responsiveslider_lol_02 The Language of Light DVD - More
MeetJoe_02 Meet Joe McNally - More
inthebag What’s in the Bag? - More

News and Notes

Sep 18

In News at 11:55am

Just had a conversation with my buddy Bill today. Both of us noted with wry satisfaction and a collective sigh of relief that we seemed to have dodged the current economic bullet by both continuing to endeavor in that relentlessly upbeat, growth area of the American marketplace, print media. Whew! And, as Bill reminded me, I needn’t fret over the future of McNally Photography, or, as he has been wont to call it, McNallyCo International. In his words, “Don’t worry about your company, Joe. Its just too big to let fail.”

Dang, I feel better already!

Speaking of print media, I shot the October cover of the Geographic. Story on Neanderthals. As I mentioned to my editor, they got the right man for that job. More tk on the mysterious land inside the yellow border.

In Prague right now, one of my favorite places. Rolling through NY this weekend and will see the inside of Kennedy Airport only on my hop to Santa Fe, where I start teaching for the Geographic this Sunday. Always look forward to the Expeditions Workshop–lots of nice folks hanging about for a week, talking and shooting pix.

Teaching with my bud Jerry Courvoisier, who just came out with a new book, Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop.

Check out his podcast here.

Ya know, I tried to get Jer to jazz up the title a little. LESSONS FROM THE EDGE: SCREAMS IN THE PHOTOSHOP NIGHT! Or, DIE, DIE, LITTLE PIXEL! Or, even better, become the Russ Meyer of post with, FASTER PUSSYPIXEL, KILL, KILL!

But no. Anyway, its a corker, and definitely listen to the podcast. He knows his stuff.

My buddy Jay Mann, who shoots great stuff while he labors in midst of the geology and the oil of the Middle East, wrote in, curious about the highlight on Tom’s face in our backyard studio.

Can’t say with absolute certainty, but methinks its a bit of flash blowback from the MRI on the lower left, the lighter scan without alot of black area. seems logical, given the orientation of it on Tom’s face. Liked it, so let it stay. One of those happy accidents you tell your editor you planned:-)

The red and green tape on my SB800 units….used to make sense. We had some running on rechargeables, and others on straight up batteries. The tape told ’em apart. Now they’re all on recharge type bats, and the tape lingers. For, oh, about a year now. I’m on top of it, I tell ya…..more tk.

craig says:

on September 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm

What the heck is “tk”? I’ve googled it and nothing came back.
Love your blog. It is the standard by which I measure all others.

Memphis, TN

Jeremy says:

on September 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Congrats on the cover shot.

Nicola says:

on September 18, 2008 at 12:45 pm


Not much to contribute here, neither I want to bug with my doubts about lighting and I do have many of those. Is just a note to tell you that I red “The moment it clicks” and learnt a good deal of things there. I’m totally new to this “strobes” world and I’m having a lot of fun in my dangerously steep “learning curve”.

Thanks a lot, ciao


Greg says:

on September 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Did NG want to photograph YOU for their story? or did they want you photograph THEIR story? :-)

Ziv says:

on September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm


“that we seemed to have dodged the current economic bullet”

Go on, rub it in.
I’m hip deep in MER … can I carry your bags?

Love the Neanderthal cover,

reg says:

on September 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I lived in Prague for a year when I was 24, 12 years ago now. It was 25 cents a beer then
Still to this day its my favourite place in the world.
Nothing can compare to a walk across Charles bridge at 6 AM in the Winter.
Except maybe sitting on Old town square at 6 AM during the Summer watching the sun coming up.
Went back a couple of years and its true, the more things change the more they stay the same

Ken says:

on September 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Hello Joe,

Kudos’s on Geographic for October 08.

My wife wonders if you hired me to be photographed!

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
Mark Twain

Well said Sir Twain

My best to you.

Ken in KY

Mark says:

on September 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Neanderthals? What, they didn’t think you could grab them a cover of “Flamboyant Bee Eaters?”

Give Jersey a shout out when you pass through Kennedy…

Ally Brasko says:

on September 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I love your blog.

Thiago says:

on September 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I tried to find neanderthals on ModelMayhem and couldn’t find any…where did you hire him? :-)

David says:

on September 18, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Love your writing as well as your photography. Look forward to each post and your next book.

…more tk…let me guess, more to klick? more to konsider? more to know? more to…wonder what it could mean. Can’t kome up with an answer.

Luke Townsend says:

on September 18, 2008 at 11:55 pm

I’ve been waiting for your issue of nat. geo. for a while now, looking forward to it!!!

ron says:

on September 19, 2008 at 6:45 am

Craig — ‘more tk’ means ‘more to come’ I intrepret that to mean that Joe has more to say on this.. and in the fullness of time he’ll write more when and if he can.

Joe… I look forward to seeing you santa fe or tuscany one day… loved the DWLS workshop!


Thiago says:

on September 19, 2008 at 10:10 am

Hmm… More to kome?

Jay Mann says:

on September 19, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Thanks for the info on the highlight. Congrats on the NG cover.

Still in the Desert,


trunkmonkey says:

on September 19, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Joe, is that a self portrait? teehee

Judson says:

on September 19, 2008 at 7:02 pm

I always wondered what that tape (on the 800s) was for… I thought it was for groups… :-)

Scott says:

on September 20, 2008 at 1:01 am

I got my NG the other day, and I just knew that was your cover shot.

(Of course, I thought you were on the other side of the lens, but I digress…)

Jim says:

on September 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm


Great shot for the cover of NG :) Look forward to attending your workshop in Santa Fe . . .

Luke Townsend says:

on September 22, 2008 at 8:40 pm

got the geographic today!!!


Scott Slattery says:

on September 23, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Joe – love this blog! Wish I could get into your class at Santa Fe but Reid nixed me! Taking Heisler’s class instead though! By the way, the MRI in the lower left is upside down and looks alot like mine! Those ortho surgeons are great woodworkers!

One other question – what rechargeables do you use in the 800’s and 900’s? I kept having rechargeables over-heat in the battle of a wedding shoot… Thanks!

Jacob Maentz says:

on October 11, 2008 at 2:18 pm

beautiful cover shot…i always enjoy seeing your images.

Leave a Reply