Review: Strobist: Lighting In Layers With David Hobby (DVDRip DVDs 1-6)
If you are a fan of Strobist Magazine, the popular online photography site that teaches you how to use off-camera flash creatively, you might be interested in their latest DVD set: Strobist: Lighting In Layers With David Hobby. This is a comprehensive and practical course that covers everything from the basics of lighting to advanced techniques and scenarios.
The DVD set consists of six discs, each containing a different module of the course. The modules are:
Module 1: Introduction and Gear: This module covers the essential equipment and concepts that you need to start lighting with flash. You will learn about the different types of flashes, modifiers, stands, triggers, and accessories that David Hobby uses and recommends. You will also learn how to set up your camera and flash settings for optimal results.
Module 2: One Light: This module teaches you how to use a single flash to create various effects and moods. You will learn how to control the direction, quality, and color of light, as well as how to balance it with ambient light. You will also learn how to use light modifiers such as umbrellas, softboxes, grids, gels, and snoots.
Module 3: Two Lights: This module shows you how to use two flashes to create more complex and dynamic lighting setups. You will learn how to use a key light and a fill light, as well as how to create backlight, rim light, hair light, and accent light. You will also learn how to use flags, reflectors, and gobos to shape and control the light.
Module 4: Three or More Lights: This module demonstrates how to use three or more flashes to create even more sophisticated and creative lighting schemes. You will learn how to use multiple flashes to create depth, dimension, separation, and drama. You will also learn how to use color gels to create color contrast and harmony.
Module 5: Location Scouting and Planning: This module teaches you how to scout and plan for a location shoot. You will learn how to assess the available light, choose the best time of day, find interesting backgrounds, and anticipate potential problems. You will also learn how to sketch out your lighting plan and prepare your gear accordingly.
Module 6: Real World Assignments: This module puts everything you have learned into practice by showing you how David Hobby approaches real world assignments. You will see him shoot portraits, weddings, events, sports, and editorial assignments using various lighting techniques and setups. You will also see him deal with challenges such as changing weather, tight spaces, limited time, and client expectations.
The DVD set also includes a bonus disc that contains additional resources such as lighting diagrams, gear lists, cheat sheets, and links to online articles and videos. The DVD set is compatible with any region and can be played on any computer or DVD player.
Strobist: Lighting In Layers With David Hobby is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn how to use off-camera flash effectively and creatively. It is suitable for beginners who want to master the basics of lighting, as well as for intermediate and advanced photographers who want to expand their skills and repertoire. It is also a great way to learn from one of the best teachers and practitioners of off-camera flash photography in the world.
You can order the DVD set from Strobist Magazine's website for $139.95 plus shipping. Alternatively, you can download the digital version for $99.95 from SoundCloud.