The Evolution of My Gear By Zack Arias

1 hr 54 min
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Have you ever suffered from G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome)? You are not alone! Join Zack Arias at his Atlanta studio as he shares the story of his relationship to gear; from where he started to how that relationship has evolved over the years based on his skills, assignments, and needs. It is a story we can all relate to, whether beginner or seasoned pro. In the end, it all boils down to camera, lens, and light.

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RC joins Zack in Zack's Atlanta studio for an introduction to what will be covered in this class.
Zack shares a bit of his story to provide some background on how he's evolved as a photographer.
Zack walks through his DSLR kit and shares the story behind how it has changed over the years.
Zack takes a question from the audience that starts a conversation on lenses.
One of Zack's main kits is a Phase One medium format camera, and he shares the story of why he's moved into that system.
Out of his desire to have an everyday walk-around camera he went in the direction of the Fuji X100 and the X-Pro1.
A single hot shoe flash is a great place to start for lighting.
Zack has two main lighting kits. One comprised of Alien Bees and Einstein gear, and the other is Elinchrom.
Integral to any lighting kit is some way to modify that light. In this lesson Zack covers umbrellas, softboxes, and the beauty dish.
Continuing on with lighting modifiers, Zack discusses grid spots, fabric grids, diffusion panels, and a few other speedlight modifiers.
You've got the gear, but you've got to put it in a bag to get it where you are going.
Zack wraps up this class with a roundtable discussion with the studio audience about how to keep things simple, sane, and focused.
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Zack Arias


Zack Arias is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Atlanta, GA. Zack has been working in the music industry for the past seven years. He is now branching into editorial work and advertising. His style and approach is simple, straightforward, bold, classic, true, and straight from camera. Zack's greatest talents are his abi...

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  1. Profile photo of Roy Brenner Roy Brenner

    Nice one

  2. Profile photo of William Fahey William Fahey

    I have watched all of Zack’s courses. He is the real deal and tells it like it is. Hands down one of my favorite instructors on I look forward to more videos from Zack.

  3. Profile photo of Miary Andriamiarisoa Miary Andriamiarisoa

    Really great presentation. One key thought about the topic presented is that gears are actually . . . very important. Having the right gear is essential for a photographer’s success. It’s the excess gear that is not important. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of dcervenka dcervenka

    Zack is an amazing teacher and tells it how it is! He is direct, he is practical, and everyone will learn something from this class regardless of your experience! I also love this format with the live audience (round table format) because it adds a new dynamic that you don’t often see online. Thank you Zack and Kelby for another awesome class!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of baud88 baud88

    I saw that this was an upcoming course and I waited for it with much anticipation, I was not disappointed. Zack’s presentation is honest, straightforward and very informative. Numerous useful tips on affordable equipment and travelling with equipment. I look forward to future videos by Zack Arias. The only thing I would like to point out is, sorry Zack but radio waves do travel at the speed of light, Google it. ;) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of bjfotografie bjfotografie

    I really enjoyed this course, when Zack is talking it’s very inspiring and make sense. I looking forward to see a new course, thanks. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Carolyn Fahm Carolyn Fahm

    Absolutely inspirational! I will keep his final quotation to heart: “It’s all about a camera, light, and lens.” —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Ibelieve75 Ibelieve75

    Very Good! Less is More! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Richard Briggs Richard Briggs

    Very informative talk. Enjoyed the format very much, low key and down to earth.
    Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of rousseaug rousseaug

    Very, very good, thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of calmukumoto calmukumoto

    I love this discussion. Zack is right on with his philosophy. Light, camera, lens is all you need, master it… Words of wisdom. I am that guy with the 5d miii and the 50 1.2. BTW: I love that lens…. But I understand exactly what Zack is saying …. Great Lesson… Totally enjoyed it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of jeremysale jeremysale

    Love it. Love Zack. Love Kelby.
    Did NOT love the lighting of this video. Very dark. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of xenotar28 xenotar28

    A real guru, Zack makes sense, is interesting, funny, informative, inspiring. I have enjoyed all his courses here, and his one light CDs immensely. Can’t wait to see what more he has to add to the Kelby body of knowledge. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of Glenn Glenn

    Zack, well done. You provided a perspective on gear that is rare these days. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I love Zack’s honest approach and outlook on photography. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Wayne Carey Wayne Carey

    Great advice and great use of common sense! Yes… I’ve had GAS myself and got caught up in the excitement of new products, but its not always the gear, its how it’s used that makes the photographer. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of gbelbeck gbelbeck

    Out of all the courses that I’ve watched Zack in, this is one of the best and hits the nail on the head. Great job done by all involved. Keep up the great work Zack! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of jsfpa jsfpa

    I really enjoy Zack’s courses. The best thing I can say about them is they make me want to go out and shoot more. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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