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Intensive: Using Small Strobes
with Joe McNally
July 22 - July 23, 2013

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Light has its own language and its own rules. A tough looking portrait, for example, calls for hard, edgy light that would be inappropriate for a corporate annual report. Softer, more forgiving light, on the other hand, strikes a different mood.

Join Joe for two days delving into the logic of light. Day one begins with an introduction to the basics of light. We examine strategies for producing good light from a single hot shoe flash. We discuss the levels of control available: f-stops and shutter speed, volume and closeness of light source, reflectors, hard light, soft light. Working with models, we explore the nature of different light on different people. We also investigate mobile solutions, remembering that effective light use is not camera specific. By the close of the first day, we have dipped our toe into the murky waters of multiple off-camera wireless flash.

On day two, we focus on multiple flashes, which are not an excuse to over light but a way of ramping up the sophistication of your lighting grid; direction, color, and quality of light are key. Joe demonstrates how to get big light from small flashes, and he addresses how the look and feel of light are affected by high-speed sync, gels, and the power of color.

Spend two intensive days with Joe becoming fluent in the language of light.

Tuition for this Intensive includes two lunches.


Joe McNally: Joe McNally is a 25-year contributor to National Geographic and a former staff photographer at LIFE. Working in 54 countries ...

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