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Studio in the Street « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Studio in the Street « Joe McNally’s Blog Like a pop up tent, you can reach into your camera bag and in just a couple of minutes, poof, have a couple light shaping tools up and running that can give you a pretty good look out there on the street, working fast, no permits, totally off the cuff. One Speedlight, one Speed-Lite 2 Plus softbox, and a tri-grip reflector is all you need. And a good subject.Notice how Cali is…

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Camera Work, Lighting! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

So, it wasn’t enough to simply fly the camera on the Gitzo tripod on a moving vehicle and fire it remotely. Had to do some small flash lighting as well. It was necessary. The windy roads out in Nevada rarely lined up perfectly with the fading sun, making available light a dicey approach. I also wanted the power of flash duration to make sure Joli Irvine stayed sharp, while the shutter speed allowed the road to blur. We started as…

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Shades of Difference and Direction « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Hard sun, big silk, beautiful light. Pretty simple. Take a nuclear blast of sunlight and tame it by interfering with its blazing, destructive path with a simple swatch of white material, and it arrives at your subject’s doorstep (face) as cuddly and friendly as a golden retriever puppy. Get fancy and add a simple white fill card to bounce a small amount back and up into the face and you got dead bang gorgeous, wraparound light. Friendly and glow-y. Below,…

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Showtime! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

When it comes to splash, color and the unabashed exuberance of the stage, it’s hard to beat Vegas, and its coterie of wildly diverse, talented, athletic, sensual, magnetic performers. Luckily for me, I know a few, none more vibrant than Joli Irvine, who has dazzled many a Vegas goer from numerous stages on the legendary strip. We have happily been involved here at our studio in a two month, all-consuming series of shoots which occurred in January and February of…

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Working One Room, Two Athletes. « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Thrilled that Nikon USA is starting to roll out a series of stills and videos roughly titled “Performers.” I came up with the notion to address the multi-faceted capabilities of the Z camera mirrorless system. Z7 is hi res, handles action, but is the camera I would think of for a set piece. A posed portrait. A defined moment that is, to a degree, under the control of the photographer. The Z6 is more of a photojournalist’s camera, lower res,…

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Sunrise in the Forest! Sort of….. « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

The lovely Billi Shah looks languid, relaxed and calm here. Just a forest spirit, floating through the ferns, admiring the greenery. Truth be told (and this is where you need a hardy, beautiful and patient model) it’s actually pretty cold and gray in the woodlands surrounding Birmingham, UK. The frontal light is provided by an Ezybox Pro Octa held aloft by Cali with a Manfrotto Extension Handle. The camera for this pic is the Nikon Z6 with the new 14-30mm…

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Location Lighting with Lastolite! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Earlier this year, had a great time working with the Lastolite staff to create some light shaper videos, on location, in and around Birmingham, UK, which is a cool city, by the way. Nestled in beautiful countryside, but also presenting an urban sense of grit, there’s lots of stuff to shoot there. We were working exclusively small flash, deploying the Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight system, in conjunction with the Z mirrorless cameras. In turns, we used raw light, big panels of…

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A Big Source! With a Twist! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

It’s a time worn piece of lighting knowledge. The bigger the source, the softer the light. (Repeat that phrase several times, using Thumper’s voice.) And, well, it’s true. There’s almost no more beautiful light that I have seen on location apart from the light created by a 12×12 silk, interceding between the hard, directional sun, and your subject. Straightforward and simple. Just the sun, and a big, big diffuser. But, just like any chef in the kitchen taking a simple…

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