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Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 6 Dec 2011
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From the Back Cover
Following up on the great success of The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes, legendary magazine photographer Joe McNally takes us on another memorable ride with Sketching Light, another trip into the land of light--but this time running the gamut from small flash to big flash, and everywhere in between.
Of course, Joe includes coverage of Nikon Speedlights, but he also covers big flash, as well as "in-between" lights as the Elinchrom Quadra. The exploration of new technology, as well as the explanation of older technology. No matter what equipment Joe uses and discusses, the most important element of Joe's instruction is that it is straightforward, complete, and honest. No secrets are held back, and the principles he talks about apply generally to the shaping and quality of light, not just to an individual model or brand of flash.
He tells readers what works and what doesn't via his let's-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots, and he does it all with the intelligence, clarity, and wisdom that can only come from shooting in the field for 30 years for the likes of National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated--not to mention the wit and humor of a clearly warped (if gifted) mind.
About 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. Joe's previous books are the critically acclaimed and bestselling The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaires: Big Light from Small Flashes.
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There's more personal stuff in this book, like when he lost his staff photographer's job, and when Star City (the astronaught-training establishment in Russia) messed him about something rotten - and how he got his revenge! It goes into how he coped with various real-life situations as a photographer on a personal level.
The technology he uses is bang up to date. He's started using Pocket Wizard radio triggers - the new ones (Flex-TT5s and Mini-TT1s), and he describes the problems he's had with them and what he's done about it.
The technical details are all there in spades too, with useful facts & figures about his camera and flash settings, and how he handled which kind of light. But it's not dry technical stuff - he describes why you mustn't use a smoke machine near highly-polished vintage cars, for instance.
All in all, a terrific, useful and entertaining book.
You also consider this is Joe McNally, who is simply the master craftsman of the Speedlight.
Update price dropped to £16 for the digital copy so five stars a great read from the master of small flash
Ignoring all the useless 'this is a camera' chapters and gets stuck into the practicalites of a shoot from the start. Once you have mastered the camera basics get this book. It is money well spent.
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