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Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist. From 1994 until 1998, he was LIFE magazine's staff photographer, the first one in 23 years.


His most well known series is the "Faces of Ground Zero — Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th", a collection of 246 giant Polaroid portraits shot in the Moby c Studio near Ground Zero in a three-week period shortly after 9/11. A large group of these historic, compelling life-size (9' x 4') photos were exhibited in seven cities in 2002, seen by almost a million people. The sale of 55,000 copies of the exhibit book, printed by LIFE, raised over $2 million for the 9/11-relief effort. This collection is considered by many museum and art professionals to be the most significant artistic endeavor to evolve to date from the 9/11 tragedy.

Some of McNally's other renowned photographic series include, "The Future of Flying," a cover & 32-page story, commemorating the centennial observance of the Wright Brothers' flight and the future of aviation, which appeared in National Geographic Magazine, December 2003. Joe is a 25-year contributor to National Geographic, and this story was the first all digital shoot for the magazine. This issue was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and the magazine’s best-selling issue ever. In 2005 Joe shot a photo diary of the New York City Opera's historic first tour to Japan as part of the World Expo 2005.

Joe’s work has won numerous awards, and appeared in a variety of publications, advertising campaigns, books and more, including: Nikon, New York Times, National Geographic, Sony, Newsweek, ESPN Magazine, Land’s End, Discover, Life Books, MetLife, Bogen, Haggin Marketing, Lifetime, AGA Marketing, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Ballet Theatre, Men’s Journal, LIFE, and Fast Company,

Joe McNally is known internationally for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light. As part of his teaching activities, he conducts numerous workshops around the world.

To see more of Joe’s work, please go to: www.joemcnally.com

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Using Gels to Change the Scene

Learn how to influence your photographs with gels.

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, November 13, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe utilizes a dark blue theatrical gel on a speedlite to emulate that of a movie projector.

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TAGS: camera,  DSLR,  tips,  lighting,  D-SLR,  photography tips,  lighting technique,  tutorial,  Joe McNally,  tips and tricks,  speedlite,  Adorama TV,  gel,  Speedlight,  NIKKOR lenses,  Nikon D4s,  lighting gear,  Nikon,  Photo on the Go,  photography,  mood 

Two Approaches to Shoot a Scene with a Long Lens

Joe McNally discusses the importance of the tripod.

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, October 15, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe discusses his love / hate relationship with his tripod, and how that extra stability can really make an image come alive.

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TAGS: tripod,  stabilization,  photography tips,  photo technique,  stabilize,  Joe McNally,  Adorama TV,  Photo on the Go,  photography 

How to Show Motion

Learn how to show motion in your images with Joe McNally.

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, October 3, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe discusses two different ways to show motion, using a still camera.

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TAGS: camera,  tips,  motion,  action,  monopod,  photography tips,  shoe-mount,  action photography,  Joe McNally,  tips and tricks,  Adorama TV,  Speedlight,  shoe mount flashes,  Nikon D4s,  Nikon,  Photo on the Go,  photography 

Purposeful Distortion

Learn why distortion can help you create wonderful photographs.

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, September 18, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe discusses how the distortion from a fisheye lens can benefit your photograph.

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TAGS: camera,  photo technique,  lens,  Joe McNally,  Adorama TV,  Nikon D4s,  Nikon,  Photo on the Go,  photography,  distortion 

When to Use a Flash

When should you use your flash? Let Joe McNally help you with that.

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, September 4, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe discusses the importance of flash and blur, as well as the right and wrong times to pull the flash out of the bag.

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TAGS: flash,  photography tips,  photography tip,  shoe-mount,  blur,  Joe McNally,  speedlite,  Adorama TV,  Lastolite,  Speedlight,  shoe mount flashes,  Nikon D4s,  Nikon,  Photo on the Go,  photography 

How to Achieve Scale

Learn all about scale with Joe McNally.

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, August 21, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe discusses the importance that the human element plays in a photograph when showing scale.

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TAGS: camera,  lighting,  wide angle,  lighting technique,  lens,  Joe McNally,  Adorama TV,  Profoto,  NIKKOR lenses,  Nikon D4s,  lighting gear,  Nikon,  Photo on the Go,  photography,  scale 

Lens Selection & Distilling

Joe McNally talks about the importance of lens selection and distilling your images.

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, August 7, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe shows how important moving your feet and zooming your lens can be during your photo adventures.

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TAGS: camera,  zoom,  zoom lens,  location,  photography tips,  photography tip,  lens,  Joe McNally,  Adorama TV,  NIKKOR lenses,  Nikon D4s,  Nikon,  Photo on the Go,  photography,  distill 

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