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

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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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The path to becoming a photographer can take many turns, twists, and even involve overcoming failure.
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.
Putting limits on yourself will push you to rise to the situation and work with what you have.
Giving yourself personal project that challenge you to do things differently can help you add new tools into your photographic toolbox.
Finding ways to clear out the non-essential clutter in your life can create room in your head for new ideas to grow.
Different people are drawn to different things, and we each need to find the things that revitalize and reinvigorate who we are.
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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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Mia McCormick works as a resident video technology expert for KelbyOne and B&H Photo. She's a KelbyOne Instructor with courses ranging from basic camera operation to capturing outstanding video on your DSLR. Mia also conducts a series of business and inspirational interviews providing insights from some of the world's leading photog...

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  1. Profile photo of erik.dewilde erik.dewilde

    I like the interviews of Mia, she is really a good journalist. And listening to Zack is always motivating to continue and get out to the street.

  2. Profile photo of halfdome halfdome

    Zack, you hit the buttons in so many ways. Honest, humble and so refreshing. I have gained so much regarding your approach to photography.

  3. Profile photo of frankiepdx frankiepdx

    “Hot bogs and piss” I like this guy.

    Zack is one of those great people that get you to think about yourself instead of thinking about what they do.

  4. Profile photo of gaiusdrusus gaiusdrusus

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of widennapp widennapp

    Zack, great interview! Thanks for sharing your experience with all honesty. Very inspiring!

    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of cjohnson403 cjohnson403

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Robinson Acosta Robinson Acosta

    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.

  8. Profile photo of clintwolf clintwolf

    Great course! Very motivating and interesting. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of swylie swylie

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of shortrich shortrich

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of Gilles Gilles

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of EricBier EricBier

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of Sundra Tanakoh Sundra Tanakoh

    Yep. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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