Joe McNally @joemcnally

Internationally Acclaimed Photographer





About 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 photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and, currently, an ongoing 23-year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications. Joe was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography and described by the magazine as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today".

Joe's Courses

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    Photographing Motion Indoors, with Joe McNally

    Join Joe McNally for a series of on-location shoots as he demonstrates different techniques for revealing people and objects in motion. From capturing an aerial dancer on a… Learn more

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    Photographing Motion Outdoor, with Joe McNally

    Join Joe McNally for a day of on-location shooting as he demonstrates different techniques for showing the world in motion. From capturing a moving cyclist on a wooded… Learn more

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    Behind the Lens: In-Depth Portfolio Reviews, with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby, with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby

    Join Joe and Scott for an evening of no-holds-barred portfolio critiques, stories, and laughs. Joe graciously provides his expert, constructive insights to help beginners and experienced shooters alike… Learn more

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    The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series, with Joe McNally and Mia McCormick

    Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Joe McNally, an internationally acclaimed photographer, for an inspirational hour of conversation that spans Joe’s 30 year career. Joe has… Learn more

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    Making Great Photos in Bad Weather, with Joe McNally

    Don't let bad weather ruin your next photo shoot. Learn how to make great photographs with Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed photographer, as he calls upon his years of… Learn more

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    Dancers in Flight with Beautiful Light, with Joe McNally

    What do you get when you team up world class dancers with internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally? In a word, brilliance! Join Joe as he employs a series… Learn more

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    Light, Shadow and Motion, with Joe McNally

    This class is all about matching a light to a move, where you start out with the set as an empty box that you fill with your creativity… Learn more

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    A Day with Joe McNally, with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby

    Spend some time with Scott Kelby and crew as they share a day in the life of professional photographer Joe McNally (Time, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, etc.).… Learn more

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    Setup and Shoot: Location Lighting for Challenging Situations, with Joe McNally

    Joe McNally takes his amazing lighting techniques to the kinds of locations that clients ask for in sports, editorial, or commercial photography: outside on an unseasonably chilly Florida… Learn more

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    Accelerated Corporate Portraiture, with Joe McNally

    In this course, Joe McNally brings viewers along on a day of corporate photography. During this day-long shoot, Joe gives a series of examples of executive portraits and… Learn more

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    Mastering Multiple Exposures Using Advanced Flash Techniques, with Joe McNally

    If learning advanced flash techniques from a legendary photographer gets you excited, then get ready for a serious adrenaline boost! Join Joe McNally as he teaches advanced lighting… Learn more

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    Lighting for Indoor Sports Portraits, with Joe McNally

    From pros to amateurs (and even kids), sports portrait photography has never been more popular. Join Joe McNally as he walks you through the lighting setups for several… Learn more

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    Lighting for Environmental Portraits, with Joe McNally

    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… Learn more

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    Shooting with the Elinchrom Quadra System, with Joe McNally

    The Elinchrom Quadra lighting system is a frontier unit, meaning that it goes beyond the power of a small flash while still being lighter and more portable than… Learn more

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    Creative Lighting for Photographers, with Joe McNally

    Joe McNally takes you to, what only can be called not the prettiest of locations to teach you just how far a little creative lighting can take your… Learn more

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    Photographing with One Light, with Joe McNally

    Ever been told to work lighter, faster, better and with less gear? Well Joe McNally's latest class dives right in and shows you what's possible with just one… Learn more

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    Working with Nikon SB-900 Flashes, with Joe McNally

    Join Joe McNally as he explores the creative possibilities of Nikon's new SB-900 flash, and teaches you how to get professional results with your photography each and every… Learn more

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    Light Shaping Tools, Part 2, with Joe McNally

    Photographer Joe McNally vocalizes his thought process as he lights and shoots a mix of indoor and outdoor locations in New Mexico. Learn more

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    Corporate Photography, with Joe McNally

    Photographer Joe McNally has some advice on getting through some of the common obstacles that get in the way when working in corporate photography. Learn more

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    Taking the Next Step with SB800 Flashes, with Joe McNally

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

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    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. Learn more

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    Light Shaping Tools, with Joe McNally

    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… Learn more

Joe's Upcoming Events

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    Cleveland, OH, with Joe McNally

    This tour is all about creating great lighting with just one, or two, flashes. All day, lighting problems, solutions, tactics and strategies will be demonstrated, live, using simple… Learn more

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    Characters On Location Shoot Workshop, with Joe McNally

    On Location shoot with characters that could include Firefighters, ballerinas, fashion models, circus folks. Interesting people in an interesting place. Big flash. Small flash. Constant light. Available light.… Learn more