Strobist – Hobby goes Pro

I’ve wondered about it for a long time… I’ve marveled, and been Inspired by his apparent ability to do more than 3 tasks at a time, but I guess this day finally had to come.

Baltimore Sun Photographer David Hobby has finally taken his ‘hobby’ and turned it into a life-changing possibility.

David started off writing articles about what he was good at; quick and dirty lighting with off-camera strobes, synced with those (now) world-famous Pocket Wizards. Thousands of photo enthusiasts who were looking for something different (and distinctive) found his guidance to be exactly what they needed. Thus, he became the Strobist. has come a long way since then, with really active communities on Flickr and a vast network of blogs (such as this very one) across the internet linking and providing more community than many ‘community’ sites do.

David’s particular forte was providing more practical lighting information than anyone else on the internet was prepared to offer, and in a manner that brought really creative lighting solutions into the amateur photographer’s repertoire of lighting gimmicks.

Well, David it had to happen, and now it has. David was starting to get spread a bit thinly between his Job, Family, and Blog/Community, so he’s taken a year’s vacation from his day job at the Baltimore Sun to spend more time with his two kids and the Strobist gang.

He’s currently got plans to go on tour, giving lectures and helping people develop their skills in hands-on practical sessions, and plans to record a DVD on lighting techniques.

Cheers to you, David Hobby! We hope that this is the beginning of something good for you (and us)!

Read his post about this new development here

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas is a Product Photographer and Filmmaker based in India. He has been taking photographs (almost) all his life. He has a diploma and a bachelors degree in Visual Communication, where his classmates all believed that he would write a book on photography... Instead, he writes on this website (because - isn't a community more fun?).

His passions include photography, parkour, wide-angle lenses, blue skies, fire extinguishers, and fast computers.

In addition to writing for Beyond Photo Tips, Susheel is a staff writer for, and owns and runs ColoursAlive, a photography, and video production studio.

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