The Beginner Photography Podcast

483: Joe McNally: Lessons from a Lifetime of Photographing the World

June 20, 2024 Raymond Hatfield
483: Joe McNally: Lessons from a Lifetime of Photographing the World
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The Beginner Photography Podcast
483: Joe McNally: Lessons from a Lifetime of Photographing the World
Jun 20, 2024
Raymond Hatfield

In this episode of the Beginner Photography Podcast, I chat with Joe McNally, a renowned photographer known for his daring and diverse career. Joe shares gripping stories from helicopter photo shoots to capturing unique subway moments with Tony Bennet. He delves into the evolving landscape of the photography industry, stressing adaptability, the critical role of lighting, and the power of authentic storytelling. 

THE BIG IDEAS

  • Adaptability is Key: The photography industry is always changing. Be ready to pivot and explore different paths to stay relevant.
  • The Power of Light: Master lighting to influence and enhance your photos, giving character to your subjects and depth to your stories.
  • Own Your Mistakes: Embrace and learn from your errors. They are valuable lessons that shape you into a better photographer.
  • Seek Adventure: Push yourself to capture compelling images. Step out of your comfort zone and let the story unfold naturally.

PHOTOGRAPHY ACTION PLAN

  • Master Lighting Techniques: Experiment with various lighting setups, including natural, studio, and mixed lighting. Study how light interacts with different surfaces and subjects, and practice using reflectors and diffusers.
  • Develop Storytelling Skills: Create a series of photos that tells a compelling story, such as a day in the life of a local artisan.Focus on capturing authentic moments and emotions, not just technically perfect shots.
  • Expand Your Skill Set: Try photographing different genres, like portraiture, landscape, or street photography, to broaden your experience. Take a challenging assignment, even if it's pro bono, to push your limits and grow.
  • Build a Strong Portfolio: Curate a collection of your best work, focusing on diversity and range. Regularly update your portfolio to reflect your growth and current style.
  • Embrace Continuous Learning: Attend photography workshops or online courses to learn new skills and techniques. Follow and analyze the work of photographers you admire, taking notes on what makes their photos successful.

Resources:
Check out Joe's book, The Real Deal  - https://amzn.to/3xedGBe
Follow Joe on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joemcnallyphoto/
Check out Joe McNally's Website - https://joemcnally.com/

Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets at
http://freephotographypresets.com/

Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.
And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!
Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/

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Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

Show Notes

In this episode of the Beginner Photography Podcast, I chat with Joe McNally, a renowned photographer known for his daring and diverse career. Joe shares gripping stories from helicopter photo shoots to capturing unique subway moments with Tony Bennet. He delves into the evolving landscape of the photography industry, stressing adaptability, the critical role of lighting, and the power of authentic storytelling. 

THE BIG IDEAS

  • Adaptability is Key: The photography industry is always changing. Be ready to pivot and explore different paths to stay relevant.
  • The Power of Light: Master lighting to influence and enhance your photos, giving character to your subjects and depth to your stories.
  • Own Your Mistakes: Embrace and learn from your errors. They are valuable lessons that shape you into a better photographer.
  • Seek Adventure: Push yourself to capture compelling images. Step out of your comfort zone and let the story unfold naturally.

PHOTOGRAPHY ACTION PLAN

  • Master Lighting Techniques: Experiment with various lighting setups, including natural, studio, and mixed lighting. Study how light interacts with different surfaces and subjects, and practice using reflectors and diffusers.
  • Develop Storytelling Skills: Create a series of photos that tells a compelling story, such as a day in the life of a local artisan.Focus on capturing authentic moments and emotions, not just technically perfect shots.
  • Expand Your Skill Set: Try photographing different genres, like portraiture, landscape, or street photography, to broaden your experience. Take a challenging assignment, even if it's pro bono, to push your limits and grow.
  • Build a Strong Portfolio: Curate a collection of your best work, focusing on diversity and range. Regularly update your portfolio to reflect your growth and current style.
  • Embrace Continuous Learning: Attend photography workshops or online courses to learn new skills and techniques. Follow and analyze the work of photographers you admire, taking notes on what makes their photos successful.

Resources:
Check out Joe's book, The Real Deal  - https://amzn.to/3xedGBe
Follow Joe on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joemcnallyphoto/
Check out Joe McNally's Website - https://joemcnally.com/

Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets at
http://freephotographypresets.com/

Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.
And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!
Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/

Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


Thanks for listening & keep shooting!