A Few From Dubai ::

onelight_dubai_01.jpgAbove :: From my first OneLight here in Dubai.

joe01.jpg Above :: Joe McNally in old Satwa

tv_interview.jpg Above :: I’m being interviewed for an Arab television station.

old_dubai01.jpg Above :: A friendly TV repairman in Satwa.

I’m having an amazing time here at Gulf Photo Plus. The Internet sucks here in our building. I can get online a few minutes a day right now. More to come!

Cheers, Zack


  • Craig Ferguson said on April 1, 2009

    Nice shots. I think the next uber-photographer convention thing should be in Taiwan. No more Dubai’s or Boston’s (or wherever Photoshop World was). We have great food, fast reliable internet and I would be able to go to some of these workshops. Win-win all round. :)

  • Phil said on April 1, 2009

    Amazing, I hope to be in a similar position as you, someday :)

  • Alison Greenwood said on April 1, 2009

    WOAH!!! That first shot takes my breath away!

  • brent... said on April 1, 2009

    excellent work – safe travels.

  • Jack Fussell said on April 1, 2009

    Love the first shot…beautiful.

  • Spencer Thornburg said on April 1, 2009

    Wow, great shots. Is this a larger than normal workshop? Sounds like a fun if not adventurous place to go and do a workshop.

  • Broderick said on April 1, 2009

    I’ve got to agree that the first photo is breathtaking, I’m also loving the B&W

  • Scott said on April 1, 2009

    Great composition and light in the first shot Zak, love the colour schemes and pose and the BW of the tV repairman rocks. looking foreward to more as always, have a grear time shootin it up in Dubai!

  • John W. MacDonald said on April 1, 2009

    Awesome photo of Joe McNally

  • Damon said on April 1, 2009

    Glad it’s going well. Stay safe!

  • Jeff said on April 1, 2009

    Wow, looks like one heck of a trip! Are you an international TV star now?

  • Mike Hall said on April 1, 2009

    Great photos… great to see that the Canon 5D Mk II is getting put to great use!!

  • catalina said on April 1, 2009

    really love the TV repairman photo!!!!

  • remy said on April 1, 2009

    wow!..love ur work man

  • Frank said on April 1, 2009

    Great shot of Mr McNally. Great stuff all around.

  • Richard said on April 1, 2009

    Your first image is stunning. More info on lighting it please.

  • matt s. said on April 1, 2009

    Hi, my name’s Zack and I’m the coolest mofo in the entire world. I hang with the coolest people in the coolest places & take the greatest photos.

    And yes, I am jealous much.

    Great stuff, thanks again for sharing.

  • sam coran said on April 1, 2009

    I was there when the first photo was taken (the one on top).

    Thank you so much for a very wonderful workshop. I had fun learning and will put everything i know into use.

    I will attend your “GROWING INTO A STUDIO” on april 4th.

    Hope you’re enjoying your stay in Dubai.


  • Robert Hamma.r said on April 1, 2009

    Have a great stay Zack!

    Great first shot.


  • Max said on April 1, 2009

    McNally looks like, “you came all the way to Dubai, and you’re taking a picture of… me?”

  • Glyn Dewis said on April 1, 2009

    Good on ya Zack. Onward and upward ;o)

  • Edd said on April 1, 2009

    Is that a former member of the British Monarchy behind Zack’s head there?

  • Tim Nicholls said on April 1, 2009

    I bet the beard is SLAMMIN’ over there. Don’t come back with a harem, now!

  • Steven Bridges said on April 1, 2009

    You and Joe?
    One light vs. One hundred lights
    Rock on!

  • Sherri said on April 2, 2009

    I hope you stopped off for some amazing Indian food in Satwa while you were there!

    Recommended: Ravi’s for their scrumptious Butter Chicken

  • zack said on April 2, 2009

    @Sheri – We went to Satwa to eat at Ravi’s! It was amazing!


  • Glyn Dewis said on April 2, 2009

    That top photo is awesome!!!!!

  • Dominoe Imus said on April 2, 2009

    I love the image with the TV repair man! He does seem really nice!

  • Sehyung Kim said on April 2, 2009

    Which camera did you take? Are you converting?

  • Chad Pennington said on April 2, 2009

    Zack got stuff as always are you
    Filming your trip in Dubai so we can see what went on with you over there. You know we have to keep up with our “ZACK ARIAS” – Also the BW pic was that Ambient light? Mostly every thing is clear in the shot? P.S. I am having my first Kid in July

  • Gordon said on April 2, 2009

    All great shots but that portrait of Joe McNally is really great. I can’t stop looking at him…really wonderfull

  • Hoddo said on April 2, 2009

    That first one is stunning and the film crew pic – is that Sarah Ferguson?!

  • Nigel Walker said on April 3, 2009

    Hey Zack,

    Great to eventually meet up with you and your hardworking/keen/friendly studio manager Eric. I’m truly amazed to see your appreciation of all that turned up for your classes at Photo Friday – you looked almost shocked!

    Keep up the great work and no doubt you’ll have a blast after the event and before your return home. Can’t wait to see more posts of all your desert adventures. Hopefully you’ll show us all a flipside with One Light as opposed to Joe’s Speedlight Tree.

    Really hope you can do more One Light shows on the road (Worldwide).

    PS – what was all that breaking glass over at Vista’s last night, I guess just a bit of jetlag and being overworked!!

    Have a Blast, Nigel

  • Sherri said on April 3, 2009

    @zack Yess! And I can see now that it’s in fact the Ravi’s sign behind Joe McNally :-)

  • Sunith Shyam said on April 3, 2009

    Thanks for an amazing workshop. My learning curve suddenly shows a spike in activity now. 😀 Learning never been easier. Some of my best portraits to date:


  • Mark McNulty said on April 4, 2009

    Got to say that the lighing is incredible in the top photo here. Stunning mix.

  • Derrick Young said on April 4, 2009

    The Shot of joe just makes me laugh. I am not sure why but he just looks like such a “Guy”. For those that do not the “guy” look is what my wife and daughter ease me about when you get the gassed over no clue in life look.

  • Edd said on April 5, 2009

    Zack was indeed in the company of British Royalty….I’d bet money that is Sarah Ferguson behind him as she was just in Dubai. Check her website info for details:
    Zack,rubbing your shoulders with the great and good!

  • Tareq said on April 5, 2009

    Hey Zack,

    Thanks for you for your visiting and teaching in Dubai, i hope you enjoyed your time here, and wish you to come back next time more and more.

    Too bad i didn’t attend any of your classes or workshops, my time was bad as i work in the morning till afternoon so no way, and in Friday TimeOut day i was in another seminars, but i hope i can attend your workshop next time somewhere.

  • Fotografi said on April 5, 2009

    Great. amazing pictures.

  • David Redding said on April 6, 2009

    Great shots, you’re a good lookin guy an’ all, but in the third shot my eye are drawen to that amazing Drew Gardner print in the back groud lol.

    Looks like a change of a life time and you soaked it ALL up!

  • Steve Glass said on April 10, 2009

    I’m officially coveting your life dude! Way, way too much fun. AND you get to hang with McNally? That’s just too much fun!

  • bob@razalihassan said on April 14, 2009

    u`ve been inspiring me a lot,.the dvd is quite a good info,.

  • shane said on April 16, 2009

    McNally is God…

  • Rudolf Hereth said on October 13, 2010

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