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Checking In From Boulder, CO

July 18, 2008 | • Workshop

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I have had an amazing time out here with the Boulder OneLight!  Big thanks to Stacy Z and her awesome husband, Brad, for bringing me out to the Rockies for a great workshop.   I’m exhausted and I have to be up early to catch my bird back to Atlanta.  More later.

The photo above was shot after Midnight. Great skies today and tonight!

Cheers, Zack

What Day Is It?

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I’m home from Alaska and I don’t even know what day it is!  You spend some time in a land where the sun never sets and then you fly home on Monday but you really get there on Tuesday.  Your body thinks it is still the afternoon in October there and then thinks it is night time in July here.  I don’t know which way is up right now and all I’m doing is washing clothes and cleaning gear because I fly to Boulder, CO in a few hours.

I hope to catch up on the blog in the next week. I ain’t makin’ no promises! I’m beat!

BIG thanks goes out to Melissa Laggis and her amazing family for having all of out to Alaska again.  We had such an amazing time.  Especially with the 31 feet of fun RV!

Cheers, Zack

Checking Pocket Wizard Range In The Chugach Range

July 9, 2008 | • Workshop

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Pocket Wizards have an amazing range.  And they have been tested now in an amazing range… the Chugach range here in Alaska.  We just finished the Alaska OneLight.  I’m beat.  More later.

Cheers, Zack 

Email List For DVD Pre-Sale Information ::

If you want more information about the OneLight DVD coming up and a special pre-sale (by popular request), please sign up for email alerts! I have a real bon-a-fide way of doing it now! Cut and paste is so… last decade. :)

This will also put you on the list to get OneLight workshop information. I swear that I’m not organized enough to spam you over and over again. You’ll just get information first.

Cheers, Zack

I'm Speaking @ The ONE Conference ::

June 18, 2008 | News • Workshop

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Ok, I’m pretty much really excited about this…  I’m speaking at the One Conference in September.  Dates and details below.  

I was reading Dane Sander’s blog a week or so ago and saw that he and his wife, Tami, are speaking at a conference hosted by Jeffery & Julia Woods.  Along with Dane & Tami, Jeff & Julia, The Bebbs are going to be there as well.  The conference is specifically geared for married couples running a business in the photography industry.  I checked out the conference site, www.SideBySide247.com, and knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it because this kind of thing is so close to my heart.  

I emailed them and got a call back from Jeff and Julia the next day.  Julia and I talked on the phone for about an hour and it was decided I needed to come speak at the conference. “What’s the big deal?”, you ask…  I am a divorced photographer.  I’m going to be the guy walking in the door with tire tracks across his chest.  I know all too well what trying to be a photographer and keep a family running looks like when it all goes wrong.  I know about the mistakes that were made along the way that contributed to the demise of my marriage. 

This is NOT an f-stop and shutter speed kind of conference and that is the best thing in the world for some of us!  I wish this had been around about 7 years ago.  The things I would say to myself back then would have made some major changes in my life.  They are the things I have to continually tell myself right now.   As a thank you for working on your loving more than your lighting, I am giving each couple a copy of the forthcoming OneLight DVD.  Again, this is my thank you to you for taking the time to focus on your marriage instead of your gear.  It is going to be an amazing few days. 

So, married couples in the photography industry… If you are running a business and a family… I cannot encourage you enough to consider this conference.  Check out the site for all the details and topics being covered.  Here are the initial things to know… 

When :: Monday, Sept. 15th – Wednesday, Sept. 17th  Where :: Venue Art Gallery & Wine Social – Washington, IL   Cost :: $899 per couple if registered before August 1st.  

Cheers,  Zack 

OneLight DVD – Disc 1 Montage

June 15, 2008 | News • Resources • Workshop

Here is a 7 minute montage of some scenes from the first disc of the OneLight DVD coming out very, very, very soon!

We have now finished editing Disc 1 for the two disc OneLight DVD set. Disc 1 has a run time of 2 hours. This is the basic timeline.

1. Introduction

2. Exposure Variables • Shutter Speed • Aperture • Flash Power • Flash to Subject Distance • ISO

3. Basic Gear • Flashes & Strobes • Triggers (Sync cord, IR, Radio) • Lightstands • Other needed accessories • How to put it all together and make it work.

4. Modifiers • Umbrellas • Softboxes • Grid Spots

5. Studio shoot with Christina.

We start off indoors with a very simple white wall as a background. I use a 60″ reflective umbrella and then move to a barebulb flash. I demonstrate how to find exposure without a flash meter and how to take a few simple white walls and use them to give us different visual options.

6. Alley Shoot With Christina

This is our first location. I use a 28″ Westcott softbox then move to a 60″ shoot through umbrella and then back again to the 28″ softbox. I talk through the process of what I’m thinking about, what I’m looking for, and the challenges I’m trying to deal with.

7. Field Shoot With Christina

We head out into an abandoned lot for the last light of day. When we get there the available light is still very bright so I use an Alien Bee B1600 and a Vagabond battery pack and a 50″ Westcott softbox to overpower the sky as we shoot back into the sun. As the ambient light begins to drop, I demonstrate how we can completely change the look of the location with grid spots.

As the last light of day hits we move back to the 28″ softbox and capture some amazing pink and purple hues in the sky while shooting portraits in the field. I also show some side by side examples of available light portriats and the lit portraits so you see exactly how much off camera lighting gives you different visual options as you are out shooting.

We shoot until sky goes dark.

I would LOVE to have 2 or 3 emerging local (Atlanta, GA) photographers who have not been to a OneLight come over to my house in Decatur this Friday night, 6/20/08, at 7:00pm to watch disc 1 with me and give me your feedback before I call it a wrap on this disc and get the mastering going. Weems, Harmon, Damron, Almasys… would love ya’ll to come over too if you could. J. Young, I think you are out of town aren’t you? I can’t accommodate too many people or we’ll be sitting on each other’s lap!

If you would like to be part of my totally informal focus group, please drop it in the comment section of this post with a link to your web site, blog, or flickr page. I’ll be in touch with you tomorrow. We’ll have pizza, NewCastle, and the like. For being part of this you will get a copy of the final DVD set. I want to make sure I’m communicating well. I know what I’m saying and I’m really tired or watching myself say it. I need some feedback.

For disc 2, you will follow along with me as I work with 4 different clients in studio and on location. There is more editorial in disc two about things like location scouting. You get to see us get thrown out of not one, but two separate locations! Run and gun… ATL style! We are now in the process of finishing up disc 2.

I hope you enjoy the montage above!

Cheers, Zack

PS – Happy father’s day dads! I hope you have had a chillaxing day like I have!

Some More Images From Norfolk

June 6, 2008 | • Workshop

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MANY thanks to my Norfolk host Eleise Theuer and her sister Angela Stott for being such gracious and generous hosts and friends while I was in Virginia this week teaching a OneLight Workshop. I met so many fantastic photographers from Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Texas! Thanks also goes to Kussie, Kera, and Paula for being fantastic subjects for us to photograph.Here are a few more images from the workshop this week.

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Checking In From Norfolk

June 6, 2008 | • Workshop

I have had an amazing time up here at the Norfolk OneLight!  It is 3:11 am.  We started at 9:30am yesterday.  Here are a few shots I’m proud to have made today!  There are more to come.  I need some sleep.

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Cheers, Zack 

PS – YES… I know the first image had more than one light! It was too cool of an opportunity not to push the envelope just a bit more to make the image right.

OneLight DVD Trailer Online!

The company I’m working with just got this uploaded today and I just had to share it! 

There is some more info about the OneLight DVD after the jump. The next white seamless tutorial will be online tomorrow so check back in for part 5 of that!

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Needless To Say… San Diego Has Been Fun!

May 7, 2008 | • Workshop

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We haven’t been able to keep a straight face very long at this workshop today!  More images later today as well as the next tutorial for shooting on a white seamless background.  I have to get up in a few hours to get to the airport and head north to San Francisco. I have had an amazing time here in Southern California! Thanks to all of you who came to the mixer and the workshops this week.

Cheers, Zack 


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