Joe McNally

This short video from Joe McNally breaks down how to use three speedlights for an outdoor portrait with a lot of depth of field. It’s a little heavy on the ads for Adorama, but still a nice 3 minute video with some great little lighting nuggets inside.

If you like this kind of stuff, I highly recommend his book The Hot Shoe Diaries, which is packed with a ton of lighting nuggets like this.

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Here’s a great video from Joe McNally and Adorama TV.  Joe’s working a Nikon D800 with the built-in flash as the commander flash, a Lastolite Ezybox softbox with grid and a red-gelled speedlight for a background light.

If you haven’t checked out Joe’s book, The Hot Shoe Diaries, there’s lots more of great speedlight info like this in there.

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Sketching Light by Joe McNally

Joe McNally has a new book.  It’s called Sketching Light.  It’s pretty big at 432 pages.  And, it’s all about lighting.

He tells readers what works and what doesn’t via his let’s-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots….

I loved his earlier lighting book, The Hot Shoe Diaries, and I’m really looking forward to this new book.  I enjoy McNally’s stories and wit about as much as I do the information he provides.  Expect good stuff.

Sketching Light retails for $49.99; however, you can find it for $29.99 on Amazon at the time of this post.  There’s also a Kindle version of Sketching Light.

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Joe McNally’s new book LIFE Guide to Digital Photography officially launched today.  If you’ve been reading Photography Bay for a while, then you know that I’m a big fan of Joe McNally, and think that any book he’s written is worth picking up.  Aside from being a great photographer, Joe is an engaging author who speaks with a genuineness that’s a rare find in all the step-by-step how-to guides invading bookshelves today. [click to continue…]

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As you may have heard by now, Photoshop World 2010 in Orlando was stellar. While Photoshop World leans very heavy toward post-processing and all the goodness that Photoshop lets us do, there is also a healthy serving of photography mixed in. Lighting, in particular, was a huge theme in this year’s photography sessions.  If you are passionate about photography (or post-processing) and have never been to a Photoshop World, you owe it to yourself to attend one soon.

Unfortunately, I cannot convey in words just how much fun Scott Kelby and the rest of the NAPP gang manage to stuff into a few days.  Instead, I’ll just share the 10 (totally subjective) best things about Photoshop World 2010 and leave it to you to make it to the next one and experience it for yourself. [click to continue…]

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The Hot Shoe Diaries is a new book from Joe McNally.  It’s all about (you guessed it) lighting with hot shoe flashes.

I’m a little behind on the news of this new book from Mr. McNally; however, I just ordered a copy for myself.  I don’t buy too many photography books for myself anymore, but I consider this a must-have book.  Apparently, the first batch that Amazon.com had already sold out but they should be replenished within a couple of days (David Hobby says March 22).

I have heard nothing but the highest praise for this new book.  If you don’t believe me, see what The Strobist has to say about it.  There’s also a big PDF excerpt hosted by the publisher, Peach Pit.  It lists for $39.99 from the publisher, but Amazon’s got it for $26.39.

If you’re ready to get in line, you can pull the trigger over at Amazon.com.

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