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5.0 out of 5 stars The detailed and inspirational guide for Nikon-wielding off-camera flash enthusiasts, 26 Dec. 2009
This review is from: The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes: Creative Applications of Small Flashes (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)
In this brilliant book, McNally goes into great detail about his creative inspiration, logistical challenges, available technology & accessories for particular shots. He shows annotated diagrams about how he set up the shot, and then also evaluates the successes, failures, how he would do things differently.

He is a hugely seasoned, highly successful pro who takes beautiful portraits - visually this book is a pleasure to leaf through. In addition, I enjoyed his honest, personal and conversational style and his anecdotes, it was an excellent read. He talks about his sitters, how he interacted with them, how he got the shots.

However, each to their own. I shoot Nikon, love off-camera flash, and do portraiture, usually on-location where the set up can be complicated. So this is my dream book. You shoot studio-light Canon product photography? There'll be another book for you somewhere else (if not, write one), don't come over here and start ripping on it.

Many thanks to McNally for sharing so much. I'm one of those people that look at the internet too much, and look at loads of "useful" tutorials online. Sure, I bookmark them, and "feel" like I'm learning, but it's so, so rare that I actually put something I read into practice - it all just becomes background noise. Not with this book. My photography changed for the better with every chapter, I've put dozens of things that he's talked about into daily practice, my friends have thought me remarkably creative with how I now approach lighting challenges, especially in group shots. Little do they know my secret weapon - a copy of this book.

And - it's not that I followed his set-ups to the letter, and herein lies what's genuinely awesome about this book. McNally doesn't write prescriptively, he uses the examples as case studies, what he infects you with is a delight in solving lighting challenges. He inspires you to think creatively when you approach a new, unknown situation, to be ready for anything, indeed - invite new and difficult set-ups and as you do, develop your own style & approach. So even you, patient, sllloww shuttter speeed Pentax landscapists, there may well be something in here for you too.

I wish I had it in hard-back, but the paperback edition is probably best because you'll find you're leafing through it a lot and stuffing it in your bag, it's not a sit-there-look-pretty book, it'll become part of your arsenal. Layout design, paper quality & print quality is also of a very high standard inc. many beautiful full-page photographs.

Buy it, read it, unreservedly recommended.
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2010 09:17:48 BDT
That's a fantastic review and has convinced me to buy it !

Thanks !
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