Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

by Joe McNally

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321712707
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Series: Voices That Matter
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 99998
Sales rank: 870,907
File size: 95 MB
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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. 

Table of Contents

Notes on the Book
And Now, Time for a Short, Brisk Whipping!
More Light-Shaping Tools!
• Things I Think I Know: Risking “No”
Northern (One) Light
But Then, I Just Couldn’t Take It Anymore
One Light, One Window, One Room
Of Frosted Glass and Dirty Windows
The ABCs
Build a Wall of Light
Make the Light Jump…and Other Lessons
Big Flash, Small Flash, Far Away
• Things I Think I Know: News Flash
Here’s Sunshine Up Your Skirt!
Set the Table with Light
The Two-Speedlight Character Portrait
Industrial Light
Finding Faces
• Things I Think I Know: How Do You Get Fired from LIFE?
Big Light, Small Flash
The Aesthetics of High-Speed Flash
Up Against the Wall
• Things I Think I Know: I Thought the Lights Would Be On
Radio TTL
The Shape of Light
A Tale of One Face, Lit Two Ways
• Things I Think I Know: Mamie and Barbara, and a Lesson Learned
Lessons from the Acetate Era
Finding a Picture on the Edge of the Canyon
Sometimes, the Main Light Is in the Back
• Things I Think I Know: Don’t Mess with the Photog
Working with D
Light as an Exclamation Point
One Light, One Shadow
This Looks Hard, But It’s Not
• Things I Think I Know: Flash Frenzy
A Couple of Joes
The Lady, the Light, and Some Luck
Lighting the Wind
More Wilma
This Looks Hard, and It Is
This Just In

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Sketching Light 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dcumminsusa More than 1 year ago
My local BN did not have the paperback copy in stock so I decided to view it on the new Tablet. The previous reviewer is correct. The pictures are cut off in some way regardless of if the tablet is held vertically or horizontally. For a photography book, this is a deal breaker when you can't see the stunning example photos included. I have several of Joe McNally's other books and they are all excellent. I am giving this a low rating purely because the formatting of this book as an ebook is dismal. I have high confidence Joe McNally provided top notch content.
MD_Welch More than 1 year ago
This is a terrible ebook!!!! While the content is probably amazing, the layout and pictures are terrible. While I am sure novels are great on the nook color and tablet, this is a book about photography and when most of the pictures are cut off, it does little good to educate the reader. I have tried all the settings, and still nothing works to make this experience as good as a real book. You can't return ebooks, so now I will have to buy the real thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is actually a notebook of author-selected photo shoots. It's comprised of of behind-the-scenes shots, lighting diagrams, and extensive commentary (which is about three-quarters philosophy and about one-quarter technical). If you already own and understand the camera and flash gear needed to do the kind of shooting described here, but need guidance on how to execute, then this is an excellent book. If, on the other hand, you're looking for nuts-and-bolts info, turn instead to Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook. Do be advised that Joe's writing style is very informal and he tends to ramble; this may be off-putting for some. Also be advise that of this writing, this ePub has layout issues. It displays fine in NookStudy on my Windows PC, but is pretty messy on my 10.1" (1280 x 800) Android tablet. In particular, many of the example images are cut-off, page and paragraph flow are tattered and torn, and page number referencing / linking is off by a country mile. I rate this book at 4 stars for content and 2 stars for technical presentation.
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