Wel­come to is­sue 71

NPhoto - - From The Editor - Paul Paul Gro­gan, Edi­tor paul.gro­gan@fu­turenet.com

I re­cently had the plea­sure of watch­ing our long-stand­ing colum­nist and all-round pho­tog­ra­phy leg­end Joe McNally speak at The Pho­tog­ra­phy Show. I say speak, but it was more of a per­for­mance – a mas­ter­class not just in pho­tog­ra­phy, but in hav­ing the au­di­ence eat­ing out the palm of one’s hand.

His trick? Well, it helps that he’s just about the nicest guy in the busi­ness, and his gen­uine hu­mil­ity and self-dep­re­cat­ing sense of hu­mour don’t hurt, but what re­ally stood out was the sim­plic­ity of his ap­proach. Pho­tog­ra­phy is all too easy to over­com­pli­cate, but Joe – with the help of a model and an as­sis­tant plucked from the au­di­ence – took a point ’n’ shoot snap and turned it into a pol­ished, beau­ti­fully lit por­trait in a dozen very sim­ple steps, with each step an­swer­ing the ques­tion: what can I do next to im­prove this picture?

You can see the same ap­proach at work in his col­umn this month, on page 130: ex­pose for the lovely colour in the sky; light the sub­ject; light the plane. Con­grat­u­la­tions, you now shoot like Joe!

Else­where in this is­sue we’ve got a great fea­ture on ban­ish­ing blurred photos once and for all (p. 18); a pre­view of Sigma’s new 24-70mm f/2.8 (p. 108); an in-depth round-up of A2 prints (p. 110); and an in­sight­ful and highly en­ter­tain­ing in­ter­view with ar­guably the best sports photographer of the past 50 years (p. 94). En­joy!

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