Last week, Zack Arias announced his new magazine, the OneLight Field Guide. Given that his workshops are typically in towns far from me (and around $800) – and his DVD is two and a half bills (but it’s on my list…) – anything by him for less than $30 just seemed like the right investment. So – I followed the link – and on Saturday afternoon – it arrived.
It took me only a couple of hours to get through the magazine the first time – and now I’m simply re-reading it for more detail. The book is quite approachable – and actionable. I even set up a mini photo shoot with my daughter’s teddy bear just to try a few things (she was very much amused that dad was taking photos of her teddy bear).
As Zack points out in the first pages – this magazine isn’t meant to replace one of his workshops or DVD’s – but is meant to compliment them. On the other hand – there’s a lot packed neatly into this 88 pager.
Arias’ basic premise is to light with a single off-camera hot shoe flash. Occasionally – he’ll throw in a second flash – or an Alien Bee – but he’ll often explain how to adapt if you’re only using a single flash. His models? Mostly musicians – but Zack is quick to point out that the subject could just as easily be a bride, high school senior, or CEO.
And when was the last time a photographer, when listing his/her gear, sent you to the used shelf at KEH? (he’s a fan of the SB80’s – regardless of your camera brand)
Bottom line: if you’re working on your hot shoe flash photography – I highly recommend this one.
And just one more note (straight from Zack’s blog) – this is the beginning of his new quarterly magazine, DEDPXL. You can read more directly from Zack.