Treasure Fingers :: NYC

September 4, 2009 | Editorial Photography


I’m shooting my tail off in NYC this week.  These are a few images from my shoot with Treasure Fingers.  He makes music that makes you shake what your momma gave ya.

Many thanks to Brian for coming up from the A to help me shlep my gear around the city.  He just won Best Portfolio of his graduating class!  Congrats!




Here’s a funny little grab from some video I was shooting in Times Square. Notice someone else’s flash firing off in the background the same time. One tourist helping out another with some rim light. The world is a good place! :p


Cheers, Zack 


  • Alex D said on September 4, 2009

    The shot of him jumping the keyboard is classic man.

  • alexander jordan said on September 4, 2009

    really like the roof top image, was the strobe just a bit of fill or is it the only light on his front?



  • Rob said on September 4, 2009

    Nice shots man.

    I’m from right across the river (NJ), if you need a hand with anything or just wanna chat with a local hit me up. Been wanting to meet you and shake your hand ever since “Transform” – Let me know if I can buy ya a beer.

  • Crystal Garcia said on September 4, 2009

    Love the roof top city scape. Great stuff.

  • Rob said on September 4, 2009

    By the way, love the placement of your logo on the photos you post It’s always fun searching for it.

  • Al said on September 4, 2009

    Zack –

    Awesome! Love how you put the logo on the old building too – classic touch!

    I’ve seen in a lot of your previous shoots you’re using modifiers less and just direct flash, why is this?

  • Les Doerfler said on September 4, 2009

    No.3 wins for best placement of a watermark. Caused me to do a double take.

    Nice work Zack. I agree with Al…your flash work is a lot more direct and raw lately. Thoughts?

  • josh behan said on September 4, 2009

    I really like the way you hide the ‘used film’ logo in each photo

  • Adam said on September 4, 2009

    Nice! Fun lookin’ for the watermarks. Crazy that the camera was capturing when the flashes went off!

  • Glyn Dewis said on September 4, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    Fantastic images; really cool use of the buildings. Especially like the UsedFilm logo appearing in there…very cool :o)

    All the best to you,

  • claude etienne said on September 4, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    Fantastic pictures. I’m really digging the placement of your logo, very creative. I especially like the logo you placed on the back of the woman in the red t-shirt in Times Square.

  • Evan said on September 4, 2009

    Nice work on Brian’s portfolio. Hes gotta be happy with the plug :)

  • Eli Silva said on September 4, 2009

    Sweet job as always Zack… keep it up man…

  • Fox19 said on September 4, 2009

    I love your style!!!

  • Josh said on September 4, 2009

    hey zack,

    loved the shots. im sensing some serious high speed sync was needed for these shots? do the pocket wizards work with high speed sync, or are you using nikons creative lighting system to achieve this?

    I’ve recently ordered the new radio popper Jr system based on the good review Hobby gave over at strobist. Unfortunately they wont work over 1/250th. Just wondering how the pocket wizards work with high speed syncage.

    congrats to Brian! would love to see his work if it’s available online somwhere.

    thanks for all your inspiring work and blog posts. means a lot to me.


    ps – where are my photo critique episodes? not only are those educational, but highly entertaining. they go great with a cold one after work.

  • Nicolas said on September 4, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    The light of the flash are quiet hard but I love it. The second one with the city in the backround is really cool.
    I have a question: why are you shooting at f/18 and not something like f/11 ?

    Kind regards.

  • Brian said on September 4, 2009

    That second image is epic!

    I want a used film t-shirt. ; )

  • zack said on September 4, 2009

    @Josh – No high speed sync. The flash was at full power on these and I was shooting around f16 to f18 at 100th to 160th of a second. Straight flash as you can see. Not enough power on hand or high speed sync available to use a modifier.


  • zack said on September 4, 2009

    @Al – I love modifiers! I really do! But I traveled light on this trip so when you are shooting at 1pm in the afternoon in full sun with 4 AA batteries… you just don’t have enough juice to power up a soft box unless it’s about 6 inches from their face.



  • zack said on September 4, 2009

    @Nicolas – I just had Brian set that power to full on the flash and we went with whatever the needed fstop was for the exposure.

    Also, I shot this with the 5d so the sync is limited to 200th of a second per the manual but I find I need to slow to 160th with PW’s.


  • Brian Hall said on September 4, 2009

    Dude, thanks to all the hits on my website (Zack is too good to me) Sorry for the Bandwidth problem! Working it out tonight. Hit me up on twitter: @atlbrianhall or flickr: /brianhallphotography.

    Today was great, Marc and Zack are good company, some could argue the best, to have in NYC.

  • Ben said on September 5, 2009

    I love the second shot, Zack!

  • Gray Photography - Zach & Jody said on September 5, 2009

    Cool stuff man! Found you on Jeff and Julia Woods site as my wife and I were checking out there marriage workshop. Great work! Let us know if you ever need anything and if you ever make it out to Nashville, look us up!

  • Andy said on September 5, 2009

    Jump one is dope!

  • Jason said on September 6, 2009

    Awesome shots. I especially like looking for your logo in the images. Like “Where’s Waldo” only better and more interesting.

  • alim said on September 8, 2009

    Awesome job Zack!

    Love the images and the setup shot include, thanks.

    I really like the composition and perspective of your photos, not to mention the lighting.

    The shot with the keyboard and jumping subject are very cool…hope NYC brought you a lot of great images.

    BTW, were all the shots done with bare flash? Were any gelled?

    I too, must say that I agree with Rob & Jason, it’s great fun looking for the Used Films logo in the images!

    Happy shooting…

  • Kristi said on September 8, 2009

    you are so good. that’s it. period. just so damn good.

  • Arian said on February 25, 2010

    hahaha I love the Time Square Incident…just classic…

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