Flashes: November 2008 Archives

It's hard to beat the Strobist!

By Martin Joergensen | November 24, 2008 11:07 PM | | Comments ( 0)

However much I'd like to be voted or even nominated the Best Photo Blog 2008, I will have to get out of bed extremely early to beat David Hobby and his blog The Strobist – arguably the most influential and popular photo blog and one of the most influential tech blogs at all on the web.

David has managed to turn his profession as a newspaper photographer into a passion, which he has managed to spread out to literally hundreds of thousands of readers. His small spare time project aiming to inform and educate on the use of small flashes – strobes – has become the place where small light fans – including myself – hang out and get inspiration, learn, discuss, post images. And it has formed the base for David's professional life as The Strobist. Continue reading It's hard to beat the Strobist!.

DIY mini-striplight

By Martin Joergensen | November 17, 2008 11:48 PM | | Comments ( 2)

finished.jpgI have always liked the light that comes from striplights - narrow softboxes, which create a well defined strip of light. Opposite square or wide, rectangular softboxes, the striplight gives a more defined light, which is not quite as soft as the light from the softbox.

Striplights are often used to accent body shapes or to create distinct rimlights on bodies or faces. the narrow band of light will create character in one direction and soft light in the other. When used on shiny objects the reflections - the specular highlights - will also be narrow strips rather than squares or dots - or reflections of an umbrella or another familiar shape. Continue reading DIY mini-striplight.

Strobist Meetup Video

By Martin Joergensen | November 5, 2008 10:00 AM | | Comments ( 0)

Unfortunately the system I use for my "On Location" slide shows don't allow me to incorporate video (yet), but I still shoot some footage now and then when I'm on location.

These 7-and-a-half minutes were shot at the Strobist Meetup here in Copenhagen, which I covered a couple of podcasts ago. The video shows the ambiance at these meetings as well as some setups and more results from the day.

And yes, I know there are white lenses in there, but trust me, those C-shooters can actually be quite nice.

You can see a larger version of the video at Vimeo.

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