Saturday, July 21, 2012

Two Worlds Collide: Zack Arias on Digital Rev



Wasn't planning on doing a post today, but this "cheap camera challenge" from DigitalRev combines two things of which I am a very big fan:

1. DigitalRev's Kai Wong, and
2. Watching Zack Arias sweat.

Normally we have to wait until Gulf Photo Plus to watch Zack sweat out an improv shoot like this. And we still wouldn't get Kai and DigitalRev in the bargain.

The main problem (other than the POS P&S) is that Zack's Cantonese is about as good as his subjects' English. Which is to say, not very. (Dude, at least learn how to say please and thank you in the local language.) Fortunately, Alamby was there to pick up the linguistic pieces.

Fun to watch, but I am noticing a disturbing trend with DigitalRev and visiting photographers. Getting a little worried about my trip to Hong Kong next winter…

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33 Comments:

Blogger Simon said...

Loved this video with Zack. Have a lot of respect for what he was able to produce with what he had. Really inspirational.

Would love to see how you'd approach the Pro Tog, Cheap Camera challenge :)

July 21, 2012 1:56 PM  
Blogger Sando said...

Yeah David would love to see you in the streets of Hong Kong with a cheap camera.
It's interesting to see how different Pros approach the challenge.

Ciao Björn

July 21, 2012 3:23 PM  
Blogger double dee said...

Amazing....

July 21, 2012 4:22 PM  
Blogger double dee said...

Amazing....

July 21, 2012 4:23 PM  
Blogger Andrew Roach said...

Great seeing Zack sweat it out on the challenge! The results were excellent though, well done Zack. Can't wait to see your challenge David, no pressure!

July 21, 2012 4:42 PM  
Blogger Andrew Roach said...

Great to see Zack in this challenge, it's been a while since Chase Jarvis had the Lego camera. The results were excellent, proof it's not camera but the photographer that makes a great photo. Can't wait for your challenge David, no pressure!

July 21, 2012 4:44 PM  
Blogger Juan Pablo Villaverde said...

"The best camera is the one you left at home" =) Very funny video David, thank you for sharing it!

July 21, 2012 5:56 PM  
Blogger John F. Williams said...

Big fan of Digital Rev and these challenges are really fun to watch. I just love the enthusiasm.

July 21, 2012 6:15 PM  
Blogger Stephem Reardon said...

I agree, well said.

July 21, 2012 7:36 PM  
Blogger Stephem Reardon said...

I agree, well said

July 21, 2012 7:38 PM  
Blogger Thomas Bukan said...

Challenges are challenging and I love this video. It would be more touched when I hear this music in a luxury Mercedes. :)

July 21, 2012 7:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Language or not, Zack is my hero. Watching him work with people of any culture, and the photos he produces, I'm inspired to pick up my camera every time!

Thanks for posting David!

July 21, 2012 9:10 PM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...

I was really impressed by the result of the "young chinese boy that went somewhere dark with Zack". Cool composition, pose & background.

May I suggest your equipment for this challenge :
* 5DMkII
* Some funky lens : super-telephoto, fisheye or tilt-shift
* Old Manual flash set to full power, on camera

July 22, 2012 5:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

David, get two steps ahead of the game... if approached by Kai in Hong Kong, don't take his P&S, pull out your own (make sure it is even crappier than his, maybe a holga or something digital that is along the lines of the Lego P&S), and proceed to take it to the next level... LOL!

I suggest the crappy P&S... but high end studio lights or something. ;-)

July 22, 2012 10:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

David, get two steps ahead of the game... if approached by Kai in Hong Kong, don't take his P&S, pull out your own (make sure it is even crappier than his, maybe a holga or something digital that is along the lines of the Lego P&S), and proceed to take it to the next level... LOL!

I suggest the crappy P&S... but high end studio lights or something. ;-)

July 22, 2012 10:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

I loved this vid, and was good to see Zack crank out some good stuff regardless of the equipment and language barrier. Smiles are the international language.

I hope Kai tries to burn you, in a cool way of course! ;)

July 22, 2012 6:56 PM  
OpenID sethjacobson said...

Thank you for sharing this was fun!

July 22, 2012 11:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love Zach for his honesty, and for wearing his heart on his sleeve. I've learned an enormous amount from both Zack and David (and not just about photography). It's nice to see him starting to get the success he so richly deserves.

July 23, 2012 1:39 AM  
Blogger Irene Abdou Photography said...

Love the video... but I don't understand how he got the camera and flash to sync. Any ideas?

July 23, 2012 9:51 AM  
Blogger Silver Image said...

'Twould be great to do the reverse - amateur photog (like me) with a D4 ;-)

They probably synched with a built-in slave on the flash, ala Sb-26.

July 23, 2012 1:04 PM  
Blogger Kevin Fishel said...

LOVE these challenges! Kai is such a goof too which makes the Digital Rev stuff so fun to watch. Anyone notice that the music seemed to be a Cantonese version of the one light DVD music?:)

David, totally cool that you'll be doing this as well.

So impressed how well he seemed to get along with people! And the smart a.. comments crack me up.

Have Digital Rev bookmarked but haven't seen it yet. Thanks for posting!

July 23, 2012 1:27 PM  
Blogger Shanx said...

Respect to Zack, he's awesome no doubt. But really, c'mon does every second line in the video have to have some sort of sexual overtones and cheap references to anatomy? I mean c'mon...this is a role model I look up to. Am I in the minority who found this a tad unsettling? Or have we all been de-sensitized so much that this is now fully acceptable on youtube videos? Ok I'll stop.

July 23, 2012 6:46 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

That'd be Kai for you. He is always like that. And generally pretty funny IMO.

July 23, 2012 9:43 PM  
Blogger bronney said...

David, if I am still around here I would love to buy you a beer when you arrive. Most of us aren't that bad in English we're just slower to express ourselves as we think in Chinese then translate.

I am a bit better because I am Canadian and I don't shoot Canon's..

July 24, 2012 1:03 AM  
Blogger John Blakemore said...

It is the photogrspher's eye and the lens, Not the camera...I CHALLENGE any of these hot shots... and I won't even use light meter... I shot 15 years in Formula One Grand Prix and usually never used a meter..Not necessary...MANUAL EXPOSURE...Know what the light is doing...
Studio give me a simple Sekonic incident light meter and I'll get the pic...Outside..You NEVER Need one if you know your light...That is to say the sun... John Blakemore

July 24, 2012 2:00 AM  
Blogger bulee said...

How did he trigger the external flash with the point and shoot camera?

July 24, 2012 7:14 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Have you seen the video? The Flash has an internal sensor which reacts to the flash of the cam. many nikon&Canon flashes do that. and you can buy a hotshoe-assessory to plug your normal flash into such a sensor. but it doesn't work too good outdoors, and you easily hide the sensor with your fingers.

July 24, 2012 4:56 PM  
Blogger Clark Schierle said...

@bulee I'm guessing SU-4 mode (generic flash trigger) on the speedlight.

July 24, 2012 5:51 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

It would be really really awesome to see you on DigitalRev. :D

July 25, 2012 2:14 AM  
Blogger Jeremy Lyman said...

How did he not blow out the photos on that point and shoot with an off camera flash? The camera wouldn't have compensated and the flash... a lot of trial and error?

July 27, 2012 9:02 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Lyman said...

How did he not blow out the photos with an off camera flash and a horrible non-compensating point and shoot? Was it a lot of trial and error to adjust the flash to his will or ? There seems to be a lot more going on than just trying to get the off camera flash to light.

July 27, 2012 9:03 PM  
Blogger tina_6500 / TheFeldhamster said...

Can anyone suggest any old flash models that have a built-in sensor to sync with a p&s? I'd love to use a setup like that for p&s shooting but don't know any models that do this. Preferrably an old model which one could pick up from a used ad for cheap.

July 30, 2012 5:42 AM  
Blogger Cc Ting said...

I have even older Kodak point and shoot camera made 2003, i think there is a flash button to switch the flash mode. I also trigger my YN560 using optical mode. ;D

August 29, 2012 2:04 AM  

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