Using Small Flashes, with Joe McNally

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

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:06)

What are hot shoe flashes and why to avoid the straight flash

Lesson 2: PreFlash (Duration 02:42)

Reading your flash's LCD and making your small flash large

Lesson 3: Logic of the Light (Duration 01:42)

Bouncing the flash off a white wall will create a more pleasing effect

Lesson 4: Don't Forget to Look Up (Duration 01:49)

Use the ceiling to bounce light onto the subject

Lesson 5: Master Flash (Duration 02:10)

Your on-camera flash can be used to control other off-camera flashes.

Lesson 6: Flash Menu (Duration 02:07)

Programming the on-camera master flash to direct remote flashes.

Lesson 7: Multiple Lights (Duration 02:15)

Beginning to use more than one flash to light the subject.

Lesson 8: Experiment With One Flash (Duration 02:49)

Program the master to use only the off-camera flash

Lesson 9: Embrace Your Mistakes (Duration 01:57)

Recover your image by making adjustments to the flash settings.

Lesson 10: Diffuse the Light (Duration 02:30)

Diffuse the light with a tri-grip reflector

Lesson 11: Sophisticated Light (Duration 01:36)

Create more elegant light with an overhead flash and a hand-held tri-grip

Lesson 12: Increase the Volume of Light (Duration 03:17)

Using a c-stand with a skylight panel to create a softbox effect

Lesson 13: Keep Adjusting (Duration 02:51)

Bouncing multiple lights off the wall

Lesson 14: Attachments (Duration 03:09)

Introducing a small softbox into the photo shoot

Lesson 15: Working Through Problems (Duration 01:33)

Diffusing the softbox even further with a hand-held reflector

Lesson 16: One Overhead Source (Duration 01:23)

This setup features two strobes firing through a panel from above the subject

Lesson 17: Floor Skip (Duration 02:50)

Bouncing a strobe off the floor as a fill light

Lesson 18: Using a Third Group (Duration 04:16)

Bringing in a third strobe to use as a backlight

Lesson 19: Enhancing the Light Even Further (Duration 00:56)

Bring in a little more glow with a reflector for the fill light

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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