So Long (for Now!) and Thank You.In 2006 I started a lighting blog while working full-time as a staffer at The Baltimore Sun. By early 2007, it became obvious that I didn't have the personal resources to give 100% to both Strobist and my job at the newspaper.
SLC-1L-13: Conservancy CrittersWhen lighting with small subjects, a speedlight is generally all you’ll ever need. Further, because of the scale and distances involved, even with a small flash you’ll be working at low power settings.
iPhone Users: Put an AirTag in Your Camera BagApple’s new AirTags are a straight-up gift for photographers. After testing one for the past couple of weeks, I’ll be hiding an AirTag in my scooter, one in my car and another one in my camera bag.
Notes on the Paul Buff Link 800ws FlashThe Paul C. Buff Link monobloc studio strobe ($895.95) delivers 800ws of portable power, and deserves consideration from anyone in the United States who is considering a big gun for use on location.
SLC-2L-15: Cross-PollinationLighting with flash can give you more than just the ability to control the quality of your light. With the inherent consistency of light from (manual) flash, you can layer in slices of time as well.
SLC-OE-08: Turning the CornerWhew. What a year.
SLC-0L-05: Lighting's Gateway DrugQuick, guess the lighting.
SLC-1L-12: A Garden of IdeasAt first glance: a simple, one-light portrait of activist gardener Janssen Evelyn.
SLC-2L-14: Fill in the BlanksThere are two main schools of thought when it comes to lighting. One is to light your subject in a way that is not grounded in reality but merely looks cool. And the other is to use lighting to translate the way your eye sees light into a way that your camera can better understand it.
SLC-2L-13: Shoot Through Your SunsetWhenever you have control over the time of day in which you'll be shooting a location portrait, always remember that the hour that wraps around sunset will offer you at least five different lighting environments in which to work.
SLC-1L-11: Planting Rice at SunriseSeeing as no one is doing much traveling these days, I thought it'd be fun to pay a visit with a Strobist reader photographing somewhere far away.
SLC-2L-12: Two-Light Bike for the BucksUODATE: The bike sold, quickly, for the full asking price to the first person who showed up. Which was cool. And even better, the guy was like, "Who did the pictures? They jumped out at me."
SLC-2L-11: The "Magic" of Medium FormatThere's something about shooting medium format — especially in black and white. The look is unmistakeable: creamy highlights supported by lush, detailed shadows.
SLC-1L-10: [COVID DIARIES] Shoot the KidsHey, there's a pandemic. Have you heard?
Hot-Shoe Go-To: The Godox TT600How best to put this?
X-Peditions' 2020 Season AnnouncementUpdate: Completely FilledNOTE: This post has been updated to reflect that X-Peditions' 2020 season has filled.
In Appreciation: The LumoPro LP180 [2013-2020]The LumoPro LP180 is no more.
SLC-0L-04: Red State, Blue StateTo learn to create evocative light with flash, it helps to better understand how we experience the continuous light we see every day.
SLC-0L-03: Joker Cinematographer On Light & ColorWatching the movie Joker, I felt repeatedly that I was watching a film that Greg Heisler could have lit. The use of color was unique, sophisticated and fearless — almost a character unto itself.
SLC-2L-10: Left Brain / Right BrainPhotos by Sara Lando and David Hobby except where noted.