average plant [deleted] 6:44am, 18 April 2010
It's official now! Joe McNally is coming to Portland, Oregon this summer to teach a two day intensive workshop on July 31st, August 1st.

This workshop is going to be amazing, and is limited to just 15 people to give you a chance to have personal instruction and practice with Joe. Instruction will be split between working in a classroom setting and working at two on-location shoots.

Full details and registration available at:

Hope to see many of the PDX Strobists there!
dath1974 8 years ago
Gosh, I wish I had that kind of money to spend! I guess it must not suck too badly to be a rockstar photographer;->
noisy rabbits [deleted] 8 years ago
Money is not bad for his class ( history is that he is had opportunities that will not be repeated, fewer magazines, flickr as a resource, cannot get cheaper place to steal photos than flickr, right ) of photographer.

Excellent opportunity for those with money and prerequisites ( I was turned down for a workshop that was offered in California, as I did not have enough flash off camera work to present for entry to the workshop. ) flash off camera images.

Maybe next year.

His overhead will remain high ( NYC ), so appropriate fees, I bought the book and DVD, they are good.
seanmophoto 8 years ago
bummer, I'd really like to do this, but have a wedding on the 31st
average plant [deleted] Posted 8 years ago. Edited by average plant (member) 8 years ago
Trust me, if I could do the workshop cheaper I would but the cost to put on something like this is not trivial. You can pay via credit card though, so everyone should beg, borrow, and steal to make it. ;- P

Also I bet that if you compare the amount you would learn in two days with Joe to taking a 1 credit course at PNCA ($1079 per credit) you might find Joe's workshop more helpful.
average plant [deleted] 8 years ago
Looks like Joe is doing a workshop immediately after the one in Portland with the same content and setup for $1625 +$360 "model and location" fee in Sante Fe. They require that you submit a portfolio to be allowed to take the class too.

thinkable straw [deleted] 8 years ago
I'll see what I can do, i know it's intensive for sure. I don't know if i'll be able to save that up by them, imma gonna try though.

Also, This 2 day workshop shouldn't be compared to a course at PNCA.
Mr. McNally is no fine art photographer, and PNCA is all about fine art.
Strober 8 years ago
Seems like a tough tradeoff. He is definetely famous and he'll be in Portland. But, if you were only going to do one of these a year, would you do this one or something like the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)where for about $800, you can attend a similar two-day class with a top world photographer, 20 attendee max, hands-on training with models in a specific area of your choice: portrait; wedding; seniors; senics; journalism, boudoir, etc. Then attend a weekend of photography events/sessions, photo contest judging, and then 3 to 4 days of attending 3 different selected two hour workshops with top world photographers at about 200 max attendees, then attend any of perhaps 50 other two hour classes with upto 500 people. In addition to a number of other included meal receptions, concert, various other talks, etc. And also attend one of the world's largest photographic tradeshows with some of the largest discounts of the year. And it's in Vegas so hotels run only about $79/night, and car rents for $300/week. This year, the famous photographer that I had the two day class with took us out in a party bus with an extra model for an evening of shooting around town where ever we wanted to go for free in addition to the class.
dath1974 8 years ago
For those who have the money to spend, I think seeing McNally in action and getting hands-on training without having to travel is a fabulous opportunity!

If I thought either seeing McNally or going to WPPI were personally worth the investment, it would definitely be McNally for me. I wasn't trying to knock this either in my first post, it's just more than I can justify spending for something like this. I also tend to learn better with more time, so cramming something into a day or two isn't ideal for me. Of course I also don't see why the two things are mutually exclusive;->
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