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Joe McNally location lighting workshops this month  
Friday, October 8, 2004 | by Eamon Hickey

Well-known location lighting wizard Joe McNally will be giving several workshops this month explaining his secrets for using portable lighting gear to make elaborately lit images for magazines such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and Time.

The more comprehensive program will take place at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, which is about 40 miles west of Charlotte. McNally will conduct three one-day workshops from 9am to 6pm each day on October 29, 30, and 31. Class size will be limited to 12 students, and the registration fee is US$250 (which includes a "working lunch").

In this workshop McNally will discuss techniques for studio and location lighting and the ways that light shapes the mood, color, and feel of a photograph. The sessions will begin in the studio in the morning and move on location in the afternoon. McNally will start with one strobe and move on to more complex lighting setups using additional lights as the day progresses.

For more information on this workshop, or to register for it, contact Annette Spurling in the Dept. of Communications Studies at Gardner-Webb University, 704-406-3803,

McNally will offer a shorter workshop in lecture format on October 21 at PhotoPlus Expo, which will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. This abbreviated two-hour seminar will focus primarily on location lighting and will discuss the use of small, on-camera flashes as well as techniques for evaluating a location and determining the best lighting technique for it. It will run from 3:45pm to 5:45pm, and the registration fee is US$80.

The busy McNally will also be a guest lecturer at the Nikon School on December 11 and 12 in New York City where he will give a one-hour talk.

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