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SB800 Flashes: Taking the Next Step
Joe McNally
with Joe McNally
Famed photographer Joe McNally demonstrates some more advanced techniques using flashes. READ MORE
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SB800 Flashes: Taking the Next Step
lessons: 22 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 52min
published: 2008
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SB800 Flashes: Taking the Next Step
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lesson 1: Exploring the Possibilities (free course preview)

Joe introduces this new class on hot shoe flash photography and discusses some of the things you will be learning along the way

1min, 47sec
lesson 2: Zero Out the Camera

It is important to reset the levels in your camera and begin every photo shoot with a good starting point

3min, 45sec
lesson 3: One Light Approach

Getting started by hot shoeing the flash and moving on to using an umbrella and remote groups

9min, 35sec
lesson 4: Changing the Light

Arrange the strobes using Justin clamps and create an overhead lighting setup

5min, 21sec
lesson 5: Small Variations

Just a slight change in your subjects position can radically alter the lighting results

1min, 51sec
lesson 6: Extreme Shadows

Harsh shadows falling on your subject can create a very dramatic effect

8min, 38sec
lesson 7: Working With Your Subject

It is very important to communicate with your subject about what your vision for the image is

2min, 39sec
lesson 8: Adjusting the Quality of Light

Working with strobes to create a profile or edge light effect that will outline your subject

19min, 58sec
lesson 9: Hard Edge Portrait

Bring in a third C group of light and experiment to find the photo you like

7min, 34sec
lesson 10: The Benefits of an Organized Set

A C-stand with three legs of different heights allows for more options and better organization

2min, 12sec
lesson 11: Softening the Light

Using dome diffusers and screens to soften the light on your subject

6min, 6sec
lesson 12: Never Neglect the Floor

Bouncing a light off of the floor is an effective way to illuminate your subject

7min, 24sec
lesson 13: Location Assessment

When first coming to a new location, examine the surroundings and think through the look and feel of your shoot

3min, 28sec
lesson 14: Skew the Lights

You can vary the intensity of your lights if they are coming at your subject from different distances

3min, 40sec
lesson 15: Cut the Light

Using a solid to gradate the light coming through the panel

2min, 4sec
lesson 16: Controlling Strobes Behind You

You can use a cable to control your strobe commander when shooting in front of your lights

3min, 18sec
lesson 17: Big Light Source

Trying to recreate a natural light by using a large panel with multiple strobes behind it

6min, 30sec
lesson 18: Drag the Shutter

Sometimes you will need to slow your shutter speed in lower light conditions

6min, 43sec
lesson 19: Just Go For It

Remember, pixels are free. When you have your subject in a good pose, shoot as many pictures as you can

2min, 6sec
lesson 20: Simulate Natural Light

You have to be creative in conditions when available light is no longer available

4min, 40sec
lesson 21: Singular Light

Using a singe light source means that your subject will have a limited range of motion

1min, 51sec
lesson 22: Conclusion

Thanks for coming along with us as we moved from the studio to location shooting

1min, 46sec
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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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