Swiss Strobist

"Strobist" is a term coined by American photographer David Hobby, who was one of the first bloggers to hit the mainstream and help his readers learn more about the use of artificial lighting techniques on a budget. I first became interested in the subject in 2008, after a lifetime of being fairly incompetent at using on-camera flash and hence avoiding its use whenever possible.

Since beginning to learn more about the techniques involved, I quickly gained new friends with similar interests in the Swiss photographic community. Interest gained pace remarkably quickly in Switzerland, in line with the rest of the photographic world. Since 2008, I've been organizing semi-regular practical days and workshops, both on location and in the studio, at which I not only experiment myself with technique, but also help other, less experienced photographers to improve their own photographs.

(Note: David kindly gave me permission to use the term "Swiss Strobist" for the Swiss community which practices this technique. Our group has nothing to do with David or his business.)

Bist du deutschsprachiger «Strobist», ist diese Wiki-Seite sehr interessant und hilfreich.

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Environmental portrait workshop with PICZ.ch

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Keep It Simple workshop

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PocketWizard Mini TT1 and Fujifilm X100

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“Keep it simple” meetup date selected

Thanks to all of those who have completed the Doodle poll mentioned in a previous post, the date for our next meetup has been chosen as Sunday, 25th August at the Blatterwiese park in Zurich. Members of Facebook can sign up for the event and discuss it on my Facebook page;…

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Selective lighting magic

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Ezybox Speed-Light

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Portrait and lighting workshop in Lausanne

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Return to the EPFL – portrait and lighting workshop in August

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