Review Friday – The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes by Joe McNally

Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally

The Hot Shoe Diaries:
Big Light from Small Flashes by Joe McNally

To put it summary this book is awesome. Joe McNally’s approach to writing books is perfect, he makes it fun to read, I never got bored with this book.

Short Description of the Book:
When it comes to photography, it’s all about the light.

After spending more than thirty years behind the lens—working for National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated—Joe McNally knows about light. He knows how to talk about it, shape it, color it, control it, and direct it. Most importantly, he knows how to create it…using small hot shoe flashes.

In The Hot Shoe Diaries, Joe brings you behind the scenes to candidly share his lighting solutions for a ton of great images. Using Nikon Speedlights, Joe lets you in on his uncensored thought process—often funny, sometimes serious, always fascinating—to demonstrate how he makes his pictures with these small flashes. Whether he’s photographing a gymnast on the Great Wall, an alligator in a swamp, or a fire truck careening through Times Square, Joe uses these flashes to create great light that makes his pictures sing.

Who is this book for:

  • For those people with solid understanding of Flash Photography.
  • For Advanced Amateur and Professional who intends to improve their knowledge on Flash Photography.

What I Like?

  • Full of information, advance technics, ideas.
  • None Canon or Nikon specific, as long as you understand Flash Photography, you’ll enjoy it.
  • Beautiful inspiring sample photos
  • Fun to read. You’ll enjoy it.


Buy it. If you are someone who would like to improve your flash photography skills, this is it. The book caters for a all types of audiences, whether you use Canon or Nikon. This is a treasure chest full of knowledge from the Master Photographer Joe McNally, go get yours, you’ll enjoy it.

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