Joe McNally on Dramatic Portrait Lighting

On this shot Nikon video, pro photographer Joe McNally takes us behind the scenes of a shoot with two speedlights and shares a few simple ideas on how to make the most out of this type of situation.

Sometimes you do want harsh light on your subjects and on this quick video McNally was interested in creating just that. He used two Nikon speedlights  with gels to get the desired effect and added some DIY magic to focus the light (improvising should be a second nature to any photographer – especially when working with different lights sources).

You can find many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on and  LensVid. You can also check all of Joe McNally previous videos here on the site on this link.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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