Five quick and easy photo tips
1 The best time to shoot outdoors is immediately after sunrise or two hours before sunset, when Dubai is bathed in a ‘golden light’. The higher the sun is in the sky, the harsher the light and the harder it is to take good photographs.
2 If you must shoot during the day, use black and white, which looks best with the harsh contrast of shadows and light.
3 If you’re shooting people in harsh light, put them in the shade but use a shiny surface to reflect light onto the subject.
4 To shoot a portrait, always focus on the eyes to get the clearest image, and position the subject about a third of the way in from the side of the frame – never in the middle.
5 If you’re shooting architecture, always use a tripod to ensure the frame is parallel to the ground.
6 When shooting during sunrise or dusk, set the white balance on your camera to ‘cloudy’ to get a warm glow on your photos.Get startedGear:
Get kitted out with photo gear at the largest branch of Sharaf DG, in Times Square Centre, Al Quoz (04 341 8060), or pick up cheaper gear from Al Falak Electronics in Deira City Centre (04 295 5797).Groups:
Find other photographers by joining Emirates Photography Forum (www.emiratesphotographersforum.com
) or Dubai Weekend Photography (www.tinyurl.com/DubaiWP
Get inspired by checking out the latest exhibitions at The Empty Quarter in DIFC (04 323 1210) or Gulf Photo Plus, in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).Also watch out for:
Slidefest, a quarterly showcase of personal projects from UAE photographers set to music, speech or poetry, followed by a Q&A. For details of the next event, seegulfphotoplus.com