Immersion Training: Strobist Lighting in Layers

UPDATE, AUGUST 2013: If you are a member at, you already have access to these lighting videos for online streaming. They are here.

Strobist has over two thousand articles and tutorials on off-camera lighting. But there is no substitute for actually watching someone produce and light a shoot. Lighting in Layers is a 6+1 DVD set that allows you to ride along on six different shoots — each different, each varying in complexity.

All shoots were done solely using small speedlights like the ones in your bag. You can see some of the photos from the shoots throughout this post.

This video series assumes just a little bit of basic familiarity with lighting. If you don't know what a sync cord is, or an umbrella, etc., you may want to take a look at the Strobist Lighting Seminar series, which is aimed at absolute beginners. But if you have any experience at all, or have read into Lighting 101, you are ready for this series.

Here's a one-minute teaser:


An Immersive Ride-Along

Lighting in Layers comprises six community-oriented location shoots. The kinds of shoots available to any photographer in the world. Each of these shoots in shown from a 360-degree approach — purpose, concept, planning, lighting, shooting and finally a lighting diagram with summary.

There is a lot more to making photos than just setting up a couple of lights and pressing the button. The goal is to focus on lighting while showing you the whole process as we go.

The first shoot, one of the photos from which is shown just below, is more instructional in nature. We'll talk through the basic concepts of light placement, balancing with the ambient, etc.

This is to bring any relative newcomers up to speed before heading out to straight location shoots.

For the remaining shoots, you are a fly on the wall as we work through the process. We let the content breathe, opting to leave in as much information as possible.

Generally, I am shooting through one eye, trying to keep rapport with the subject through the other and talking over my shoulder to you -- all at the same time. Sometimes it gets a little crazy, but it is a very efficient way to learn.

Lighting in Layers is not designed to merely show off lighting techniques. You'll learn them, but within the context of what it takes to bring a shoot together. Lighting is cool and important, but it is not the end-all. And it's important that you see that in practice.

Also — and this is very important — we left the mistakes in as they happened. As I am pressing he shutter, you'll see live, unedited images popping up onscreen. Just like when you shoot.

As a photographer, this makes me cringe. Psychologically, it's like inviting a few thousand people to rummage around in my medicine cabinet.

But making (and fixing) mistakes is when you are learning the most. So we leave them in, and work through the fixes together.

Our Format

The complete set features six full shoots, spanning nearly nine hours over 6 DVDs. The shoots are real-world, and an accurate cross section of my chosen focus of community-oriented photography.

The shoots are for local organizations — a dancer for the Howard County Arts Council, three young goalkeepers for a local soccer club and a blacksmith, (seen above) shot for the Howard County Conservancy.

Speaking of the Conservancy, we included a behind-the-scenes feature on the recent meet-up/group shoot 15 local photographers did for that organization. This is something I very much hope will replicate itself all around the world — it's immensely fun and rewarding.

There are also editorial shoots, all done for HoCo360, a local visual journal which I am nurturing into a standalone business for my next 20 years as a photographer. We photographed a local beekeeper for a piece on the various encroachments they face, and also spent an evening with an epic group of fencers tucked away in a local industrial park.

A 360-Degree Approach

The business of photography is in a state of flux, what with the decline of traditional print and the rise of zero-cost publishing online. I have spent more time thinking about my particular place in the new photo food chain than nearly anything else over the last few years.

The truth is, it is a very scary time to be a working photographer. But it is also a fantastic time, with low-cost digital technology available to both create and publish your photos.

So I have developed an approach to my shooting that draws on 20+ years' experience as a community photojournalist -- and another five as a caffeine-laced blogger. That separate discussion weaves throughout the whole series. And, as with the lighting, I try to be as open and honest about the business side as possible.

My primary goal is to try to be happy and fulfilled as a photographer, to create work that is of value to others and to do so in a way that is economically sustainable. Period.

Is my roadmap the exact same one you would use? Probably not. But the point is to open up new lines of thought in your own head when you're plotting your own photographic path.

So at the end, we try to tie it all together with a full, detailed look at my own business ecosystem. It aims to balance my desire to have a fulfilling life as a photographer with one of serving my community and still feeding my family.

Rather than thinking about money first, the goal is to optimize for a rewarding, productive and happy life as a photographer and then to work income into that process.

The set includes six full standard DVDs, encoded to Region 0 so they will play on your DVD player regardless of country. The "+1" in the "6+1 DVD set" mentioned above is a duplicate copy of video files of the entire series, pre-ripped and ready to drag onto your mobile device.

The .mp4-formatted files are optimized for compact file size (2.9GB, total) and available as segments to further conserve space on your mobile device. They will work with any iOS or Android device, or play on any computer with iTunes or the very good (and free) open source VLC Video Player.

So you can watch them on your commute, keep them with you on a shoot, or whatever.

If you do not need physical media (DVDs, box, etc.) you can get the portable files as an instant download for $99.95 and save more than a third off the $159.95 DVD set price.

After-The-Fact Support

Questions? I am here to help. You can reach me at any time with LIL-related questions via Twitter at @Strobist. Hit me up.

How to Get Them

The Lighting in Layers 6+1 DVD set is USD $159.95 in hard copy (boxed DVD) set, or USD $99.95 instant download.

If you are from the Americas or Europe, hard copy DVD sets are available from Midwest Photo in the US. For those in Asia, Australia and Africa, get them from Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. We have worked deals with both vendors for low- or no-cost shipping, too.

Have a good 'net connection and want them right now? If you don't need physical media, the downloadable version is available separately through Fastspring for USD $99.95.

Content-wise it is the same drag-and-drop (iPhone/iPad/iPod, laptop, Android, etc.) file-set that is included as a bonus on the $159.95 hard copy version. They are 640x480 .mp4 files, encoded via h.264 for maximum compatibility and file-size economy (2.9Gb total) for portable media players.

Please note there are no subtitles on the hard copy version. The downloadable version allows you two choices: No subtitles or a (hard-coded) English subtitled version. For those who use English as a second language, subtitles may be a better choice. But they are always present.

If you do not need subtitles, choose the no-subtitles version.

Finally, thanks for your support of the site with your purchase. We put a lot of time money and effort into Lighting in Layers and it has already helped a lot of photographers. We are confident it will help you, too.


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Blogger Azzurri said...

Thank you David, I can't tell you how much this news of DVD put a smile on my face today when I needed it the most. As an Egyptian citizen I was saddened to see some of my friends and family in danger today. I don't think I will afford to go to the McnallyHobby event in DC. But I will for sure get this DVD. Thank again for making my day.


January 30, 2011 2:44 AM  
Blogger diegonyc said...


Great news. I'll be ordering this and will see you in San Jose.

January 30, 2011 3:36 AM  
Blogger Sara Lando said...

this is so great!!!
Can't wait to watch it

January 30, 2011 4:01 AM  
Blogger Reinoud said...

I'll be buying that set! If it were only to support your site I've learned so much from. I won't be attending the bus tour, I'll wait until the European one hits the Netherlands.

January 30, 2011 6:16 AM  
Blogger fotorolli said...

Hi David, this is great news. I posted your DVD-set on a blog here in Switzerland: It will be released tonight (local time). Hope this is o.k. with you, just thought I'd spread the word.

January 30, 2011 6:30 AM  
Blogger wjl (Wolfgang Lonien) said...

Same question as Johannes had, because I'm from Germany: are these DVDs (and your first set) actually code-free? If not, would you provide some for Europe?

January 30, 2011 6:44 AM  
Blogger Wink of an eye Digital said...

Looks to be a good trasition and next step up for OCF users. I always think that most people get "stuck in the tech" then learning to create by getting out and doing.

Hope to see you and buy when the flash bus goes live

PS thought it was going live for register on Sat? MONDAY!!!!!! Geez I'll have to move my computer under my desk at work LOL

January 30, 2011 7:16 AM  
Blogger RenPix said...

Talk about 'Bang for your buck"! This is indeed great news. It will certainly take the sting out for those who cannot attend any of the tour dates. I Can't wait to get mine.

January 30, 2011 7:44 AM  
Blogger Callum said...

Perhaps there should be some education courses and DVDs for clients?
Teach them the value of good imagary, a good service and a dependable supplier to give them their best ROI.

Would save so many discussions on the phone explaining to clients why, as a photo businesses, we bill more than the cost of a new SB900 for a job unlike a local hobbyist (no pun intended).

Perhaps it may even lead towards saving the industry, who knows?

Keep flashing and your battteries topped up :)

January 30, 2011 8:05 AM  
Blogger davidstraussphotography said...

Sounds like great stuff, I cant wait to see it!

January 30, 2011 8:27 AM  
Blogger David said...


You are correct -- it stuck with me, too. But only the name is the same from the DXB trip. THis is all new,


Right back atcha.


I was really hoping we would have time to make the tour deadline with subtitles. But trust me, we could not have worked longer days on it. We even slept overnight in the video lab once, having been snowed in.

@Johannes and Wolfgang-

We are Region Code 0, AKA universal.


Good luck in Egypt. The rest of the world is watching. It looks scary, for sure. But Egypt has stood the test of time. My money is on you folks to come out of this okay, with the government the people deserve.


One day, YOU need to do this. You are one of the most creative people I know, and I would LOVE to have the opportunity to get inside your head.


Much appreciated.


Great idea. I will pass it along to MPEX and Adorama.


We could make it, but could we force them to buy it? I'll be perfectly honest with you -- I am less about trying to force change into a pre-existing ecosystem than I am about studying it and learning how to integrate into it in a synergistic way.

While I respect it, I am not necessarily a signatory to the Harrington Convention. If it gets really, really cold you can complain about the chill and shake your fists at The Gods. Or you can build a fire.

January 30, 2011 10:36 AM  
Blogger yarson said...

Great news, Thank you David

January 30, 2011 10:39 AM  
Blogger musacchiajames said...

Hi David,

As a newb to your blog, I am patiently waiting for the arrival of the equipment I have ordered, so I may start my real education as a strobist. I have already read thru lighting 101, am starting on lighting 102, and also hoping I make it to the Flash Bus Tour. My Dad's birthday (he'll be 72) and the tour are the same day.

If I miss it I guess I will have to wait for the DVD's.

Anyway, Huge Thanks, you are a Godsend to us all who enjoy photography.

January 30, 2011 11:00 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Please tell me that Moishe is going to host some sort of meet-up for you when you come to Columbus in March! Those of us lucky enough to live near MPEX would LOVE to Meet & Greet with you! (Heck, I'll even wear khaki cargo shorts to help make you feel at home!)

January 30, 2011 11:27 AM  
Blogger Debbi_in_California said...

Thank you David!
Even if I thought I didn't need the new video I would buy it to support you for all you have done for me!
Not only are your videos a wonderful source of training BUT always fairly priced unlike many others that offer DVD training
You are the best!

January 30, 2011 11:40 AM  
Blogger Callum said...

You could never sell it to clients, but in the same way that access to the 101 and 102 on this site is free (although your dvd's cost... and rightly so) that unrestricted access to information could help both clients and photographers get a better result and help maintain the industry as a Brucey Bonus.

Was just an idea :)

May your long lens stay dry.

January 30, 2011 12:01 PM  
Blogger Prime Image said...

David, wish I had the power (and money) to twist your collective arms to visit across the pond.

Sigh - the DVD's will have to do for now

Best wishes for the tour

January 30, 2011 1:37 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

What great news, David! Congratulations to you.

I will have to wait for the batch that includes the English subtitles. Too bad no early birds for me but Ireally look forward to it. Can't wait!

January 30, 2011 1:52 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Great news! Almost as good as news of the tour - or maybe for a slow learner like me, who is not going to get to a tour date anyway no matter how much I wish I could, it's even better news.

The repeatability of a DVD is so useful. I'm glad the DVD will be sticking with the format of packing in as much information as possible and not going down the route of being a slick production.

I'll definitely sign up for this one and thanks to MPEX for the free shipping that's a very nice touch, much appreciated.

Who knows what'll happen in the future after you've all had a bit of rest you might be desperate to take that bus on a wee tour of Europe. I'll keep hoping.

January 30, 2011 1:57 PM  
Blogger Mike said...


I'll definitely take your advice and buy the bundle tomorrow am. I found the initial DVD useful and can't wait to get your new set!

January 30, 2011 1:59 PM  
Blogger GL said...

Looking forward to putting in my order! Thanks for taking care of the details like making the DVDs region 0 and the eventual addition of subtitles (might make it possible to watch them during less than exciting lectures! j/k...maybe).
Only downside of all this flashing tour dates in Canada. You've got a fan base north of the 49th and if you and Joe decide to venture across the border, there'll be a cold beer and a hot steak waiting.

January 30, 2011 2:08 PM  
Blogger J9Photog said...

I'm disappointed I cannot attend the Flash Bus Tour in Denver because the state of Colorado expects me to administer a bogus standardized test to students that week (my day job is as a Special Ed teacher). I wish to buy the DVD series, but am hard of hearing, so I am eager for news of the English subtitled version.


January 30, 2011 2:24 PM  
Blogger Alex Bischoff said...

David, do you know if it'll be possible to purchase the tour+DVD discount combo but have one's DVD set shipped only once the subtitled version is available?

January 30, 2011 3:37 PM  
Blogger Kian Merrikh said...

Great news about the DVDs, and I also echo the sentiments that a Canada Tour would be much appreciated by your Canadian fans!

January 30, 2011 3:47 PM  
Blogger Myron said...

Never Too Late To Include Hawaii, should be one or two Natural Photo ops, Guess I'll just have to settle for the DVD set, until we meet again.
Joe was here a few years back.

January 30, 2011 4:26 PM  
Blogger David said...


Probably not. Not an ideal situation, admittedly. Sorry about that.

January 30, 2011 4:37 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

Fantastic! Thanks for another DVD set!

January 30, 2011 6:14 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Wooho. I'm in for the DVD set and the tour. Your first DVD set was fantastic and I expect this one to be even better. I'll see you and that other guy in St. Louis.

If I order the package special will you still sign it for me at the seminar?

January 30, 2011 7:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for the amazing opportunities, David :)

January 30, 2011 8:53 PM  
Blogger David said...


Yessir -- be honored to! That's end of the line day. I'll prolly be up for anything. :)

January 30, 2011 9:08 PM  
Blogger Dave6163 said...


Very exciting news this week. Looking forward to all this flash fun coming our way.

January 30, 2011 9:12 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

I was curious, I signed up for the tour, can I "upgrade"? I just wanted to secure my spot. Will adorama give me a discount towards the two dvd sets? I am so excited I just cant hold it in! :)

January 31, 2011 12:29 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

It's Monday morning...where's the link...LOL. I am pressed and wanted to be the first to order my DVD.

January 31, 2011 12:39 AM  
Blogger Shanti said...

I thought the Flash Bus registration wasn't supposed to go live until tomorrow morning. Just signed up for the tour and boxed DVD sets (from you and numnuts).

January 31, 2011 1:01 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

Okay, so I was delighted to see that registration opened a little early. I registered and ordered both sets of DVDs.

As much as I'd love to spend all of my time watching them and going to workshops like this, I do need to prioritize a bit. As a father I'm sure you understand.

I've been following the blog and assignments since 2006, but I suspect it will still be a "firehose" type experience. So which way do you think I would get the most out of this? Flashbus first, DVDs second? Or DVDs while I wait for the Flashbus to roll into my town (SLC)?

Probably seems like a silly question, but with a reading list taller than I am I do have to prioritize what time I have for studying. :)

January 31, 2011 2:54 AM  
Blogger Morgana Creely said...

It's Monday evening already, where is it???

Okay but seriously I'm in Australia so slightly ahead of your guy there in the US. So I'm missing out on the Flash Bus but keen to order the DVDs. :):)

January 31, 2011 3:36 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I want it... but will it work or is there a version that will work in my UK DVD player?...

(btw awsome putting Ipod files on the dics i commute 40mins each way every day, like to watch things on the iphone)

January 31, 2011 3:51 AM  
Blogger Cho Mon Kyaw said...

Registration opens and I just signed up at 1:30am for San Francisco =). I'm sure it will fill up very fast so I can't wait till the morning.

January 31, 2011 5:06 AM  
Blogger PhxAZCraig said...

Woohoo! Registered already for Phoenix. Looks like there is at least one good reason for being up at 3:00am...


January 31, 2011 5:21 AM  
Blogger Andre said...

Signed up for the tour and the bundled Strobist DVD! :)

What kind of video can I expect? I've never seen a Strobist production. Is it comparable to videos from the "other guy"?

Also, does this video focus mostly on Speedlights or does it involve the same mix of strobes & Speedlights that you use for the blog?

See you in sunny California!

January 31, 2011 5:23 AM  
Blogger Emmett Photography said...

So when do we start talk about your Shanghai tour?

Am looking forward to getting the new DVDs.

Happy Chinese New Year.


January 31, 2011 6:10 AM  
Blogger David Rossberg said...

No long pants? Count me out!

January 31, 2011 6:11 AM  
Blogger Simon said...

Great news. Are there any plans for making them available in the UK like the last set?

January 31, 2011 6:29 AM  
Blogger Rob said...


Congrats on the new DVD series!

I just finished up registration for FlashBus Mpls in April. I would have loved to spring for both DVD sets as well, but didn't have enough time to, errr, scrounge up the funds in advance.

Will the DVDs also be available for direct purchase at FlashBus?

Thanks & see you in April!


January 31, 2011 8:15 AM  
Blogger meckimac said...

Pre-order placed with hope to get the signed box. Free International shipping is awesome! Thanks David.

January 31, 2011 8:26 AM  
Blogger JS said...

David... FYI, the registration page is not allowing people (me and another guy, at least) to order event tickets plus DVDs without buying another event ticket on top of that.

January 31, 2011 8:48 AM  
Blogger Want to help said...

Hi David - bought your first DVD and have read Joe's books and watched some of his video's. You guys have helped me tremendously, taking my photography to the next level (but still soo many more levels to climb!). Can't wait for the seminar/DVD's - when will the registration for Boston be available (shows as "coming soon"), assuming we can keep the roads clear from snow....brrrr.

January 31, 2011 9:21 AM  
Blogger kjartan said...

When will the registration open up for all the cities?
Do you have a time & a date for the rest of them?

January 31, 2011 9:35 AM  
Blogger David said...


Not this time (will be crunched before TFB). But soon.

@ Vincent-

You can also order them from Adorama w/discount at the day of the show.


Boston info will be avail 1st on TFB site. The tour's producer is working to nail down last few venues. It has been crazy complex. Apologies.


Your problem is atypical. Passed it along tho, and thanks for the heads-up. Call 888-209-5776 w/any Q's


Yes they will, at the bundle price.

@ SImon-

Right now, via free int'l shipping. Beyond that, still in flux. (Would be via TFC)

@ Emmett-

I have long wanted to be "Shanghai'd" ...


It is 100% speedlights. Should have mentioned that in the post above! Thx DH

@ Jon-

Best order? Hmm, that's a new thought. I don't know.. They are all fire hoses. But the DVDs are repeatable. I say hit them as you get the time, maybe? Hard to say...

@ Chris-

Yep. We are designating it as "ALL" region code.

January 31, 2011 9:39 AM  
Blogger PaulT said...

WOW! another set. I'm gonna get them. Another question: when does your bus arrive in Melbourne, Australia?? Couldn't see it on your itinerary.

Paul from HOT 38degCent Melbourne

January 31, 2011 6:09 PM  
Blogger bere said...

Perhaps you have overstated the postage situation for the dvd set. I ordered today from Midwest Photo Exchange for delivery to Mexico and was told that the delivery fee is $40.00 ... the "free" delivery is not recommended nor guaranteed by MPE ... You have a large fan base outside of the USA which might be interested in this situation.

January 31, 2011 9:47 PM  
Blogger David said...


It is only that the "base" international shipping, which they are offering for free, has no tracking feature. MPEX cannot control what happens to it once it enters another country, nor can they absorb the cost of tracked international shipping for the package.


January 31, 2011 10:50 PM  
Blogger Andreas said...

Exellent - it's a pity that you don't come over to Europe with the tour :-) - but at least i can order the DVD set.
Thanks for sharing you experience - it really opens up a whole new world of possibilities!

February 03, 2011 5:51 AM  
Blogger w.loven said...

Just ordered my set (to Europe) so counting down to 'early March' from now on. Thanks a lot David for making this set available!

February 03, 2011 3:14 PM  
Blogger BlueBull74 said...

Hi David, Just placed an order for your new DVD. Really looking forward to it, it'll be as close as attending your workshop here in Singapore.

February 04, 2011 10:01 AM  
Blogger euclid said...

Looking forward to meeting you in San Francisco this weekend !!!!!!

March 07, 2011 11:47 AM  
Blogger euclid said...

Looking forward to meeting you in San Franisco this weekend

March 07, 2011 11:48 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I had to get up at 3am to secure a copy when the first DVD set was released due to the time difference. It was a little easier this time sweetened by the free international postage.
Hopefully one day you guys will make the trek down under

March 12, 2011 7:17 AM  
Blogger smidra said...

Hi David, are you planning any online (pay per download) distribution of your DVD set?
I'd like to buy it, but shipping costs, VAT and duty costs will more than double the price for me. Considering I'm gonna convert the DVD's to avi to watch on my PC anyway, it is a waste of money to have them shipped and would be much more convenient to just pay per download.
Thanks a keep up the good work!

March 14, 2011 11:57 AM  
Blogger David said...


Short answer is yes, we are planning a DL option. I will be setting it up after I finish with The Flash Bus tour.


March 14, 2011 7:00 PM  
Blogger Cyber said...

Great show in Denver, thanks Dave and Bob. Can't war to get my DVD set.

March 22, 2011 10:14 PM  
Blogger Shelle said...


Love the new DVD set. I'm still working through #1, making my own notebook (theme music makes me smile) and ...... I'm finally understanding the layering thing. Thanks and super job.


March 24, 2011 10:53 PM  
Blogger Raw Restoration said...

Maybe you could take advantage of the free worldwide shipping offer and take the chance you won't get duties slapped on.

David, if you make a download version you should encode each order separately to discourage piracy.

March 24, 2011 10:59 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Just got my signed copy today and I'm already enjoying it ! Extraordinary job man ! I think this is my first comment on this blog although I'm a religious follower. Congrats for such an awesome work !

March 30, 2011 11:29 PM  
Blogger paly said...

My signed copy arrived yesterday.
It was an extra €60 import tax.
Started to watch them yesterday.
Will review them on my blog.

March 31, 2011 2:51 AM  
Blogger Mark Hansberger said...

Just finished watching the entire Lighting in Layers set and all I can say is AWESOME! David, thank you for such a fine education in not only lighting, but in working with people, groups, animals etc. And I loved all the information on your business model. Thanks again.

April 12, 2011 12:02 PM  
Blogger dougstroud said...

Question: On Disc 1 you mention having your light at 1/4 power and you could pop off 4 frames. Is this a reliable equation, i.e. a fraction of one charge can be produced in the time it requires to recharge for one recharge, e.g. 1/8 power gives you 8 frames per charge?


Doug Stroud

April 17, 2011 9:51 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Hey Doug-

I am referring all tech Q's to the Lighting in Layers Discussion Thread, so we can keep all of the info in one place for everyone's convenience.


April 18, 2011 8:20 AM  
Blogger David said...

I have the DVD set from the Flash Bus Tour on the way. I saw that there is a version on the DVDs that can be downloaded to an iPod or Droid. Will the file work on a BlackBerry Storm 2 ?

April 25, 2011 9:22 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Thanks! As for the Blackberry storm, we chose the most portable codec we could find -- h.264. Best guess is "yes," but please report back and let us know.

(Quick googling led me to this, which is the same codec and resolution: )


April 25, 2011 9:57 PM  
OpenID Dave said...

David, thanks for the info on using the DVDs with a BB. I will let you know how they work.
I am a nature and wildlife photographer at heart.
My start with photography was using a Nikonus V, 20mm lens and an underwater strobe. I shot underwater for a year before picking up a land camera. It was a different way to start, but I had to learn quick.
I have been toying with other types of photography in the past year or two. Much has been learned from the Strobist site, and the DVDs that you and Joe McNally have produced.
I was at the Flash Bus seminar in St. Louis. You and Joe were great. Much was learned, and also reafirmed. I am looking forwad to the DVDs purchased there.
We taked a little up front by the stage. You were talking about HOCO360 and I asked a question about FaceBook.
Anyone that has a chance to see one of these sessions in action, needs to take that opportunity and run. It is a great experiance to watch pros like this work.
David, thanks again

April 26, 2011 12:16 AM  
OpenID davidstaff said...

David, I have been watching the videos and they are great. I am slowly making my way through them and watching each one 2-3 times before moving to the next one. They are very easy to understand. To answer the question about whether they work on the Blackberry, the answer is yes. This makes it nice, since I can watch them at lunch, when I have free time or at a Doctors office using earbuds. Again thanks for a great workshop in St. Louis and a great set of DVD's to follow up with. Dave

May 16, 2011 11:47 PM  
Blogger ryosaeba said...

Very Nice DVDs I love strobist team !!!

Walter Fantauzzi from Italy

May 28, 2011 8:40 AM  
Blogger ryosaeba said...

I love this DVDs... and Strobist Team!

Walter Fantauzzi from Italy

May 28, 2011 8:41 AM  
Blogger motivio said...

How far is the project to get the Strobist Lighting in Layers videos online as a pay and download version?

May 30, 2011 1:34 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Funny you should ask .. it's right here. Working on the announcement post right now.



May 30, 2011 3:01 PM  
Blogger fotoricerca said...

HI, I would know if the downloadable version is available with Italian Subtitles. Thanks!

June 07, 2011 7:45 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Nope, and I doubt if that is planned. Sorry, DH

June 07, 2011 4:13 PM  
Blogger emyrold said...

Hi David, I just ordered these from Adorama. Was wondering if there are plans in place for those how buy the DVD's also are able to download the video's for free. Kinda like buying a hard copy book then getting the ebook for free.

Thanks, looking forward to the DVD's!!! -Erik

June 16, 2011 2:02 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Way ahead of you. The files from the dowload version are already included -- on the 7th DVD of the hard copy version. So they are already on their way to you.


June 16, 2011 4:24 PM  
Blogger eric5500k said...

It's great watching you work, David. On the Dancer series you mention a sandbag that you like. Did a link to the specific one make it onto your site somewhere? Thanks!

June 21, 2011 11:32 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Thanks! And links to all of the gear used on the specific shoots in the videos are here

June 22, 2011 10:26 AM  
Blogger Susan Young said...

Hey David. Don't forget to add Lighting in Layers to the bookshelf section of your blog. I know, you only update it "occasionally," and I am a big fan of Joe's, but you should get top billing.

June 22, 2011 4:53 PM  
Blogger Christopher Santos said...

Hi David,

On this DVD series do you list the equipment used on it? I saw the video at Youtube and I want to buy the dvds but I was wondering if in the dvd or in the blog you mention the equipment you used like lenses, lights, etc.

July 02, 2011 9:44 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Yes. The gear list is here.

July 03, 2011 9:28 AM  
Blogger Simon.The.Photo said...


if I order the download version now, can I download the subtitle version again (free) when it is available?

July 19, 2011 1:16 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Hold on just a few days -- the subtitled version is in, and we are prepping it for the DL version.



July 19, 2011 6:25 PM  
Blogger JoBo said...

Arghh! Sorry David, having real trouble downloading from Fastspring. It took over 12 hours and now the file won't unzip. It's only 3GB!
I kinda feel I know how to do a download and unzip it - do it a lot. I also zip files for clients.
Am I missing something?
Your advice welcome, thanks

August 06, 2011 5:36 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Fastspring provides tech support at the adress listed on the DL page. We have had very few probs with the original version, so that may be on your end. The new captioned version just went up, so if that is what you ordered please let me know as you could be the canary in the coal mine. On a trip until Sumday night. Please let me know if FastSpring cannot resolve it. Thx DH via iPhone

August 06, 2011 9:53 AM  
Blogger JoBo said...

Thanks David,
Fastspring have sorted it out. They sent me a new download link from a different server and the whole thing went very smoothly and very quickly.
(It wasn't the captioned one I ordered)
Not any clearer as to what caused it in the first place but seeing as it's sorted I'm a happy bunny.
Looking forward to viewing it.
Kind Regards,

August 06, 2011 3:38 PM  
Blogger Simon.The.Photo said...

Hi David,

does the download version come with subtitle now?


August 11, 2011 12:54 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Yes, it does! I have not announced it yet, but please leave me your contact info in a comment preceded by the words "Do Not Publish" (which of course, I won't) and I can get you the info we discussed.


August 11, 2011 10:18 AM  
Blogger JohnM said...

I bought this (lighting in layers) about a month ago.
It tells me a LOT about lighting, but there is much more, particularly about 'managing' a shoot, relating to the subject and being a responsible photographer.
I cannot think of any photographer who wouldn't benefit from these videos. Highly recommended.

August 13, 2011 1:28 AM  
Blogger Storm said...

Where is the download link and costing please?

August 28, 2011 3:39 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

The downloadable version ($99.95 USD) is available through Fastspring.

August 28, 2011 9:24 PM  
Blogger Bill Blue said...

David, I have a question about your Hoco360 blog. I saw you and numbnuts in Indy this past spring and had a great time. One of the most inspirational things for me was the talk you gave about the future of the photojournalist and what you were doing with the HoCo360 blog. I am fairly certain you urged everyone to copy that blog... correct? I'm just making sure, because I am about to rip off the entire idea ;-)

December 08, 2011 8:46 PM  
Blogger Jeff Krutsinger said...

I bought Mr. Hobby's first DVD tutorial and loved them. I'm getting ready to order the second. I highly encourage you to buy these because unlike a workshop, you can go back and watch these over and over until you get a certain technique down. While I love seminars too, there is usually so much information to absorb that by the time I go back to try the techniques, you will have forgotten the little things and get frustrated,
When I retire or have the time, I would love to do something similar and post some of the shoots I have done on video to share my knowledge to help others so they don't have to make the same mistakes I have made. Learning is a process and without something to turn back to, it's almost a waste to let expect your mind to record everything you see in a seminar when you can have a DVD to go back to over and over again until you get it right.
Thank you Mr. Hobby for sharing your knowledge with others while not trying to make millions off of us with overpriced gadgets that can be made with simple products "like a soup container: that also comes with a free meal for a fraction of the cost." (If you didn't understand that sarcasm, you haven't seen Mr. Hobbly's first DVD series related to Gary Fongs overpriced pieces of plastic!)
Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Mr. Hobby.
Jeff Krutisnger

June 07, 2013 6:54 PM  

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