Lighting for Environmental Portraits, with Joe McNally

The setting is just as important as the subject, and the goal is to merge those two elements together in front of the camera.

As Joe McNally says, an Environmental Portrait is a Face in a Place. The setting is just as important as the subject, and the goal is to merge those two elements together in front of the camera. Join Joe as he takes viewers on three different shoots and tries to find the right mix of lighting, detail, and atmosphere to tell the story.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Irish Pub: Location Assessment (Duration 05:56)

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Lesson 2: Irish Pub: Lighting Adjustments (Duration 05:11)

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Lesson 3: Irish Pub: Collaboration (Duration 08:53)

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Lesson 4: Irish Pub: Secondary Setup (Duration 02:43)

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Lesson 5: Irish Pub: Individual Pics and Recap (Duration 05:08)

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Lesson 6: Firehouse: Manual Strobes (Duration 02:22)

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Lesson 7: Firehouse: FNG (Duration 02:12)

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Lesson 8: Firehouse: Lighting with Rangers (Duration 02:51)

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Lesson 9: Firehouse: Group Shot (Duration 08:22)

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Lesson 10: Firehouse: Controlling the Light (Duration 03:09)

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Lesson 11: Garage: TriFlash (Duration 03:25)

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Lesson 12: Garage: Diffuser (Duration 01:36)

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Lesson 13: Garage: Found Objects (Duration 02:44)

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Lesson 14: Garage: Recap (Duration 04:52)

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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. Joe, I have the opportunity to work with the Scott National Firefighter Combat Challenge in Milwaukee, WI on Sept 12th and 13th. I've watched you video 3-4 times and am comfortable with the lighting setups. I want to be able to pull of a similar setup for the fire fighters in attendance on Friday night. I was curious if you might share your camera settings to get a ballpark starting point, as I know the light can always shift from night to night and truck to truck. I have enlisted the help of one of my local stations to be used as a guinea pig in a couple of nights, but though I might get a head start from you. I appreciate any and all assistance that you might be able to offer. I love your courses and have been a kelby subscriber for 2 yrs now.

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