If you're wondering what a strobist is, you've probably never visited the Strobist blog--I do so almost daily--and you're missing out on a wealth of helpful lighting information focused, for the most part, on the use of small, inexpensive, (typically) on-camera strobes and their many off-camera uses... something I've been more-than-a-little interested in for some time.
This past Sunday, I ventured to Pasadena, California, for the monthly camera show held at the Elk's Lodge. The Pasadena Camera Show is like a small, indoor, photography flea market with vendors selling all kinds of (mostly used) camera gear. That's where I found a good deal on a Vivitar 283, in excellent condition, with lens/filter adapter and sync cord, for $30. (Vivitar 283s and 285s are the strobes-of-choice for many strobists and I'll be looking to add another strobe, probably a 285, to my camera bag.)
I returned home and the first thing I did was insert four, "AA" batteries into the strobe, attach my cheap, E-bay, radio receiver to the strobe's sync cord and fire it remotely. Strobe and radio slave worked flawlessly.
Now I'm ready to go out there and apply whatever it is I think I already know about lighting pretty girls to the world of small, off-camera, strobes.
The pretty girl at the top is Alexis. I shot Alexis last week (for Playboy/Club Jenna) at a location house located in the hills above the San Fernando Valley. MUA and hair by Dan. I used three light sources: A 5' Photoflex Octodome for the main, a Chimera medium strip for an edge light, and a small umbrella, boomed overhead, for a hair light. I also used a Westcott, 40", 5-in-1 reflector, silver side out, to bounce in some front fill. Canon 5D w/85mm, f/1.8 prime, ISO 100, f/8 @ 125.