Sketching Light

An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

Author: Joe McNally

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0321712706

Category: Photography

Page: 432

View: 2904

Following up on the great success of The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes, legendary magazine photographer Joe McNally takes us on another memorable ride with Sketching Light, another trip into the land of light--but this time running the gamut from small flash to big flash, and everywhere in between. Of course, Joe includes coverage of Nikon Speedlights, but he also covers big flash, as well as "in-between" lights as the Elinchrom Quadra. The exploration of new technology, as well as the explanation of older technology. No matter what equipment Joe uses and discusses, the most important element of Joe's instruction is that it is straightforward, complete, and honest. No secrets are held back, and the principles he talks about apply generally to the shaping and quality of light, not just to an individual model or brand of flash. He tells readers what works and what doesn't via his let's-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots, and he does it all with the intelligence, clarity, and wisdom that can only come from shooting in the field for 30 years for the likes of National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated--not to mention the wit and humor of a clearly warped (if gifted) mind.
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Sketching Light

An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

Author: Joe McNally

Publisher: New Riders Pub

ISBN: 9780321700902

Category: Computers

Page: 417

View: 8900

Examines how to best work with artificial light when taking photos, covering all types of flash technology, techniques, and lighting styles.
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The Moment It Clicks

Photography secrets from one of the world's top shooters

Author: Joe McNally

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 032171959X

Category: Photography

Page: 272

View: 2501

THE FIRST BOOK WITH ONE FOOT ON THE COFFEE TABLE, AND ONE FOOT IN THE CLASSROOM Joe McNally, one of the world’s top pro digital photographers, whose celebrated work has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, Time, and National Geographic (to name a few), breaks new ground by doing something no photography book has ever done—blending the rich, stunning images and elegant layout of a coffee-table book with the invaluable training, no-nonsense insights, and photography secrets usually found only in those rare, best-of-breed educational books. When Joe’s not on assignment for the biggest-name magazines and Fortune 500 clients, he’s in the classroom teaching location lighting, environmental portraiture, and how to “get the shot” at workshops around the world. These on-location workshops are usually reserved for a handful of photographers each year, but now you can learn the same techniques that Joe shares in his seminars and lectures in a book that brings Joe’s sessions to life. What makes the book so unique is the “triangle of learning” where (1) Joe distills the concept down to one brief sentence. It usually starts with something like, “An editor at National Geographic once told me…” and then he shares one of those hard-earned tricks of the trade that you only get from spending a lifetime behind the lens. Then, (2) on the facing page is one of Joe’s brilliant images that perfectly illustrates the technique (you’ll recognize many of his photos from magazine covers). And (3) you get the inside story of how that shot was taken, including which equipment he used (lens, f/stop, lighting, accessories, etc.), along with the challenges that type of project brings, and how to set up a shot like that of your own. This book also gives you something more. It inspires. It challenges. It informs. But perhaps most importantly, it will help you understand photography and the art of making great photos at a level you never thought possible. This book is packed with those “Ah ha!” moments—those clever insights that make it all come together for you. It brings you that wonderful moment when it suddenly all makes sense—that “moment it clicks.”
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Photography Q&A

Real Questions. Real Answers.

Author: Zack Arias

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 013343463X

Category: Photography

Page: 312

View: 9199

For years, editorial and commercial photographer Zack Arias has been a respected and trusted voice in the photography industry. Known for his photography, his teaching, and his ability to connect with photographers, Zack has long had an “open door” approach to discussing his career–the ups and the downs–and in so doing has provided a straightforward and candid look inside the industry. By consistently showing great work and offering helpful advice, he has built a large, loyal readership that looks to him for guidance in navigating the currents of a difficult and dynamic industry. Now, Zack finds yet another way to cut through the noise and offer truly valuable information to those struggling to make their way through the twists and turns of an ever-changing landscape. In Photography Q&A, Zack answers over 100 questions that he fielded directly from the public. These are questions that range across all aspects of the photo industry: gear, marketing, street photography, vision, pricing, branding, light, models, work/life balance, technical advice, and much more. From how to “put yourself out there” and start to get jobs, to how to get paid for those jobs when the client is slow to cut the check–and everything in between– Photography Q&A answers many of the pressing questions that photographers are asking, but until now have not been addressed. The book also includes intermittent “Visual Intermission” sections–where Zack discusses individual images that were milestones in his development as a photographer–as well as worksheets on topics such as pricing and costs that help photographers to “know their numbers.” With all this material, and with insightful, honest answers that come straight from Zack’s experience as a photographer who has seen it all (or at least a lot of it), Photography Q&A is an essential resource for any photographer looking for the real answers to the real questions in the industry today.
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Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait

Author: Michael Grecco

Publisher: Amphoto Books

ISBN: 9780817442279

Category: Photography

Page: 192

View: 8976

The secrets of great portraits are shared with photographers at every level in this resource that includes sections on cameras, illumination, film and digital, lighting set-ups, creativity and conceptualization, connecting with the subject, and having a point of view. Original.
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The Hot Shoe Diaries

Big Light from Small Flashes

Author: Joe McNally

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 9780321719584

Category: Photography

Page: 320

View: 2349

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.
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Photographing Shadow and Light

Inside the Dramatic Lighting Techniques and Creative Vision of Portrait Photographer Joey L.

Author: L. Joey,Lawrence L.,Jeff Kent

Publisher: Amphoto Books

ISBN: 0817400141

Category: Photography

Page: 176

View: 1576

A behind-the-lens guide by an acclaimed master instructs readers on professional lighting and portrait techniques while sharing informative anecdotes, technical notes, and lighting diagrams.
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Studio and Location Lighting Secrets for Digital Photographers

Author: Rick Sammon,Vered Koshlano

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470570432

Category: Photography

Page: 272

View: 1663

Improve your photography with more than 200 lighting tips from a top photographer Written by Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon and leading fashion and studio photographer Vered Koshlano, this guide is packed with professional advice on the essential element of photography: lighting. It provides detailed information and insider secrets that are bound to make you a better photographer. You'll learn the basics of studio lighting as well as how to achieve special effects. A 90-minute DVD is included, with additional tips on using reflectors, diffusers, accessory flashes, and more. Explores the basics of studio lighting in various situations Features more than 200 lighting tips and secrets for planning and taking the most impressive digital images in the studio Compares available camera equipment, accessories, software, and printing options Covers post-shoot digital darkroom techniques and workflow tips and tricks Companion DVD includes advice on making the most of accessories such as diffusers, reflectors, and accessory flashes Written by two top professional photographers and illustrated with full-color examples Studio and Location Lighting Secrets provides information from the pros to improve your photograpic skills. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
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The Light and the Life

Field Notes from a Photographer

Author: Joe McNally

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0134077091

Category: Photography

Page: 199

View: 5731

I've gotten a lot of requests the past few years to make a keepsake, a compilation if you will, of the favorites from the blog. It’s easy to miss a blog post—anyone’s post—because the rush of day-to-day life intercedes. This book gives me a chance to put some favorite posts together in one place, and to collect a lot of thoughts, feelings, and lessons into something coherent. It’s humorous, educational, and most of all, real. Editing for this book was like editing pictures. You pick the ones that resonate, have the potential for memory, and possess some sort of emotional or stylistic connection. The following 25 stories are a cross section of the most popular, educational, and madcap posts from the blog. The ones that have struck a chord with readers. The book has two sections—“The Light” and “The Life.” The Light section deals with the nuts and bolts of using flash and crafting light. There's a bunch of techniques, strategies, truisms, and gear talk. The Life section is about a photographic life, about being a shooter—which is sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, but hopefully, at the end of the day, anecdotally educational. Writing the blog has been different from writing a book because it’s less formal, and a little more raw. I have occasionally written about times gone by, and events I've had a chance to reflect on. On other occasions, a blog has spontaneously sprung from the events in the field that day, from the frustration of getting on an airplane with a lot of photo gear to dealing with a difficult subject or client. It’s the unedited rushes of the photographic experience. It veers from considered commentary, to technical lessons, to quick, funny riffs about the exasperating, goofy stuff of any given day in the field. It's quick off the mark, and an honest account of just how wonderful, amazing, crazy, sad, frustrating, rewarding, disheartening, and ultimately glorious it is to be a visual storyteller. - Joe
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Gregory Heisler, 50 Portraits

Stories and Techniques from a Photographer's Photographer

Author: Gregory Heisler

Publisher: Amphoto Books

ISBN: 0823085651

Category: Photography

Page: 224

View: 4747

A collection of images and behind-the-lens insights by the photographer includes dozens of portraits of celebrities, athletes, and world leaders accompanied by essays on his creative and technical processes.
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Speedliter's Handbook

Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites

Author: Syl Arena

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0134008669

Category: Photography

Page: 456

View: 2143

For those new to flash photography—or for anyone who has previously given up out of frustration—Speedliter’s Handbook, Second Edition, is a revelation. Follow along as photographer Syl Arena takes you on a journey that begins with an exploration of light and color, moves through a comprehensive discussion of the Canon Speedlite family and all of the accessories and equipment available to the Speedliter, and finally, explores crafting great light in one photo shoot after another. Whether you want to make a classic portrait, photograph a group, capture an important event, or create dramatic color effects in your images, Speedliter’s Handbook shows you how. In this fully updated second edition, Syl includes all of the newest Canon gear—including the radio-enabled 600EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3 Transmitter—to ensure that you are completely up to date on all of the components in the Speedlite system. He also includes a downloadable online supplement on the brand-new 430EX III-RT Speedlite. Plus, he covers his newest best practices and workflows so you can make the most of your Canon gear. In this new edition, you’ll learn how to: see the various properties of light itself, as well as the differences between how your camera sees versus how you see use all the buttons and dials of the entire Canon Speedlite family—from the flagship 600EX-RT and the new 430EX III-RT to vintage models like the 550EX understand the basics of on-camera flash . . . and the benefits of getting your Speedlite off the camera beautifully balance flash with the existing ambient light get amazing shots with just one Speedlite, all the way up to a dozen Speedlites use the right Speedlite mode for the job: E-TTL, Manual, Multi, and more use color gels to balance color, as well as create dramatic effects tame the sun—or any really bright light—with high-speed sync use Speedlites when photographing groups and events choose your camera’s exposure settings to capture the shot that you truly want and much, much more
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Faces of Ground Zero

Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001

Author: Editors of Life Magazine,Joe McNally,Rudolph Giuliani

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780316523707

Category: Current Events

Page: 160

View: 7163

LIFE Magazine photographer Joe McNally presents 150 photographs taken with his one-of-a-kind camera, a 12-foot by 12-foot high Polaroid which takes pictures 40 inches wide by 80 inches tall - larger than life-size. The series presents the (mostly) anonymous heroes of Ground Zero.
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The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5167

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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The Tenth Circle

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416538291

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

Page: 400

View: 1923

Jodi Picoult, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Vanishing Acts," offers her most powerful chronicle yet of an American family with a story that probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child--and the dangerous repercussions of trying to play the hero.
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The Practice & Science of Drawing

with 93 illustrations & diagrams

Author: Harold Speed

Publisher: J.B. Lippincott

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drawing

Page: 296

View: 3664

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Creative Portrait Photography

Innovative Digital Portraiture to Reveal the Inner Subject

Author: Natalie Dybisz

Publisher: Ilex Press

ISBN: 1781570140

Category: Photography

Page: 160

View: 3179

The very best portrait photography strives to give the viewer access into their subject?s inner self; to provide a window into their soul. With the advent of the digital age and the potential afforded by post-processing, a whole generation of photographic artists has access to greater creative possibilities than ever before. Spearheading this new breed of creative photographer is author Natalie Dybisz, better known in the photographic community as Miss Aniela. Devoted to exploring portraiture at its most creative portraits with context, story, and constructed elements Creative Portrait Photography takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes journey through the creation of Natalie Dybisz?s innovative digital portraits, from first concept to post-processing. Also featuring an extensive showcase chapter in which other photographer-artist?s work and working methods are laid bare, Creative Portrait Photography has everything you need to inspire you and transform your perspective on portrait photography.
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LIFE Guide to Digital Photography

Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros

Author: Joe McNally,Editors of Life

Publisher: Life

ISBN: 9781603201278

Category: Photography

Page: 256

View: 4306

Photography has been the business and the passion of LIFE since the original weekly magazine's inception in 1936, and it continues to be the business and passion of LIFE Books and LIFE.com in the new millennium. But photography has surely changed during these many decades. The rigs and gear of old have given way-first slowly, then all at once-to sleek miracle machines that process pixels and have made the darkroom obsolete. The casual photog puts eye to lens, sets everything on auto and captures a photograph that is . . . perfectly fine. One of LIFE's master shooters-in fact, the final in the long line of distinguished LIFE staff photographers-was Joe McNally, and he has always believed that with a little preparation and care, with a dash of enthusiasm and daring added to the equation, anyone can make a better photo-anyone can turn a "keeper" into a treasure. This was true in days of yore, and it's true in the digital age. Your marvelous new camera, fresh from its box, can indeed perform splendid feats. Joe explains in this book how to take best advantage of what it was designed to do, and also when it is wise to outthink your camera or push your camera-to go for the gold, to create that indelible family memory that you will have blown up as large as the technology will allow, and that will hang on the wall forevermore. As the storied LIFE photographer and photo editor John Loengard points out in his eloquent foreword to this volume, there are cameras and there are cameras, and they've always been able to do tricks. And then there is photography. Other guides may give you the one, two, three of producing a reasonably well exposed shot, but Joe McNally and the editors of LIFE can give you that, and then can show you how to make a picture. In a detailed, friendly, conversational, anecdotal, sometimes rollicking way, that's what they do in these pages. Prepare to click.
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The Art of Game Design

A Book of Lenses, Second Edition

Author: Jesse Schell

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1498759564

Category: Computers

Page: 600

View: 1981

Good game design happens when you view your game from as many perspectives as possible. Written by one of the world's top game designers, The Art of Game Design presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, puzzle design, and anthropology. This Second Edition of a Game Developer Front Line Award winner: Describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design Demonstrates how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in top-quality video games Contains valuable insight from Jesse Schell, the former chair of the International Game Developers Association and award-winning designer of Disney online games The Art of Game Design, Second Edition gives readers useful perspectives on how to make better game designs faster. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.
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