Taking the Next Step with SB800 Flashes, with Joe McNally

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

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

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Exploring the Possibilities (Duration 01:47)

Joe introduces this new class on hot shoe flash photography and discusses some of the things you will be learning along the way

Lesson 2: Zero Out the Camera (Duration 03:45)

It is important to reset the levels in your camera and begin every photo shoot with a good starting point

Lesson 3: One Light Approach (Duration 09:35)

Getting started by hot shoeing the flash and moving on to using an umbrella and remote groups

Lesson 4: Changing the Light (Duration 05:21)

Arrange the strobes using Justin clamps and create an overhead lighting setup

Lesson 5: Small Variations (Duration 01:51)

Just a slight change in your subjects position can radically alter the lighting results

Lesson 6: Extreme Shadows (Duration 08:38)

Harsh shadows falling on your subject can create a very dramatic effect

Lesson 7: Working With Your Subject (Duration 02:39)

It is very important to communicate with your subject about what your vision for the image is

Lesson 8: Adjusting the Quality of Light (Duration 19:58)

Working with strobes to create a profile or edge light effect that will outline your subject

Lesson 9: Hard Edge Portrait (Duration 07:34)

Bring in a third C group of light and experiment to find the photo you like

Lesson 10: The Benefits of an Organized Set (Duration 02:12)

A C-stand with three legs of different heights allows for more options and better organization

Lesson 11: Softening the Light (Duration 06:06)

Using dome diffusers and screens to soften the light on your subject

Lesson 12: Never Neglect the Floor (Duration 07:24)

Bouncing a light off of the floor is an effective way to illuminate your subject

Lesson 13: Location Assessment (Duration 03:28)

When first coming to a new location, examine the surroundings and think through the look and feel of your shoot

Lesson 14: Skew the Lights (Duration 03:40)

You can vary the intensity of your lights if they are coming at your subject from different distances

Lesson 15: Cut the Light (Duration 02:04)

Using a solid to gradate the light coming through the panel

Lesson 16: Controlling Strobes Behind You (Duration 03:18)

You can use a cable to control your strobe commander when shooting in front of your lights

Lesson 17: Big Light Source (Duration 06:30)

Trying to recreate a natural light by using a large panel with multiple strobes behind it

Lesson 18: Drag the Shutter (Duration 06:43)

Sometimes you will need to slow your shutter speed in lower light conditions

Lesson 19: Just Go For It (Duration 02:06)

Remember, pixels are free. When you have your subject in a good pose, shoot as many pictures as you can

Lesson 20: Simulate Natural Light (Duration 04:40)

You have to be creative in conditions when available light is no longer available

Lesson 21: Singular Light (Duration 01:51)

Using a singe light source means that your subject will have a limited range of motion

Lesson 22: Conclusion (Duration 01:46)

Thanks for coming along with us as we moved from the studio to location shooting

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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