What is Strobist?

At its heart, this website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash to elevate your photography.

I'm David Hobby, the photographer behind Strobist. 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. Adding the small flash in the background took a problem lighting environment and turned it into a cool photo. I thought, I should probably write some of this stuff down.

I did, and this little project quickly grew to be far bigger than I ever planned. Two years later I left The Sun to publish Strobist full-time. Over 200,000,000 page views later, here we are.

If you are just arriving, I envy you the door that you are about to walk through. When you learn how to light, your photography will 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 hot shoe-based speedlights are the perfect starting point: small, simple and cheap.

In addition to our free Lighting 101, 102 and 103 courses, we also have an On Assignment series, where you'll be guided through more than 170 real-world assignments, showing exactly how they were lit. And there is also the Strobist Lighting Cookbook, which is in progress now, which will help you to tie various concepts together. And there's a lot more, which you'll see as you scroll down the front page.

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.

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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