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My bestselling Book/DVD combo: Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes Lighting Techniques, is now available as both an iPad and iPhone App from the iTunes Store.


The cool thing is: the App is only $9.95, and includes all the same videos and content. One of the reviewers on iTunes wrote this about the App:

“His technique of showing the shot, and then breaking it down how he did it, is very productive. The narrative is fun, not dry. $10 for pro instruction on lighting is a deal, the price of some digital photography magazines.”

Anyway, if you’d like to check it out, you can find it right here. Thanks to my Publisher, Peachpit Press who developed the App and got it out there. They really did a great job with it, and I’m super psyched to have it available both as a App, and for such an affordable price.



Joe is back at it this month with another round of One-Day Lighting Workshops in Dobbs Ferry, NY (just north of NYC)!  This time around, he’s doing both Basic and Advanced workshops. Here are brief descriptions of each:

July 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18

These hands-on workshops are not camera system specific, nor are they are not about buttons and dials. All day, we will deal with the question of how to manage light, while emphasizing how to “write” with light and how it shapes the mood, message, color, and feel of the photograph. Joe will start with the basics of one flash, and move quickly into scenarios involving multiple flashes. Significant location lighting issues will be discussed during the course of a jam-packed day.

July 12, 16, 27, 28, 29

The techniques taught in the basic lighting workshop will be incorporated, albeit in a compressed time format. Basic proficiency with flash, on and off camera, is required.
Depending on the pace of the class, the following advanced techniques below will be examined:
$#x2022; Auto FP hi-speed sync.
$#x2022; Multiple exposure, using multiple groups.
$#x2022; Complex multiple flash scenarios.
$#x2022; Mixing small flash with bigger strobes.
$#x2022; Stroboscopic (if time allows).

Head over to Joe’s site for the full skinny on everything.  Classes are filling up quickly, so don’t wait to register!!


Just a quick word of thanks to everybody who came out and spent the evening with Matt, Corey, Dave, RC, and I for NAPP and Adobe’s free “Photoshop CS5 Summit” this past Friday in Manhattan.

By Friday morning we had over 2,100 people registered for the event, and it was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd. Our thanks to everyone who endured the long queue outside the theater, and the horrendous audio issues in the back of the room. (Believe me, we know. So does the very expensive company that we hired to do the audio and video, who’ll be hearing from us again today).

Here are a few scenes from the event (photos by Brad Moore):


Above: We worked in teams of two during the night, with each of doing start-to-finish products and working CS5 into our existing workflow. Here I’m doing a camera raw start-to-finish retouch with the final image used as the cover of a sports magazine (That’s Corey Barker to my left).


Above: Dave Cross and RC Concepcion on stage during their presentation. Both Dave and RC had some really slick projects they tackled in front of RC’s home town (two of RC’s brothers were in the audience that night).


Above: Adobe’s Product Manager for Photoshop, Bryan O’Neil Hughes (left) kicked off the 2nd segment of the three hour summit, and gave the crowds some amazing insights into how Photoshop CS5 was developed with direct input from the Photoshop community.

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Above: View from the 2nd floor balcony.


Above: In the theater lobby there were tables manned by Wacom, B&H Photo, and Adorama (among others).


Above: Matt Kloskowski during his “Seven Commandments of HDR” presentation. He had a hilarious true story of how he took the HDR image of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, which he used in his presentation.


Above: Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty got the “Rock Star” treatment when he took the stage in New York, as he had an incredibly Lightroom-friendly crowd who were cheering him big time, even though it was a CS5 event.


Above: Corey and I did the final session (before giving away a third round of cool prizes), with Corey’s amazing 3D Photoshop presentation (along with lots of teasing from me, a 2D guy, along the way).

A special thanks to Adobe, and all the great people on the Photoshop team for sponsoring the event (we couldn’t have done it without them) and a big thanks once again to everyone who came out to be a part of the event.

I hope to see some of you again when I head there next month for my Lightroom 3 Live! Tour at the Javits Center, on Monday, July 19th (here’s the link with details).

Maui Shore

My buddy, and Photoshop World Instructor Rod Harlan is presenting a 5-day workshop on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii on The Art of Digital Storytelling (Where digital photography meets inspired videography).

He says participants will get the best of both worlds in this workshop with complete hands on photography and videography field-work at some of the most stunning locations around Maui. He’ll be joined by master photographer Randy Hufford who’s lived on the island for over 35 years and will act as your personal guide to some of the best location shooting that only insiders know.

This is followed by focused classroom learning, post-processing, production and effects training (including the new Adobe CS5 Suite).

The workshop runs from Monday July 12th – Friday July 16th and is open to both photographers and videographers. He’ll be going over how to shoot video with your DSLR, take great pictures to use in both print and video, combine it all with audio, graphics and effects, render it out to the best settings, and then distribute it to the widest audience possible.

The workshop offers a unique opportunity to spend 5 consecutive days practicing both digital photography and digital video to produce your own digital story in the most diverse and exciting setting imaginable.

Rod has a ton of information on what they will be seeing and doing on Maui,  right here:


Big News: We taking the show on the road as Kelby Training Live presents Joe McNally’s Location Lighting Tour in London, England (for the first time ever), on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 and it is going to be just an unbelievable day!!!!! (photo above by Drew Gurian)

You guys are in for a real treat, as Joe’s tour has been playing to standing room only crowds coast-to-coast here in the U.S. and his tour absolutely gets rave reviews, and now we’re bringing the tour to Islington’s Business Design Centre, and he is absolutely going to rock the house.

Not only do we expect a sell-out in advance, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that while Joe is there, either (a) He gets Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen, or (b) He gets arrested on a variety of changes, mostly having to do with public nudity and the ensuing bar fight. It’s a chance we have to take.

Seriously though, we’re really excited to have Joe take the tour over there for us, and we hope you’ll get a chance to spend an amazing career-changing day learning from one of the most gifted, passionate, hilarious, and brilliant lighting and photography instructors on the planet.

Here’s the link with all the details. Don’t miss it!

……you’ve gotta watch this short video from me and the NAPP crew (it’s just one minute, 59 seconds), about our massive free CS5 training launch on Monday, plus how you can win a Free Adobe Photoshop CS5 Upgrade (we’re giving one away every day next week)—and a whole bunch more, including some brand new online stuff that you’ll totally love (Shhhhh), and you’ll know the whole scoop in less than two minutes:

Click here to watch the video on your iPad or iPhone!.