Taking the Next Step with SB800 Flashes By Joe McNally

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Famed photographer Joe McNally demonstrates some more advanced techniques using flashes.

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Joe introduces this new class on hot shoe flash photography and discusses some of the things you will be learning along the way
It is important to reset the levels in your camera and begin every photo shoot with a good starting point
Getting started by hot shoeing the flash and moving on to using an umbrella and remote groups
Arrange the strobes using Justin clamps and create an overhead lighting setup
Just a slight change in your subjects position can radically alter the lighting results
Harsh shadows falling on your subject can create a very dramatic effect
It is very important to communicate with your subject about what your vision for the image is
Working with strobes to create a profile or edge light effect that will outline your subject
Bring in a third C group of light and experiment to find the photo you like
A C-stand with three legs of different heights allows for more options and better organization
Using dome diffusers and screens to soften the light on your subject
Bouncing a light off of the floor is an effective way to illuminate your subject
When first coming to a new location, examine the surroundings and think through the look and feel of your shoot
You can vary the intensity of your lights if they are coming at your subject from different distances
Using a solid to gradate the light coming through the panel
You can use a cable to control your strobe commander when shooting in front of your lights
Trying to recreate a natural light by using a large panel with multiple strobes behind it
Sometimes you will need to slow your shutter speed in lower light conditions
Remember, pixels are free. When you have your subject in a good pose, shoot as many pictures as you can
You have to be creative in conditions when available light is no longer available
Using a singe light source means that your subject will have a limited range of motion
Thanks for coming along with us as we moved from the studio to location shooting
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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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