David Hobby

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David Hobby using a ring flash adaptor.

David Hobby (born January 30, 1965) is an American photographer and author of the Strobist.com lighting blog, a site which promotes lighting techniques — such as off-camera flash — among photographic enthusiasts, often with an emphasis on the practical knowledge rather than the gear. The blog has an on-line monthly readership of over 300,000 photographers from 175 countries, and was named one of the "25 Best Blogs of 2010"[1] by Time Magazine.

Professional life[edit]

David Hobby

Until July 2008, Hobby was a staff photojournalist with The Baltimore Sun.

In June 2007, he took a year-long leave of absence from The Sun to blog full-time.[2] On August 3, 2008, Hobby announced in a posting on his blog[3] that he had taken a buyout from The Sun along with about one hundred staffers who left the paper at that time. He explained, "There was a hard staff reduction quota in effect, and given the way the blog has gone I thought it would be best if I counted toward it when they started lopping off heads..."[3] Hobby said he planned to use the blog as a platform from which to explore various photographic projects.

In June 2009, Hobby was named one of "The Five Biggest Photographers on the Internet" by Photo District News.[4]


  • Jefferson Graham for USA Today[5]
  • Bill Crawford and Ed Hidden for StudioLighting.net[6]
  • Bill Millios for Rangefinder Magazine,[7]

Hobby has authored an article on a DIY photo studio in the December 2007 issue of MacWorld,[8] co-authored the book Columbia: A Celebration with wife Susan Thornton Hobby,[9] and produced an eight-disc DVD lighting tutorial, "Strobist Lighting Seminar".[10]

In 2011, Hobby released a new six DVD set entitled Lighting in Layers.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hobby studied photojournalism at the University of Florida.[12]

Hobby currently lives in the Howard County, Maryland area with his wife Susan and two children.


  1. ^ "Best Blogs of 2010". Time Magazine. 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ "Blog, Newspaper, Family. Pick any Two".
  3. ^ a b "Will Shoot for Food". Strobist.
  4. ^ "The Five Biggest Photographers on the Internet". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-05. Link broken as of 2012-09-23.
  5. ^ Graham, Jefferson (2008-04-23). "In a flash, Strobist blog about lighting photos hit it big". USA Today.
  6. ^ "Podcast Episode 020: David Hobby aka Strobist". LightSource Photography. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  7. ^ "Interview with David Hobby" (PDF). Link broken as of 2012-09-23
  8. ^ "DIY photo studio". MacWorld. December 2007.
  9. ^ Columbia: A Celebration. Perry Publishing. 1995. ISBN 0-9643728-1-9.
  10. ^ "Now Available: Strobist Lighting DVDs". Strobist. May 2008.
  11. ^ Graham,, Jefferson (2011-07-13). "Review: 'Lighting in Layers' DVD and download". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-07-22.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  12. ^ "Strobist FAQ". Strobist.blogspot.com. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2012-11-09.

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