Sketching Light

Sketching Light

An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

Book - 2011
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Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : New Riders ©2011
ISBN: 9780321700902
Branch Call Number: 771 MCNALLY
Characteristics: xiv, 471 p. : ill., col. & b&w. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: New Riders Publishing


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Dec 25, 2013

Author Joe McNally is a renowned professional photographer who has worked for National Geographic as well as having his own studio in his 30 year career. His prose style for this book, however is very difficult to follow. He likes to use metaphor repeatedly using colorful language and slang to describe his experience with lighting while exploring his craft. While I did learn some things from this book, it really took considerable effort to glean that learning from the text. Having seen examples of McNally's work, here in this book and elsewhere I would say he is a gifted artist. That coupled with his broad experience have made him something of a celebrity in the photographic world. But the prose style he used to write this book leaves much to be desired. Given his talent I would guess he has something to say about the craft of photography and in this particular example, about light. But it is simply too difficult to get much of anything from this text. Very disappointing.


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