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New Orleans Experience Photography Workshop

October 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



Experience & Capture The Authentic New Orleans With Zack Smith Photography

The only way to truly learn how to photograph a city is to immerse yourself in it. Why be a bystander watching history when you can learn from it and photograph the magic up close? It is with great honor to be able to share this rare opportunity with you and hope you will join me on this incredible photographic journey you will never forget!

The New Orleans Photography Experience Workshop is a full day photography workshop experience that is the culmination of my 20 years of creative exploration, visual storytelling, photography education, and relationship building resulting in a one of a kind photography workshop experience offered nowhere else in the world.

Safe and Social Distancing Guidelines

In order to keep everyone safe during this workshop, we will be limiting this workshop to 5 people. We will visit establishments that allow for our group size and are adhering to the City of New Orleans’ safe opening practices.


We will learn hands on how to photograph portraits, landscapes, and architecture while learning from the artists that make New Orleans such an amazing and unique city. We will come together in the beautiful City Park with Big Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Tribe to learn the history and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians while learning off camera strobe techniques. We will photograph blues legend Little Freddie King in his impeccable suits, shoes, and guitar at the Bywater corner dive bar, BJ’s. We will have a private portrait session with local jazz legends at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter.


This workshop is designed for ALL LEVELS of Photographers! Attendees are to know how to use their camera, as well as understand basic camera operation including setting f/stops and shutter speeds, and how to download images to your computer. The workshop will provide all models, lighting gear, reflectors, and light modifiers for each grouping. I have a group of amazing assistants with us at all times to help with lighting and reflectors. Unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, the minimum age requirement for this workshop is 21 years of age as of October 23rd, 2020.

This workshop is a full day workshop and the following is covered under your fee: van rental and gas, all meals (light breakfasts, lunch, and dinner), musicians and talent fees, water and snacks all day/night, (water, granola, fruit, healthy options!), door cover for venues and bars.

– Any other expenses such as alcohol, gifts, and camera equipment bought in town are not covered.

– Does not include Room and Board

– Any meals or snacks over the daily budget will be available to purchase by any member and not covered by the workshop.


This workshop takes place in the Greater New Orleans area where we will be visiting and photographing cultural icons of architecture, music, and art. We will visit the French Quarter, City Park, St. Bernard Parish, and the towns of Hopedale and Shell Beach. There will be plenty of walking to get to our destinations and all participants are required to carry their own gear. It is recommended to pack light and bring only what you need. I will have water and snacks with us in the van at all times.


There are many places to stay in New Orleans during this workshop, but I have always found that knowing the proprietor and keeping everyone under one roof is always easier! If you are coming solo or with a friend or group I have a few options for your stay in New Orleans and if you are coming from out of town. These revered bed and breakfasts are actually run and managed by amazing photographers and are located in the heart of the city! Remember no matter where you stay, you always have front step service from me when we go on outings as I will be picking you up in our van!

Blue 60 Guesthouse – http://www.blue60guesthouse.com/ – The Blue60 Guest House is in the beautiful Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. The Marigny offers a large variety of restaurants, small corner cafes with outdoor tables, live music venues, bars, and a world of charm that many tourists rarely get to experience.

Best New Orleans Rentals – http://bestneworleansvacationrentals.com/ – Homes are 3 B/BA and 2 B/BA located in the Bywater, downtown New Orleans.


We have two local camera shops in the area; Bennett’s Camera and Lakeside Camera in the nearby suburb of Metairie. Mostly printing service providers, they do have the occasional batteries, tripod, or lens but I wouldn’t count on them having everything you need. Metairie also has Best Buy, Walmart, but you can also get items shipped from Amazon to my studio or your hotel/home.

Digital SLR Camera

– If you have two bodies, bring both!


– Wide (14-24mm) would be great lenses for our swamp photos and landscapes.

– 35mm &  50mm are great for street photography.

–  85mm-200mm & a large aperture of 2.8 or 1.4 are always great for portraits and low lights!


– A solid tripod for portrait photography with a sturdy “quickplate” is recommended.

Laptop and Charger for Editing

Lens Rentals (super wides, fish eyes are fun) Why buy when you can rent from these places!

Extra batteries

– At least 2, plus your chargers

Extra memory cards

Camera Bag Options:

– I would suggest a bag that carries your “travel gear” like a body, two lenses, a speedlight and your tripod.

Travel Insurance

– If you are traveling to this workshop I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover any flight cancellations, gear mishap, and much more.


All cancellations must be done within 90 days to receive a full refund. Within 90 days you have the opportunity to use your credit towards another workshop within the year if space provides. If you can replace someone with your spot, there is 100% refund.



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October 24, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Zack Smith


Zack Smith Photography Studios
4514 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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