The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes
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The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes

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by Joe McNally
     
 

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When it comes to photography, it’s all about the light.

After spending more than thirty years behind the lens—working for National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated—Joe McNally knows about light. He knows how to talk about it, shape it, color it, control it, and direct it. Most importantly, he knows

Overview

When it comes to photography, it’s all about the light.

After spending more than thirty years behind the lens—working for National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated—Joe McNally knows about light. He knows how to talk about it, shape it, color it, control it, and direct it. Most importantly, he knows how to create it...using small hot shoe flashes.

In The Hot Shoe Diaries, Joe brings you behind the scenes to candidly share his lighting solutions for a ton of great images. Using Nikon Speedlights, Joe lets you in on his uncensored thought process—often funny, sometimes serious, always fascinating—to demonstrate how he makes his pictures with these small flashes. Whether he’s photographing a gymnast on the Great Wall, an alligator in a swamp, or a fire truck careening through Times Square, Joe uses these flashes to create great light that makes his pictures sing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321580146
Publisher:
New Riders
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Series:
Voices That Matter Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
303
Sales rank:
486,697
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

JOE McNALLY is an internationally acclaimed American photographer and longtime photojournalist. His most notable series is “Faces of Ground Zero—Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th,” a collection of giant Polaroid portraits. He also photographed “The Future of Flying,” the first all-digital story for National Geographic. His award-winning work has appeared in numerous magazines and, in 2008, Joe wrote the critically acclaimed and bestselling book The Moment It Clicks.

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The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
DeltaConceptsInc More than 1 year ago
I found this book an enjoyable read. Joe McNally writes as he would speak to someone; relating the how's and why's of shooting sessions using the flash units in singular to multiples. Several times I found "pearls of wisdom" in the stories that provided the "Well that makes a lot of obvious sense." Those "pearls" of course were not in the forefront of my brain when I read them, and I was happy the proverbial "light" got turned on. This book makes for an excellent reference for the beginning photographer or a refresher for advanced shooters.
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I love this book to read again and again.
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glspinson More than 1 year ago
This book takes you step by step through the author's method of use for the hot shoe flash on camera and off. It is easy to follow and understand for a beginner as well as a professional. Interesting with good illustrations.
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kozmo18 More than 1 year ago
This book is vibrant. I might have been a better student 40 years ago if textbooks were written with the wit and style of Joe McNally's Hot Shoe Diaries. Don't get me wrong, this is not a humor book, but there's just enough wit to to keep your interest, while at the same time, teach this old dog some new tricks. It's been decades since I bought my last college textbook and the greatest benefit I got from any of them was a good nights sleep. During those 40 years since my last toga party, I've used photography to earn a major part of my living, but I never called myself a photographer. I remained a student of photography. I shot everything, including countless thousands of advertising photos for the largest newspaper publisher in the world, to the creation of a small school system's newsletter. There was some agency work and In the early years, weekend moonlighting jobs generally included a Saturday wedding or sporting event. Sunday afternoons and evenings were spent in the darkroom. As the last statement indicates - all of my shooting was with film. Consequently, this "student of photography" had a fair amount of learning to do when I retired my Nikon F's and added D's and SB900's to my bag and a MacBook Pro to my office at home. Thank you Joe McNally for shortening the learning curve ... and adding a few laughs, too. Kozmo18
Wayne_in_Houston More than 1 year ago
I wanted a book that spoke directly to the Nikon i-TTL Creative Lighting System and after reading the various fora and watching DTownTV and seeing Joe McNally's work, I decided to give this book a try. Am I ever pleased! This is everything that I was looking for -- great descriptions of tons of scenarios, lots of excellent photo examples (including what not to do), and many many recommendations based on the way Joe gets his results. Flash photography is something that can be very tricky to do well and then to master. Then there is creative flash photography, for which this book provides lots of ideas -- including the use of gels. One downside is that I now have to go out and buy more flashes and more accessories -- starting with a set of gels! I would not hesitate recommending this book to any serious dSLR amateur to professional.
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