Workshop News :: 2012 Events

November 7, 2011 | • Workshop

I always thought I would retire into teaching after a long photography career. Little did I know that I would end up teaching in my early 30’s. I’ve been teaching the OneLight workshop for about five years now. I love my workshop, and I love teaching it, but it is time for me to give it a bit of a break. The OneLight has literally taken me around the world. I had no idea how successful it would be when I started it in Tampa, FL with a flip chart and some B&H print outs.

It is time, though, to give it a break or to give myself a break from it. I’m not sure which one needs the break more. I have three more dates to go this year and they are all next week in Texas.

While I am retiring the OneLight in its current form, I do have some set teaching dates for next year.

March 5th – 10 :: Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai – I’ll be teaching a mixture of classes from Photo 101 basics, to the OneLight, to an advanced location portrait class. Gulf Photo Plus is one of the most amazing weeks of photography education that I know about in an amazing and surreal location.

June 17th – 23rd :: Focus On Nature in Iceland – It’s a real honor that the good folks at Focus On Nature have asked me to teach a week long class for them in Iceland. Nature Schmature… we’ll be working on portraits the whole time, but with Iceland as the backdrop. This is going to be a pretty interesting workshop in that a small group of us will be together for seven days through lectures, critiques, shooting, and roaming around the country together. Natural light, small flashes, and bigger strobes will all come into play. From the streets of Reykjavik to the unreal landscapes Iceland is known for, this is going to be an amazing week of shooting.

At $6,950 you have every right to choke on that bagel you’re eating right now but… this is one of those deals where you are taken care of from the moment you walk out of the airport to the day you are flying home again. All of the accommodations, food, and interior travel are taken care of. You just have to pay for alcohol and Bjork CD’s while you’re there.

August 25th – 31st – Rocky Mountain School of Photography – I’ve been invited back to Montana to teach another week long lighting class. The class is based in Missoula and it’s a week of learning to use light during the day and learning which beer you like at the Rhino at night. :) I love RMSP and the people there. It’s really a great place. Check out all of their offerings. That school is a jewel in our industry.

O Canada! – All right Canada. We “think” we found our way to legally enter the country and teach the OneLight. We have more requests to come to Canada than anywhere else. Your border is also the biggest pain in the ass to cross with bags of pro gear in tow. I’m on a list and can’t enter the country with professional camera gear unless I have all the proper paper work in order. I’m no National Geographic photographer but Canada is by far the biggest pain in the ass of a country to enter with a camera. That just makes me want to come up there all the more. Damn the list! As soon as we have all the paperwork in order I’ll announce dates.

That’s about it for teaching next year. I’m sure a few things will pop up here and there but I really, really, really need to take a break from traveling for the next year and just be home as much as I can. Sign up on the mailing list to be the first to know about anything going on with my teaching schedule outside of the dates listed above. You won’t be spammed. I don’t have that much to say. :)




  • Aaron Aubrey said on November 7, 2011

    I got first dibs on a spot in Vancouver and case of Newcastle for ya!

  • Jan Winther said on November 7, 2011

    Classes in Canada? Yay!! Looking forward to that. I wonder if the border trouble is the same when going from Canada to the US with loads of pro gear.

  • Manuel said on November 7, 2011

    Will you come to germany in 2012? Mabye Photokina?

  • Howard Haby said on November 7, 2011

    Hey Zack,

    I’m not a pro, and I haven’t tried to cross borders with a load of camera gear, so I’m a little ignorant to the rules, but why is it such a pain to get across the Canadian border?

  • Frédéric M said on November 7, 2011

    Please do not forget Montreal if you are coming to Canada. The city is amazing and there are a lot of pationnate photographers around here !!!!

  • Doug said on November 7, 2011


    would be great to have you in Canada once you get around the wacky customs issues.
    Trust me goes the other way to !!

    Am sure you could easily do a few sold out days in Toronto.
    Hey while your driving across the border (through Detroit) stop in London,ON
    You would be surprised how far Canadians will drive to see someone of influence like yourself

    until then enjoy your rest


  • michael muruphy said on November 7, 2011

    Hey, I remember watching a recent ‘fro knows’ video and Jarid Polin mentioned that he attended one of your workshops. I’m live downtown Philly and know the fro doesn’t live too far out of town. Out of curiosity, where was the workshop, in the photo above, held?

    If I had the extra cash I’d be on the plane to Iceland. Unfortunately, I’m going to tap into the piggy bank to splurge for the beastly 1dx.

  • Zack said on November 7, 2011

    @michael – That was at Jared’s place downtown. Can’t remember the specific neighborhood.

  • Mandy T. said on November 7, 2011

    YAY for more classes in Missoula with RMSP! I’m already wishing I could take the class all over again next summer. Hell, who am I kidding, I just want another drink at the Rhino, while throwing peanut shells on the floor, and staring into the coolest vending machine around.

  • Raph Nogal said on November 7, 2011

    Nice ! Hope to see you in Toronto. I can totally see how our boarders are a pain… they’re even a pain for us when we want to return home after a nice visit in the US of A :)

  • Luis Villegas said on November 7, 2011

    I almost choked at the choke comment. Hilarious!

  • curtoneil said on November 7, 2011

    As someone going from Canada into the US it’s the same situation. I was heading over for a Canadian/American wedding, just for the reception part and was pulled in and inspected for about 30 minutes. I was “safe” because I was paid by Canadians in Canada first. They also stopped the mother of the bride as she had all the bouquets and they needed to inspect them and clear them as well. For two countries that say we work together they really make it hard to do a lot. And my border is a very small one up north between northern Ontario and the UP of Michigan; not a high traffic area at all.

  • Zack said on November 7, 2011

    @curtoneil – Yeah, I don’t get it between our two countries.


  • michael murphy said on November 7, 2011

    Thanks! I think. lol.

  • michael murphy said on November 7, 2011

    any plans to make it back to Philly for another?

  • David said on November 7, 2011

    Zack, Try having a chat with the people at The Camera Store in Calgary. They probably have been through the song and dance a # of times. If you hold one there I will come to paraphrase some American or as we would say here grab a 24er and put it through the five hole.


  • Simon Ouellet said on November 7, 2011

    +1 for Montreal !

    Lots of great places to shoot and lots of great people to hang with. So much waiting for any announcement…

  • Chris said on November 7, 2011

    Zack. If you’re coming to Canada, please come and crush Montreal. Lots of amazing places and people to shoot. I’m sure you know this already 😉

    We’d love to have you.

  • Kent Corley said on November 7, 2011

    man, how much do i want to go to Iceland with you guys??? wow.

  • Brad said on November 8, 2011

    Hey Zack,

    To get around the border issues on the Flashbus tour, Hobby & McNally just hit a bunch of border towns like Buffalo and we went to them. Worth keeping in mind

  • Harmeet said on November 9, 2011

    Come back to the UK, I’ll buy you all the Newcastle Brown you can drink – from the source Tadcaster, not Newcastle!

  • Alistair said on November 9, 2011

    I think that Canada took exception to the fact that in the late 1920’s America was all set to go to war with Britain (UK) and their first step to starting said war would be to invade Canada, everything was in place, airfields, planes, men, tanks. It all went pear shaped though because of the Wall Street crash and the great depression. I’m surprised they let anyone from America into Canada :-)

  • David Fournier said on November 9, 2011

    Awesome Zack, Im really looking forward to see you in Vancouver…assuming it’ll be on your list of Canadian cities of course 😉

  • James Hazelwood said on November 9, 2011


    I took one of your early ATL workshops, as well as bought the DVD (one of the few photo DVD’s I’ve actually kept) Your workshop opened up a whole new path for my photography. You have a real gift for teaching, not everyone does. Stepping away from it for a while is understandable as the pace is exhausting plus its time away from the Fam and your work. Know that a good teacher is always needed, and you can come back to it when you need to.

    But, it was not just the photography you taught – it was the mentality of doing more with less, not frothing over the latest lens, and not being a whore in the photo industry or life in general. I appreciated your straight talk – other did too.

    Thanks, and best wishes – keep us informed about your work.


  • Luke Copping said on November 9, 2011

    Buffalo, NY is about 1.5 hours from Toronto depending on the border traffic. Its a pretty regular occurrence for some of our Canadian friends to come down to Buffalo Workshops and likewise for the US shooters going to workshops in Canada. The Flashbus tour sold out here with a huge amount of attendance from Canadian photographers when it was here.

  • John Doty said on November 9, 2011

    Come teach in Montreal – I will drive in from Burlington VT and won’t bring a lot of Pro Gear – Don’t have any.

  • Ann said on November 9, 2011

    Darn, I’ wish I had discovered you sooner, I would have taken your workshop. I live 45 minutes away. Crossing my fingers you will offer something in ATL (that means you don’t have to travel). Ahh wishful thinking.

  • Zack said on November 10, 2011

    @Ann – I will be teaching in Atlanta next year!


  • andy kemmis said on November 10, 2011

    Zack, for your sake, I hope this means more time at home with the family. For our sake here at RMSP, we’re darn excited to have you coming back in 2012. And thank you very much for the very kind words too.

    I’ll see what I can do about reserving a table at The Rhino every night you are here!


  • Ian said on November 11, 2011

    Just saw Gregory Hielser last weekend in Calgary for two days. He partnered with Flash Point a rental shop who provided Pro Fotos for the workshop.

    He was AMAZING BTW

  • Zack said on November 11, 2011

    @Ian – Yes, Hiesler is the man!


  • Darren Forbes said on November 15, 2011

    I look forward to some Canadian Dates!

  • Ron Dawson said on November 17, 2011

    Your Cananda story is hilarious. Before I knew how much of a pain it was, I traveled there back in Aug 2009 to shoot a promo for a photog. I had no idea about the rules. When the woman at customs asked me why I was there, I told her the truth. Uh. Bad move. I was at customs for at least a couple of hours while the photog who hired begged and pleaded and explained over the phone why there was no other videographers in Canada who could do what I did. (Thank God that customs agent did get her wedding shot by StilMotion. :) Anyway, we paid a small fee for a temporary license and all was well. I think it helped that I was so internationally clueless she must’ve felt sorry for me. When she asked where I was going, I told her “I think he lives in Alberta.” That’s like being at the ATL airport and telling a customs agent you want to visit someone in Georgia.

  • Darren Brannan said on November 23, 2011

    Other than a few reactors spewing radiation, why does nobody of worth come here to Japan?
    Maybe answered my own question.. :/

  • Zack said on November 27, 2011

    @Darren – I don’t know why! I know the costs are sky high to do this kind of thing. That’s probably one factor.

  • Angela said on December 5, 2011

    O Canada! I am so on board if you get here. Please shoot for the Calgary area – I will be the first to sign up.

  • Kismet said on December 9, 2011

    I attended Syl Arenas course in Dubai last month at the Gulf Photo Plus! would love to attend your workshop next year but can’t ! Boo!! Will have to come to Iceland, I guess.

  • Tyler Rogers said on December 12, 2011

    The east coast is often overlooked, but if you can make it to Halifax, I guarantee we’ll sell out the class for you!

  • Joel said on December 29, 2011

    Hey Zack, I’m bummed that I’m going to miss your workshop in Missoula MT. I live in North Dakota and was going to drive out there for that week and attend, but I’m being sent out of town for that entire week for my full time job. I’m signed up on the mailing list and I’m hoping that you will be somewhere else nearby sometime this year. Love your work!

  • Jim said on January 15, 2012

    Hey zack. Exciting news that your coming to Canada. Don’t forget the east coast. Cape breton was ranked second best island by travelers.

  • GT said on January 25, 2012

    That is great news, you are coming to Canada! Sure hope that a stop will be in Calgary! Good luck with the borders!

  • David said on January 31, 2012

    when you coming back to oregon or seattle?!?!!!

  • Mark said on February 8, 2012

    Zack … about Canada … screw the papers! Take a toothbrush and rent everything else you need. Just sayin’

  • Mitchel said on February 11, 2012

    What would be your timing for tennessee?

  • Zack said on February 11, 2012

    @Mitchel – No idea. We won’t look at workshop schedules until the end of this year or into 2013 some time.


  • Deke said on February 13, 2012

    You know? Even Hobby and Numnuts made it to Minneapolis. It maybe kinda cold but the people make it really warm. Think about it … Land of Lakes, loons and some kickass micro breweries.

  • Zack said on February 13, 2012

    Deke – We were scheduled for Minneapolis last year and it was the first time we ever had to cancel a workshop. Only one person was signed up 2 weeks out from the workshop. That one person was going to be traveling in so they moved to our Indy date. We’ve been asked dozens and dozens of times to come up to the twin cities area but no one showed! :)


  • Bob said on April 27, 2012

    Ha! Just try entering your good old US of A with pro camera gear FROM Canada. Your low self-esteem US border guards need to relax.

  • Baptiste said on March 12, 2013

    Hi Zack,
    Any chance for a workshop in France soon?

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