Hangin’ With The Strobist: David Hobby

Stephen and STERETT_LowRes Two days out of this past week, I had the distinct pleasure of hangin’ out with The Strobist, David Hobby.  “How did this come about,” you ask?  Pretty simple actually.  My ship is in Baltimore for her Commissioning and he happened to be available. 

Photo above by David Hobby.

So we set out to come up with a really cool photo and thought we had a plan for what would be something really special.  You know that whole “best laid plans” thing?  Yeah, it reared it’s ugly head and our plan was out the window.  (I could tell you why, but then I would have to kill you and nobody wants that.)

Not to be defeated, we decided to see what we could do with what we had available.  So we headed outside determined to overpower the sun with a few of SB-800s.   David had no problem at all doing just that.  He quickly went to work getting the exposure he needed for the background and then built up the light around me, his subject.  We were in a situation where there was no available shade for me to be in and so the only real option was to bring down the background and then bring the light up so that I was correctly exposed. 

To do this, you can use your shutter speed to control the exposure of your background and use your aperture to control the exposure of your subject.  Once your off-camera flash is set up and giving you enough light, then all you have to do is move shutter speed and aperture up and down to get the photo you’re after. 

As far as The Strobist goes, DH was a great guy and photographer to work around and I had my mind in “sponge” mode the entire time, picking up everything he was throwin’ down.  If you ever get the chance to attend one of his lighting seminars, I would HIGHLY encourage it. 

In exchange, I gave him the 50 cent tour of the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.  From stem to stern, keel to mast, I showed him just about everything I know about this amazing ship that I serve on.  David, if you’re reading this, I hope you had just as much fun as I did. 

There will be more to come on this subject soon and I’ll be sure to keep you posted!  Have a great week!


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