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

#PSW 14!

Sep 3

In Seminars & Workshops at 8:33am

We did our “Characters On Location” pre-con yesterday in Vegas at #PSW14. Always fun. We had great participants and the usual array of fantastical performers from the Vegas world of Cirque du Soleil and other shows. Great people, such as Manu, above, are a wonder in front of the camera, and very giving of their skills to the class.

Shot on black, with two Profoto B 1 units, fitted with large strips, governed by egg crates. Above Manu is an SB 910, fitted with a gridded Flashpoint beauty dish.  (There is a new version out. Contact [email protected]) The SB unit is running on a manual slave eye, and I’m pushing the B 1’s with the very reliable Profoto air remote. Shot about four frames of this as an example and then the class went back to work. Next step, if you choose, could be another speed light up front and low, to light his chest and interior forearms. Thankfully, I get to work with Manu again, later this week.

One of the reasons it’s wonderful to work with dancers and performers of this caliber, as I always note, is they can physicalize your imagination. Many thanks to Vegas shooter Adam Silversmith who puts together these adventures for us. More tk….

Mitch Kloorfain says:

on September 3, 2014 at 11:09 pm

So intense!

Stephan says:

on September 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

Next step could also be a silver reflector down & in front. Should catch enough of the flash above to lighten up his front. Not as edgy as a gridded flash, of course, but perhaps an alternative for those not blessed with an inexhaustible supply of flash units :)

Brant Thompson says:

on September 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Very nice shot Joe! I have never had the pleasure to shoot with the Profoto strobes. But I bet they’re awesome! I like the fact that you left part of Manu dark because it adds drama to the photo. Thanks for the update!

Brant Thompson

Nikolay Mirchev says:

on September 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

It is an amazing opportunity to work with such people in front of the lens. It is like a cooking, the most important thing is to have the right ingredients for the dish you are preparing and the combining them all together in the best way possible.
I love the image above,as Mitch Kloorfain said, it is very intense indeed!

Eric Politzer says:

on September 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

is Manu one of the principals in KA? He looks very familiar

Joe McNally says:

on September 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Yep, he’s in Ka….

David C says:

on September 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

Talked to Mr. Snyder at Adorama. The new beauty dish is:

It requires the purchase of the proper attachment.

Thank you for the recommendation.

Rudi says:

on September 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

How are both the SB910 and Profoto air remote triggered simultanously?

Joe McNally says:

on September 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Pretty easy….just fire the B1 on air remote and the SB units will trigger in SU 4 mode. This is if you are in manual, not TTL. Still experimenting with the TTL versions!

Simon P Jacobs says:

on September 19, 2014 at 6:30 am

So, hold on is that a Flashpoint Beauty Dish:

Or a Strobies one:

Flashpoint one would seem no to fit a SB unit, unless Joe built a custom bracket?

Leave a Reply