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Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash by Joe McNally

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THE BIG LIGHTS FORM YOUR SENTENCES. The little lights are the punctuation marks.

In each of the three images shown here, my subjects are lit by, surrounded with, or drenched in big flash. The firefighter portrait is done with one main light, a Deep Octa with a Ranger head firing into it. The Archbishop is illuminated by two strobes: a Quadra head into a Deep Octa for the main light, and the very crucial rim light, provided by a 2×6′ strip light with a Ranger head. And Katrina, seated on her steps, is lit with a couple of Rangers from out on her porch, firing through a 12×12′, one-stop diffuser. Take a look at the ...

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