Home for the Holidays

I am very thankful to not be traveling this Christmas season. And as in years past, I won't be posting between now and the new year, either. What I do hope to be doing is spending as much time as possible with family and friends.

In the meantime, hit the jump for our annual attempt at a Year in Review. And this year we have a little twist…

Normally, I post my favorite ten posts of the year. And indeed, that is just below. But I thought I would turn the tables this year and also include your favorite posts, as evidenced by the number of page views they received.

To be clear, popular section headers such as Lighting 101 and On Assignment are not included. These lists are only from posts written in 2010.

The top three (as picked/clicked by you) will follow the regular top ten.

But before that, some stats. This year, 2,469,886 different photographers dropped by from 218 different countries and territories. They visited for a total of 20,531,296 onsite page views, with another 12MM via RSS. For each of which I am truly grateful.

Not surprisingly, the US was the most visited-from country, followed by Canada (which doesn't really count, 'cause it's, like, attached) and England (despite the obvious language barrier). Together they totaled about 13MM views.

At the other end of the train was Eritrea, with a grand total of (wait for it...) one page view. Thus do we prefer to look at Eritrea as a growth opportunity for Strobist.com.

Thank you all for stopping by.

Over the week between Christmas and New Year's a power-tool-fueled, lighting-related project is brewing in my garage. I hope to by back typing -- with all ten fingers still attached -- shortly after New Year's Day.

That said, here are the favorite posts from 2010.

My Faves

(In no particular order. All will open in a new window, for read-and-close ease of navigation.)

Rocket Fuel for Your Flash
The Stage is Set
What Music can Teach Us About Lighting
100% Grade-A Lighting Gear Porn
On Assignment: Trip Jennings
Shootout in Dubai
Pucker Factor: f/64 -- Photographing Dan Winters
On Assignment: Caleb Jones
Keith Richards is Still Alive
Hops with Hopper

Your Faves, Ranked by Clicks

I hate to even post these, 'cause the subject of #1 is gonna get such a big head. Especially since post #2 is also very related to his post processing. All I can say is thank God post #3 had absolutely nothing at all to do with him.

The top three 2010 posts, in reverse order: #3 | #2 | #1


Merry Christmas (and/or whichever holidays you celebrate) and a luminous New Year to all.

And if you are a rookie reader (yo, catch up, why dontcha) previous EOY lists are here: [ 2008 | 2009 ]

[Ed Note: Comments will be moderated over the break, but I may be a tad slower than normal. Thanks for your understanding.]


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Blogger fatim said...

Great article...nice photo! Happy Holidays ^_^

December 23, 2010 12:04 AM  
Blogger SS Buchanan said...

I'm sure we've seen that photo before?
Here's to a lazy break period! :)

December 23, 2010 12:09 AM  
Blogger robm001 said...

Thanks for another great year of Stobist! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Hoping to run into you in the Baltimore area in 2011!

December 23, 2010 12:50 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...


Merry Christmas!


December 23, 2010 1:23 AM  
Blogger Levy Moroshan said...

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2010 2:56 AM  
Blogger Derek de Partee said...

How hard I laughed after reading your comments about the top 3 viewed posts and then seeing the last comments posted on #1 when it was originally posted!

I hated flash photography until I read Strobist for the first time this year. Merry Christmas, David.

December 23, 2010 2:59 AM  
Blogger Neil Partridge said...

Woah woah woah, hold up there!!! 2,469,886 different photographers. From 218 different countries. What is this the X Factor website? The Pope's twitter feed? No, it's a site about flash photography. David you have truly changed the world of photography. I hope those stats make you grin in disbelief. Have a great Christmas everyone. Neil

December 23, 2010 3:31 AM  
Blogger David Rossberg said...

""Thus do we prefer to look at Eritrea as a growth opportunity for Strobist.com.""

This is why I keep coming back to Strobist... even now that I already know everything there is to know about photography (giggedi).

December 23, 2010 3:48 AM  
Blogger Ruedi said...

Always enjoying your posts. Your blog is an inspiration for us beginners, keep up the good work!

Happy holidays ... and a some clicks from Bern, Switzerland.

December 23, 2010 5:17 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Thank you for the posts all over the year(s) and Merry Christmas! (so as to all fellow readers too!)

December 23, 2010 5:17 AM  
Blogger drecart said...

Season's Best to you and your family David.
Looking forward to using all of your knowledge/resources(Lighting101/102) in 2011.
Thank you for Providing all this information to take in, it's been a real eye opener your blog.

December 23, 2010 6:21 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

your photographic chops are second only to your ability to levitate across snow!
On a personal note, thank you for one of the most interesting and enjoyable weeks this year, it was an absolute pleasure to accompany you around the UK.
I hope you come back to visit soon. I owe you a beer.

Here's to you and yours
(clink of glasses filled with Jura)

December 23, 2010 9:30 AM  
Blogger John said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Thanks for another year of awesome info!

December 23, 2010 9:55 AM  
Blogger Arpad Daniel Ronaszegi said...


Wish you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New year! Thank you making this another great year!

December 23, 2010 10:05 AM  
Blogger neumero4te said...

Those solar panels aren't looking like such a great idea now are they Hobby?

December 23, 2010 10:07 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

As I was browsing through the posts, I was struck at how the predominant orientation is landscape, where as magazine photos are predominantly portrait. Just an observation on an odd quirk of the medium.

David, as always, the best to you, your family, and the ever growing list of Strobist readers.

December 23, 2010 11:30 AM  
Blogger Rangefinder General said...

Merry Xmas and happy new year from London.
Big thanks for your writings can't believe how much I learnt this year from your blog. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rangefindergeneral/4659646038/
Cheers Simon
Ps reading light science and magic thanks for that I owe you a drink next time you are here.

December 23, 2010 11:54 AM  
Blogger Positively Linda said...

Enjoy your holidays David! I myself am taking just a little time to not work on anything...a little break is definitely needed!

I hadn't seen your post about music before...and it completely makes sense to me. I majored in music in college, and was huge into band from 7th grade until I graduated from UNT. I'd always kind of found it funny how I went from being so into music to turning to photography instead....now it makes a bit more sense to me. :) (Might even explain more of my draw to photographing musicians themselves...not "popular" artists, but the chamber groups and artists that rarely get seen outside of a live performance!) There may have been other reasons I was so drawn to a camera and to music that I didn't notice before! Very cool post...I can see why it would be a favorite. :)

December 23, 2010 1:33 PM  
Blogger Amanda Siebert said...

Over the past few months I have truly grown to love this site. I was once a "hater" of strobes and now I can't get enough... in fact, I just bought an old ProFoto pack and I absolutely cannot wait to try it out! Love the list; have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 23, 2010 5:01 PM  
Blogger Kristofor Jensen said...

Wellllll...since Canada is bigger this whole blog is just a Canadian appendage! ;)

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2010 5:20 PM  
Blogger teddy tan said...

you mentioned on asignment post are not included, yet I see 2 in the list?

December 23, 2010 6:07 PM  
Blogger Puggle said...

Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge and helping make photography so much more enjoyable. Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2010 7:25 PM  
Blogger Mellimage said...

Enjoy your holidays. Am looking forward to reading you again next year.
Greetings from Germany.

December 23, 2010 7:38 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Not for nuttin' Dave, But I think you should post a link every year to the "how to light Christmas morning" page. It made for some wonderful family shots with NO effort from me.
Thanks again for all you've shown us. It's been a great ride along!!!!
Happy Christmas to you and the family!!

December 24, 2010 8:19 AM  
Blogger Ynad said...

Happy holidays David and best wishes to you and your family.

December 24, 2010 8:37 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family David and to all the strobists out there worldwide!!!!

December 24, 2010 9:31 AM  
Blogger Carlos Bruno said...

Merry Christmas David!
All blesses over you and your family!
Tons of love to you buddy!
See you in 04/2011!

December 24, 2010 8:16 PM  
Blogger GrandePatzer said...

Thank all you so much for all the strobing advice here and at the Flickr site. It's been a six month journey, but using all the great advice, I was able to capture some nice strobed images this Christmas. Check them out at this blog entry

December 27, 2010 9:19 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Good work this year mr strobist... I find the site very useful and will be checking in again regularly. Happy holidays (as you say over the pond)... its back to work today for me... cheers, Mark

December 29, 2010 3:25 AM  
OpenID amai911 said...

Happy New year

December 30, 2010 10:14 AM  
Blogger focusfinder said...

Holographium fun:


5 seconds of iPhone screen in the dark running a clever app combined with a quick pop of wireless flash to say Happy New Year 2011 to Strobist.

December 31, 2010 8:57 PM  
Blogger Mac_BetH said...

I wish nice holidays and a calm and sucessful start in 2011!

January 02, 2011 3:51 AM  

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