What I’ve learned from Zach Arias

I knew about Zack when a I got a copy of his DVD about one light set up, it was really cool. But I’m not a fan of flash photography back then and even today. This guys is really great in doing one light setup and other studio lighting setups. Recently I’ve just read an interview about him and it’s very inspiring and you can learn a lot of things about his experience in life. So here are the things I’ve learned.

  1. Never let your schooling interfere with your education

This is a quotation from Mark Twain which is one of my favorite.  Schooling may suck most of the time because of the pressure, the financial problems that may come or the failing grades or the brutal exams. What ever happened never stop learning. Life is the real school; A perfect school, were we are all the student and life is always giving us hard test and practical exams that may sometimes breaks us, but if we surpass that challenge or test we are assured that we learned something new and makes us more stronger than before.

2.Never spend too much on the camera and lenses but on your skills as a photographer

New photographers may be trap on this; That getting the latest and greatest gears or equipment can really be a boost to make you a great and professional looking photographer. Ney, it will not. A photographer is not measured by his gears or equipment but his skills to create that one of a kind photograph, that no other photographer can copy.

3. Focus on only one

Make up your mind and find yourself where you want to be and who you want to be. Coz if you find out, you’ll finally know where to stand in photography. It’s like religion; You must only choose one principle that can will answers you questions. Having many religion at once is a chaos. The father of Pi (from the movie The life of Pi) said: Believing in everything is like believing in nothing at all.

4. Take risk in everything

It may be a hard thing to do but, you must make risk, life is an adventure; Taking the risk can put you to adventures that may have a positive effect on you or gives you experiences that is one of a kind. It’s a gamble, you will not know what will be the result, whether you win or lose. But win or lose there is the feeling of accomplishment in your mind and heart that there is no guilt of regret in the end. Be a risk taker. Let life itself guide you, just trust life.

5. Be motivated by friends and family

It’s your charger into a world that sucks you every day. The motivational support of the people of who are special to you will spark your purpose to live more and be more creative. To be more competitive in this life.

6. Leave a good picture of you.

Leaving a legacy can inspire others to leave a legacy; It’s like domino effect. Being a photographer is a gift to share with others; new photographers, your clients, your friends, your family, the people of the streets. They need your help, your advices and especially your photographs. It is the lease thing you can do to contribute to the future generation to have picture of the past to be remembered.

7.Never get satisfied creatively.

Be satisfied if you have a decent gears, decent car, decent house and a loving family and friends but never ever get satisfied on your creativity. It must be unsatisfied, it’s the thing that will make you grow, it is your sunlight, your water and your air. You always need it, you always want it to be fresh, to be new. Never let it satisfy you. Never!

You can read the the article about Zack here: http://thegreatdiscontent.com/zack-arias


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