I worked with ThinkTAP Learn this past year to put together what is probably the most complete video overview of an assignment I’ve ever participated in. They were there, recording, when I talked to the subjects on the phone, when I thought out the job, and when I was struggling to finish in the field on a day when I had been up all night throwing up. (There are no sick days for a freelancer.)
They recorded the setups, the lighting, the interaction with the subject, the crestfallen look up at the sky when freezing rain attended an outdoor shoot with a clown, and the shrug I had when the bed of nails a performer was supposed to lay down on turned out to not be a bed, but more like a 2’x3′ piece of board. They were there for the studio days, and the field days. They recorded jobs when I used the new Nikon SB-5000 radio TTL Speedlights, and when I switched off to Profoto B-1’s. And they also did a small stint at the end with Jon Cospito, as he retouched the final images. Soup to nuts, as they say.
We dreamed up this job to shoot performance artists in the Washington DC area, that hotbed of suits and ties and bureaucracy. The hook was that these folks, in the midst of a metro area dominated by the government, with all the attending attitudes and connotations that might have, had found a different way to make a living. Free spirits, in a couple of words. Colorful and unabashed. Different.
All these disparate folks–a stripper, a clown, a stilt-walking mime, a belly dancer, a fire eater–required a different approach, a changeup in the lighting and the thought process. Photographically speaking, each had possibilities to take advantage of, and each had problems that needed solving. In some instances, I had to work fast. Others required me to completely negate the location space and create a studio. I used big flash and small flash, long lens and wide, emphasized environment or squashed it, and used flash, hot lights and any goddam light that was available, as they say.
It will be rolled out in installments, and the first one’s out, and, like the rest of the pre-holiday world, it is on sale now. Hit this link for the info and the pricing. This one is fun! (How can shooting a belly dancer backlit with hot lights, gyrating with veils, with bicycle lights attached to her hips not be fun?) It is the first of this series of location adventures that end up being a pretty complete overview of field work. It shows, as Bill Douthitt, my good friend and editor at Nat Geo used to say, “concept to completion.”
Robert Erickson says
Is Location Photography: On Assignment with Joe McNally volume 1 a CD? I’ve no data budget for a download or streaming video.
That’s what I hoped for. Great deal. Bought it. Thank you Joe!
I wish that there was an explanation of what you will get once you plunk down your money. For me, the most disappointing thing is that I can’t download the lessons so that I can view them without an internet connection.
Joe McNally says
Hi Robert…it’s a download only…no CD…..
It’s no download, Joe. I was struggling with ThinkTapLearn as you can only stream it!
It’s only a stream. What I don’t like: They are all very short snippets of 1-2 minutes. Each time I have set the video to full screen it already ended. Full screen switches back and I have to go the menu to select the next snippet. And for each snippet you get the starting melody again and again (it’s part of the max. 2 min snippets!). I’m sorry but in this way it makes no fun to watch.
Joe McNally says
My bad…yes, I confused my terminology there. It is streaming, for now, and will eventually become a download.
Thank you Joe, that could be helpful. IMHO watching and learning could also be easier if it could be watched in one piece without restarting the videos and getting the jingle each time it’s restarted. Just like your other videos are. Looking forward to your next videos (and images of course 😉
Thanks Joe, this course looks great and a lot of fun.
Hi Joe, now that Volume 2 is out (for streaming), will there be a special discount on startup from your site?