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Bi-Weekly Photography Meetup. Theme: Flash

Venue information:

Our new biweekly venue is The Change Initiative building in Al Barsha. Coming by metro? This video will show you how to head over to the venue from the Sharaf DG station. Traveling from the direction of Internet City? Watch this video. (You can skip ahead 1:20 if you are coming down Sheikh Zayed Road from the direction of Jebel Ali/Abu Dhabi.) Heading down SZR from Dubai? Watch this video if you don't mind paying for Salik, and this one if you want to avoid the toll.
We strongly suggest you scout out the location beforehand if you are unsure about finding it. If you need help, call the EPyC hotline ([masked]), but please note that the event starts at 7 PM sharp, and we may not be able to answer calls after that time.


Is this your first time at one of our biweekly events? Welcome - it's free of charge! For everyone else, we suggest donating a minimum of AED 20 to cover club costs.



18:30 Registration

19:00 Announcements and introduction

19:05 Member showcase (Jahan Ameer)
For this section, members show us 10 to 12 of their best shots, and answer questions about them. Want to try your hand at this in the future? Talk to an organizer.

19:20 Break

19:25 Discussion Topic: Flash (Brian Donegan)
In his presentation, Brian will tell you how to use your flash properly so that you figure out how to do more with your speedlight than press the 'on' button. He will go over controlling exposure, gear on a budget, making on-camera flash work for you, using an off-camera flash, light modifiers, umbrellas, and setting up your session. Have a speedlight? Bring it along. We may also take pictures of you!









20:25 Break

20:30 The Tuesday tip
Ashraf Jandali dispenses advice on how to improve your photographs.

20:45 Photo Competition (Theme: Cityscapes and architecture)
Please send us up to two of your images by email ([masked]) before 7 PM the night before the event. To make our lives easier, please rename the files so that they have your name in them, e.g. Ahmed1.JPG and Ahmed2.JPG. We all vote on who has done the best job, and the winner gets a prize. We will not accept photo submissions on the day. If you don't show up, your photo will also not be eligible for a prize.

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  • Brian D.

    Hi All, As promised, here is a link to download the slides from my presentation.

    Thank you all for attending and your participation. Jahan, that was some truly amazing work ....

    6 · May 8, 2013

    • Nilu

      Hi Desmond , it is

      1 · May 20, 2013

    • Nilu

      Hi Brian,thank you for ur presentation,it was very informative and fun! U ve kind of teaching skills deffinately! I was also one of ur models :))) who was asking u a lot of questions :)) i was wondering if you still have one of my photos and if it is possible to send to me? Thanks in advance,rgds

      May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quick question for Nikon users. Can you point me in the right direction to buy a iPad cable for tethered shooting for the D7100.

    Any help appreciated.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation, fun and informative. Also nice to know Im not the only Nikon guy :)

    May 13, 2013

  • JZ A.

    Dear Members,

    My light graffiti work is now online! that includes light Arabic calligraphy and light painting work, Long exposure technique from DSLR using different lights, No Photoshop editing, straight out of the camera. Enjoy! Please share and give me your feedback! Thanks.

    JZ Aamir

    2 · May 10, 2013

    • JZ A.

      Or Ghost town! will be awesome! At night ... can have lots of opportunities in abandoned place;

      2 · May 11, 2013

    • Jason

      I like ghost town :)

      May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know 10/26 letters of ABC and i was reading sentences there. I did my best to understand. Exposures and multiple exposures on single frame were totally OHT.

    1 · May 8, 2013

    • JZ A.

      Dear Harmine! I apologize for not explaining in detail, I only had 15 mins for the showcase, If it was a training session, I'd definitely explained everything in detail. But I appreciate your feedback, there's alot more to come, stay tuned :D

      May 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dear Jahan, I meant no offense- U were great. It was my second meetup, i didn't expect to understand anything. Brian was also super with his topic and presentation with the topping of humour. I did not understand much but also wasn't bored at all. Thanks. When i recvd a mail from EPyC i was meant to rate it and then comment, I did not know they would be seen by everyone.

      1 · May 8, 2013

  • Nassim A.

    Time well-spent: I was inspired by Jahan and instructed by Brian - many thanks Brian for simplifying those flash concepts and explaining those technical mysteries. Where are your slides??

    1 · May 8, 2013

    • Nitin

      Brian has posted a link to his slides in the comments.

      May 8, 2013

  • Santhosh P.

    Awesome.. i never know FLASH would be made this much easier to part is the tethering. Thankful to you Brian. Jahan...!!! you impressed the way u click. U are Unique man.. You both Rocked. Sincere wishes to the EPyC Team.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Amr

    Brian I always enjoy listening to you speaking about any topic of photography... definitely you did a great job about flashes. BTW a thank you gift was supposed to be given to you yesterday but it was forgotten in someones car!
    Jahan the calligraphy light painting was awesome, very original technique and approach, and I absolutely loved the passion behind it.
    Thanks for the team who made this happen and thank you all for coming...

    3 · May 8, 2013


    Hi Jahan & Brian

    thank you for your effort, Jahan you are rocking, fantastic creations , Brian your presentation was very informative.

    when I use the off camera mode i'm not getting enough out put light( TTL mode)than the camera mount flash, in mount flash always with Manual 1/4, is there any set up change in the flash , camera is in commander mode and flash is in remote mode, I'm using Nikon SB910 /SB900

    Jason/ Brian could you please help me thanks in advance

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was an excellent and informative workshop. I am ready to do some experimenting now. Thanks so much.

    3 · May 8, 2013

  • JZ A.

    Had an amazing time, Thank you all for your feedbacks, this will motivate me to do more ... If you've liked my calligraphic and light painting work .... and would like to know more ... Please visit these following sites .... 500px -
    facebook -
    (like the page to stay updated)
    Behance -

    There will be a mega launch on 10th may on all these websites.

    I'll soon launch a blog site where I'll explain everything in details.

    Stay in touch! Once again, Thank you all and my friends who showed up for the showcase. :D

    3 · May 7, 2013

  • Zaki Q.

    As expected, Brian & Jahan gave great presentations ...
    Jahan, I'm officially a big fan of your light painting & light calligraphy.
    Brian, I admire your passion & enthusiasm towards your presentation, also the tethering was a brilliant idea! Thumbs up!

    P.S. That funny portrait of Amr made my day :D

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Jason

    Thank you all for coming...
    Special thanks for all those who just turned up with their friends...

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Jason

    Would you ask your friend, to meet you at a certain time and place, but just not turn up without informing?
    Think about this... and please change your RSVP if you cannot make it...
    This comment is for all those who said they are coming in the RSVP and did not turn up...
    Please change your status the moment you know you cannot make it... it only takes a click of a button... :)

    May 7, 2013

  • Clark

    Hi everyone is anyone coming from the Marina/JBR/JLT? If so if we could meet at 6 pm and go together, that'd be great. Would you very kindly leave your number and I'll call you to make arrangements? Thank you!

    May 7, 2013

    • Desmond L.

      I dont come from any of those areas but I could pick you after 1800 hrs. [masked]

      May 7, 2013

  • Desmond L.

    Hi Nitin / Amr/ Jason,

    The location details are not changed, the older one still exists (above). Just that people wont get confused.

    May 7, 2013

  • Amr

    Please send us your entries of up to two images about Cityscapes and Architecture by email ([masked]) before the end of Today. And please rename the files so that they have your name in them.

    May 6, 2013

  • PR K.

    Would like to attend along with my friend

    May 5, 2013

  • Nitin

    Hey everyone!
    We have a new venue, so make sure you read the directions at the top, and refer to the map if necessary.
    Also, from now on, we are taking in competition entries by email, so be sure to send in your entries by May 6.

    May 3, 2013

  • Sungjae L.

    Much expectation for my first attend to EPyC

    April 23, 2013

    • Zaki Q.

      Sungjae, you're in for a treat! ;)

      1 · April 24, 2013

    • Nassim A.

      It is a great group! Lots of advanced skill yet beginners are welcomed: if you're advanced you won't be bored and if you're a beginner you will be taken care of.

      1 · April 27, 2013

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