Strobist, run by a guy named David Hobby, is the most popular blog for learning how to use off-camera flash. With the explosive growth of the digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera market in the recent years, the popularity of flash lighting has also seen a drastic boost.
This phenomena has caught the attention of main stream media. In April 2008, David and his blog was featured on USA Today in an article titled In a flash, Strobist blog about lighting photos hit it big.
A year later, in a recent article on USA Today, Photographers eager for flash of knowledge, Jefferson Graham illustrated the photographers thirst for knowledge of flash lighting using the example of Joe McNally’s new book, The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes (Voices That Matter), which has quickly climbed to the #1 best seller in the Digital Photography category at Amazon.com. Not only flash manufacturers like Canon and Nikon, but also some small flash accessory makers have benefited from the popularity. The author of the article talked about LumiQuest, PocketWizard, HonlPhoto, and others.
Why is off-camera flash becoming so popular? First of all, it produces beautiful results. Secondly, you don’t have to speed much money to achieve that although I have to admit that you could easily end up spending more than you thought. However the point of this post is not to tell you what to buy but show you where to find the best resources on the Internet to learn the techniques of off-camera flash and flash photography in general.
- Strobist – The icon of the small flash phenomena.
- Joe McNally – The Wizard of Small Flash.
- Nikon CLS – Blog about Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS).
- Lighting Essentials – Photographic lighting blog.
- DIY Photography – Most popular DIY projects are related to lighting.
- Nikon CLS Practical Guide – A set of 15 excellent articles on Nikon creative lighting system (CLS).
- Concepts for Lighting and Digital Photography – Lighting tutorials.
- YouTube – You can find almost anything you want to learn by watching video clips.
- Studio Lighting – Studio lighting resources.
- LumiQuest – Flash accessory.
- PocketWizard – Remote flash sync products.
- HonlPhoto – Light modifier products.
- Radio Popper – Wireless remote triggers
- AlienBees CyberSync™ – 2.4 GHz Radio Remote Control System
- FlashZebra – Custom adapter and cords for manual off-camera flashes
Forums and groups
- Strobist Flickr Group – Photosharing and discussions
- Nikon CLS Flickr Group – Flickr group dedicated to Nikon CLS
- Flash Flavor – Flickr group for FlashFlavor.com.
- DIYPhotography – DIY lighting is a popular subject
- *DIY Photography Equipment – Most popular DIYs are about lighting
- Studio Lighting – Flickr group about studio lighting
- Child Photography Using a Flash/Studio Lighting – Flickr group geared towards child photography using a flash and studio lighting
- Studio Lighting Diagrams – Flickr group for the sharing of lighting setups.
- Studio Lighting, Flash & Other at Steve’s DigiCams – Forums about lighting
- Photo Camel Lighting Technique forum
- Small Flash and Studio Lighting Forum – Canon centric at Photography-on-the.net.
Training courses and workshops
- Joe McNally at Kelby Training – How to use flashes, light shaping tools, etc.
Books and videos
- The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes (Voices That Matter)
- A Hands-on Guide to Creative Lighting DVD
- The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 Flashes
- More best selling lighting books
- Strobe trigger voltages/sync voltages database – Long list of flashes and their trigger voltages.
Please consider this list as work-in-progress. I will be adding more to this list in the future. If you’d like to share good information with others, please feel free to use the commend box below.