The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes (Voices That Matter) When it comes to photography, it's all about the lightAfter spending than thirty years behind the lensworking for National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports IllustratedJoe 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 small hot shoe flashesIn 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 processoften funny, sometimes serious, always fascinatingto 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 ❰Epub❯ ➝ Longbow Girl Author Linda Davies – Kleankitchen.co.uk it's all about the lightAfter spending than thirty years behind the lensworking for National Geographic [Epub] ❦ On His Naughty List By Jessica Jarman – Kleankitchen.co.uk Time ❰Read❯ ➵ Fire Colour One Author Jenny Valentine – Kleankitchen.co.uk Life ❮Reading❯ ➾ Invisible Wounds Author Kay Douglas – Kleankitchen.co.uk and Sports IllustratedJoe McNally knows about light He knows how to talk about it ❂ [EPUB] ✺ A City Possessed By Lynley Hood ➛ – Kleankitchen.co.uk shape it ❮PDF❯ ✪ Her Husbands Mistake ✑ Author Sheila O& – Kleankitchen.co.uk color it ❮Ebook❯ ➨ Mr Dove Über Den Wassern ➩ Author Maurice Shadbolt – Kleankitchen.co.uk control it [Reading] ➮ Squirmy Wormy ➶ Lynda Farrington Wilson – Kleankitchen.co.uk and direct it Most importantly ➶ [Reading] ➸ Honeymoon By Sacha J. Witt ➫ – Kleankitchen.co.uk he knows how to create it small hot shoe flashesIn The Hot Shoe Diaries ✴ [BOOKS] ⚡ Puck You By Peyton Novak ✾ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Joe brings you behind the scenes to candidly share his lighting solutions for a ton of great images Using Nikon Speedlights ❰Reading❯ ➼ Mountain Moonlight Author Jane Anderson – Kleankitchen.co.uk Joe lets you in on his uncensored thought processoften funny [Reading] ➷ Evvie Drake Starts Over Author Linda Holmes – Kleankitchen.co.uk sometimes serious ➽ [Download] ✤ Confessio Fraternitatis By Johann Valentin Andreae ➲ – Kleankitchen.co.uk always fascinatingto demonstrate how he makes his pictures with these small flashes Whether he's photographing a gymnast on the Great Wall [Read] ➱ How to Save a Life By unholy.obsession – Kleankitchen.co.uk an alligator in a swamp [Epub] ➝ Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, By Sapir Englard – Kleankitchen.co.uk or a fire truck careening through Times Square [Read] ➮ Little Creatures Author Stephen Quayle – Kleankitchen.co.uk Joe uses these flashes to create great light that makes his pictures sing What I learned from Joe McNally is that I am enormously lazy Probably most every skilled photographer knows the technicalities behind the techniques Joe uses The difference lies in that Joe takes everything up ten notches He does what any of us could do if we possessed extraordinary passion; and that's the best lesson from this book: think everything through; consider the details of the details of the details; don't throw equipment at the problem, throw intelligence To read this book is to be humbled It's a glimpse of what's possible when you throw away the possibility of mediocrity. Joe McNally is an awesome photographer He is a master of environmental portrait, and his work for National Geographic, Life, Time has helped shape what I consider a good photography Understandably, I was very excited about this book.What it is a not: a technical handbook Look elsewhere if you want tables, diagrams, settings What little is in terms of technical references is about Nikon gear You have been warned He only uses portable flashes (Nikon Speedlights, what Canon calls Speedlites), so you will not find anything about studio or continual lights.What it is: a very interesting glimpse into the way he approaches shoots, and his problem solving method to light a given situation Instead of taking photos specifically to illustrate concept, he draws on his amazing portfolio to explain how different photos where taken.The good: he is thought provoking and encouraging He shares his process candidly, advocates going out and shooting, and using the gear we have He shows how great results can be obtained with a reasonable investment The photos selected are gorgeous and cover a wide variety of topics.Notsogood: He strives to be a downtoearth, regular guy, and he uses colorful language and pop culture references liberally However, the anecdotal style becomes repetitive after a while, and it becomes difficult to remember where a given nugget of advice or information was I understand, it is a diary, not a handbook, but a summary of key points for each chapter would have been great Anddiagrams, I found the sketches he posted in some chapters wayclear than long winded descriptions of where the flashes were.Also a note about technology: the problem solving approach is obviously the main lesson here, but he spends significant time discussing how he set the flashes to ensure the optical flash triggering worked In almost 10 years since this book was published, we have got reliable and affordable RF triggering systems, increasingly incorporated in the flashes and cameras We have drones, we have smartphones apps that we can use to control our cameras, we have Chinese flash alternatives that lower the price tag of the equipment Keep the approach, move with the times.Overall, well worth your while if you have interest in strobist/offcamera flash, portraits and you love National Geographic style photography. A flashy little book about flash photography McNally is a little rambly and overcolloquial some of the time, but he also knows his stuff, so this is full of useful practical adivce for increasing your lighting options anywhere you may be shooting.Especially useful to me because:1 McNally is nearly always in the field, which is vastlyinteresting than studio work2 All Nikon, so it's tailored to stuff I already have and use3 It's broken down into a series of many, many quick practical howIshotthis examples, which I am much better at remembering than properly organized lessons.Thanks, Mom and Dad. The Hot Shoe Diaries is an amazing book for anyone interested in using off camera flash Similar to McNally’s other book The Moment It Clicks it is part coffee table book part photography how to book McNally explains how he got various shots spanning his several decade career This book specifically deals with images captured using speedlights, or small flashes His writing style makes this book a joy to read but may be too crass for some More educational than autobiographical compared to his prior book: The Moment It Clicks Highly recommended. Useful stories and examples about lighting images with Nikon speedlights It got me experimenting and thinking about lighting differently so it achieved its purpose Loved seeing how much impact light and light colour could have on an image Does seem a little repetitive at times but that does highlight that some techniques are versatile and will help you out in multiple situations.While very Nikon centric (works for me :)) users of other camera ecosystems could apply many of the same tips because most guidance is in generic lighting terms rather than press this button then that button terms It is up to you whether you are willing to translate equipment names constantly or whether you'd rather find a different book that matches your ecosystem. I love Joe's casual writing style, which belies his absolute brilliance as a lighting guru and conceptual photographer This is an important peek into the mind of a master at his craft Since it is a book on lighting techniques for photographers with an emphasis on complicated lighting, this isn't a book for the everyman, but ALL who call themselves photographers should do themselves a favor and experience this entertaining masterpiece. Coming in as an absolute beginner to the world of flashes this was an invaluable read Joe has a very engaging style of story telling and is a master of the craft A read through gives you a sense of not just the tech but also how a photographer layers the lights plans them and gives color to the scene Need to do some rereads once I've had a chance to test this out A must read if you want to do something with that speedlight of yours (Nikon's term) Lot's of examples to get you started with using artificial lights and modifiers without going bankrupt. Frank, amusing and valuable lighting advice from a longtime professional A lot of this stuff is Nikon/Speedlightspecific and very technical, so get prepped for that, but it's very good, practical, inthemoment stuff.

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