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Light, Shadow and Motion
Joe McNally
with Joe McNally
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Light, Shadow and Motion
lessons: 14 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 23min
published: 2012
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Light, Shadow and Motion
with Joe McNally
This class is all about matching a light to a move, where you start out with the set as an empty box that you fill with your creativity and imagination. As the dancers work through different moves Joe shows you how to light them with both studio strobes and speedlights to achieve a variety of looks, all the while sharing the tips, techniques, and tricks he's learned over his impressive 30 year career. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Join Joe on location as he introduces the class, discusses goals with the talent, and jumps right into things using a strong overhead dramatic light and builds out from there.

10min, 40sec
lesson 2: Adding Another Light

Another light adds depth, volume, and dimension to the photograph.

8min, 23sec
lesson 3: Working with Speedlights

Move from big flash photography to small flash photography; from Ranger heads to speedlights.

6min, 50sec
lesson 4: Playtime with Dancers in the Air

We're playing in a graphic space with dancers in the air.

3min, 1sec
lesson 5: Using a Black Set

Changing up the set to go from a white background to black, and putting a diffusion panel in front of the light source transforms into a beauty shoot.

4min, 40sec
lesson 6: Cross Light

Wrap up the first day with one final shoot. Set up a cross light pattern with two speedlights allows them to do double duty as a main light and a backlight.

10min, 52sec
lesson 7: A New Day

A new day, new dancers, and a new lighting set up to create a total white background.

3min, 15sec
lesson 8: Talking with the Talent

Learning to communicate with your talent is an integral step before the shooting starts.

3min, 57sec
lesson 9: The Investigative Process

After creating the space and communicating with the talent, it is time to start shooting to see what works and what needs to be adjusted.

8min, 39sec
lesson 10: Change in Impact of Light

Joe changes up the lighting set up to achieve a shorter flash duration to stop motion more crisply.

2min, 32sec
lesson 11: A Closer Look

Take a once around the studio and take a closer look at what each light is doing.

3min, 14sec
lesson 12: A Big Box of Light

The lighting, the background, and the floor combine to create a big box of light.

2min, 13sec
lesson 13: You Just Keep Adjusting

Every time the talent does something, it opens the door to something else. Your job is not to miss it.

6min, 29sec
lesson 14: Wrapping Up

Joe wraps up the second day of shooting with an extensive review of the lighting and camera settings used on the shoot.

8min, 5sec
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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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