Strobist Lighting 101
(all text by David Hobby, taken from http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html, version 05/06/07)
Intimidated by the idea of off-camera lighting? Don't be. We are pretty much starting from scratch, so no worries. The first posts will be about what kind of gear you will need to do the minimalist strobe thing. When we are done having our way with your wallet (remembering that light gives you far more bangfor-the-buck than does fast glass or the latest digital camera or 300/2.8) we'll move into basic technique. And after that, we'll keep it going with periodical essays and ideas on how to improve (or refresh) your lighting ability. When you've worked your way through the basics of designing your light kit and learning how to use it, make a point to browse some of the examples in the "On Assignment" section. Those will be updated constantly, too. So keep checking back. You will likely have some questions along the way. Sadly, it is not possible for me to take the time to personally answer all of the one-to-one lighting questions that pop up. So try to resist asking them in the comments section. The only people reading this behind you are the people who are, well, behind you. You will find the one-to-one knowledge bank you seek in the Strobist Group on Flickr. There, you can ask away and get the diversity of response that you need. These are the lighting grad students, so to speak. They know this stuff, and are very enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Most of all, remember to have fun and learn to make some cool light.
Two Things Your Flash Needs to Have
To make use of the techniques described in the following lessons, we are going to assume a couple of things: 1) You have a strobe that can be triggered externally via your camera's PC connection, as seen in the first photo. (This example is a Nikon SB-28dx, a circa "D1...