Worst book on photography writen
I cannot see the big hype about this book. Joe McNally is a fantastic photographer yes, I agree, but this book is just a biography about his life and career as a photographer and about light. It's all about the light. If you are a big time lighting fanatic then I would consider purchasing this book. The images he uses in the book are nothing to write home about. I am sure Joe has much more impressive photos he could have shared in his book. Seeing Winona Ryder in her pj's sprawled on a bed as a teenager (at least that what she looked like in the photo) is nothing to write home about. Joe has a story to tell with every single photo in the book. I really did not care how he rented an elephant or a dog or even invest some $3400 in some angel wings in order to get the "shot." I have learned so much more from Scott Kelby books like his digital photography books 1 and 2. They are technical and actually have a real world use. (No, I do not have any affiliation with Scott Kelby whatsoever. I am just stating a point so anyone who is thinking about buying this book for some really in depth technical knowledge should look somewhere else) How many of us will actually take a ride in a helicopter and snap a photo of an Asian actress dangling from a rope? Even the pointers Joe provides are nothing more than common sense. “If a light went on fire stay calm or pretend to be and show the client there is nothing to be alarmed about.” Or “be persistent, persistence pay’s” This review is just to express my disappointment as I expected much more from one of the world’s top photographers.
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