Gulf Photo Plus :: My Shootout With David Hobby & Joey L

March 6, 2010 | Misc. Photos News • Workshop

Meg, Hawke, Dan, Sherri, and I have had an amazing week here in Dubai being part of the teaching crew at Gulf Photo Plus. This is my second year teaching at GPP. Last year, being the new guy, I had to take the group photo of all the amazing photographers that teach at this event. This year Mohamed Somji, the organizer of GPP, decided it would be fun to have a shootout between David Hobby, Joey Lawrence, and myself.

The rules were simple. We would be given a subject to photograph in the main auditorium in front of a live crowd. We would have twenty minutes each to shoot tethered & edit a photo while our images were projected on a large screen. We all would have the same subject to photograph and we were not allowed to see what the other was doing. Hobby went first. I was second and Joey brought it up from behind. We were also told there might be a surprise or two.

The surprise was A) we would have two subjects instead of one and B) Joe McNally would have a microphone and be giving live commentary as we were setting up a shot and shooting. Two people? David and I asked the same question… “Do they both have to be in the photo at the same time?” :)

No pressure.

So the photo above is what I came up with. It was a great teaching exercise if anything and we all had a fun time with it. Yes… there were video cameras and it will be online as soon as we have links to it. David and Joey will post their photos at some point I’m sure. Joey… well he threw us all a curve ball. :) Lastly… an official winner was never named so… IMHO the best shot was

Six days of non-stop teaching and the stress of having to perform to a packed auditorium has me worn out. I have two days of personal shooting to do now. Can’t wait to share more images from this trip. I have had such an amazing time here in Dubai. I love this city. Usedfilm Dubai? I don’t hate the sound of that. :)

Cheers, Zack




Discussion

  • Jesse Hoorelbeke said on March 6, 2010

    That is awesome! I’m sure we who were stuck in the ‘States are anxious to see all the results. Maybe next year I’ll get to go to GPP!

  • Andrew Berglund said on March 6, 2010

    Pretty great shot!

  • Petr Juza said on March 6, 2010

    Oh, would love to see the shootout. Must have been a great time.
    Your shooting inspires me a lot. Thank you very much.

  • jonathan canlas said on March 6, 2010

    man, i knew you when…

  • Howard Haby said on March 6, 2010

    Wow, no pressure!! I’m sure McNally didn’t go easy on you (he’s so funny), but it sounds like an awesome time. Despite the stress and schedule, you are one lucky guy to be taking part in events like this. All the best to you. I can’t wait to see the video and more of your photos.

  • Rajkumar said on March 6, 2010

    Hey Zack,
    It was cool the way you handled the pressure man, When David said “all my students who are my VAL’s come to the front” i was like, There goes the shootout!!!

    Then you walk in and set up two flashes on the back like we were discussing on the balcony and then boom! boom! Boom! 3 lights and the shots were amazing!!!

    It a pleasure learning from you man!!!

    Thanks a lot

  • catalina said on March 6, 2010

    i remember your group shot and blog post from last year -
    time has flown!

    nice job on the photo – I look forward to seeing the video of al 3 of you and everyoe’s images from the shootout!

  • Rajkumar said on March 6, 2010

    Will try to post the video!!!
    shot with my 5d mark II.
    Dang its gonna take forever to upload it up!

  • Rajkumar said on March 6, 2010

    Sorry for the triple post!
    tired with all the fun and shooting.

    I almost missed the last line,
    “UsedFilm Dubai” !!! that would be cool!
    Don’t forget what i told you….

  • Matthias said on March 6, 2010

    Hey,

    I hope you managed to set up Mr. pocket wizard in return for last year :-) He already wrote in his blog that he would bring some long cables, but when working under pressure … you never know ;-) Can’t wait to see the exhibition from your announced secret project here in good ol’ ATL.

    Cheers,

    Matt

  • Glyn Dewis said on March 6, 2010

    Talk about pressure!!!!

    Zack…great shot; crystal clear, beautiful colours..the whole deal.

    Love it!

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • Philip Calubaquib said on March 6, 2010

    Diamonds are made from pressure!
    great work and inspiration Zack!
    I really hope you make a DVD soon or have a workshop here In Toronto Canada!

  • Surfdog said on March 6, 2010

    Great shot – and all in 20 minutes – would love to go to such an event one time – if i only had the $$$$

    thanks for sharing!!

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  • Mohamed said on March 6, 2010

    I was there. It was a lot of fun.
    You should post the other photos. Specially the Polaroid :)

  • Marvin said on March 6, 2010

    Saw this LIVE! Like magic, you unfold this photo right in front of us, giving us a hint on how you shoot under pressure and STILL come up with shots like this. Unbelievable, Zack. I was laughing so hard (well, the whole auditorium was) when you kept repeating “2 models, 1 shot?” over and over again as if you can’t pull it! I was like “this is ‘duh?! to him” to my wife as you set up your gear. Not taking anything from David Hobby (David’s shot is equally kick-ass) but you’ve got my vote on that one. Btw, I’ll apply on usedfilm Dubai (if ever). Haha. Safe trip on your flight stateside, man.

  • Atiyeh said on March 6, 2010

    SO I am sitting in the auditorium and thinking, can this get any better? and then you come out and take that picture!! yeah it just got better!!

    I saw Meg and I went and introduced myself and told her how amazing she is. I admire her so much. Say hi to her and kiss that Cute little Hawk for me :)

    We had a great week, although I didnt get to come to your location class and I cursed myself for not getting the seat before it is sold out the entire week, but I enjoyed every second of your other classes :)

    I know Marvin said he is gonna be there for usedfilm Dubai, I just wanna say I am there right behind him! remember please: A T I Y E H!!!! Im gonna sweep floors and get trash out just like sherry did! Just take me in!!!

    Thank you so much
    have a safe trip

    Atiyeh R.

  • Karim said on March 6, 2010

    Who is the doctor ad who is the dancer :) it was awesome zack

  • Athena said on March 6, 2010

    Zack, I was at the shoot-out despite having a flight out that night — wasn’t going to miss it for anything. You were amazing under pressure, and had everyone in stitches with your commentary. Great, great shot, btw.

    I enjoyed your “The Many Uses of White Seamless” class on Friday… hope you can definitely come to Hawaii at some point in the future! (I’m the girl who asked you if you were :-)

  • Tammy said on March 7, 2010

    I had to head to the airport when this was starting so I’m glad to see your finished product. I LOVED your white seamless session!!

  • Janne said on March 7, 2010

    Thanks again! You guys put up an amazing show last nite.

    Somebody should come out with a TV format for these kind of shootouts. :)

  • Stefan said on March 7, 2010

    Was awesome to see you deliver the goods despite a few technical issues during GPP. You aced it all from tethering issues and software crashes right through to blown projectors & even stopping traffic in the middle of Karama. The shootout was just the icing on the cake Zack & an experience all of us there won’t easily forget. Usedfilm Dubai? Just think of the Dubollars! Thanks for everything, be safe & keep on keeping on.

  • Steve Simpson said on March 7, 2010

    We enjoyed having you here more than you will probably know. Enjoyed your One Light Workshop immensly and seeing you in the shootout was amazing. Hope to be see you back here next year.

    Steve

  • KJ said on March 7, 2010

    Oh man, I was sitting at the second row and it was absolutely fantastic to watch the magic unfold in front of my eyes! Past November I was modelling for Bobbi Lane at GPP and felt the pressure too – setting up all that equipment and coming up with a concept, all the way to execution and editing is no easy task, and seeing you guys do it in 25 minutes was nothing short of a miracle!

  • Ingoman said on March 7, 2010

    Hi Zack, it has been so amazing to meet you there. you got a super sweet kid and wife!
    the shoot out was just teriffic and it could not have been better with what you guys came up with.
    hope to see you sometime again, how about to come to europe (germany/austria) somewhen?
    cu ingoman

    PS: the winner is clearly the audience (via @pcortacans)

  • Shel said on March 7, 2010

    My first thought was “Oh my god, they took Hawke on a 14 hour plane ride!” Ha ha

  • lynn daly said on March 7, 2010

    The shot is great, but that dress is to die for! So beautiful!

  • cary said on March 7, 2010

    @canlas ahahahah i know what you mean!

  • Radu said on March 8, 2010

    Great performance at the shoot-out! You produced a great image – especially given the deadline and the other pressures!

    It was really nice meeting you and Meghan in Dubai! I look forward to seeing you again!

  • Thanapatra said on March 8, 2010

    I love your shot.
    Good work.

  • Keith said on March 8, 2010

    You nailed it.

  • Noel Hannan said on March 8, 2010

    Great shot ZacK, love the rear flashes – amazing what a bit of pressure will do for you!

  • Blaise - Photographe Mariage Nice said on March 8, 2010

    Excellent shots! Was the session recorded – would like to hear McNally’s comments :)

  • Miserere said on March 8, 2010

    I like both yours and Dave’s shots; clearly different, but both great. Especially given all the constraints.

    As for Joey, he’s got balls. Whether they’re too big for his own good or not is another matter, and it can be discussed elsewhere :-)

  • David Hobby said on March 8, 2010

    I have to say, it was fun to be up there shooting. But it was way MORE fun to watch Zack sweating out his 20 mins after I finished.
    :)

  • pierre said on March 8, 2010

    you’ve done very good zack.

  • Stephen said on March 8, 2010

    awesome image. great capture of the expression and you did a great job shooting and especially editing in 20min.

  • Roy Inman said on March 8, 2010

    Great shot especially under pressure! So how did you eliminate flare from shooting directly into the two backlight strobes?
    With cheer :)
    Roy

  • Dorin Vasilescu said on March 8, 2010

    for those who want to see the movie of the shoot I found it on youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Lightography#p/a/u/0/GrnYopPsMuU

    Great job Zack !

  • Amit Jain said on March 8, 2010

    Zack…You are simple awesome. I was honoured to be part of both the Photo Friday and this shootout event. It was fun, entertaining and I am a better/learned photographer after this. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    Amit

  • biju said on March 8, 2010

    really awesome.. if i have huge luck then may be one day i can attend your workshop…. i really want it…

  • Avelaine Scyrup said on March 9, 2010

    Wow, fantastic shot! Can’t wait to see the video.

  • Vineet Modi said on March 9, 2010

    Zack, it was awesome meeting you at GPP! Had lovely conversations with you and learnt a great deal from your white seamless workshop. I have to say that you are a wonderful, down-to-earth and easily approachable person.

    I hope I can attend more of your workshops next year! How about planning to trip to India? Drop me a line if you do! :) All the best

  • John said on March 9, 2010

    Come to Brunei. Have a workshop here!

  • Felipe said on March 9, 2010

    I just watched the videos linked in an earlier comment and now all I can do is hope to one day have the chance to watch in person. It was great to see you directing the models and to see the process from start (figuring out what to do) to finish.

  • David Purslow said on March 9, 2010

    seems like you guys had a blast, we miss lots of this stuff being in england – you should pay us a visit and do this kind of thing on our side of the pond :-)

  • Simon Andrews said on March 9, 2010

    Hey Zach, love the shot.

    FYI the “group shot” link is 404

    I think this is the one, right?
    http://www.zarias.com/?p=340

    Link is currently pointing here.
    http://www.zarias.com/gpp-group-shot-pressure-that-can-make-diamonds/

  • Steve Manhart said on March 11, 2010

    Great idea on the shot!! It’s one of those….”wish I had come up with that one” type of shots.

  • Opinion said on March 11, 2010

    Sorry Zack you have a tons of better images that really have surprised me..but this one!… I don’t see the big deal. The poses are too rigid, composition is boring and the models are terrible posing.. The spot lights in the back are at the same level say and do nothing.

    You are better! and this image you now is not a good one…

  • zack said on March 12, 2010

    “Opinion” and “true” are the same person.

    It’s totally fine if you don’t like my photo “True”. You may just want to wait on your comments to be moderated before you keep posting on and on.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • JustAndOpinion said on March 12, 2010

    I don’t know what is going on here. .When someone is not agree with Zack opinion your comment get remove.

    I posted a comment in about this image in which I said is wasn’t a good one and I explained my reasons.

    I found this image silly with a boring composition. The models or actor are pretty bad posing or acting. The pose look to rigid. and the expression of their faces look fake. The background spotlights in the back are strong, at the same level making the composition even more boring and add nothing to the images no even conceptually or formally.

    In two word is a bad one! You are a great photographer that I personally enjoy. But in this one I don’t see the point.

    Instead of removing my comments I would love you to correct me if I wrong…so I can mend my errors or reaffirm my concepts. But deleting the post is not a professional approach and really disappoint me.

    It just an opinion don’t take it personally.
    GOOD BLESS YOU ALL!
    Angel

  • JustAnOpinion said on March 12, 2010

    I CAN SEE YOU CAN HANDEL CRITICISM!!!

    I don’t know what is going on here. .When someone is not agree with Zack opinion your comment get remove.

    I posted a comment about this image in which I said is wasn’t a good one and I explained my reasons.

    I found this image silly with a boring composition. The models or actor are pretty bad posing or acting. The pose look to rigid. and the expression of their faces look fake. The background spotlights in the back are strong, at the same level making the composition even more boring and add nothing to the images no even conceptually or formally.

    In two word is a bad one! You are a great photographer that I personally enjoy. But in this one I don’t see the point.

    Instead of removing my comments I would love you to correct me if I wrong…so I can mend my errors or reaffirm my concepts. But deleting the post is not a professional approach and really disappoint me.

    It just an opinion don’t take it personally.
    GOOD BLESS YOU ALL!
    Angel

  • True said on March 12, 2010

    Wow this is a nice shot… the composition is so dynamic. the girls look so real and posing so natural. But what love more are the two big brilliant spot lights perfectly aligned horizontally that catch my eye even if don’t want to look at them.
    Good shot!

    You are the best!

  • zack said on March 12, 2010

    True – WTF are you talking about?

  • true said on March 12, 2010

    why are you so afraid to hear the true!

    Zack, before I had respect for your work…know I realized you are a manipulator and taking advantage of young people whom can’t appreciate art in its depth.
    Ok you are pushing me to contact everyone posting here and open their eyes so you can’t foolish them anymore.

    You are cultivating your ego and you have to look back in your life when you were a big looser and you wouldn’t like anyone to take you hair.

  • true said on March 12, 2010

    by the way the pic has to much air on the top…terrible picture!!!

  • Felipe said on March 15, 2010

    ROFL, I wonder what this “true” guy feels like after all that. xD

  • Mohammad Jassem Buyabes said on March 17, 2010

    “True” Must be feeling pretty bad now hehe
    Love the photo Zack, and it was such an educational and fun workshop, i’m very glad that i took part of your (one light workshop) in Dubai.. keep up the good work and god bless you and your family.

    M.J (the air traffic controller) ;)

    P.S: was wondering if you could send me the photo where i look like a serial killer :)

  • Sergei said on March 17, 2010

    After seeing your version and David’s version, i am still curious to see L’s version.

    You guys made it look pretty different with very different stories, which is somewhat tricky, given same outfit and makeup both models had.

    I kind of like this better, leaning toward more awkward photography that more PJ story that David made of it (doesnt mean its bad, i just like this one better).

    Thanks for sharing with poor souls who didnt get chance to go :(

  • thedarkerwave said on March 19, 2010

    Just found the YouTube vids of this one. Looks like a missed a cool event.

    Quick question… what software were you shooting to?

  • TOMMY said on March 24, 2010

    Hi Zack,
    this has nothing to do really with the Rad picture above. it’s a question about your logo. I have been trying to be able to make a custom logo to put on pictures. one that i can adjust and everything. i have come to the conclusion after hours of searching that its a custom shape, but every tutorial on the web has led me to a dead end. this is probably a ridiculous question and funny to you CS4 experts, but i cannot figure it out! if you could do a tutorial or give me some hints, a website that can help me…anything, i’m desperate! :) I have spent way more time on this than i should have. it has taken away from post production time because i’m now obsessed with figuring this out. anyway, sorry for the rant. if you can help, that would spectacular.

    either way, your images are rad and you inspire the crap out of me ! :)

  • zack said on March 31, 2010

    Tommy – My logo is on a white background. I bring it in on top of the background layer and hit “multiply” on the layer mode. That drops the white background of the logo out and then I edit – transform – distort it into place.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Nathan Ciurzynski said on April 12, 2010

    Awesome Shot!

  • Kevin Mullins said on May 6, 2010

    Absolutely brilliant. You guys should head over to Europe and show us you skills.

  • Jonathan said on August 10, 2010

    OK, here’s my best guess(es)….I seem to remember uneven development due to not enough developer or too much/little agitation can cause issues like those on your contact sheet? Or Thin negs can be caused by cold developer, under developing, wrong recipe for developer. Perhaps it wasn’t fixed for long enough or the fixer was exhausted? Am I any closer?

  • Linus Moran said on December 4, 2010

    Sounds like a brilliant live experience. Would have love to have been there – when are you coming over to the UK ?




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