Sharjah24: The Xposure International Photography Festival is proud to announce an exciting lineup of workshops for photographers and photography enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced photographer, the festival’s workshops have something for everyone. Led by some of the top photographers and experts in the industry, these workshops will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn new techniques and improve their craft.
This year Xposure is offering an incredible 53 different workshops that will entice and empower those who register, no matter what their interest, profession or level, from smartphone photographers all the way to Directors of Photography (DOPs), there is something for everybody.
Fundamental skills and Software
Roland Pokrywka is offering ‘Introduction To Adobe Lightroom Classic’ and ‘Organizing Photos With Adobe Lightroom Classic’ which will cover organising and editing photos, retouching and creating prints. Learn tips and tricks from a professional photographer and Adobe Lightroom expert. Additionally, he will be hosting ‘The Secret Formula to Photography’ that teaches best camera settings, essential gear, planning shots, finding light, framing techniques and creative approaches. Suitable for beginners and professionals looking to improve their photography skills. Roland will also provide the ‘Essential Photography Techniques’ half-day photography course for beginners and those looking to improve their skills. ‘The Magic of Time’ workshop teaches participants how to use different camera shutter speeds to capture dynamic and unique sports, action photos or even capturing the Milky Way.
From digital to analogue
Robert Irving's ‘Street Photography Skill Set’ workshop teaches about the important genre of street photography, its goals, dynamics, techniques for lighting and composition, behaviour, decisive moment, street portraiture, legal considerations and how it can inform other genres. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the art of street photography and how to improve their own practice. ‘Why is Engagement Important in Photography?’ will teach the concept of engagement and its role in creating better photographs. Strategies for engaging with subjects and environments, understanding human nature, pre-visualizing and slowing down approach. Attendees will learn how to create more meaningful photographs.
Irving will also host ‘Why Shoot Film?’ teaching the differences and benefits of film photography, including the importance of pre-visualizing the intended capture, the concept of the decisive moment, and the added benefits of shooting film like mindfulness. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the art of film photography. Finally in the ‘The Smartphone Photography’ workshop Robert teaches attendees how to take professional-quality photos using their smartphone cameras, covering topics such as maximising camera potential, understanding limitations and developing a sense for composition.
Learning to master your craft for the commercial world
Philip Lee Harvey, a renowned commercial photographer and filmmaker listed in Lürzer’s Archive magazine's Top 200 Advertising Photographers in the World, is offering three workshops to share his experiences and skills with others. In ‘Magazine Assignments To Advertising Campaigns,’ he guides participants through the process of creating impactful images for clients, from concepts and costings to creating photo essays and large-scale advertising campaigns.
In ‘Shooting Video For Photographers And How To Keep Your Own Style,’ he shares his approach to making short films and shows participants how to create storyboards, choose the right equipment, and explain how and when cameras should move. In ‘Lifestyle Photography: Capturing Storytelling Moments,’ he dives into the nuances of lifestyle photography and shows participants how to create successful images, from finding inspiration and selecting the right subjects and backgrounds to working with clients and art directors.
Take your skills to the next level and learn from the world’s very best
Photography enthusiasts have a rare opportunity to join a variety of experienced photographers in a series of workshops that will take their photography skills to the next level. They can learn how to create cyberpunk worlds with Daniel Cheong in ‘Creating Cyberpunk Worlds,’ create dramatic portraits with Joel Grimes in ‘Creating The Dramatic Portrait,’ and capture dynamic landscapes with Albert Dros in ‘Creating Dynamic Landscape Images: From Big Scenes To Small Details.’
Participants can learn the basics of landscape photography with Dany Eid in ‘Introduction To Landscape Photography,’ and improve your picture editing skills with Chris Coe in ‘The Skill of Picture Editing.’ Chris will also be hosting ‘How to Shoot a Personal Project’ which teaches participants how to develop and improve as a photographer by devising and shooting a personal project. During ‘Capturing Moments In Time’ Muhammed Muheisen will guide participants on ethics in photography and the art of capturing meaningful moments.
Participants can discover game-changing tips and tricks with Beno Saradzic in ‘10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Photography,’ conquer your photography fears and get closer to people with Souhayl A in ‘Get Closer To People And Conquer Your Photography Fears,’ and learn the art of visual storytelling with Abir Abdullah in ‘Visual Storytelling.’ Finally, understand the difference between winning images and POY and Pulitzer images with J Tomas Lopez in ‘Xposure 2022 Winning Images Vs POY And Pulitzer Images’ and hear from industry leaders in ‘Photographic Education in the 21st Century’ featuring Douglas Dubler, Muhammed Muheisen, Lars Boering, J. Tomas Lopez.
There will also be workshops sponsored by Sony that are more equipment centred namely, ‘Sony 8k Cinematic Workflow’ with Gerry Blaksley, ‘Level Up With The Sony Fx6’ with Timothy Fare-Matthews, ‘Lighting Your Subject’ with Faisal AlBisher, ‘Introduction To Fine Art Photography’ with Amani AlShaali, and ‘An Introduction To Bird Photography’ with Akhil.
Besides, there will be specially designed workshops for the youngsters visiting Xposure this year and will provide an opportunity for them to make a mark in the photographic world at a young age.
Adding to the incredible opportunities to upgrade one’s skills and understanding, Xposure will also be offering bespoke portfolio reviews conducted by expert professionals to give insight and feedback, as well as a range of focus groups to hone in on valuable subjects and give attendees the chance to get advice directly from the world’s best photographers and industry leaders.
Xposure invites all photographers, regardless of skill level, to come and take part in these workshops, led by some of the top photographers in the industry that will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn new techniques and improve their craft. To not miss out on this opportunity to learn from the best and take one’s photography to the next level, booking is essential as seats are limited. https://workshops.xposure.ae/events Whether looking to improve technical skills, explore new creative possibilities, or simply enjoy the joys of self-expression, the 51 workshops this year at Xposure International Photography Festival have something for everyone.
January 25, 2023 / 2:44 PM
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