Personal Tests ::

Nothing much to say. Just sharing some recent work.

Hair by Max Sanchez from DragonFly Makeup by Jennifer Bennett & Lani Martz Talent from SSP

Cheers, Zack




Discussion

  • Ian said on May 26, 2010

    Nothing more needs to be said. This is why I come here.

    More please.

  • John Wayne said on May 26, 2010

    I really like these. The last photograph is totally rad. Good work!

  • Eric said on May 26, 2010

    Wow! Some of your best stuff yet! Gorgeous! I would love to see a version of “Tessa_4″ without so much lens flare though. Cheers!

  • mikeDrzal said on May 26, 2010

    i dig seeing the light stand in shot 5. amazing stuff.

  • JustSimplePhoto said on May 26, 2010

    Love you work. You really take it to a fun and exciting level. Thanks for being so open with your technique!! God bless!

  • damien said on May 26, 2010

    bueno!

  • Christian said on May 26, 2010

    Sweet! Are you using “Home Depot” foam insulation boards in those first two shots?

    Lovely work Zack.

  • Dragos said on May 26, 2010

    Wonderful! My sincere congrats!
    Keep up the good work

  • Marcus Neto said on May 26, 2010

    No doubt about it. Awesome work.

  • Bruce said on May 26, 2010

    Very nice! Can anyone find the watermark on #4??

  • Will said on May 26, 2010

    Great work Zach! How do you know when to pay for talent and crew when just shooting for you?

    Best,

    Will

  • Eric Von Lehmden said on May 26, 2010

    Zack – amazing man. LOVE the smoke one. i know how hard it is to get that. the first one is brilliant. they are all killer!

  • Brian Davis said on May 26, 2010

    Killer stuff, I’m really digging the style in these.

  • Sam said on May 26, 2010

    Share anytime, Mr. Arias… anytime.

  • Duluk said on May 26, 2010

    You know, I actually had more fun looking for the watermarks. :) Sort of like the playboy bunny on the cover pic….don’t get me wrong; the photos were really cool. Interesting use of strobes in a couple of them, though I think you did something similar in the Dubai shootout.

    And, @Bruce, which picture? What I count as the fourth picture, it’s right there in the bottom left. For the “Corrine_4″ picture it’s in the bun of her hair. (I think bun is the correct word :) )

  • Mike Tittel said on May 26, 2010

    Killer work Zack. I especially love the last image. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!

  • Christian said on May 26, 2010

    @Duluk – I think Bruce may have one of them there non-calibrated monitors. When I was at the office I wasn’t able to see the watermark in #4 either, since it’s very faint. Now that I’m home on my calibrated monitor, it’s as plain as day. :)

  • joe said on May 26, 2010

    Most Excellent!

  • Paul Pratt said on May 26, 2010

    All very nice Zack, the shots all appear simple enough but we all know how much technical ability went into each one of them. I absolutely love the last shot, her clothes and the background are such a great combination but they could easily have blended together in a horrible mess had you not worked some lighting wizardry. Lesson learned, thank you.

  • Otto Rascon said on May 26, 2010

    AWESOME! ROCK ON!

  • M Dryden said on May 26, 2010

    Great shots Zack. It’s inspiring to see what kind of personal work you do. It really illustrates the passion you have in you for photography. Thanks for sharing.

  • Steven Skelton said on May 26, 2010

    So these are pretty much awesome.

  • Nasir said on May 26, 2010

    Bravo. More please.
    I’d love to see some of these setups in your creative live seminar.

    And now a geeky tech question:
    Which lens did you use on the right hand shot of corrine_4? I love the bokeh.

    Thanks.
    Nas

  • zack said on May 26, 2010

    Nasir (Nasa!) – I’ll be going over these kinds of lighting scenarios during CreativeLIVE.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Philip Jared said on May 26, 2010

    Awsome work as always. I love how you incorporate your logo into the picture. It isnt sticking out like a flashin neon light. Sometimes you even hide it in ways to make it part of the picture. AWSOME!

  • Danny Ngan said on May 26, 2010

    Nothing short of awesome and inspirational.

  • Mart said on May 26, 2010

    Stunning, love most of them but Tessa_4 just blows me away. Fantastic work.
    Mart

  • James Arendell said on May 26, 2010

    These are the most inspiring shots that I have seen by anybody in quite a long time, and Jesus I spend a lot of time trawling this thing called the Web, when I should be out there being creative. Nice one Zack!

    James

  • moritz said on May 26, 2010

    Wow, a whole new Z.A. :)
    I like the 1940s look of Corrine_4 on the right. The TS (as i guess it was) seems to do amazing stuff in the hairdo. Kudos also to mr. Sanchez for the most impressive hairstyles!

  • John Batdorff said on May 26, 2010

    Incredible work….the smoker is my fav.

  • Mars said on May 26, 2010

    Hi Zack,

    Is Photo 2 with a 2 light setup? Can you explain this technique? Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls,Pls and pretty please!

    Cheers mate

    Mars

  • zack said on May 26, 2010

    Mars – The second photo is two lights. A 20º grid on her and a 10º grid on the wall behind her.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • José "the Stone" Caetano said on May 26, 2010

    Dear Zack, I just wanna say: WOW!

    What’s the configuration of the camera that you used for this photos?

    A big hug from Brazil. (When you come to give us a workshop?)

  • Nestor A. Reyes said on May 26, 2010

    Esto si se llama arte fotográfica!!! You should come to Puerto Rico? Greetings from the Island of Enchantment!!!

  • DanNYC said on May 26, 2010

    Zack, your work is awesome…the best ive seen from you thus far.

  • Sebastian Zbijowski said on May 26, 2010

    Zack, great shots!

  • Glyn Dewis said on May 27, 2010

    Nice series of shots Zack.
    Personal faves are #1, #2 & #3.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • Wilfredo said on May 27, 2010

    Damn Z..I’m speechless..again..my question that I submitted in my video pertains to these situations…how do you get your models too looks so great and have an emotion like this!

    Amazing holmes.

  • Henny van Roomen said on May 27, 2010

    Beautifull shots. Where you would think you would stop, you’re still improving.
    And above of all, thank you very much for this really inspirational work!

  • Bill Pierson said on May 27, 2010

    Awesome. As always, your work, test shots or “real” shots, is inspiring. I put a Facebook message on your sucksesssful account the other day, which kind of didn’t fit. I’ve been trying to become a friend on your regular Facebook, but I guess the time just isn’t right yet. I’ve been shooting on and off for many years; most recently I’ve really started paying more attention and devoting a tremendous amount of time to the craft of photography.

    Last weekend I picked up my first external flash, an old Vivitar 283, my first wireless trigger set, and my first “real” light stand. I’ve got a large family and money is tight, but my next step is bracket, umbrella, and some reflectors. I kind of like adding gear at a slow pace; it gives me time to really learn what I get and forces creativity.

    I appreciate the valuable knowledge that you’re sharing. I look forward to creativeLive in June.

    –Bill

  • CMurph said on May 27, 2010

    Where did you find Jimmy Hendrix? I thought he was dead.

  • Nicholas Franklin said on May 27, 2010

    Bird lady turned out pretty good.

  • Grady Layman said on May 27, 2010

    I like them all. However, the second one jumps out the most for my taste. Very interesting and something I will play with on-location soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Grady

  • Noel Hannan said on May 27, 2010

    Fantastic set of Images Zack, thanks for sharing

    All the best
    Noel

  • Fatih said on May 27, 2010

    Last one is a real kicker. Awesome work Zack. I look forward to watch your training on CreativeLive.

  • Bruce said on May 27, 2010

    @Duluk @Christian Found it… Thanks for pointing it out. If I tilt Ye Ole Lappytop monitor back to about 45 degrees or move straight back about 6 feet it shows up… Weird..*Now where’d I put that money for a new Mac…?*

  • Neville said on May 27, 2010

    I really like the last shot. Camo.

  • Simon said on May 27, 2010

    Woweee, that is some good stuff right there Zack, fantastic work man.

  • Tim said on May 27, 2010

    Thanks for posting these awesome photos and reminding me how much I suck! HA!…Just when you think you get something figured out and feeling pretty damn good about your photos.you realize you are just another drop in the bucket. Thanks again Zack for all your knowledge and ability to amaze us!

  • Nicole and Moonie said on May 27, 2010

    dude your recent work is so AWESOME!
    keep it up man.

    <3

  • Nicole said on May 27, 2010

    wish i lived in Georgia so i can model for you more!

    <3

  • Mars said on May 27, 2010

    Hi again Zack,

    If they said to you, you could only use one lense and one lense only what would it be? and why?

    Cheers

    Mars

  • zack said on May 27, 2010

    Mars- Zoom or prime?

  • Hank James said on May 27, 2010

    I too appreciate your creativity. I have dubbed photography as Therapy For The Mind because, for me, it is therapeutic. I have a very stressful job, but when I break out the camera I think of nothing else other than creating an image, my image. Sometimes I find something to post and other times its just crap, but it my crap;)I feel like I’m ready to take the jump into lighting. I have a Hot Shoe Flash, so I was looking to buy a light stand and either an umbrella or a soft box. I’ve been adding gear slowly and I’d like to take this next jump. Which would you recommend I start with, the umbrella or soft box? Also, the pop up flash on my camera triggers the Hot Shoe in wireless mode, but the pop up flash fires all the time. I was thinking of using tape to cover the flash so that I can add a trigger later. Any thoughts on either of these issues? -Hank

  • Howard Haby said on May 27, 2010

    Photos #1 and #2 are great, nice watermark placement too!

  • Mars said on May 27, 2010

    Zoom & Prime:)

  • zack said on May 28, 2010

    Mars- If I had one prime and one prime only it would be the 35mm f2 or (more likely) a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8. I say more likley for the 50 because it’s a better portrait lens than the 35 but I do love the 35.

    For zooms I would pick the 24-70 2.8.

    Focal lengths I can’t live without.. 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, & 105mm.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Kevin Wrenn Photography said on May 28, 2010

    Amazing as usual Zack! Looking forward to your Creative Live workshop.

  • Janbo said on May 28, 2010

    Nice work – not your best stuff though!! looking forward to your workshop!!

  • taurui said on May 28, 2010

    1 and 7 are, in my opinion, absolute masterpieces. Just.. perfect. I love, love, love, love ‘em!

  • Erin said on May 28, 2010

    Zack,

    I can’t stop looking at Corrine’s photo on the right. It’s just beautiful.

    And I love the light play in Tessa and Rachel-4. I think you’re on to something.

    Hope you’re having fun. Keep it up :)

  • Charlemagne Obana said on May 28, 2010

    I liked the subtle watermarking. That’s really ingenious since it took me a second to realize what it was.

  • Alexandra said on May 28, 2010

    I love these shots!

  • lynn daly said on May 28, 2010

    You should be a photographer! You’re really good :)
    Cheer!
    Lynn

  • Christopher Kasey said on May 28, 2010

    So curious how you are able to shoot into light and yet keep that great color and contrast. Is it done in post?

    (picture 7)

  • zack said on May 29, 2010

    Christopher – Some is done in post but most is done with careful placement of the lights and careful exposure. Then it’s enhanced a bit in post.

  • Hank James said on May 29, 2010

    I’m going to try this again, I would like to move to the next step in photography,and remove the flash from the camera. Do you have a recommendation in regards to an umbrella or a soft box? Does it even matter?

  • zack said on May 29, 2010

    I’ll have some info for you next week on that!

  • Jack said on May 29, 2010

    I like the first one a lot !

  • Tom K. said on May 29, 2010

    Magnetic work Brohemith.

  • Randall Douglas said on May 29, 2010

    The background, outfits, hair, etc. are perfect on the last one. The lighting on the background makes that shot for me.

  • Darrell Harris said on May 29, 2010

    Duh, er, uh, I forgot what I was gonna say about 3 pictures into this onslaught of light badassness – Good lord dude – I am pinching pennies to get a class with you OB1-Zack Strobee. Show me the light side!!!!!!

  • Christian said on May 29, 2010

    Zack,

    I noticed that you’re keeping your shutter speed at around 1/200 or 1/160 in most of these. Is there any reason why you don’t just keep it at 1/250? Knowing you, I’m sure there is, I’m just curious to know what it is. :)

  • zack said on May 30, 2010

    Christian – Alienbee lights have a very slow flash duration so I lose 1/3 of a stop sync speed. If I don’t slow it down to 1/200 on the Nikon or 1/160 on the Canon then I lose a bit of my frame.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Scott said on May 30, 2010

    Loving Gaby02, a stunner of a shot imo.

  • Frederik said on May 30, 2010

    Awesome images. Stunning stuff.

  • Ameer said on May 30, 2010

    Hey Zack!

    Love your work.. Can you please post a link to the version of ZD3_6763.jpg which is on usedfilm.com?

    Thanks!

  • Christian said on May 30, 2010

    So this is embarrassing, but I’ve been shooting with ABs for a full year now and I never noticed that! That’s great info to know. I knew you would have a good reason. Thanks!

  • numbeos said on May 30, 2010

    wonderful images…love them…

  • Zed said on June 1, 2010

    Hi Zack … there is a DISTINCT!!! shift in style and look! Very impressive, and interesting to watch. These shots look very clean, very deliberate, perfectly executed etc, you can tell the photog is truly in charge and makes it happen. no more trial and error it seems. Great great work! Wow!

  • r*dean said on June 2, 2010

    love this work!
    especially, especially love the last image. the pattern! the look!

  • BRETT ARTHUR said on June 2, 2010

    Pretty epic work here, Zack. Always a good time look through your work and reading your stories and thoughts here on your blog.

  • Terrence said on June 4, 2010

    Zach, if you had to convert the following into lenses for an APS-C zized sensor Nikon D300s) What would you chose?

    Mars- If I had one prime and one prime only it would be the 35mm f2 or (more likely) a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8. I say more likley for the 50 because it’s a better portrait lens than the 35 but I do love the 35.

    For zooms I would pick the 24-70 2.8.

    Focal lengths I can’t live without.. 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, & 105mm.
    Thanks

  • Adam Leahy said on June 4, 2010

    You’ve been kickin’ some a$$ lately.

  • DJH said on June 7, 2010

    Hi Zack.

    Just spent hours trying to recreate the Jimmy Hendrixish shot.

    What set up is that, love it. Im in my living room at the mo. Is it 2 or 3 lights. Thinking. One SB up High Over Model To Camera Right, One pointing at him behind, one at background? Probably just one light I bet…

  • Brian Grissom said on June 8, 2010

    holy crap! These are amazing. Beautiful job.




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