Setup and Shoot: Location Lighting for Challenging Situations, with Joe McNally

Joe McNally takes his amazing lighting techniques to the kinds of locations that clients ask for in sports, editorial, or commercial photography: outside on an unseasonably chilly Florida day, inside a cramped gym, and down in a mucky swamp.

Joe McNally takes his amazing lighting techniques to the kinds of locations that clients ask for in sports, editorial, or commercial photography: outside on an unseasonably chilly Florida day, inside a cramped gym, and down in a mucky swamp. There, he creates some stunning athletic portraits that show you how to manipulate light and capture what can be asked of you in real-life working situations.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Setup - Small Flash at Sunset (Duration 07:09)

Joe gets right to the teaching with the trial and error process behind creating a small flash setup for a sunset shoot in daylight balance with a magenta filter and green flashes.

Lesson 2: Shoot - Small Flash at Sunset (Duration 08:02)

Joe's model arrives (surprise!) and they begin the process to get the shot. You'll see how each successive shot brings Joe closer to what he's envisioned by adapting the setup to suit the subject.

Lesson 3: Setup - Close, Cramped Quarters (Duration 06:11)

Not all locations are perfect. Joe demonstrates what needs to be done when the shoot takes place in a cramped space like a gym with low dark ceilings, mirrors everywhere and tons of heavy equipment by keeping it simple from the start.

Lesson 4: Shoot - Close, Cramped Quarters (Duration 11:12)

By working with the subject, Joe sets about to create the shot that gels with both the existing location and the subject's natural movement to get what he needs in the short time allotted.

Lesson 5: Setup - Swamp Thing (Duration 07:21)

Inspired by countless editorial requests to bring out the monster in an athletic subject, Joe takes to the swamp to scout out the perfect spot to turn a volleyball player into a muddy, mucky, monstrous Swamp Lady.

Lesson 6: Shoot - Swamp Thing (Duration 10:29)

Joe tweaks and fixes until the location, light, effects and costuming come together right.

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…

4 Comments

  1. Joe McNally is the original "Regular Guy" of awesome photography. You learn as much from seeing the troubleshooting on his lcd as any lighting diagram could display. Nicely done.

  2. I love this guys stuff. He is funny and presents his techniques in an easy to understand method. I see great value in these on set kind of courses whereby you are given some insight into the real time thought process involved in solving technical and creative problems that come up on a shoot. This videos are helpful as it closely resembles the kind of situations I find myself in and it's great to see what someone else approach is. Joe McNally is an excellent choice for an instructor.

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