After reading the famous Strobist Blog for more than a year now I got the chance to attend a lighting seminar taught by Mr. Strobist himself – David Hobby. No, I really didn’t have the spare time to go, after all we are just wrapping up the
I’ll save the ethics debate of using flash for another time. I listened to Dave Black a couple of weeks ago and his statements that clients expect things to be lit, and by not lighting things a photographer is not giving the best product. Then today reinforced the idea that a lot of images would benefit from lighting. David Hobby’s comment today about the pretentiousness off those photographers who claim to be purists and only use the available light is likely a code for that photographer having no clue how to actually do lighting just sent me into a fit of chuckles. So true. Photojournalists that do not light a scene because they do not have time are not thinking things through. You may save a few moments on the front end by not working with the strobe, but on the back end, when it is time to edit and color correct, you end up leaving a lot of work for yourself in Photoshop. And you also have lower quality image data in the camera.
Both of the
Finally, let me end by saying that I am not a paid endorser for Strobist (but if David wants to slip me a few cans of Diet Dew I won’t object…. Grin)