Lighting and Photography Workshops Tour Announcement - Kzoo, ABQ
Lighting and Photography Workshops Tour Announcement
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As many of you know, this past year has been focused heavily on education. With photography workshops taking place all over the United States, and an upcoming tutorial series with a comprehensive breakdown of my entire workflow. However, I'm not done yet, and am excited to announce my photography workshops tour.

As many of you know, this past year has been focused heavily on education. With photography workshops taking place all over the United States, and an upcoming tutorial series with a comprehensive breakdown of my entire workflow. However, I’m not done yet, and am excited to announce my photography workshops tour.

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In the next 3 months, I’ll be working with various brands and companies to give the best education all over the United States. This first piece of it is a trial run, traveling to Albuquerque, NM, Kalamazoo, MI and Washington, D.C. with Phase One at my side the whole way through.

What Are These Photography Workshops About?

These photography workshops are a comprehensive 8 hour day that will teach you how to drastically improve your photography and lighting on location. With the use of off camera lighting and ND Filters, I will personally teach you how to create beautiful light on both your subjects and your scenes. Cinematic environmental portraits that will help build your portfolio, and book you more jobs within the industry. Not only is this a photography lecture teaching all these techniques, but it’s a hands on class as well. The entire class will be broken into two parts, one in lecture format, allowing you to learn and discuss the techniques taught. The second portion is hands on. With lighting equipment provided by Zach Sutton, you’re able to learn how to properly light subjects (using a model hired for the session) in any environment, resulting in better photos, more jobs, and a better portfolio book. This lecture also has a Q&A section, allowing you to ask questions beyond lighting – from business practices to workflow processes. These photography workshops are incredibly extensive, and limited to 10 students for $250.

Who Are These Photography Workshops For?

Everyone. Tailored with both the beginner and seasoned pro in mind, these photography workshops are taught in a way to improve everyone’s work, and not just tailored to a single demographic or type of photographer. From senior photos, to weddings; this outdoor lighting workshop will improve your photography skills.

Where Are These Photography Workshops Taking Place?

These photography workshops are taking place in three different cities all over the United States. This is just a preliminary tour, so additional photography workshop dates may be added to this tour. At this time, the schedule can be seen below.

What Is Included In These Photography Workshops?

These photography workshops include tons of information for all photographers. Included with this class and on location training is a thumbdrive containing photoshoot breakdowns, retouching techniques, workflow actions and more. These photography workshop also gives you full access to the highest quality gear in the industry, provided by LensRentals.

 

Zach Sutton will be teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Kalamazoo on September 28th, 2014. This class is 8 hours long and limited to 10 students. A Phase  One rep will be on location, to show you how to use their cameras if you’d like. A few months ago, this very same class sold out in 48 hours, so act fast. Click here to reserve your seat.
Zach Sutton will be teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Albuquerque on October 19th 2014. This class is 8 hours long and limited to 10 students. A Phase  One rep will be on location, to show you how to use their cameras if you’d like. I’ve taught this class twice in Albuquerque now, and have had an overwhelming outpour of additional people interested. Click here to reserve your seat.
Zach Sutton is teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Washington D.C. in November. The exact date and location is TBA. A Phase One rep will also be at this one, giving you the options to use their camera systems on location.

Sponsorships

Perhaps the most exciting announcement is that these workshops are going to be sponsored by some of the biggest brands in the business, allowing you to not only learn about new techniques, but have the day playing around with some of the absolute best equipment in the industry.

Phase One

That’s right, I have PhaseOne on board for this workshop. Not only will a tech be there to show you all of the working parts of CaptureOne and the PhaseOne systems, but we’ll have PhaseOne cameras there as well, allowing you to test drive the Ferrari of camera gear for the day. The daily rental cost of a 645df+ w/ IQ250 is over $450. That alone pays for the workshop nearly two times over. This camera system will be for use of attendees of this workshop, allowing you to get the best possible image quality while on location following the lecture portion of the class. They’ll also be providing Capture One Express to the attendees, a $100 value.

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Along side PhaseOne, LensRentals will be supplying gear for these photography workshops, along with Profoto B1 studio strobes. Not only is Profoto among the highest quality lighting gear for photographers today, the B1 is the most advanced cordless studio strobe in history. They’ll also be supplying many lens loadouts and gear that students may need to get the best possible photographs for your portfolio.

Reviews From Previous Photography Workshop Attendees

Shankar Narayanan
I had the great opportunity to attend the “Outdoor Lighting” workshop on 7/13/14, hosted by Zach. The entire day was jam packed with information and knowledge transfer. The key to the success was Zach’s personality. Despite being a highly published artiste, Zach is down to earth & approachable and with no pretenses. That made it easy for us to ask questions and get straight answers. The photography workshop also featured industry experts from PHLEARN & Phase One and we got to use some cool equipment. Once we got started on the hands on part of the class where we mixed strobes with harsh afternoon sunlight, Zach showed us how it is done, and worked with us all individually till we “got it”. We then went on and worked with the talented models all afternoon. The techniques I learned in this class will help take my outdoor photography to the next level. I have already ordered a beauty dish & a power pack to go with my AB800. Can’t wait to try my skills. Don’t miss this opportunity if this class comes to your town!
Aaron Geller
I had the pleasure of meeting Zach last fall in NYC (despite living in the same small town for several years) and found him to be enthusiastic and making new paths for himself in the industry. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend his workshop here in West Michigan. So here are my thoughts: Zach puts a lot of effort into the photography workshops and it comes through. The workshop factors in your needs and wants, and he is open to input. The price was affordable and in no way was Zach price gouging anyone – I fear to say it, but I doubt any grand profit was made. And speaking of price, we all received our money’s worth from this workshop. It was my first workshop for photography and up until that point, I had never considered the importance of neutral density filters in my work. Certainly, the workshop was a great opportunity to build network connections and meet people passionate about photography. I also enjoyed trying out new equipment and seeing how it could be applied toward my own work. In short, if you have a chance to take a workshop with Zach – you will get more than your money’s worth.
David Crewe
I was a fan of Zach’s work before meeting him, and after getting to work with, attend one of his workshops to see just how the man works, i’m even more a fan! Zach is one of the most creative, driven, funny, and talented photographers AND educators on the market and I cannot recommend him enough!
Jeremiah Rosa
I enjoyed my 2nd photography workshop with Zach this past weekend. His teaching style makes new information exciting and understandable. I always learn more than I expect from Zach, and love to watch him work. On top of the great information, I met amazing industry professionals, worked with top notch models, and even went home with a killer swag bag! When Zach comes to town, he don’t mess around!
Brittney Simerson
If you’re looking for the most professional, easy going, and energetic photographer…Zach Sutton Photography is who you need to choose! I have worked with him twice for his photography workshop and each time I’m more amazed at how our experience turns out.
Berta Torrez
Very amazing class very easy to understand. The hand son that was amazing . It was not a boring class you kept it very interesting . You made me feel very comfortable, and you made it very easy to able to ask a question, And your answers were very honest.. I would take a class with you again in heart beat. Thanks Again!
Destinie Jaramillo
I am so glad I took Zach’s lighting workshop! I have always been a natural light photographer and didn’t really see the use for artificial lighting outdoors but OMG was I wrong! Learning how to properly use light and light modifiers coupled with natural light was a total game changer for me! Thanks Zach!
Beth Waldron Yuhas
The class portion of the workshop was full of information, examples, and extras like tutorials for later use. The outdoor hands-on part was really fun, and he let us use his own gear, which is awesome. I learned a lot and can’t wait to use it.
Amy Luna
Zach’s Outdoor Lighting Workshop is a serious game changer, the content and experience of the workshop is amazing and the hands on experience you gain from the work shop is amazing. Zach is so willing to help in anyway that he can and had equipment readily available for the entire class to experiment with! I loved the workshop and feel that my lighting knowledge is mounds and leaps better than when I initially walked into the class :-). If you’re considering taking in course from Zach, I highly recommend it!
Jasmine Peralta
I wasn’t able to make the first Outdoor Lighting Workshop and I was broken hearted, but I was I was ecstatic when I found out Zach was having another workshop in Albuquerque! I had zero knowledge of artificial lighting beforehand and I knew that if I wanted to take a step further into the photography business, I needed to learn from the best! Zach’s teaching style is awesome. He is so helpful and patient. The in-class workshop and being on location were both incredibly insightful. Taking this photography workshop opened my eyes to the amazing possibilities to capture the perfect photo using outdoor lighting. I can’t wait to use the information I gained from this photography workshop in my future work. Thank you so much, Zach!

Examples of My Photography Work, and Topics Taught

 For more information or to sign up for these photography workshops, feel free to visit my photography workshops website by clicking here.


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Headshot Photography for Albuquerque Realtor Debbie Dupes
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More often than not, you see a lot of my headshot photography done for local Albuquerque actors and actresses. This is because the film industry in Albuquerque is booming, and I'm always happy to help Albuquerque actors get the best possible headshot to help their career.

More often than not, you see a lot of my headshot photography done for local Albuquerque actors and actresses. This is because the film industry in Albuquerque is booming, and I’m always happy to help Albuquerque actors get the best possible headshot to help their career. But actors and actresses isn’t the only people I help provide headshots for.

Meet Debbie for example. Debbie is a commercial Realtor here in Albuquerque, NM. Often, her office provides a photographer for headshots to be used on their website and other promotional paperwork. However, this usually results in cookie cutter and basic photos, without much time to set up and really capture the best photograph for yourself. So this year, Debbie wanted to do something different.

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Instead of having her office bring in a photographer for headshots to be used on the website and elsewhere, Debbie decided to just find someone herself, and find someone that she can trust to capture the best possible images. With the help of Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee on Makeup, we set up a time to have her come into my headshot photography studio, and began shooting.

Overall, I had a really great time taking headshots for Debbie. Her husband is from Michigan, and her from the midwest. So we were able to talk about our transition to the desert and ramble about how much we really love Albuquerque and all it has to offer.

As well as asking me to take headshots for her website and promotion of her real estate business, Debbie also needed photos to be used for her renewed passport, a service I’m always happy to bundle in with my headshot sessions for both Albuquerque actors and businessmen and women.

For more info on my headshot photography, you’re able to go to my headshot information page. You’re also able to see more female headshot photography by clicking here.

 


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One On One Retouching Tutorials Announcement
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As many of you know, over the last year, I've been teaching photography workshops in Albuquerque as well as all over the world. The response I've gotten from these photography workshops has been incredible, and have had the pleasure of teaching dozens of students from all over the United States,

As many of you know, over the last year, I’ve been teaching photography workshops in Albuquerque as well as all over the world. The response I’ve gotten from these photography workshops has been incredible, and have had the pleasure of teaching dozens of students from all over the United States, helping their skills and knowledge in photography to grow considerably.

For the most part, these photography workshops have had a heavy focus on lighting principles, both in studio and on location. While I feel like lighting techniques are my bread and butter, I’ve had a lot of students and photographers ask if I’d be teaching a retouching workshop in the coming months.

I’ve always been a little bit apprehensive on teaching a retouching workshop, because everyone has a different technique and process when it comes to  retouching an image. Certainly the techniques that apply to high end beauty photography wouldn’t always apply for lifestyle wedding photography. For this reason, building lecture and photography workshops for this, has been a challenge, and too difficult to tailor to everyone who is interested in my photography workshops.

So I decided to do something different, and am now excited to announce my One on One Retouching classes, available for everyone and anyone who is interested. What makes these little one on one session special is that they’re tailored entirely to you. If you want to learn how to master Lightroom, I can build a two hour session to teach you everything you need to know. If you want to know how to do high end beauty retouching, making skin and makeup flawless, I can teach that as well. And of course, if you want to learn how to properly tone and control color casts in commercial photography, I can teach you to do that as well, in your own custom 2-4 hour personal photography workshop.

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And that is exactly what they are, one on one lessons. So they can be done all over the world, and will work precisely at your own pace. Using methods like Skype and other screen sharing software, I’m no longer limited to different areas and demographics. I’m able to teach you and help you build your techniques from anywhere in the world, and entirely on your own schedule.

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For more info on my photography workshops, you’re able to go to my workshop information page


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Engagement Photography Session in Grand Rapids with Jason & Jackie
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Recently, I traveled back to Kalamazoo Michigan to teach a photography workshop. But that wasn't the only thing I was in town for. One of the other many reasons was to take some engagement photos of some friends of mine,

Recently, I traveled back to Kalamazoo Michigan to teach a photography workshop. But that wasn’t the only thing I was in town for. One of the other many reasons was to take some engagement photos of some friends of mine, as well as prep for coming back to Grand Rapids Michigan to photograph their wedding in September (and maybe, just maybe, teach another photography workshop).

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While I haven’t seen Jason in years leading up to this trip, I used to play baseball, basketball and soccer with him growing up, and have known him for nearly my entire life. Since our youthful days, Jason went to the same college as me, and graduated with a degree in Integrated Supply Chain Management and eventually moved an hour north to Grand Rapids, MI to start his career in the Supply Chain Management workforce.

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Shortly thereafter, he met the wonderful Jackie, and they started dating. It’s hard to believe that Jackie and Jason lived just a couple miles from eachother while growing up, and didn’t meet until after college.

And here we are today. The two of them have fallen in love and decided to get married this fall, and have asked me to photograph their wedding. Even though I live over 1600 miles away, I excitedly agreed to photograph their wedding. We’ve arranged all the plans and I’m excited to be their photographer for their special day in late September. Take a look at some of the engagement photography I took for them, and stay tuned for some amazing wedding photographs of them in the coming months.

And finally be sure to keep me in mind for wedding photography and engagement photography all over the world. Aside from photography, I have a huge passion for traveling, and would love to be able to blend them both to get you some amazing wedding or engagement photographs.


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Headshot Photography Session With Albuquerque Actor Clay Space
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Recently, I had the opportunity to work with up and coming Albuquerque actor Clay Space for an actor headshot session. Clay recently decided to become and Albuquerque actor and has already found some pretty big successes in the acting industry.

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with up and coming Albuquerque actor Clay Space for an actor headshot session.  Clay recently decided to become and Albuquerque actor and has already found some pretty big successes in the acting industry.

First, Clay was able to land himself a role on the prequel to Breaking BadBetter Call Saul. Clay can be found on the first episode, being aired around this time next year. Initially, he was approached by a casting director, and was given an extra role. Upon filming though, they gave him a speaking role on the show. Pretty impressive that your first acting role happens to be on a TV show that is expected to be one of the best in the last 10 years.

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Following the filming of the pilot episode, good things happened for both Better Call Saul and Clay. Better Call Saul got renewed for a second season (Impressively, after AMC only reading the pilot script). Clay also was approached by Carissa of Mitchell & Presley Talent Group to be signed to their agency. As you may be aware, Mitchell & Presley is one of my favorite agencies in New Mexico, and they’re constantly finding new work for their clients, and working hard to make New Mexico a hub for productions everywhere.

Upon signing with Carissa, Clay was told he needed to get some headshots as soon as possible. Carissa recommended me, and we began planning our photo session. Being an new Albuquerque actor, Clay was also very new to the idea of getting headshots done. For that reason, he decided that the studio was a little intimidating, and opted to have some photos taken outdoors.

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While outdoor headshot are not typically what I advertise on my website, it’s not because it’s something I don’t like doing. I always love to take headshots outdoors, and love the challenges and diversity that it can bring to the photoshoot. Clay ended up being very photogenic, and we were able to get some really great photos from the day.

For more info on my headshot photography, you’re able to go to my headshot information page. You’re also able to see more male headshot photography by clicking here.


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Help Me Remain The Highest Rated Photographer In Albuquerque
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When I moved to Albuquerque two years ago, and officially became an Albuquerque photographer, I was braced with plenty of struggles. I had been working as a commercial, portrait and headshot photographer in Michigan, but I had absolutely no contacts in Albuquerque.

When I moved to Albuquerque two years ago, and officially became an Albuquerque photographer, I was braced with plenty of struggles. I had been working as a commercial, portrait and headshot photographer in Michigan, but I had absolutely no contacts in Albuquerque. So what I had to rely on was referrals, and insuring my clients were absolutely happy with my work and would refer me to their friends and family.

This strategy is still the strategy I use today for all my work in Albuquerque, and is why I’ve been able to accumulate dozens of reviews, all of them with a perfect rating. But here’s the thing — I want more.

In general, it seems that all of my clients are really happy with the work I provide them. I have an immense amount of passion for being a portrait photographer in Albuquerque, and want to continue to create amazing images for my clients. When I’m not taking photos, I’m watching shows like Nightshift, Longmire, and Breaking Bad…because my clients have gone on to be part of these amazing productions.

Some Reviews
Jane Long
Zach exceeded my expectations both as a photographer and just an all-around great guy to work with. Zach made the headshot process simple and stress-free. He answered all of my questions beforehand promptly via email, and even took care of scheduling his recommended makeup artist for me. During the shoot itself, Zach’s sense of humor and friendly demeanor made me feel completely relaxed and at ease. The experience felt more like an afternoon hanging out with an old friend than a nerve-wracking headshot shoot…which was such a relief! Since the shoot, Zach has been quick with turnaround time on photo retouching, and super helpful in getting me set up to download my images and order prints. Most importantly, I love the photos he captured! I definitely recommend Zach.
Fabian Valle
Zach Sutton was a total pro when it came down to business! I recently had the good fortune to shoot new headshots with this expert photographer. Zach is professional, consistent, thorough, detail oriented, and knowledgeable in current national photography standards. Zach was easy going but kept his laser focus on capturing the best looks and showing/communicating what was working. He brings out the best in people and kept me present throughout the shoot. His personality and positive energy makes working with him a wonderful shared experience. I truly appreciate all the professional consideration, flexibility, promptness, and consultation at each step adapted to my specific needs. I would highly recommend his professional services without hesitation for all your photography needs.You should definitely schedule a consult with this guy. Thanks Zach. You’re a badass!
Clay Space
Zach is an incredible photographer and also extraordinarily personable. Photo shoots can take a few hours, and for sanity’s sake you want to spend that time with someone pleasant and interesting. Zach provides that. The whole experience was fantastic!
Mark Feigenbutz
Zach did an excellent job with my headshots. The session was comfortable and easy, and he lets you see the shots as he’s taking them. He also retouched them. All this for an affordable price. Definitely going to go to him in the future and am going to recommend him to others!
Sam Desai II
My experience with Zach was amazing. He was extremely helpful in everything and went above and beyond. I am extremely pleased with my experience with him and the photos he took and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for professional high quality photos.

So I’m just doing a quick call out to those who I’ve worked with in the past. If we’ve worked together, can you take a quick second and post a review of my work for me? My business and livelihood relies solely on my reputation, so it means so much when a client is vocal on the experience they had when working with me. I want to become the most rated photographer in all of New Mexico, and in order to do that, I need your help.

For more reviews of my work in Albuquerque, be sure to check out my testimonials


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As you may remember from my post on it a couple months ago, I was approached by RGG EDU to produce an giant tutorial series showing off exactly how I work as a photographer to help educate others all over the world.

As you may remember from my post on it a couple months ago, I was approached by RGG EDU to produce an giant tutorial series showing off exactly how I work as a photographer to help educate others all over the world. Excited and humbled by the opportunity, I agreed and we wrapped filming for it nearly a month ago. While we still have so much to do, I wanted to show off a teaser video that RGG EDU has put together highlighting my tutorial series on environmental portraiture, and my friend Michael Woloszynowicz of Vibrant Shot Photography and his tutorial on fashion and beauty photography.

The entire experience for me was incredible. Not only do I truly believe that we have some of the best information collected for photographers, but we had a really fun time doing it as well. Throughout the tutorial, we traveled to White Sands, NM, Tent Rocks, and even shot a couple sessions within the city limits of Albuquerque. In total, we have about 12 hours of footage showing you the entire process of pre-producing a photo shoot, to applying the finishing touches in Photoshop.

Watch the video above to get a view into the creating of my tutorial series on environmental portraiture, as well as Michael’s tutorial series on high fashion and beauty photography. And look for each of our tutorials on RGG EDU in the coming months.

For any questions or comments you may have on these series, feel free to ask in the comment section below. I’ll be promoting this more when we get closer to the release date.


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Albuquerque Headshot Photography With Actor and Stuntman Tommy Truex
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If you've heard the name Tommy Truex before, it might be because this is the second time I've taken his photograph, and featured him on my website. Tommy came back to get some updated headshots from me because he had gained about 60 pounds since his last headshot photography session here in Albuquerque.

If you’ve heard the name Tommy Truex before, it might be because this is the second time I’ve taken his photograph, and featured him on my website. Tommy came back to get some updated headshots from me because he had gained about 60 pounds since his last headshot photography session here in Albuquerque. headshot photography-Tommy-Before-After-950x590 Sixty pounds is a considerable change, so Tommy decided it was best to come in to get some new photographs to show off his new physique. You see, Tommy owns a Crossfit Gym called Desert Forge, so the sixty pounds he gained was all muscle, through intense training and teaching classes at his very successful gym. In between these headshot photography sessions I’ve done with Tommy, I was able able to help him with a photo that was later used for a billboard in Guatemala, advertising an MMA fight that Tommy was competing in. While this wasn’t the first time I’ve had some of my work featured on a billboard, it was quite an honor to show off my work to an entirely new market. Tommy does largely stunts for a variety of productions here in Albuquerque, but is also looking to break into more acting and speaking roles at this point of his acting career. He’s done a bunch of work on a variety of productions here in Albuquerque, such as Longmire, Crash and A Million Ways to Die in the West. With these fresh new headshots, I’m sure Tommy will be able to find much more work here in Albuquerque.

For more information about Tommy’s acting career, be sure to check out his IMDb, and for more information about his gym, be sure to check out their website. For more info on my headshot photography, you’re able to go to my headshot information page. You’re also able to see more male headshot photography by clicking here.


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My Outdoor Lighting & Photography Workshop In Kalamazoo Michigan
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As some of you may know, I have been out of Albuquerque, NM this last week or so because I went to Kalamazoo, MI to host a photography workshop on lighting. I've taught this workshop before, and have had a huge out pour of people all over the United States asking if I’ll come to their city/state to teach this workshop.

As some of you may know, I have been out of Albuquerque, NM this last week or so because I went to Kalamazoo, MI to host a photography workshop on lighting. I’ve taught this workshop before, and have had a huge out pour of people all over the United States asking if I’ll come to their city/state to teach this workshop. Michigan was a trial run on hosting more photography workshops all over the United states and world, and this trial run was a huge success.

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Much to my surprise, my lighting & photography workshop sold out in only 72 hours after announcing it, and sold out in another 24 hours when I extended the seating to twelve (from ten). People from all over the midwest were excited to attend the workshop, traveling as far at 6 hours just so they could reserve their seat at this fun and exciting day.

Now this is the third time I’ve taught this lighting workshop. As you may recall, I’ve taught this photography workshop in Albuquerque, NM twice now, with having each of those sold out as well. Of those two workshops in Albuquerque, both of them were a huge success, with photographers ranting and raving about all that they learned and the fun they had.

This workshop was no different, and it seems everyone had an exceptional time throughout the day. However, I’d like to point out a few people who really helped to make this photography workshop special.

LensRentals

Again, thank you to LensRentals for supporting me on my workshops, and helping by supplying Profoto B1s to use during the day. Your generosity and commitment to learning is exceptional, and I’m grateful for all the help you’ve supplied making my workshops such a success.

Phase One & ProGear Rentals

Thank you to Phase One and Doug from ProGear Rental out of Chicago for supplying two Phase One bodies for the students to try out, as well as supplying each student with a copy of Capture One Express for them to process the files. Not only were the students excited and impressed with the camera systems, but the files they were able to create with the gear you supplied turned out great.

David Crewe & Phlearn

Special thanks to my friend David Crewe of Phlearn for stopping by and helping with BTS footage throughout the day. And thank you again for all the insight into the business of photography that you were able to supply throughout the day. And finally, thank you for supplying each student with a Phlearn Pro Tutorial of their choice

Alien Skin Software

Thank you to my friends at Alien Skin for supplying my students with 30% off any purchases of your product. And congratulations to Aaron Geller for winning a full copy of Exposure 6, supplied to us by Alien Skin. I’m confident that if my students take the time to try out your software, they’ll be very impressed with their results.

Bill Strome

Thank you to Bill Strome of Strome Photography for supplying his studio for us to host a lecture and Q&A at throughout the photography workshop. Your willingness to help throughout the day made everything go so smoothly, and I’m grateful for your courtesy.

My Models

A very special thanks to both Britney Simerson and Andrea Nancy for coming out and working with all the photographers who attended my photography workshop. I know they’re both very talented and busy models living in Michigan, but your ability to come out and work with everyone was essential to the great time everyone had. You’re both beautiful and so much fun to work with, so thank you again for driving down to Kalamazoo to work with everyone who attended this photography workshop.

If you’re still keeping up, you may have done the math on this workshop by now. With the sponsors in place, each student got more than the value of the photography workshop in free things alone, with Capture One Express, Alien Skin discounts, Phlearn Pro Tutorials, and all the gear to use throughout the day, the $225 price ended up being a huge value for those who attended (getting almost $300 in free things). I hope to continue capturing these sponsors for future workshops, with the ability to pass along all the sweet gear to the students.

Some of the challenge I ran into when putting together this photography workshop was that I was in Albuquerque up until a few days before the class. So planning locations, models and so on what a huge challenge, as I wasn’t in the area to meet with them or check out different locations. I had to rely on my memory for this photography workshop, as I have shot in the location, and worked with many talented models from living in Michigan years ago.

Reviews

Much like previous times, and the recent updated to my website, I want to provide some transparency, and offer up reviews of the photography workshop from my students. I simply asked them to provide me with feedback, and did not encourage them to write positively or negatively about me.

Shankar Narayanan

I had the great opportunity to attend the “Outdoor Lighting” workshop on 7/13/14, hosted by Zach. The entire day was jam packed with information and knowledge transfer. The key to the success was Zach’s personality. Despite being a highly published artiste, Zach is down to earth & approachable and with no pretenses. That made it easy for us to ask questions and get straight answers. The photography workshop also featured industry experts from PHLEARN & Phase One and we got to use some cool equipment. Once we got started on the hands on part of the class where we mixed strobes with harsh afternoon sunlight, Zach showed us how it is done, and worked with us all individually till we “got it”. We then went on and worked with the talented models all afternoon. The techniques I learned in this class will help take my outdoor photography to the next level. I have already ordered a beauty dish & a power pack to go with my AB800. Can’t wait to try my skills. Don’t miss this opportunity if this class comes to your town!

Aaron Geller

I had the pleasure of meeting Zach last fall in NYC (despite living in the same small town for several years) and found him to be enthusiastic and making new paths for himself in the industry. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend his workshop here in West Michigan. So here are my thoughts: Zach puts a lot of effort into the workshops and it comes through. The workshop factors in your needs and wants, and he is open to input. The price was affordable and in no way was Zach price gouging anyone – I fear to say it, but I doubt any grand profit was made. And speaking of price, we all received our money’s worth from this workshop. It was my first workshop for photography and up until that point, I had never considered the importance of neutral density filters in my work. Certainly, the workshop was a great opportunity to build network connections and meet people passionate about photography. I also enjoyed trying out new equipment and seeing how it could be applied toward my own work. In short, if you have a chance to take a workshop with Zach – you will get more than your money’s worth.

David Crewe

I was a fan of Zach’s work before meeting him, and after getting to work with, attend one of his workshops to see just how the man works, i’m even more a fan! Zach is one of the most creative, driven, funny, and talented photographers AND educators on the market and I cannot recommend him enough!

Jeremiah Rosa

I enjoyed my 2nd photography workshop with Zach this past weekend. His teaching style makes new information exciting and understandable. I always learn more than I expect from Zach, and love to watch him work. On top of the great information, I met amazing industry professionals, worked with top notch models, and even went home with a killer swag bag! When Zach comes to town, he don’t mess around!

Britney Simerson

If you’re looking for the most professional, easy going, and energetic photographer…Zach Sutton Photography is who you need to choose! I have worked with him twice for his photography workshop and each time I’m more amazed at how our experience turns out.

 

If you’d like to see some of the photos taken by others from the workshop, you’re able to do so by visiting the Facebook Event page I had with the photography workshop. Again, thank you to all those who attended and helped with making this workshop a success. I look forward to providing more photography workshops to Albuquerque, as well as all over the United States.

If you’re interested in attending one of my photography workshops but don’t have the means to come to a city I’m teaching in, please check out my tutorial series with RGG EDU, which is being released in the coming weeks.

If You’re Interested In My Photography Workshops

 


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As many of you may know, aside from photography in Albuquerque, I have a passion in education. I host workshops all over the United States, and even have one coming up in Michigan which sold out in record time.

As many of you may know, aside from photography in Albuquerque, I have a passion in education. I host workshops all over the United States, and even have one coming up in Michigan which sold out in record time.

Aside from my workshops in photography, I also have a massive tutorial series coming out that is the most extensive tutorial series available in the entire world. Not only does it highlight photo shoots where I take some of the best photographs in my entire career, but it will give you 10 hours showing you exactly how I did it.

But my passion for educating photographers doesn’t stop there. I also work for various websites to help teach and inspire photographers all over the world with various articles and lists. I wanted to purge together a list, a list of my absolute favorite articles I’ve written so far to date while working for Fstoppers, PhotoTuts+, and Retouching Academy. So please use this list as a guide, and I hope that you’re able to learn something from these articles and advance your career further.

Inspiration Articles

How To Beat Feeling Uninspired

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This was my very first article on Fstoppers, and still one of my favorites. Through this, I explain the challenges I face every winter, where I don’t feel particularly creative – and how I overcome them.

Build Relationships, Not Clients

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A short piece discussing how I handle business with others, by being open, honest, and real with each and everyone I meet. This article was also featured in Digital SLR Photography Magazine.

 Focus Your Attention

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An article focusing on the luxuries of our lives, and how we sometimes neglect that. I mean, we’re professional photographers – do you realize how incredibly cool and exciting that is?

Lessons I Learned From My Time With a Phase One

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Recently, I had the opportunity to use one of the best camera’s in the world, the Phase One IQ250. Upon using it, I learned a lot of about photo style, and why my work isn’t as good as I thought.

 

Tutorial Articles

Photoshoot Breakdown -  Behind The Scenes Into Camaro Photoshoot

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A look into a shoot I did last summer that created some of the absolute best photos in my portfolio to date. This detailed look shows you everything I did to create these exceptional images.

Behind the Scenes Look Into My Commercial / Fashion Photo Session

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Another photoshoot breakdown showing some more iconic photos in my portfolio. The purpose of this article is to show everyone the work that goes into creating an exceptional portfolio.

How to Successfully Pre-Produce a Photoshoot

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A look into all the work that goes into producing a high caliber photo shoot for portfolio building and publication. This article addresses the importance of making sure everyone is aware of the concept.

Using Your Camera’s Pointless Features To Get The Most Out Of Your Shots

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Showing you how to think outside the box, and using some of your camera’s “pointless” features to truly get the most out of each photograph by limiting the information you see with each photo.

 

Business Articles

How To Make Money In Photography

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A guide I made on how to make money doing what you love with photography. Through my years as a professional photographer, I’ve learned a thing or two, and I decided to write about it to help others.

How I Doubled My Business in Six Months

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After moving to Albuquerque, NM from Kalamazoo, MI I decided I wanted to make more money and work more as a photographers. So I bought one tool, one tool that helped me double my business.

Stop Selling Yourself to Photographers

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A quick little tip explaining how to find your place in a market, and how to take advantage of it. There is absolutely no sense advertising your services to your colleagues. They’re not going to hire you.

Tax Guide For Photographers

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Many people may not know this, but before I was a photographer full time, I was a Tax Specialist. I essentially studied and worked to make sure people did their taxes properly, and provide tips for photographers here.

 

Opinion Articles

Why You Should Be Offended By The Pirating of Photoshop

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Where I talk about the most pirated software in the world, Adobe Photoshop – and why you should be offended that people pirate this program more than anything else in the world.

A Look Into Canon’s Recent Failures

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Canon is my brand of choice for photography, but it’s not always my choice through innovation. Here I discuss where they’ve failed, and how they can do better.

Hopefully that provided you with some insight on some of my writings and passion to educate others in photography. We live in a glorious time, where photography is more important than ever, so I’m so appreciative and excited that I’m able to help others find their way behind a camera and happy to continue to education the population on how to take better photos.

If you know of any other articles that are interesting and worth posting for other photographers, feel free to do so in the comments below.

 


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