OneLight DVD – Disc 1 Montage

June 15, 2008 | • Resources • Workshop News

Here is a 7 minute montage of some scenes from the first disc of the OneLight DVD coming out very, very, very soon!

We have now finished editing Disc 1 for the two disc OneLight DVD set. Disc 1 has a run time of 2 hours. This is the basic timeline.

1. Introduction

2. Exposure Variables • Shutter Speed • Aperture • Flash Power • Flash to Subject Distance • ISO

3. Basic Gear • Flashes & Strobes • Triggers (Sync cord, IR, Radio) • Lightstands • Other needed accessories • How to put it all together and make it work.

4. Modifiers • Umbrellas • Softboxes • Grid Spots

5. Studio shoot with Christina.

We start off indoors with a very simple white wall as a background. I use a 60″ reflective umbrella and then move to a barebulb flash. I demonstrate how to find exposure without a flash meter and how to take a few simple white walls and use them to give us different visual options.

6. Alley Shoot With Christina

This is our first location. I use a 28″ Westcott softbox then move to a 60″ shoot through umbrella and then back again to the 28″ softbox. I talk through the process of what I’m thinking about, what I’m looking for, and the challenges I’m trying to deal with.

7. Field Shoot With Christina

We head out into an abandoned lot for the last light of day. When we get there the available light is still very bright so I use an Alien Bee B1600 and a Vagabond battery pack and a 50″ Westcott softbox to overpower the sky as we shoot back into the sun. As the ambient light begins to drop, I demonstrate how we can completely change the look of the location with grid spots.

As the last light of day hits we move back to the 28″ softbox and capture some amazing pink and purple hues in the sky while shooting portraits in the field. I also show some side by side examples of available light portriats and the lit portraits so you see exactly how much off camera lighting gives you different visual options as you are out shooting.

We shoot until sky goes dark.

I would LOVE to have 2 or 3 emerging local (Atlanta, GA) photographers who have not been to a OneLight come over to my house in Decatur this Friday night, 6/20/08, at 7:00pm to watch disc 1 with me and give me your feedback before I call it a wrap on this disc and get the mastering going. Weems, Harmon, Damron, Almasys… would love ya’ll to come over too if you could. J. Young, I think you are out of town aren’t you? I can’t accommodate too many people or we’ll be sitting on each other’s lap!

If you would like to be part of my totally informal focus group, please drop it in the comment section of this post with a link to your web site, blog, or flickr page. I’ll be in touch with you tomorrow. We’ll have pizza, NewCastle, and the like. For being part of this you will get a copy of the final DVD set. I want to make sure I’m communicating well. I know what I’m saying and I’m really tired or watching myself say it. I need some feedback.

For disc 2, you will follow along with me as I work with 4 different clients in studio and on location. There is more editorial in disc two about things like location scouting. You get to see us get thrown out of not one, but two separate locations! Run and gun… ATL style! We are now in the process of finishing up disc 2.

I hope you enjoy the montage above!

Cheers, Zack

PS – Happy father’s day dads! I hope you have had a chillaxing day like I have!


  • Clark Griffiths said on June 15, 2008

    Looks great thus far! Can’t wait for the release!

  • Jim Cook said on June 15, 2008

    This DVD is going to be a fantastic success. Your way of explianing and showing is amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these DVD’s.

  • Sarah said on June 15, 2008

    Fantastic Zach! I will be buying for sure…Thank you.

  • Kurt Damron said on June 15, 2008

    I’m in!

  • Jason said on June 15, 2008

    you know i am in bro! im in town, the kids are out of town.. ugh!

  • johnny m said on June 15, 2008

    not that i need to tell you this – you have paychecks and fans to prove – but I frickin love all your work – it’s amazing. I am trying to learn the process. it’s tough but having a lot of fun. Thanks for being my aspir/inspiration!

  • Scott said on June 15, 2008

    Zack — I have some ideas for you and would love to talk about your video.

    Scott Vick
    (310) 266-3445

  • Amy Embrey said on June 15, 2008

    Greatness!! Can’t wait.

  • Mike said on June 15, 2008

    Can’t wait! But for the record, it’s 3 pounds between the ears 😉

  • zack said on June 15, 2008

    Ha! You caught me! You can see me stumbling. I think the average head weighs 8 pounds. Or something like that. I’ll get it right the next time I do a video!* :)


    *and totally mess up on some other bit of information.

  • Matt Altmix said on June 15, 2008

    Sounds fantastic- we’re all about it if you’ll have us!

  • matt miller said on June 15, 2008

    yo. im not busy friday. hit me up if you have an opening for a video preview/critique sesh!


  • Molly Moore said on June 16, 2008

    Oh my!!
    Can’t wait to purchase!
    I’m new to this scene, have so much to learn, love shooting, can’t wait to learn more, DVD looks like it’s going to be awesome!
    Hoping to come to one of your workshops soon… maybe November.

  • polina osherov said on June 16, 2008

    excellent! i’m going to have to stock up and give out as gifts to my photographer friends who can’t quite disengage their flash from the top of their camera. :-) Oh and one as a refresher for me of course!

  • zack said on June 16, 2008

    I think I have everyone I need for this Friday. Now I just need to find some time to cut the grass and clean the kitchen!


  • matt miller said on June 16, 2008

    DAMN! guess i didnt make the cut???

  • matt miller said on June 16, 2008

    if anyone backs out or anything or an extra spot opens up…PLEASE let me know. id love to be a part of this!

  • zack said on June 16, 2008

    Will do Matt. You are first on the standby list!


  • Sara Speert said on June 16, 2008

    Put me on the wait-list too. I’d love to check out the video and give you my 2 cents.

  • matt miller said on June 16, 2008

    awesome..thanks zack….keeping my fingers crossed!!!!!!

  • matt miller said on June 16, 2008

    sorry to keep bothering everyone, but im putting together a STROBIST meet up this sunday at a spot called WONDERROOT ( ).
    if anyone is intrested stop but or give me a shout at

    heres a link to the discussion on flickr

    ok…no more comments on this post i promise!!

  • Hugo said on June 16, 2008

    Looks great !
    Put me on the wait-list !
    Thx !

  • Tom Marriage said on June 16, 2008


    DVD looks great! Really looking forward to this. Keep checking daily for the release date. Thanks for doing this Zack.

  • laface said on June 16, 2008

    hey Zack
    man that intro rocks now i’m so hooked thing is i live in europe any supplies for us guys in the far?
    i like the background music it’s just the bomb…

  • 914studios said on June 16, 2008

    One more reason i wish i lived in ATL. DVD looks great, can’t wait to do my part to make your mortgage payments….

  • Lisa Russo said on June 16, 2008

    Hey, Zack! I’m an emerging local Atlanta photographer, and I would LOVE to come over on Friday night – just let me know if you still have openings. I have a friend who attended your One Light earlier this year and can’t stop raving!

    Lisa Russo



  • Lisa Russo said on June 16, 2008

    Oh crap – I missed your post above. If you have any cancellations, do let me know!

  • Joshua J. Frost said on June 16, 2008

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the DVD, Zack!

  • Jay said on June 16, 2008

    Being the One Light Alumnist I am, I gotta say I am looking forward to a second dosing. My only regret when I did the one light was that I couldn’t video record the whole damn thing… and well… here it is.


  • Jay said on June 16, 2008

    Zack’s brain does indeed weight 8 pounds… that’s why we are all bowing to him for his lighting wisdom.

  • Nicolas Henri said on June 17, 2008

    Good stuff! Keep em coming!
    … and thanx for sharing. totally enjoy what you do here on your blog!

  • Merle Hamburger said on June 17, 2008


    If there is still room on the waiting list, please keep me in mind. I’ve been sidelined the last couple of weeks with some pretty heavy health issues (which I’m happy to share with you privately), but getting together and reviewing the DVD would be a nice diversion.



  • jackie said on June 18, 2008

    sweet! put me on the list. can’t wait

  • zack said on June 18, 2008

    By popular request… You can now sign up for the OneLight mailing list.


  • Luis Gonzalez said on June 19, 2008

    Happened to poke over here from the Strobist group and I live in Decatur. I’d certainly be down to drop by for your showing tomorrow if there’s a noshow.

    Just shot my first studio photos and researching lighting kits. I hope to buy one within the next few weeks.

    I’m considering mpex’s Pro Strobist Wireless Kit (PW2) as I have a Canon 30D. If anyone has any suggestions, contact me via my website. Hoping to buy a Canon Speedlite 580EX II, but if not, then I’ll go with the PW1 kit.

  • Jen Hunter said on June 20, 2008

    I am sure the DVD will be a smashing success, Zack! And even though I just came to the workshop, I think I am gonna want one 😉 😉

  • JP Sevillano said on June 20, 2008

    love it… i’m counting the seconds to get my hands on a copy.

    ur fantastic…

  • carlos said on June 21, 2008

    Very nice. Good info and production values. I think it’s great that you’re showing the difference with and without light or at two different apertures. I think that will really help some folks get their heads around this stuff. Love the exposure info in text on the screen as well. I’ll definitely want to get a copy when they’re ready.

  • Bob Blue Lizard said on July 19, 2008

    Seen your videos introducing your new up coming dvd and I am a fan. I’m new to photography but fast learner. Your product will certainly propel me to higher levels. Thanks! can’t wait…..

  • Chezley said on July 23, 2008

    Hurry, hurry! I’m dying to buy this!)

  • Gary C said on July 29, 2008

    Please advise when the DVD will ship. I purchased mine during the pre-sale.

  • MarkW said on August 1, 2008

    Mmmmm, feed the kids…. Buy DVD………

  • Steve said on November 7, 2008

    Please notify me when the DVD is available.

  • paul m said on November 10, 2008

    have just seen your clip and its inspired me to take up photography again, will you be explaining how you achieve focus in low light or when its dark. is there a special way you do this plus what dslr do you own a nikon?
    thanks again paul in uk. p.s would be good to get you in the uk for workshops, maybe you could do a world tour?

  • Louise said on January 9, 2009

    Would love to order your DVD, but having trouble accessing your OneLight Workshop link. Would appreciate it if you could send me some information about how to place an order. Thanks.


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