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GOYA Shootout For The Crew :: "Fear"

January 31, 2010 | GOYA

We had so much fun with the last GOYA shootout that we are back with another one!  Here’s the rundown…

We rented the Candler Mansion last week for three days of personal shooting. This personal project required a lot more resources than my old OneLight minimalist self could handle so we called on a number of people to come in and help with this project. We set one day aside for all of us to grab some gear and shoot anything we wanted. We had an amazing team assembled of photographers, models, hair, make-up, and wardrobe on hand. At the start of the day we chose one word that we had to shoot an image for. The word chosen was “fear”. Six photographers worked on their take of “Fear” and now you, our wonderful blog readers, are going to let us know who did the best job capturing the theme of “fear.”

Voting is open until midnight EST, Friday Feb. 5th. You can vote one time per day per IP address. The identities of the photographers and the photo they took will be revealed when we release the results on Saturday.

Here we go…






Here is a drill down of the images for easy reference…

Please use the following poll box to vote.

Feel free to critique us in the comments!

Who best captured the theme “fear”?
Photographer A
Photographer B
Photographer C
Photographer D
Photographer E
Photographer F free polls

The winning photographer will receive a $50 gift certificate to B&H Photo and the winning model will receive a $50 gift certificate to Anthropologie. If I win (which I am fairly convinced I won’t) then the crew has to take me to lunch!

Cheers, Zack

PS – GOYA = Get Off Your A$$!

Black Rob :: An Audio Experiment

January 24, 2010 | • Gear & Gadgets GOYA

As we get deeper into video production I know that one skill I really need to work on is audio capture and editing. I headed out this evening with a Sennheiser ME-67 and an Edirol audio recorder. Big thanks to Marc for letting me borrow the recorder. The recording comes after the story.

Meg was in Little Five Points to purchase some props and wardrobe for a shoot we have next week. I met her there and walked around recording sounds of cars, people, etc. Someone called out to me;

“What in the hell is that thing? Is that a gun or something?”

The ME-67 is about 14 inches long and is kind of menacing looking in the dark. Black Rob (as he’s known on the streets) was just making sure nothing crazy was about to go down. He started asking me about recording equipment and I started asking about his life.

I recorded Rob without the aid of headphones. I scurried out of the studio too quickly today and left my headphones behind. Always a great thing to do when trying to learn how to capture audio. Luckily the Edirol recorder has a nice level readout so I just kept my eye on that while recording.

I came home needing some music to lay under the recording I had made. Meg disappeared into Loretta (her recording studio) to create an original song just for me. She reappeared at 5am. I had cut all the parts out of the recording that I wanted and got to work in Apple’s Soundtrack Pro. This is the first time I’ve used the program and it was the first time Meg used ProTools.  We’ve both been sliding down a steep learning curve.  

I’m sure you audio guys and gals would have some opinions on this. I would love to hear them.

Listen to the final project for the day

Cheers, Zack

Mych :: Teaching This Technique In March

January 19, 2010 | • Workshop GOYA Misc. Photos

Did some testing with Mych (pronounced Mike) this week.  He has an amazing range of emotions.

Shot with a silver 86″ para on the cyc wall.  I’ll be teaching this technique at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai at the beginning of March and again at Photoshop World in Orlando at the end of March.

Cheers, Zack

In Front Of The Scenes :: Gracie Is Over This

January 14, 2010 | GOYA Misc. Photos

Gracie is totally over this shoot.  You can find one of the end results of this shoot on my other blog.

Cheers, Zack

Guest Art Director

January 13, 2010 | GOYA

Foggy GOYA Results :: The Winner Is…

December 22, 2009 | GOYA

What turned out to be something fun to do on a foggy afternoon became the second most commented on blog entry here. That’s an amazing surprise to all of us!  I asked you to vote on our Foggy GOYA shootout and here are the results!

1st place – Photographer B w/294 votes  :: That’s me! 2nd place – Photographer D w/99 votes :: Sherri our business manager 3rd place – Photographer C w/68 votes :: Robin our intern 4th place – Photographer A w/15 votes :: Caleb, my 10 y/o son

I also asked if you had a favorite image and the image above got the most votes.  I originally was going to kill this diptych because part of me liked it and part of me hated it.  When I feel that way about an image I typically go ahead and put it out into the world to see what happens. I like finding that kind of struggle with my photography.  I typically like something or hate something and when I have an image that can’t be compartmentalized in my brain then I know I’m on to something.  I created the image by taking one photo of the birds in focus and then one with the wall in focus.  I put them side by side but I didn’t like it at all that way.  I flipped one horizontally just to see what that would look like and that is when part of me liked it and part of me hated it. I wish I had done it in camera. I’d feel like a ninja if I had but it confirms in me that I do want to experiment with mirrors more.

Thanks again for voting!

Dear Caleb, Sherri, and Robin… I’m sorry for the spanking y’all just received!  Something tells me that your game is going to be upped by significant amounts next time. Good. That’s the point!

Cheers, Zack

A Foggy GOYA Shootout For The Crew ::

December 14, 2009 | GOYA Misc. Photos

It was a foggy day today here in Atlanta.  We don’t have many days like today to take advantage of shooting in the fog.  After lunch we had two choices, work on some copy shots for the show that is still installed in the studio or get off our arses and go shoot in the fog. GOYA stands for “Get Off Your Arse”.  It’s a project that I do from time to time. Not as much as I should be doing.  Today it was for anyone in the studio.

So our business manager, @sherriinnis, our intern, @robinshetler, my 10 year old son, Caleb, and myself went out for an hour to shoot in the fog.  It was all fun and games until we came back and I told everyone that they had to chose their best five because they were goin’ on the blog!

Since we have been in contest mode around here we are going to make this a contest! You tell us in the comments which photographer did the best job. A, B, C, or D.  The photographer with the most votes will get a $50 gift card to any place of their choice. If I happen to win this then I’m going to make them take me to lunch and pick up the bill!  Ha!  I just made the prizes up.  I like being the boss.  :)

BTW – The VisionMongers contest winners have been chosen and notified. We had 519 stories come in and Robin and Rhonda worked really hard to cull those down to the top 20.  We could easily have chosen hundreds of stories.  Meg and I got it down to the top 11 and Sherri had to be the tie breaker.  We will be sharing some of the stories here on the blog after Christmas.

Update :: The voting has ended! Photos and results after the jump.

All the photos after the jump ::


Street Portraits :: NYC 09/2009 :: Video + Stills

I’ve been talking with some folks and the topic of street portraits came up. Some are scared to death to approach strangers on the street. I understand the feeling completely but there are times you have to get over your anxiety about talking to strangers and pursue what it is you want to do. While I was in NYC a few weeks ago I decided to practice what I preach. I gave myself the assignment of shooting 10 portraits of 10 strangers in 10 hours. I had to sandwich these in between other shoots I had on the books while I was there. I approached 15 people and 9 accepted my request.

For those of you who have expressed your concerns about approaching strangers lemme give you some advice.

1) Read David duChemin’s book Within The Frame. David talks in depth about pursuing and expressing your vision where people, places, and culture are concerned. It’s a fantastic book with lots of technical and philosophical meat to dig your teeth into.

2) Get over talking to strangers. I know your mom told you not to but seriously, it’s ok. You will be amazed at how many people open themselves up to you. It’s a great experience for them and for you.

3) Don’t try to approach people who are on their way somewhere. Find someone just hanging out. You won’t be interrupting their schedule.

4) Guys, know your limit with approaching females. Some of you are suave and can do it with style. Dorks like me look like we are just trying a bad pick-up line. Know your limit. Ladies, well, y’all have it easy. Talk to anyone you want. :)

4) As David writes in his book, be kind, smile, and extend warmth and friendship to the folks you meet.

5) Many will tell you “no”. Many will say yes. Listen to what Janet said in the video above. She had not had a portrait made of her in 35 years! She wouldn’t have one getting shipped to her if someone had not simply asked to take a portrait of her.Anyway, here are my portraits. They aren’t the most amazing portraits I’ve ever shot but I’m glad I put myself out there. I met some great people I would have otherwise never talked to.

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Elopement Risk ::

February 25, 2009 | GOYA Misc. Photos


Are people running off and getting married around here at such an alarming rate that signs must be made? 

Stayed up all night at the hospital with dad.  Went a bit stir crazy around 5:00am and started roaming the halls.

Cheers, Zack 

Transform :: A short film for

February 17, 2009 | GOYA News

I was recently asked to do a guest blog post on Scott Kelby’s site. I had free reign to talk about anything I wanted to talk about. I took it as an opportunity to get off my arse and make something that was new and fresh for me. I decided I would do a video. I decided to do this for my wife, Meg, because she is always inspiring me to go beyond the normal stuff I create. She’s always pushing me. Sometimes it sucks because she knows just what buttons to push in me to make me think about things a bit deeper. So I took all of her button pushing and went out and made something of it.

Even if I had the money for a new 5d Mark II you can’t find one anywhere right now. So I decided I needed to keep it on the lo-fi, lo-budget flavor. I shot it with The Flip Mino HD. I even modified this little thing to give me a wide angle and telephoto lens. I’ll blog on that later.

EDIT – I’ve now posted the video above, as you can plainly see. I had no idea how much this would impact all of you! There have been over 10,000 views of the video in the first 24 hours. I’m glad that something I struggle with is not something I struggle with alone.

Coming up later today… (2/19/09) – A blog post about how I hacked my Flip Mino HD camera and a free download of Meghan’s song that is in the video. You can find her on iTunes under “Meghan Arias and Meghan Coffee”. This track in the video though has not been released on an album.* We’ll have it up soon for you!

Cheers, Zack

*Update you can buy it on iTunes now! You can find it here: Window

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