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The Hot Shoe Diaries : Big Light from Small Flashes

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When it comes to photography, it's all about the light.After spending more than thirty years behind the lens-working for National Geographic, Time, Life, andSports Illustrated-Joe McNally knows about light. He knows how to talk about it, shape it, color it, control it, and direct it. Most importantly, he knows how to create it...using small hot shoe flashes.In The Hot Shoe Diaries, Joe brings you behind the scenes to candidly share his lighting solutions for a ton of great images. Using Nikon Speedlights, Joe lets you in on his uncensored thought process-often funny, sometimes serious, always fascinating-to demonstrate how he makes his pictures with these small flashes. Whether he's photographing a gymnast on the Great Wall, an alligator in a swamp, or a fire truck careening through Times Square, Joe uses these flashes to create great light that makes his pictures sing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 203.2 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 929.86g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • New Riders Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • Original
  • w. col. figs.
  • 0321580141
  • 9780321580146
  • 23,441

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When it comes to photography, it's all about the light. After spending more than thirty years behind the lens-working for "National Geographic," "Time," "Life," and" Sports Illustrated"-Joe McNally knows about light. He knows how to talk about it, shape it, color it, control it, and direct it. Most importantly, he knows how to create it...using small hot shoe flashes. In "The Hot Shoe Diaries," Joe brings you behind the scenes to candidly share his lighting solutions for a ton of great images. Using Nikon Speedlights, Joe lets you in on his uncensored thought process-often funny, sometimes serious, always fascinating-to demonstrate how he makes his pictures with these small flashes. Whether he's photographing a gymnast on the Great Wall, an alligator in a swamp, or a fire truck careening through Times Square, Joe uses these flashes to create great light that makes his pictures sing.show more

About Joe McNally

JOE McNALLY is an internationally acclaimed American photographer and longtime photojournalist. His most notable series is "Faces of Ground Zero-Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th," a collection of giant Polaroid portraits. He also photographed "The Future of Flying," the first all-digital story for National Geographic. His award-winning work has appeared in numerous magazines and, in 2008, Joe wrote the critically acclaimed and bestselling book The Moment It Clicks.show more

Table of contents

Part I Nuts 'n' BoltsWhat I Use...and Why and When I Use ItA Little Bit of Dis and a Little Bit of Dat Da GripPart II One Light!A Place to Put the LightUp to Your Ass in Alligators Good Bad LightA Light in the DoorwayThe Swamp, RevisitedTune in to Station "i-TT L" Up on the RoofHow to Light a FenceCheap Arena LightingMake the SunriseLight as a FeatherFather Pre-FlashThe "Killer Flick of Light"How to Light an ElfMake the Available Light UnavailablePut Stuff in Front of Your LightsDad!80 Plus 20 Equals Good LightLacey LightStrobe StrategySmoke and WindowsHakeem the DreamFP Means Good DOFFlash in Real LifeLight `Em Dano!It Don't Gotta Be Human to Light ItThe Lady with the Light in the LakeOne Light in the Parking LotOne Light in the WindowOne Light in the GardenPart III Two or MoreShow the Tattoo! Or, The Remarkable Rehabilitationof the Notorious BubblesGellin'Quick Rigs for 30-Second PortraitureDo You Have a Bedsheet?Window Light Is a Beautiful ThingSmooth LightWhen in VeniceDancer in the RuinsIt's Right There on PaperShadow ManFaces in the ForestDynamic DancingGettin' FancyThis One Goes to ElevenSome Light ConversationGroups!Lighting Kit for the Creepy-Guy-in-the-Alley ShotLet There Be Light!Part IV Lotsa LightsHow to Give Birth to a SpeedlightA Great Wall of LightNorthern LightThe Tree of WoeHow to Build a Backyard StudioDon't Light It, Light Around ItGoin' Glam and Throwin' SparksAnd Now for Something Completely DifferentBeach LightPlane, But Not SimpleRollin' with Pride of MidtownAppendix: What's This Button Do?Indexshow more

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The book is very interesting for people that know what they are doing. It gives you an insight into Joe's mind. In my opinion it is best used to give ideas about how to set shoots, to inspire you. This is not a how to guide!show more
by Todor Kolev
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