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OneLight Workshop Recap

I am now back in Pittsburgh after a wonderful few days at the OneLight workshop in Atlanta. I feel like my head is going to explode, though. Not from all the wonderful information that has been shoved into it, but from Pittsburgh bug that has hit me since I’ve returned. I mean, what is UP with this place?! I’ve been sick for about a month!

Anyway, I wanted to give a quick post on this great workshop hosted by Zack Arias, an Atlanta music photographer who is well-known for his artistic lighting techniques. I highly recommend it to all my photog buddies (no, dave, that’s not a buddy who photographs hotdogs) and would encourage everyone to try to make it at some point…

Anyway, Zack started the workshop by hosting a mixer at his studio Tuesday night for Atlanta photographers and workshop attendees, and then we started the next morning with a lecture/demonstration of how one simple off-camera speedlight can improve the quality of your photographs (hence the name OneLight). That afternoon and evening, we were given the opportunity to practice; we first shot in-studio and then headed out on location to use varying lighting conditions (including a cloudy sunset and then complete darkness). There were about 12 photographers at the workshop, and we were in groups of 3-4 shooting and workshopping until about 2:00am. After the hands-on practice, Zack showed us some of his post-processing techniques in Lightroom and then finished up with a talk about business and marketing.

Everything about the workshop was wonderful including the people and the food (Chick-fil-a biscuits, Moes, and Mellow Mushroom all in one day… holla!), and I feel like the benefits will be long-lasting, as now I more fully understand the relationship between flash and ambient light and I feel more confident controlling it in different environments. I am very grateful to Zack for his clear explanations of these very technical topics, and I can’t wait to put this knowledge to work.

Anyway, here are some photos I took during our long day of practice…

Zack demonstrating the softbox set-up:


Location practice:





Studio practice:



Our group’s attempt at creativity at 2:00am: Julia rocking Wes’s truck in the studio parking lot




  • July 10, 2009 - 9:04 am

    Amanda - Great photos and glad you learned some new fun things. Question: Do you have carry that balloon /tent light thing around with you now?ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Milla - haha… yes, but don't worry, it pops down small and is easy to carry around. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Caryn - Looks like fun! I'd love to talk with you about what you learned there. Maybe on our shooting date :)ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Wes - "Hey, lemme see what you just got….did you get some good ones?" LOL….what a blast it was. You've put up some great shots here…, I love your new lens….lens envy here! Awesome website y'all have. Can't wait to see more great images with your "lights".ReplyCancel

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