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Scenes and lessons from the most acclaimed and talked about tour of 2011! On this two disc set, you get the both sessions--Hobby and McNally--in their entirety.
Disc One- David "The Strobist" Hobby
If you are going to drive, you should know how to drive stick. So the morning is spent lighting in manual mode.
We start small with a 4-light headshot, learning to control the scene by adding one light at a time. Then we take those same principles and export them into other settings -- an outdoor portrait at midday, a table-top, a big dark room, a shower stall (with water) and finally, into the woods at dusk.
For all of these situations, simple or complex, we use the same approach. Control the ambient, then add one light at a time.
Disc Two- Joe "Numnuts" McNally
After learning to drive stick, in the afternoon we go automatic, and get out on the high wire of TTL. Using members of the audience,we craft spontaneous lighting solutions, talking our way through each setup, mixing TTL and manual (oh my!) approaches, going from one light on the hot shoe to four and five lights on sticks, fitted with lots of different light modifiers.
It's location photography--with all its wonderful possibilities and chaos, right there on stage.
And with this being Hobby and McNally, the entire day is completely serious, steeped in utter formality with no fun or irreverence whatsoever. Kidding.
Reviewed by 3 customers
I've read Hobby's blog and have McNally's book, but it's so helpful to see the techniques in video form...
David Hobby and Joe McNally are great instructors and they do a very good job of explaining their respective areas of expertise. The simplest way to think of this this DVD set is that it is like going to one of their classes without having to take notes. My one disappointment with the set is the video quality. Not so much that it is SD, but that the video is noisy and generally not terribly good looking. I suppose that it was a limitation of the venue and equipment on hand, but the video (not instructional content) could definitely be improved.
Excellent lighting primer.