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.
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.
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!
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.