LightSource Podcast Interview Series

E020 David Hobby aka Strobist

In this episode, Bill and Ed talk with David Hobby from


Bill Crawford, publisher of (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

Special Guest:

David Hobby, aka the “Strobist”.

David Hobby aka Stobist

David is a photographer who works professionally as a news photographer and runs a web site for portable lighting and flash strobe enthusiasts called

David Hobby Photos

View David Hobby’s web site at:

LightSource Episode 20 (Interview Series) [36:14 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

  • Update to Canon 5D and EOS 1D firmware
  • Trail version of Nikon Capture NX and camera control NX
  • ACDSee photo editor is released
  • The first photo contest ends today!
  • When celebrities become sports photographers

Special Guest David Hobby discusses:

  • Why speedlights?
  • His philosophy of lighting with flashes
  • His photo gear
  • Loving pocket wizards
  • Making existing light work for you
  • McGyver style lighting
  • Found object light modifiers
  • Building a basic portable kit
  • The amazing ball bungee
  • Frosted Flakes brand snoots
  • Surviving the never ending equipment cycle
  • Working with infrared and TTL flashesHis very favorite SB24 flash
  • Using manual flash and camera settings
  • The role of batteries
  • DIY approach to lighting
  • Macro studio in a box
  • Cardboard strip lights
  • How began
  • What you’ll find on
  • On assignment – ongoing education

Photo discussed on the show:

Strobist Photo

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