New Orleans Photography Experience Workshop

June 7 - 11, 2018


experience & capture the authentic New Orleans with Zack Smith photography

The only way to truly learn how to photograph a city is to immerse yourself in it. Why be a bystander watching history when you can learn from it and photograph the magic up close? It is with great honor to be able to share this rare opportunity with you and hope you will join me on this incredible photographic journey you will never forget!  

The New Orleans Photography Experience Workshop is the culmination of my 20 years of creative exploration, visual storytelling, photography education, and relationship building resulting in a one of a kind photography workshop experience offered nowhere else in the world. 

 A Louisiana bayou sunset photographed by Zack Smith Photography.

A Louisiana bayou sunset photographed by Zack Smith Photography.

New Orleans is known worldwide for it's iconic music, extraordinary food, and vibrant street culture from Uptown to the magic of the historical French Quarter which is no wonder why it is revered as a street photographer's walking dream.  As a photographer living and documenting this fascinating place, I have created some of my most compelling photographs that tell the deepest and most touching stories.

Workshop participants photograph trombone player Robert Smith, a mainstay of Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Photo by Zack Smith Photography.

Over the years as photographer for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and French Quarter Fest I have made many connections to the music industry and have established lifelong relationships with the some of the best artists in New Orleans music. In addition, I am grateful for the friendships I have forged  with the bayou communities, local luminaries, and Mardi Gras Indians which you will be able to benefit from over the days we spend together.   As an educator, I have learned the best ways to communicate photographic concepts and share stories that will empower you to create your greatest work.  

The New Orleans Photography Workshop Experience is for All Photographers!

We will learn hands on how to photograph portraits, landscapes, and architecture while learning from the artists that make New Orleans such an amazing and unique city. We will come together in the beautiful City Park with Big Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Tribe to learn the history and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians while learning off camera strobe techniques.

 Photograph of Big Chief Juan Pardo by workshop participant David Altschul, 2017.

Photograph of Big Chief Juan Pardo by workshop participant David Altschul, 2017.

We will have an exclusive private portrait session with jazz musicians from the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band where you will experience a VIP behind the scenes concert at the famous Preservation Hall in it's subtle light and it's textured walls. I will be there to assist with various compositions and lighting schemes to help you explore new creative outlets. Just this experience at Preservation Hall alone is worth your trip!

 Photograph of Preservation Hall musicians, Will Smith, Rickie Monie, and Daniel Farrow by workshop participant Bruce Janklow, 2017.

Photograph of Preservation Hall musicians, Will Smith, Rickie Monie, and Daniel Farrow by workshop participant Bruce Janklow, 2017.

We are honored to have the one and only legendary bluesman Little Freddie King sit for an exclusive portrait session at BJ's in the Bywater, the perfect dark and moody bar in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. We will venture outside to the tucked away architectural gems of the Historical Bywater Neighborhood to capture it's colorful shotgun homes and rustic 19th Century craftsmanship.

 Photograph of Little Freddie King at BJ's bar by workshop participant David Altschul, 2017.

Photograph of Little Freddie King at BJ's bar by workshop participant David Altschul, 2017.

We will venture outside the city limits,  all the way down to the small fishing communities that feel a world away from anything you have ever known. Meet the hard working people who bring the world's greatest seafood to the tables of America and be surrounded by the salty smells of water based commerce. I am not afraid to veer off schedule should we receive an invitation to share a beer or cast a crab net with the locals!

 Hopedale fishing community photographed by Zack Smith Photography.

Hopedale fishing community photographed by Zack Smith Photography.

Requirements to Take this Workshop

This workshop is designed for ALL LEVELS of Photographers! Attendees are to know how to use their camera, as well as understand basic camera operation including setting f/stops and shutter speeds, and how to download images to your computer. The workshop will provide all models, lighting gear, reflectors, and light modifiers for each grouping. I have a group of amazing assistants with us at all times to help with lighting and reflectors. Unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, the minimum age requirement for this workshop is 21 years of age as of June 7th, 2018.

What to Expect?

This workshop takes place in the Greater New Orleans area where we will be visiting and photography cultural icons of architecture, music, and art. We will visit the French Quarter, City Park, St. Bernard Parish, and the towns of Hopedale and Shell Beach. There will be plenty of walking to get to our destinations and all participants are required to carry their own gear. It is recommended to pack light and bring only what you need. I will have water and snacks with us in the van at all times.

What are the Costs?

Home Photographer
2,050.00

The Home Photographer workshop fee covers all operating costs for The New Orleans Photography Experience Workshop including:  

- Van rental and gas, all meals (light breakfasts, lunch, and dinner), musicians and talent fees, water and snacks all day/night, (water, granola, fruit, healthy options!), door cover for venues and bars.

- Any other expenses such as alcohol, gifts, and camera equipment bought in town are not covered.

- Does not include Room and Board

- Any meals or snacks over the daily budget will be available to purchase by any member and not covered by the workshop.

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Visiting Photographer
3,050.00

The Visiting Photographer workshop fee covers all operating costs for The New Orleans Photography Workshop Experience including:

- Room and board, van rental and gas, all meals (light breakfasts, lunch, and dinner), musicians and talent fees, water and snacks all day/night, (water, granola, fruit, healthy options!), door cover for venues and bars.

- Any other expenses such as alcohol, gifts, and camera equipment bought in town are not covered. 

- Any meals or snacks over the daily budget will be available to purchase by any member and not covered by the workshop.

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Where Will you Stay?

There are many places to stay in New Orleans during this workshop, but I have always found that knowing the proprietor and keeping everyone under one roof is always easier! If you are coming solo or with a friend or group I have a few options for your stay in New Orleans and if you are coming from out of town, your cost for rooms is included with the total fee under Visiting Photographer. These revered bed and breakfasts are actually run and managed by amazing photographers and are located in the heart of the city! Remember no matter where you stay, you always have front step service from me when we go on outings as I will be picking you up in our van!

Blue 60 Guesthousehttp://www.blue60guesthouse.com/ - The Blue60 Guest House is in the beautiful Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. The Marigny offers a large variety of restaurants, small corner cafes with outdoor tables, live music venues, bars, and a world of charm that many tourists rarely get to experience.

Best New Orleans Rentalshttp://bestneworleansvacationrentals.com/ - Homes are 3 B/BA and 2 B/BA located in the Bywater, downtown New Orleans. 

What To Bring?

We have two local camera shops in the area; Bennett's Camera and Lakeside Camera in the nearby suburb of Metairie. Mostly printing service providers, they do have the occasional batteries, tripod, or lens but I wouldn't count on them having everything you need. Metairie also has Best Buy, Walmart, but you can also get items shipped from Amazon to my studio or your hotel/home.

Digital SLR Camera

- If you have two bodies, bring both!

Lenses

- Wide (14-24mm) would be great lenses for our swamp photos and landscapes.

- 35mm &  50mm are great for street photography.

-  85mm-200mm & a large aperture of 2.8 or 1.4 are always great for portraits and low lights!

Tripod
- A solid tripod for portrait photography with a sturdy “quickplate” is recommended.
Laptop and Charger for Editing

Lens Rentals (super wides, fish eyes are fun) Why buy when you can rent from these places!

Extra batteries

- At least 2, plus your chargers

Extra memory cards
Camera Bag Options:
- I would suggest a bag that carries your "travel gear" like a body, two lenses, a speedlight and your tripod.
Travel Insurance
- If you are traveling to this workshop I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover any flight cancellations, gear mishap, and much more. 

 Zack Smith with blues legend Little Freddie King, BJ's bar in New Orleans. Photo by participant David Altschul.

Zack Smith with blues legend Little Freddie King, BJ's bar in New Orleans. Photo by participant David Altschul.

 

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand that attending workshops requires advance commitment and that things can happen in life that may require you to cancel from a workshop. Based on cancellation date, the following apply:

  • Cancellation within 45 days of the start of the workshop: No Refund

  • Cancellation from 90-45 days of the start of the workshop: %50 Refund. Full Refund if spot is filled at workshop capacity: 8.

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.

No matter when you cancel, if we are able to fill your space, we will provide a 100% refund of any payments made.

Liability and Hold Harmless Contract

Each participant will sign a Terms of Liability and Hold Harmless waiver that states they are able to walk with their own gear, are physically able to shoot in the stated conditions, and they hold Zack Smith Photography and it's collaborators and venues not liable for damages. 

Non-Commercial Photo Use Policy Contract

I will be connecting you with your subject so that you can develop a relationship and share your work. As a standard policy in my workshops and my photography tours, there is a non-commercial photo use policy in effect with everyone we photograph.