Dubai Workshop Photos ::

April 16, 2009 | • Workshop Misc. Photos

dubai_mix_01.jpg Above :: From the Photo 101 class. Working with available light.

The number one problem we had in Dubai (aside from crappy Internet service) were the horrible models we had to deal with. We really did our best to work with what we had. I mean, you know, you can only do sooooo much with beautiful people! :)

dubai_mix_02.jpg Above :: Left – Nikon SB25 in a 50″ Westcott softbox. Right – Available light.

dubai_mix_03.jpg Above :: Left – Nikon SB25 with 20 degree grid. Right – Nikon SB25 straight. No modifier.

dubai_mix_04.jpg Above :: Nikon SB25 with 20 degree grid.

dubai_mix_05.jpg Above :: Nikon SB25 zoomed to 85mm shot with 24mm lens.

dubai_mix_06.jpg Above :: Available light.

Can’t wait to go back next year!

Cheers, Zack

PS – We are very close to launching the new OneLight site with workshop dates for this year. Stay tuned!


  • dF said on April 16, 2009

    amazing pictures… regards Zack!

  • Ilan said on April 16, 2009

    Wonderful images, Zack. The fifth one (with the guy in the coat / Matrix style) is like a… well Matrix poster movie 😀
    Great result!

  • Stephen said on April 16, 2009

    This is really awesome Zack. Amazing stuff.

  • Francis said on April 16, 2009

    Ok you got me with those pictures… so great!!

  • Seshu said on April 16, 2009

    Rock’n images! Hope to make it to Gulf Photo Plus. Next year, perhaps? I am also looking forward to seeing the new OneLight Workshop site and hoping that you will be back in the New England area. I would love to sign up for another one of your awesome workshops. Thank you!

  • Rick Wenner said on April 16, 2009

    Yea, there really is only so much you can do with beautiful models. I feel your pain Zack. Excellent work, as always.

  • Stacy Hughes said on April 16, 2009

    G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. Models! Wonderful photos. What an amazing experience. Can’t wait for the One Light Workshop dates. Meghan is a awesome btw. :)

  • LluisGerard said on April 16, 2009

    I envy you, I have to work hard :)

  • M.D. Welch said on April 16, 2009

    Great images. The models are pretty bad.:)

    Can’t wait for the new workshops.

  • josh said on April 16, 2009

    Zack… I sincerely hope you come to central ohio for the one light workshops.

  • sunith said on April 16, 2009

    Great captures…. One observation, the first two snaps of the male model, it gives the feel that the face is pasted separately in the picture, due to the DOF. Hope you understand what I am trying to explain.

  • Ty said on April 16, 2009

    Love the grid spot work. Makes for very interesting subject matter.

  • Nas said on April 16, 2009

    You’ve gone and done it again! Totally kicked some photographic bootay.

    Lovely work.

    I really like the bokeh in the first 3 shots. Which lens did you use?


  • Glyn Dewis said on April 16, 2009

    AWESOME…No other word for it!!!

  • Mason Trullinger said on April 16, 2009

    These are all excellent. Regarding your Macguyver skills to get the 20deg grids on your speedlights with the black fong.. What difference in quality of light is there between your setup and say the other grids that are available for speedlights that are rectangle and go against the flash element?

    Is the inside of your fong painted any color to reflect the light?


  • David Burke said on April 16, 2009

    DUDE! These are Fantabulous! Wish we got to hook up in ATL this past weekend. I know you are a busy man. Talk to you soon bro!

  • Anita Matejka said on April 16, 2009

    Amazing, as always!

    I sooooo hope there is going to be a one-light near LA and that I will be able to make it!! Pretty please!

  • A Photojournalist Who Blogs said on April 16, 2009

    Really great stuff. I am adding your site to the list of potential posts on my website:

  • jayzee said on April 16, 2009

    awesome stuff bro!!! you are lucky!!

  • cristina thornburg said on April 16, 2009

    Come back to San Diego! :) You know you have a place here! Ciao!

  • Matt Lange said on April 16, 2009

    Yeah, working with pretty people is always incredibly difficult.

  • Ronny Hermans said on April 16, 2009

    great shots, all of them really like ‘zoomed to 85mm shot with 24mm lens’, your blog gives me more info on how to do things than anything else on the net. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Stian said on April 16, 2009

    Unbelivably inspiring as always!
    Thanks again for all the great info on your shots, it gives hope for the likes of me :)

  • Mark Olwick said on April 16, 2009

    Zack, I’m sincerely hoping that your workshop schedule includes one in the Seattle area. I’m a huge fan!


  • Steve said on April 16, 2009

    Great images.

    Anxiously awaiting the Workshop schedule.

  • Noel Dasmarinas said on April 16, 2009

    Zack, you are EFFING awesome! I started to learn how to light because of you. Keep up the inspiration strong to fellow photographers. 😉

  • Bryan Alfiler said on April 16, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    Excellent work!

    Your work is always an inspiration to us aspiring photographers.

    Just wondering though, did you use your D3 or your new CaNikon 5z Marc Too?


  • Kholloud said on April 16, 2009

    WHat could i say, Aaaaamaazing.. Well alot of models not so professional as they are wanna be .. i can see your frustration apart from that the interent which is lame calling it internet city lol am sorry to hear that this area is owned and operate by the second service provider (new baby) in the country so no wonder the connection is week 😉

    And we can’t wait seeing you again


  • Craig Ferguson said on April 16, 2009

    Love them. The one on black with the grid is very cool.

  • Matt Palmer said on April 16, 2009

    The SB-25 seems to be serving you well judging by the GPP group shot an now these excellent images.

    Is portability the main reason for using it and would the SB-80DX not have cut it out there in the Dubai sun?

  • Matt Palmer said on April 16, 2009

    Oh yeah, please please please include the UK in your workshop plans for 09. It IS the home of Newcastle Brown Ale afterall!

  • Ryan said on April 16, 2009

    Launching a new site? You’re about ready to launch a new baby aren’t you? If I remember correctly yours is due only five days before mine. Best of luck!

    Oh, nice pics too 😛

  • Javier I Sanchez said on April 16, 2009

    Pic 1:
    Somebody needs to start spreading word to models to stop wearing colored contacts. They just look terrible, and we can always change stuff like that in post.

    Zack, rocked it out as usual.

  • Khara Plicanic said on April 16, 2009

    Hey Zack! You’re a rock star. Thanks for the life you breathe into the world! :)

  • Jannik said on April 17, 2009

    Absolutely awe-striking pictures, Zack! Rock on! :-)

  • Chase said on April 17, 2009

    Yep a definite Rock Star, so inspiring.

    Onelight work shop, sounds lke candy to my eyes and brain!

  • Martin said on April 17, 2009

    Every new post is an inspiration. Can’t wait to attend a workshop!

  • Andre Gehrmann said on April 17, 2009

    Hey Zack!

    Love the pictures with available light. They looking so pure. Your black pic with a eyecacher in the middle – chapeau – is wonderful.


  • Joe Reed said on April 17, 2009

    As always, great shots Zack! Those available light portraits smoke!

  • T. C. Knight said on April 17, 2009


    You are the man.

    I find Atlanta a long trip from Mississippi and Dubai; don’t even think about it. Please try to work in a one-light somewhere close by in the south. I really NEED to attend one.


  • Mark said on April 17, 2009

    Beautiful images, Zack. Not sure I can pick a favorite. All stellar.

  • Brian said on April 17, 2009

    Fantastic work Zack. I’m always impressed with what you can do with one light and your available light shots are just as good too!

    By the way, I ordered the DVD a short time ago and loved it! Great job!

  • Hunter H said on April 17, 2009

    Wow, those first two head shots are amazing. Really love them.

    PLEASE, PLEASE bring OneLight to Cleveland. I know we don’t have much going for us, but I could scare up a crowd. Plus, we have great scenery up here in summer. Meg, make him come to Cleveland. I swear, I will help!

  • Mark Denman said on April 17, 2009


    Wouldn’t we all like to have horrible models like these? :) Great work!

  • James Wilkinson said on April 22, 2009

    Who’s the minger in the pink top?

  • Jeff said on April 26, 2009

    Nice photos Mr. Arias, but the first gentleman’s eyes are disconcerting. At first involuntarily I thought Photoshop? I would be very surprised if he is not wearing colored contact lenes.

  • zack said on April 26, 2009

    @Jeff – Yes, those are contacts. Not the biggest fan of them myself.

  • Edwina Cottino said on June 8, 2009

    Hi Zack, I was one of the lucky ones who attended your One Light workshop at GPP. It was FANTASTIC!I wish I had met you 5 years ago, I would have spent my money so differently! I have a question…. that modifier that you strap your grids to and push onto your flash, where can I get one? Any ideas on how I can get something similar?
    Thanks so much, you are great!

  • Edwina Cottino said on June 8, 2009

    Hey Zack I found the info I was looking for…… under your technical stuff. A light sphere, I’m gonna get one! Thanks.Edwina again

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