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Thanks & Goodbye!

Zack Arias

Studio Lighting

Zack Arias

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18. Thanks & Goodbye!

Lesson Info

Thanks & Goodbye!

seven years ago I was working in a copy shop taking polaroid passport photos go on I'll never be a photographer again you know so it's a thousand thousand people around the internet that you were inspiring to take the next you know like someone just said on twitter now your job is to go out and shoot all right congratulations thank you this is incredible thank you changed my life has been a terrific thank you craig in fact craig go stand on that black piece of tape right there all right what we're doing here now that let me explain it no way do have the moon unit up as our soft box why because that was what was left available all right right there I need your face just a little bit over this way right now I'm not quite so much right there that's perfect right there craig and then just rotate your body just that way just a little more right there there we go awesome that's it my man all right next all right so how I think next time well if your sexual zach's crew wait take pictures that...

crew zach's crew first and foremost my wife meghan with a day job I cannot do what I'd do without her stand on that black tape baby all right and we got danger your heart look great baby yeah hey danger hawk hey buddy everyone want can you do a family portrait here you go danger hey huck ho buddy call there you go danger yeah yeah a town alright thank you dan I need dan get up here my right hand dan dan is wetten dan uh not doing it without then get on that black tape awesome right there and I want you to show me what you feel like right now done all right sherry sherry get up here sherry's our business manager on way got the call what we got to call to do this sherry was the first one yes this sounds great that sounds amazing sherry thank you so much there we go awesome good smile great robin robin shetler get up here I cannot tell you all right you have been watching on the internet like you know all this is going on and all that is going on robin's been in a minivan just all over seattle I need this I need that rob I need this I need that I need the other ok ok ok and she's been on it and on it and on it and everything between her and mak what the props and everything and you were here this morning finishing set and thank you so much so how do you feel right now way go five five will well come up here will vali bali we'll come up to that tape right there perfect and uh coming here coming here now you're a photographer and I cannot take a portrait of a photographer with a camera around the neck high I'm a photographer really all right brother rotate this way forward just a little bit right there and bring you face back to be all right for a little bit of it until right there yes that's it now hands together to give you the deejay hip hop slather and soap right there brother all right good chin up just a bit awesome dude came up from san francisco thank you so much I appreciate it all right eric jump up here I could not have done it without the class um you guys have made this so valuable a couple of you have offers for dates so congratulations on that all right eric thank you very much I did your manager a solid so I hope she appreciates that awesome all right rachel thank you so much pop up here your studios in a shower get a little bit bigger of a space now right awesome right there you just come right into it excellent turned towards me just a little bit more yeah oh my god I think nick and I connected at a mixer that we did last year and I just like this guy nick what's your website nick lopez photo dot com and there it went down all right just turn this way for me a bit right there awesome nick give me a thumbs up beauty beauty that's it you're so good looking I just need to do to thank you jordan did all the way from overseas huh he had come in overseas you're from canada right right on that black tape thank you so much so did I hit you you had questions on your video that you want to spot here today answer it I had questions excellent you have like more questions now yeah I get my me oh oh no no we'll take care of awesome right there brother alright head tilt over this way chin down just a bit right there good and just hamza pockets his pockets real quick good because this is for your match dot com profile because well you might not need it after you just get on twitter and say yeah alright have a seat haley come on up here hey lee it was meg first and foremost that picked your video is the winner because you no no don't touch that don't touch that and meg's first thing she said out of about she needs a break from her kids she wins so you know she just connected immediately with you great hands in pockets just not separate your feet just little bit a little stronger stance perfect right there now you have glasses now let's make sure we don't get reflections face around this way just a bit perfect right there awesome he had a good weekend get a nice little break from the kids had a great but you missing my bet awesome thank you all right jeremy you know you get a bigger soft box on that one you had your video probably well yeah open win one but do I still have to give you twenty bucks from sticks or you can call this all right actually right there perfect you just got it right there gangsta awesome perfect excellent thank you sir thank you so much right way awesome that's great face around this way just a little bit more perfect chin up just a bit right there yes awesome great smile thank you so much quick come on up brother wei would not have this set built without you we wouldn't have gotten the material down here without you right on that black you're taller than everybody else all right so you're going to rotate this way just a bit towards the light for me thank you so much for everything that you've done oh yeah we still got to shoot that well do that right after all of this perfect right on thank you all right you know what I want to say that is my crew let's take it back to craig all right sarah production manager who has basically spent the last month since we wrapped a vincent law for ray's class wrangling everything from lunch to models to safety equipment for underwater shoots with swimsuit models on I tell you she's not been happy with me and zach the whole time for the last two months she's been pleased moments but not not after we talked so thank you very much most of the people who were brought together to make this happen sarah's been helping coordinate so sarah thank you very much go take your shot right up here right on the mark awesome well fam what's up you hit it right there awesome now how do you feel that this is over with how you feeling give it just give it to me give it to me awesome great thank you so much thank you you didn't get that giraffe I asked for those all right next up we'd like to bring we'll bring some of our crew in the back dan first he's the top of the list he's a director of this uh this gig he's also got the radio voice make sure we get the the blue mike does have the radio voice doesn't ain't and should not be found without a microphone wait so what you're you're with my gat dan dan dan comes from the life of a high end production values that homo television locally on when I first called him up we were broadcasting from a goat a webinar connection and a u s b microphone that cost me sixteen dollars and uh and I nearly fired him when he forced us to get an eight channel maki board that was this big but I I only want to mike it was just I didn't think that you understand how to keep things small and you should see the maki board we got now thank you thank you be in h let's put being h up here take a picture alright head up there dan no but the way need that might get that mic back there and I want that mike right up here also right there give me they're giving it to give it to me rotate just a little bit this way right there there we go awesome a sweet thanks sir top top crow absolutely around actually you know what way call the rest of your crew okay so dan come up here call your crew one at a time let's know what they're doing for us well you can call me whatever you want whatever you want what is blue leaves he leaves and it all just starts falling apart and the irony blue we got it we're okay now so so the whole damn time wasn't on dad's ass all right well you take you take you take the audio guy away from the audio board the only part of it one of one of craig's fantastic finds a friend of the guy who first came in and came over and man I'll tell you there are a few people that khun taking entire production and look at it and understand it and go eat in a video on the audio and we need a truck to move this stuff in on day he sits there and goes I'm going to sit by his computer and push buttons all day and there's not many people it'll take direction and just do it and go and the one and only and our greg craig crinkles in right now but I'll tell you right now he's gonna get a much better ending perfect nice strong stand right there you just dropped right into good looking right maybe way more serious level it's easy to catch phrase isn't it trademarks hands were great perfect well maybe it's a trade one thank you know the irony is I can't I can't do anything else until adam gets back there so we can relieve the other guy who was a good good friend of mine right and man a number of events that we've done in the past and at my day job come with tv ceo and I like it looks like you don't know who you're talking about phil he's hiding he's hiding behind the console on purpose uh ladies and gentlemen the one and only courting meet him best dressed audio guy video guy on the planet I swear to god cory got called in to our day giant there at three thirty this morning just rotate it just a little too running prompter for the morning newscast at combe aux seattle because normal prompter person brooks amanda straight just so there thank you cory korea one of the best really really appreciate it guys guys who can't be here now because they had to go back and do their day jobs uh aaron brown is actually currently running cameras acoma for him I'm sorry they want a picture of blank picture for him and death man death is one of the greatest guys I ever worked with ran audio for us on day one ran some errands for us and he's a great guy works at cbs seattle and I can't be with us tonight either but that's where the this is the whole production team that just sits back every day and goes how can we do this we have another cable to even adapters and we know how to give the bnc xlr give me five minutes we'll come up with something so craig it's been a pleasure thank you very much get me the hell off wait yeah actually yeah so day I think you've got some more people introduce here wait tom tom tom been a real stand up guy he was ready to catch models that were gonna swoon he was ready to entertain little children he's been a real heroes made sure I ate today I didn't eat yesterday all right hop up there on the black tape it's time I'll tell you right now buddy I really appreciate you thank you so much you have been fantastic giving that there there we go right there face around this way just a bit and then I cz back to me and head tilt over this over this not so much come back just a bit and bring that back arm around just a little bit no around front right there from driving off right on this weekend thank you so much I feel like I should be giving away like you know certificates of completion a cz people walked off something with right we'll make a creative trading card okay no we're not going all right all right sarah get on that yeah way of course my job yes so we want to thank the cameramen who have been behind all the shots that you've been getting today on to start that off I would like to bring up gringo first john gringo so actually I think john could kit should carry his camera with him yeah cannon will it reach what hillary uh oh there we go right there all right bring it in just a little bit bourbon right there face up just around just a little bit and eyes write to me good and one more bring that camera and just to you just a little bit closer right there perfect awesome besty did you photo class I've ever seen no no wait second best wait a minute okay now best fundamentals fundamentals of digital photography he's awesome all right so what you you introduce your being here yes eso there was john we also have bill murray and he has been a great camera guy and utility spot right there you just fall right into it I think we found out you're a pro photographer a couple of beyonc cable slash bill thank you so much thank you man it's been a pleasure it's actually tell that starts way were missing a long bnc cable in order to film the vince law for a class way made an announcement we need to be in sea cable in seattle they would have a hundred foot being see cable and bill came in with the bnc cable on extra cameron all the gear necessary to basically do it in help us out with entirely new camera on that show which we definitely needed so thank you bill thank you jill now you know what theo that's crazy way creatively role I mean you know I think people just appear at the right time at the right moment to make stuff happen yeah and I found jeffrey pulling it the digit digital video group right here theo final cut pro group battle right up their black cape and some of you may our jeffrey as one of the participants in the right there good yes chin up just a bit awesome right on thank you thank you thank you very much thank you and we've also got sky gleason who's been doubling his utility and chat and I e right there good lean back just a little bit for not quite so much and it face around this way just a bit right there right there all right chatting away head tilt over this way just a little bit right there yeah that's it right there what's up thank you very much and for some some other utility work he's also been on chat we've got derek gibson been a volunteer homeboy jordan they're all yes that's it right there gives photography dot com gives photography dot com gibbs photography dot com let's bring it down bring it down on me uh tom lloyd was also utility but we've already seen him so we can move on to the next all right all right so chat hosts very important voice of the internet we've got bruce weber all right all right perfect let's take out that one bad so keep the bruce crew pai john we'll take that one off there we go perfect and just little rotate to me and just kind of hands in pockets kind of casual there we go right there all right chant it up for me just add it up add it up awesome thank you way derek gibbs sin again as I said he was also on chat and we got his shot and we got kate haley tio thank you alright so what I need from you is I need a town a town a town a town right there right there hold that right there is perfect great way had mars maynard who was not able to join us this evening and we also have its susan roderick who was very very helpful getting all the arrangements done and getting coffee in the morning come on susan get get on bring in the question thank you so much all right good so rotate for me just a bit right there we go I see its in you its in your they all it almost came out come on bring it out bring it out bring come on it's not that late in the day awesome right there right awesome thank you season way also had last minute volunteer arlene reuben come on up the thief right here on this little black tape right there fantastic thank you shirley for everything just rotate for me just a bit that way uh come back to me just a little just turned back to me just a bit there we go right there head tilt down just a little bit all right there it is yeah you got it excellent good big smile big thumbs up there we're done okay so a priest a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar bartender says what is this a joke wave already got sky gleason great great test and excuse me in lawrence chen as well was mostly off mike but you know the proponents talk for answers in the chat room as well as everybody most of our chance people good national's good great awesome right there head tilt down just this way just right there there it is right there more head tilt down just right there perfect you come down to chin down just right there yeah awesome I think sir just one more quick word about the chat host there I believe there all photographers in their own right and all had an interest in watching this and helping out with this class and that's why they're here all right hair and makeup way got brandy a little bit earlier she's a twitter absolute brandy is her twitter tag there with two eats on dh we've had some really really great models and I saw some really great shots we had a lot of help from seattle model skilled we had john roberts powers model in modeling school I had to take this really fast and they really supplied cem cem great students for us and s o we had anthony lamar brown katherine mcclain that was the dancer natasha would he was our scuba model some breathtaking shots there zack and luciano santos and heather lifer was from smg shane say there was from smg and anne reid was a student we have our appear thing picture drive so you stay right on that black mark right there you're about to pull my tether their awesome just rotate for me just a little bit this way perfect right there and just hands in pockets nice attitude perfect right there awesome thank you so much so I don't want to forget us modeling student andy reid and also mattson healthy a poke the po thier sorry for that um so lots of great models there and we had musicians and we had a head like a kite who was david I know greg marchal trent mormon tilson post zik zira marvel and fences was in for their photography shoot christopher mansfield jason norman chemo muraki and greg gavels on we also had singer songwriter zach pick on and thank you to head like a kite for that set last night that was a that was a lot of fun and video at any ross come on out ross thank you yeah we're gonna get you these guys get at the editing get the biggest applause because for the next several days they have to stare at my face I apologize I'm so sorry all right so you knew what your getting to hop up there on the black tape cross lane and and good right there rotate for me just a bit that way way from pocket head tilt down just a bit right there and now show me the face of what it looks like editing at three a m thank you completely indispensable yet again it's mr ed mcnichol he video editor scuba dive master talk about role way you brought a prop what I think we'll take just a bit for me right there presence and not had tilted over just this way right there there we go awesome good right there lean forward to me just a little bit right there bam so does everything with editing everything yeah putting everything together he's running this place in the back there are about a dozen things that wouldn't work right if edward here we didn't know we needed it on vincent off rays and it would not have gone together that and uh we knew we needed at this time we didn't know we need a deep sea diver well cpr and and all the other rules and just unexpectedly stepped up for so I can't wait to see what it does next yoon ordained minister man chance would be a reveal all right thank you andi also it's been a friend of mine for a long time taught me a lot too all right and we've gone through the photographs of the students we really couldn't do it this is for you thank you very much for coming way on amazing crowd of people for sure very entertaining all of you from the argentina saying thank you and we also had additional customer support and logistics works from mr david anger song thank you absolute pleasure you're right on set all right now you've got to bring those because that's a lot wider the nine feet all right right there perfect chin down for me just a bit right they're excellent thank you sir thank you thank you thank you but even fantastic thanks so much all right and we also have melody galan who would also be known as craig swanson's lovely way can't do it without our families will do a family up there all right excellent perfect right there now then how do you feel the end of one of these get her husband back awesome creative live widow for a weekend or a week or two weeks or whatever thank you thanks for you let your husband like live here and again susan was a great help in setting all this up tio catcher so we will make a card for that one and that that's all I have so I really apologise if I missed anyone is there anyone we don't have a photo of in this room yet wei don't have a photo you send him up waiting to have my children first so the there's a reason I'm a photographer hey buddy what's up head up there right on to that black piece of tape these are my kids pepper and wires all together nice and tight oh that's heard that yeah nice and close together perfect let's make sure I'm getting light down to him hold on you guys stay right there all right so what do you think your dad's job that's pretty good my five year old I wouldn't ask what does your dad do uh he has studio and he flashes people all right that's what you want to tell everyone in school awesome right here kiddos good good good big smiles big smiles yes a family portrait all right dan I want to talk to bank on a boom oh hang on a second wonder your tithe family does hyde I every summer in maine perfect a new batch every year just like that I don't know what year this is what we're now I gotta back this up because I've got to cover more people in one I changed my distance I changed my exposure great yep yep yep I'm using the moon unit why because that was what was left all right guys let me do one test exposure here sending a shout out from mexico the united kingdom new zealand alright looking right here big smiles big smiles yes big smiles come on everybody go on everyone said cracks yes awesome thank you wait a lot of requests for you zach zack mr areas various ways back first on behalf of the students that were lucky enough to get to come and attend the class here which was a mind blowing once in a lifetime opportunity and everybody they got to watch for free on the internet I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart buddy amazing thank you you make me look then you know what the answer is no yeah all right um okay are we still live way try to get like are you kidding me additional shout outs who were candidates scooters wait with immunity all right get it tight tight tight take it I don't know what I'm doing e e o okay a traditional shot out from south africa venezuela way toronto canada denmark yeah alright everybody to some tough now rachel I'm losing you just a bit I need that same pose but right that right there perfect right nick coming forward madrid sperm here we go everybody awesome right there looking right right in the lens everybody wait awesome I hear that's haider time is kind of tied our time's come on everybody tired of cider tighter and here we go yeah awesome right perfect right there great okay uh well that looks perfect right there shoot my flash our california washington state just sucked all the light out of there you go chile new york right there oh ward's in north korea now we know where it is successful boston successful two guns make suzie um craig holmes um will come grab this you and me but they need the pictures you to mighty good looking thin guys right looking through here hey what's up hell people photographer weirdo that smile too droopy guys yeah right awesome internet is clan thank you is that a wrap

Class Description

If you’re new to studio photography, or even if you’ve been doing indoor shoots for a while, studio lighting can be a real challenge. The sheer amount of gear required and the inherent complexity of the equipment mean that there are always lots of variables—and lots of ways to make mistakes!

This weekend-long course taught by renowned music, editorial and advertising photographer Zach Arias breaks down the technicalities of studio lighting into manageable chunks so you can get a handle on what you need to do in almost any studio situation.

Zach will cover a wide variety of topics, from how to build a studio to shutter and aperture settings to posing groups. By the end of this in-depth course, you’ll have the skills to tackle any type of indoor shoot, whether it’s in a huge warehouse or your spare bedroom.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build your studio and buy the right gear for the right price.
  • Create and shoot on a white seamless backdrop.
  • Set your ISO, shutter speed and aperture.
  • Understand depth of field and shooting groups.
  • Do head shots with a beauty dish.
  • Use all sorts of flashes, including strobes and hot shoe flashes, as well as modifiers.
  • Handle multiple shoots at once.


Martin B.

Zack - you're the man inside all of the studio classes !!! I've seen a lot of teachers, which are doing studio classes, but you do this on a very lively manner. I've never seen sudio classes like you do ;-) At fist I like your kind of "Cheap Shots" ... you take great images with a kind of inexpensive gear - especially the one light stories. Most of the other photographers are teaching classes by using a lot of light - you can fix the same shots with only one light *thumbs up*. By my selfe i'm teaching "low budget" stuff, but many people are going the other way ... don't know why. Even the available light is the most powerfull light you can work with. Also my theory fits with your "one light" kind of take this shot. Many people should think about your style of photography and related back to the beginning of photography (Adams, Feininger, ...) ;-) Keep on teaching/living your kind of photography - it's worth it - this class is worth all the money ... and much more !!! Martin (

a Creativelive Student

I'm an alum of both the OneLight DVD and Zack's OneLight in-person class. I pre-purchased this course because I knew it would be amazing. I was a bit worried that there would be overlap from his other course offerings but was pleasantly surprised. I tell every photographer that I meet about Zack, his classes and the wealth of knowledge up for grabs on his blog. If you have never shot in a studio or if you are seasoned pro, I guarantee you'll get more than your money's worth out of this course. Zack's work pays his bills, not the equipment companies. Therefore, he can be up front about his likes and dislikes. Zack also doesn't screw around with people, he's the real deal and tells it like it is. Mark my word, buy this class and get the best ROI of anything else you'll buy this year. Zack has the natural gift of teaching. You'll quickly realize that it's not about the latest and greatest gear, it's about your client's needs and knowing how to find solutions with what you've got. Enjoy.


Excellent class and worth every single penny! I have always been a big fan of Zack both in regards to his quality of work and skill set and who he is as a person. You can watch all the Youtube video tutorials in the world and you will gain some good knowledge, however many are holding back some information they do not want you to know about. This class has taught me so much about lighting where I feel much more confident with the technical side and can focus more on the creative side. Well worth your investment!