Bi-Weekly Photography Meetup. Theme: Travel Photography

We would like to thank our new hosts, The Shelter, for offering us place to hold our biweekly meetings. The Shelter is located in Al Quoz's Alserkal Avenue, where parking is free. If you're making your way there by public transport, you can take bus 12 from the First Gulf Bank station.

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 10 to cover club costs.

Agenda (provisional):

19:00 Announcements

19:15 Discussion topic: Travel Photography (Guest speaker: Catalin Marin)
Catalin Marin is an award-winning commercial and corporate photographer based in Dubai, specializing in architectural and interior photography as well as corporate and environmental portraits. He also run a popular travel photography blog Momentary Awe, which has been awarded Best Asian & Oceanian Photoblog in 2011, and was designated by Photoblog Awards as one of the Top 20 photoblogs in the world in 2012.
His talk will focus on what it means to be a travel photographer, adapting to local cultures as you travel, getting to know the people you photograph, and minimizing the amount of gear you carry with you in order to focus more on taking better images than on changing lenses.

19:45 Break

20:00 Member showcase (Jason Dalmeida)
For this section, members bring 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.
Jason will also be making a special announcement, that will particularly interest beginners!

20:15 Critique
Do you feel something is off with a picture you took, even though you can't tell what? Bring along the image, and our members will give you their suggestions on what you can improve. Constructive criticism is one of the best ways of improving your work!

20:30 Theme picture competition: Portrait
Bring up to three submissions on a USB flash drive - sorry, no email entries. To make our lives easier, please rename the files so that they have your name in them, e.g. Ahmed1.JPG, Ahmed2.JPG and Ahmed3.JPG. We all vote on who has done the best job, and the winner gets a prize.

20:45 Photographing automobiles (Brian Donegan)
Last but by no means least, Brian will be talking to all of us about how he photographs cars commercially! We're only leaving him to the end so you have time to ask him as many questions as you'd like.

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  • Chetan

    Hi. Took the liberty of taking notes. Sharing below tips by Catalin.

    10 Tips for Travel Photography:
    1. Set a goal before you travel
    2. Travel at the right time of the year
    3. Research, research and then research some more
    4. Bring the right gear
    5. Tap into local knowledge
    6. Find a unique take on a common subject
    7. Be patient (and don't talk too loud)
    8. Respect local culture
    9. Improvise
    10. Arrive before the tourists and leave after them

    February 17, 2013

  • Avijit

    "If I don't get some shelter
    Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away
    Gimme, gimme shelter
    Or I'm gonna fade away" - Rolling Stones

    4 · February 14, 2013

  • Yasser K.

    Thanks guys it was nice meetup and thanks Catalina and Brian for the information.
    Suggestion: main presentation (meeting subject) should be 1 hour thin break thin show case and end by the competition votes.
    Also more social is required, people who may like to meetup in any caffe shop (time square mall is next door) for socializing and talk more photography.

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Chetan

    Very apt session considering the fact that most of us getted bitten by the photography bug whilst planning a holiday. Great inputs and tips!!

    February 13, 2013

  • Chetan

    Appreciate the talk by Catalin. Supreme effort in organising the talk. Just an observation - felt there were many things discussed in a single evening. Brian's presentation was nice and I would have liked for it to be more elaborate (and I assume so would have Brian).
    I am truly enjoying the energy in the group and recommend everyone prepare a showcase!

    February 12, 2013

    • Jason

      Yes I agree we should space out the presentations.

      February 13, 2013

  • Timmy Sam T.

    Was a fun meet up. Cataline's presentation was amazing. Ever picture was truly an awe to look at. Great tips too. Jaison's showcase was good. Though he was quiet, his pictures spoke a lot. Brian's pics very outstanding. Ideas was very unique. But some credit goes to those amazing cars too. Hope we could get a chance to take pics of such an exquisite garage. Congrats Raju on the portrait competition. Mindblowing pic. Thanks to the organisers for putting together such a fun meetup.

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Aman W.

    gone down with a bad back .. :(

    February 12, 2013

    • Jason

      We would have reserved the couch for you... :) hope you get well soon...

      February 13, 2013

  • JZ A.

    Apologies to bringing that up again, but I do agree with Rajesh Pinglé's comments, But I think instead of a sticker which may or may not be allowed by the RTA, we should at least have a Play card (The Epyc Logo on Display) with Organizers, So we can easily find them at the meeting point and the new comers will not hesitate to introduce themselves. Some people hesitate to ask strangers whether they're from the Epyc group. 2nd Suggestion is during the 1st meetup for the new comers, It would be better to have them introduced to the rest of the group, I've noticed many people were standing alone because they didn't know anyone around there. Most of the new comers may not be the conversation starters but they might open up if given a chance. Thank you!
    Jahan.

    February 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Jahan, you will see a dramatic improvement in the next meetup. Infact we also choose challenging locations to click hence there are elements of confusion. We tried the flag thing once and it was tried by the tallest man in the group, yet we had people struggling to find us, especially when the members start moving around. Then again we have to keep reinventing to better ourselves.

      February 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Introduction should be fun... I am up for it... Zaki how about a funny questionaire for the new comers... :)

      February 13, 2013

  • Shellei G.

    it was gud! hope more on travel photography talk!

    February 13, 2013

    • Jason

      And I am sure you will find your way for the next meetup... :)

      February 13, 2013

  • Raju S.

    Dear All, thanks for voting my picture last night. This will be the most cherished picture. It was a pleasure learning and sharing experience with like minded people and the tips which were shared will definitely enhance all our skills. Thanks once again EPyC and its organizers for everything. Looking forward for the next session and meet up.

    1 · February 13, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Q.

      Was a great portrait & fully deserved it ... Hopefully Jason will take notice & improve

      1 · February 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Zaki! This is a public forum and there are certain slangs I will not use here. Meet me in person... :) Never the less your feedback has been recorded and I will improve...

      February 13, 2013

  • ASHRAFKA

    if he can explain the details of the picture like. aperture, speed, lens etc, so we can get more ideas about the picture

    February 13, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Q.

      Hi Ashraf ... I understand your comment, however, when it comes to Pro photographers, they have their secrets, their style, techniques, those are things that make them stand out. So don't expect much from them when it comes to sharing knowledge as they believe they have an edge & would prefer to keep it. Cheers!
      If you were a master at something, you wouldn't want competition on it ;)

      February 13, 2013

    • Jason

      I would like to add... most pictures are simply great because of the effort put in reaching the spot, knowing the limits of their equipment and improvising. Also when we talk about a specific setting, it is not necessary that the same setting applies under every situation. In landscape lighting will vary with time, location and even angle. Knowing the camera is paramount, and with practise you may create an image of your own style which even pro photographers were not able to create. Photography is more an art than a science

      February 13, 2013

  • Brian D.

    Hey all, thanks a lot for your kind comments and I too had a great time. Catalin was an inspiration to say the least and the cog wheels are already turning in my head... As I had quite the rushed session, please reach out to me if any of you'll are further interested in what I presented and discussed. As mentioned in my slide you can find me at Google Plus: brian.donegan
    Twitter : @briandonegan

    Cheers and looking forward to seeing you all at the next one.

    3 · February 13, 2013

  • Jason

    To everyone...
    Thank you for coming...
    The official numbers are out...

    This meetup was the biggest meetup ever organised by EPyC...

    I am really worried if the chip wood structure of the Shelter can resist the high octane energy of great photographers (of the near future) ...

    Then again there is only one way to find out... we have attract more people... :)

    I think all our future meets should be marketed with a bold disclaimer... NOT for the faint hearted, or people with heart disorders and High Blood Pressure... :)

    February 13, 2013

  • Rajesh P.

    Excellent, great Meetup. I came late so missed much of the wonderful beginning. Catalin & Brian were superb. And Jason's showcase was incredible. I loved the way it concluded. Really want to learn how he did it. Million thanks to Shelter, too. Ahsan, really I want to echo your words.... only one photo per person should be permitted.

    February 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Thank You Rajesh... we try our best every time we organize an event.

      Regarding the photo per person...

      In a way it is a good thing to have more than one photo per person up for the competition, this way the photographer also learns what appeals the masses.

      On the other hand, since time is limited, having more than one photo per person eats away a lot our time. Though we love to spend more time viewing and seeing everyone's contribution, we have to respect our constrains.

      Also even as organizers we really do not know the actual number of attendees, until the event is past the half way mark. Hence it is difficult to judge the number of pictures we should accept.

      Nevertheless, it will be good to have general consensus from all who attended the meet.

      To all the Members.
      Please comment below, if you feel that we should allow 1, 2 or 3 photo per participant for the competition...

      1 · February 13, 2013

  • Shellei G.

    hi whats the nearest landmark of the venue Shelter?

    February 12, 2013

    • Jason

      Call me on 0566824600. It is near the home center logistics in al quoz 1

      February 12, 2013

    • Rajesh P.

      Nearest un-missable landmark would be Times Square (approx. 1KM away, but very easy to get to Shelter from there)

      February 13, 2013

  • lewis

    meetup was great!

    February 13, 2013

  • Ahsan K.

    Again a great meetup, both catalin anf brain excellently presented their work. Also great showcase by Jason. My suggestions that for competition the photo should be reduced to 1 per person, as many are participating now and it takes lot of time to vote.

    2 · February 12, 2013

  • Raymund

    missed out on this one too. was supposed to go but 4 taxis i flagged did not know where theshelter was. will go there next week with a map on me hands.

    February 12, 2013

  • Jaideep

    Last minute work issue. So won't be making it. And travel photography is something that I was so looking forward to discuss / share / learn.

    February 12, 2013

  • Prashant B.

    Stuck at work, raincheck. Sorry

    February 12, 2013

  • Haresh D.

    Hey guys, there have been some preponned deadlines at work. Cant confirm if i cud make it. Although will try as am looking fwd for it.

    February 12, 2013

  • Peter S.

    sorry guys, work intervened!!! was very much looking forward to meeting you all. Next time!!!

    February 12, 2013

  • Nitin

    We have a packed schedule and The Shelter closes at 9, so we will start at 7 sharp tonight. Plan accordingly!

    Be sure to rename any images and include your name, as this will save us valuable time.

    February 12, 2013

  • Nader B.

    I'm new and this will be the first time to attend.
    I love travelling and I've in many places over the world, the Photography is one of my main hobby.
    I have some photos as a start uploaded to
    https://picasaweb.google.com/111640825647370606735/FavouriteShoots
    I wish to improve my skills...

    February 11, 2013

    • Nader B.

      Thank you so much

      February 11, 2013

    • ASHRAFKA

      good shots

      February 12, 2013

  • Amr

    Remember to bring your photos for the critique session and for the theme pic competition "Portraits". Bring one photo for critique and up to three submissions for the theme pic on a USB flash drive, please rename the files so that they have your name in them

    February 12, 2013

  • Nader B.

    I was planning to attend for the first time,, but some other work issue come up just now..

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am driving from garhoud at 630, if anyone interested a pick

    February 12, 2013

  • mital d.

    hi anyone from sharjah? i want to come with them please call me on[masked]

    February 11, 2013

  • Raymund

    i be attending!

    February 11, 2013

  • Jason

    anyone coming by metro. I will be waiting at the First Gulf Station... I will reach the station at 6 25 pm and leave by 6 40 pm...
    I will be parked just outside the door of the station on the Dubai Gold and diamond park side...
    Call[masked] to reach me...

    February 10, 2013

  • JZ A.

    Thx for pulling me outta waiting list ... Phioo! looking forward to it :D

    February 10, 2013

  • Amr

    Don't forget to bring your entries to this week's competition "Portraits". Bring up to three submissions on a USB flash drive, please rename the files so that they have your name in them

    February 10, 2013

  • Nitin

    Need a ride? Or can you offer a lift? Leave a comment here with your phone number and location.

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • mital d.

      yes i need a ride. i am staying ar sharjah and i want to attend this event so please help me.

      February 7, 2013

    • Peter S.

      I'll be coming from Marina if anyone needs a lift

      February 8, 2013

  • Zahid F.

    Nitin / Amr / Jason / Shabnam: I want to showcase my few clicks, will take approx 15 minutes?

    February 6, 2013

    • Amr

      Hi Farooq, I am really sorry but this weeks agenda is already full... Would you like me to reserve 15min for your showcase on the 26th?

      February 7, 2013

    • Zahid F.

      Sure Amr, that would be great; i'll get more time to prepare... :)... Ashraf .. :D didn't forget your name... it is ASHRAF MUNIB JANDALI... am I right... :)

      February 7, 2013

  • Shellei G.

    hi apologies didnt see the map is posted my bad! :)
    and the topic is gud for the upcoming meet up! thanks

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Shellei G.

    is there a map to the venue?

    February 6, 2013

  • Zahid F.

    Nitin / Amr / Jason / Shabnam: I want to showcase few images, will take approx 15-20 minutes? Once confirmed I ll start working on presentation... :)

    February 6, 2013

    • Nitin

      Farooq, we'd love for you to speak. Jason will be giving next week's showcase so he can lead in to a big announcement (watch this space) but I believe the 26th is open!

      1 · February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure sounds like a fun session. Pity I am not in town. Hope to make the next one.

    January 30, 2013

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