Hot Shoe Diaries. The. T he H o t S h o e D iaries. Big L ig ht f ro m. S m a. L. L. F. L a. S h e. S. McN a lly. Excerpted from The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes (Voices That Matter series) by Joe McNally. Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes and millions of other books are available for site site. Most importantly, he knows how to create it using small hot shoe flashes. In "The Hot Shoe Diaries," Joe brings you behind the scenes to candidly share his lighting.

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Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share. DOWNLOAD The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes: Creative Applications of Small Flashes (Voices That Matter) By Joe McNally [PDF EBOOK . The Hot Shoe Diaries book. Read 72 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. When it comes to photography, it's all about the

There are a few chapters about the gear side of things, but that is all Nikon gear. If you want to know every button and menu and option for the Canon gear, get Syl Arena's book. Aug 10, Darren Kirby rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cannot recommend this book enough.

Inspirational and informative. Humorous and down to earth. Joe writes like he's sitting across the table from you at the pub, and of course, he takes some incredible photographs.

This is not a straight instructional manual on using speed-lights. Part one Nuts and Bolts is a 40 or so page introduction to the equipment, grip, and other best practices. The remainder of the book consists of 2 to 6 page independent vignettes that generally start with a photograph Cannot recommend this book enough. The remainder of the book consists of 2 to 6 page independent vignettes that generally start with a photograph or an assignment to get a photograph. Joe explains how he gets the shot s , warts and all including mistakes made along the way , and makes clear his rationale along the way.

While Joe uses Nikon gear, the book is somewhat brand agnostic. As long as you know how to operate your lights Canon and off-brand shooters should have little trouble following along and reproducing the described set ups. If you only get one Joe McNally book, make it this one. May 22, CD rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There has been a review or at least several comments hanging in my brain somewhere behind the slowing fading remnants of having been flashed too many time in the past two or three months.

I picked this book up right after it was released earlier this year. The other photographer's I was working with primarily use Nikon gear and this looked as it would provide some good inspiration for us all. It indeed did!!

A great non-manual for the creative side of flash enhanced photography. After all this is There has been a review or at least several comments hanging in my brain somewhere behind the slowing fading remnants of having been flashed too many time in the past two or three months.

After all this is a business about using and controlling light. I'd add several more paragraphs but instead will, for now, refer you to my professional review of this great addition to any photographer's library.

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Jul 15, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Also available as an e-book from my local library, I read this after finishing The Moment it Clicks. As the title suggests, this book is narrower in focus, and less useful to me personally because I'm not yet a DSLR user.

Don't let that turn you away, though, because McNally's writing is so wonderfully chatty and helpful that you can't help but learn something. A recognized a good bit of this material from his blog http: Looks like I'm going to have to download that slave flash for my point-and-shoot Canon after all. Darn you, Joe!

Oct 27, Kate rated it it was ok Shelves: This was fine but really is no more than a series of anecdotes. I was hoping for more explanations of gear, piece by piece, and schematics of lighting scenarios. I knew this was going to be about the Nikon hot shoe flash I shoot Canon but I still thought I would get a lot of information about how to use off camera flash to do a wide variety of shots, but I found this book to be of limited value.

I needed some charts!

I needed some background and explanation of what each device was. This book w This was fine but really is no more than a series of anecdotes. This book was too insider Nikon for me.

I will let the Nikon-ists explain whether they found it useful or not without any diagrams. Kelly is the master of practical, not aren't-I-a-stud I shot this anecdote May 13, Andrea Paterson rated it really liked it. I would have liked to see some lighting diagrams, and also a bit more information on how a solo photographer could pull off these scenarios. A bunch of them seem to require an assistant and that's not something I can aspire to any time soon.

The best information here is about blending flash with ambient light. There's lots of great information on gels, white balance, fill flash, shutter drag, EV compensatio Clear, accessible writing that will help you get the most from Nikon's CLS in i-TTL mode. There's lots of great information on gels, white balance, fill flash, shutter drag, EV compensation, and other issues related to getting your flash to work with the available light.

A great resource overall.

Oct 31, Tom Hammer rated it it was amazing. Despite what some other reviewers have opined, this book is not just inspirational but a great discussion of "how" to light images well with small, hand-held strobes. It is, as others have observed, more useful for photogs who use Nikon equipment as that's what McNally uses, but it is written such that its useful for photographers using other equipment.

So, you can replicate them and you will learn why Joe makes the technical, aesthetic and practical choices Joe makes as a photographer. Oct 12, Tim Street rated it liked it. A pretty good read.

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Based on the beginning I thought it would overall be a bit more instructional and had hoped that it would be , but it turned into a bunch of really short chapters of anecdotes. Interesting stuff, but not quite what I'd hoped for.

I appreciate the casual writing style, but it can be a bit much at times I don't think there's a single "because" in the entire book -- just "'cause" throughout. It does help the author's clearly quirky personality shine through, though. Still, al A pretty good read.

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Still, all of his anecdotes are incredible, and what you can glean from them is valuable. Aug 09, Rick Austin added it. Wonderful read in the typical and unique humor that McNally writes. He must be a fun guy to have a beer with. Great stories and a ton of interesting photographic situations he takes you through. Some in which you've probably seen the photos in NatGeo or other well known rags.

If you want to up your game with off camera flash this is one good read. He is a Nikon guy but the techniques are applicable to any brand. Educational and highly entertaining. Sep 05, Stephen Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed the book. While McNally is a Nikon shooter and all of the information is regarding Nikon Flashes it is the methods that he uses to light subjects in different situations that are informative. While it would be nice to use all of the equipment he uses, for some amateurs owning more than one speed light might be difficult or impossible to do.

It does give you ideas as to how to light creatively in different circumstances. Feb 10, Darren Smith rated it it was amazing. The book that turned me on to McNally and arguably has had the most influence on my understanding of strobist work and off-camera flash.

It rid me of any notion that available light was the preferred way to shoot, and instilled an appreciation of the complexity of lighting subjects, but also of the ease with which can get incredible results. Balancing ambient light with flash has become something I understand better because of this book.

It should be in every photographer's library! May 03, Lisa rated it it was amazing. Joe is a great writer! He keeps you entertained while teaching you something about lighting in the midst. Lots of tips and techniques I want to try. Only thing I wish is that there were sketches for all his shots, but he does have enough detail in each picture that you can back work most of it.

Might be a little high level for someone just entering photography, but if you have a hot shoe flash, this is a must read!

Dec 21, Heather rated it it was amazing. What a great book on lighting! I don't even dare call this an introduction, it's more of an immersion.

McNally starts by laying out all his equipment and letting you have a gander, then takes you, chapter by chapter, on a shooting spree. He shows you the good, the dark and the illuminated.

Whenever I need a push to get my creativity going I pull out this volume and flip to a chapter. Pretty soon I'm out and about, camera in hand, ready to light up the world! Thanks, Joe! Some will even outright suck! An homage, if you will, to the lucidity and riveting nature of instruction manuals everywhere. Another event in the history of small flash will be noted…. And of course, the current transition from SB to SB will be discussed.

In Tucson right now for the Geographic. Continuing true to my history with them of going to places at the worst time of year. Arizona in August. Siberia in February. See below.

Above is noon time, Lake Lavozero. The Russians were impressed that I suffered on the ice all day with them, and that of course led to a vodka soaked dinner at the polar observatory where we were housed. It was an upgrade, actually, from the hotel I was staying at. In my room the day previous, I heard a repeated smashing sound from down the hall.

Obviously, the technical types who write manuals need to present their information The interesting thing about this book is that it has an enjoyable, casual style, inside a well thought-out and executed three hundred or so pages. Obviously, the technical types who write manuals need to present their information in concise, linear ways, but this book on Flash Photography, specifically the use of the Nikon system of "speedlights", or portable electronic flashes, is a welcome refuge from trying to absorb the mumbo-jumbo provided by the manufacturer.

I can attest to McNAlly's success in reaching his goal from my experience as the first-time downloadr of the current generation of Nikon's i-TTL flashes. I wouldn't know how to operate my new flash without the manual, but this book shows how all of those features are used to create photographs. Joe McNally has been successfully marrying the creative and technical aspects of photography for decades.

He has been a staff photographer for "Life" magazine and continues to produce memorable photos for "National Geographic. This collection has toured various cities over the years and has earned, so far, over two million dollars for relief. He's one of those people who seem to never stop moving. In addition to his paid and freelance work, he is Kelby instructor, and tours the country, giving hands-on training in major cities.Community Reviews. Lastly, I am both honored and psyched to have been referenced in the book.

The good: It is light with an attitude. For our special ops guy in the forest, I went to Lo. Simple, right?

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