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About David Hobby

Photographer David Hobby of Strobist.com follows up his Lighting Seminar DVD Set (May 2008) with Lighting in Layers, a series of real-world, behind-the-scenes assignments lit entirely with small flashes.

The 7-DVD, 9-hour boxed set includes six extended, detailed location shoots, paired with related lighting diagrams, which include walk-throughs and immersive discussions.

In addition, there is a running set of discussions on other topics. Those include finding your compass point as a photographer, gaining access to the people and things you want to photograph, adding value to your community and building a sustainable business model in the age of the web.

As a 20-year staff newspaper photojournalist -- and more recently, a widely-read blogger at Strobist -- Hobby also explains in detail how he combines those skills to create a unique ecosystem in which he can thrive as a self-directed photographer

The first six DVDs are standard discs which are meant to play in any standard DVD player. The seventh disc is a DVD-ROM which contains compressed files of all of the content from the first six discs. They are formatted be dragged (in whole or part) to a portable media player such as an iPod touch or iPhone or Android devices via iTunes or other similar software. The portable media files are formatted as h.264, for minimum size and maximum compatibility with other portable devices, such as Android phones.

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Portraits (8),Studio (7),Travel (6),Home (5),Everyday (4),Macro photography (3)
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Semi-professional (10),Enthusiast (6)

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4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

94%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

David Hobby at his best!

David Hobby plays two roles: Advocate for portable, creative lighting, and active participant in the new, web based culture. His anecdotes on photography in a digital society is clear and concise, and will help guide anybody entering the photographic field in the world of Web 2.0.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DVD is Fine Shipping is a rip off

Shipping to Canada via UPS is a rip off. $30 for a DVD is $22 more them [@] charges from the US using USPS. Also UPS charges another $25 for their cstms/brkr service. So $55 shipping for a [$] item, I'd never order from you ever again.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

David Hobby at his best!

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from San Mateo, CA  -  Semi-Professional

David Hobby plays two roles: Advocate for portable, creative lighting, and active participant in the new, web based culture. His anecdotes on photography in a digital society is clear and concise, and will help guide anybody entering the photographic field in the world of Web 2.0.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Strobist Lighting in Layers DVD Review

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from Crestwood, Kentucky  -  Semi-Professional

This may be one of the best tutorial DVDs on the market for using off camera flash. David's teaching method is easy to understand and entertaining. He walks you through many different lighting setups, discussing each one while he's shooting them and gives a brief conclusion with lighting diagrams (sketches) at the end of each session. This set of DVDs are absolutely worth every penney!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Using speedlites instead of the big ones

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from Oakton VA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is close to having Hobby at your shoulder while on a shoot. It would difficult to watch this end to end, but when dealing with a particular problem Hobby explains all his considerations and is an excellent teacher.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

David Hobby Really Rocks!

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from Orono, Maine  -  Semi-Professional

I've been following David Hobby's Strobist Blog for quite a while now and it is no exaggeration, and I told him so when I met him on The Flashbus Tour, that what I've learned from him has changed my life! These videos reinforce his blog lessons and I simply can't say enough good about the material in it and his approach.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lighting course

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from Alexandria, VA  -  Semi-Professional

Worth every penny. This is a great resource by the well known Strobist blogger Dave Hobby. This vid makes it clear that he takes his craft seriously and that he's a good teacher. You're essentially a fly-on-the wall as he does photo-shoots but he knows you're there and explaines everything he's doing and why he's doing it. If you're a novice, your knowledge will jump exponentially; and I believe even a seasoned pro would learn from this vid. Don't let the slightly high price put you off, this video is full of info, its fun, and it's informative.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

DVD is Fine Shipping is a rip off

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from Toronto, Ont. Canada  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Shipping to Canada via UPS is a rip off. $30 for a DVD is $22 more them [@] charges from the US using USPS. Also UPS charges another $25 for their cstms/brkr service. So $55 shipping for a [$] item, I'd never order from you ever again.

 
5.0

Very informative!

By

from New York

This is a great video series if you want to learn how to use small strobes better. Well worth it.

 
5.0

Excellence

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from sacramento  -  Semi-Professional

An excellent tutorial giving insight into speedlight photography.

 
5.0

great instruction and video kit!

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from KY  -  Semi-Professional

great instructional kit!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Ok - but far from perfect.

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from Europe  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

If you are just starting out with flashes, this is a good buy. Information is repeated a lot, so everybody should be able to follow. But then again - information is repeated A LOT. You can't please everybody, but he tries. That comes across as though this guy loves the sound of his own voice, and want's us all to know that he is really skilled, which makes him seem amateuristic. If you are good and skilled, the pictures will tell the story. Don't start explaining to me why your technique is good. All in all this is a let down. I think his pictures has improved since the older strobist site images, so that's good. But i only liked about 20 minutes of this 7 hour series (we see David throwing a dart with fishing line a couple of times?? Why?? Can't you just say - i used a dart with a fishingline to get this line over that lamp??)

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JERRY M  This is a very straight forward lighting how to video dvd demonstration. At times it seems a bit labored in how it was shot and produced, but it has a lot of information.
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