Zack Arias Shares Street Photography Tips from Marrakech

Promoting FujiFilm’s new X-T1, renowned photographer Zack Arias traveled around the mystical streets of Marrakech to highlight the camera’s capabilities, all the while sharing a plethora of fantastic street photography tips.

Showing off the various glass available for the X-T1, as well as the wireless capabilities, this is just as much a commercial as it is an educational video, but that doesn’t at all diminish the usefulness of the tips shared. The video comes in at just over thirteen minutes, so press play and get ready to take some notes.

(via Fuji Rumors)

  • Titilola Popoola

    I sat saying “oh my God” all the way through. that was just…….amazing seeing him work. Gee whiz….

  • Adam Cross

    his flash shots were interesting

  • Neato!

    Good stuff.

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  • MikeT

    A bit long to watch but he did get some great shots .. and the flash shots were very nice.

  • Patryk Widejko

    Great video from Zach as usual! Just don’t leave your camera on the table like that when in Marrakesh! Don’t forget to bring a lot of single Dirham coins as you’ll be tipping regularly for such pictures and be wary when taking photos of women or children as you may get in trouble.

    Highly recommended country for any travelling photographer/hobbyist!

  • bob cooley

    Great vid by Zach – I haven’t seen a lot of his stuff, but will check out more. Some good beginner traveling photographer tips, too. As a journalist the most important tip in this is so true – go local. Find a trusted guide – its always worth the price, just for the access alone.


    No disrespect but… am I missing something other than basic off camera flash?

  • David Kozlowski

    SO jealous over here! Great stills and video.

  • Eric Frame

    its a video that gives tips for travel photography, I’m not sure if you missed that part or not, but its not suppose to be anything more than that.

  • Eric Frame

    post a link to your “jaw dropping” videos. I’ll get my popcorn and get ready to be blown away.

  • Aaron W

    The sneaky “pretend you’re chimping when you’re actually shooting” trick is pretty clever.

  • Javier Ceballos Enríquez

    Hey Zacararías That’s nice but If you got ride of the guide It would had been more exciting. In morocco guides are a plage.

  • Raymond Larose

    Some great work once again from Zach. Results are nice and some of the tips are very good. I’d like to try out a couple on my next trip (well, not so much the sneaky “I’m not taking your photo” style).

    I think some props need to go out to his video guy/gal as well in the cut scenes. Very well done.

  • João Sá Leão

    What was the flash used and the brand of the wireless connection to the camera?

  • sheepdog

    I’d like to know that too. What was the flash gear?

  • joshsouzaphotos

    You never thought of that before?

  • Richard Reed

    Pocket Wizards Plus X and Lumopro LP180.

  • Aaron W

    No, I think I’m instinctively too afraid of getting caught to be sneaky that way. I’ll work on it.

  • Richard

    All of his videos are incredibly accessible, just a regular guy walking around with a camera giving tips in an uncomplicated way. Great stuff, keep it up Zack!

  • Rudy Conrad

    I agree with the “yawn.” Just because someone is not moved or inspired does not mean they have something better in their portfolio. I can’t paint but that does not mean that every painting will have an impact on me. Want to be inspired? Google Don McCullin tries digital the first time. Or look at Vivian Meier’s work… and if you disagree, I and many others would be perfectly OK with it and would never say that you need to provide proof that you have something better in your portfolio.

  • bob cooley

    Pocket-wizards – I was actually pretty surprised that he wasn’t using corded TTL flash – Fuji has some of the best out of the box, basic TTL I’ve every seen; and I have a ton of experience w/ Nikon’s CLS, which is also a great system.

  • Euravinalaugh

    Having recently been there I can attest to that. It’s one thing to have a proper photography guide, assuming you can find and afford one for three days, it’s another thing entirely to rock up as a tourist and try and get some decent shots. The whole experience left me vowing never to visit the area again.

  • RonaldMcFuckingdonald

    In Marrakech it’s even a challenge to ‘shoot from the hip’, as they say. Touts, vendors, locals, etc , most of them know the trick and will hound you for money if catching you out.
    It’s a real challenge to get uncontrived public people shots throughout the country, even in small villages, hands are often out before getting a chance to push the trigger.
    Being prepared to regularly give generously is the only way you can shoot without your blood eventually boiling. That, or rather choose a country that’s a little further off the tourist radar.