The first assignments had you out looking for specific things. This one requires you, as the photographer, to do something specific. Get. Low. Don’t forget line and form and shape and pattern and light and shadow and all of that! Get on your back. Get on your belly. Stoop low. Get your kids involved.

This is all about getting low. Don’t just put your camera on the table. Get on the floor. Get on the ground. Take a new look at things from a low level. GET. LOW. You don’t have to just shoot UP at something. You can shoot toward something from a low level. Seriously, if you have kids this is a fun one to get them involved with.

I’m changing the dates for this assignment from what you see in the video above due to connectivity issues I’ve had on the road. This assignment is open from June 25th to July 8th 2014. This is for NEW work and NEW work only. Make sure the clock on your camera is set correctly! Get the hell out of your archives and go shoot some fresh new photographs. If you upload old photos for this assignment you are just showing the world that you are a dumb ass. Don’t be a dumb ass. NEW WORK ONLY!

Share your work with us via the DEDPXL communities on FlickrGoogle+, or 500px. If you share on 500px please be sure to hashtag  your photos DEDPXL04.

I’ll add a few sample photos once I get back into the studio this week. I’ve got a really, really, really full plate this week.

Any questions? Let me know!


Zack Arias

A full time commercial and editorial photographer, Zack shoots everything from bands to CEOs to ad campaigns. A gifted teacher and communicator, he has an uncanny ability to meet and connect with all types of people.

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  1. JP Manninen

    Ahh this is a fun assignment and also one that makes you think! It’s like shooting with a wide angle lens–everything looks super interesting at first, no matter what you shoot, but after a while you realize that there’s gotta be more to a picture than just an unusual angle or it can become gimmicky real fast.

  2. Simon

    Window or the wall 😉

  3. Joshua Pomales

    Any ETA on when you might be doing the critique for assignment 3? Thanks in advance.

  4. Jenny Mack

    Welp, I broke down and signed up for a flickr account; that seems to be where the action is.

  5. Jessica Mironov

    I just watched the video and I can’t believe that no one has commented on how awesome it is! Such a well put together, humorous, insightful yet informative piece. Loved it. Loved it!

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go get low.

    • Paetroz

      “Low, low, low.” – R.E.M.

  6. Erik Boomer

    Hey I just shot some photos that I would like to submit but my cameras clock is screwed, it says it is december but the shots are clearly summer. Any way to work around that?


  7. jt

    Hey Zack, do you mind sharing the soundtrack name?

  8. Lars

    Hi Zack,

    I recently moved from point & shoot cameras to X-T1. I am learning a lot from your blog, thank you for providing it. I signed up on Flickr, but I’m not sure I’m ready to participate in the assignment just yet, we’ll see.

    I noticed in the video that you are shooting with the new 18-135 – how do you like it so far? I picked mine up today.


    • Zack

      Mmmmm. I don’t have the 18-135. I have the 10-24.


  9. adam

    i wonder what the next assignment will be? we’ve had lines, shapes/patterns, shadows, and get low.

    the smart money would be on get high – i could see some wonderful stuff coming out of that if taken literally – but I’m think young mr arias might have a curveball in his repertoire.

    so my guess is – 99.9% wrong most likely – motion.

    anyone else have any ideas?