Joe McNally: Shooting Environmental Portraits

On this video pro photographer Joe McNally and Daniel Norton from Adorama work on shooting  environmental portraits.

Last week we posted a different video from this McNally/Norton photo session which focused on shooting with window light. On this video McNally uses artificial light and natural light and he looks at other aspects of the shoot like nailing the aperture when shooting several people in the frame. Shutter speed also plays a significant role here and McNally shows when looking at the light on his two male models.

McNally also shows an interesting trick of bouncing a flash from the floor to give a little bit more of an extra light in an area which is hard to reach next to the model.

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. Finally – if you are into dance photography – we have several videos on this interesting topic.

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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