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GPP 2014 Shootout: An Entertaining Battle Between Two Top Photogs

The video for this year’s Gulf Photo Plus Shootout has been released and it’s a good one. Going head to head this year were photographers Zack Arias and Sara Lando, both of whom had 20 minutes to go from hearing their assignment to final image, all in front of a 400-person audience.

The video shows how it all went down, with plenty of photography all-stars making cameos and a lot of laughs along the way — which is only to be expected if you followed the duo’s Twitter battle leading up to the shootout. In the words of our fearless leader Michael Zhang, the GPP shootout is “like watching the photography equivalent of a freestyle rap battle.” What more could you want!?

(via Strobist)


 
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  • Zack Arias

    Hate or love my work (I usually hate it myself) my primary income for the past two years has been photography. Not teaching. I’m switching that up this year so that I can really focus on personal work and give up some of the editorial work I’m doing that pays bills but is killing my photographic heart.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • http://biglightbox.com Andres Trujillo

    I posted a link to dedpxl (Zack’s blog), where he explains why he did what he did (I guess Petapixel didn’t like the link). He planned to do a tribute to his wife, and he wanted to incorporate water to it, but he ran out of time and his main goal (paying tribute to his wife), took precedent…

  • Anonymoused

    I don’t know. This is the second time I’ve seen Zack in action (the other being in a cheap camera, pro tog video by DigitalRevTV) and this is the second time I’ve been thoroughly unimpressed. It may be that he’s outside of his comfort zone, or both situations were way too limited — but isn’t the point of being an artist using your creativity to produce something despite limits? Sara did an awesome job!

    I just don’t think I respect Zack as a photographer, given that he can’t do what seems basic to me (somebody who has always had to shoot with cheap cameras, time limitations, etc) as an amateur.

    I’ve always thought that your portfolio doesn’t speak for your regular shooting — it’s always just the best of the best. Even I have a few fluke photos that are actually good to put in a portfolio, and I’m far (VERY far) from a talented photographer.

  • Anonymoused

    Why does everybody assume that in order to critique, you must be an expert in that field? Specifically, that the requirements for giving your opinion is that you MUST be better than somebody to point out flaws or what you don’t like? Stop being so petty.

  • http://www.markhoustonphotography.com/ mthouston

    I’m hardly being petty, The people,(especially the folks who so bravely post anonymously) do not offer critique, they offer opinions, a critique and opinion are not the same thing.
    Since D-Man offered a critique of Zack’s work, I just wanted to see what some D-Mans work looked like.

  • bbear

    What exactly do you find “unimpressive?” He did use his creativity to produce something despite the limits: what you say doesn’t make sense. Would you have done things differently? Sure. Would I have created an images where I’m surrounded by my peers, looked down on by my idols, and pay tribute to my wife as well as telling a story and playing in photoshop? I’m sorry, I’m not that creative and I seriously doubt you are either.

    Which of the basics do you think Zack hasn’t mastered? Can you be specific? Because there are countless videos out there that conclusively prove that Zack has an extensive understanding of “the basics.” Perhaps you can explain what he doesn’t know?

  • Zack Arias

    Checkout my post on DEDPXL . Com / blog to see why I did what I did.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Gavin Lister

    I read your blog before seeing this Zack so it made sense. Shame you didn’t throw in the comment it would have been perfectly matched :-)

  • Gavin Lister

    Im joining you here bbear. D-Man, you don’t have to have a prefect portpholio and it isn’t about criticising you work, but on grounds of common decency I think if you criticise other peoples work in such a negative and more importantly such an opinionated way then really you should show your work. 99% of criticisms on this site and others would disappear if people had to do this on an even, honest, non cowardly way.

  • Michael

    Hey Rodrigo, some people KNOW what good photography is, even though they are not photographers, but you are obviously not one of them. You probably believe a B&H or a now bankrupt Calumet sales person when they say to you : Hum, Yeah, I shoot with this camera all my commercial assignments (meaning they don’t own the very camera and they have no shooting jobs). But as long as there are sheep, there will be plenty of wool out there.
    BTW, are you some big shot agency exec? No? Why should I show you my portfolio?

  • Michael

    Zack is a self proclaimed pro photographer-internet personality. He even holds workshops. I cannot believe people pay to hear what he has to say about taking pictures… go figure!

  • davidhunternyc

    I love both of these photographers but the subject was “Water”. Was there any water whatsoever in Zach’s shot? By default, I would have to give the win to Sara.

  • davidhunternyc

    Well, I have been watching Zach’s One Light DVD. I am shocked with how brilliant he is and his photos are just stunning.

  • davidhunternyc

    Nice to here a discussion about Zach not using water. If water was the theme and Zach wanted to pay tribute to his wife, why didn’t Zach incorporate his wife AND water? It doesn’t have to be an either/or scenario. The theme was “Water” so Sara wins no matter what.

  • davidhunternyc

    Zach, Can you explain to us why you didn’t use “water” in your photo? You’re an amazing photographer. I was just perplexed by your choice not to use water. You could’ve paid tribute to your wife and use water at the same time.

  • davidhunternyc

    Dang! That’s harsh. I have been watching Zach’s, One Light DVD and I get to see his mind working through difficult and interesting situations. Many of the resulting photos on this DVD were downright gorgeous, and very minimally processed too. Watch it and you might or might not agree. It is not just manufacturing.

  • http://biglightbox.com Andres Trujillo

    Yeah, I don’t see where anybody is arguing otherwise

  • Zack Arias

    David – I discuss it here on my blog – dedpxl . com / blog

  • Zack Arias

    Says the man with no name. And… I’ve hardly been busy with workshops. I’ve had some but workshops aren’t the main part of my income. Most of my income is derived from my amateur photography.

  • Zack Arias

    I discussed that on my blog dedpxl . com / blog

  • davidhunternyc

    Thanks Zack. I read your blog and your explanation made sense. Of course, I wish you had a chance to incorporate water but I can see how you would run out of time with only 20 minutes. In the end, my hat is off to Sara for winning the competition because she followed the theme but, regardless, what you’re doing as a photographer is just amazing. Your 100 Questions book is a bestseller and I have learned alot from your One Light DVD. Your photos are just awesome in that DVD. In the next few days, I can’t wait to start downloading and watching your One Light V2! I wish all the best success to dedpxl, to you, and your family!