it and sent me a shirt.

Seriously, they are great folks and I highly recommend them and their free platform. Without it, there would not be a Strobist. Period.

How do I subscribe to your blog?

You can subscribe by clicking here.

How much traffic does Strobist get?

Strobist currently gets about 1.5 million page views per month..

My company makes lighting-related stuff. Can I advertise here?

Possibly. See here for more information on rates and reader demographics. But you should know the advertising has been full for some time. There's a wait list if you are interested.

Can I use your material in my site?

You may quote small amounts of material (one or two paragraphs) or abstract material, as long as as long as your post IS ABOUT THE QUOTED ARTICLE you provide a link to the original post. You can get a "permalink" by clicking on the time stamp at the bottom of any post.

What about translations to other languages?

I have tried it several times, and in every instance it became more trouble than it was worth. I am therefore not exploring additional human translation partnerships at this time. There is a dropdown for machine translation of the blog into any language. It can sometimes be funny. Sorry!

Can I steal your entire posts for my automated scraper blogs that are pretty much designed to be Adsense link farms?

I will DMCA your site without a moment's hesitation. And depending, I may also go after you for copyright infringement.

I would like to license one of your photos. What is the best place to reach you?

I am most easily reached via Twitter. Because of the scale of the site's readership, I have long had to remove my personal email link. (Sorry.)

My editorial re-use rates are very reasonable, generally starting at around $250. I am not a $1 microstock agency, and I really do not give a shit if you can buy photos elsewhere for pennies. Fine. Go buy them. But don't steal mine.

If you simply take the photo and use it without licensing it, my first after-the-fact offer to you will be 3X what it would have been had you sought to license it before the fact. If that is unacceptable, it'll go to the lawyers. And my lawyer is great at slam-dunk infringement claims. And if that's the way it has to be, I am totally okay with that. But I'd rather not. So please, don't steal my work.

Do you have any financial disclosures?

First, my opinions are not, nor have they ever been, for sale. I was raised in a newspaper that was totally hardass about that kinda stuff, and it stuck. The site does have advertisers. They know that they do not have any control over the editorial content and I am free to talk smack about them at any time. They respect that. And for that, I respect them.

Also, in recent years I have become an enthusiastic user of Fuji cameras after about 35 years shooting Nikon. That's organic, in part because I think the Fuji cameras are outstanding, but more because the folks at Fuji actually listen to photographers. Even better, they are constantly soliciting feedback and ideas to make their cameras better.

Given that opportunity, I have been very vocal to them and am proud to say some of my ideas have come to fruition. Of those, I am most proud of this one. I have been working hard with them to do what I can to make what I see as a great company even better.

To that end, we have occasionally swapped use of existing (and creation of original) photography for gear. And once, I went to Japan to attend several full-day meetings with their engineers during which we exchanged literally hundreds of ideas. They paid me, but not nearly at a rate sufficient that I would have done so merely for money.

In short, my opinions about Fuji are organic, based on genuine enthusiasm and absolutely not for sale. I am free to say anything about them or their gear at any time.

I am shooting a wedding on Saturday. What kind of flash should I buy?

No kidding. That is the kind of question I used to get, at scale, when my email was listed on the site. Sigh. For gear and technique questions (hopefully better reasoned than that one) try the Strobist Flickr Discussion Threads. There are over 100,000 photographers there ready to both help you and to learn from you.

Seriously, I do not think there is a more civil and helpful photo group on the 'net. Of all of the neat things Strobist has spawned, I am most proud of our group's friendly, knowledge-sharing ethic.

100,000 people? Are they any good?

You tell me.

Have a question to add to the FAQ? Hit me in the comments. If it is helpful to a broad number of readers, I will add it. Thanks!

(Last update: 10/17/2014)


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Anonymous stinkerbell said...

I have heard this urban myth that there have been in person live strobist classes.
where can I find information on any in person strobist classes you might be running?

January 08, 2008 10:41 AM  
Blogger Twilli53 said...

I would like to attend the Orlando workshop in Feb. Where can I sign up and how much is it.
Thanks, Tim

January 13, 2008 8:10 AM  
Blogger Rick Yazwinski said...

Hey David, would you be interested in doing a seminar in Toronto?

If you are I'd like to talk to you about organizing, costs, etc...

Please drop me a note and let me know.


January 17, 2008 4:30 PM  
Blogger Joe Pitz said...

Hello David,

Here is a good topic for a lighting 102 lesson. I have been through Lighting 101, On Assignment, currently working on Boot Camp.

Lesson on High key product shot.

White background, white product. I have a lot of problems with keeping the background white and not blowing out the separation between the background and product, or not letting the product got too gray.

Keep up the good work. I keep my nose in Strobist all of the time.


Joe Pitz

February 11, 2008 8:06 PM  
Blogger KatieMac said...

So, when are you going to publish this great info in a book for all us old school learners who can't seem to absorb information without a highlighter?
I'd buy it.

March 21, 2008 12:40 AM  
Blogger TallKids said...

This is a suggestion for a post or maybe even a series. A lot of posts recently have been about the latest flash gear or cool techniques, much of which go over my head as an amateur. How about a series such as "Monkey see, monkey do." Here's how it works - go out shooting some day with an amateur strobist. Give them an assignment, then observe and while they set up and call the shots, and shoot. Then, run through it again, except this time with how you would light the scenario or how you could improve the lighting. Post it with pictures, diagrams, etc and I think that would make a pretty great little series that would help out a lot of the non-pro strobists.

Just a thought.

April 08, 2008 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Camouflage Kiwi said...

Hello David:
I am your admirer in Taiwan ROC. I learn a lot from your website, and had been quite inspired. The field of using little strobe is quite unknown, unfamilar in Taiwan. So I recently want to established a blog to introduce the way you use the strobe.

I've read the rules and "Strobist Terms of Service", and know that you don't allow the whole articles be translated to other languages without your control. But you allow us to quote small amounts of material (one or two paragraphs) or abstract material, as long as we provide a link to the original post.

So may I write abstract of the 101 and other precious articles respectively in Chinese? and I would absolutely follow the rule you make, including "provide a link to the original post" and "avoid to translate one by one". I will just mentioned about the key points to let people who do not understand English well to know the "inspiring way to control the speedlight " they never heard about.

Actually, all I want is to gather more people with the same hobby, and inspiring to each other, just like the way you do on your website. And I believe there will be more and more people knowing the website through my introduction. Hope language will be no obstacle to let more people learn your inspiring technics.

Joseph Huang
( new website isn't under construction yet)

April 09, 2008 10:06 AM  
Blogger David said...


Yeah, that's cool.


April 09, 2008 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Camouflage Kiwi said...

Thank you, David.
I have one more question, may I use one or two of your photos in my abstract for your articles. Of course, I would provide a link to tell where it link from?

Joseph Huang

April 10, 2008 9:22 PM  
Blogger David said...


No, I am sorry, but that is against the site's TOS.

There are many reasons for this, but the most important is that many of the site's photos have been done for The Baltimore Sun, my newspaper, and while the paper permits me to re-use the images through special arrangement, that right does not extend to your site.


April 10, 2008 11:15 PM  
OpenID elliottcable said...

I purchased this domain for you. I will maintain this domain for you, or at your option, sell it to you for exactly what I purchased it for.

I would also be glad to walk you through setting up Blogger to use this domain instead of - please contact me through the URL attached to my name on this comment.

Good site, hope this 35 euro donation helps you out (-:

April 23, 2008 5:47 PM  
Blogger Luis Curran said...

I've just joined your site and would like to know where to start!
I'm an amateur and haven't used a flash in years but I now see all kinds of possibilities.
Where in your blog site would you suggest I begin - from the basics to the more advanced stuff?
Thanks - I appreciate your help.

April 24, 2008 8:14 PM  
Blogger jdribbl said...

You have given great information about creating the low-budget product photo studio box. But, until I sell a little product, I am limited to using a CoolPix 4300 which is giving me problems with manual exposure, shutter speed, focus capabilities. I can't find yet any groups or blogs like yours on that subject. Can you help?

May 01, 2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger Darren Mahuron said...

I have put together a short video from one of my shoots. I wasn't sure where to post it or if you would even be interested in having it displayed. Here it is anyway.
Summit Studios

May 07, 2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Ian said...

Where is a good place to go to for SB-800 repair? I have broken the sync terminal.

May 20, 2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hi David,

Please ignore my last non-sensical post. My browser 1Password plug sent garbage as the message body.

We don't know each other, but I hope this email reaches you. Do you still have a link from to Amazon so that you receive affiliate sales credit (hopefully revenue) for Amazon purchases that originated on your site?

I've learned a great deal through helping me expand my photography to a full-time business primarily with real estate photography (SB-800 & SB-80's triggered with PW's).

I am buying a point & shoot camera to supplement my D300 and would like to see someone who helped me get some benefit, "pay it forward".

Hope your sabbatical period from the Baltimore Sun is treating you well. My portfolio doesn't have my latest work in yet, a recent successful shoot was (single property website which I setup for many photo shoot clients, Realtors). Keep up the good work David, you rock!

All the best,

Doug Cranmer
420 E. Ohio Street
Suite 16F
Chicago, IL 60611 USA

Member, Advertising Photographers of America (APA)
Member, International Association of Architectural Photographers (IAAP)

(312) 932-0430 :: Office
(312) 873-4344 :: Fax
(312) 523-3135 :: Cell :: Email

May 23, 2008 9:33 AM  
Blogger David said...


Thanks for thinking of me for your Amazon purchases. As long as you click through from any Amazon link on the site (including anything from the bookshelf, here: ) I will get some of the crumbs.

Thanks much!


May 24, 2008 1:06 PM  
Blogger Joan and Jerry said...


You have a link to a pdf file in the introduction to the morning session on the 2nd DVD. It doesn't guide me to such a file. Please send further instructions. Thank you.


June 18, 2008 6:46 PM  
Blogger David said...


Please double check your keystrokes. A couple of people have brought up the same question, having mistyped. It does work - we tested it several times, including during the last few days.

June 18, 2008 7:21 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Hey David!
Awesome stuff. But for the life of me I can't reach the Lighting 102 pages?! Where is the link on your site to them, or how do you get to posts posted longer back then the bottom of your blog (there is no "next page" button). I'd really appreciate a response. Thanks!

July 21, 2008 10:19 PM  
Blogger David said...


There is a dropdown menu for L102 in the sidebar.



July 21, 2008 10:57 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Simply amazing ... they should take my camera away for that :P Thank you for the quick response - much appreciated!


July 21, 2008 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to build an outdoor studio with minimum money as I am medically retired. Years ago I would shoot weddings, etc. but I am on oxygen now but need the money plus miss the art. I thought of four 8 foot walls-- the sides, top, and floor. That's all. Do I need window light on the sides or just use my strobe umbrella flash? In winter this will not be feasible. Any materials that would hold up in winter?

July 27, 2008 8:42 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Hi-Love your blog-much needed helpful ideas- Save one?
Please tell us the best way to shoot art work-do we need a box like when shooting jewerly?
Thank you
John Vondra

August 04, 2008 3:07 PM  
Blogger Addison Geary Photography said...

Hi David,

I was just recruited to be on the board of A.S.M.P. Philly. I volunteered to help on the programs committee. When they asked if I had any ideas, without hesitation I said "David Hobby." So I'm wondering if you'd be at all interested in speaking to our group. We have some money for expenses. Could get you a space and help with logistics ,if you wanted to do a lighting seminar, sell DVD's. We're looking for Sept., Oct.,Nov. but would be happy to host you anytime.

Addison Geary

August 15, 2008 12:01 AM  
Blogger nantucketbob said...

No one should upload a a can of whup-ass on you! YOU ARE GREAT. YOU DO A GREAT JOB. You offer a great service. Cheers!

August 19, 2008 5:40 PM  
Blogger Ken Beegle said...

If this isn't the right place for this question, please let me know. I purchased your DVD set and the first disc was delivered badly scratched and unplayable. What's the best way of getting a replacement? Thanks.

August 20, 2008 6:14 PM  
Blogger David said...


First of all, sorry for the disc! It happens, unfortunately. But the duplicators do have a very high batting average at least.

If you call/email MPEX, they will get a replacement disc out to you ASAP. If you have any problems with that, just leave me a "Do Not Publish" comment (here is fine) with your contact info and I will take care of it personally.

Thanks -- and sorry,

August 20, 2008 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Profoto Synchro this what i need to connect the nikon pc adapter to my sb800 on a d40x to use off camera?

Also, does any one know of the best diffuser that doesn't throw off the internal meter that can be used for snapshots with this camera/flash combo? the included one only covers wideangles and makes pictures too dark when shot at say 50-70mm.

Please help!! New to stobes!!

August 26, 2008 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not new to strobes, but new to the D40x. Hmmm, Nikon pc adapter... thank you. Wondered how I was going to mount a do-it-yourself pocket wizard.


September 07, 2008 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Diego HUerta said...

Hi, my name is Diego Huerta, photographer from Monterrey, México, i like your bloog, very interesting, i have a photo studio (, you can see a few videos behind the scenes here

i hope your like it

my email:

September 07, 2008 11:45 AM  
Anonymous John C said...

I love this site it has so much information. Can you give us the name of a good online developer to have prints made.

September 22, 2008 12:20 PM  
Anonymous david jackson said...


Been a fan for awhile. I thought I'd share a recent series I shot in the spirit of Halloween! Feel free to add it to your daily blog and/or delete this commment, if should you see fit. Included with the link is a "behind the scenes" video from the shoot. Without further ado, I present to you "MURDER: 101"

and the video:


October 03, 2008 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Punch Buggy said...

Hi Strobist thanks for your support I'll never forget how important a blog is.
My latest blog is on Yomo a former reggaeton artist it's just saying a little about Yomo's beginning so please check it out and every one else too.

October 15, 2008 11:55 AM  
Blogger Mike said...


Been a fan for a year or so. Bought your DVD recently. Thanks for all you do.

Question: What do you think about an article that covers the basic, most fundamental, camera/gear maintenance that photogs should be performing, and at what frequency? You could cover the specific disciplines, your preferred cleaning/maintenance materials, when to look at sensor cleaning, and when to get your repair shop involved.

This could be of great value.

That may seem like "duh" but I would really like to see and hear your thoughts and those of other photogs.

Take care,


October 18, 2008 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Hey Dave!
Just thought I'd mention that I saw you and your son in a recent edition of Digital Photography Pro magazine for the Softbox III advertisement ;-)


December 04, 2008 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David,

I am a 'Jonnie come lately' to your site. I have never been adept at flash photography but am really excited about starting your series. (Got 2-285vh's for my birthday and awaiting UPS to deliver stands and such today!!).
I would like to participate but feel since 102 is basically past that I would not get any feedback on what I am doing right/wrong or could do differently to achieve my desired results.
Anyway, will there be a Strobist 103? and if so when?
If we all asked really nice and said please a lot would it help?
PLEASE !!!!!

Brian Spillane

December 08, 2008 1:04 PM  
Blogger Yannick Hagman said...

I finally decided to use some flashes to supplement my photography. I will get a sb-28, a sb-26 and some Skyports. I only used dedolights and a chimera birdcage so far and still have much provisos.

January 01, 2009 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Heather McKay said...

Hi David!

I am program chair for Greater Rochester Professional Photographers and am wondering if you would be interested in speaking/workshoping for our March or April meeting (or another month that works better for you). I saw that you started this BLOG in order to stop teaching, so please let me know if you would be open to the idea or if you know someone else who would.

Thank you!

January 15, 2009 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Julian Morales said...

i need some help please! I'm a newb in sychronizing flashes. I have two sb-24's and one sb-600 with a gadget infinity trigger and three receivers, how do i set these things up!

Thanks in advance for any help guys, or even pointing me in the right direction.

Sincerely, Julian

February 03, 2009 3:15 PM  
Blogger Wes said...

David...I want to thank you for your great Strobist blog.

I'm a retired Navy Photographer and spent six of my 20 years developing curriculum and teaching studio photography and photojournalism at the Naval Schools of Photography.

I am enjoying studying your techniques for their speed and simplicity. My lighting is slow at best, with lots of studio lights, flash meters and calculators. It has always been difficult taking my methods out in the field to shoot press releases. I could have used your thoughts and ideas 20 years ago.

So, I'll be around for a while absorbing all of your posts. I'll recommend your blog to some of my active and retired Navy Photogs as well.

February 14, 2009 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the PMA show in Las Vegas last week, I saw an interesting new bracket but dont know who makes it. Were you there and did you see this item? It held both a vertically placed and horizontally placed flash and had a sensor in the base to let the camera know which flash to fire based on whether the camera was in horizontal or vertical position. It also included the ttl cords to communicate with the camera. In many cases I flip my camera frequently and this would allow me to shoot without thinking. Does anyone know who is retailing this product as I would like to pick one up. The company said it would retail around 150.00 to 170.00 I am new to this site so maybe asking about a product is not allowed but was introduced to your site at PMA.

March 13, 2009 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, I have your DVDs and love them but have a question. For the Camera shoot you used a small soft box that you made. Could you have used strobes with umbrellas for this. The reason for my question is that I need to take shots of our classic cars that are currently in a garage. I will have the specular highlights similar to the ones you had for the camera but I don't have a large soft box. I am assuming you had to use the small softbox because of the macro nature of the shot. Any suggestions?

March 21, 2009 9:17 AM  
Blogger brubeck said...

I'm a student at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC, and am wondering if you'd consider coming down to speak or lead a workshop (now or in the coming year).


March 28, 2009 6:15 PM  
Blogger Torein said...

Is there a point of contact for grammar or spellings errors?

April 06, 2009 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...


I have become familiar with your Strobist blog after reading a separate website on the topic of Blog Hosting. I Blog myself on filmmaking and television. I just read on a blogging messageboard that since Blogger hosted blogs are a free service owned by Google, Google can remove the service at any time, and our Blogs can be gone forever. I am trying to figure out whether I should just transfer my blog now or just backup all of the posts. Do you backup your blog or use a secondary service?


April 17, 2009 2:48 PM  
Blogger David said...


There couldn't be any grammar or spelling mistakes in here -- I write all these posts myself!


Nope. I trust that Google will be around longer than I will.

April 17, 2009 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Henrique Baldwin said...

David, I heard this on NPR this morning and thought it might be a cool DIY thing for those of us out in the bush that need to recharge batteries, ipods, etc.

April 19, 2009 3:21 PM  
Blogger JC said...

A lot of what you and Mr. McNally write is Nikon based and while (i have shot both) I love CLS i love my Canon L primes more and so I shoot you know of any resources aimed at Canons (admittedly inferior) flash system that are as in depth as what you offer here or Joe McNally has....

May 19, 2009 7:03 AM  
Blogger David said...


I use Nikon, but my site is platform agnostic. I shoot manual flash for the most part, so it is applicable to any brand. You'll have to Google for Canon-specific resources.


May 19, 2009 8:02 AM  
Blogger Tomas said...

Hi David,

In March 2008 a had never touched or even thought of off camera flash, a friend of mine insisted that I check out your website, since then, (to cut a long story...), for me everything has changed for the better.

I can't thank you enough.

Maybe when you have time, this should raise a smile:

I still have loads to learn but I'm loving every day of it and I'm always looking forward to the next.

Always tuned in.


May 27, 2009 2:51 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I think it's time to update this FAQ ;)

There's a few more than 17,000 members of the flickr group. And I'm sure you're getting more than 1.5 million views a month now. And I don't think you're a 1 year leave from your previous job any more, correct?

May 28, 2009 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Bachmann said...


Do you except any PR? I have several clients with interesting news that might be a fit for the strobist and I have product I can send to you to give away to your readers.


June 08, 2009 6:45 PM  
Blogger David said...


No, and thank you for asking. I get far to much (with little use for it) already. If it is truly in my sphere and is of interest, I will find it.


June 09, 2009 8:54 AM  
Blogger Marius Lardizabal - Kayumangi said...

Dear David,

I've been a lurker-follower for almost two years now. This morning I just had my first early morning beach photoshoot and I applied all the kung-fu skills you taught.

And man o man, my pictures rock (at least I think they are), so please consider this as my formal Thank you and commendation for your most excellent work.

I may not be able make it up to you coz you're like a god but I will pay it forward to my friends.

Maraming Salamat Po,

Marius Lardizabal

June 28, 2009 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the invaluable information on webcam images. Not that I would be removing clothes for $2.99 a minutes, but I now feel confident the situation could be handled in a tasteful, well-lit manner. . .

July 12, 2009 2:02 AM  
Blogger Sandro Franchi said...

About free music for videos, take a look to, very cool resource.


August 23, 2009 2:26 PM  
Blogger stephan said...

does any of you know what happened to CLAY ENOS???
he hasn't posted anything on his blog for 4 weeks!!!
cheers, stephan

September 02, 2009 10:06 PM  
Blogger norsk said...

David, just wanted to let you know that the first truly global offers from are ready, and we are giving away free light shaping tools with generator purchase, all over the world.

More info on site, did not want to "spam" with link.
Keep up the great work!

September 07, 2009 6:23 AM  
Blogger mvd said...

Just completed this shoot of a 12 year old and 20 umbrellas shot from 37 feet up. Only 2 lights were used to highlight the water and one grid on the child's face. The model had to stand in hose water with a 62 degree air temp. You can see her shivering in the video. The behind the scenes video is here:

But I have to tell you, I hate heights, so this was a stretch for me.

Todd Pierson

September 14, 2009 11:40 AM  
Blogger Noah said...

Hi David!

Noah here in Madrid.... I am getting ready to open a new studio with another photographer. He´s Spanish and I´m a yanky :-) Anyway, would love to do a 1-3 seminar here in Madrid with you! How can I get in touch with you to talk about the details?



October 02, 2009 11:56 AM  
Blogger Seeker said...


this excites me so much you have no idea

October 08, 2009 10:38 AM  
Blogger jpib64 said...

The new First Family photos by Annie Leibovitz have been released on the White House Flickr stream:
The XMP data is all still intact and it's interesting to be able to get a peek at her settings.
Like shooting the president, while lit, at iso 400....

October 24, 2009 9:49 AM  
Blogger jaanus said...


How would work a flash inside of the colored baloon?

I dont have pocketwizard jet, so i canˇt try it out myself.


October 25, 2009 5:10 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...


Related to productivity, yes; lighting, no. I am a beginning portrait/wedding photographer, is there any point to "studio software."

Where would be a good place to glean info on this? Can't afford to take a seminar right now, I'm trying to get a ab/wl zeus set up first for on the mountain style photography as well as studio work. (any comments on the zeus setup would be MUCH appreciated, as well!)

Any direction is much appreciated!

December 04, 2009 12:52 PM  
Blogger Homero said...

I love the site but the white type on dark background really really hurts my eyes. I can't stay on it for more than a few minutes and I have to leave. otherwise, love the content.

December 21, 2009 10:07 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Dear David and the Strobist staff. Thank you for a great blog and training aid! I look forward to reading it each time it comes to my inbox.
Just to let you know, San Disk's Facebook fan page asks fans to list their favorite photography sites. I happen to be the first and listed the Strobist! I read later, another fan agreed with me.
Thanks again, M. Rick Richards

December 31, 2009 12:19 PM  
Blogger Bertrand said...


The link for the pdf in your excellent DVD is not found :-(

Where can I find it back?

March 03, 2010 4:44 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hello, Bertrand-

I just checked it and it is working fine. It is case sensitive, and that is a zero, not an "O".

You gotta get it exactly correct ...


March 04, 2010 1:19 PM  
Blogger Bertrand said...

Finally it was good... That was maybe full yesterday. It's your succes.

David. Your DVD's are incredible! Many many thx for this very good job!

March 04, 2010 1:23 PM  
Blogger Mariusz J. said...

Hi Mr. Hobby,
here is a short Olympus PEN promo movie (with off camera lighting, of course), which you may find interesting.

(vimeo link: )

Shot for Olympus Poland by polish photo artist, specializing with nude photography - Waclaw Wantuch (

btw. it is NSFW, but very tasteful.


March 09, 2010 3:09 PM  
Blogger Peter Cole-M.Photog.Cr. said...

new to can i sync my sb800 to my sb80 to fire both flashes at the same time ???

March 10, 2010 9:26 AM  
Blogger IsaacMTSU said...

Hey Strobist! The FAQ says your Flickr group is only 17,000 strong, you gotta update that, it's over 72,000 now!

March 22, 2010 12:38 PM  
Blogger Boni Images said...

Hi David,
I have a feature article in this months Photo technique magazine. I've thanked you spacifically in the article. It's about my nightclub work using off camera flash. You can see the full article here

May 06, 2010 2:51 PM  
Blogger Boni Images said...

Hi David,

I have a feature article in this months Photo Technique magazine about off camera flash in the nightclub world and I've spacifically thanked you. You can see it here

May 06, 2010 2:55 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Who coined the term "Strobist"?

August 17, 2010 10:26 AM  
Blogger David said...

I did, in late 2005.

There was not even a single Google hit for the word in its present meaning. (One misspelling and some gibberish letter combos, IIRC.)

August 17, 2010 11:45 AM  
Blogger Michael Ririe said...

Are there any flashes that have both battery power or ac/dc power options without having to go to an external battery pack? I just want to use batteries when I need too, but plug it in when I'm close to an outlet... is there anything out there like that? I also would like to keep the option of putting the flash on my camera.

November 06, 2010 4:41 PM  
Blogger Tasos said...

Hi David. I have seen a youtube vid of you demoing a lighting setup in one of your classes. I really liked the way you teach. I want to order your dvd tutorials but the duty and shipping (to canada) was over 60 bucks. Is there a way to download the files and pay via pay pal?

April 05, 2011 7:47 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Short answer: Yes. Everything came together too fast at once with the Flash Bus tour. This is something I'll be setting up upon return later this month.



April 06, 2011 8:57 AM  
Blogger Gerle said...

What do you mean with 'strobist?' Is it a photography term or, may be, a photography style? Is it a made-up word?

June 02, 2011 9:47 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Yes, yes and yes. I coined the word* as the name of this site in 2006. This site is about and for small-flash lighting folks and techniques.


*The term is trademarked, which I had to do because less-than-ethical people started swiping it to use it to get into your pants. (While after your wallet.)

June 02, 2011 12:40 PM  
Blogger fvt said...

Hi ho,
I do pop by once awhile, because I do get alot of infos out of this blog.
I saw the "German"-Button and hit it.

Well, the result was even more worth then expected.
Please do your self a favour, and skip that button.

The translation is the most useless ever read.
This kills the spirit of the site.

Sorry David, but that kills all the effort you made.
If you need a hand on translation, let me know.

Best regards,
and keep writing....


July 27, 2011 5:08 PM  
Blogger rmaiolo said...

Hi David, I come across your name now and then when I go through photo forums..

just wanted to say hi after all these years and still cherish the experience of the Columbia book as an exciting time!

May 05, 2012 10:22 PM  
Blogger rmaiolo said...

Hi David, I come across your name now and then when I go through photo forums..

just wanted to say hi after all these years and still cherish the experience of the Columbia book as an exciting time!

May 05, 2012 10:23 PM  
Blogger Lauri Laukkanen Photography said...

Hi David!

My name is Lauri, and I'm a 20 year-old commercial photographer from Finland. Exactly one year ago I picked up the camera for the first time, and six months after that I started experimenting with artificial lighting. This website was the place I came to learn from, and I learned a lot from you and your informative articles.

In the next six months, after discovering your website, I started my own commercial photography business, and am now one of the most successful commercial photographers in Finland. I teach my own workshops, and am one of the editors on SLR Lounge. I have my own weekly video-series titled "Tuesdays With Lauri" (4k-6k views per video) and people have started to come to me, seeking for advice. I was also awarded with the "Photographer of the Year"-award by the international World Photography Day -organisation (prize worth 3500€).

This all would not have happened without you, and this amazing website. I just wanted to let you know about the success-story that your site has created, and really just sincerely thank you for all the great work you've put into this blog.

Now... I don't want to link to my website in order to advertise it. I just want to show you what your articles have helped me to create, so here is a link to my portfolio:

Once again David, thank you so much for all you do, I really appreciate it, and will continue to follow this blog! :)

- Lauri

PS. I actually just recently posted a BTS-video of my conceptual/beauty/fashion photoshoot involving a three-light set-up that I explain in detail in the video. If interested, you can find it on SLR Lounge:

January 31, 2013 4:12 AM  
Blogger Simon said...


Lumopro has announced their new LP180!!

Just thought you might have had some seat time with an early production/could have acces to one and could make a review?

I'm dying to see what we will be getting because I want to build a small kit!


May 06, 2013 2:35 PM  

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