Creative Lighting for Photographers, with Joe McNally

Joe McNally takes you to, what only can be called not the prettiest of locations to teach you just how far a little creative lighting can take your shot... and tell a story.

Joe McNally takes you to, what only can be called not the prettiest of locations to teach you just how far a little creative lighting can take your shot… and tell a story. Join him as he uses a lot of different lights in a lot of different ways to tell a story with a beautifully lit, if not so beautiful, ending.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Describing the Scene (Duration 03:11)

Joe has brought his people out to a dark, dusty motel for a noir-themed photo shoot

Lesson 2: Transforming Light Sources (Duration 08:55)

Using a bed sheet and a single light source for the initial setup

Lesson 3: Altering the Mood (Duration 06:28)

Making the shots more melancholy just by changing the level of exposure

Lesson 4: Single SB900 Flash (Duration 10:22)

Using the single flash through the bed sheet provides a big, diffused light source that I very versatile

Lesson 5: Hard Light (Duration 05:51)

Strengthening the light source casts dramatic shadows and changes the fee of the image

Lesson 6: Snapping Away (Duration 05:15)

Working through the shoot with different positions and clothing

Lesson 7: Lots of Drama (Duration 08:39)

Changing makeup, wardrobe, and creating a new lighting setup to add some more drama to the scene

Lesson 8: Creepy Color (Duration 04:38)

Using gels on the headlights of cars to add some colored light to the crime scene

Lesson 9: Crime Scene Shoot (Duration 07:45)

Joe works with different lighting groups, multiple subjects, different colored gels - all to get one shot!

Lesson 10: High Speed Synch (Duration 05:36)

Shooting skateboarding action using a flash synched at high shutter speeds

Lesson 11: Skate Park Shoot (Duration 08:35)

Using a bank of flashes with remote triggers and fast shutter speeds

Lesson 12: Action Shots (Duration 02:57)

Trying to keep up with the fast moves of a skate boarding subject

Lesson 13: Bits and Pieces (Duration 07:48)

Everyone is working out their best moves and trying to find the great shots among the not-so-great ones

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…

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  1. You can't get this kind of instruction in a class or in a book. You're on location with a brilliant photographer absorbing what he does as he explains it. Priceless.

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