Shelves: libros-en-casa , books Joe McNally is an awesome photographer. He is a master of environmental portrait, and his work for National Geographic, Life, Time has helped shape what I consider a good photography. Understandably, I was very excited about this book. What it is a not: a technical handbook.
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Shelves: libros-en-casa , books Joe McNally is an awesome photographer. He is a master of environmental portrait, and his work for National Geographic, Life, Time has helped shape what I consider a good photography. Understandably, I was very excited about this book. What it is a not: a technical handbook. Look elsewhere if you want tables, diagrams, settings.
What little is in terms of technical references is about Nikon gear. You have been warned. He only uses portable flashes Nikon Speedlights, what Canon calls Speedlites , so you will not find anything about studio or continual lights.
What it is: a very interesting glimpse into the way he approaches shoots, and his problem solving method to light a given situation. Instead of taking photos specifically to illustrate concept, he draws on his amazing portfolio to explain how different photos where taken. The good: he is thought provoking and encouraging.
He shares his process candidly, advocates going out and shooting, and using the gear we have. He shows how great results can be obtained with a reasonable investment. The photos selected are gorgeous and cover a wide variety of topics. Not-so-good: He strives to be a down-to-earth, regular guy, and he uses colorful language and pop culture references liberally.
However, the anecdotal style becomes repetitive after a while, and it becomes difficult to remember where a given nugget of advice or information was. I understand, it is a diary, not a handbook, but a summary of key points for each chapter would have been great. And more diagrams, I found the sketches he posted in some chapters way more clear than long winded descriptions of where the flashes were.
Also a note about technology: the problem solving approach is obviously the main lesson here, but he spends significant time discussing how he set the flashes to ensure the optical flash triggering worked.
In almost 10 years since this book was published, we have got reliable and affordable RF triggering systems, increasingly incorporated in the flashes and cameras. We have drones, we have smartphones apps that we can use to control our cameras, we have Chinese flash alternatives that lower the price tag of the equipment. Keep the approach, move with the times. Probably most every skilled photographer knows the technicalities behind the techniques Joe uses.
The difference lies in that Joe takes everything up ten notches. To read this book is to be humbled. Recommended to Nate D by: Parents Shelves: non-fiction , read-in A flashy little book about flash photography. McNally is a little rambly and over-colloquial some of the time, but he also knows his stuff, so this is full of useful practical adivce for increasing your lighting options anywhere you may be shooting.
Especially useful to me because: 1. McNally is nearly always in the field, which is vastly more interesting than studio work 2. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
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