Meet the Team

X-Peditions is a collaboration between Strobist.com and f/8 Photographic workshops.

David Hobby is the lead instructor for all X-Peditions trips.

He spent 20 years as a staff photojournalist, completing more than 10,000 assignments before leaving The Baltimore Sun in 2006 to found Strobist.com. Over the past 14 years Strobist has since grown to be the world’s most popular resource for professional-level photographic lighting education.

David has taught scores of workshops and classes in cities across the U.S. and around the world. In 2014, he produced the video series The Traveling Photographer, for Lynda.com. The series features episodes filmed on location in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Joe Newman is a writer, photographer, curator and media strategist based in Washington, D.C. He is the owner of f/8 Photographic, which organizes immersive workshop experiences for photographers, and is also the founder of the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival, a month-long celebration of photography in the nation’s capital.

Joe began his career in Florida, where he worked as a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times and Palm Beach Post. He has spent the past 15 years in Washington, D.C. as a public interest communicator at various nonprofits.

Thu Le Hoia is X-Peditions’ Hanoi-based producer. For the past ten year she’s worked behind the scenes for journalists, filmmakers and commercial photography teams in Vietnam. Her specialty is helping us to get a peek behind the curtain in a country that, while friendly, can often be culturally difficult to navigate.