The final word Joe McNally
This issue, the master conjurer discusses working his Speedlight magic at The Photography Show...
So, how do you go from the shot on the far right (1/25 sec at f/5.6, ISO400) to the one above (1/4000 sec at
f/1.4, ISO400)? The model didn’t move. The lights did, though. The first pic was straight-up convention-hall light. Dank, ugly, without redeeming attractiveness, but handy enough when it comes to reading show signage. The aim here is to make your model, the lovely Amber Tutton, the star of the show.
I did this with two little softboxes, coming in April, from Lastolite. Called the Speed Lite Box 2, they have new diffuser fronts with substantial edge baffles, and another diffuser front panel with an egg crate stitched in. The main light above her, handheld, is just a diffuser, while the beauty fill, also handheld, has the grid cover. The grid helps isolate the feel of the light, and direct it towards her face without spraying around too much. These little boxes are the newest additions to the Joe McNally range, brought out by Lastolite. They’re available any day now, and I’m excited about the quality of light from these small, collapsible, ‘stuff it in your bag’ kind of light sources.
I generally work fast during live demos, and talk even faster. I just keep moving and trying things. Some look good, others, not so much. But working with Amber saved my butt as her look converted even my poorest efforts into an attractive photo. But there were a couple of frames where we did well together, and one of them is shown above.