I will strobe!

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Iron Flatline, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Today is the first day of the new photo-me: I will become a strobist.

    I have blanched at dealing with this over and over... every time I read something about flash my mind just goes into tangent mode and I cannot focus. But I have made the commitment to learn the basics.

    I recently received the Strobist DVD set, and will sit down today to watch the first few disks (I couldn't do it on a weekend, I promised to commit that to the kids - which just means more photography :mrgreen:)

    I also bought [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Minimalist-Lighting-Professional-Techniques-Photography/dp/1584282509/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240203732&sr=8-1"]Minimalist Lighting by Kirk Tuck. [/ame]

    Wish me patience, comprehension, and luck!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good Luck :thumbsup:
     
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    tsaraleksi TPF Noob!

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    Careful, you use enough lighting and you'll never be happy with ambient again!
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    And also remember that just because you can... ;)
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It was bound to hapen.

    Resistance is futile. :lol:
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    SO... it's been 24 hours. If you have been using yoiur wife or GF for the subject... how is her tan coming along? :lol:
     
  7. Oh, it will be a while... I have yet to acquire a flash and a stand. I'm watching the Strobist DVD set, and will go and get some of the basics tomorrow.

    This may possibly be the first time in my photographic career that I found something in the Nikon flavor that I prefer over my Canon system. But strobes are strobes...

    Gimme two weeks before I post some shots. I have some ideas.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It is true that the Nikon CLS is a better lighting system... but the strobist way is to not use this system and go full automatic (which the Nikon system can also do wireless, but I'm not bragging... much... lol)

    Definitely, my friend.

    What I would suggest, if I may, is after you get through the vids, do the lessons/practices at the strobist site starting from THIS link and moving forward. It is fun to to see the stuff in action on the big screen, but the real fun is implementing the concepts in real life and testing out all this new found kowledge and playing with those toys. ;)

    Looking forward to seeing your work. It helps if the significant other wears a strong sunblock (SPF 175 and up), to keep from getting strobist sun-tan. :lmao:
     
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    Good luck! With a bit of perseverance, it will pay off. Strobist stuff has become my favorite part of photography.. so much to learn and experiment with, but the results can be amazing!

    Also check out Joe McNally's books. They are not as technical, but very inspiring!
     
  10. Ok, so far nothing. I hit the two major camera stores here in Berlin, and got even blanker stares than I had anticipated. I have read up on the gear that I want (pretty much as described on Strobist) but I thought I'd ask some front-loaded questions to see if I bump into a fan... No luck.

    Doesn't matter, I will assemble what I need via The Flash Centre (thank goodness for the EU, and the unbelievably weak pound...)

    I am SOO crazy into this. I absolutely must NOT forget that Mother's Day and my wedding anniversary are coming up on the same weekend... I don't think she wants a shoot-through umbrella...
     
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    Treat her to some gels. Just tell her it's for an instant tan. ;)
     
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    I've been reading the site and nervously dipping my big toe in the water with an $11 optical slave trigger and some "borrowed" ghetto flashes but I decided yesterday I'm doing it for real and my $15 "mystery" strobe will be here on Friday. Now I just need a trigger system, an umbrella, something to hold the umbrella . . .
     

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