A Few From Yesterday’s OneLight ::

August 20, 2009 | • Workshop Misc. Photos



Had a great time at yesterday’s OneLight workshop. Thanks to all who came out and hung out with us until 3am this morning!

Cheers, Zack


  • Leigh said on August 20, 2009

    zack, thank you. thank you for your hard work, your heart and just for you. much appreciation and respect!


  • Calvin Hill said on August 20, 2009

    Nice job. I look forward to joining a workshop one day.

  • Norton Zanini said on August 20, 2009

    “I know two lights were used”
    Cmon Zack, you are cheating!?

    Great work, very subtle light and pleasing 😉

  • Julia said on August 20, 2009

    I like the * next to One. Must be for that hose shot!! Great photos!

  • Evan Rogers said on August 20, 2009

    top one is so rad. Good way to stay cool under “studio lights.”

  • ross said on August 20, 2009

    thats a tight first image!

  • Martin said on August 20, 2009

    The water image rocks. Can’t wait to see more. The OneLight DVD is fab and I learned so much. Thank YOU! Hoping that the wait list for NY isn’t too too long. Cheers, Martin

  • Chris said on August 20, 2009

    Both are awesome, I plan on trying to recreate them this weekend! I was just thinking damn I need to get out and take pictures….Your blog has given me that push lately.

  • Squeeker said on August 20, 2009

    I love love love the water image! =D

    Btw Zack, do you mind giving me some feedback on my alice in wonderland shoot? =) http://tinyurl.com/kopo33 THANKS in advance! =)

  • Phil said on August 20, 2009

    Hey Zack, good work as always, love it! What modifier are you guys using for the second shot?

  • sunith said on August 20, 2009

    I need to include a hose in my lighting kit!

  • Steven said on August 20, 2009

    Awesome! I was looking forward to seeing the hose shot after Sherri took the iPhone shot of the setup.

    Who cares if you use one light or fifty seven lights? It’s not what you use to get the shot – it’s the shot you get with what you use!

  • Simon Andrews said on August 20, 2009

    First one is very fun.

  • Ed Hall said on August 20, 2009

    That’s great shot Zack, I think I need to get up there and take the OneLight workshop. I need to learn to simplify :)

  • Frank T said on August 20, 2009

    are you going to do any more critique videos w/ your wife? Love these images!

  • zack said on August 20, 2009

    @Squeeker – Will do!

    @Phil – The second shot was a Nikon SB-25 in a 50″ Westcott Apollo softbox.

    @Frank – We will be doing more crits!


  • Christopher said on August 20, 2009

    I knew I should have swung by your parking lot @ 2am. I always miss the fun stuff. I need to try and see how I can get my clients to use a water hose. How cool/funny would that be. Rock on Zack!

  • Daniel Fuentealba said on August 20, 2009

    love the first one… grat work Zack! keep it going 😉

  • Peter said on August 20, 2009

    Love your pics, hate it to be so far away… (Germany)
    Following your RSS and looking forward to more critique videos.

  • Darryl said on August 20, 2009

    Looks like you kept your momentum !!

  • Matt Palmer said on August 20, 2009

    Both images are excellent but I especially like the first one using 2 lights. I hope it leads to a Two Light Workshop DVD in the near future. (Hint! Hint!) Thats something I would buy for sure.

  • Chrisdavid42 said on August 20, 2009

    I am curious how you get away with such a low angle as in the second shot. Is this limited by the body type of your model? Do you find that sometimes this angle can be very unflattering? Thanks

  • zack said on August 20, 2009

    Body type helps. The main thing I do though is make sure there is a shadow under the chin no matter what body type. 90 pound indie rockers can look heavy if you don’t light them correctly.

  • Scott said on August 20, 2009

    That first image rocks.

    Makes me wanna head out this weekend and turn that hose on full and get snapping. Then again maybe I’ll just concentrate on taking a decent head shot first. 😉

  • Chrisdavid42 said on August 20, 2009

    thanks for the reply Zack, I didn’t know that.

  • Eric E said on August 20, 2009

    The top one is fantastic! Can’t wait to get my turn at bat. See ya in the city of angels.

  • Dourival said on August 21, 2009

    Zack, Please come to Brazil to make a OneLight Workshop!!!!

  • Michael Thompson said on August 21, 2009


    My praise and then my problem:
    As always, you continue to inspire me to get out there and make awesome pictures. I’ve watched your Onelight DVD a gazillion times and I somehow managed to make the trek from Colombia to attend your Photo 101 workshop in Atlanta. I want to thank you for giving me some of the necessary tools needed to start a photography business. In fact, I probably would not be living my dream life in Colombia if I had not stumbled upon your DVD a year ago.
    Now! Here’s the big problem that has been floating around in my head the past few weeks. I’m in a huge rut! I know that in order to be a great photographer you have to put in your “10,000 hours.” I’m shooting daily for myself and for clients. I’ve been influenced by you, but I need to start developing my own style. I have to stop copying and move on. I can’t seem to find new creativity and lately I have a mental block when I’m shooting. Any thoughts on how to break out of “copy mode” and develop a unique style?

    Michael Thompson – Medellin, Colombia

  • atldoc said on August 21, 2009

    I had a great time at the workshop this week. Best money I’ve spent in a long time. Thanks for you and your crews time.

  • Ingrid Damiani said on August 21, 2009

    Thank you for the great workshop, Zack! You packed the day with so much information and hands on learning! I am excited to begin integrating everything I learned.

  • zack said on August 21, 2009

    @Michael – Personal style takes time.

    Part of it is duplicating the work you see other people do. You do that to learn the process and to learn technique.

    Part of it is discipline and patience. You have to just keep going and keep going. Personal style doesn’t show up over night and you never know it is happening until you make some ground and look back.

    There are some things you can do. One thing I do is limit myself on shoots. Sometimes I don’t take any lights with me on location. Sometimes I just take one prime lens. I put restrictions on myself so I have to think it through and solve problems.

    Sometimes I get messy. I drag the shutter far too long. I rack the focus out. I put my client and myself in uncomfortable situations because some sort of picture will happen. Sometimes I go out in the rain with a subject AND my gear and act as though my gear is waterproof. It’s not. I have the repair bill to prove it. But I also have a few kick ass pictures that made it worth while. If you are going to send a camera to the shop then you better get the shot! :)

    Mostly though, it takes time and patience. That’s the answer you don’t want to hear but that, IMHO, is the answer you need to hear.


  • Martin said on August 21, 2009

    Thanks for a great couple of days, Zack. You, Meg, and your “staff” are just awesome people to be around. Your work is a lesson in how we all should strive to lead our lives and pursue our chosen work.

  • John C said on August 21, 2009

    That first picture is just awesome. One great mind you have!

  • Dan B said on August 21, 2009

    The first image is so TIGHT…Zack you are an inspiration to me. Keep up the spectacular work. I love it….

  • Eric said on August 21, 2009

    Absolutely lovely light!!!

  • matt haines said on August 21, 2009

    You could have done that first shot with one light and a mirror, surely? :) The angles look like they could have worked.

  • Tom K. said on August 21, 2009

    Whoa! Those are some nice pictures.

  • Paul C said on August 21, 2009

    Zack, that first shot with the hose is way cool.

  • Scott said on August 22, 2009

    First image is a stunner Zack, dont car how often you “cheat” keep that up.

  • Lara Leimbach said on August 22, 2009

    Zack & company – Thanks so much for the fantastic workshop and making it more than worth my while. I really appreciated not only the nuts and bolt technical info but also the inspiring images and words (not to mention fantasticly inspiring videos!) And of course as you know your workshop would not rock without all the people behind the scenes making the whole 1.5 days seamless.

    Many thanks!


  • Brian Tremblay said on August 24, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    I have not attended a One Light Workshop, but have watched – numerous times – the DVD set and wear my t-shirt proudly. (Lots of comments!).

    Sometime I was wondering if you were going to cover on a future DVD set, workshop or just here on your blog (please, please on the blog:) ) is the business part of your photography. How to charge for commercial work? What works for you? Useage rights, determining rates, etc.

    I still haven’t got the outdoor one light technique down yet, but I’m working on it.

    All the best,

  • Joanna said on August 24, 2009

    these photos look so great!

  • Maz said on August 25, 2009

    This is not fair! I’m in Dubai and I can’t attend your workshops! you should consider coming to Dubai and make a workshop here.

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