Summertime Rolls - New Ventures and Repeat Clients..do mix well. / by Zack Smith

WORKSHOP. Work IT.


December 2nd 2014
"Studio on the Geaux" made it's debut at NOLA Fashion Week, 2014, and it went so well i had to do it again. The premise for SOG is this:

In the fast paced world of editorial and fashion photography, the working photographer needs to be skilled in both the studio and in the field. More times than none, they are working long days while trying to achieve different looks, as well as maintain a high level of control and sustained creativity. A popular method of achieving these goals is to work with lightweight, powerful, speed lights and remote units, that are easy to manage in the studio but also portable for lugging around in any environment, with or without an assistant.

Zack Smith’s “Studio on the Geaux” will highlight the many lighting setups you can do in the studio using speed lights and a myriad of light modifiers such as reflectors, umbrellas, and more. We will use live models in the studio, and then take this knowledge to the streets to work in the natural environment and available light. Zack will also highlight his philosophy for “Shooting for the Wall” as it entails creating the highest quality image for any scene. We will also highlight the methods of creating more depth in your images from manipulating aperture, focal length, rules of composition and creative lighting schemes.

photo: Eric Nunez


I think the last time i saw the Blog it was May. "One Foot in the Swamp" (offbeat article on the show!) was entering it's 3rd month at The Scott Edwards Gallery, and my "Studio on the Geaux" workshop was about to happen - well the workshop was a amazing success - so many great images were made of our models Annika and Kate, as our participants found so many great spots in the courtyard and balconies behind the gallery.


I will be offering my "New Orleans at Night: French Quarter, From Golden to Magic", a photography workshop that teaches the intricacies of photographing the Historic French Quarter in all types of low light and night. Stay tuned here and to my workshop page for that one.

At The New Orleans Academy of Fine Art I saw 3 full Digital 101 classes move on to Intermediate Digital during June, and they were producing some great work. I am starting my Intermediates next week...and there is still room in the 1-4p class! - go to www.noafa.com to sign up!


The 2nd week of June had me in Jacksonville, FL photographing the 1st Annual Florida Country Superfest for FPI, the same folks that do Jazz Fest. It was a good experience, and hard long days. I was really impressed with the Jaguars stadium though...clean. I guess you can't have it all...





Towards the end of June i was reunited with my old pal Anne Cassidy of C-Major NOLA. She has some amazing new clothes and needed them photographed - so we utilized my new studio for the clothing detail shots, and went out to Los Islenos to do the look book work. I'll post some images as soon as i can.

July 1 started off w/a bang - photographing old buds Flowtribe in the Elms Mansion for their press photography that's going to be used to promote their new album. I always have a fun time w/ these guys - they are some of the most down to earth cats, w/ a keen sense of the music business on many levels.