What Is Strobist?

A person who habitually uses small, hot-shoe mountable electronic flashguns (or speedlights), off-camera to enhance the lighting quality of his or her photos. The off-camera flashgun is triggered by the camera using a sync cable or a wireless switch.More generally anyone who attempts to generate professional quality photographs by using portable, lightweight and (relatively) inexpensive lighting equipment, creatively. Source: http://www.urbandictionary.com

About Flash

A flash is a device used in photography producing a flash of artificial light (typically 1/1000 to 1/200 of a second) at a color temperature of about 5500 K to help illuminate a scene. A major purpose of a flash is to illuminate a dark scene. Other uses are capturing quickly moving objects or changing the quality of light. Flash refers either to the flash of light itself or to the electronic flash unit discharging the light. Most current flash units are electronic, having evolved from single-use flashbulbs and flammable powders. Modern cameras often activate flash units automatically.

What do you need for Strobist?

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 1999 pro flash. This external capability can be added to any hot-shoe flash for under $20 via a "Universal Translator" adapter. No worries. 2) You have a strobe that can be set to manual power and "dialed down." This is pretty much mandatory. If your flash does not have a variable manual control, you are gonna be one unhappy (and very limited) puppy. Fortunately, most good flashes have this feature. And you can easily find one that has it if you need to get it.

10 Things You Should do to Prepare for Strobist Photography

1. You shall not tether your camera to your strobe when you can use a radio slave.


2. You shall not break your back with heavy equipment as long as you can get the job done with lighter equipment.


3. You shall not use big lights when a small strobe can get the job done.


4. Always find a way to fit your equipment in one small case able to fit in the overhead compartment of an airline seat.


5. Always be able to fit all equipment in the trunk of a small car.


6. You shall not light the volume of space, only light the visible planes.


7. You shall never take more time to unpack gear than to shoot assignment.


8. Always carry extra flashes.


9. Learn to play well with ambient light.


10. You shall not enslave your strobe to the limits of on-camera flash. Good light almost never primarily comes from the top of the camera.

via: www.yourphototips.com

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