Zack is an amazing teacher, so when I saw him post a link to attend his first workshop in a couple of years I immediately signed up. The day was split into two sections - a relaxed lecture and shooting. Zack would set up a light, explain a few things, and give us some time behind the camera. We could each direct the model and move the light around, all while he gave us instruction.
It was an incredible experience to have someone that knowledgeable give me some hands-on teaching, and it helped me see things with a new perspective.
Here's a few photos from the first setup.
...and a totally flattering behind-the-scenes shot of our model, Julia, nomming on a donut...
These next two photos are a great example of what I meant by "seeing things with a new perspective." This is a great reminder that camera only sees what you tell it to see. This could be anywhere, but it's just a wall in Zack's studio, and nobody is going to know that I was sitting next to a refrigerator unless I tell them.
Zack, teaching away...
Afterwards, Zack invited all of us to his house for dinner where we were treated to a delicious meal prepared by his wife. Their four boys were also entertaining to say the least.
It was nice to get away from my desk for a day to learn from one of the greats and meet some incredible photographers. I had a blast!