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Quick heads-up on a great deal: Midwest Photo is giving away a free 7-DVD set of Lighting in Layers (more info on the DVDs, here) with every single Jumpstarter kit purchased, while supplies last.



The Jumpstarter kits are already a great value. The no-flash kit actually costs less than the DVDs themselves, at $142.99. But no matter which kit you might be considering—the no light, single-light, add-a-light, or two-light version—the DVD set addition makes it an even better value.


Two things to know:

1. You have to enter the code HOBBYSHIP at checkout.
2. The deal also includes free UPS ground shipping within continential US. You have to calculate shipping before you enter the code. But it should take it off after the code is entered, if you choose Ground UPS and live in the lower 48.

You can learn more about the core components of the kits here, in Lighting 101.

Links to the various versions of the Jumpstarter kits follow below:


Lighting Kit WITHOUT Flash ($142.99)

Lighting Kit WITH LumoPro LP180 Flash ($271.99)

Add-A-Light Kit ($198.00) (Includes LP180 flash, but no Ares remote)

2-Light Kit ($469.99) (Includes 2 LP180 flashes, remote, stands, umbrellas, case, etc.)
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Shorbat Adas

4 Dec 2016 04:10 am
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

It's officially cold, and my fingers feel like icicles as I type this. I guess that's why I've been craving soup lately. Unfortunately I've had a busy travel and shooting schedule (I'm hosting my own show!), the past few weeks and I haven't had time to spend all that much time in my kitchen. This Shorbat Adas has been a quick lifesaver that's literally kept my fingers warm and the cold at bay. It's a delicious Middle Eastern lentil soup who's short list of ingredients and quick prep time belies its complex layers of flavors and abundant umami. I've seen...

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Roast Chicken for One

1 Dec 2016 08:37 am
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

In case you didn't get your fill of poultry on Thanksgiving, here's an easy roast chicken for one. It comes complete with crispy skin, and cooks in a little over 12 minutes, with roasted carrots and onions! Head over to PBS food for my full post and recipe.

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Are you more the "learn by doing" type?

As in, "Don't tell me, show me?"

Then you may be interested in one of the 2017 Strobist location workshops that are already planned. Or perhaps you would like to know how to schedule an in-person workshop of your own—for your photo exposition, camera club, or right in your damn living room.

Keep reading to learn how to make the monkey dance... Read more »

Lighting 103 Starts in January

6 Dec 2016 04:35 am
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Are you busy in 2017? If not (or even if so!) we invite you to join Strobist's upcoming Lighting 103 course live, when it arrives in January.

As with Lighting 101 and 102, L103 is completely free. There are some minimum gear requirements (sorry, I can't afford to give each of you gel packs.) But as with L101 and 102, there is nothing crazy expensive.

The first section of the course will debut in mid-January, and new lessons will post bi-weekly after that. Expect the course to last for most (if not all) of the 2017, as there are already a couple dozen lessons planned.

Are you in? Cool beans. Here's what you need to know. Read more »
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Behind the decks at Tufnell Park Dome again for the Alternative Bring & Buy. The last time I DJed here, a few years ago, it was the middle of August, and stiflingly hot. This time around, it was actually warmer out amongst the stalls than in the DJ booth. DJing with Jonny Hall ("DJ Terminates Here") and Scott McMahon (aka "DJ The Scot"), it gave us an opportunity to play some tracks that tend to be underplayed due to being less dancefloor-friendly. As well as just some random songs to keep up the mood of (or generally entertain) the stallholders and the shoppers, ending with the traditional end-of-sale tag-team, and then a few extra tracks while everything was being tidied away while Scott and Jonny went across the road to set up for the after-party at Aces & Eights.

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A gig without photos! In this case because I was acting as one of the interval-and-after DJs, along with The Dandy Demondaz.

The evening's acts were Redhead (a classic guitar-rock four-piece), The Wimmin's Institute (perky pop-punk feminist four-piece playing wry wittiness such as their latest 'Nandos', with added trumpet), and the headliners, playing another of their justly renowned anniversary gigs, The Memepunks.

(Normally, when DJing for a band who play covers, I like to check in advance what they'll play, to ensure that I don't end up playing half their set before they go on stage. When you do that for The Memepunks, you end up with a list of about twenty-five tracks for a ten-song set - considerably more if one of those songs is Slimelight 2000.)

Setlists below )
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3 Dec 2016 11:02 pm
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The site slowdown tonight (Saturday night) is due to database load -- Saturday nights are one of our busiest times and we're still going to need to do some performance tweaks to our new setup over the next few days as we run into load issues. (Some problems only show up once all y'all start banging on the site!) We've made a few changes now that will improve things for some people, and will do a more permanent fix later on tonight or tomorrow morning once the traffic dies down, since doing it now would just increase database load.

Site performance may continue to be rocky on and off for the next few days until we get everything tuned the way it needs to be tuned -- thank you for your patience!
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Known Issues Update 12/2

2 Dec 2016 10:21 am
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  • The site may occasionally be slow to respond or have trouble connecting as we tune servers and databases, or you may receive Gateway Timeout errors.

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  • The site search database may be missing entries and comments and will catch up over the next few days, as database load allows. Entries and comments posted since the site came back up will be added to the index as they're posted.

  • Logging into other sites using your Dreamwidth OpenID is working again! Yay!

  • Loading embedded content over secure connections should be fixed!

  • There is a known problem with trying to rearrange elements on the Beta Update page because a script element isn't loading properly. Update: This should be fixed now!


Let us know if you see anything else odd with the site that isn't listed here!

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1 Dec 2016 12:14 pm
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We have now cut over to our new hardware! If you can see this, the site should be working for you.

Things you don't need to tell us about:

* The site may look a little weird or naked for a while as your computer/network/ISP/etc catches up with the switch.
* Comment notification emails should be going out properly, but inbound email (post-by-email and comment-by-email) may be delayed for a bit while your outgoing mail server catches up with the switch.
* The site search database is a few days out of date (missing entries from the past two days) and will catch up over the next few days. Entries and comments posted since the site came back up will be added to the index when they're posted.

Known issues:

* Accessing the site will be slow for a while as the caches warm back up, and you may receive Gateway Timeout errors.
* Due to the occasional database connection problem due to high load and site slowness earlier, some comments did not generate emailed notifications and those notifications can't be re-sent. New comments made since we resolved the DB problems are generating email notifications, but slowly (due to the general database slowness).
* Logging in to other sites using your Dreamwidth OpenID is broken (& we'll fix it as soon as we can!)

Let us know if you see anything else weird!

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1 Dec 2016 09:17 am
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We are now within our maintenance window for today. The site will go into read-only mode when we're ready to begin the maintenance, and will be unavailable for at least most of the morning. Watch our Twitter status account for updates!
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Reminder: Downtime tomorrow

30 Nov 2016 10:06 pm
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A reminder: the site will be down/in read-only mode tomorrow for server maintenance for at least a little while. (Some people may also have trouble accessing the site even after it comes back up, depending on your network/computer/ISP settings.) We're beginning the maintenance window at 10AM EST/7AM PST/11PM UTC, and to be on the safe side, we're setting a window of 8 hours for possible downtime. It probably won't take that long, but there's also a (very small) chance it may take longer! We'll keep you updated on any changes with our off-site status Twitter account.
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As we prep for tomorrow's server maintenance, the site may look weird or 'naked' (no styling, images not loading, etc) on and off over the next hour or so. If you notice it, there's no need to report it: if it happens, we did it on purpose.

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