The Art of Photography: Straight from My Camera, with Zack Arias and Mia McCormick

Over the course of an hour Zack and Mia touch on topics that range from getting started to developing a style, from the value of reinventing yourself to what can come from finding clarity, and so much more.

Join Mia McCormick for a down to earth conversation with Zack Arias, an editorial and commercial photographer based in Atlanta. Over the course of an hour Zack and Mia touch on topics that range from getting started to developing a style, from the value of reinventing yourself to what can come from finding clarity, and so much more. The day comes for all photographers when photography becomes just a job, but you still need to show up and do the work. Zack’s insights into his own process can help you find new ways to re-connect to your passion for photography when you are in that rut, or to help you avoid falling into it entirely.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: On Getting Started (Duration 10:13)

The path to becoming a photographer can take many turns, twists, and even involve overcoming failure.

Lesson 2: On Developing a Style (Duration 10:54)

You have to realize style after it is already happening. You have to settle into what you like, what you do, and after many years you can look back and figure out your style.

Lesson 3: On Putting Limits on Yourself (Duration 08:19)

Putting limits on yourself will push you to rise to the situation and work with what you have.

Lesson 4: On Reinventing Yourself (Duration 10:13)

Giving yourself personal project that challenge you to do things differently can help you add new tools into your photographic toolbox.

Lesson 5: On Finding Clarity (Duration 14:33)

Finding ways to clear out the non-essential clutter in your life can create room in your head for new ideas to grow.

Lesson 6: On Finding Inspiration (Duration 12:52)

Different people are drawn to different things, and we each need to find the things that revitalize and reinvigorate who we are.

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…

Meet Your Instructor: Mia McCormick

Mia McCormick works as a resident technology expert for Kelby Training and B&H Photo - one of the largest electronic retailers in the world. She also conducts a series of…


  1. Brilliant! Zack Arias can't help but be inspirational. He works so hard at his art and it shows. He is so down to earth and honest and that shows too. I think he is an awesome teacher and the sort of person I'd like to know better. More Zack please.

  2. For many artists, including me, depression is part of the creative process. I am impressed with Zack's matter-of-fact acceptance of the dark side, and even more impressed with his approach to overcoming it. I am inspired by Zack's speaking, writing, and photography. Thank you.

  3. Great job Zack! You may say that you don't see yourself as inspiring but the way you present is very inspiring. You make it your own, personal, and it turns out to be very powerful inspiration. Your are not the cliche'r inspiring kind, more like GOYA and do it. That business card was exactly representing who you are and I like it!

  4. Agree fully with the comment before me. I have seen Zack on CL both sessions, his one-light DVD and all his online critique epsisodes. And still he keeps on giving out more sane advice, each time I see him. I feel his comments help me as a photographer but mostly as a human being. He gets down to the things almost no one else is saying in the industry. I vote for More Zack on KT!

  5. Zack Arias is one of the most thoughtful and insightful photographers around. This interview was wonderful. I often find myself in a rut. Understanding how Zack approaches creativity is in itself liberating. There were multiple "ah ha!" moments in this interview. Thanks for producing it.

  6. I agree with all the positive comments here. Zack is simply awesome and so inspirational, so we need more courses from him on Kelby Training. I purchased his One Light DVD a few years ago and I learned a lot. It was fantastic. So I'm glad he's joined Kelby Training. Kudos, and thanks, Zack, for your generosity in sharing your wisdom.

  7. Zach Arias is my favourite photographer to go to for inspiration. I have watched many Kelby Training videos and I must say this is my absolute favourite. Kelby Training has been producing some high quality productions lately and this doesn't fail to please. I hope more interview series like this are produced.

  8. The big thing I got from this is: I love photography both as a strategy for expression and a way of life (business, "what I do"). If I am hanging a shingle it is so I can do both. Not comparing myself to others, but really looking at what I value, what I am doing, and if I am connecting with people (loved the anachronistic marketing campaign!). This interview raises the bar by challenging me to be me and connect in ways that keep me a viable photographer.

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