Shoot the City

David Nightingale

Level: Photography - Confident Beginner

Sat, Mar 02, 2013      14:30-21:30
Fri, Mar 08, 2013      09:30-13:00

Shoot the City is a hands-on workshop, designed to teach you the technical and creative skills you need in order to create technically excellent and aesthetically stunning images of Dubai.

On Day 1, we will all meet at the first location and will start with a short briefing session, a discussion covering both the technical and aesthetic skills you'll need for this workshop. 

During this shoot we'll be concentrating on how to create unique and compelling images: images that convey both the scale and detail of the fascinating architecture of this location.

For our second shoot we'll be heading over to the Palm Jumeirah to shoot the sunset, twilight, and the beginning of night, and will concentrate on how to make the most of the available light and how to create images combining both ambient and artificial light.

For our final shoot, from the rooftop bar of the Four Points Sheraton hotel, we will work through a range of techniques you can use to create stunning night shots: how to photograph architecture at night, how to incorporate movement into your images, and how to capture and convey the magic of Dubai at night.

Finally you will have the choice to cap the night with David and the rest of the group at the rooftop bar for a drink or you can opt to be dropped back to your cars at the first location (DIFC).

Please note that the all locations are subject to final confirmation. Since you will be visiting 3 different locations please be prepared that you will spend a considerable amount of time on the road, starting times are accurate but finish time might be slightly altered depending on the traffic situation.

Day 2  will be a critique session and a discussion on what worked for you, what didn't and why it didn't. This is where a lot of the learning is usually sealed. If time permits David will also show you a few post processing tricks.

Who Should Attend
You are familiar with aperture, shutter, ISO and understand how these work together to create a correct exposure.

You shoot in Aperture or Shutter Priority modes and can use the basic features on your digital camera confidently

You would like more opportunities to practice and consolidate what you already know and also to stretch yourself a little further both creatively and technically.

One day and a half workshop. Second day is for critique & review. 

What you should bring
Digital SLR, Tripod, Lenses (Ideally Mid to Zoom Lenses), Memory Cards, Camera Manual.


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Cancellation & Exchange Policy:

  • Before Feb 15, 2013:
    • Exchange: You can exchange your workshop with another GPP2013 workshop subject to availability and it should be the same or a higher value. If the workshop you choose is of a lesser value, then you will only be entitled to 70% of the difference.
    • Refund: You can get a refund of 70% of the workshop value.
  • Between Feb 15 - 25, 2013:
    • Same as above, except you will get only 30% of the workshop value refunded to you.
  • After Feb 25, 2013:
    • Sorry, folks – no refund or exchange after this point.


  • I accept that I can use the images I take during the workshops arranged by Gulf Photo Plus for my personal portfolio and NOT for commercial purposes without a signed model/location release.
  • I agree to provide all the photographs I take during the workshops to the GPP team member at the end of the workshop for:
    • Models, Make up artists and stylists to use in their portfolios and for personal promotional purposes (not commercial sale or use).
    • To Wardrobe providers to use to promote their provided collections
    • To locations to use in promoting their services & venues
    • To gpp to use to promote its services

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  • The organisers of Gulf Photo Plus are diligent in their delivery of a safe workshop and event experience. Organisers, instructors and supervisors of workshop venues (private and public) take all due care in arrangements of the workshops and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of registered Gulf Photo Plus participants, models and volunteers. Participants will be advised of any unusual health and safety requirements at the commencement of workshops and are expected to adhere to these rules.
  • Participation in the workshops is entirely at the participant’s own risk and any right to claim compensation for any accident, injury, loss or damage to self or equipment is waived. In particular participants accept full responsibility for their equipment against loss or theft, and acknowledge that they use the lighting equipment and travel provided by private buses to location shoots at their own risk.
    Students under the age of 18 will be required to bring a letter of consent from their parent/guardian to be presented at time of registration.
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