OneLight DVD Trailer Online!

The company I’m working with just got this uploaded today and I just had to share it! 

There is some more info about the OneLight DVD after the jump. The next white seamless tutorial will be online tomorrow so check back in for part 5 of that!

The topics covered in the DVD…

1) Exposure Variables (Aperture, Shutter Speed, Flash Power, Flash to Subject Distance, and ISO)

2) Gear – Flashes (Hotshoe and Alien Bee), stands, triggers, modifiers, etc. How they all work together.

3) Shooting – Follow along with 4 individual shoots indoors and on location as well as shooting a 4 piece band. The band was added specifically by request of folks on the OneLight forum who wanted to see shooting more than one person with one light.

4) Workflow – Working the images in Lightroom.

5) An “interview” with me. This will be an Easter egg. You’ll have to find it rather than “sit through it”.

It is going to be a 2 disc DVD set that will NOT be broken up for individual sales. The whole thrust of this DVD is to bring someone up from the basics to getting started with gear to getting out and shooting. We are planning a secondary DVD for later in the year that will emphasize more complex shooting scenarios with even more modifiers, rigs, and multiple lights.

Street price is going to start somewhere around $250 as an introductory price for the first few weeks and then hit about $300. Don’t quote me just yet on price. All of the production isn’t wrapped just yet. This thing is like a government project. Taking a little longer than I want and costing more than I thought!

You’ll be getting the 2 discs (3 to 4 hours run time), a 16 to 20 page book with more info about the images shot for the DVD and other images with lighting diagrams. This will be a useful “pocket guide” to keep in your bag while shooting. There are also a number of things that are going to be packaged up with the DVD. It isn’t just going to be 2 DVDs in a case! It will be a packed full mailer that arrives at your house!

Projected release date will be July 1st.

The shooting is finished. It is now in the final stages of editing. We have to add the graphics in and finalize the soundtrack. I’m working on all of the artwork for the packaging and book as well as the added bonus stuff. Getting the e-commerce and fulfillment work done as well right now. Once the masters are done it will be 3 weeks from that date.

It will be a replication process to make the DVD’s instead of duplication. This is going to give the best quality. If this was going to be a one disc only production I would consider doing an online download but 2 discs of video is too much to do plus I can’t package all the other stuff in with a download.

There most likely will not be a “pre-sale”. Since I’m doing this replication instead of duplication, I’m going to have a lot of inventory due to the minimums required for replications. I don’t want to pre-sale anything and then there be a glitch in the process that makes people have to wait longer. When it is done and in my hands, it will be ready for ordering.

We’ve been working on this since January and I’m really excited about how it is coming out. We’ll have more trailers and clips as we get closer to launching it in July.

Let me know what you think of the trailer!

Cheers, Zack

PS – In the trailer – notice where we get kicked out of! Not the first time I’ve been kicked out of art school!


  • Chad Wright said on May 19, 2008

    Perfect. I can’t wait for the DVD.

  • Syd said on May 19, 2008

    Looks good Zack – you should do preordering like Thom for his D300 book.

  • Cristina said on May 19, 2008

    Looks awesome, Zack! I think this one’s gonna be a best seller. :) It looks very upbeat and easy to watch…as close to sexy as f-stops and apertures can get…lol! 😉

  • Seshu said on May 19, 2008

    I know I have one of those future DVDs with my name on it. Hope you will send us OneLight alums a head’s up when this is available. Rock on brother!

  • Theresa said on May 19, 2008

    Awesome – I’m so glad you are doing this!

  • Angela said on May 19, 2008

    Ohhh! I can’t wait, it looks awesome!

  • Tammy said on May 19, 2008

    waaay adorable. Cannot wait!

  • corey said on May 19, 2008

    i’m in………….

  • Peter Bang said on May 19, 2008

    This is exciting news Zack! It seems like it’s gonna be awesome! I cannot wait! Thanks dude!

  • Bliss said on May 20, 2008

    I hope you’ll be able to sell it in Europe too… :)

  • Alex said on May 20, 2008

    Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!
    Shipping in Europe too?

  • John Buckingham said on May 20, 2008

    I can’t wait!

  • Dana said on May 20, 2008

    soooo exciting, can’t wait

  • zack said on May 20, 2008

    We will be shipping internationally! Well, maybe not China as that is where the bootlegs of other photographer’s DVDs are coming in from. :)


  • Samantha McGranahan said on May 20, 2008

    I can’t wait!! I was bummed that I don’t think I can make it to any of the remaining workshops….so, yay for the DVD!

  • Scott B said on May 20, 2008

    Cannot wait! Went to OneLight in NYC about 2 years ago and well worth the money! This is my ‘workshop’ for the year!

    Also, killer blog! A wealth of information that I would gladly pay for!

  • Melissa Powell said on May 20, 2008


  • Sissel said on May 20, 2008

    Looks great! I loved your workshop.
    It was worth every penny. Looking forward to the release.

  • PhotoJ said on May 20, 2008

    Looks great Zack, I will put a plug over on point…click…shoot.

  • zack said on May 20, 2008

    Thanks for the plug on your blog!


  • Tim Harman said on May 20, 2008

    iz naise.

  • Abel Longoria said on May 20, 2008

    Sold… Ill make room for it on my shelf fo shizzle!!

  • Jason said on May 20, 2008

    This rocks … cannot wait to get my hands on it. Let me know as soon as it’s ready for presale … I’m all in!

  • Bliss said on May 20, 2008

    Great!!! So, you can count on me 😉

  • Tom Marriage said on May 20, 2008

    Really looking forward to this release Zack. Looks well done but wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

    Enjoying the white seamless tutorials on the blog. Great resource.


  • gustavo said on May 20, 2008

    students, we don’t got no stinking students! hilarious, can’t wait tp get it in the mail.

  • Karen M said on May 20, 2008

    Sold and looking forward to it. Now if only I could get you to commit to coming to BC.

  • Raymond said on May 20, 2008

    If I promise not to bootleg it can I buy one too? (I’m in Hong Kong — which is China though we hate to think of it that way)… :)

  • Raymond said on May 20, 2008

    Oh yeah and the seamless articles were WONDERFUL! Thanks ever so for that. I am going around shooting toys on various coloured backgrounds that are actually all a white wall. Even in my dinkie little flat (I did say I’m in Hong Kong) — unfortunately over here I’d need to be a multi-millionaire to afford a 40′ x 20′ space to shoot in!

  • zack said on May 20, 2008

    Raymond… I’ll make an exception for you! :)


  • Chad said on May 20, 2008

    This and the new iPhone. Can’t wait. Both are on the top of my list.

  • Melissa Shelby said on May 20, 2008

    Just what I needed. A one-light refresher! Found your blog via the dvd trailer post. Incredible resource! I am so sad I wont be able to attend the Alaska onelight again. I’m trying to make up for it by attending very altF in ATL Aug1st. Hopefully you’ll have some AK highlights by then!

  • Seth Floyd said on May 21, 2008

    Cant wait man…I will be getting one for sure, and ive got a few other people that want one too.

  • Lou said on May 21, 2008

    Christmas, is coming early this year.
    Oh ya !!!!!!

  • Phil Thomas said on May 21, 2008


    DVD looks good. Really enjoying your site and the White Background series could just about be the best thing I’ve ever read on the web.

    Is there a reason why it says Arhives instead of Archives on the left though?


  • Your favorite client ever! said on May 21, 2008


  • Neil Cowley said on May 22, 2008

    Oh snap! Totally you and totally pro!!!
    You’re going to be the next internet sensation, and TOTALLY set after this drops.

    Man, to say I knew you before you were famous.

  • David Burke said on May 24, 2008

    Dude that is awesome! I will totally be supporting you with this and telling everyone I know to grab a copy! AWESOME!

  • Teemu said on May 24, 2008


  • jen said on May 24, 2008

    cant wait!!!!!

  • rebekah said on May 25, 2008

    wow. i’ve been wanting to come to your workshops but have not been able to afford it. this i can do.

    {{{ and i can’t WAIT! }}}

    thanks for doing this!

  • len said on May 27, 2008

    useless just useless above trailor learned nothing–nothing about ambient, nothing about fill flash, nothing on camera settings, just nothing

  • Sandra Lemin said on May 27, 2008

    i an not wait!!! Best class I have taken …ever!

  • zack said on May 27, 2008

    Hi Len…
    It is a 2 minute trailer for a 3 to 4 hour DVD set about ambient light, fill flash, main flash, camera settings, etc, etc, etc. Just. A. Trailer.

    For. More. To. Come.


  • Anthony Triana said on May 28, 2008

    Very cool! I am looking forward to purchasing this. Your talent shows thru and thru. Thanks for having such an inspirational website! Please let me know when this will be ready for purchase. BTW-I only accept Fed Ex shipments 😉

  • Anthony Tamayo Jr. said on May 30, 2008

    Whoa Len! Me thinks you need to learn what a trailer is before you take on more advanced lighting stuff. Awesome trailer BTW and is there somewhere we can sign up to be notified on the release of the DVD so we don’t miss out on the intro price?

  • Valerie said on June 1, 2008



  • Glyn Dewis said on June 1, 2008

    Hi Len,

    Trailer was awesome!!!! When can I get a copy???


    Buckinghamshire, UK

  • Karlo said on June 1, 2008

    “If you find yourself out shooting a client and you are saying in your head. “UHH… I’ll fix that later in photoshop…” stop what your are doing and slap yourself as hard as you can”-Zack Arias

    _ Glorious!!!

    Great opener :-), I have fall into this trap one or two many times. Being a graphic designer making my way to photography. Sometimes I tend to skim prod values and cram more time into post. But I’m learning though…The hard way.

    Cheers and success, great stuff

  • Andy John said on June 2, 2008


    Im so waiting for this. I missed the Onelight in DC and was looking for another one. This will be awesome.


  • Matt Hall said on June 2, 2008

    I can’t wait!!! I am all about supporting you and the slap in the face that you cause! Thanks for coming to Detroit!

  • Martin said on June 3, 2008

    Fabulous trailer, Zach. Put me down for a copy! Can’t wait to see you in November in Atlanta.

  • zack said on June 7, 2008

    Thanks for the comments everyone!


  • Scott S di Vincenzo said on June 10, 2008


    We -I- Absolutely Love You !!

    Thank You
    Thank You

    Jupiter, FL

  • Gary C said on June 11, 2008

    Zack –

    Your photography and techniques are impressive. I will be one of the first to order the DVD. Is there an easy way to be notified when it is released?

    Princeton, NJ

  • John Monreal said on June 13, 2008

    im really interested! pls email me where & when can i get a copy of this. thanks! more power!

  • billy kwok said on June 13, 2008

    i can’t wait.. even thought i am a art student and poor… i think will buy it.. can’t wait :)

  • soren blaesbjerg said on June 15, 2008

    Hi Zack, great trailer, cant wait to get this DVD. How, when will you let people know when you reasy for orders..?

  • zack said on June 18, 2008

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


  • phototristan said on January 14, 2010

    Cool DVD. Only thing I don’t like is the constant:

    dunt, dunt dunt.
    dunt, dunt, dunt.

    music. Gets really monotonous after a while.

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