The Flash Bus in Salt Lake City, UT

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:13+00:00 March 21st, 2011|2 Comments

Yesterday I attended “The Flash Bus” tour with Joe McNally and David Hobby. It was really, really, really fun and educational. I’m not much of a small-flash photographer (I use a lot of strobes and natural light for my work) but this all-day class isn’t JUST about small flash. It’s about light. You can take any of the concepts and technique and pretty much apply it with any type of light you have. I logged a lot of tidbits of info away in my tiny brain to throw into action in the future.

The day started with David Hobby, a really funny, down-to-earth guy who has a really solid understanding of using light and manipulating it with his surroundings. He does a lot of on-location portrait work and has an awesome blog (one of the first photo blogs I think I ever really read). After lunch it’s Joe McNally on-stage, and here he does a live photo-shoot with several different models (most of them being from the audience … including my good friend Dave!). I’ve seen him in-action at Photoshop World in the past, and what I love is that every one of his live-shoots are different. It’s really fun watching him work through the challenges of a portait shoot (especially when there are technical difficulties … but it’s all a part of the process!).

If you have the opportunity to attend, my advice is to JUST DO IT! You won’t be disappointed. Also, be sure to check out my friend Dave’s blog post about the event, too. :)

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Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Mike R March 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it a great show, Nicole? I saw their first stop in Seattle a little over a week ago. Would love to see ’em again, now that they’ve settled in to it, and worked it to perfection!

  2. Albert Dickson March 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    So glad to hear your praise for the Flash Bus tour. I tweeted my speculation that it was a repackage of old material to sell DVDs and kinda irritated David Hobby. Not having attended in person I was not critiquing so much as wondering out loud. I am so sorry I missed them in Salt Lake so I could have seen for myself how much knowledge and fun they have to share. I really appreciate your post. Thanks.

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