All about strobes: Watch Joe McNally create an out of this world portrait and learn about orange filters


posted Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT


We have a couple of portrait-centric videos to share with you today, both of which center around the use of off-camera flash. First up is a video for Adorama TV featuring professional photographers Joe McNally and Daniel Norton.

McNally is well-known for his use of speedlights, and in this collaborative video, he uses a large array of Nikon SB-5000 flashes (you can read our impressions of the Nikon SB-5000 flash here) with a Nikon D5 camera. Throughout the video, McNally offers insight into his thought process and shares many tips and tricks for best utilizing off-camera flash and building a scene. Check it out below.

Now for a video from photographer Ilko Allexandroff’s new tutorial series. The video discusses the importance of an orange filter for strobist and portrait photography. In particular, Alelexandroff uses orange filters heavily on his lights when shooting night portraits. You can see a tutorial he made specifically about night portraits here.

To learn why orange filters can be so critical for shooting portraits with strobes, watch the video below.

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