Settle in….lots of words and photos below.
I’m back, and recovered (more or less) from Gulf Photo Plus PhotoWeek 2013 in Dubai — and I have to say that I’m still feeling the afterglow! Never mind that Dubai is a truly amazing city. And never mind that you can have some magical experiences there. This annual photography event is really like no other.
EDIT: Start here, with the Shootout Video from GPP:
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Hit the link below for the full writeup and about a hundred photos. Click here for more!
My experience in Dubai last November was definitely enlivened by the presence of Frank Doorhof, the Dutch fashion photographer who was one of my co-instructors at GPP FotoWeekend.
Frank is well-known from his many appearances at photography functions around the world as well as his Kelby Training and other online tutorials. He grabbed me one morning before my class started and we chatted for a few minutes. The video below is 75 minutes long and is a full-on documentary of Frank’s GPP experience — well worth watching but if you just want to see me gasping for words for 10 minutes or so, skip ahead to about the 14-minute mark.
Further on in the video are segments with Tony Corbell, Brook Shaden, and David Nightingale, all very much worth watching!
I’m truly honored (and a bit awe-struck, actually) to have been invited back to Dubai for the annual GPP Photoweek 2013, which takes place March 1st through 8th. If you’re not familiar with this event, then I strongly urge you to hit the link and check it out — this is really a one-of-a-kind event.
I was thrilled to have taught 2 workshops with GPP in November (see student work, below), and we’ll be doing much of the same in March. Three workshops, two days each, covering basic-to-intermediate Interiors, and Advanced Interiors/Lifestyle. GPP does the best workshop production of anyone I’ve seen – my seminars in November were incredibly well-supported, and it really made a difference in the quality of the experience. PhotoWeek is their major annual event, and I’m completely stoked to be taking part in it. After my positive experience in November, I’m full of ideas for making the March workshops even better!
Given Dubai’s proximity to OZ, I think this is a no-brainer for Aussies, and it’s a pretty short flight from anywhere in Europe, too. And of course if you’re in the Gulf States or the Middle East overall…..be happy. This is in your back yard!
And don’t limit yourself to Interiors. The instructor list is as good as it gets, and on my day off I’m going to be hard-pressed to pick which of the other workshops I want to crash (we’re allowed to do that, which is an enormous perk. Hmmmmm…….). Again: these workshops are NOT fluff. GPP goes out of it’s way to ensure that the instructors are actually good at teaching, and that the material is worthwhile. There are very few opportunities to spend two or three days with the likes of Greg Heisler, Joe McNally, and David Hobby, not to mention Bobbi Lane, David Nightingale, Peter Hurley, Lindsay Adler, Zach Arias, Eduardo Angel, David Burnett, and John Keatley.
You can read a write-up of my GPP Photoweekend 2012 HERE. David Hobby’s excellent post about PhotoWeek 2013 is HERE. And below are a few student photos from November – these folks rocked it!
I spent the first week of November teaching 4 days’ worth of workshops with Gulf Photo Plus, in Dubai (or, as one person I met calls it, “Du-bizzle”). I posted some behind-the-scenes shots a few days ago.
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Full write-up, more photos, including student photos, after the jump!
I’m wrapping up a four-day set of workshops with the wonderful people at Gulf Photo Plus. We’ve shot two large show villas in Abu Dhabi, three hotel rooms in Dubai, and the Russian Tea Room at the Marina Byblos Hotel. Tomorrow: more Russian Tea Room shots, but with models posing as customers/waitstaff, as well as the Korean Karaoke Bar down the hall.
All photos by Tonya Colson,who’s been assisting me, keeping time, handing me a steady stream of water bottles, chauffuering me around Dubai, fetching coffee, and then reminding me of where I left my coffee, all week. In addition to her real duties as a photo assistant.
Full write-up and more photos after I get home and get some sleep.
I’ll be teaching 4 days of workshops at the Gulf Photo Plus ‘PhotoWeekend 2012’ event November 7th – 10th, in Internet City, Dubai, UAE.
It happens to be conveniently located midway between Oz and Europe, for what it’s worth…and I know there are a few folks who read my blog from countries in and around the Arabian Peninsula, so hopefully this is of interest to someone!
We’re scheduled for 2 days of “Intermediate”, which will be a variation on my usual Real Estate Photography workshop, with a little extra thrown in. Then there’s a 2-day course that is more in-depth, and throws a little lifestyle photography in, just for fun.
A word of warning: I’m going to be working the Advanced class pretty hard. We’ll be shooting long hours, and hitting twilight exteriors, too. And you’ll be up late doing post-production on your images so they’re ready for the group critique. The way I look at it, if I’m gonna fly 15 friggin’ hours to be there, we’re gonna get some work done. Heh.
GPP has never done an interiors/arch workshop before, so this is kind of a test case, to see how much interest there is. Hopefully there are a few Emiratis who are interested in something other than the usual skinny-babe-in-stripper-heels workshops. Although to be fair, my fellow instructors at this event are pretty amazing. Certainly David Nightingale and Brooke Shaden do NOT shoot clichès!
Hit any of the links above for more info.