This post was provided by Joe McNally for the Better When You Tether Series: Inspired Tethered Photography Setup by professional photographers/videographers from all different styles, age groups and experience.
Background on the Shoot
My last cover for National Geographic was shot in the woods of Spain. I had the magazine’s art director with me. In this case, tethered photography made a huge difference in the result.
How Has Tethered Photography Changed You?
“Tethering has become an enormously important tool for us on location. It enables both myself and the client to have the peace of mind seeing an image large on a screen, and knowing much more certainly if adjustments need to be made. Via the Tether Tools gear, it has also become a much more dependable and easy way of working in the field.” – Joe McNally
My tethered photography setup is mounted on a Tripod Crossbar featuring a Tether Table Aero MacBook 15″ on a Gitzo Tripod.
- TetherPro Cat6 550MHz UTP Network Cable
- MacBook Pro 15″
- Aero Hooks
- Aero SecureStrap
- JerkStopper Camera Support
Lighting & Camera Setup:
- Lastolite Exybox 24″
- (2) Nikon SB900
- Nikon D4
- Nikkor 85 1.4
- Avenger C-Stand w/ Boom
- Really Right Stuff Tripod Head
Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries.
He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men’s Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and, currently, an ongoing 25-year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications.
His advertising and commercial clients include FedEx, Sony, Nikon, Land’s End, General Electric, MetLife, Adidas, American Ballet Theater, Epson, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Whether he is capturing individuals or large-scale assignments, McNally’s photographs inform the viewer with their artistry and compassion, telling us stories elicited by his great communicative skills and captured through his lens.
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