Google Talks on YouTube

Last fall I had the pleasure of visiting Google's headquarters in Mountain View, CA, to speak. It's an humbling experience -- not only for who you are speaking to, but for the caliber of people they have brought in as guest speakers in the past.

They have a series on YouTube called "Authors@Google," where they have videos of some of the people who have come to speak at the campus. And they are very much worth browsing through and viewing.

Among the archived videos available for viewing are Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Joe McNally, Robert Fra…..@#%%&**#$$&&%#….hey, wait a minute, Joe McNally???!!!

Yeah, that Joe McNally. And screw the 10-minute limit, too. This baby runs over an hour. Highly recommended -- as are most of the Google talks archived on YouTube.

Related Links:

:: Joe's blog post about visiting Google ::
:: My trip: On Assignment -- Steve at Google ::
:: Catalog: AtGoogleTalk's Videos ::


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent video. It was good to see this man in moving pictures. He has some serious stories to tell, all supported by the images.

Great to see him showing "bad photos" that made it to print rather than just showing off the best. This makes him all the more believable.

Thanks for the link. FLV suitably downloaded for the future!


May 24, 2008 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...


May 24, 2008 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Richard Cave said...

Cheers for sharing the vid and link, took ages to download will go through later with a cup of tea. BTW you cannot get Mountain Dew in the UK. Fell in love with the stuff in Chicago.

Anyhow I enjoy the non strobist links please keep them coming. How about a trailer for the DVD event of the year!


May 24, 2008 6:14 PM  
Blogger David said...


It's already up.



May 24, 2008 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. One of the best vids I've ever seen. Real inspirational. Thanks alot for sharing it with us.

May 24, 2008 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David, I just finished Joe's book, and am part way through the "minimalist" book (recommended by yourself)and it has broadened my mind somewhat more than usual lately. Today I walked into a fabric store that was closing out and unconciously bought this heavy nylon (white) fabric while picking up some small pieces for backgrounds. I got the idea to hang them from the rails in my office/studio and tested it with my always faithful test subject (fresh outa the tub). Got a bit of a different look with nice catch-lites in the eyes. You have likely seen this before but I am having fun trying anything. If your interested (and have time, right) feel free to have a look here:

Thanks for all your work!


May 24, 2008 9:06 PM  
Blogger Aki Korhonen said...

Thanks for the link, great video.

May 24, 2008 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Nathanael Gassett said...

Fantastic video. It was certainly one of those much needed periodically humbling events, the kind that make you realize that you still have an entire world of information to learn. But that's one of the top ten reasons why I love photography: it's ever-changing. For example, reading your blog has opened up a new wave of experimentation with light for me, and I am enjoying every second of it.


May 24, 2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Man, McNally is such an awesome guy. Such humility (I think many of us have met photogs like the ones he mentions that live in L.A., and make their assistants sign non-disclosure agreements!) Joe really seems to be the antithesis of that - a guy you could sit down and have a beer with, not to mention his utter badassity.

Kudos to all the seasoned pros who support and encourage this kind of "no secrets/would help any average joe" mentality. David, Wiz, Jarvis, McNally and more... you've taught a kid down in Alabama a whole hell of a lot.



May 24, 2008 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Social Network Web Design said...

Wow great video. Truly insightful. More power!

May 25, 2008 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Nayo said...

That was nice,

I would love to see those speeches live, but that is way cool anyway.

thanks for posting this.

May 25, 2008 12:42 AM  
Blogger Advocate said...

are you to secretly dating?..:)

May 25, 2008 12:52 AM  
Anonymous alex said...

Wow it was so nice to connect a voice with the person. His philosophy is just amazing. I am so glad he does what he does. He has helped so many people and I believe I have learned a lot from him and this site. Thank you so much for posting this. I was elated to know that he wasn't so cocky and unbelievable or whateva. And he shows his work from nyc, well, its a jungle in nyc. his words are very true. Simply a fantastic video.

May 25, 2008 3:27 AM  
Anonymous Alex Masters said...

David I noticed a new shiny Nikon logo on your site,

Is that a sponsored link from Nikon?
If so that's awesome, keep it up buddy!

May 25, 2008 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Stefan said...

Wow -- this is the kind of stuff that made me hooked on strobist for two years now. Keep it up :)

May 25, 2008 2:50 PM  
Blogger helmerj said...

This is a really nice video. I also did like the comment of his about pictures he thought to be bad or not as good. Nice to see, that he is producing them as well...

Love to see more videos like this!


May 25, 2008 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super vid. Thanks for the link.
Thanks to Joe for the talk.
The generosity is great.

May 25, 2008 7:28 PM  
Blogger Alexi Scalco said...

Awesome watch. As someone previously mentioned, it's great to see him go over the "bad" photos, too. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

May 25, 2008 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Reid said...

Inspirational. You can't watch this without thinking up 50 new pictures you need to shoot immediately.

You gotta love his "nothing is impossible" approach. Hanging from many a helicopter, climbing the Sears tower, using 250,000 watt-seconds to light panoramic architectural work.

Just makes you get really excited about shooting again, puts you in the mood to try something new and take creative risks! Keep up the great links!

May 25, 2008 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Gordon said...

Thanks for this Link David. It was a rainy day yesterday in my area so I sat back, got a beer and watched the vid. I found it quite motivational. Especially the part about about photography being a course in being tenacious.

May 26, 2008 4:42 AM  
Blogger Grega said...

A W E S O M E !
This is worth its minutes in €. It's amazing really, 6000km away, yet I can see and hear him from my couch for "free".

May 26, 2008 7:32 AM  
Anonymous TannerShot said...

thanks for posting this, enjoyed his talk immensely! great find, love his work, he is very personable and willing to share the art!

May 26, 2008 11:39 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

The history Joe provides is priceless. The transition from film to the digi world is something I am experiencing, great to hear I'm in good company.

May 26, 2008 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to take a quick peek at the video and watch maybe a few minutes of it. That's impossible. The video should be labeled with this warning:

WARNING: Once you begin to watch Joe, you're going to be hooked for the whole damn hour plus!

His narratives regarding the background on each photo in his slideshow are priceless and greatly enhance what are already terrific photographs. I found his commentary on his entry in the "digital world" to be especially entertaining.

And to think I have paid money to watch other photographers blab about their photography. Joe puts most of them to shame.

May 26, 2008 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does the 'google' audience seem like a tough crowd...jeez people get out of ur freekin office and appreciate life..this dude has done it for REAL
at least show some enthusiasm..

May 27, 2008 11:42 AM  
Anonymous glucozze said...

thank for the link !
internet is something incredible with this kind of thing, you can be in the middle of nowhere and still learn like you go to specialized campus.

May 27, 2008 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With regard to Google videos, they also have an excellent Photo Technology EDU series (PhotoTech EDU) on the Google video site. Interestingly, these aren't particularly easy to find by the Google search engine (go figure)---but the host of these, Dick Lyon, has links to them up on his website ( They're very informative from the technical side of the fence.

May 27, 2008 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll watch the first five and catch the rest later... oh Yeah ? Riveted for the full vid but what a pi** poor audience, they made him work hard I only hpe that liquid was stronger than water he deserved it.

May 31, 2008 4:57 PM  

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