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Thursday, March 15, 2007

This Week's Strobist Test

David Hobby, Flavored Vodkas

If anyone I knew were thinking of turning pro, the first place I'd send them would be Strobist. Not only would you learn a lot, but you'd get a pretty good idea of what kinds of problems you'd get to deal with as a pro. Right now, for instance, there's still time to get your own answers in for the devilishly puzzling flavored vodka quiz, before David lets you turn to the back of the book.

As I always say—and you can quote me—professional photography is 70% marketing and 90% lighting. And Strobist is an excellent place to absorb a lot of information about the latter relatively painlessly.



Blogger David Hobby said...

Thanks for noticing, Mike.

The idea is not to trick anyone here. The goal is to encourage photographers to develop their "reverse engineering" skills WRT other photographers' light.

As for the biz side of things, which is critical, (especially for freelancers) John Harrington wrote the book. Awesome.

His stuff is must-read, IMO.

David Hobby

8:24 AM  
Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

I heartily second the endorsement of The Strobist site (as if it really needed it). Although I've not been an active participant there I have picked up many good tips from David's basic information (his "lighting 101" lessons for using off-cam small flashes) as well as from some of the many active participants' work.

Light is a fundamental ingredient for photography (something that many seem to overlook). David has managed to create a cult-like site that highlights this ingredient in a way that no other site I've seen has done. My hat's off to him!

10:39 AM  

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