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Coming Through Again…

Jul 6

In Seminars & Workshops at 2:59am

Typical scene in Dobbs Ferry. Phil, one of our regular subjects, in the studio, lit with one SB900, an Ezybox Hotshoe Softbox, a Lastolite Tri-grip reflector, Manfrotto supports, Kata bag for Phil to lean on, and Mike, acting as a VAL. Actually, he’s holding a reflector, so maybe in this instance, he’s a VAR.



We have people to thank for helping us do this one more time this summer, which will be the last go round up in Dobbs for quite a while. The building is always in flux, and we were lucky to snag our high ceilings and 8000 square feet one more time. Hit this link for a workshop description.

First off, Nikon.  They will be there in full force, SB 900 units, giveaways, tech expertise, you name it. Bill Pekala and Mike Corrado at NPS got behind the workshops full force, and it is thanks to them we were able to launch.

Adorama and Jeff Snyder stepped up, as they always do. Can’t say enough about the folks at Adorama. No printouts, contracts, or back and forth. Just a handshake, and they are there for you, be it a workshop, or their ongoing support for Faces of Ground Zero, the 911 Giant Polaroid collection. Jeff Snyder will be there, offering field wisdom and advice. Adorama also chipped in with $25 discount coupons for the store.

Kriss Brungrabber and Mark Astmann of Manfrotto chipped in with all manner of light shapers, big flash, supports and the like. Mark will be there off and on, with his wealth of knowledge about the Quadra and all things flash. Lastolite light shapers, backgrounds, panels and diffusers will abound. We’ll also have two members of our staff who shoot Canon, and one has been to the Syl Arena school of Canon small flash, so we’ll be up to speed for those who use the, uh, other system:-)

Once again, as has been popular in the past, we have a whole series of Faces of Ground Zero and Nikon posters as giveaways.

All in all, a light fest.

Anybody out there who might have noticed the blog’s been a little, ahem, light lately, and my email and correspondence rate has fallen off the table is, well, right. Mostly about a deadline. Just churned 270 or so pages for my colleagues at LIFE for a new book. I am the last staff photog in the magazine’s history, so it has been an honor to participate, but boy, just about every key stroke over the last couple of months has gone to the book…..more on that, and more in general, tk…..

Jan Winther says:

on July 6, 2010 at 5:39 am

What?… A new J. McNally book?


Thanks Joe

Howard Haby says:

on July 6, 2010 at 6:51 am

Great portrait, he’s got an interesting face. Can’t wait to hear more about the book!

Martin says:

on July 6, 2010 at 7:39 am

Another book! Can’t wait.

Girish says:

on July 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Nice photograph. Thanks for sharing the specs.

Ken Toney says:

on July 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I check your blog everyday Joe. I know how your schedule must be so I am glad to get it anytime I can (that sounds wierd)! Can’t wit until PSW Safari!! :)

Tim Skipper says:

on July 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Thought you had fallen off the face of the earth with no blog updates. Glad to see your just busy instead they say that first step at the edge of the earth is a doozy.

Also I gave you props the other day in a YouTube video I made. I did a shoot based on one of your tutorials on Kelby Training. It turned out great, so thank you for all of the information you share with everyone.

Billy Mitchell says:

on July 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Joe, I hope you’re having fun. That’s what it’s all about. Come to San Antonio to visit someday soon.

Mike Neale says:

on July 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Stunning profile, Joe,…lighting set up to die for,…thanks for sharing,…well done!


Mike Bruckner says:

on July 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Never a rush to glean a gem here and there…. go about your biz and thanks for it all.

Olivier says:

on July 7, 2010 at 1:50 am

Can’t wait for your new book Joe!
Keep it up!

Alex says:

on July 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Interesting. Richard Avedon’s images of carnies comes to mind…

PeteTsai says:

on July 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Looking forward to the advanced workshop! I just hope being there on the last day Joe won’t be too burnt out!

Erin says:

on July 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

What do you use to trigger your speedlights? I have troubles with the wireless communications because sometimes I need to be in front or too below my speedlight for my camera to trigger the flash. I work solely with speedlights as I love the flexibility & price. Thanks.

cameron griffin says:

on July 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

wow,its amazing how your pictures come out so perfect and all you use is one flash and a trigrip always amaze me

fab says:

on July 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

This blog is my favorite!
All pictures and articles are very interesting!
fab from Sardinian (Italy)

GP says:

on July 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Can’t wait for your new book!
Thanks for sharing your knowledge… your blog and books are an endless stream of inspiration for me!

@fab: lot of sardinians here, me too :)

Jay says:

on July 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Can anyone help me explain a thing or two about this shot? I’m trying to reproduce something like it. What I’m having trouble reproducing is the complete falloff of light after the front of his face. His cheek is almost completely black. When i attempt this, I get light wrapping around the cheek of my subject. One proviso: I’m using an SB-600 through a diffuser, instead of a softbox. Is it as simple as the fact that because I don’t have a softbox, more light is spilling?

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