HoCo’s rock star blogger David Hobby, aka The Strobist, has recently concluded a national tour that sold out across the country. According to this article by Steven I. Weiss in Slate over $1 million in tickets were sold “for the privilege of hearing Hobby and famed magazine photographer Joe McNally speak about their craft.”
“Hobby's blog, Strobist, on which he teaches amateurs the lighting techniques used by professionals, welcomed 2 million unique visitors last year. (The largest professional photography association has a membership 1 percent of that size.) Manufacturers have named lines of equipment after him, an unheard-of honor.”
The article describes Davids transition from being a photographer for The Sun to blogging fame and fortune.
“How Hobby went from being a workaday newspaper photographer to an internationally recognized guru is a story tied up with seismic changes in the photography profession. By teaching a horde of novices the skills necessary to shoot photographs of a quality that was until very recently only within the grasp of an elite few, Hobby has played a significant role in the transformation of the profession.”
David is a great guy who has freely shared his blogging insights with the the HoCo loco blogging community. I credit him with helping me see my own blog in a new light (pun intended).