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Here's an invite you never expect to receive:
We're going to faithfully reproduce Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa as a still photograph, using someone who is very likely a direct descendant of the subject of the painting. We'd like you to come to London to serve as a lighting advisor.
Um, yeah. I'm up for that.
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On Assignment #168: Ben Lurye
New, Expanded Strobist Gear Guide
My Latest Project: The Traveling Photographer
Introducing: Ecosystems 101
Strobist Guide to Lighting Indoor Sports
Lighting 101 Update Now on PDF
Review: The Road to Seeing
Fuji X-Camera Follow-Up
We All Screw Up; Don't worry
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 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.
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.
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.