When I completed Strobist as a project in 2021, I promised to check back in when I had something worth sharing. Today, I’m announcing my new book, The Traveling Photographer’s Manifesto, which seeks to do for traveling photographers what Strobist always tried to do for lighting photographers.

Thanks for giving it a look—and for your comments and feedback.

Team Strobist

First of all, thanks for reading!

The fact that you are here is key to the whole process. Strobist exists to help people to learn about lighting. So without you, there's no point. But I thought you also might like to learn about some of the other things that make this site happen.

Strobist does not accept ads from the auctioning networks that you see, well, pretty much everywhere else on the web. Which is why you will never get annoyed by pop-up and interstitial ads. Nor will you be tracked out the wazoo, which is the thing I particularly hate about the big ad networks.

Since it began in 2006, Strobist has been supported by a small group of people and organizations. The advertisers and partnerships are not associated by chance. They are hand-chosen, based on quality and appropriateness for the site's readership. Here are some of the people and companies who make it possible for you to get the site's courses for free.

Midwest Photo

Strobist's longest-served partner, Midwest Photo, is exactly the kind of camera store you wish existed in your town. They specialize in lighting, are big enough to serve all of your needs, and small enough to offer a very personal experience. (Seriously, order something from them and you'll see what I mean.)

Midwest's support goes way beyond that of a typical camera store, and it's all down to the guy pictured at left.

Midwest President Moishe Appelbaum has worked nonstop over the past decade to source the best possible gear for small flash shooters. And where he could not source it, he made it. And then went on to make better and better versions. That's why Midwest's small flash Jumpstarter kits are, item for item, the best small-flash kits in the world.

The included LumoPro light stand, umbrella and flash all contain innovations that no other models have. They've even spent the last six months fine-tuning a new flash swivel to make it the best version in the world.

Yes, obsessing over a flash swivel. I am not making this up. It's coming in March.

Strobist X-Peditions

Strobist X-Peditions are a partnership between and Focus on the Story, a Washington, D.C.-based educational organization. It is a week-long excursion to a fantastic city chosen for its suitability for photographers and to perhaps stretch your travel wings a bit. (Our current destinations are Havana, Hanoi, Marrakech and Dubai.)

Trips are co-led by David Hobby and a local, and a photo producer local to each city. Our trips feature daily photo classes, a steady diet of photographer-centric experiences and plenty of time reserved for independent explorations.

X-Peditions are designed to foster significant growth, both as a photographer and as a traveler. Availability is very limited, with only 24 slots in offer for all of 2019. You can learn more about them, here.

Paul C. Buff

Strobist's newest (and oldest) partner is Paul C. Buff. As a company, PCB began their partnership with Strobist in 2016. But they are also my oldest partner personally, in that I have been using Paul C. Buff lighting gear for nearly 30 years. I don't think I can give a better endorsement that that.

The company was named for its founder, Paul Conrad Buff, who I was lucky enough to count as a friend until his passing in 2015. And Paul C. Buff the Company continues with his mission: to make innovative and reasonably priced studio lights that offer outstanding value for dollar, and to offer world-class after-sale support.

Only available in the US, PCB lights are the most popular brand of studio lights sold in this country—and for good reason. I am very proud to count them as partners in Strobist's ongoing mission of offering quality free lighting education.


So if you find the information on this site valuable and want to help to sustain it, you now know who to thank. And you could hardly ask for a more appropriate group of businesses to support.

Lastly, there is no monkey business going on at your expense behind the scenes at Strobist. We don't track you. We do not do paid posts. We don't do reviews in exchange for free stuff, etc. The sole mission at Strobist is to offer the best possible lighting education for free, and to partner with companies that work in support of that mission.

And that's it.

Thanks again,
David Hobby


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