Light Shaping Tools By Joe McNally

1 hr 28 min

In this course we’ll examine various light shaping tools and how to speak with light. We’ll investigate how these light shaping tools can produce dramatic and different portrait solutions.

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Course Introduction from Joe McNally
Quick introduction into light shaping tools.
Overview of the SB800 system
Explanation of custom tripod setup.
The Process of placing the light.
Making the studio comfortable.
Relating to your subject.
How the direction of light affects the portrait.
How the size of the light affects the feel of the light, while introducing the diffuser.
Continuation of the diffuser in front of the main light, and adding the tri-grip reflector.
Diffusing the light in a different way.
How you affect power output and F-stop.
Changing the power and distance of the light source.
Changing the angle of the light.
Techniques for gradating the light source.
Soft Box construction and approach.
Working your way towards a good picture.
Square? Octa? Choosing your light shaping tool.
How a fill card opens up shadows.
Noticing things about your subject and following up.
Using the floor as a light source.
Fashion and Fun on the set.
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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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    Is there anybody better than Joe McNally. This guy is a master of working out problems with lighting and a risk taker to make terrific pictures.

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    Great and informative! Joe really knows what he’s talking about. Although I don’t use studio lights, I learnt a lot about the different light sources you can purchase and how to use them!

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