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Dancers in Flight with Beautiful Light
Joe McNally
with Joe McNally
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What do you get when you team up world class dancers with internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally? In a word, brilliance! Join Joe as he employs a series of lighting set... READ MORE
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lessons: 6 Course Lessons
duration: 43min
published: 2012
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Dancers in Flight with Beautiful Light
with Joe McNally
What do you get when you team up world class dancers with internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally? In a word, brilliance! Join Joe as he employs a series of lighting setups, from big flash to small, that demonstrate different ways of capturing the grace and beauty of these dancers in flight. From soft light to strong, Joe dives deep into the thinking that goes into each lighting decision as he grapples with the challenges each situation presents. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Join Joe on the set as he introduces the class and dives right into his process for creating a strong photograph of the first ballerina in a sculptural way with light.

6min, 49sec
lesson 2: It's a Process

With the ballerina on set it is time to start shooting, and Joe is courting disaster a little bit by mixing light sources, using a slow shutter speed, and capturing a moving subject.

5min, 47sec
lesson 3: Small Flash Done Big

Joe and his assistant create a huge softbox from six speedlights and a strip light from three more. The end result is motion stopping flash duration while still providing a big broad cover of light.

4min, 38sec
lesson 4: Leaping Through the Roses

Time to put the speedlight setup from the previous lesson into action as the dancer leaps through the wall of rose petals. Joe follows up with an in-depth look at the lighting setup.

9min, 34sec
lesson 5: Working in a Minimal Way

A new day and new dancers brings a change in lighting to a very sparse and elemental look to compliment the physicality of the dancers.

6min, 3sec
lesson 6: Final Shoot

The last shoot of the day brings in a new dancer and a lighting change that frees up the dancer to create in the air. Joe wraps up the class with an overview of all the concepts that were covered.

10min, 53sec
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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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