Photography $5k Challenge · DEDPXL


How often are you lusting after gear like the Nikon D4s? Or how about a Canon 5d3 with an 85mm 1.2 lens?

What could you do photographically with five thousand dollars? In this video from KelbyOne I do everything from buying camera gear, to covering my expenses for a weekend of travel in New York City, to hiring a photo editor to sit down and help me edit my photos down to a new body of work. At the end of the project I have new gear, a great life experience, a new portfolio of work, and plenty of money left over to do it again. This can also be viewed simply as a street portrait workshop as that is the main subject I cover as I meander the streets of NYC.

Do you want the gear or do you want experiences? Jay Maisel says, “If you want to become or more interesting photographer, become a more interesting person.”

I guarantee you that buying new gear doesn’t make you a more interesting person.

You can view this class a few different ways…

Become a member of KelbyOne and watch all of their videos including this one.
Rent the course here.
Purchase the course here.



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. Dave

    This was one of the most open, honest and insightful videos out there. It says so much about what it takes to make a good photography. The section with Stella Kramer was in-CREDIBLE. It’s exactly what 99% of photographers need to be hearing, but which probably only 1% of them are being told right now.

    Kudos Zach, this was truly excellent.

  2. Dave

    make a good photograph*


    too many beers + editing + late = messy posting

    • Zack

      Thumbs up emoji! 🙂