C'mon Down To Workshop World!

June 4, 2010 | • Resources Events News

We are a week away from the creativeLIVE studio class!

I typically do not like promoting my stuff over and over and over but I am honestly and truly excited about this class and I love the fact that this is being set up so you can see it live… for free.

We are still working on the final schedule for next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Look for that to be posted on the blog sometime this weekend. I’m in the middle of a Photo 101 right now and Meg is having ear surgery as I type, so we have just a few things on our plate but save the date for next weekend. It’s going to be awesome.

Sign up for the class here.

If you can’t attend the class live you can pre-purchase the class for download for an amazing $79. It will be $129 after the class. A blog reader here felt that was a bit like a used car salesman pitch and I get that. In fact I get it so much I made the video above! But I will tell you this… I am putting everything I have into this and I promise it will be worth it. Even at $129 it’s going to be over delivered and under priced. This isn’t going to be a fluff and no stuff kind of workshop. We will be working with small flashes, studio strobes, several kinds of modifiers, and we will be working with individuals and groups. We are also going to have a lot of time set aside for Q&A during the live session. Not just five minutes here and there.

Cheers, Zack


  • Lynae said on June 4, 2010

    LOVE IT…….Very persuasive! I’m signed up!

  • Jason said on June 4, 2010


  • joseph tutlo said on June 4, 2010

    so awesome that i just went and f**ked myself.

  • Rick Wenner said on June 4, 2010

    How many Newcastles does it take for Zack to become a used car salesman?

    That’s some funny ish right there Zack. Looking forward to the class.

  • Rhonda said on June 4, 2010

    Dude. I guaran-damn-tee that was brilliant.

    Any idea what the times will be?

  • Sheila said on June 4, 2010

    So great! Love the fact that you take your work–but not yourself–seriously.

  • Ramiro said on June 4, 2010

    Zack, you’re killin’ me man, this is freaking hilarious, specially the last part, “you can communicate with russians with this thing…” Definitely planning on attending.

  • Jennifer said on June 4, 2010

    Sold to the photographer from Knoxville, TN!!!

  • Rob said on June 4, 2010

    You kill me! That was really funny!

  • Charlie Clift said on June 4, 2010

    awesome ZacK!

  • Tim said on June 4, 2010

    Now I’m kinda pissed I just spent $260 on the OneLight DVD. Got it in the mail yesterday. Guess I need to tune in for the Free Live workshop next weekend.

  • Will said on June 4, 2010

    That was great, but when you broke character to tell how serious you were, it made it even better. The chicken wing arms were pretty representative of car salesmen too; good job nailing that.

    Best of luck with this; I look forward to seeing it.

  • Will said on June 4, 2010

    rotflmao again and again. see you on the 11th!

  • Adam said on June 4, 2010

    I want one of the Strobist Specials. I’ll want some gaffers tape thrown in though.

  • P said on June 4, 2010

    I ♥ me that there salesman!

  • Katrina said on June 4, 2010

    “you have a floor…don’t cha”

    You kill me!

    Is it weird to say I love you?! Okay, it is. But I do :)

  • Christian said on June 4, 2010

    Thanks for making me spit out my morning coffee with the “you’re gonna want to go f*** yourself” line at the end. LOL

  • JCorbin said on June 4, 2010

    Okay, so maybe it’s posted somewhere, but I need a clarification: Do I need to buy a One Light Special all 3 days or just the day I can actually attend? Am I going to miss super sucksesssful information on the other days?

  • Mark said on June 4, 2010

    Hilarious. And that certainly does look like Joe McNally’s truck…only his has gels on the headlights.

  • Brian Davis said on June 4, 2010

    Awesome commercial. I’d buy a quality “workshop” from you.

  • Bob Hunt said on June 4, 2010

    I don’t know what it is, but that guy “just ain’t right”
    (He teaches great classes though)

  • Les Doerfler said on June 4, 2010

    Oh shit…coffee spew at the Strobist model.

    Zack, you have to be the funniest and hardest working man in strobe business.

  • Duncan said on June 4, 2010

    ROFL. Fantastic Zack, absolutely fantastic.

  • Mark Spomer said on June 4, 2010

    You can guaran-damn-tee I’ll be there! well done!

  • Kat said on June 4, 2010

    Yippee! So, is it really from 9am-6pm all three days? Trying to plan on being a shut-in and I want to make sure. :3

  • Giorgio Zanetti said on June 4, 2010

    ROFL, reminds a lot Stan from Monkey Island, pure genius 😀

  • Raf said on June 4, 2010

    When I started watch that I was thinking that maybe its all over you and you just get crazy. I truly understand you when you saying ‘I don’t like promote my stuff’. I wish you best next week that your effort will be worth it. Good luck next week because people around the world will watch you !

  • Jerry Van said on June 4, 2010

    Hey Zack, that was great, I love your videos. Thanks for the Canadian plug as well even if it is for the eastern side of the country. I will have to buy the weekend, I am too busy working and relaxing on the weekend to sit in front of the computer that long. Keep up the passion, how many kids do you have?

  • Bruko said on June 4, 2010

    ahahahaha that was hilarious.
    See you on the 11th

  • Mike Wilson said on June 4, 2010

    Best damned video on the internets!

  • Jason S said on June 4, 2010

    Awesome, hilarious and yet so inspiring.

    I’ll be online next weekend!!

  • Jim said on June 4, 2010

    So JACKED for this. I know it’ll be killer. Can’t wait.

  • Scott said on June 4, 2010

    well yeeee harrrr I’d buy that for a dollar …. or at least 79 o em.

  • wale said on June 4, 2010


    i’m purchasing the download. you didn’t sell me enough to skip the world cup 😉

  • Gordon said on June 4, 2010

    I have to admit I spat my beer over the keyboard at the “you can communicate with Russians with this thing”

    Looking forward to it Zack.

  • Nick Jordan said on June 4, 2010

    That was awesome! Down to the moire on the pants… Awesome.

  • Yaniv said on June 4, 2010

    Why, oh why does it have to be THIS weekend that we are scheduled for the stupid Storyland… Why, oh why…

    Thumbs up, Zack. This is surely going to be a killer weekend!

  • Spencer said on June 4, 2010

    Ha, ok, this one got us to laugh quite a bit. :)

  • Konstantin Golovchinsky said on June 4, 2010

    Nice kicks

  • Christina said on June 4, 2010

    I thought of a question!

    I’m prepping for a bunch of weddings this summer and I really want to take the time to improve my work this year and I was wondering if you have any great exercises to really expand the playing field. I’m all for doing shoots with models to try things out but do you have any specific challenges that might help me to try something new or even difficult?



  • Steven Skelton said on June 4, 2010

    You sure you’re from Atlanta? I thought there for a second I had flipped over the the local TV station.

  • Robert said on June 4, 2010

    Just have to admire that “PASSION” …

  • Kevin Pepin said on June 4, 2010

    Hey Zack, What time are the live classes? I’m just a worker drone and the boss expects me to be at work on Fridays.

  • Chucko said on June 4, 2010

    I just had me some Pepsi spew out my nose! Not really, it was Coca Cola. Funny dude! Wish I could be there in person, but I guess alive over the interweb will have to do.

  • ME said on June 4, 2010

    Zack, I think you’ve totally outdone yourself on this one! That was freaking hilarious. Made me sign up!

  • Nasir said on June 4, 2010

    Excellent! You got me. I’m putting my money down.

    A small request: please show the advantages of an octa vs a softbox apart from the shape of a the catchlight in the eyes.

    What size is that octa in the video?


  • Ameer said on June 4, 2010

    Hey Zack,

    Could you tell me what time the repeat will air?


  • Maciej said on June 4, 2010

    Ronal… dough:-)
    Anyone want’s to shoot a wedding on Sunday?…
    (in Poland)
    So I can stay at home…
    I am not even a wedding photographer… god damn it.. I’ll see you on friday and saturday…

  • Spencer said on June 4, 2010

    I love the T-Rex arms during the whole studio part… until you get very very serious, of course.

  • Jack Pope said on June 4, 2010

    Awesome video! I can’t wait for the class

  • Radek Kozak said on June 4, 2010

    frikkin genious man! i’ve almost choked myself at breakfast ! definitely be there on all three days ! C ya

  • Jen Lapuz said on June 4, 2010

    Great video. Hope to get time to enjoy and learn at your workshop.

  • Sicko said on June 4, 2010

    Hey Zack,
    Will the repeat be before or after the live webcast?

  • zack said on June 4, 2010

    Sicko – After. Hard to repeat live before it happens. :)

  • Antoine_fr said on June 4, 2010


    (but you should work on a proper setup to record the sound…)

  • Jordan said on June 4, 2010

    ^ That. x10

  • Jordan said on June 4, 2010

    Ooh.. Except for the studio/sound comment.. That was hidden at the bottom of my screen.. Now I feel like an ass. :0/

  • jen berry said on June 4, 2010

    i think i cried and laughed at the same time

  • regina holder said on June 4, 2010

    you are a nut!

  • david said on June 4, 2010

    but can you sell Oxiclean i think so

  • Adi Ulici said on June 4, 2010

    I’m from central Europe and I was worrying that I won’t be able to attend the full class.
    So, did I understand well that it will be replayed for those living in this part of the world?

  • moonie said on June 4, 2010

    hahaha, reminds me of betelgeuse


  • Sam Lee said on June 5, 2010

    Ahaha… as hilarious and moving as always. I’m sold! Couldn’t refuse an offer from Colonel Sanders himself now, could I? 😀

  • Sasha said on June 5, 2010

    haha! genius!
    russian joke in the end…now we feel special :)

  • Edd Carlile said on June 5, 2010

    Laughed my arse off.

  • Bobbi Gollino said on June 5, 2010

    This-is-awe-so-me! Aahahahah! Had so much fun watching! I’m in, for sure, and just can’t wait!!

  • R Twomey said on June 5, 2010

    Brilliant, really looking forward to this workshop.

  • Toby said on June 5, 2010

    You’re such a dork… 😉

  • Syx said on June 5, 2010

    Learn to be a professional photographer on the internets for free? Well, I’m there!
    I’ll be watching.

  • mark owen said on June 5, 2010

    Hilarious vid Zack looks like its gonna be lots of fun

    looking forward to it


  • Takki said on June 5, 2010

    What about teaching a class on self marketing next? I would sign up !!!

  • Edd Carlile said on June 5, 2010

    Just put down my hard earned money via Paypal.
    Funnily enough, I just KNOW this was probably the best purchase I’ve made so far to enable me to photograph better.
    (but my LARGE Apollo Westcott softbox/Umbrella is gonna be a toughie to beat!)

  • Neuffy said on June 5, 2010

    Sold meh. Pre-purchased as I’m booked for the Fri-Sun period.

  • Ali said on June 5, 2010

    Hey Zack! Cant wait for it, but unfortunately it will be 2am in Australia when your workshop starts, not that it will stop me from viewing it, but am really curious about the repeat broadcast, when will that be?


  • Chris said on June 5, 2010

    Okay…okay…with an infomercial like that how can I miss it. Going away for the weekend, but I’m sure it will be well worth the $79. If it’s not, I’ll be at the used car lot next to ikea, looking for the guy with the snazzy shoes.

  • Morgana said on June 5, 2010

    I’m looking forward to this class and have signed up, even though it means with the time zone differences it starts for me at 2 AM!!! :)

  • Larry McCormick said on June 5, 2010

    The replays for the last one I went through were around 10pm-12am CST start times so these I would assume are about the same.

  • Miles Hillier said on June 5, 2010

    Trula’ Amazin’! Very cleaver!

  • Jesse said on June 6, 2010

    Love your sense of humor about this stuff, and the extra energy you put into your videos.

    I attended your OneLight in Seattle last year.

    Was totally stoked that you were doing a CreativeLive workshop.

    Was sad to realize it is the same weekend I’ve got a wedding to shoot. But how can I complain? A whole day to focus on shooting and lighting.

    And now the $79 pre-order deal. Count me among the folks keeping the lights on at CL.

    All the best to you and your family as you juggle this last week before the workshop!

  • Romain Kedochim said on June 6, 2010

    Signed up too!

  • Tim said on June 6, 2010

    I wasn’t planning to buy it until I saw your shtick!!!
    Here I am now 79$ poorer,but what you say? A thousand dollars richer?!!!!!

  • Kris said on June 6, 2010





  • Kris said on June 6, 2010


    Such a fantastically convenient time in the UK.

  • Steven said on June 6, 2010

    I think i wet my pants , Zack you have future in used car sales if this photo thing don’t work

  • Clayton Bozard said on June 6, 2010

    Zack, There is something wrong with you but I love it. :)

  • Kirk said on June 6, 2010

    Did you said if we are out of the country, there will be a free re-run!?!!! when?

    And LOL at strobist and the one-light model! hahaha.. that’s SO true!

  • adam k said on June 6, 2010

    i am so sold…
    zach, my 79 dollars is headed your way (=

  • Patrik said on June 7, 2010

    You are a crazy man, and that´s what i like about you.
    I was thinking about trying to see this live since i´ve signed up for it, but i do realise that it´s not gonna be possible.
    So i´m signing up for the pre-purchase, it´s gonna be worth it, easily.

  • Kavaldzhiev Mincho said on June 7, 2010

    Hi mr Arias, i’ve uploaded a quick video with what i would like to see in the workshop and learn.

    I hope my english and explanation was understandable. Sorry that my video is more than a minute .

    here it is : http://vimeo.com/12345890

    Thank you for attention.


  • Caleb Benton said on June 7, 2010


  • Becky said on June 7, 2010

    Oh Zack . . . you are a riot. I am totally there.

  • philip said on June 7, 2010

    I don’t suppose you’ll include this video with the course…way too entertaining!

    Either way, course purchased…looking forward to learning from it.

  • Petr said on June 8, 2010

    Hi Zack.

    I would like to ask one thing.
    The coverage of the live content will be the same as the downloadable content? Or there is going to be some difference?
    Thank you,

  • dub said on June 8, 2010

    Is that the music from the old game Nappy?? Perfect!

  • zack said on June 8, 2010

    Dub :: I found that on archive.org. It’s an old recording that’s now public domain.

  • swim said on June 9, 2010

    I’m so happy that i will have a chance to see your workshop live (online but live) :)
    Greetings from Poland:)

  • Dade Freeman said on June 10, 2010

    lol, so freekin funny, you can communicate with Russians with this thing, class 😉

  • Chris Bergstrom said on June 10, 2010

    Hilarious work here Zack! You are on a roll with the witty satire and comic relief for photographers. I’m glad you haven’t started taking yourself TOO seriously yet. You are a blessing to all of us wannabe’s. :-)

  • Justin Gill said on June 11, 2010

    I think my favorite part is the distorted turned-up gain in your microphone.

    Nuanced genius.

  • Michal Garcia said on June 18, 2010

    Already preordered before I saw this, but it’s so funny! Nice work Zack, I’m watching your interview with Chase Jarvis now.

  • diyphotography said on July 13, 2010

    Oww Zack, you made me laught with that video!!!
    You are definatly the best “on budget” tutor on the net!!!

  • Prayoon P. said on August 3, 2010

    You should do most promo like this cause it is just fun to watch. Wish one of these day you will do a world tour and come by Thailand sometime.

  • Hagai Nativ said on January 30, 2013

    Hey Zack! you are the greatest!
    I follow you for a long time now.
    Keep it up!

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