Really looking forward to a short, wonderful trip to London this September for the GPP Pop Up with three colleagues I value and respect enormously, Greg Heisler, David Hobby, and Zack Arias. For two days, in a couple of venues, the four of us ping around the compass of shooting, lighting, adapting and surviving in this business. Greg goes high end, and opens up the door to his prodigious noodle and shows you the why and how of the way he imagines light. Zack goes DIY as only he can. I keep it small with just a couple of speed lights and ad hoc live shooting of portrait subjects I find in the audience. And David steps outside the box to talk about taking all the technique and creating an ecosystem for yourself as a photographer that you can manage and thrive in.
Best thing for me, is when I don’t teach, I’m in one of these guys’ classes with a notebook. And another best thing–London is one of the most amazing cites to be in, ever. I went to photo school there for six months, talked my way onto a fishing trawler and put into the North Sea (in November) for a couple weeks, shot a FedEx campaign there, and lived on the Isle of Dogs for National Geographic for 17 weeks. Yep, you guessed it–I’ve logged lots of pub time in England. When I lived in the East End for that stretch, all while London Docklands was being built, my local was the Tooke Arms, where the bartender would simply, without being asked, put a pint of Ruddles on the counter as soon as I walked in.
The way the GPP Pop Up is designed maximizes learning and variety, in short amount of time. Each class is focused, and different from each other. And, did I mention it’s in London? It’s a city I can never get enough of, and of course now, we’ll be there in the wake of the entire UK being gobsmacked by a cuddly new royal. And, I’m dropping this blog now, as a reminder, as you can get an early bird discount on the whole shebang if you act before July 31. So now’s the time to say, as DH mentioned over at Strobist, “Hey honey, summer’s over, tickets are cheaper, the weather’s great, how about London for a week? Oh, and look there’s this thing about photography and it’s only a couple days! Right in downtown! Just a hop, skip and a jump to Harrods!”
London’s calling……more tk…..
I was sold on this within a matter of minutes! I found yourself and David through Syl Arena, and have become a huge fan over the last few months. I’ve just gone freelance as an Equine photographer having done photography as a hobby for around 6 years. I’ll be scribbling away at the back hoping to get some real inspiration on how I can make this niche area work for me! Look forward to it.
I’m already booked, looking forward to hearing from NUMNUTZ in person!
Kellie Stapleton says
Hi Joe: love your books,blogs and photos. Wondering where you went to photography school in London? Thanks.
I have booked a ticket already, the same week the announcement was made! Looking forward to seeing you there!
I used to drink Ruddles when I lived over there back in the 80’s, I haven’t thought of that in years! Good stuff!
Nina Bataller says
Happy Birthday Joe- Hope to get to another of your classes soon.
Nina Bataller says
PS- Thank you for sharing your knowledge and gifts with the world. In a time where hero’s are few and far between, you’re still the top of my hero list : )
Joe McNally says
Hey Kellie…I went to an extension of the Syracuse Photo Program in London. We were based in a small house on Monmouth Rd. All Best, Joe
Peter Andersan says
You are a great inspiration. Please keep up the blog and the good work!
Suzy Walker says
I’m glad you’re coming to my home city 🙂 I’m gutted I wont be able to make your pop-up weekend 🙁 It looks such a good lineup! I’m half way through your hot shoe dairies book, really enjoying it. I’ve only ever used underwater strobes (sorry, the underwater variety arnt called flashguns or speedlights ;)) But since I started a photography degree I’m having to branch out with other subjects. I still haven’t decided on the right gear but there is no rush.
Si Longworth says
So happy I will be a part of this weekend. I am due to fly back form Afghan, arriving Friday morning. Tight, but that’s life I guess.
Looking forward to learning along with many others.
See you soon