Strobist is the world's most popular resource for photographers who want how to learn to use their flashes like a pro. Lighting newb? We gotcha covered. Scroll down just past the most recent features to get Strobist's free, extensive knowledge bank below.
New in Lighting 101, a "quick-start" exercise for people who just got their first bit of lighting gear. Adapted from a recent newb class at Gulf Photo Plus, we'll go from zero to a collection of character portraits in a matter of minutes.
The water's fine. C'mon, jump in.
Newb? Start Here: Lighting 101/102
Lighting 101 is the core foundation of Strobist. It is a free, start-from-zero tutorial that will teach you the basics of lighting and minimalist lighting gear. Lighting 101 will have you up and running in no time—and at minimal expense.
Lighting 102, currently under revision, is the sequel to Lighting 101. Where L101 was about gear and basic concepts, L102 will teach you how to further understand and control the qualities of your light to make it do your bidding.
From Classroom to Real World: On Assignment
Strobist's On Assignment series features full walk-throughs of one hundred and sixty seven (and counting!) real-world assignments, complete with discussions ranging from lighting to concept to execution—and even some screw-ups. It largely follows my path as a newspaper shooter and beyond, progressing from simple speedlights to more complex studio flashes. Occasionally, OA also features the work of other photographers.
Equip Yourself: Recommended Gear
Learn from my lifetime of screwups. The Strobist Gear Guide is designed to help you avoid making many of the costly mistakes I made over the first 20 years of my career. This is the gear that works for me, day in and day out. It is solid, reliable and will get the job done without destroying your wallet.
Feed Your Brain: The Strobist Bookshelf
Books are gear for your brain. Chosen wisely, they represent some of the best value for dollar you can spend as a learning photographer. Featured on the Strobist Bookshelf are my current favorites, winnowed from hundreds of books read over the course of my career. It is a relatively short list, but there are solid selections for nearly any lighting photographer. The Bookshelf is updated regularly.
Save Some Cash: DIY/Homebrew
We are all born with more time than money, and die with more money than time. Strobist has a strong tradition in DIY lighting projects, which will help you to expand your lighting palette for little or no cash. (Pictured above: the $10 Macro Studio.)
Okay, so now you know how to light. But in truth, learning to light is just like learning a language: it's meaningless knowledge until you figure out what you want to say—and why.
How do you find your place—and your voice—in the world of photography? It's a daunting challenge for some, but that's exactly what Ecosystems 101 is designed to help you accomplish.
Being visually oriented, most photographers embrace the concept of monkey-see, monkey-do. If that sounds like you, the links in the video vault will point you to the best 100 videos of the past nine years.
From the straight tutorial to the strange, it's all here. (Pictured above, Joe McNally's .)
Over the last few years we have had occasion to interview not only interesting photographers but also a few artists. And occasionally we'll turn the mic over to another photographer, for a change in perspective.
And for the record, we occasionally interview dead people. Because no one else is doing it...
Epiphanies? Complaints? Practical Jokes? Revenge? The occasional laugh? You'll find them in this list.
Books, lights, mods, grip—and I am not even ruling out BBQ sauce in the future. If it is worth your time I will talk about it here. If it not worth your time, I'm probably not gonna talk about it. Unless it is spectacularly bad, in which case who can resist?
Just what it says: simple explainer posts on how to do something cool. Or repurpose a common item for a photographic use. Or whatev. This one's pretty loose...
Every year we take a look back at the best work that appeared on the site. You'll find the B.O.S. collections listed here, organized by year.