Owner: David Hobby
Main subject: Off Camera Flash Education
Target Audience: All levels of photographers looking for creative lighting techniques
Content Theme: Technical
What is Strobist… (quoted directly from the Website)
“This website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash with your dSLR to take your photos to the next level. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to more effectively use your small speedlights. There are more than 1,000 articles about lighting. Over a million photographers from around the world have learned small-flash lighting techniques from this site. We’re thinking you can, too.”
The site is clean and uncluttered for a blog. Navigation is easy and well thought out having a typical 2 column bog format with the menu on the right. All the important links are at the top of the menu for easy access.
This site is very active with a few posts added weekly. Most of the content is education based text with accompanying photos. Sometimes you’ll even see some supporting videos. The content is in tune with the site theme. If you’re new to the site, I strongly recommend going through the “Lighting 101” series. It has a wealth of information for beginners and it will help you understand the more technical posts that come up. Once you’ve done that, pamper yourself and check out the “On Assignment” section. It focuses on actual lighting setups. I haven’t gotten through all of them yet (there are so many!) but it’s like dessert after dinner.. you know… the best part! 🙂 You can also go to “Lighting 102” for more in depth knowledge.
All in all, the content is amazing! You can easily spend hours soaking up all the wonderful info on Strobist.
I find David’s style to be precise, to the point and sometimes sprinkled with a touch of humor. He even managed to include humor in his TOS page! 😉 It’s easy to read even for non English speaking readers who have a good English base.
Being a photography Website, visual support is very important and Stobist does a good job incorporating either photos, graphics or videos. I personally, would like to see a few more images supporting more technical articles since I learn faster from watching an image than re-reading text.
To sum it all up, David is doing an excellent job with Stobist.com. Even tough most of the readers are hobbyists and amateurs, as a professional photographer I love the site and I keep on learning with every new posts. Some of the setups he does stimulate my creative juices and remind me of why I chose to be a photographer in the first place: the pure pleasure of creating unique moments in time. I strongly invite you to register to his RSS feed. It won’t take long for you to see a dramatic change in how you see light and how you approach your photography. If you have a Flicr account, you can also join the Strobist community there and share your thoughts and photos.
Great job David! I’m a fan! 🙂