As a photographer, Zack Arias is a name you must know. He is a photographer, teacher and author who is known for his candid take on the state of this industry that we all love. Every time I have come across him – as a public speaker at a conference or randomly on the streets of a city – I am always left in awe of his humility and his generosity towards photographers.
Several years back when Zack was on the road, visiting city after city teaching his simple approach to off-camera lighting to photographers who were either confused or scared of their strobes, I managed to attend first his workshop in Boston and then later in New York City. These were the famous OneLight Workshops that I may have referred to here on this blog from time to time. I can honestly say that Zach was one of the first people to demystify off-camera lighting for me. If you went to his workshops let hear a collective “Amen” below in the comments because I think only you folks know what I am talking about.
Instead of dreading my Nikon SB-900's, I embrace them, play with them and treat them as toys. I keep making creative mistakes and learn from them. It's really the very foundation of Zack's teaching, I believe. Now, my memory is fading so forgive me if I get my facts all tangled up. Either the workshops came first or his OneLight DVD came first, but having experienced both, I felt I was in lighting heaven. Again, if you attended a workshop and own version 1.0 of the OneLight DVD, please comment below. I want to know who you are.
Zack just announced a new project called DEDPXL that I want you to look at if you are serious about embracing off-camera lighting.
Zack also announced OneLight 2.0 (though this time it will only be available as a download). Check out the intro video below for it. From what I can tell, DEDPXL is both a store and a school. The first assignment and all those that will focus not so much on technique but in guiding you to see better. If you are serious about constantly improving your photography, I would take Zack up on this monthly assignment and join the Flickr group to post your images.
The video is 7 hours long! I thought version 1.0 of the OneLight DVD was exceptionally produced and I am willing to bet this new version is going to rock your socks off. [I do not make a dime for saying so … just passing on a resource you shouldn't miss.]
Right now, OneLight 2.0 is available for pre-order at the crazy low price of $50. I recall the original DVD costing $150 or so and was still a great deal. So, if you are looking for a great resource to learn off-camera lighting, THIS IS IT. The full video download will be available on March 31st or soon after.
So, you are probably wondering if I am going to buy the new version of OneLight. Is that your question? You bet I will because with me, the learning never stops. How about you?