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More personal and more up to date
on 24 January 2012
I read Joe McNally's other excellent books - The Moment It Clicks, and Hotshoe Diaries, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this latest one. I thought maybe it would be a bit like watching a bad movie sequel. But it's as enjoyable as the others.
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.