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Foundations of a Working Photographer

with Zack Arias

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Class duration: 17h 31m

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About The Class

Want to be a good photographer? Want to do it for a living? Want to rise above the bottom? Then join Zack Arias for this creativeLIVE course. Zack's first workshop was all about studio lighting. This time around, he's covering what you need to know to be a professional working photographer. Many people requested a class about business. Many requested natural light. Plenty wanted strobe + ambient. Everyone wanted more “client interaction” and posing guidelines. Zack's digging deep and covering as much as he can.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Know Your Camera

  3. 03

    Know Your Aperture & Shutter Speed

  4. 04

    Know Your Reciprocals

  5. 05

    Understand Your Meter

  6. 06

    Know Your Camera Q&A

  7. 07

    Know Your Glass

  8. 08

    Know Your Glass Q&A

  9. 09

    Know Your Subject

  10. 10

    Know Your Composition

  11. 11

    Introduction to Knowing Your Light HD

  12. 12

    Know Your Light: Natural Light

  13. 13

    Know Your Light: Strobe

  14. 14

    Chat with Chase Jarvis

  15. 15

    Know Your Light: Headshots

  16. 16

    Know Your Light: Mixing Ambient and Strobe

  17. 17


  18. 18

    Rooftop Shoot at Dusk

  19. 19

    Students Shooting

  20. 20

    Critiques - Part 1

  21. 21

    Critiques - Part 2

  22. 22

    Q&A 2

  23. 23

    Building Your Portfolio

  24. 24

    Creativity and Vision

  25. 25

    Business and Marketing


Meet Your Expert

Zack Arias

My name, if it isn’t obvious already, is Zack Arias and I am an editorial music photographer based in Atlanta, GA. While I’ve been working in the music industry for the past seven years I’m now branching into more editorial ... read more

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  • Ivan


    December 2016

    Outstanding! There are so many gems, any photographer aspiring to venture into business will gain much from this course. There are plenty of technical how-to's with superb examples, from choosing the right lens for a given situation, to learning about reciprocals, expressed in Zack's warm and fun style. He's a joy to watch. But, this class is much more than that. Zack is extremely generous in sharing very personal experiences and insight, on how he began from early days of struggling, to current projects, how he built his portfolio, and looking ahead to the future. And, in the final discussion with his wife Meghan, they open up and share their personal struggles balancing work and family life, and their strong support of each other. We can all relate to this. This class is a great guide on what it takes to start and become a successful pro photographer, and pulls no punches. It's not easy to do, but with some creativity and an insane amount of hard work, is doable and very rewarding!

  • Creativelive Student

    October 2011

    Zack's always been one of my favorite photographers and when I think about why he is, it isn't even his work that comes to mind. Zack's technical knowledge and ability to pull off really stunning images is reason enough to check out this course. While he does a good job at teaching the fundamentals, he even better job at explaining why he makes the choices he does. Anyone can tell you what "rules" to follow and what you should and shouldn't do but Zack does a good job explaining why those guidelines are JUST guidelines and shouldn't be taken as law, which can be limiting. I highly recommended this for anyone who has an interest in becoming a better photographer.

  • Creativelive Student

    September 2014

    I haven't finished the course yet either but I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I love Zacks work I think he is an amazing teacher and a very funny man. I loved one light and I'm looking forward to finishing this and starting the his studio lighting course also.

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