Using Small Flashes By Joe McNally

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Professional photographer Joe McNally shares some of his insight on using the small, hot shoe flashes on the set and on location.

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What are hot shoe flashes and why to avoid the straight flash
Reading your flash's LCD and making your small flash large
Bouncing the flash off a white wall will create a more pleasing effect
Use the ceiling to bounce light onto the subject
Your on-camera flash can be used to control other off-camera flashes.
Programming the on-camera master flash to direct remote flashes.
Beginning to use more than one flash to light the subject.
Program the master to use only the off-camera flash
Recover your image by making adjustments to the flash settings.
Diffuse the light with a tri-grip reflector
Create more elegant light with an overhead flash and a hand-held tri-grip
Using a c-stand with a skylight panel to create a softbox effect
Bouncing multiple lights off the wall
Introducing a small softbox into the photo shoot
Diffusing the softbox even further with a hand-held reflector
This setup features two strobes firing through a panel from above the subject
Bouncing a strobe off the floor as a fill light
Bringing in a third strobe to use as a backlight
Bring in a little more glow with a reflector for the fill light
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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 York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photog...

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    What about using a small flash do you deal with the challenges that come with flashes outdoor? how do you position the flash when it is off camera to properly light a couple,children or a group?

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    Wonderful Course – Now it’s time to put it into action – looking forward to seeing more videos from Joe —- Yes, please post my feedback

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