I blogged about Zack Arias coming to creativeLIVE, here. The Zack Arias:: Sucksessful Commercial Photographer at creativeLIVE, 3 day workshop was a blast and I learned alot. The first day of the workshop was on April 29, 2011 and the same day as the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine. I recorded the wedding of the century and watched CreativeLIVE workshop all day. The weather during the workshop was cold, sun and some rain, but that is fine with me! I was watching Zack Arias!
The workshop was fun and very educational. Zack Arias is very smart and can explain the mechanics of photography and the techniques, so others can understand. He took it back to the basics of photography. For example, when he was talking about compassion and form, he made you think of it as shaped. What repetitive shapes and form do you see in an image? To find out, get a photo out , grab some tracing paper and lay paper over the photo. Then start to mark and find lines and shapes in the photo. Draw shapes like circle, triangle, and make anchor points. Ask yourself some question like: Is the head in a clean spot? Is their negative space? Is the subject the main focus? Zack knows how to keep it real and blunt. He was straightforward by said that he buys most of gear used. Then he was asked where to buy used gear? He replied the following: Keh.com (has good review), friends online, Cragslist, Ebay (have to have positive feed back and sold a lot, look up subject to see if they are safe) and B and H used gear. He also discuses the Business part of photography. The best quote of this section is "Know your number." That means live with in your means, know your expenses and discover if you can afford it by knowing you numbers.
Here is 10 quotes from watching Zack Arias that are stuck in my head:
- "Your lens is your view point." When choosing the lens you want to use for that event or moment and holding your camera to your face and taking a photo, you are allowing other to view the world though your view point.
- "Know your gear." Means know what your camera and gear will do, don't do and the limitations.
- " Head in a clean spot" Has to do with composition meaning make sure thing are not growing out of the head and in a clean spot.
- "I do not crop people where they bend." This means when creating compassion and filling the frame in your view finder, do not crop off ankles or fingers.
- "Remember your clients is king ( or queen)." Meaning treat your clients like they should be treat them with respect you should serve them and it is a day to make them shine.
- "Do something different." Means when looking into your photography industry, be different. Do not follow other photographers. Need to stand out from other photographers in your industry. Have different images and websites.
- "Your portfolio should not flow like a bad mix tape." Meaning when creating a portfolio the images should flow, be the best, work together, transition from one photo to other and should flow.
- "Always look up the food chain for feedback on your work." When looking for a critique on your images look for photographers who have been their and done that. Someone who already been in the business for a while and know how the industry works.
- "Vision and style rises to the top over time." Is takes time and practices to develop your vision and style of your photography.
- "If you wait until you are ready, you will never get it done." Meaning do not wait till you understand the technical stuff and you are ready to step out into the photography world, because you will never get to that point. Just learn and grow as a photographer every time you push the shutter button.
Thanks to the creativeLIVE team, you can watch part of Zack's workshop for free!