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SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2006

Lighting 101

(Photo by Strobist reader Sam Simon)

Welcome to Lighting 101. You may not realize it yet, but you have just stepped through a door that may change your photography forever. Over the past few years, over three million people from nearly every country in the world have begun their lighting education right here. And if they can do it, you can do it. Photography is literally writing with light. As you read through Lighting 101 you'll learn how to control every aspect of your electronic flash. If you can imagine it, you'll be able to create it.

You'll learn how to take the removable flash that you probably already have on the top of your camera and use it off-camera to make beautiful, more threedimensional photos. Once you learn the basics of controlling light, you'll quickly see that most lighting is intuitive, easy and fun.

The Good News: The Gear Doesn't Cost Much
Basic lighting gear is also refreshingly inexpensive. If you have a camera, lens and flash you have already done the spendy part. The gear needed to take your light off-camera is very inexpensive compared to your camera, your flash or even a single lens. By getting your flash off-camera, your images become more three-dimensional, more textural and more professional looking. All of the photos on this page were made by Strobist readers (who very recently may well have been exactly where you are right now) just lighting with small flashes. Click on a reader's picture to learn a little more about how it was made. (The uncredited ones are mine, mostly culled from my career as a staff photojournalist at a series of newspapers.) And don't worry if you don't understand the terminology yet. You will soon.

(Photo by Strobist reader Ken Brown)

The difference between their photos and yours is that they already know how to use their flash off camera. They know how to synchronize it with their shutter, position it, modify the quality of the light, change the color with gels and tweak the balance of exposure between their flashes and available light. Which is exactly what you'll soon learn in Lighting 101. That may sound difficult,

which in turn helps other photographers to find Lighting .) Your clicking the +1 button on the site helps Google to know we are not spam or some crappy content farm. In fact. It's like. nor any difficult technical know-how. you might not see it. If you find this type of information to be useful and you have a Google Account (like GMail or G+. There is almost no math involved.000 completed editorial assignments over 25+ years. ambient light. Creating it was a labor of love borne of over 10. good lighting is less like math and more like cooking. (If you do not have Google+ yet. (Photo by Strobist reader Benny Smith) Learning how to light is incremental. You'll see that when we learn to balance a flash with the existing. you taste the soup and if it needs more salt you add some salt.but I promise you it isn't. creative and fun. for instance) please take a moment to click the red "+1" button at the bottom of the sidebar on the right side of the page. One Quick Favor Lighting 101 is totally free.

Just your simple act of validating us with a "+1" really helps. . Connect: Discussion Threads | Reader Photos | Twitter POSTED AT 8:59 PM. or lighting? Start here. Thank you! Now. Or. jump right into our free Lighting 101 course. You'll be prompted to share if you like.101 after you have passed through. but that is totally discretionary. lets get started… NEXT: Understanding Your Flash __________ Brand new to Strobist.

without lugging around big lights. I can't imagine how many hours and thought has gone into this... I'll be practising and hopefully successfully applying the techniques you teach here.and a darkroom to be built in the near future.Thanks to my 15yr old daughters (Candice)interest in photography we have gone back to the beginning B&W T-MAX.We happen to have a 2 strobes(still with boxes)Vivitar 285HV & Metz CL-45-1 that will injoy being used ! Sorry to be long winded. Thank you very much for Lighting 101..and I have been pouring over the pages again and again to see if i missed anything. This has opened up a new dimension in my photography and really is helping me getting to that next level. I have spent a few sleepless nights here for the past week.developing our film.. It's just what I was looking for! I was looking for a new way to shoot... Thanks again! Chad APRIL 15. Other lighting forums I've reviewed disregard small strobes as a viable lighting tool. 2006 11:43 AM Anonymous said... and then got right up in dawn experimenting.Anyway THANKS Cliff & Candice . thank god for people like you.121 COMMENTS: Chad Worthman said. 2006 1:30 PM baldie said... WOW what a great site for us hot shoe strobe users!I was brought to your site from photonet.. APRIL 25. Just wanted to leave a quick thank you.

. JULY 16. I didn't realize there was so much you could do with an external flash.. If you ever write a book please do announce it. Keep up the fun. Your light on the go concept and easiness is incredible.. Now all I need to do is practice :-) JUNE 15. Chang said.MAY 05. Great articles! Thank you.. now I'm saving for one. 2006 5:31 AM Alejandro said.W. :) Take care.. 2006 7:26 PM Anonymous said. 2006 4:39 PM Anonymous said.. =) awsome~!! Thank you~ JULY 19.. I want to say thank you. this site has provided me with an understanding of lighting. something about which I was previously quite ignorant.. I have to practice it very much. 2006 8:39 PM Matt said. I don't know how to express my gratitude. Much like chad and as a beginner i will use your site as a reference.. Ahh its so jaw dropping. JULY 12. im just so glad you have taught me how to harness it and beam it well. strobes are filled with so much power. Thanks for the superb resource.. 2006 8:36 PM Joanne C... .

Not knowing the pin configuration on a 580. but even though I shoot Canon (and own a 580EX). 2006 9:08 AM David said. I plan to keep it for off camera use.I am sure you'll get specific help there..Second.. Post the question in the strobist discussion thread on Flickr .. -DH JULY 20. Is it possible to trigger the 580 with the SB-28? JULY 20..What a great site! I admit to being intimidated of off-camera lighting set ups until reading L-101. I use D200 with sb-28. I think it would be great if you add another article to lighting 101 on flash metering with ambient light mix. You'll need to slave the 580 somehow.. The results are not very good so far.. 2006 10:26 AM LAN MAN said. After reading in strobist for a few months I am even making my own macro studio.... 2006 1:59 PM arun said. . I would defer to one of the Canon guys for a suggestion. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. my father just gave me his SB-28 to sell. SEPTEMBER 15. I hardly used to use flash. Good idea to keep the SB-28. This is my first digital camera and having problems with metering the flash.

. David. I already have nearly 90 feeds related to design. OCTOBER 17.. Thanks for clearing my head.. Thank you. 2006 1:57 PM Jason said. filmmaking. but Strobist is by far the most informative sharing of professional knowledge I have ever seen. The initial jump isn't too bad considering I already have continuous tungsten lighting equipment (I am an indie filmmaker) and really only need the PWs and a Nikon flash for my Canon 20D. 2006 4:35 AM Anthony said. I went and purchased a Rebel XTI and the EX580. My question is can I start learning about lighting on this site with just these two basic tools? or do I need all that extra gear to benefit from this wealth of information on here? OCTOBER 04. Thank you. technology and photography in my feedreader. I purchased a SB-800 for my Nikon about a year ago and it still has more control over me that I have over it. It's time to get serious as a photographer and learn how to light with strobes.I am an absolute beginner to lighting and a novice to photography. I discovered your blog yesterday and cannot stop reading it. 2006 4:05 PM . I pulled the trigger tonight and I feel better having done so. David. Thank you. I just have to say thank you. So. your blog has kept me awake many work nights in a row. I look forward to joining the Flickr group and sharing my results. I've gotten fidgety and decided that after months of reading Strobist to actually put the knowledge to practice and make the leap into Pocket Wizard-synched offcamera flash photography. OCTOBER 27. Strobist has allayed some anxiety I had about purchasing an umbrella and requisite accessories and I am anxious to start trying out all these techniques I have read..

especially for someone like me..g. 2006 2: 25 PM Dean Parsons said. I'd like to add an almost imperceptible amount of strobe light to help add a bit of pop to ambient.. However.. low light. adjusting aperture until the flash looks good and then slowing the shutter until the ambient looks right... NOVEMBER 22. Thanks for sharing all your great information. all the On Assignment postings describe doing something different. that is to say choosing a power setting for the flash. . The Lighting 101 section seems to advocate a procedure of getting a base ambient exposure for aperture and shutter speed and then dialing up/down the flash of moving its position. A lot of great information here. 2006 6: 23 AM scott said. Thanks Again. Why the different accounts? NOVEMBER 18. totally unfamiliar with this thing called a "strobe" (I only have a Leica MP). I'm confused.. wide-angle environmental portraiture. For e.Matt Bennett said. My point in bringing up Leica is only that people like me are interested in strobe work with cameras that don't have any smarts of their own. instead of relying on digital cameras. I would love to see more writing on how to setup flash using rules of thumb and rough calculations. So I am concerned about keeping the flash from overpowering these shots.. Thanks for all the time and knowledge you've put into Lighting 101 ! I've learned a lot from this and I'll likely use it as a reference later on as well. but it seems most of your on assignment examples use the histogram of a camera to get the light right.

am i right? MARCH 26. Dean DECEMBER 02. 2007 12:28 PM . A great wish . you often set the camera to its high synch speed and explained to let you use the least amount of strobe possible. Whow !!!. I learned a lot from your blog. now for boot camp. 2007 4:35 AM Harry said. Harry DECEMBER 06. Great stuff. Hi. And there was me about to invest in some of those heavy cumbersome lights that would stay in the boot.. 2006 11 :45 AM Harry Hole said.cheers.... But I think it should let you use the least amount of ambient light. thank you! I have a question about a trick you used a lot.. coz strobe light is constant as long as you keep shutter speed longer than the sync speed. What a fantastic site. Jan Huniche MARCH 18.. 2006 3: 23 PM Jan Huniche said. The higher the shutter speed. the less ambient light plays a role. Ive read and digested. Best regards... Was it possible to put together all the articles to one pdf file ?. Lots of very usefull tips & Tricks.

... but this has given me the kick i need..Glen said. AUGUST 05. It has given me loads of things to think about and to pass on to my aged mother....fredmiranda. Its nice to see a comprehensive post like this. this is the first time I comment this site. I have been lurking for sometime. 2007 6:57 AM On Stage Lighting said. Im surprised at the stuff I tend to forget Thanks for maintaining this high quality blog.. backgrounds etc etc. .. This is one of the best resources there is on the net about lighting and photography. This site is amazing. Gugs from www. 2007 3:06 PM belfast_instinctive said. Thank you for this! MAY 27.. My photography has been sort of stagnating since. 2007 6:56 PM Gugs said. I've recently just got rid of a set of bowens studio lights(that incidentally took up an extreme amount of storage space) with all the other garb that comes with it. Its good to get a good refresher on the tips even for professionals. JUNE 25. Thanks for this fantastic resource of information. 2007 9:49 PM Premier Lighting said. who is just starting digital photography (don't ask) with some good results. OCTOBER 10. now i know that i was just getting too far ahead of myself with all that expensive equipment.

. Hay David. David. Looking forward to learning JANUARY 12... thanks for sharing your knowledge with all of us. Love the 'done that and got the photo' confidence of your recommendations and great writing style. Very informative! MARCH 08.back to the old school i say!! DECEMBER 01. That lighting 101 video by Paul Duncan was probably the most informative seven minutes of my entire life.. Aditya http://sontagraphy. MARCH 15.. but too actually see demonstrations of them and comparison shots of different light mods really made things much clearer for me.blogspot. I have put together a small thanks post at my blog with a quick start guide to Strobisim. 2008 3:09 AM Akshahkumar Shetty said. I knew some stuff by just reading this site a lot.. 2008 2:43 AM Anonymous said. Thanks again. Hope many more join the moment. And the irony is running into your site while searching to buy monolights and (now)old school and uncool studio lighting. this should be placed near the top of the site permanently. This is a must see video for anybody that is getting into offcamera lighting.... 2007 5: 17 PM Ads said. 2008 1:54 PM CMM said. I learned so much from it.

I had no idea hey were this useful as studio lighting equipment... and this is exactly what I needed! Thanks! Eric APRIL 02. I am setting up a home photography studio.Thanks for that great video. I am setting up a home photo studio.. 2008 9:51 PM J said. this is a great intro. 2008 9:49 PM Anonymous said. APRIL 02. This is great! I was looking to learn about studio lighting and this is perfect! MARCH 31...) Seriously... I feel much less intimidated by lighting already! MARCH 24. 2008 11:49 PM Anonymous said.. You just saved me from buying one of those studio lighting kits! I already have two small flashes.. you must have some really good video editing software . . Thanks! APRIL 02. 2008 9:48 PM Anonymous said.. and this is exactly what I needed. 2008 2:01 PM Anonymous said.

For everything else. Cool! I can use my Canon flash with a Pocket Wizard! (I have three flashes. please turn the background music down as it is hard for me to hear your voice.. At my next wedding I plan on bringing a mono light to help light up the background a bit more then a strobe. :) MAY 08. Great tutorial. One thing. Helps me a lot MAY 05. actually: a 580 Ex. 2008 7:00 PM Barry said. 2008 1:38 PM Eric said.. Thanks.Great tutorial..) I was thinking about the new elinchrom APRIL 06. You will see a lot of links to this article from other forums.. strobes are hard to beat.. secretsofphotography.. 2008 12:50 AM Bazzen said. or maybe a gadget infinity. .. I don't have to worry about batteries that way and they can give off a lot of light. 2008 8:38 PM Eric said.blogspot. I've just discovered your blog. and especially outdoor work.. But pocketwizard it is! APRIL 09.. and 540 Ex and a 430ex. Thanks a lot for these tips and tutorials..

Now I need to get BUSY doing the things you have explained so well! MAY 27. MAY 22. I love you man.David . David. Wow! Thank you so much. some people still don't believe in these methods but we know the truth..but was never able to achieve.dg28.. Thanks for putting this up for folks like me. Mr.. Don't let those nasty peeps put us down. slapped everything on auto and snapped away with "less than optimal" results. it really was an hour well This one was very inventive and could maybe be on lighting101: http://www. Hobby. but they will always exist.htm . Thank you for the lesson. I just spent an hour playing with my camera. After finding the blog. I just don't have the right words to share my gratitude for this information. They probably haven't tried half this stuff anyway. I guess we could just ignore them. I was looking at the photosites I enjoy most and I found out that there were new posts on dg28.. Sorry you have to deal wit harsh nay sayers.ok. I blindly flipped through the manual. 2008 11:26 P M alex 2008 11:51 AM Onno said. I'm officially a convert! I have a D80 and an SB600 and like so many others. flash and a poor abused little wooden box that has now been photographed in a multitude of flash settings. that's all that matters. After reading the blog. This blog has helped me understand things that I have noticed in other's photography. understanding 1) what I was trying to accomplish in my playtime and 2) what the heck the settings could do. Now I can't wait for my next opportunity to use a flash! MAY 12. 2008 5:15 AM Mark n Manna said..

It's just what I was looking for! JUNE 13. Awesome! Thank You for sharing!! JULY 01. Found it very helpful for what I am trying to 2008 11:38 AM Sony Alpha said.. I found a site with some pretty inexpensive prices.806~r. filters. clamp mounts.Strobist reader Ozine JUNE 07.dealextreme.dx/r.dx/category. I am on the other side of the camera (the model) but I know how important lighting is. This site has many tools (lighting. JUNE 10.. Digital SLR Remote and such) I wish I knew more about lighting to experiment but I leave that to the Pro's. Just letting ya know and wanted to tell ya to keep up the good work! =} Erica This is the home page and the other go straight to camera categories which is I think under hobbies: http://www..Gels. Thank you very much for Lighting 101. and DIY tools they have some neat gadgets I am sure someone would find useful.69437590 www. Thank you for sharing this information. 2008 6:50 P M mcwatersfly said.. 2008 9:55 PM Anonymous said.69437590 .. this site has provided me with an understanding of lighting... 2008 6:22 AM Alan Coon Go to the other categories too like: Flashlights.

but this is the original Strobist and everyone knows it. Hi.. the second reason is to share my first attempt at off camera manual shooting .. 2008 12:39 AM Kingsley said. looking forward to more..and doing it in a funky way. There is a ripoff site in the UK called strobistonline. JULY 17.html Again thank you very much for the journey to date. 2008 11:36 PM Eric said...blogspot. JULY 07. They have other stuff besides camera equipment too.. Thank you.. JULY 14.. Hi David.... the result. Firstly just a great big thank you. For everything you have done with "Strobist" I've been lurking in the background since the begining and have just been amazed and your generosity and wisdom.. 2008 11:53 AM Anonymous said.. Now. With warm regards Kingsley .. or strobist online or something......oh you get rebates also depending who you tell about the site and what they buy which is kinda cool not much but hey every little helps =].com/2008/07/toomuch-flashing... it seems that the youtube video is no longer available :-(.. http://theboystravel. the background was a straw cream.

. Right on! Thank you! I Wish I would have found this site 2 weeks ago but found it now. i have been reading and absorbing all this site offers and i don't think i have ever said thank you! so.. you did a great job.... . This site is what I have been looking for.. 2008 2:36 PM Andy T said.. 2008 8:47 PM Peter S said.Perth. OCTOBER 11.. I will be getting that today so I will start experimenting tonight. AUGUST 14. 2008 11:29 AM Sterling Hancock Photography said.. 2008 6:08 AM Barnacle said. its a little daunting reading about it in all these tutorials with terms that are foreign to you. I got all but the umbrella. 2008 7:26 PM Robert Miller said. I will have to order a couple of those. Thanks for the very informative video. all this off camera lighting stuff is a lot simpler than it sounds. A great little video packed with information. a couple of days ago I ordered a soft box... This has been a great help in reducing the size of my location kit. Western Australia PS just finished the DVD's and its awesome! JULY 22. yea! OCTOBER 31.. thank you!! JULY 31....

your efforts are tremendously appreciated. 2008 2: 36 PM HBY said. DECEMBER 16. and umbrella. This is spectacular. when you experiment you discover new things. 2008 8: 35 AM Tiger Cosmos Photography said. 2008 10:08 PM fotografie... the best way to learn is to just do it and practice practice practice. Thanks a lot for sharing with us all this informations.. Great work! I .. I read your site all the time 101 & 102. a nice light stand.. youll get the hang of it. Well worth the money! The bonus DVDs really pull it all together.. flash bracket. But seeing the set-up. its really not hard at all. Great video. the progression. and just experiment. As someone whose never seriously used lighting.. This is amazing. buy some pocket wizards. Many thanks for this information! Keep up the good work.peter said. your discussion. Thanks for taking the time to publish this material.aj said. NOVEMBER 22.. Greetz from a great fan and also a professional freelance photographer from Belgium (Europe) NOVEMBER 28. 2008 9: 37 PM kessler. NOVEMBER 05. Just received your Strobist Lighting advice: go out.

has any interest or ideas.. The tricky bit for me is that I am visually impaired (legally blind)..... The folks on the Strobist Flickr group have been very helpful. 2009 12: 20 AM Supermance said. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. DECEMBER 18.. I have learned more from Strobist than any other source. I will keep visiting this blog very often. 2008 10 :25 PM 1downfall said. please come by and comment. So I have had to adapt the Strobist approach for my eyesight. or anyone reading this.. excellent read here. Nice blog. I have been posting about it on my blog. If you. Look forward to trying some of the techniques out! thank you! DECEMBER 17. . I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. 2008 7: 44 AM Oberazzi said. I thought I would leave my first comment.. Deborah Term Life Insurance JANUARY 16. DECEMBER 16.will go back to these a few times as they are so loaded with great techniques. 2008 3: 13 PM Sheralle said.

I really enjoyed the tips and techniques. Thanks again Bob JUNE 14. 2009 1:27 A M Anonymous said... so much valuable article about lighting article here.. keep it up :) FEBRUARY 03. im a newbie to lighting. 2009 10:14 PM Anonymous said...this for this. hahah nice one. David. Just purchased and finished watching the DVDs from your seminar. -Andy APRIL 03.. David .. Shooting with an A700 makes it a bit more of challange in the gear department as I will be looking for generic vs sony light solutions. with the female & male FEBRUARY 16. . Your sunflower and macro material helped me get inspired to stretch beyond the macro ring light. both for the educational content and for the excellent deadpan humor.. 2009 9:46 P M Shreyasi n Arindam said. 2009 9: 44 AM Andy said. Absolutely great stuff.I very much appreciated that short video.

. Thanks a bunch JUNE 17. Light makes our life brighter and funner. 2009 2:04 P M AuBit said. Now I exactly know what I can do with what gadgets. 2009 2:09 PM Cafe Marly said. JULY 03. JUNE 27.David... Like everyone else I must say the details you provided is just phenomenal.. Thank you thank you thank you.. . try opening the page in Safari instead.. 2009 6:59 P M Simon said... I can´t wait to get some new gear and start tryig with umberellas and reflectors JUNE 19. Thanks so much! This is awesome and exactly what I'm needing..but I found that if you're using FireFox on the Mac. 2009 1:34 P M Morten said.. This is just what I´ve been looking for. 2009 4:53 P M Karen said. Thankyou so much for creating this resource! I couldn't get the video to work at first . Thanks for the short but very informative video about lighting! JUNE 19.

.99 Hilton Photographic .. thanks for sharing.£37. 2009 4:40 AM JonRyan said.£39.....£39.£36 . Hi everyone.99 Fotosense . These are narrowed down to only a few options but this is after much research and thought... AUGUST 04. i need to know the best way to sync it with my 50d. I've looked through loads of websites trying to find the equipment and at the best prices but please don't moan if the prices have now changed. nice lighting guide. This is what i looking for to my final exam.... but im not having any luck syncing it.£37.18 Karlu. I thought I would share some info to make things easier for others who are shopping for items in the UK. I recently started reading this series and am making all the purchases to really expand my off camera lighting.78 Light stand: Manfrotto Nano001 TeamWork Photo & Digital . 2009 1:22 AM Parkwa said.99 Studio Kit direct .. Light stand: Interfit COR751 First Call Photographic .£34... it did come with a slave.JULY 25. i have an old novatron 500 plus set up... hey.. 2009 1:38 AM Ed Leadership . ideas? JULY 30.

59 There are cheaper umbrella holders available such as the Interfit Strobies version and the Calumet holder with hot shoe included. They also take the money from your card the moment you order. but apparently these do not have the umbrella holder hole at an angle so are not designed as well as the manfrotto option. Flash Shoe: Manfrotto 143S Fotosense .£8. I originally ordered all my things from Crazy Cameras.£33 Karlu .05 Karlu.£37.35 Now.75 Umbrella: Dual Duty Silver / Black / White Calumet Photo .Robert White .£ . They seem to be a Philipino company shipping items via California (if they ever do ship).£24.£18.99 Team Work Photo .£27 Fotosense .com .95 Karlu. I have read numerous bad reviews about them and am currently trying to get my money refunded.98 Team Work Photo .99 Warehouse Express . .£18.£23 The Flash Centre .£29. regardless of whether they have the items in stock. which to shop from? I compared the prices for various stores including the delivery charges and finding out how much the prices change once the VAT is actually added on (a very annoying feature of some websites).£18.£25 Robert White .£38 Umbrella Holder: Manfrotto 026 Calumet Photo .com but I have not listed them above because everyone should avoid them like the plague. and even if they don't dispatch for up to a month.

.. and pitch it to a Best of luck everyone with the strobing and thanks very much to David for this awesome informative blog AUGUST 20.html Let me know what you think (I now use the yn460 as a backlight. 2009 8: 06 PM Jignesh said.. -BM NOVEMBER 16. but with the commercialization of the strobist movement. http://floridastrobists.The best company that I found . Hey David. it'd sell ridiculously. but at the The staff were very helpful and the prices are up there with the cheapest. it's reliable and it seems they fixed all the kinks out) Thanks for everything you do. wireless) for under $150. I'll let you know if things change for the worse. I would love to get more strobist starting up in South Florida. If there's ANY way you can put together a fully functional kit (2 lights. prices are sky rocketing to the point where going the ebay monolight route is cheaper.for prices and customer service is karlu. . 2009 4:33 PM Florida Strobists said. I assembled a basic one here which should get the job done with JUST enough power. I just wanted to share my experiences to save other people the time I spent in searching through loads of different sites and wasting time with a terrible company.

So happy I found this link from some Flickr Discussion. I realize I would have to use this in manual mode but what do I need to make it communicate with the ST-E2? FEBRUARY 12. Classic resource that always has something new. Thank you so much for this! The presentation of your tutorials makes this a lot less intimidating for beginning strobist like myself.Can't thank you much. DECEMBER 21... This helped me most. This "lighting 101" might just go down in history. Thank you again. I'm on a slim budget so the Vivitar 285hv looks like a good option.. I'm taking a lighting class at college and this is a great supplement and learning resource. John MARCH 25. Thanks so much. 2009 12 :56 PM marc said. 2010 2: 34 PM john said. I've been into DSLR photog for about a year and a half.. 2010 9:45 PM Craig said.. Learning everything by experience and from online blogs. I am wanted to start taking pictures with my D70s and D90 with additional lights. I am picking up an SB-600 within . 2010 4:54 PM disjecta said. Just an unbelievable amount of info here. I started out with a Nikon D60 and upgraded about a month ago to the D90.. I know I'll probably get shot for asking this because I have a feeling I'm far from the first.... Great job! JANUARY 11. I have a Canon ST-E2 and a 480EXII and I want to add another slave flash. I will be reading lot more here now.

What a superb resource! Thank you.By Mark. right? to shooting full time manual.and those come too seldom. I did followed (i hope) the guidelines but i still . Thank you. and getting results. Hello & Thank you for your very useful video.. 2010 6:24 AM Beth said.. Reading your blog has made me think and learn. which is why there are gentle highlights. 2010 4:35 PM Linda Armstrong said. In a very short year and a half I've gone from P . Thank you so much for this terrific resource! MARCH 30. and probably some kind of bounced light from the left. I do have a problem though. and thought. I jumped from a used D70 bought Sept 2008 to a D300s. and probably not even close to enough.. Thank you... purchased in Feb 2010. said.. Again and again.. there was strong light coming from off camera right. I know it's been said many times already. APRIL 28. but thank you for posting Lighting 101. Kind of an AHA! moment . 2010 2:19 AM Japanese said.that means Panning. I've acquired a SB800 flash and am trying to get the hang of making event photography look as good as a staged shoot. when I looked at a photo of a baby in arms..the next couple of days and look forward to experimenting! Thanks!! MARCH 27. hmm. MAY 07. and today was THE day. 2010 2:07 PM Food. I find myself coming back here for reference.

I need help trying to figure out the best bang for my buck.. but wonder how much I'd actually use it. 2010 11:26 AM Alan said. battery pack. the radio trigger and the umbrella but i think there must be something i'm missing because i can not get my strobe to work. Hi. Maria MAY 10. Hi. I need help trying to figure out the best bang for my buck. I got the lamp tripod. I shoot with a D-90 and have a SB-600. My main issue is getting the lighting/shadows right with stills and macro. Would I end up using the monolight more once I use it or would I get more use out of a second SB-600 along with a stand and umbrela? Thanks! JUNE 02.. I've been considering buying a 300 w/s monolight with stand. 2010 7:20 P M . I shoot with a D-90 and have a SB-600. I enjoy stills and macro around the house but also enjoy attempting "artsy" shots and macro outdoors. umbrella.can not get my strobe to work. My main issue is getting the lighting/shadows right with stills and macro. Would I end up using the monolight more once I use it or would I get more use out of a second SB-600 along with an umbrella and stand? Thanks! JUNE 02. Any ideas???? Your reaction is more than welcome!!!! Thanks in advance. etc. the hot shoe.. umbrella. but wonder how much I'd actually use it.. etc.. I enjoy stills and macro around the house but also enjoy attempting "artsy" shots and macro outdoors. 2010 7:20 P M Alan said. battery pack. the strobe. hmmm. I've been considering buying a 300 w/s monolight with stand.

SEPTEMBER 23.. JULY 27. However. Wow Impressive! Your blog is very informative.Thanks for the tips… Best regards. Is this true or will my 430 EX II work as a stand alone with the STE2? I would greatly appreciate any help/advice/suggestion that may be offered. My immediate idea was to purchase a set of *Pocket Wizards* but I quickly discovered that they are more costly then I can currently manage. I know it requires a sync port however and my flash is not equipped. Gear Help / Advice. I am currently shooting with (1)'Canon Speedlite EX II Flash' and am looking for a reliable. Thank you so much for lighting 101!! There is so much great information and I can't wait to start practicing what I've read about. using the 430 EX II as a slave unit. I have a fairly limited budget so 'top of the line' gear is not priority. I have read that the ST-E2 will not work unless coupled with a Master flash unit. I am however at a stand still when it comes to a wireless triggering system. When I was still in Photography school I used this system several times in studio and grew quite fond of it. 2010 6:55 AM .. AUGUST 02. Transmitter and Receiver. 2010 7:19 PM Piper Williams said.. 2010 10:44 PM victorholmes02 said. Two alternatives were suggested to me as follows: (A) The AlienBees-CyberSync. I am fairly new to the strobist system and have little by little acquired most of the necessary gear.ashley said. Can any one advice the necessary attatchment(s) needed? (B) The Canon ST-E2 Wireless Transmitter... it is pretty hard task but your post and experience serve and teach me how to handle and make it more simple and manageable.. yet reasonably priced wireless system.

I would have considered myself a pro before. 2010 2:19 PM Miller said.this I wish I'd known to think of. I just wanted to say thank you for doing what you are doing to help the newbs! No words can describe the gratitude I feel for all your help and all . Your site is life changing (like thrice already).. David..LilyPetals said. Things that I never thought of . David.. WOW! SEPTEMBER 29. Thanks! Miller http://www. so here's a link to the post: http://bit. I thought readers here may find it helpful.millermobley. and have an article with the top 20 things I wish I had known from day one. 2010 6:30 PM Sharna said. In the 2nd comment you mention "spending several years not knowing this stuff when you first started out" OCTOBER 12. 2010 8:27 PM Connor Walberg said... Thank you doesn't even begin to cover it. Just wanted to say "Thank you"! If you have a chance check out my work and let me know what you think. Your blog has been extremely useful in learning all about lighting for photography. OCTOBER 20..things I never knew to think of . I do a similar thing on my blog. It's awesome that your educating photographers on the subjects that you didn't know up front.

Thanks NOVEMBER 18. I appreciate you taking the time to show us all this information. 2010 9:58 PM Julie said.. I have so much questions and I know most of the answers are all here but it's a waste of time to dig the whole archives. JANUARY 09. Hi. It's truly amazing to me that there are still people out there who are willing to help without getting paid for it. Thank you for all the tips. .the help I've gotten from the strobist group on flickr. and already know I am going to learn a lot from your posts.. Thank you! Bless you! Sharna OCTOBER 29. Very well explained and easy to understand.. 2010 6: 01 PM Lillian said. Thank you for this post. I just watched your short intro to lighting video. It would be nice if you can install a search button here. It was fantastic.. It is much easier to find a specific topic. Thanks again! JANUARY 08.. To be specific.. it's my first here and an amateur in strobe... 2011 8:27 PM Raquel said. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this information with the world. 2011 8:05 AM allled said. I am looking for family group lighting tips.

.. I would like to link you to a easy-to-follow tutorial on how to cross-light AND overpower the sun. Hi.. 2011 3:26 PM C J said. great tutorial...with one speedlight The link is . As I am about to put together my kit.. 2011 4:19 P M Param Aggarwal said.thanks for the video... APRIL 27. Are there resources on Alpha compatible flash gear? MAY 14. JUNE 06. 2011 5:05 AM Tam Steele Daly said..http://wp. I found that a lot of the products mentioned are not compatible with Sony's Alpha cameras. Love this blog!!!!!!!! JUNE Kindest regards . Very nice. 2011 9:28 AM Corporate Nomad said. Now I'm frustrated and overwhelmed.. 101st comment! Yay. Hi I've read through the 101 series. and I've learned great deal of in techniques and knowledge about strobes..

. . THANK YOU! I did indeed have my flash/umbrella set up wrong! (but not the specactularly wrong one.. it surely is fun and wonderful! I'll keep updated! DECEMBER 28.g. 2011 9: 03 PM Elle said... That being said.JULY 08..Elle JANUARY 03. Your Lighting 101 has made me explore an entirely new aspect of photography as I have nearly avoided all flash photography. 2012 3:17 PM Casey Wise said.bias said. THANK YOU! I did indeed have my umbrella/flash set wrong (but not the spectacularly wrong one. but with techniques & information provided by Lighting 101. This site is amazing! Photography is not a simple thing. I would love to have the entire Lighting 101 as a PDF for when I don't have a net connection (e.. 2012 3:15 PM Elle said.. JANUARY 03.and I am looking forward to watching more.. thank goodness) .much appreciated .. Any plans to compile this into something we can download or purchase? If not.. 2011 4:25 AM T. I would highly recommend it! OCTOBER 30. 2011 9:42 AM Kharen said. thank goodness) Your videos and time are much appreciated! . flying or in the field) to read and reference..

. which there will be lots of. It shoots using speedlights up to 650s. Old I know but very useful to get back to the beginning. 2012 1: 15 PM pattij said.. 2012 4: 02 AM C. . http://www. Stacks of thanks for making and sharing this video! FEBRUARY 07. and i still love telling other photographers about this "house built by david". but nobody makes it as non-threatening. I want to thank you for your info on using a D70 which I found on your DVD Lighting seminar copyrighted 2008. Elenbaas The reason this is so fantastic is I am going to Myanmar and I was going to buy a good compact. fun subject! APRIL 19. Masses of sunlight pouring through a window in a basement flat (English for Appartment)... Here is the link to the shot I took trying this out. I have an old D50 which I was on the point of giving away when I saw the DVD. FEBRUARY 16. thank you.pjwebbphoto. 2012 11:18 AM Clark Schierle said. as well as my D300s to be less conspicuous.. thank you for making off camera lighting such an approachable. i've been a strobist for about half a year. that was the best 7 minutes I've spent in months.. others have blogged about it.. So thank you.Oh boy.. Now I can take out the D50 and use speedlights in bright sunlight. 2012 3:00 PM Mike McClelland said. Thank you so much for putting this together! After purchasing a flash and never having my pictures turn out by looking over these posts I have learned so much! Thanks!! APRIL 13.

@ClarkYou're not crazy. grids and gobos used to live? Is there another source for it? I have directed many friends here for the quick intro to the equipment.) L101 gets updated periodically. closer to the relevant info. 2012 5:14 PM C.. (Well.. but not because of this. And I felt it was long time to point some energy back at the readers. The flickr slide show is pretty spectacular inspiration. APRIL 20. 2012 5:10 PM David Hobby said. -DH APRIL 20.What happened to the video? Am I crazy or is this where the little video intro to speedlights. snoots. I am gonna reinsert it a little later into the L101 stream. you MIGHT be crazy.. Thank you so much for putting this together and breaking everything down into easy lessons that clearly demonstrate how light works and that it can be an option to photographers on a lower budget! APRIL 24. umbrella adapters.. -DH APRIL 20. FWIW. Elenbaas said.s. The video you are looking for can be found here.. but I think the video served a purpose as well. 2012 4:13 PM David Hobby said. 2012 9:47 AM .. @Clark p.

2012 11:37 AM David Hobby said. MAY 01. Thanks a lot for your help . although my wife might beg to differ since she keeps coming home to find me taking countless photos of our dog/ orchids/ random shoe while handholding a gridded SB-800.. APRIL 29... Hofmann Orsetti said.. Thanks!! I'd love a single page with links to each lesson so that I can go directly to a lesson that I want to review. Check the drop down menu on the sidebar.. If such a page exists. Hello All.. @DH Thanks for the pointer to the vid. 2012 4:41 AM dbdigitographer said.. I think I've found the cure for my strobeophobia in your Lighting 101 course... Hello David. Thank you so much for the world that has been opened up to me and countless others by this site. so I can take professional pictures on discoteques or very dark places. 2012 12:04 AM Cynthia L. 2012 5:33 PM Clark Schierle said. Glad I wasn't going crazy. I would like to know what flash could I buy for my Pentax Kr said.stephaneevras. Thanks for sharing all your lighting knowledge.. I learned a lot from you. would you please post the link to it? APRIL 29. APRIL 29.www...

2012 10:19 AM Davidson Meds said. I read it. Your writing style is down to earth and is totally demystifying. I just noticed the 101 revamp on my umpteenth JULY 20. now and only now I can understand why you said :"just walk through the lighting101 and you will see". 2012 4:20 PM Heather Nilson said. books and magz but this blog shortcuts many of things I spent a huge amount of my poor time after them. SEPTEMBER 06. I'm once again amazed at your ability to deliver . Awesome! SEPTEMBER 16. now I see. Thank you very much but the only a thing I regret in my learning curve is that I was directed to this blog over a year ago.. Now I can't stop checking this blog at least once a three days. Thanks for this into to lighting. and then read it again. 2012 3:36 PM Frank Kruller said.. This is great--even more clear and accessible. wonderful job and I have finished the two parts 101&102 just two months ago. and then headed outside to take photos of trains at night: http://ihearttrains. Lighting 101 is awesome. Wonderful update. 2012 5:57 AM fl said.C JUNE 15.... but I preferred to read books .... this new update is a very good intro to what will really happen in progress I'm in my 2nd tour of reading and deciphering the elements of how to light.

and I can't thank you enough.. This site is an off-the-charts..content that is hugely instructive... twice (or more) per week for years. 2012 10:43 AM ABWC said. I feel my mission now is to contribute something back to the community here. outstanding piece of work. SEPTEMBER 19. motivating. 2012 8:41 PM POST A COMMENT << Home . AND entertaining. stay tuned ! OCTOBER 08. And then you go back and improve the older stuff even more! Bravo. I really am grateful for Strobist. A million thanks.