The Evolution of My Gear, with Zack Arias

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.

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 04:58)

RC joins Zack in Zack's Atlanta studio for an introduction to what will be covered in this class.

Lesson 2: Background (Duration 08:34)

Zack shares a bit of his story to provide some background on how he's evolved as a photographer.

Lesson 3: DSLR Kit (Duration 10:57)

Zack walks through his DSLR kit and shares the story behind how it has changed over the years.

Lesson 4: Prime vs. Zoom Lenses (Duration 08:41)

Zack takes a question from the audience that starts a conversation on lenses.

Lesson 5: Medium Format Kit (Duration 11:38)

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.

Lesson 6: Fuji Kit (Duration 15:06)

Out of his desire to have an everyday walk-around camera he went in the direction of the Fuji X100 and the X-Pro1.

Lesson 7: Hot Shoe Flash (Duration 06:11)

A single hot shoe flash is a great place to start for lighting.

Lesson 8: Big Light Kit (Duration 07:25)

Zack has two main lighting kits. One comprised of Alien Bees and Einstein gear, and the other is Elinchrom.

Lesson 9: Modifiers: Part 1 (Duration 11:08)

Integral to any lighting kit is some way to modify that light. In this lesson Zack covers umbrellas, softboxes, and the beauty dish.

Lesson 10: Modifiers: Part 2 (Duration 12:43)

Continuing on with lighting modifiers, Zack discusses grid spots, fabric grids, diffusion panels, and a few other speedlight modifiers.

Lesson 11: Packing it Up (Duration 08:19)

You've got the gear, but you've got to put it in a bag to get it where you are going.

Lesson 12: Conclusion (Duration 09:03)

Zack wraps up this class with a roundtable discussion with the studio audience about how to keep things simple, sane, and focused.

Meet Your Instructor: 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…


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. I saw that this was an upcoming course and I waited for it with much anticipation, I was not disappointed. Zackís 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. ;)

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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