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Going East Again….

Nov 3

In Tours at 1:20pm


Asia here we come. In January, we head once again to the Far East, one of my favorite places to go, to shoot, to learn, and to meet once again some incredibly talented and gracious folks. In January, will visit Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. If last year’s stint in KL was any barometer, we should have a blast.

The whole thing is the brain child of Louis Pang, truly one of the premier wedding shooters in all of Asia and beyond. His reach and reputation are the soul of all our efforts. Also his sense of humor. He, along with his mates, concocted the promo you see below, and, well, I kind of went with the flow:-)

Anyone who knows me knows I ain’t no action star, but do enjoy a good laugh at myself. I may have to get a black belt now. At least I’ve got the yell down.

Louis has also put together a Kuala Lumpur photo conference that promises to become a staple of the photo scene over there. Called Creative Asia, it is five days of non-stop, hands-on teaching, seminars, Q&A, lectures and demos.

Great thing about the conference is that my wife Annie is teaching, so we’ll be together–Annie is a terrific teacher. I’ve seen her take folks who don’t know how to make a folder on their desktop to shooting, downloading and moving good pix inside of a week.  Also teaching are some terrifically talented shooters like Michael Greenberg, Manny Librodo, Dane Sanders, Jason Magbanue, and of course, Louis Pang.

Always had good luck shooting in Asia. Done some Geographic work there, and Sports Illustrated stuff, and some stuff for the Beijing Commission prior to the Olympic Games.


Downtown Beijing…


Downtown KL….

To keep up with the news on both of these events, be sure to go here:

Joe Mcnally Asia Tour

Creative Asia

Twitter: @joemcnallyasia

JayM says:

on November 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm

This Twitter thing is really catching on! Great to have quasi-real-time updates for your blog. Looks like a great course – and makes me further lament how the universe has conspired against me as I find myself traveling to Calgary next weekend but WORKING so I can’t even attend your seminar there. Must have been my former life.

If I see you in the airport I’ll buy you a beer.

Martin-O says:

on November 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm


Malinda Hartong says:

on November 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Those guys did a great job on the video promo. I love the animations. Have fun in Asia – again.

Ole says:

on November 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm

When are you coming to Europe? Great inspiration reading your blog and your books. Had to order your new book too.

John Batdorff says:

on November 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

That was a killer video.

Paul Timon says:

on November 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Love the promo! Not a word of a lie ….. Suppose you convinced Tom Cruise to do THAT stunt.

Patrik says:

on November 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Yeah, when are you coming to Europe and Sweden again?

Tim Skipper says:

on November 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

That is great. It is without a doubt the best promo video I’ve ever seen.

jis jose says:

on November 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Dearest Joe ,

We love you,India is also in Asia.We would like you to be here too.
I am currently in Carolinas but I am sure folks out there in India would love to have you there …looking forward to breathtaking pictures from Asia…


Todd says:

on November 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

“Joe McNally – the Jackie Chan of Photography” LOL – I like the sound of that.

It’s definitely you!

It’s a shame I won’t be able to attend. You ever planning to teach in Maui sometime soon? 😉

Donfer says:

on November 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm

cant wait to meet u in Malaysia

Jesse says:

on November 4, 2010 at 1:48 am

Saw you at Photokina a few times. Good stuff! Maybe see you in HK too.

Ban_D says:

on November 4, 2010 at 4:00 am

Nice promo and awesome shots!
Do you plan to come CEE in near future maybe?

Tanya Rist says:

on November 4, 2010 at 4:25 am

the yell is priceless.

Pedro Moreno says:

on November 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

LOL The promo video is a RIOT… Love it!!!
(from: Venezuela)

Johan Sopiee says:

on November 4, 2010 at 8:30 am

hooray! see you in Asia!

Davy says:

on November 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

You’re skipping Japan? :(

Anton says:

on November 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

I don’t have opportunity to go to your Asia Tour, but your promo is so exciting that if i had money i’d have gone! Thanks for your contribution, Joe!

Eric Politzer says:

on November 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

out here in the land of the MLB World Champions we have the “Kung Fu Panda.” I guess the East has “Kung Fu Joe!”

liza politi says:

on November 4, 2010 at 10:32 am


I actually DO have a black belt and the next time you and I work together, I’ll teach you how to do that yell!


Pradeep says:

on November 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

No India?

Barrie says:

on November 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Hey Joe, any chance of dropping in to Melbourne, Australia after your Asia tour? Great promo.

Rusty says:

on November 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Great promo Joe! Wish I could attend some of those workshops.

Arpad Ronaszegi says:

on November 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Great promo, thanks for bringing fun to the profession.

Chris says:

on November 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

LOL – best promo ever Joe!
Can’t wait to see you in HK in only a couple of months. My invitation for dinner (or maybe Dim Sum) still stands!

Noli San Jose says:

on November 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Wow. You really are not afraid of heights. :-)

BTW, I believe that’s “Jason Magbanua” not “Jason Magbanue”

Bobby Lee says:

on November 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

Hi Joe, you are my idol in the business for many many years! Just like to tell you that not all, if not most, Hong Kong people like Jackie Chan! Wishing you all the best with your Asia trip!

Sanjib Karmakar says:

on November 14, 2010 at 4:06 am

Hi Joe

I live in Kolkata, India. I have gone through most of your books, dvd [with bob krist], lesson on CLS at youtube, and able to use remote flashes. You are the person who ignite the desire to take picture creatively inside me.

I would like to request you please visit to India, and arrange a workshop, so people here can learn from leader. We all from India love you man, let us have some knowledge as blessing of yours.

Sanjib Karmakar

Saneesh says:

on May 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm


You should visit india and arrange for an workshop. huge fans are waiting here..

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