Photographing Motion Outdoor, with Joe McNally

This class is all about different ways of capturing motion with a still camera.

Join Joe McNally for a day of on-location shooting as he demonstrates different techniques for showing the world in motion. From capturing a moving cyclist on a wooded trail to showing the motion of flowing fabric and hair to creating a complex scene with a moving ambulance, Joe steps you through the process of pulling all of the pieces together and then modifying them on the fly to meet real world conditions. Every shoot has its challenges and you get a front row seat watching a master draw on years of experience to make the adjustments needed to get the shot.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Panning with Strobe: Part 1 (Duration 11:11)

Join Joe on location at a bike trail as he introduces the class and then jumps right into demonstrating a panning technique with strobe for showing motion.

Lesson 2: Panning with Strobe: Part 2 (Duration 16:29)

Learning from previous attempts Joe makes a few modifications to improve the shot.

Lesson 3: Remote Mounting the Camera: Part 1 (Duration 05:20)

For this scenario the camera is mounted on the bike and then remotely operated by Joe via radio trigger.

Lesson 4: Remote Mounting the Camera: Part 2 (Duration 06:07)

With the camera mounted Joe makes some additional adjustments for exposure and focus in similar conditions to when the rider is on the trail.

Lesson 5: Remote Mounting the Camera: Part 3 (Duration 07:22)

Time to hit the trail and take some shots in motion. Additional adjustments will need to be made based on the real conditions.

Lesson 6: Capturing Fabric Movement: Part 1 (Duration 06:00)

Revisiting an old location from a previous class, Joe adds elements of motion through a wind machine blowing on a model's clothing and hair.

Lesson 7: Capturing Fabric Movement: Part 2 (Duration 07:00)

As the shoot evolves Joe reduces the shutter speed to introduce more blur.

Lesson 8: Vehicles in Motion: Part 1 (Duration 06:34)

The final project involves a more complex shoot involving a moving ambulance that is lit via strobe on the inside while capturing motion on the outside.

Lesson 9: Vehicles in Motion: Part 2 (Duration 02:30)

The realities of the actual shoot always dictate modifications needed to make the shoot work. In this segment Joe looks for a better background with more ambient light.

Lesson 10: Vehicles in Motion: Part 3 (Duration 06:30)

After reviewing the shots so far the decision is made to introduce more external light to the hood of the vehicle to compensate for the lack of ambient light.

Lesson 11: Conclusion (Duration 02:45)

The shooting day has come to an end and Joe takes some time to look back at what worked, what didn't, and what was learned from the experience.

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…


  1. This is why I love watching Joe's classes - it's not perfect world's real world what do you do when your pants are on fire. I was not thinking of using light and slow shutter speeds as slow as Joe does in these I am pumped up to try them out. Thanks Joe!

  2. This is the worst class I have ever seen here. His techniques are old and he should watch Dave Black's videos and learn new things. I respect the man but if you don't evolve you will stay behind (biggest lesson learned after watching these videos)

  3. I'm curious why you did not try using rear curtain sync when shooting the bike rider in motion. Since you're using flash, wouldn't rear curtain sync create a sharper bike rider while still giving you the motion blur you were looking for? -Robby

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