mardi gras photography workshop with Krewe of chewbacchus

Saturday, February 9th 2019 - 6pm-9:30pm


This hands-on photography workshop is the only class you will need to hone your Mardi Gras Parade photography skills using both ambient light and speed lights. Join Zack Smith Photography Workshops as we document the lineup and entire parade of THE INTERGALACTIC KREWE OF CHEWBACCHUS SATURDAY FEB 9th.

We are over the moon interstellar-ly excited that the IKOC will let us peer into their amazing world of Wookies, spaceships, and Star Wars revelry! The costumes and floats in this parade are truly one of a kind and "Only in New Orleans". Join this one-in-a-lifetime workshop to photograph and be a part of something memorable!

Zack has been photographing Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans since 2000 and has marched in more parades than he cares to remember. Learn from Zack the many ways to document an "Only In New Orleans" occasion through candid portraiture, documentary, and slow-sync flash photography.

We will begin at the secret headquarters of the IKOC to document over 100 krewes and sub-krewes as they prepare themselves and their floats for the exciting route. We will follow the Krewe as they wind through the crowd filled streets of the city, finding the perfect vantage points to tell the best story of the parade and our great city!

Space for the NOLA @ Night Mardi Gras Edition is extremely limited so that we can keep a low profile and make the most of our photo document. Sign up below and learn from Zack how to shoot one of the most original and fun Mardi Gras Krewes EVER.


NEW! Learn how to shoot prism photography during this workshop!

I will be bringing out my full prism photography gear to show you how to use prisms during your Mardi Gras Photography training! What better way to learn and experiment with the lights and excitement of Chewbacchus than with prisms. I will have 5 prisms for all participants to share and use during this workshop so sign up now!



In this MARDI GRAS 2019 photography class you will learn low light, twilight, and long exposure photography through the techniques and gear used. We will focus the instruction on how to photograph candid portraits in ambient and low light, how to photograph moving objects (parades!) in low light. You’ve asked yourself, how can I learn how to shoot night photographs of parades? Here is your answer!


Saturday, February 9th

5pm Lecture at 5 Press Street, New Orleans

6p Krewe HQ for Line Up Photos/Portraits

7p - 9:30p - Roll with the Krewe!


This class is open to all levels. Any persons with a Digital SLR or mirrorless camera can take this course and no prior knowledge of long exposure night photography is needed. 

NOTE: We will be walking with gear at night in very crowded areas. Although we will be safe, there is always caution needed when photographing parades. Zack will coach you on the proper gear to bring in these situations.



You must bring your fully charged Digital SLR and any lens you want to shoot with. Wide angle lenses are great to have when shooting night time photography.

Speedlight that can be hand held.

This workshop requires walking from location to location so please pack accordingly and wear comfortable shoes!



$175 per person



Full Refunds are given up to 72 hours before the day of the workshop.
½ refund will be given 24 hours before the workshop.

NO REFUND the day of the workshop if you cannot make it and have not called.

Transportation & PARKING 

Each participant is responsible for their own transportation to lineup. Zack will inform you of our meeting spot a few weeks before the parade so we can coordinate. 

Due to problems getting around during Mardi Gras, we will connect on ways to carpool.

Zack will send out maps and gear checklists to all participants before the workshop!

Participant Gallery + Zack's pics! Click any image to enlarge!

Chewbacchus workshop Participant Images


"Zack is clear, thorough, encouraging, and a well planned presenter"

" The workshop was actually not what I expected!  For only 5 hours, I expected just a quick run down of the gear you use and then a walk around the FQ with maybe 1-2 spots for a model.  You really jam packed that class with TONS of great info.  It could have been a full day or 2.  You went into great depth on the gear and flow of a shoot rather than photo basics, which is great for many photogs who know how to shoot but need to get pushed out the norm that they shoot" - Eric J Nunez, Photographer, New Orleans

"Zack was informative, organized, energetic, and the information was useful and pertinent"

"I learned alot and i look forward to getting out to the French Quarter Fest this week"

"Zack creates such a casual atmosphere which promotes an easy learning environment. I want to take this class again as with each of his classes..."

"You have a great wealth of knowledge and a desire to teach it." - workshop participant at Zack's "Studio on the Geaux"