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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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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