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1000 Questions Answered by Professional Photographer Zack Arias

Zack Arias is a professional photographer based in Atlanta who runs a popular personal blog with a sizable following. He’s also runs the photography equivalent of Dear Abby.

For the past four months, Arias has been answering photography-related questions sent in by readers and publishing them to a dedicated Q&A site on Tumblr. He pounds out responses at a feverish pace, and has answered a whopping 1,000 questions so far. That’s an average of about 8-10 questions per day.

Questions range from being gear-related (e.g. “What lens should I get?”, “What softbox to buy?”) to topics that are more personal or theoretical (e.g. growing as a photographer, dealing with a lack of confidence, how to “work on your eye”) to advice on running a photo business (e.g. marketing, networking, advertising, pricing).

The site is purely signal and no noise — it doesn’t have a single banner ad, sponsored link, or product endorsement. It’s simply a barebones site that’s chock full of detailed answers to all kinds of photo questions. For a listing of all the posts so far, check out the calendar-based archive:

Arias says he’s taking a break on the site until next year, but when he decides to start up again there should be plenty of queries to answer. He says his mailbox is already loaded with 1,600 unanswered questions. If you’re hungry for online resources that can help fill your brain with knowledge, this is one site that you should definitely bookmark.

Photography Q&A – Ask Me Anything About Photography [Zack Arias]


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanblaney Nathan Blaney

    I’ve followed this sporadically, but I don’t know if there’s any real substance. His website critiques that he used to do were thoughtful and constructive – I’d like to see more of those. Perhaps he has no time… He seems to be one of these guys who holds workshops and talks about gear far more than actually doing real photo work.

  • Goofball Jones

    Actually, he hasn’t been doing many workshops at all and has been busy doing real photo work…but stuff you’ll probably never see on his website because it’s all for clients.

    The “Ask Me Anything” stuff was easy for him because he could just sit down when he did have some time and answer a few quick questions. And if you only followed this sporadically, then you missed some good posts…yes, some with “real substance”.

  • Way to be a tool

    You obviously don’t pay much attention.

  • reluctant commentator

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    dude you just sound so confused. his posts are written like he discusses things on his web critiques. so how can you derive value from one and dismiss the other?

  • maria

    i have a nikon 40dx i set the shooting mode to continous but it still shoots single in any selection except the “sports” choice i have tried with all 3 of my lenses on manual and auto what to do