This week was a very interesting one for me as far as photography is concerned. I got the opportunity to watch my favorite photographer teach a CreativeLive class. My personal favorite photographer is Zack Arias. He is a photographer based in Atlanta that mainly shoots for the music industry but also does some editorial, and corporate work. He’s my personal favorite for a number of reasons. First of all, his work is amazing. He has such a monstrous grasp on the technical aspects of his craft that if you watch him work, you would think it all comes very easily to him. The fact is, he knows his stuff because he’s studied it over and over and over again to the point where he can rattle off stuff like exposure reciprocals like its his last name. That kind of work ethic is something to aspire to. He’s also my favorite photographer because I can really relate to him. Even though he’s this world-renowned photographer, he freaks out before a shoot, then settles into his groove just like I do. He’s made the same mistakes coming up that a lot of people have. It’s very easy to take some of these huge “rock star” photographers and put them up on a pedestal and think that they eat and breathe perfection and a lot of them will gladly let you think that. Zack is just an ordinary dude that has worked his tail off to learn what he needs to learn (including the lessons to be learned from making mistakes) to be amazing at his craft. He’s not this superhero photographer that runs around with a cape and a big ol “P” on his chest. He still has the same doubts, fears, and insecurities that I do……that anyone that considers themselves to be an artist has. Most importantly, that’s ok. It’s those same doubts, fears, and insecurities that will determine if you have what it takes to me successful in your craft because if you let that voice in the back of your head that says, “You suck! Your work is crap!” , then you’ll find yourself moving on to a different industry. But if you keep grinding, learning, and overcoming those barriers that keep you from putting that part of yourself out there, and stay hungry, then you can find your place. Maybe even find your place amongst the greats. We never stop learning. Even if you reach that rare atmosphere of greatness, you still have more knowledge to learn. In this class, I learned a LOT and can’t wait to apply the technical knowledge I’ve gained. But I learned some other things that I think are equally important. They have nothing to do with gear, ISOs, or apertures. It has more to do with how we think about ourselves and overcoming those hurdles. And that is a lesson that I cherish far more than the technical stuff.
If you want to learn more about Zack Arias and see his work, check out http://www.zackarias.com and his other site http://www.dedpxl.com. He has videos up on Youtube and can be found on Instagram as well. As always, thank you all for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me this week. STAY HUNGRY and I’ll see you next week.