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Sep 18

In Lighting at 7:21am

I have always enjoyed the company of photographers, and last week, in a couple teaching stints, I was definitely in the mix with hundreds of funny, gregarious, passionate shooters. Some of whom, as you see below, helped me out by becoming extroverted, unabashed subjects for my camera.

These impromptu modeling sessions have become a staple when I teach, and my search of the audience for faces alternately produces groans, rueful smiles, outright enthusiasm, and sheer unadulterated dread. As a people photog, though, I enjoy the very haphazard search for faces. It has been a search I’ve conducted, literally, my whole career.

The lighting above is dead bang simple. The basic light shaper is a piece of xerox paper, taped to the computer screen. Done deal. You can control the sideways spill of it, if you wish, with a few strips of gaffer tape.

Background is a light on the floor, and the red hair light is a third SB unit, suspended overhead. You can send them signals to behave as TTL lights, or manual lights, and maneuver the exposure at camera to achieve a decently saturated look and feel. One of these days, I’ll take the time to craft a fancy spot light for the front of the computer, but when moving through demos, I don’t take that extra time. This is just a fun few minutes with gels, colors, simple light techniques, and some folks who obviously have some pretty good acting skills.

Have a few more teaching stints this year, mostly for the Kelby group down in Tampa. Here’s link for places and dates.  Also head to Mexico twice. First up, San Miguel, with the Santa Fe Workshops.  Then, in December, I return to Mexico for the PhotoXperience, in beautiful Guanajuato. 

Head to the UK today. Some vacation, and then, GPP PopUP.  All the best, to everyone! More tk….

Graham Dargie says:

on September 18, 2013 at 7:30 am

Looking forward to seeing you in London. Hope you can check out Scotland while you’re here…

Michael says:

on September 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

I wonder how many people are asking, where did you get that “xerox paper”? Is that something special? Yes, I store it in the fridge with my Velvia… Thanks for a great post as always.

Robert Emunds says:

on September 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Any plans of coming to Switzerland for teaching?

Walt Rowand says:

on September 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Joe, Great to see it back to old times again. Best Regards, Walt.

Ronald Lips says:

on September 19, 2013 at 3:35 am

Looking forward to seeing you in London, enjoy your holiday in de UK!

Peter Steiner says:

on September 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

I love the way you package photography technique and light story telling. Less photography, more books, please! :)

Joe Ethridge says:

on September 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

Thanks for coming to St. Louis last week Joe. Best. Seminar. Ever. Everyone left inspired. I love the way you can churn out shots like the one above in an instant and how you not only work the crowd but know who to pick to photograph. The first person you chose was the guy next to me. How did I not see what you saw. I’m no Joe McNally (but I’ll be trying harder in the future). Best Wishes.

Life with Kaishon says:

on September 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Wow. Thanks for sharing that great tip : ).
I appreciate you taking the time to do so.
Happy Thursday.

Don says:

on September 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I enjoyed this photo along with the many other photos you created while in KC. You have a great talent for picking subjects as well as creating a great photograph of them.
Thanks for providing a fun and informitive day.

yassin says:

on October 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thank you for your effort :-)

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