Joe McNally Photography

Finished up a two week stint at the Santa Fe Workshops, and had some wonderful folks in front of the lens for class demos. John Wayne Haynes, above, has the classic face that can only be arrived at after years of cowboy life. Likewise, Billy Manns below. Both are shot standing in the same place, with the same lighting setup.

The portrait of John in B&W is done with one of my favorite combos, the Nikon D500 fitted with the 16-80 DX Nikkor. As a camera and lens duo, they’re a super light and sharp tandem. The vertical above was shot with the D5, and a 105 f/1.4 lens. The lighting setup is below.

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Pretty straight up, no frills light. Two Profoto 1×4 RFI soft boxes were placed right and left, and my subjects lived in between. With Billy, because Trey, his dog, chose to pose with him (he never moved, amazingly wonderful pooch) we had to move the lights back a little bit to accommodate the camera angle. With John, they were in much tighter. I realized when I shot the full length portrait of Billy including Trey and the grass, it gave the pic a bit more of a “studio” look and feel than I normally go for out there in the world, but I ended up liking it. It’s also shot at f11, which means it’s way sharp. Both sessions were done back to back and because I was teaching, and yakking my way through the sessions, so they were very brief. Got Billy in front of camera for a first frame at 6:28 and was done at 6:34. The D500 portrait of John was done in two minutes, according to the camera.

The light source to camera left is a Profoto B4, which is a wondrous monster of a location battery unit, and the camera right light was a B1, which is a go-to source out there away from electric. Glad I had them both. Many thanks to Profoto USA for supporting my Santa Fe Workshops classes this year! They gave the class four B1 units to play with, and light shapers galore. It was fun, and a great education for the participants.

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Joe McNally
Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer whose prolific career includes assignments in nearly 70 countries. McNally is known world-wide as not only one of the top, technically excellent photographers of his generation, but his charming demeanor, confidence and humor make him a sought-after choice from CEO’s to celebrities to commercial and magazine clients alike. He is among the rare breed of photographer who has bridged the world between photojournalism and advertising, amassing an impressive commercial and advertising client list including FedEx, Sony, ESPN, Adidas, Land’s End, General Electric, Epson, MetLife, USAA, New York Stock Exchange, Lehman Brothers, PNC Bank, and the Beijing Cultural Commission. McNally is equally comfortable climbing buildings or lighting a telescope to capturing quiet, sensitive subject matter with confidence in medical surroundings. He has shot numerous cover stories and highly complex features for the National Geographic, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated, where his research skills and unmatched preparedness were highly valued.