Heard on Campus: Photojournalist Joe McNally

November 15, 2008

"I kind of light by instinct. I fumble around a little bit. That's what we'll do this afternoon. I try to find solutions. I make mistakes constantly. And then I back myself out of those mistakes and try to find my path. I would highly encourage you guys as students to understand that right from the get-go. A career in photography is a marathon. It's not a sprint. You're going to make far more mistakes than you'll have successes. So just get used to that right now. Embrace it, actually. I love the fact that I make mistakes. I love that fact that after doing this for over 30 years I still go out into the field and still make basic, crucial errors in judgment, instinct and technical approach. That's the wonderful thing about photography, the thing that continuously fascinates me."

— Award-winning photojournalist Joe McNally, a former LIFE and Sports Illustrated photographer whose work also has appeared in National Geographic and many other other publications. McNally, who was at Penn State University Park to present his work at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, also gave a lighting and exposure master class to photography students on Friday afternoon. For photos from his visit, go to http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/1882 online.

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