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Photographing with One Light
Joe McNally
with Joe McNally
Ever been told to work lighter, faster, better and with less gear? Well Joe McNally's latest class dives right in and shows you what's possible with just one single light. You'll l... READ MORE
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Photographing with One Light
lessons: 18 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 55min
published: 2009
watched: 1831 Member Views
Photographing with One Light
with Joe McNally
Ever been told to work lighter, faster, better and with less gear? Well Joe McNally's latest class dives right in and shows you what's possible with just one single light. You'll learn how to take studio-quality lighting on location. When you're done, you'll be able to take one light and make it look like you had so much more at your disposal. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: What Can You Do With One Light? (free course preview)

Work lighter, faster, and with less gear. Improvise and explore what you can do with one light only

6min, 20sec
lesson 2: Going Through the Equipment

Joe shows off his equipment table and talks about what gear he likes to have on a shoot like this one

7min, 54sec
lesson 3: Getting Started on the Set

Making the subject feel comfortable and getting started with the first exposure

6min, 5sec
lesson 4: Adjusting Off That First Shot

Employing a flash filter, flash stand and eventually a diffuser

7min, 25sec
lesson 5: Rolling with the First Setup

After snapping a group of photos in the initial setup, Joe continues making adjustments with fill reflectors

3min, 16sec
lesson 6: Keep Things Moving

Moving the light stand behind the camera and trying different things with a hard light

10min, 35sec
lesson 7: Changing Lenses

Joe adds some wind to the shoot and changes lenses to create a shorter depth of field

5min, 25sec
lesson 8: Getting the Most Out of One Flash

Using the camera's built in flash as the trigger for the one remote flash

6min, 33sec
lesson 9: Back to Basics

Using the on-camera flash as the single light and shooting remote flash by yourself

10min, 28sec
lesson 10: On Location

Scouting a new location and taking some initial shots to get a feel for the shoot

5min, 15sec
lesson 11: Close Up Portrait

Joe gets in close with the camera and takes some close portraits

7min, 3sec
lesson 12: Directional Light

Working with late afternoon daylight coming through a doorway

8min, 52sec
lesson 13: Late Daylight Effect

Triggering the remote flash with the pop up and posing the subject

6min, 9sec
lesson 14: Woodland Location with Bad Weather

Shooting under a tree canopy in the rainy outdoors of Tampa

6min, 2sec
lesson 15: Making the Best of the Situation

Even in difficult circumstances, it is important to stay positive and go forward with the shoot

3min, 35sec
lesson 16: Making Sunlight

Using the single flash and reflecting it back to the subject to brighten her

6min, 40sec
lesson 17: Creating Big Light

Using a larger light box

3min, 27sec
lesson 18: Race Against the Failing Light

Shooting against the Tampa skyline with the sun fading quickly

4min, 52sec
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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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