New Orleans Street Photography Workshop 

Saturday, December 7th 2019


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To truly photograph anything worth seeing we must know it intimately. To know any place with an intimate knowledge we must be ready to be open to being impartial, free, and able to listen with our hearts and see with an honest lens...

Zack Smith has been photographing New Orleans since the mid 1990's and has an intimate knowledge of the French Quarter and it's mood, it's light, and it's moments. After 4 years of trying to find the perfect moment for this workshop, Zack is excited to finally be able to offer a New Orleans photography class on street photography photographing the city he loves and knows so well. 

Zack Smith Photography’s "New Orleans Street Documentary Workshop" will teach you how to tell the story of the street through it's architecture, people, music, and light as we observe and create in The French Quarter and historic French Market of New Orleans, Louisiana.

In this course we will discuss and photograph together the exciting elements of street documentary: establishing shots, visual storylines, candid portraits and engaging portraits, as well as close up detail scenes that help tell the complete story of our narrative.

Portrait of Oscar of New Orleans, jewelry maker in the French Market ©2017

Libby Hoffman works on a clay pot at the New Orleans French Market. One of many working artists we will photograph. ©Zack Smith Photography 2017

Libby Hoffman works on a clay pot at the New Orleans French Market. One of many working artists we will photograph. ©Zack Smith Photography 2017


We will be walking the New Orleans French Quarter and French Market observing and photographing vignettes of daily street life.

We will be walking and stopping to observe how the city and it's people interact and Zack will help you find your own unique story and angle on how to document this wonderful historic area.

We will spend most of our time in the French Market, an over 200 year old open air market, where will document vendors, shoppers, and tell the story of of one of America's oldest markets. 

Be prepared to walk 2-3 miles, but taking breaks often to talk with Zack and our on site assistants.






Saturday, December 7th, 2019

9am - 5pm

Coffee, Snacks and Lunch is provided for all participants. Water is available all day. 

Breaks will be taken at various French Quarter businesses.

Photography assistants are available with reflectors and strobes for added light if needed.


This street documentary workshop is designed for the emerging professional as well as serious photographer wanting to improve their knowledge of mixed light portraits and the gear used. We will work on “How to See Like the Camera”,“Perfecting Depth of Field", and "How to Approach Strangers and Make Friends”. 

Attendees are to know how to use their camera, as well as understand basic camera operation including setting f/stops and shutter speeds, and Zack will help you with how to apply those settings to our scenes. The workshop will provide all lighting gear, reflectors, and light modifiers for use by all participants. We will also have a knowledgeable support staff that will help you with any photography related questions you have.

Model: Jodi Ferniz - one 4'x4' diffuser used, one silver reflector..power of the sun!


• Digital SLR Camera

If you have two bodies, bring both & instruction manual.

• Lenses***

Wide (14-24mm) and normal focal lengths 24mm, 35mm to Portrait Lenses: 85mm-200mm & a large aperture of 2.8 or 1.4 are always great! 

• Tripod

A solid tripod for portrait photography with a sturdy “quickplate” is recommended

• Shutter release cable

With Intervalometer (Highly Recommended! – Google it!)

• Extra batteries

At least 1  

• Extra memory cards

•Speedlight/Strobe Questions

All questions answered as they arise

***See below for Great Lense Rentals (super wides, fish eyes!)  


ALL cancellations must be done within 15 days to receive a full refund. After this time you will receive 50% until 7 days before, and then no refund within 7 days. Please contact Zack Smith directly for all cancellations. 


We have great relationships with local Air B&B and Bed and Breakfasts that offer discounts to participants in Zack Smith's workshops. Please email Zack for more info -



  • "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"

Street Documentary Workshop PARTICIPANT IMAGES

Tips and Techniques on how to get the best street photography...from Zack Smith!

I wish there was an easy way to describe the "feel" of a city. I guess you just have to walk and observe, smell and sense, meet and greet a place without a camera for so long it becomes like an old friend to you. New Orleans has a certain magic that desires to be photographed in a way that can only be described as "intimate". If you are merely walking around for a few hours snapping photos of the street performers, St. Louis Cathedral and Royal St. without intimate knowledge and your own "plan of perspective" then you are merely taking snapshots. Great street photography is anything but snapshots. Great street photography in New Orleans is about knowing what the city's dweller, singers, and players are going to do before they do it. Great street photography in New Orleans means going with the flow and following the music in the air and meeting a stranger that turns into a lifelong friend. Great street photography begins with being open to whatever happens, camera in one hand, adventure in the other. If that doesn't inspire you to want to take this class, then look above this paragraph at the photographs by Shelly Sessions, Stephen Barnes, Jill Johnson, and other participants who took this class and learned how to see the city, feel the magic, and capture their own unique story of the street. 

While you are at it - check out these recent blog posts on getting better street photography, being inspired, and just...being!

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