A Day with Joe McNally, with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby

Spend some time with Scott Kelby and crew as they share a day in the life of professional photographer Joe McNally (Time, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, etc.).

Spend some time with Scott Kelby and crew as they share a day in the life of professional photographer Joe McNally (Time, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, etc.). Start in Joe’s studio as they pack for the day’s shoot and travel with Joe and Scott to a photo shoot in NYC. You’ll get an up-close insight on commercial photography – the kind that a photographer reveals when having a conversation with a good friend – and learn not only the “how” of a job, but also the “why” from choice of subject to motivation. Plus, if you’ve ever seen Joe and Scott interact before, you know you’re going to enjoy yourself and laugh a little along the way.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Lesson 1 (Duration 13:08)

Lesson 2: Lesson 2 (Duration 14:20)

Lesson 3: Lesson 3 (Duration 11:23)

Lesson 4: Lesson 4 (Duration 22:44)

Lesson 5: Lesson 5 (Duration 09:52)

Lesson 6: Lesson 6 (Duration 17:45)

Lesson 7: Lesson 7 (Duration 34:44)

Lesson 8: Lesson 8 (Duration 12:24)

Lesson 9: Lesson 9 (Duration 13:45)

Lesson 10: Lesson 10 (Duration 08:41)

Lesson 11: Lesson 11 (Duration 08:31)

Meet Your Instructor: Joe McNally

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New…

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User…


  1. Fun and instructional. Creatively great ideas. Simple and dramatic. Loved the mix of TTL and Quadra for different settings. Joe's photography and instructinal materials have made me a better photographer. Highly recommended.

  2. This one is so good, I just watched it a second time and it's likely I'll watch it again. I picked up so much the first time and learned even more the second time. Geo Joe rules.

  3. Love! I love the photographer. Thank you Kelby you are my hero. So discrete. We all know you are a god of all the techniques, but you asked all of the questions like a newbie so we can all learn. I admire you way

  4. Joe is the man that made me open my eyes to light. He is articulate, informative and entertaining to watch due to his excellent sense of humour. This course is especially great because you get more of an insight into his thought process, not just watch him work. Joe, if you ever come to Toronto, let me buy you a pint!

  5. I positively loved this course. Although I don't have large operation like Joe does (just me) I still leaned allot. I liked the way little details were discussed, from the type of AA chargers he used (this made me feel good since I use the same kind although only 2 not 8), Hoodman HoodLoupe, how to start a shoot and then add lights, etc. I liked Scott asking questions which he felt the audience might ask (I'm sure he knew the answer to). I also liked the photo sessions setups discussions, for example what was wrong with a shot and how to fix it. I love working with small speedlites, so this reenforced a bunch of stuff and introduced more. I have access to several models so I now just need to find an abandoned building in Dayton, Ohio. Thank you so much - really enjoyed it. P.S. - looking forward to getting my Joe McNally TriFlash and my Joe McNally 24-Inch Satin EzyboxHotshoe which I have ordered. Nancy - DayOneDigital

  6. I've read his books and now I've seen the video. I love the "A Day with..." series and Joe was inspirational and in the zone. The concept of balancing flash (aperture) with ambient lighting (shutter) finally makes sense to me after watching the video. The fact that Joe seems so approachable along with a good sense of humor fits well with Scott's interview style. Well done!

  7. I think that this was some of the best time I have spent on continuing education and the best dollars spent. Thank you both to Joe McNally and to Kelby Training for a job well done!!!

  8. A Day with Joe McNally is truly a marvelous adventure of learning. There is so much information packed into a hearty light conversation, that it is simply amazing. Looking at Joe do his work I was literally wowing every photo; dazzled at how tiny changes in the scene completely change the look of the photo. I loved this class.

  9. This is quite possibly the most beneficial video on lighting and general photography that I've seen to date. To see a master like Joe at work is not only educational but also very inspiring. What I love about the video is that it's incredibly clear but also light-hearted and funny making it a pleasure to watch. The interaction between Joe and Scott is helpful as Scott always asks the right questions that the viewer is thinking at that moment. Great job guys!

  10. Great videos! It's amazing how it feels like I'm just having fun and sometimes not even realize that I'm learning so much. Thanks a lot to Mr. McNally and everyone at Kelby Training!

  11. Wow! Joe McNally is a wealth of information. Im always learning something new. He takes a subject that for me would be nearly impossible, and makes it look so easy, so simple. And after watching his video, I think with practice, even I can do it. Thanks Joe!

  12. Lesson 4 is kind of scary. 3 D3x's ($9k each), the $2k lenses and everything else. Had me wondering how the heck anyone could break into the business. I was kinda relieved when in the end he was just using speedlites (which I know Joe loves) and fairly simple setups. Luckily, we dont need 6-8 SB910's at $550 a pop. There are off brands that work quite well.

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