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Strobist's Free Courses:
Lighting 101, 102, and 103
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 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.
Lighting 103 is currently underway. Throughout 2017, our newest lighting course will explore the intersection of light and color to help you give your photos more nuance, realism and depth.
From Classroom to Real World: On Assignment
On Assignment features full walk-throughs of over 170 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.
The portraits above aren't photographs. They are museum-quality oil paintings, hand-produced from photos.
A sister site to Strobist.com, the Photographer's Oil Collective connects photographers with master painters in Xiamen, China. With POC, any photographer can produce a world-class oil painting, be it for their living room wall or for their clients.
Do you travel with both family and camera? Filmed on location around the world, The Traveling Photographer is designed to help you strike the balance between having a great family vacation and coming back with fantastic photos.
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.)
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...