Following up on the great success of The Moment It Clicks
and The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes,
legendary magazine photographer Joe McNally takes us on another
memorable ride with Sketching Light, another trip into the land of
light--but this time running the gamut from small flash to big
flash, and everywhere in between.
Of course, Joe includes coverage of Nikon Speedlights, but he also covers big flash, as well as "in-between" lights as the Elinchrom Quadra. The exploration of new technology, as well as the explanation of older technology. No matter what equipment Joe uses and discusses, the most important element of Joe's instruction is that it is straightforward, complete, and honest. No secrets are held back, and the principles he talks about apply generally to the shaping and quality of light, not just to an individual model or brand of flash.
He tells readers what works and what doesn't via his let's-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots, and he does it all with the intelligence, clarity, and wisdom that can only come from shooting in the field for 30 years for the likes of National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated--not to mention the wit and humor of a clearly warped (if gifted) mind.
Table of Contents
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Notes on the Book
- And Now, Time for a Short, Brisk Whipping!
- More Light-Shaping Tools!
- Northern (One) Light
- But Then, I Just Couldn’t Take It Anymore...
- One Light, One Window, One Room
- Of Frosted Glass and Dirty Windows
- The ABCs
- Build a Wall of Light
- Make the Light Jump...and Other Lessons
- Big Flash, Small Flash, Far Away
- Here’s Sunshine Up Your Skirt!
- Set the Table with Light
- The Two-Speedlight Character Portrait
- Industrial Light
- Finding Faces
- Big Light, Small Flash
- The Aesthetics of High-Speed Flash
- Up Against the Wall
- Radio TTL
- The Shape of Light
- A Tale of One Face, Lit Two Ways
- Lessons from the Acetate Era
- Finding a Picture on the Edge of the Canyon
- Sometimes, the Main Light Is in the Back
- Working with D
- Light as an Exclamation Point
- One Light, One Shadow
This Looks Hard, But It’s Not
- Here’s More Good News: It Can Be Even Simpler!
- Get a Helper!
- Take Chances! Let It Ride...
- The Three Zones
- Use the Technology!
- Make the Light Look Like It Belongs
- The Light Off the Camera is Helpful
- Get in Tight, Go Wide, Shoot Like Crazy
- Look for Extremes of Light!
- Quiet Moments
- Don’t Pack Up the Cameras
- A Couple of Joes
- The Lady, the Light, and Some Luck
- Lighting the Wind
- More Wilma
- This Looks Hard, and It Is
- This Just In...
- Title: Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash
- Release date: December 2011
- Publisher(s): New Riders
- ISBN: 9780321712684