McNally’s lighting magic
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!