Strobist is the world's most popular resource for photographers who want how to learn to use their flashes like a pro. The site includes both archived educational modules and ongoing feature articles. As new feature posts are published, they will appear in this space.
Want to learn how to light? Scroll down to Strobist's huge library of (free) core educational modules, just below.
Long-time reader, wondering about the new format and posting schedule? See here.
Lighting static portraits? Pffft. Child's play. Try lighting huge areas full of constantly moving people. That's something newspaper shooters do every day (or rather, night, usually.)
This new sports lighting cookbook will help you to understand the theory behind lighting indoor sports on any budget—whether you are using one, two, three or four lights.
Strobist Reaches the South Pole. Sort of.
Revised Lighting 101 on PDF
Year in Review: Best of 2013
Review: The Road to Seeing
Fuji X-Camera Follow-Up
We All Screw Up. Don't worry.
How-To: Gel a Dish
Newb? Start Here: Lighting 101/102
Introduced in 2006 and completely updated in 2013, Lighting 101 is the core educational module of Strobist. It is a free, start-from-zero tutorial that will teach you the basics of lighting (and lighting gear). L101 will have you up and running in no time—and at minimal expense.
Millions of photographers have successfully completed this course, and as a result are out there lighting their photos every day. You can do it, too.
Introduced in 2007 and currently in the process of a full update/revision (please be patient) Lighting 102 is the sequel to Lighting 101. Where L101 was about gear and basic concepts, L102 will teach you how to 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 four (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
The Without Reservation list is designed to—hopefully—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 utterly reliable, and 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.
Being visually oriented, most photographers embrace the concept of monkey-see, monkey-do. If that sounds like you, the posts in this collection will take you through the highlights of the various videos which have appeared in these pages. From the straight tutorial to the strange, it's all here.
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.