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Making Great Photos in Bad Weather
Joe McNally
with Joe McNally
Don't let bad weather ruin your next photo shoot. Learn how to make great photographs with Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed photographer, as he calls upon his years of on-loc... READ MORE
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lessons: 11 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 59min
published: 2012
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Making Great Photos in Bad Weather
with Joe McNally
Don't let bad weather ruin your next photo shoot. Learn how to make great photographs with Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed photographer, as he calls upon his years of on-location experience to give you the tips and tricks you need to get the job done in a variety of locations and uncooperative weather. Joe starts by introducing the gear he takes with him on location and then walks you through his process of making the most of whatever nature has in store at each unique destination. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Light Shaping Gear: Part 1 (free course preview)

Join Joe in the studio as he outlines the goals for the class and starts to introduce some of the lighting equipment he'll take on location.

6min, 25sec
lesson 2: Light Shaping Gear: Part 2

Joe continues to explain the roles of the different light shaping tools he brings on location.

6min, 45sec
lesson 3: Setup On the Pier

The first location takes us to a pier in the Gulf of Mexico with a thunderstorm storm rolling in as Joe describes how he plans to improvise under the current conditions to get the shot.

4min, 36sec
lesson 4: Getting the Photograph

No matter what the conditions happen to be, it all comes back down to the photograph, and your need to get it.

10min, 45sec
lesson 5: Setup for the Night Shot

The sun has gone down and the location has changed to a city street outside of a bar. Joe walks us through his approach for lighting the scene outside.

6min, 32sec
lesson 6: Night Shot in the Rain

With the lights set in the doorway we move outside into the rain to get the shot.

11min, 51sec
lesson 7: Retro Motel: Part 1

The location changes to a classic retro Florida motel. In the first part of this lesson Joe walks us through his process for understanding the available ambient light, which will act as the foundation for the off-camera light he builds into the scene.

19min, 7sec
lesson 8: Retro Motel: Part 2

After having moved through available light-only to a combination of ambient light and flash in the previous lesson, Joe moves to lighting the scene only using the flash.

14min, 2sec
lesson 9: By the Pool

This lesson takes us down to the pool in the rain, where Joe uses off-camera light to influence the scene to create stunning photographs despite the current weather.

16min, 2sec
lesson 10: Classic Car: Part 1

Sometimes factors beyond your control, such as weather, work against your original concepts and even your backup plan, so you'd better have a backup to your backup. Joe walks us through his process for making the best of a not so great situation.

11min, 4sec
lesson 11: Classic Car: Part 2

Joe laid the foundation for this shoot in the previous lesson and now it's time to get the shot.

11min, 55sec
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Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer whose career has spanned over 30 years and included assignments in over 70 countries. Bridging the world between photojournalism and advertising, he has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic.
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