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Strobist Photography Lighting Basics

David Hobby has devoted his blog to helping photographers master the art of lighting. His Strobist website covers basic equipment, techniques, and lighting used by real photographers on real shoots. It's great to see the equipment being moved around, see the studio or location lighting setup, then view the final shot and learn how the photographer lit the subject and problem solved. In our Video Pick this week, the Strobist gives us a tongue-in-cheek rundown of basics, which will serve as a good checklist for beginner and pro alike.

Oh, and if you're wondering how popular a subject like lighting is to photographers, note David's 350,000 regular Strobist readers.


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Lighting is probably the most critical factor in photography and I admit that I'm such an amateur when it comes to it. That's why I'm trying to learn the basics of photography to know the right way of using the light. Thanks for the vid! :)
November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorene | Poster Printing
Help! My speedlite {canon 420 ex} is not connecting to my Canon 40 D... what could possibly have happened???
It flashes but does not light up the scene... even at close range...
I appreciate all knowledgeable feedback.
Thank you,
December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
Deborah, since you mentioned that it is indeed flashing, the issue could be the actual output the flash has been programmed to emit. For instance, if it was set to -3 on ETTL, the results would be subtle. As such, I would recommend experimenting with the flash on both Manual and ETTL and adjusting the output to provide more light. Working in a controlled environment with a still life subject (vase of flowers) can be a tried and true way to test this out. Also, for a great resource on all things Canon flash, check out this terrific resource: Of course if it's still not working despite all of your testing, the next step would be to contact Canon's customer support. They would guide you through a series of troubleshooting steps and determine the best course of action. Good luck!
January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris
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