McNally’s light­ing magic

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The Jan­uary is­sue (67) has dropped through the door and im­me­di­ately called into ques­tion this old athe­ist’s con­vic­tions! I’ve sus­pected for a while that Joe McNally has a con­tract writ­ten in scar­let with an un­der­world light­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and his lat­est ar­ti­cle has only strength­ened this no­tion.

When I try to use a flash, you can guar­an­tee that my sin­gle light source and re­flec­tor will bleach out every­thing, will be too harsh or will be in­ef­fec­tive. Yet here is Joe us­ing what looks like 12 or 13 light sources, plus day­light, at ISO 400, f/8 and 1/250 sec, and his su­perb im­age is still dark and moody and full of mys­tery. Surely this is the re­sult of some necro­mancy or other dark art!

If ever you were to of­fer me the chance to be in your Ap­pren­tice fea­ture with a pro pho­tog­ra­pher, I’d love to learn how Joe works his il­lu­mi­nated magic. Adam Tay­lor, via email Thank you for your let­ter, Adam. We agree that Joe McNally does seem to have a magic touch when it comes to light­ing. You can catch Joe’s Light­ing Mas­ter­class at The Pho­tog­ra­phy Show in March (see page 3), where he’ll share some of his se­crets!

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