joe_0019Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned more than 30 years and included assignments in over 60 countries. McNally is often described as a generalist because of his ability to execute a wide range of assignment work. His expansive career has included being an ongoing contributor to the National Geographic -shooting numerous cover stories and highly complex, technical features; a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated; the last staff photographer in the history of LIFE; as well as shooting cover stories for TIMENewsweekFortuneNew York, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

McNally regularly writes a popular, occasionally irreverent blog ( about the travails, tribulations and high moments of being a photographer, and has authored several noteworthy books on photography. While his work notably springs from the time-honored traditions of magazine journalism, McNally has also adapted to the Internet driven media world, and his blog made Shutterstock’s list of “17 Blogs to Follow in 2017” and was named as one of the “Top 5 Most Socially Influential Photographers” by Eye-Fi in 2015. His work and his blog are regularly cited in social media surveys as sources of inspiration and industry leadership. He is also among the rare breed of photographer who has bridged the world between photojournalism and advertising, amassing an impressive commercial and advertising client list including FedEx, Nikon, Epson, Sony, Land’s End, General Electric, MetLife, USAA, Adidas, ESPN, the Beijing Cultural Commission, and American Ballet Theater.

A sought-after workshop instructor and lecturer, he has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Disney Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He is proud to be named a Nikon USA Ambassador, an honor that has a special significance for him, as he bought his first Nikon camera in 1973, and for forty years, from the deserts of Africa to the snows of Siberia, he has seen the world through those cameras.

We look forward to having Joe as a Keynote Speaker at PhotoCon 2017 coming March 17-18 to the Tower Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK. There Joe will also be offering a demonstration of the latest lighting technology from Nikon. If you want to hear Joe speak, along with many other distinguished photographers click here for more information. Below are previews of what Joe will be discussing at PhotoCon 2017.

Joe McNally: The Light and The Life – Keynote (7:00pm – 8:30pm) Friday, March 17th, 2017
Join us for an entertaining lecture featuring world-renowned photographer Joe McNally as he discusses the topic of lighting. Known for his expertise with light, he has done large productions, studio work and simple street assignments. McNally is very honest and open about the rewards as well as the trials and tribulations of being a photographer. He discusses the technical skills required, but is open about the fact that they have to be complemented by a sense of confidence and curiosity about the world. McNally is funny, captivating, and takes the audience on a wonderful journey of a storied career, stronger than ever, because of a lasting passion for photography.


Big Light from Small Flash – SB-5000 LIVE Demo! (1:00pm – 2:15pm) Friday, March 17th, 2017

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the latest in Nikon Radio TTL technology at work as Joe McNally demonstrates the SB-5000 LIVE! McNally will demo the new tech in Speedlights, and show how these new units mesh seamlessly with existing, older Speedlights that use line of sight technology. Fast paced and informative, the session will cover placement, light shapers, and the big three of light—color, quality and direction. Join us for a lively session packed with lighting info!

Here is a short video from Joe McNally’s Blog giving you a glimpse at what his seminar and light demonstration will be like. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

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