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April 9, 2010 | • Resources Events News

I’m pretty stoked about a new project that Chase Jarvis has been working on for the past year. Chase has teamed up with the good folks at CreativeTechs to create a portal called CreativeLIVE. CreativeLIVE is bringing free education to us!

Here’s the breakdown of how it works…

You check out the schedule on the CreativeLIVE web site. You see a class you want to take and simply log on to when that class is taking place and you get it for free. There aren’t just photography classes though. You’ll be seeing more classes about other creative and technical disciplines as well. Painting, video, programing, etc. The classes will be available for download after the class has completed. There will be a charge for the download. That’s how they are going to be able to offset the cost of doing it live for free.

I’m going to be teaching a studio lighting class. White seamless and beyond. Models, bands, etc. In order to maximize this for as many people as possible to see it live and for free I will be teaching the class over a weekend. Probably about six hours of live training with live Q&A and critique. I’ll be announcing the date here, twitter, and FB once we finalize the date.

I don’t do very well speaking straight to a camera so I’ll be doing some sort of twitter something or another looking for five people to come to the class, in person, for free. I do better if I have some real people to interact with but I’ll make damn sure that the viewer’s perspective isn’t just one of a camera on sticks in the back of a standard workshop. More details on that once we nail down the date.

Since this is a new venture they would love to hear from y’all about what kind of classes you would like to see offered. If you have some ideas drop them in the comment box here. Who else would you like to see teach? Let me know and I’ll pass it all along to the folks running this venture.

Cheers, Zack


  • said on April 9, 2010

    Hello Zack!
    What really excites me about that project is the fact that you are going to be there! (well, that and that is going to be free) I really can’t wait to see your workshop!
    May I make a little requiest? Obviosly your (one) lighting is amazing, but can you cover posing the model a little bit? I’d love that.

    Who else should be there? Joe McNally comes to mind, and David Hobby too. But man, you are really the best.
    Hey, what about Dave Jackson? He is a cool guy too.

  • Chris said on April 9, 2010

    I was very excited when CJ dropped your name on Wednesday as being an instructor. Short of you coming to Omaha, NE to do a OneLight (HINT, HINT) getting to see you on CreativeLIVE will be awesome.

    I think one person folks would love to see there would be David Hobby. Light a fire under strobist’s butt for us, huh?

    I, for one, would also love to see someone on there dropping business/marketing bombs…

  • Ray Medina said on April 9, 2010

    Zack, where do we start? I think you guys are covering a vast majority of topics to start with. I personally can’t wait for yours to be announced. Some of my favorite photographers are already in this mix (David DuChemin, Art Wolfe, and of course YOU).

    I want to thank you for continuing to give back to the community. BTW – Are you going to be in town (ATL) the first week of May?

  • Luis Murillo said on April 9, 2010

    Zack, can’t wait for that class to start…just have one request…in your OneLight workshop you mentioned the factors to take into consideration when using flashes, but you didn’t mention the zoom factor of the speedlight head…would appreciate it if you can talk a bit about this factor and how it affects the light. :)

  • Howard Haby said on April 9, 2010

    I’m so there when that you teach that class! Very exciting stuff, great idea and I’m glad you’re taking part. Can’t wait.

  • Will said on April 9, 2010


    Already Signed up for the class through Creative Live email notifications! I cannot wait to see what you have to say!

    Best from Buffalo,


  • Christina said on April 9, 2010

    I’d like to see some mixed lighting tutorials!

  • Bryan Miller said on April 9, 2010

    Hey Zack…….i’m all in and would love to be one of those lucky people in studio!!!!

  • matt s. said on April 9, 2010

    How about a ‘how to grow an awesome goatee’ class? There’s only 1 guy on the planet qualified to teach it.

  • matt s. said on April 9, 2010

    Jokes aside this looks like an incredible opportunity for everyone. Can’t wait to see these. Well done Chase + team!

  • Michael Gowin said on April 9, 2010

    Very excited to see what you, Chase, David duChemin, Art Wolfe and so many others will bring. Hope it brings power to the people and money in your pockets.

  • Matt said on April 9, 2010

    I agree with the first comment:


    No one ever talks about this. I’d like to know about posing regular people, especially someone who doesn’t like being in front of the camera, angles that slim the face etc.

    Stuff that is useful for taking portraits of regular Joe’s, not models.

    P.S. Whatever you do, your class is going to rock!

  • Sissel said on April 9, 2010

    Awesome!! I am in and passing it on!!
    Can’t think of subjects just now, but I am sure it will come to me.

  • Cody A said on April 9, 2010

    I LOVE this idea. I watched the live webcast with Chase announced this just in awe of it. As far as subjects go, I think the most important class would be subject/model interaction. How to interact and direct your subject. You obviously don’t treat a family photo the same way you treat a model shoot. I think that would be VERY valuable. :)

  • Andrew Fleming said on April 9, 2010

    I would like to second the posing! I have your DVD set and it’s fantastic! I don’t see you do a lot of the posing in the videos but I am willing to bet you do a good amount at other times and I’m sure you have thoughts and opinions on the subject that are worth hearing. Thanks!

  • moritz said on April 9, 2010

    What a fantastic project – and great idea to try and make it more than a class with a camera in the back of the room.
    Speaking about suggestions: I know that it’s not your main body of work, but I keep fallinig in love with the beautiful wedding pictures you and Marc Climie take. I am curious about your ways of dealing with on/off camera light in these fast paced situations.
    Doesn’t quite fit with the “posing” suggested above, does it? I would be curious about that too, though.

  • jilske said on April 9, 2010

    Firstly, love the initiative.
    Second, keeping fingers crossed I can follow the lighting course live.

    Last but not least, idea for another course: B&W workflow? I love your B&W stuff :)

  • David Redding said on April 10, 2010

    God bless you Zack! Have a day job disqualifies me (and oh so many others) from these free online classes and webinars so many times because the people holding them have a habit of doing them on the weekdays :(

    Thank you so much for taking the time to teach…and doing it on the weekend!

  • Dawn Camp said on April 11, 2010

    Wow! What a great concept. The lighting class sounds wonderful, and I’m totally raising my hand to volunteer for one of those audience positions. :-)

    I just signed up for the email alerts for upcoming classes. Thanks for the heads up!

  • sean said on April 12, 2010

    Would love to be a part!

    Keeping an eye out…

  • Rasheed Brown said on April 12, 2010

    First I would like to say i love your work! I too am excited about what CreativeLive is doing. I would love to be part of the five people which yhou choose. Hoping to see more information soon.

  • Kathy Porupski said on April 13, 2010

    You have inspired a group of strobist photographers from Tampa like no other single person. We can’t wait for CreativeLive! I am sure if chosen five of my strobist members of which many helped you recently at Orlando’s P.S.W would be honored to make the trip to Atlanta to be a part of your show! Will keep on eye here for more info. :)

  • Antonio Caldeira said on April 13, 2010

    Thank you for this great opportunity for learning with top professionals. It is very nice to see people willing to share their expertise for free on the Internet worldwide.
    Great guys you are. If we could only see more guys like you up to share in such a way…

  • PhotosByStephan said on April 13, 2010

    I’m totally jumping up in my desk right now with hand raised saying “Me! Me! Oooh, pick me!”

  • Taurance said on April 13, 2010

    Hey Zack great post I think I look at this site every other day just for more info about your great projects. I would love to be one of the few chosen for the class you will teach. I am located in Florida and ATL is a short drive for the knowledge you would give to me to improve my photography.

  • Gary said on April 14, 2010

    but it’s not free !

  • John Shim said on April 14, 2010

    Zack –

    I’d love to sit in and be in the audience in your studio! Knoxville is a short drive away. :)

  • Christophe from Paris said on April 17, 2010

    Hey Zack : free education to us ?
    No, free to you [us citizen] but for Europeans, no way to get a Sucksessful stream on time. [on regular hours daytime I mean]

  • zack said on April 22, 2010

    Christophe- Thats to get you all back for shutting down your airspace and leaving Meg and I stranded in Europe for a week. :)

  • Scott Coulter said on April 22, 2010

    Very cool news… and I’m right here local in ATL, for when you need your studio audience!

  • Met said on April 29, 2010

    Too bad, it’s only for US timezones, rest of the world can’t see it live.

  • Chris Mast said on April 30, 2010

    Hi Zack,
    If your creativeLive session happens in Seattle I’d like to be considered for your studio audience since I live here and it would be easy to get to. Thanks!

  • Stephen said on May 2, 2010

    Zack–a friend just gave me a heads up on this announcement–will be signing up and since here in Atlanta am available to be part of a live audience

  • Debbie Schwab said on May 5, 2010

    If you teach the class from Seattle, I’d love to be one of your “live” attendees if you still need some. I look forward to the class!

  • Dania said on May 17, 2010

    I went to the site to register, but I don’t see the link for registration to take your class…Thanks Zack!

  • jacob martin said on May 26, 2010

    Have you found all 5 people yet? I am willing to fly out and be a part of this!

  • zack said on May 26, 2010

    Jacob – We have not! Send in a clip!

  • Kate said on May 27, 2010

    Love this idea, I will be tuning in from Perth, Western Australia. In desperate need of some lighting technique and very hard to find a suitable course over here that caters for a professional looking to update. Like others I too am very interested in how you work in B&W. Can’t wait… better sort out the time change first??!!

  • Katie said on June 3, 2010

    What time will these classes take place over the weekend? I’m super excited and am about to register. Thanks!

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