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A Thousand Words of an Image Barry Morgan

A Testament for the Passion Raul Gabat

Underwater Photography: Prints of a World Unknown David Thiesset

A Scribe in Time Charles Verghese

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FullFrame is a Photography magazine not just for photo enthusiasts but for those who have taste for art, beauty and creativity. It is designed to take a deeper look into photography’s history, influence and modern agenda. With undying passion, the team behind this publication is taking photography in a different ground and hoping one day to rest the art and craft into its rightful place among the pedestal. Indeed, an impact is what we seek that would also encourage society to look unto the glamorous and not so superficial side of photography – an irony that lures the curious mind. This editorial is intended to demystify the use of modern equipment in photography by emphasizing practical use of the camera in the field, highlighting both the method rather than the technical. It has been conceptualized to stimulate the photo enthusiasts to enhance their recreational enjoyment through photography and to satisfy their needs as amateur and professional photographers.

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They say 9 is a lucky number, and yes we agree to that! This 9th issue of our beloved magazine is serving as a charm to our team as we have further established our rapport to our audience and to the photography industry as well. We have overcome hardships and move forward, better and more passionate on what we do. The fact that we are catering for our avid readers is more than enough for us to stand firm in our objectives and move beyond our limit.

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Before the winter curtain completely shuts down, we take advantage of this perfect weather where the gentle cold breeze welcomes the warm ray of sunlight in the Middle East. Outdoor activities are abundant and sports events are visible, left and right. No better timing could have given us the chance to build on a concept surrounding Sports Photography. And as one of our featured photographers inside said, “The thrill and excitement, happiness and grief, fear and confidence from sports events can never be duplicated in any other stance”, we take emphasis of how unique and alluring Sports Photography can be and hopefully let everyone learn a thing or two from the very best.

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A Thousand Words of an Image Barry Morgan

A Testament for the Passion Raul Gabat

In this issue, we proudly present the most defying production ever assembled by our team. Witness the making of our cover page and get the exclusive stories and behind the scene pictures from developing the concept, coordinating with role players and sponsors and until the very last minute challenges our very own Reyam Al Banna of The Moments Photography have faced on doing the shoot. Take a deeper look at American Football as one of our guests photographer Wassim Beydoun charges heads on the EAFL Tournament. And be thrilled with the amazing sports photographs our chosen professionals have prepared for us with their inspiring stories as well. Nevertheless, we can say that this issue will always be one of the best of our collection as we have poured all what we can offer just to satisfy the needs of our beloved viewers.

Underwater Photography: Prints of a World Unknown David Thiesset

A Scribe in Time Charles Verghese

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Enjoy flicking on the next pages of FFM’s Sports Photography issue and celebrate with us on our triumph over the obstacles along the way. As always we hope that with our 9th issue of the magazine, our team continues to serve as an instrument to keep our photographers passion intact. On behalf of FullFrame Team, we express our greatest gratitude to everyone who contributed for this issue and for everyone’s undying encouragement.

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10 Cover Story Article 14 Featured David Thiesset 19 Review Wassim Beydoun Session 20 Photo Wassim Beydoun

26 Tareq Al Hamrani / Chito Pachica 30 Iconic Photos 32 Techniques Enjo Mathew On Focus

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Behind The Lens Raul Gabat of Focus 38 Depth Jorge Ferrari

46 Tips Maneef M. Koya 48 News 49 Upcoming Events the Frame 50 On Barry Morgan

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Depth Of Focus Jorge Ferrari

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Role Reversal Rocky Gathercole

Featured Article

Iconic Photos

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The Artist

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Cover Story


COVER STORY | Reyam Al Banna

Defying the Expectations

As exhilarating as our theme is for this issue, FullFrame Team couldn’t allow doing it less than what is expected and bring up the biggest collaboration for our most enormous production set ever. We have arranged something more challenging than having a normal set up for our cover page and pushes ourselves beyond our limit and tested something that have not done so far. Normally, having expressive production set puts a much stress and thrill for our cover shoots, however this time we wanted something that will test our substantial limit as well since our issue is regarding mostly on physical activities as sports photography requires. Covering a football might not be a big of a deal, but putting a twist of actually doing it underwater is something we dare to defy. Even right before the theme for this issue could have been decided, our Art Director had already envisioned long ago the perfect image that would go for this concept. No need for debates and long discussions and as soon as Chris Lleses lays it out to the team, everyone felt the intensity and impact it will create. A long time friend of FullFrame Team emerges as the unanimous choice to do the assignment for us and the first step to our journey is to connect with the very talented and soft spoken, Mr. Reyam Al Banna of The Moments AE Studio LLC. Being one of the founders of the respective company that caters Commercial Photography & Cinemagraphy service in the region and being a scuba diving instructor with 14 international scuba diving licenses under his belt, we believe that Reyam is the only person that could pull this off. Having him on board with the project was an easy task to overcome. Reyam had showed great intensity with the project and had played big role as well in conceptualizing and organizing the shoot. With our restless leader and Project Manager, Ms. Paz Calaguian, our team march on to countless days of preparations and arrangements. Next for us is to reach out to the proper organizations that would be aiding us to achieve our motive. Location is one of the most crucial parts for the success of this shoot and with all thanks to Mr. Mario Tapales, PADI’s Course Director and Training Manager of Al Boom Diving Atlantis, we have settled for a perfect location. Knowing much the risk and challenges we are about to face, our team became very cautious in arranging for the right cast. Being a model and good looking is just one thing, but having a talent and courage to bring it up a little higher is what we will be needing the most. Zafar Ahmad was an easy choice for us to be one of the models in the shoot and brought him to Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl to test if he can step up to the challenge.

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COVER STORY | Reyam Al Banna

BTS from the cover shoot Days before the shoot, our team reached out to Intersports - Dubai Festival City as well to help us with the dresses and accessories for the shoot. We believe that is very important for us to connect with the right provider of sports equipment for our shoot and no better else could help us with it but Intersports itself. Mr. Shoaib Pervez became our contact and arranged everything we have needed for the shoot. From player jerseys, shoes, accessories until the goal post and ball, Intersports have provided us their very best brands and products. Photography Equipments plays vital role also for fulfilling our objective. Underwater photography requires more than the usual equipment in normal photography. Anticipating that lighting will be much of a burden to compensate with. Reyam arrange with Hensel Lights UAE to provide us with the strobes to be used. We also choose to go with Ewa-Marine underwater housing to be used for the shoot and understand that it can do the job. At last the most awaited day had come, March 30, 2013, our team stormed into Atlantis, feeling excited with our project. With the aide of Mr. Mario’s group of diving experts we have set the goal underwater in no time. We bring along also Ms. Ivy Kep Peralta to assist us with the models’ waterproof make ups and must thank her for bringing the incredible Model Yosef Ibrahim Al Chaer. We are really glad that he rise up to the challenge and must admit that he saved our day. Reyam’s most trusted team composed of Mohammed Salem, Mohammed Idrise and Afra Ali also came along for the shoot and really was a great help in setting up everything. Again necessary preparations took place before actually doing the shoot. Studying the equipments, understanding the requirements and direction for the models and cast were all arranged as well before going for the dip. Safety measures and procedures were taken care of before we go for our very first test shoot. However, sooner than later we have met with our first obstacle along the way. We noticed of the lights are not working since radio waves unfortunately don’t travel through water. Time is running out for us and we couldn’t afford setting up for another day so we quickly made some corrections and adjustments to our initial set up. Our photographer changes his equipment from Canon 5D Mark II to Canon 5D Mark III to compensate with the lack of lightings and the goal was shifted to the other side to catch lighting from the sun. The models also faced new difficulties in the shoot as we did it in a 3 meter high pool which is filled with salt water. Since it is practically sea water, buoyancy is greater than expected and diving underwater was harsh for the talents. We have to add up weights to pull them down underwater which extremely made it harder for them to move. Gladly, all changes work for us and even with hardships along the way, we made it back to track. After several hours of exhausting takes and set ups, finally the shoot had ended. As soon as our last man came up from the pool, and with him are the pictures that we are all been waiting for, we feel the anxiety and worries if we have done well. Now that the camera is on our hand there is only one way to find out how we have fared. From the very first image that have greeted us, a big smile has been curved from each and everyone of us who challenged ourselves on this production. It was a total success for our side as we can say that every captured image replenished our body and have ultimately achieved our objective. Now what is left is to prepare them to meet the quality of our magazine and printing. We brought our top picked images to our photo editor, Jan Michael Vincent Castillo, and as always he never fails to meet our standards. It is a big must in our part to acknowledge Michael for his commendable work on bringing more emphasis and details on every image. His talent is undeniable and can bring any great images to extraordinary ones. Now everything is set, so from FullFrame Team and the many friends that we have made within this production, we are proud to present you all, our cover page for FullFrame Photography Magazine 9th Issue Sports Photography. Enjoy and continue on supporting us.


“Covering a football might not be a big of a deal, but putting a twist of actually doing it underwater us something we dare to defy. “

“Covering a football might not be a big of a deal, but putting a twist of actually doing it underwater us something we dare to defy. “


FEATURED ARTICLE | David Thiesset

Underwater Photography: Prints of a World Unknown DAVID THIESSET

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To gaze into the depths of the sea is like beholding the vast unknown. Nobody really knows what to expect under and what is to see. As far as all we know, Gaia is being constituted by water as a majority and Poseidon was very secretive of what treasure he lies under. David Thiesset has always been passionate with underwater sports especially scuba diving and he had visited a lot of depths of the sea already around the world. But for him, it is not enough to narrate the whole experience of the underwater expedition by just mere words so he had incorporated his passion with photography to depict the wonders of the sea. As a photographer he likes to get his pictures spot on in the shot and try to limit editing and Photoshop as he likes his pictures as natural as possible. He enjoys the challenge set by photography and gets a lot of pleasure out of it. He has a great deal of experience on doing Sports Photography and had covered events such as the Parachute World Championship Dubai and the Dunlop 24 Hours Challenge Dubai and has gradually expanding his craft to other disciplines such as Landscape Photography and others. For him, it is always great to be able to do something you are really passionate about and tying it up with his favorite past time, diving, nothing else in this world could compare with the excitement he gets from doing it.

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FEATURED ARTICLE | David Thiesset

Q: Others do fashion photography, others do street photography, from all of these disciplines practiced in photography, what is it with underwater photography that made you decided to pay more attention to it?

take snaps of what my eyes have been seeing and the results from this expedition garners a lot of pleasant feedbacks so I decided to do more and polish my craft.

A: The underwater flora and fauna keeps on inviting me to visit the underwater world and the unique shapes and colors that only from the depth of the sea where only few could gaze upon are what makes diving for me a very appealing recreation. For me it wasn’t enough that I could share the underwater experience with just mere words. I had to do something to paint the wonder I witnessed under the depths of the sea so I had to tap on one of my early hobbies that I haven’t been doing for so long already. I bought a point-and-shoot camera and a waterproof case and started to

Q: Before someone can go and do underwater photography what are the necessary requirements one must have first before doing the dive? A: I think it is a must that one has to be very skilled in diving first before doing underwater photography. There is a big difference in doing just dives and doing dives and taking pictures at the same time. For me, photography background is not much of an essential as I have started with a very little knowledge about it when I have decided to do shoot underwater. Of


lastly have my diving buddies ready too. Like I said diving is a fun sports but could be dangerous as well, so preparations are needed to be absolute and bringing the people you trust the most like Erika Rasmussen and my other diving buddies makes the experience more comfortable and fun for me. When it comes to my photography equipments, I take a lot of time in arranging it and checking if everything is set properly and secured. You never wanted to have your equipment flooded when you go for dive so I tend to be very cautious about my gear before dipping in the water. Q: During dives, what things should you consider to get a good shot? A: For me photography is always about having a good eye to spot great composition. Before I take a snap on my subject the first thing that goes through my mind are focus and lighting. It’s the same thing when I do underwater photography; I get close to my subject, mind my balance and buoyancy, and then have my focus point and strobe positioned. You have to be careful with your environment as well as there are things underwater that you have to be wary about also. Q: After the dive can you narrate the things you do specially about the camera and equipments? A: Straight after the dive you have to rinse the camera case in fresh water and when you get home it is a good idea to soak it for a couple of hour in water, I always leaves it overnight. It then has to be dried and cleaned. Before opening the case, I make sure that there is no water that can go to my equipments. Only after then can I take look of the pictures.

course it is an added factor if you have good experience with photography already so that you know what to do with the camera once you are in the depth of the sea already but mostly the rules of photography on land is being tweaked a little when you are underwater. You need to be a PADI certified open water diver or the equivalent in another certifying organization also before you can go for a dive. Diving is a very fun sports but it can also be very dangerous so the best advice is to have a few dives under your belt to be confident underwater and have your buoyancy under control before you start practicing with your underwater camera equipments. Q: Are there any tools needed to settle first before going for underwater photography? A: Besides from the gears for scuba diving, any basic camera and waterproof camera housing would do the job. I started with a Sony Cybershot DSC – T20 and a Sony Marine Pack Housing only and just later on advances with better equipments. Once I have manage to be more familiar with the craft I decided to upgrade myself with more professional equipment and now brings with me on every dive a Canon EOS 500d dslr with an Ikelite housing and added more ports so I can have different lenses on too. Besides from some macro lenses I have in bag, I also own a Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X DX Fisheye that has been very fabulous and has been with me on most of my shoots. Having strobe lights are very good to have too cause it really requires efficient lighting to have good photos especially underwater. I have two strobes, an Ikelite DS161 and DS51 Strobes, that had gave my shoots a far more superior results. Q: Before actually going for the dive and do underwater photography, what are the preparations you needed to do? A: I have been an experienced diver already for more than 7 years but I made it as a habit to check the weather at least before the dive, my diving gears must be on good condition and

Q: For you, what is the hardest thing about underwater photography? A: The number one problem I am facing in underwater photography is not having good visibility. There are some places underwater that you couldn’t even see your own hands so it is a lot harder to look for a good subject. Also things underwater are very much dependant on chance. You might want to take a picture of a certain fish, but there is no guarantee that you will even see that specific fish on your dive. You only have a short amount of time to take your picture on deep dives as short as 17 minutes if you are at 30 meters and most of the subjects don’t wait for you to take the picture or even hang around for a second chance at it. Choosing the right lens for the conditions and or subjects as well is a normal challenge for me. As an example you might want to take a picture of nudibranches so you put your macro lens on and when you get in the water you don’t find any nudibranches but suddenly a big whale shark swimming close to you but you have no chance of getting good picture of it with your macro lens. Next time it might be the other way around. http://www.thiessetphotos.com


Wassim Beydoun

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400 mm LENS

For this review, we are going to do two separate segments of article for two of the best Sports Photography equipments available in the market, the Canon EOS 1D X and the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens. I was given the chance of FullFrame Photography Magazine together with Canon to experience using them first hand in my Sports Photography photo session. Let’s see how it fair and if had meet my expectations. Canon EOS 1D X It sounds like a no brainer, of course in any photography the most essential equipment would be a camera. However, Sports Photography requires a little bit more than a normal DSLR could offer. The discipline needs higher-end units that have continuous shutter motor that allows the camera to take multiple frames per second. Since sports relatively refer to fast paced motion sequences, the DSLR should be able to support faster shutter speed and higher ISO settings. To continually do auto focus is a must also for a DSLR to do action shots that wouldn’t wait for the photographer to set their focus properly. These are what I have to see from Canon EOS 1D X. From using a canon 5D mark III, I found the 1DX to be extremely responsive. My first opinion since having it lay in my hand is that this new camera is a sturdy piece of equipment. Like its early predecessors, the EOS -1 Series whole body frame is built in magnesium alloy that will definitely last long and can endure the heavy usage of pros. Although it’s quite heavier and bigger than the one I used before, it can be hardly noticed and I really think the structure of the grip gives a better handling specially when doing quick reflex shots on sports actions. The mechanical shutter is truly amazing and

as stated by the manual that it can go up to 400,000 cycles is really unbelievable. Although I haven’t proven it on my own, but in short span while using the DSLR at my shoot I was stunned by the reflex of the camera. I have tested as well the focusing of the camera and one of the settings gave me an easy time on shooting since Auto focusing was as simple like the abc. I also tried and really enjoyed the non-automatic factor of the camera given it has a 61 point AF and I am more of a back to basic and skill photographer rather than being told on how you should set up the shot. The exposure compensation of the DSLR is probably one of the most useful features of the camera and had helped me a lot with my assignment. The setting where simple to switch through while taking the shots and the multiple shot function was amazing even keeping the focus points as I was tracking the subject. One thing about the 1DX is that it is absolutely not for amateurs. Although they can operate it easily with all the friendly user features and operations, maximizing this bad boy is another story. As a videographer, I want to try out the full HD Movie shooting of the camera and know more about the time code setting for HD Movie. Overall, every penny used for this camera is worthy. It is extremely responsive, easy to handle and has a battery life that can put the Mark III to shame. 5 stars for the 1DX and definitely will be my next investment. Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens Another thing that really matters to shooting sports events is having those long and big lenses. Lenses with a range of 70 -300 f4.5 – 5.6 are ideal even you cannot go near where the action is taking place. So even you are standing on the bleacher, it will still give you good

distance and is wide enough to capture action when it is up close. I have with me a 70 -200 f2.8 that I usually use on taking sports photos but to my surprise I was handed with a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens. Rumors have reached me this one is a beast so I was excited to test it on my own. My first impression with the lens the first time I saw it, is that it is too big and bulky. As expected, when I give it a try the lens was really heavy and hard to carry around. However the quality of the image that this lens captures is speechless and covers the extra hardship on using them. Thanks to its f2.8 aperture and its ultrasonic motor, Canon 400mm has a fast and quiet autofocus feature. In automatic focus the lens worked well though since I was shooting action shots it was quite hard to keep the subjects in focus points. However, the unique ability to fine tune the manual focus speed can overcompensate with this challenge. In manual focus while tracking the subject the lens was amazing. Durability wise, the casing and body of the lens are developed in high standard and with its useful focal length and stunning optical quality this lens for me is the ultimate lens for Sports Photography. Overall the lens besides the fact of it being bulky and heavy, the accuracy and detail that this lens gives to the shot is beyond words. Again I find it not advisable for the amateur that is for sure. If I was to compare it to a car the 400mm is the Bugatti of Lenses; tough, rough, heavy, curvy, and hard to handle but when you get use to it is like no other machine out there. It is an amazing lens with very responsive and easy to work with. The quality of the shots speaks for themselves especially in action shots the focus even in automatic was spot on.


PHOTO SESSION | Wassim Beydoun

Funny story is, the concept for the shoot all evolves in coincidental meeting with one of the most talented photographer in the region. As we were distributing some of the 8th issue of our magazines to our avid readers before, one eccentric looking guy (in a very positive way) came to us and asked if he can have a copy as well. We handed him the magazine and had formally introduced each other. From then on everything just connected as if our group was destined to do something great. Appointments have been arranged and from it a brilliant idea came out. Wassim Beydoun was a natural artist. Being a photographer, videographer, graphic designer and publicist, he knows how to bring something spectacular in the table.

spectators. No wonder why a lot of people has been pulled in the sports especially the Emiratis themselves. Wassim was the perfect choice for the assignment. He grew up in USA and had been exposed to most sports practiced in that region. He is an avid fan of American Football and had enjoyed watching the game as well back then. And as American Football is heavily gathering attention and have been a driving force penetrating the sports scene of the Middle East, we take a leap and enjoy the ride.

Wassim had always been in love with photography and has a deep appreciation for the craft. For him the essence of that one button being able to seize the moment forever is amazing. He has always been a capturer of vision and had enjoyed doing all types For this issue, which whole concept revolves about Sports Photography, our response for the challenge is to look for of photography from sports, fashion, conceptual, beauty, and even product shoots. Wassim wouldn’t consider one as a specific something that would bring fresh look and promote a not so familiar scenario for the viewers. With Wassim, we came out with specialty but rather believe that he specializes in all different forms of photography and wouldn’t limit himself of the creativeness. His an idea to promote the very enduring and high action sporting world of Emirates American Football League. The strength, skill and objective for this photo session is to translate every action moment timing displayed in this sport are unparalleled and the excitement of the game through Sports Photography and capture those aggressive actions that he had experienced in every American and competitiveness nature of sports always give a chill to the


Football game. He also hopes that he could be able to shed some light and awareness about the game here in the UAE. As a capturer of vision and has a good eye that can anticipate the moment, we believe in Wassim that he could seize the action with a camera. Prior to the shoot, Wassim had called Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi from the Sharjah Royal Family who is the patron and one of the owners of the EAFL to discuss the idea and concept. He loved the idea and was eager to get me in touch with Dustin Cherniawski, who is the General Manager and the owner for the EAFL. As expected both parties authorized the shoot to take place and really appreciated the idea that he wanted to use EAFL for his photo session to raise awareness and help in promoting the sport that is emerging here in the UAE. Anticipating that American Football will be a fast pace action game, Wassim had to prepare with the proper equipments as well. Our team gave our very best support as well and ended up arranging for him the Canon 1DX with a Canon 400mm and Canon 70—200 lenses. These lenses alongside with the camera enabled Wassim to capture that split second action moment that he needed.

The day had come and Wassim is fully equipped and ready to shoot. Together with his fiancee, brother, and nephew he went to Jebel Ali Shooting Club’s newly created football field. The excitement and energy can be felt in the air and as the buzzer horns to start the game, everybody was on their feet holding their breath and getting much into the action. Wassim, for almost the entire game was running around following the athletes while holding the Canon 1DX and 400mm lens. It was a challenge for him due to its weight and bulky nature. However, with all the hardship, he ended up the session with a smile. Definitely he was able to achieve his initial objective for the session and even surpassed what he has in mind. The unforgettable experience that the session gave to him and the memories of not only watching the game but being able to share all spectators the excitement of the game through his photos, hoping much that he had give justice to the sports and make everyone feel the passion for the game.

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“Translating every action moment of the game and capturing those aggressive sequence and having them frame in time, is worth the experience and hardship in doing Sports Photography.�


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ON FOCUS | Tareq Al Hamrani

Performance – Probably this single word will perfectly define what Tareq Al Hamrani is all about. He is one of the best known Emarati Photographers in the region and has been acknowledged by the many as the professional that really takes it into his heart when dealing with projects. For him whatever we do in life we must deliberately do it well and without holding back cause at the end of the day it’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be. And before we forget to mention, he is equipped with a Hasselblad camera. I guess that is more than enough to tell how serious he is when it comes to Photography.

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When asked who inspired him to pursue on taking a career in photography, Tareq humbly answers back that there is no one in particular. He said, like most of the aspiring photographers, he tried to learn from everyone and gets motivated from mostly anything as well. Probably it was innate with him to have a photographer’s eye and see things in a different perspective but even since his early years, he has been into the art of photography already and started in to polish the craft during his university years in the Sharjah University. There is only one thing that is clear for him; the internet played a big role on cultivating his passion for the craft. He recalls watching the works of top photographers in the world over the net and actually learned from them. Their works inspired him to dig deeper and do more research over the internet and then in year 2006 he came across a website called “Timecatcher”, and what he saw completely swept him off his feet. By those times there were only 6 experienced photographers on that site and yet he was blown away with their high quality and outstanding photos. Those experiences awaken his

inner calling and made him to challenge himself and pursue on learning more about photography. From then on Tareq has been expanding his forte and been practicing on different photography genres like Landscape, Nature and Outdoor Photography. He has been a successful published photographer as well and had been awarded with several titles already. Among the competitions he had won, he takes great honor for winning first place on Emirates Photography Awards 4th round under a category of “UAE Photographer”. He also ranked second place for his entry on a website competition hosted by Betterphoto.com and nominated twice on a website photography competition called “Black & White Spider Photography Nature Photography amateur category. His perseverance to be a better all around photographer also gave him opportunity to cover sports events and now being considered as one of the most sought after Sports Photographer in the region. He had covered sporting events like soccer tournaments and Dubai marathons. The real emotions from both participants and spectators of the event are priceless for him. Seeing how sports can move a person emotionally and uttered their feeling through gestures and facial expressions are the best things a photographer can get from all of the actions a sports event can offer. Though Tareq has accomplished a lot already in his career in photography, he still continues to look for something to work on and improved himself. He hopes to establish and have his own exhibition and personal gallery that will house his creations and hopefully get high commendation from it as well.


“Seeing how sports can move a person emotionally and utter their feeling through gestures and facial expressions are the best things a photographer can get from all of the actions a sports event can offer.�

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ON FOCUS | Chito Pachica Chito takes great pride representing the country as a member of the many other Filipinos working in a foreign land. That is the main reason why, in every job that Chito does, he always put in his mind that he is not just representing himself but he is carrying his flag as well. Before photography, Chito had experienced working under several different fields already. And every time he takes a job head on, he keeps his core intact and makes it as a challenge that these companies might not remember his name anymore but atleast his nationality will certainly be never forgotten. Now that Chito is establishing a career in the Photography, he wanted to do the same thing and make a mark in the industry that Filipinos, for whatever they do, they do it with unparallel standard.

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In 2008, Chito left Philippines and first landed in Dubai. And it was here in the Middle East where he truly fortified his craft with photography. He bought his first camera a Nikon D60 and started attending trainings for basic photography. Not later than a year, he felt the urge to continue on improving himself in the craft and then so upgraded to a Nikon D300s. Despite working for different fields like IT and later on as a Fitness Trainer to make a living for his family, he never halted to pursue his ambition to be photographer. He continued joining on weekend photo sessions with his friends and sharpens his skills through attending seminars. In January 2012, his undying passion for photography paid off and got a stable

job as a professional photographer at last. As a professional photographer now, Chito had never felt more excited waking up every morning and looking forward to challenges ahead. Now working for a company affiliated with Dubai Calendar he gets the chance to shoot almost all of the events here in UAE. Chito’s job also gave way for him to cover sports events and his works gets high commendation from the many. He had done, Dubai Polo Gold Cup, Rugby 7s, Bike Week, Boxing, UFC, Basketball, Soccer, Badminton, Table Tennis, and Cricket. Sports Photography for him gives him the satisfaction of covering all of the action and emotion of the players and its audience. He said that the expression of the thrill and excitement, happiness and grief, fear and confidence, from sports events can never be duplicated in any stance that is why Sports Photography is unique and alluring. Chito recalls a famous saying of Racho from the movie 3 idiots “Make your passion as your profession” and very thankful that he is one of the few blessed people that is making a living from what he really loves to do. For him, all the hard works paid off and he couldn’t ask for more. And even he is gathering a lot of attention and praises for his works, he keeps his head down and always put on his mind that there is still a lot of things he needs to learn more. For him he will always continue to do better at his job, knowingly that he brings the pride of being a Filipino in what he does.


“The thrill and excitement, happiness and grief, fear and confidence, from sports events can never be duplicated in any stance that is why Sports Photography is unique and alluring.�

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Iconic Sports Photos

Sports Photographers play a great role in further solidifying a team name or the individual and raises them to the podium. They are there to capture those special moments in athletes’ career that will testify for their greatness. Without the skills of our professional photographers, the intense moments in a sports event would never be captured and preserved. And through these images, we can re live the glory and intensity of the sports. Here is some of the most iconic sports photography ever taken. Take a look of these defining moments and know the man behind the camera for every shot.

Phantom Punch

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Probably the most iconic photograph in the sports history ever, this photo taken by Neil Leifer, launched not only Ali’s name to the podium but his name as well as a Sports Photographer. On May 25, 1965, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston and mocked him to get up and fight, was chosen as the cover of the Sports Illustrated special issue, “The Century’s Greatest Sports Photos”. People reminisce on the intense history and match between the two myths of boxing as they witness this image that further cemented Ali’s glorified career.

Bloody Red for Red Sox It was a very tough competition for Boston Red Sox as they climbed back from three games down to win the 2004 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. This picture taken by Charles Krupa for the Associated Press, showed the blood stain in Red Sox ace player Curt Schilling as he pitched for 7 innings despite of having a major ankle injury in Game 6. He gave up only 1 run to lead Boston for a trip to the World Series and ended up the intense game leaving with his sock soaked with blood all over.

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Maradona versus the World

3 The Flu Game

Diego Maradona is considered as one of the greatest player of soccer in the world and had known for leading Argentina to win a World Cup. During the time of his career, Maradona solely carried in his back the whole team to win games after games that it seems it was only him playing against the other team. This photo taken by Steve Powell from World Cup in 1982 shows the intense battle of Diego Maradona against 6 Belgian defenders and showed his unrelenting drive to win tournaments.

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Dubbed as the flu game, Michael Jordan carried the whole team over the 1997 NBA Finals game 5 against the Utah Jazz. Despite having a very bad flu a day and during the game, Jordan ignored the advices to sit down the game and instead played 44 out of the possible 48 minutes. He solidified his name as basketball’s greatest as he puts up great numbers of 38 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists in spite of of being drained and extremely exhausted brought by his condition. Jordan hits the game-winning three before he totally collapses to teammate Scottie Pippen’s arm that was captured by Tom Cruze for the Associated Press and became one of Jordan’s defining moment in his career.

Miracle in Ice Olympics’ hockey story is all about Soviet Union dominating the tournament and the USA team, even composed of highly trained professional NHL players, never getting a gold from the event. The whole tale only ended in 1980 as the US did something unexpected and compiled a group of college players and no-names athletes to represent them for the hockey game. Unanimously expected to be run downed by the Soviet, the US hockey team pull out the surprising victory that was bestowed by Al Michael’s commentary “do you believe in miracles?” as the time runs down. Here is the picture taken by Heinz Kluetmeier for Sports Illustrated showing the US team rejoicing after the victory.


TECHNIQUES | Enjo Mathew

Merging Series of Pictures

The final image is a composite image. At the onset, my aim is to create a scene that portrays beauty of the animals and the valiance of the riders. In so far as to create the scene, I have selected three images (or parts from images) to build on. I have used parts of 3 images to make the final scene and all images were taken from the same outing. The original images I have used are as follows:

As you may have noticed, the images are over exposed and done so, intentionally because it is helpful in creating the ‘smokescreen’ effect later in post works.

Step 1

Getting started, first of all, we create a Duplicate Layer of the Background Layer, to work on. To do this, simply right click on Background Layer and select the Duplicate Layer option.

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Step 2 Create a New Layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) over the Background Copy Layer which was just created. Rename it as ‘White-Out Layer’ (double-click on existing layer names to edit a layer name). We will use this layer to apply the white brush over the many distractions in the Main Image. This will also lay the ground work for inducting the Lead Rider and Extras into the scene. Your workspace will look something like this…

Step 3 Start applying the white brush strokes into the White Out Layer. Select a soft edge brush with opacity at 40%. Make sure to select White color for brush. You will have to brush over and over till the distractions are whited out to your satisfaction. This is what it looks like after the distractions have been whited out…

Note that the horse in the front is only partially whited out. This is because we will be placing the Lead Rider on top of this area and it will hide away the actual horse and rider anyway. Therefore, I wont bother to white out this area to perfection.

Step 4

It is time to bring in the Lead Rider and Extras into the scene. We go to the Lead Rider file and using the selection tools available, we cut out the main rider and horse from the pic. Below see the selection I have made.

With the selection highlighted (marching ants as seen above), press Ctrl+X to cut out the rider and horse from this image and switch to the Main Image PSD file where we will insert the cut out selection into a new layer.

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Step 5 In the Main Image workspace, select the White-Out Layer by clicking on it and press Ctrl+V on keyboard to paste the horse and rider selection into a new layer in current workspace.

Rename the new layer to ‘Lead Rider’ (by double clicking this layer and editing).

Step 6 Resize the Lead Rider by pressing Ctrl+T (for Transform). The transform rectangle appears as under

While keeping pressed the Alt+Shift keys on keyboard, use the mouse to point and click on the bottom right corner of the rectangle. Drag the mouse inwards (towards the center of the rectangle) to scale down the selected bit. Scale down as required to fit appropriately into the scene.

Step 7 Next we bring in the Extras to the far left. Go to the Extras image file, select all by pressing Ctrl+A, copy it to clipboard by pressing Ctrl+C. Switch back to the Main Image file and press Ctrl+V to paste the Extras into the workspace. It will look like this at this point…

Rename the layer holding the Extras to ‘Extras’ and shift the Extras from the center towards the end of the procession line on left.


Step 8 We will create a layer mask on the Extras layer to show and hide the background as required. Select the Extras layer and add a layer mask: Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. You will see a white box appear on the layer. Select a soft brush. With black color selected, click the mouse on the white box (of the mask) at layer level and start to stroke the brush on the outer edges of the Extras. It will look like this at this point

Step 9

We will now add a new layer to pepper in some white brush spottings to accentuate that dusty feel in the pic. Lets name it as ‘Dusty Feel’ layer. Create a new layer and select the brush tool with white color. Set opacity to 20% on a large sized brush (say 600 px) and apply spots generously and randomly over the Lead Rider and Extras so as to blend the two finely into the Main Image. Concentrate the spots towards the legs of the horse of the Lead Rider.

Step 10

Lastly, lets do a minor color balance adjustment with the help of a new Color Balance Layer. It will be nice to bring out a tinge of warmth in the pic. Open a Color Balance adjustment layer. Find it at the bottom of the Layers panel on the right hand side of the workspace.

The color balance setting I have used is as follows


TECHNIQUES | Enjo Mathew

Bringing

Photoshop

into the

Stratosphere To see more of his works visit his page at www.facebook.com/The.Eternal.Sunshine.Page

Photo manipulation is abundant nowadays and everyone has been practicing the arts. Computer Software like Photoshop plays vital role in achieving great images. However, it is very rare for our part to see someone who is really good at expressing his thoughts with his concepts. Enjo Mathew is one of only few that we can consider as a photo-artist. For him, to be a photo-artist involves a good measure of both photography and Photoshop that allows him to express himself artistically. Taking photos is one thing, but making an art out of it is a different ball game and Photoshop lets him do just that. Artistic photography is only a passionate hobby for Enjo. His day time job is far removed from the world of art or photography for he is working in a medical company. However, due to his creative pursuits, he requires himself to be good at Photoshop. For him, adding art to the photos requires vision and skills. He bought him first DSLR in 2003. For as long as he remembers, he always dreamt a lot. From childhood he always dreams of scenes that he thought would look beautiful and probably it is fair to say that he have always yearned to convert his imaginations into visuals. He enjoys converting his imaginations into visuals that is why he had been lured to arts of Photography. Much to his experience, the things he wanted for himself couldn’t be just meet through the craft. His favorite themes were fairy tales, prince and princesses, fabled lands…things that were mostly from the story books. He has to find way to meet his demands. It was December of 2008 when he first tried using Photoshop. During his annual vacation in India and he had pretty much nothing to do so he decided to give time and explore Photoshop in the free time. Seeing the works of artists who inspired him, He knew for sure that he had to take up Photoshop to express himself artistically. When it comes to Photoshop inspiration, he would like to highlight a few very deserving names. Kenvin Pinardy, Rarindra Prakarsa and Hengki Koentjero from Indonesia and took some seminars with them. Youtube tutorials have always been a good help for him to learn. Though failure was always around the corner, he kept on persisting and ultimately, all the failures paid off because he emerges wiser from the lessons learnt this way. Most importantly, he was able to correct his work flow and set in order the correct sequence of events in post works. This correction was very beneficial for him. Finally, Enjo hope to be good in his own style. Being inspired by the big names is helpful but to make a name for yourself, you must create your own unique style. A feedback he gets often is that his works brings a sense of peace and calm to the viewer. His Photoshop style is geared to compliment this genre of photography that he nurtures and which he likes to call ‘Soulful Photography’.

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DEPTH OF FOCUS | Jorge Ferrari


Born With a Camera in Hand

Jorge Ferrari Jorge Ferrari grew up surrounded by photographers, his uncles practicing the craft to compliment their writing. His father was involved in corporate PR, and his mother became his biggest inspiration to dwell on and learn more about the art, being a photographer herself. His mother had been doing a lot of landscape photography along with her travels, and was an active member of a photo club in Cordoba, Argentina, giving him the opportunity to hang out often at the club and participate in their activities, photo safaris, photo competitions and works at the lab. Mixing with the experienced photographers was a great source of learning in the early days.


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Sharing the passion with his family towards communications, Jorge then decided to take up a similar career path. Journalism seemed to be better suited for him as a way of life, instead of his initial dream of becoming a doctor. He did the first year of a Photography degree alongside his last year of Journalism at Cordoba’s University. After graduating, he started working in a newspaper as a journalist whilst doing some small Photography jobs on the side. In 1986, Jorge had the opportunity to travel abroad after being invited by his uncle who is a commercial photographer in Kuwait. He spent the next four years working as an assistant and learning how to run a commercial photography business. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990 forced Jorge, recently married, to move to the U.A.E where he has lived, worked and

raised a family since. The beginnings were hard but with a lot of patience and good work, Jorge slowly started making a name for himself in the Middle East market. From borrowing his mom’s Pentax K1000 for a competition, Jorge has a long way to look back now. He says that he feels proud to be considered by many people, clients especially, as a good photographer and the proof of that is the numerous recalls he gets year after year to cover different events. Jorge has been the official photographer for many international events in the region for a number of years. He has also covered countless other events for sponsors and news agencies, including Agence France Presse, European PressPhoto Agency and Sipa Press.He also does a lot of automotive photography for several big car manufacturers, and his images appear regularly in most of the regional automotive publications.


Jorge’s bread and butter and where he has been truly acknowledged as a photographer of iconic stature is sports photography. During his career, Jorge has been and remains official photographer for a number of sporting events including the: FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, UAE Desert Challenge rally, Abu Dhabi Tennis Championships, Abu Dhabi F1, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Marathon and a number of Red Bull events including the Air Race and X Fighters, among many other events and clients. He is the official photographer for the Dubai Tennis Championships and Dubai Rugby 7s tournament, events which he has been involved in since the mid 90s. Jorge was also the official photographer for many years for Marlboro Middle East when they were involved in motor sports, covering the Middle East Rally Championship and Marlboro Desert Challenge (now the UAE Desert Challenge) from 1993 to 2004. For 10 years,

Jorge was one of the main photographers at the Marlboro Adventure Team event in the USA, an extreme sports event that combines multiple activities like climbing and rappelling, white water rafting, horse back riding, off road jeep driving, motorbike and quad biking. Currently he does a lot of work with Yas Marina Circuit and is the official photographer for the Porsche GT3 regional cup, now running on its third year. Jorge’s works exhibit outstanding concepts and simplicity. He doesn’t stick with a very particular style; which he thinks is not necessarily a bad thing, but prevents him from being “boxed in”. Having said that, he knows by experience what kind of photos would work better to fit the client’s needs. He approaches every...


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job in more or less the same way: first covering the basis of the brief and fulfilling the client’s needs, and only after that going on to experiment more freely. He says that once you start experimenting, you will find unusual angles and effects that will in turn result in a better final product. “I just see things, the challenge is to translate them into a good image.” When asked what comes into his mind before taking a picture, Jorge gave us a very honest and unique answer; “The school fees are due!” He added on a serious note, that most of the time his main concern is being able to please his client, and he always keeps in mind what they need. But in every job he does, he

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“Sports Photography doesn’t require sticking to a very particular or specific style. I think it is not necessarily a bad thing. I can be more open, creative and experimental and I don’t feel boxed in”

always makes sure to stay true to his art. For him, it is important to keep the passion alive, because “this craft does turn into a job and you need to perform for your client, but also you need to be able to go home with a sense of achievement, and I do that by making sure I take at least one really nice image just for me, one that I really like and don’t care if anybody else does!” By doing that, you are going to “put love into your job, and it will show in the final result for your client.” Jorge has been fortunate that his career path took him towards sports, action and the outdoors. He feels comfortable doing events and loves the fact that

every job is a change of location, people, concept and ambience. Though sports photography is somewhat tough, generally because of the demands on your body and the logistics involved to be able to be where the action is, he takes it as a challenge when asked to cover an event he has not done before. He adds: “I enjoy the pressure of facing new events and like to study the logistics and making all necessary arrangements so I can follow the action and be where I should be and when, so I don’t miss important moments.” One such recent assignment was the Triathlon at Yas Marina Circuit where Jorge was one of the official photographers and had to work out all the logistics, covering three disciplines being run simultaneously in three different locations. “Sometimes you just have to prioritize and concentrate on the most important aspect of the event, always taking in consideration what your client expects and not what you would like to photograph.” http://www.ferrari-photos.com


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TIPS |

Maneef M. Koya

Tips for a Better Sports Photography Sports photography is all about capturing the best moment or action. You don’t get a second chance here and no action replays. If you captured it at the right moment, you have done well, miss it, then most probably there is no chance for you to get the same moment you wanted to shoot. For me, it is a pure form of documentary photography. But enough of that already, let’s just go through to some tips on sports photography I could share.


Equipment Having a good equipment is really important in Sports Photography. The better the equipment is, the higher the quality of image you can achieve in your work. It is advisable to have a DSLR camera with higher FPS (frames per second) and a better ISO that would really be helpful. Tele Lenses should also be taken notice of and those with higher focal length (200mm atleast) will do the job. Tripods and monopods can be a big help also from tiring and long time of waiting for the right moment.

Preparation Before you leave your house make sure you have everything that you will need. The proper equipments and accessories (don’t forget the extra batteries and memory cards), rain gear (especially if there is a slight chance that it is going to rain), notebook and pen (just in case you have to note down player’s names and details that you might forget) business cards (cause you will never know when you will meet your next client). Make sure to find a good place to shot from in the location. Remember Sports Photography is all about moment and location so give importance to your background as well and avoid distractions like fences or unwanted hoardings. Audience in the background can give dramatic effect to the photos in some cases like football too. Shooting from the level of players can give you more dramatic effect than from a spectator point of view from gallery. Stand just after the finish line of a race to capture the expression of the competitors as they cross the line. Make sure you’re in the right spot in good timing and chances are you will get those great photos!

Settings If you want to freeze the action don’t go slower than 1/320 in normal conditions. If the light conditions don’t allow you to get to this speed then the only way is to increase your ISO. However, for cycling, diving, and other high-speed action, you may find 1/1000 will be a better choice. Use the minimum F stop to get a blur background as well as it makes you subject more highlighted. It also allows more light in and will help you to shoot in low light or night time. Try to correct your white balance using a white balance filter. Try to do Panning and move your camera in sync with a moving subject while using a slow shutter speed. Use a shutter-speed of 1/30th of a second or slower and ideally you’ll end up with a relatively sharp image of the subject with a blur background. By doing so, you can give your viewer the feel of how fast your subject was. You could also try doing a Zoom Blur. Set a slow shutter speed of around 1/15 zoom in and focus on your central subject, start zooming out before smoothly pressing the shutter button and zooming smoothly through the exposure. This will give a magnificent effect on the sports image.

Creative Sports Photography also allows you to be creative with shots and effects. Since this genre is more on letting people feel the excitement and passion of the sports events, then there is no holding back for photographers to express their artistic touches. Action photography doesn’t need to be all about bright colors and motion blur. You can experiment on the outputs like capturing the emotions of an athlete who just lost by 2 seconds and make the lost very dramatic by turning it into a black and white image. A great way to present action sports also is to create a frame-byframe sequence. Use a wide-angle lens to fit in the entire sequence of shots and a tripod so your SLR is in the exactly same spot for each shot. Remember to use fully manual mode. Combine the images in Photoshop to give your viewer a sequence of actions in a single picture.

These tips may also help you in doing Sports Photography: •Capture the subject’s face as they show the passion, pain and other emotions. •Get the ball or other sport object in the frame as the ball will almost always be the focus of the player’s attention. •Use continuous shooting mode.Don’t let the moment pass you by. Taking shots in quick succession ensures you won’t miss a thing. •Focus on those watching the event also. Photos that capture spectators’ expressions often say as much about the game. •Understand the sport which you are covering so that you can have a better chance of anticipating the action and knowing when to hit that shutter button. Above all, take lots and lots of photos. Never be afraid to experiment and shoot from a low angle, such as your knees. Practice as much as you can and without knowing it you will be doing a better Sports Photography in no time.

Website :maneef@twiching.com


NEWS |

CABSAT 2013 Another success has been achieved by CABSAT as they held their 19th edition of their exhibition in Dubai World Trade Center that lasted from March 12 to 14, 2013. This event gave opportunity for the residence of UAE to be part of The Middle East & Africa’s Largest Broadcast Digital Media & Satellite Expo. Top companies have attended and participated in the three day exhibition that showcases new technologies that can be of great help in the digital media industry. FullFrame Team had the chance to be part of the event by attending and visiting the exhibition. We have witnessed more than 850 exhibitors coming from different countries as they display their latest solutions to media broadcasting. Among the highlights of the event includes High Speed Cameras, High Definition Video Cameras, Satellite Receivers, Audio Speakers and many more. Exhibitors also showed their latest equipments for production, post production and content storage and handling. CABSAT is now recognized by the many as one of the most important event not only in the Middle East but in the worldwide broadcast industry today. This event had opened a get way for great opportunity to meet potential customers from local and international markets and gave chance to the public to understand its implication in the market.

Photo by: Anna Chan

Middle East Photo Friday Film & Comic Con 2013 A successful PhotoFriday had greeted GPP once again this year. Last March 1, 2013 was another milestone of success for the group as they have hosted a very entertaining and inspiring one day seminar filled with information and great talks. Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre Block 1 became the center point of photographers on that day as GPP organized a series of seminars conducted by world’s top photographers.

Among the inspirational photographer/speakers are Zack Arias, Joe McNally, David Alan Harvey and many more. FullFrame Team has been lucky enough to attend some of the seminars, and like always received great education from the panel. Familiar faces have filled the hall with our region’s great photographers and aspiring photographers alike. Truly, this is a testament that the passion and hunger for more knowledge exists on every artist. The event had given way also to top photography brands to showcase their equipments and be exposed to the market. Canon, Photix, Advance Media, and Samsung are some of the few who have attended the event and had their booth in the hall. Photographers got the chance to update themselves of the technologies presented by the participants as well. Thanks to GPP, photographers had been graced by a great seminar and event again. We look forward for the next one and anticipated the success of it as well.

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Another historic and successful event had been reached by the people of the Middle East, as our beloved region became significant again in the world map and holds one of the biggest Comic Con ever. Middle East Film and Comic Con hosted this year’s event at Mina Seyahi Hall, Dubai International Marine Club last April 5 & 6. Movie stars from film & TV came to join the occasion and exhibitors have gathered at the location showing off their collections and products. Attendees boasted around their comic costumes as well that will surely make you feel you are at another dimension. Among the highlights of the events are the presentation of special guests like Alan Tudyk, known for his characters in movies like Dodgeball and I Robot. Other celebrities have gathered around as well such as Philippines Cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao. Trailers & clips of the some of the biggest movies of the year boasting names such as Marvel, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal and OSN were also shown at the event. The display of toys and collectible items for anime and manga characters gave spectators a treat as well but the most enjoyable part is having our participants and attendees parade their best costumes. This year’s event had brought different people from different regions and have them in common ground of pop culture. Without doubt this event had brought good camaraderie for everyone and a memory that will last.


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PhotoWorld-Dubai PhotoWorld-Dubai, the region’s leading international exhibition for imaging, photography and videography will conduct its annual exhibition at Dubai World Trade Center this coming April 24 – 26, 2013. This year’s event will showcase the latest imaging technology in the market that is expected to get a lot attention from the consumers. The exhibition is expected to house the top industries catering services and products for digital cameras, high definition videos, imaging accessories and photo printing services. For more information, visit www.photoworld-dubai.com

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National Geographic Abu Dhabi Photography Contest Organized by NGC Network Middle East FZ LLC, Almarai Company and National Geographic Abu Dhabi, hosts its prestigious photo competition called Photomentaries. Photography Contest is open for participation and entry from photographers from Arab countries like UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait and many more. The competition will center on the subject of “Celebrate Arab Culture” and will begin on March 17 until April 30, 2013. Only online entries will be eligible for the competition and must log in at the group’s website. For more information, visit www.photomentaries.natgeotv.ae

Digital Online 2013: Underwater Photography & Film Competition Emirates Diving Association is a non-profit voluntary federal organization and is accredited by UNEP as an International Environmental Organization. Through its prestigious competition and public service, the group aims to develop awareness for the society in regards of the issues of underwater world. Now heading on its fifth edition, EDA encourages photographers and videographers to part take of the competition and lead the campaign to influence the society and better understand the underwater world. Submission for entry started January 1 and will end on April 30, 2013. For more information, visit www.emiratesdiving.com/digital_online.html

Mansoor Bin Mohammed Photography Award Now in its fourth edition, Mansoor Bin Mohammed Photography Award holds its annual competition that aims to run the largest photographic campaign within the region. This year’s competition theme will center on “Emirati Coasts” and promotes the marine life in the Middle East. Other subcategories for the competition are also available for entry and invites photographers to participate. The award starts accommodating entries from January 20 until April 20, 2013. For more information, visit www.photosaward.com/en/competition/competition

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ON THE FRAME | Barry Morgan

Words alone could never bring to life the wonderful stories Barry had to tell, starting with his childhood. He was born in Zimbabwe but then travelled, living in such places as England, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Cyprus and now Dubai. He calls many places his home and has much to tell after meeting so many amazing people from all walks of life and experiencing their cultures along the way. When trying to describe these experiences to his schoolmates and colleagues he felt words were never adequate until one day he saw a National Geographic magazine illustrating life in Papua New Guinea as he had known and lived it; all the spectacles he had witnessed over the years but had failed to put into words. Photography – a single photo was saying a thousand words! There has always been interest in his family of keen photographers, travelling to wild and interesting places so he has always been familiar with cameras. He took photos along the way but never took it seriously until one day, 5 years ago, he decided to dedicate some of his free time to photography and to practise his skills. Suddenly he was asking himself ‘how did I not see this before; this is what I am meant to do’. Since then he has dedicated himself to this art form and is slowly carving a name for himself in this market in Dubai. Barry finds himself gravitating to the jobs which are a little quirky and a bit different; ones that test what he can create with a camera. Being a late ‘bloomer’ in this field, he was unable to become an apprentice as he already had a family to provide for. Besides taking a few courses from GPP and assisting some great photographers, he has taught himself whilst on the job and through many hours of studying on the Internet. Barry feels that people put far too much emphasis on having their own distinctive style. Sure, it helps with marketing yourself but is something that should not be rushed nor forced as it will come in time. He relies heavily on his feelings and ‘goes with the flow’ when he feels it is right. To make it in this

field you need a sharp critical eye to start with but then it takes passion, drive, dedication, stubbornness and plain hard work to consistently create great images. He finds that, like most great photographers, he is very ‘self-critical’ and this drives him until the shot, he thinks, is perfect. It is evident from his ‘shoots’ that Barry is consistently bringing out great shots. He now specialises in Corporate/commercial photography and is today considered one of the best Sports Photographers in the region. Being an avid sportsman and having played most sports to some degree, he believes this has given him the ability to pre-empt the action. He has covered such events as marathons (the Dubai Marathon, DCS Half), Triathlons (2XU Tri, AD Tri), Motorsports (Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Red Bull X Fighters, Yas Drag Racing) and rugby (UAE Division 1, Emirates 7’s). In any sport, being at the right place at the right time is the challenge. If he was to consider the most difficult aspect when covering sports photography, it is the natural light, or lack of it, as so many events take place either very early or very late in the day. Barry says he feels honoured to be a photographer, as he knows it is the dream of so many and yet so few actually achieve it. His aim is to do justice to photography, an art form he now loves. This year he hopes to create better images, do more personal works and meet more international clients. His advice to aspiring photographers is to make sure you really love photography before even think of going pro. Find jobs assisting other photographers to get a better idea of what is involved and if you are still interested, then push on and build up some clientele whilst working another job as it can take as long as 1-2 years before you start to earn enough to live on. Put your heart into it and practise every chance you get. Once you master the techniques then you have time to create the best shots.


A Thousand Words of an Image

http://www.barrymorganphotography.com/


ON THE FRAME | Barry Morgan


“Having a good knowledge of many sports is a huge asset when shooting them; it gives you a sense of what is happening so that you can pre-empt the action and get the shot�.


ON THE FRAME | Barry Morgan


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BEHIND THE LENS | Raul Gabat

Photography, unlike in almost all cases, became a part of his job first and just on a later part turned into a hobby. Employed as a Technical Support Specialist during his early years, he is positioned in a job that calls for a necessity on him to understand how camera works and required him to translate those teachings into something that photographers could have a better understanding with. Raul was exposed to almost all of the cameras made available even right before it can be launched for the public to see. He became a public figure to the world of photography and had been noticeable on almost every event, not only inside UAE but other extending countries as well. His network inside the pros circle expanded exponentially as he became the go-toguy of Canon Professional Services. And from these favorable experiences, grow the eagerness and passion for him to shoot and develop himself in photography and made him realized that learning the craft itself is not enough but instead he pushed himself to learn more about the aspect of “art” in it. At the early stage of his career, Raul never thought of considering photography as his bread and butter that could be a serious source of income. He cited the rigid status of economic condition during the time he was formally introduced to the art of photography as the reason why he wouldn’t have the strength to dive to the pool. He said he knew some people who are really good at the craft and making a lot of dough from doing shoots, but as time progresses and the trade and industry started to face difficult times, everyday struggles causes them to consider doing something else as customers for their services gradually decline. Having a stable job as a Professional Service Advisor is a smarter thing for him to do, but yet, the people around him still motivated him to pursue with the craft even just for the sake of creativity and passion as they see great potential from him that was evident in some of his shoot. Raul never doubted and stuck on what he does for a living. Either

way, the job Canon had entrusted with him still gives him the benefit to do photography in a regular manner. Everytime opportunities come when he is idle and in Dubai, he never closes the door to develop himself and do photo shoots. For him, photography is a way that he can offer something back to the community.

Understanding the Craft It was the time that Raul took his family to Paris Disneyland where he can say at least that he experienced being a real photographer. He carried with him the first Canon prosumer camera, EOS 300D, and covered the whole trip. Looking back then, he feels embarrassed that out of his 100 shots, he only managed to get between 15-20 good ones. Then he started asking what went wrong? Was it him or the camera? He looked deeper for an answer and analyzed each images and settings and that is where he picked up the craft and started learning the basics like understanding exposure, shutter speeds, aperture and being creative in your composition. He became more interested and helped himself by reading lots of books and through the internet. From then on, only one way was left for him to trudge, to better polish himself within the arts and craft of photography Raul couldn’t say that he had established any style of photography. Considering the fact that not all cameras are designed to work the same, one thing he knows is that basics remain to be a must. All of us have our own innate creativity, and it is this reason coupled with the precept that will make each photographer’s stretch where photography is. It used to be the software that does the job but most of the cameras nowadays have the capability of doing the same visual effects. What I can advice to each and every budding photographer is to always remember the basics and understand what camera you have.


A Testament for the Passion Man in Action Raul has always been a man that enjoys the intense moment of a sporting event. No wonder why he had chosen Sports Photography as a genre he loved to practice on. He had been invited in a lot of events and from these chances he brought with him home a lot stunning images. He is an avid follower and photographer of Motorsports like Formula 1’s since 2004, World Rally Championships 3 years in Jordan, Athletics - The World Indoor Championships, Redbull shows like the X Fighters and Air Shows in Abu Dhabi, World Parachuting Championships, Golf Tournaments such as Dubai Desert Classic, Qatar Masters and Race to Dubai, Dubai World Cup, Asian and Pan Arab regional events. He gained great knowledge from these experiences and learned more about work ethics, especially while covering international events. We give respect to each other and there is no shoving or coming in front of each other just to get the best photo. You have to understand that in these events, there are these big agencies that will be given better positions and the rest will take turn on spaces and that is where your creativity in photography comes into the picture. In his opinion, equipments plays important role in doing Sports Photography. Fully aware that there might be some lenses that may be out of the photographer’s budget already however there are still a number of very good lenses that can bring you good images. For Raul, we must understand that our lenses are the eyes of the camera - don’t sell yourself short when it comes

to great glass. Also, he advised to take notice of the evolution of Image Stabilizers. If you are buying a lens spend that bit extra to ensure it has an IS in it, especially in Sports Photography you will really notice the difference, particularly in getting sharp images.

Legacy to Pass On When asked what he wants to be remembered of. Raul hopes that he would be always think of as someone who take photography because he loves it. Everytime he runs and conducts a photography workshop, his students always like to take photo with him and each time they take a snap, he gives that “funny” look in his face. He hopes that his image of him will always linger in their minds as they think of him. He also hopes to pass to the other photographers as well the core value of photography in society as an instrument to record historic moments. Photography for him has always a place in the heart of every individual because we always wanted to see from where we have been through and reminisce the best days of our lives.


BEHIND THE LENS |

Raul Gabat

“Equipments play important role in doing Sports Photography. We must understand that our lenses are the eyes of the camera and having a good one will let you notice the difference, particularly in getting sharp images.�


HIGHLIGHTS |

Gericult Cosuco

Image of Sports Photography

“Nothing else gives better opportunities to capture dramatic and stunning imagery that will last a lifetime rather than Sports Photography.�


Sports are filled with so many exciting twists and turns. Every action triggers emotion and passion and the blood rush offered by every moment runs through the vein and leave both participants and spectators in a suspended platform that make them grasp every second of the event. Those moments witnessed abruptly take your breath away and those are the times that most of us truly feels alive. I am not a specialist in sports nor in any ground nearer of being a sportsman himself, but for my own comfort and reason as a fanatic of most sports event, I acknowledge the fact that sports do not build character but rather they reveal it and from those urges of a sportsman shows his real personality. With all things being said, probably these reasons are more than enough to have our photographers be enticed of what a sporting event can offer. No other medium presents you with heart-pounding action, vivid color patterns and unique shooting opportunities than what sports could offer. Nothing else gives better opportunities to capture dramatic and stunning imagery that will last a lifetime rather than Sports Photography. Real emotions in a heated action is all but relevant in the case of any sporting events and the excitement to cover them gives it a bigger thrill for our professional photographers to be entice in the genre. I was given the chance here in my beloved organization FullFrame to be exposed and meet a lot of photographers. Universally, what I have observed from most of the artist practicing the craft of photography is that their primary objective for every snap they take is to get those real emotions out from their subject. For most, those expressions which comes out naturally are priceless and much more than I realized, most of them in way or another has been lured already to take on the genre of Sports Photography. But before we dig deeper and go further into the subject, first of all let us all define what Sports Photography really is.

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I know for a fact that like the phrase itself implies, Sports Photography refers to the genre of the arts and craft of photography that covers any kind of sporting events or having the subjects related to sports. In some cases, sports photography can be considered as a branch of photojournalism as the resulting images depicts a story that stresses accurate and neutral narration of the event. The main application of professional sports photography is for editorial purposes. Dedicated sports photographers usually work for newspapers or sports magazines and on a timely basis submit the corresponding sports photo to further narrate the article it corresponds with. However, sports photography is not just bounded in this specific application only. It can also used for commercial purposes to advertise a brand and as well as to promote a sport in a way that cannot be accomplished by editorial means. Probably on this basis it can be segmented also under fashion shoot as well since its purpose is to build sporting brands and equipments as well.

What I like most from Sports Photography is its ability to convey the story of the event vividly in just a single snap. A perfect sample would be is the famous shot of Muhammad Ali as he mocks the knocked out Sonny Liston and scorns him to get up and continue the fight. That single shot for me directly summarize the whole event that Ali did not just won the battle but did it in a very dominating way. Another sample would be is the historic flu game of no other than Michael Jordan. This single photo that shows him being carried out by one of his teammate after winning the game shows how the man fight over to win the game after all the challenges he is facing and being celebrated by his colleagues. In return Sports Photography could also further establish the reputation of the person or an event. Like in my case the first thing that pops out through my mind every time Tiger Woods would be mention is his fist pump in the air. For me, the way he celebrates his achievements tend to reflect his very passionate side of his personality and his competitive nature. Sports Photography tends to capture signature gestures of our sports hero that dignifies their work as well. Like what we have been emphasizing since early on, the strength of Sports Photography lies with its opportunities offered to show real emotions and there is nothing better for me to give identification to someone or something but the real expression that comes from them. Another thing that Sports Photography offers to its avid practitioners is its ability to give a very emotional expression that any given viewers could relate to. The joy of winning the tournament, the tears after a heart breaking lost, the sweat and perseverance in battling out and outdoing one another, it is safe atleast to say that all of us have surely gone through it in one part of our life also. These real life emotions is what connects a photographer to its viewer and I believe that a part of the photographers’ deal is to make his spectators understands what he wants to say in his images as well. Sports Photography also gives the chance to be daring and be different. There is so much freedom in Sports Photography that any enthusiast could work on. Angles, composition and new approaches are always welcome to this genre. By trying something different, you allow your creativity to flourish and capture something that everyone else doesn’t have. Be impractical and be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision rather than playing it safe and following on rules would be best to summarize Sports Photography. I guess in my part, these are the best way to describe Sports Photography. It is those moments in sports that tell the whole story of the event. The emotions captured in a still photo as the competitors persevere to triumph over and the real sentiments of sports action being framed to immortalized and make it last eternally.

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THE ARTIST |

Charles Verghese

A Scribe inTime

A great photograph is a full expression that simply narrates the whole story behind the image. What is being said about the whole photograph in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety that could be preserved for future reference. While interviewing one of the best photographers in the region, we asked a deep contemplating question, about what photography means for the society. Charles gave me a look and answered “I am not sure of the place of photography in the society, but I’d like to think that photographers are the documenters of our society like the cave painters of the Neanderthal times or the scribes of the ancient world.” He says that, to him, photography captures life as it is or as it aspires to be and is one of the only few ways to record time. Charles’ words touched the inner core of me and made weigh

up the reality that looms within photography, its importance to the society and the reflection of us that will be left for the next generation. Charles Verghese traces back his interest in photography in a childhood trip with his parents to the US, France and the UK. That was when his dad handed him his first point-and-shoot film camera to record their experience of the tour. He remembered taking pictures during their expedition and from then on realized the photography bug already bit him. From early age on, he realized the importance of photography and its ability to preserve the precious moments in life. And though he didn’t take a formal education in photography, and pursued a degree in Nuclear Physics, he made it clear that he took a class in photography as one of his elective subjects in the University. He ended up working


has photographed some local and international dignitaries and celebrities and has taken pictures in some of the greatest places like the helipad of the Burj Al Arab and deserts in Oman. His biggest achievement was to be one of two official photographers at the launch of the Burj Khalifa (currently, the world’s tallest structure). In a short span Charles had become a figure in photography and had been spotted in most events. Currently, his bread and butter come from events and his most noted works are in Motor and Sports Events. He has covered a lot of sports activities like Dubai Rugby 7s, Dubai Tennis Championships, The Dubai Marathon, Red Bull X-Fighters, Powerboat races, various motor sport races, a few cricket matches, Emirates Football 7s, and other events. Charles enjoys every moment in Sports Photography. He says that he toughest part of officially covering any sporting event is that the client wants you to cover more than you can realistically cover and also having to constantly run back and forth between shooting the activities and editing pictures for the urgent press releases is source for ulcers. But whatever the load and pressure, at the end of the day, the satisfaction of being able to deliver in spite of all the obstacles, is more rewarding than the physical & mental exhaustion.

in an IT field here in Dubai but wasn’t very happy at those jobs. He did not feel emotional satisfaction in what he did and later on decided to pursue his real interest and become a photographer. Charles took some courses, read a lot of books and magazines and learned from online tips and tutorials. In a way, he thinks that the independence from a formal education in photography has allowed him to enjoy what he does now. The initial defining moment in Charles’ photography career was when he got a 3-day assignment to photograph interiors for a furnished apartment group. The money he made from the project was more than 3 times his monthly salary. He admitted that he still didn’t know what he was doing during those times but through his research on the internet and reading a few how-to articles, he managed to give the client the best possible result. From then on, he has came a long way with his career and had experienced a lot of new things in life. Among these experiences, he remembers doing photography from helicopters and micro-light aircraft in the UAE as one of the highlights in his new job. He also had the privilege to photograph and drive exotic cars, even before they are officially launched. He

Besides doing Sports Photography, Charles had proven himself on almost all genre of photography already. He has taken on assignments in a lot of other areas of photography and can’t say that he is focuses on anything in particular. He considers himself more as a Jack-Of-All-Trades as he has taken on assignments in the fields of product, interior, architecture, food, aerial, lifestyle, corporate, industrial and portrait photography. For Charles the best thing about his work is the fact that he works for himself. According to him, every job is different and each assignment poses a challenge on how to setup, shoot, edit and deliver the project while being efficient. Being solely responsible for the quality of the results of the work he puts in is another point of satisfaction and sometimes frustration. Charles would love to be remembered as someone who was able to show as many of us as possible the beauty of the world we live in, no matter what the circumstances. He would like to go back to his initial roots of why he got into photography and want to do more of people portraits and at least one photo documentary in India.

www.charlesverghesephotography.com


THE ARTIST |

Charles Verghese


THE ARTIST |

Charles Verghese

“Sports Photography can be really tough, but whatever load and pressure it brings, at the end of the day, the satisfaction of being able to deliver in spite of all the obstacles is more rewarding than the physical & mental exhaustion.�

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Emirates Photography Competition

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The Emirates Photography Competition ( EPC ) is an annual competition organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority ( TCA Abu Dhabi ) aiming to develop the photography movement in the UAE and the region by fostering and nurturing talents and professionals in the fields, through established workshops, meeting and seminars held at equal intervals, as well as personal and group exhibitions organized locally or outside the Emirates. The photography competition is partially based on the idea of the ownership of artworks shown in it, then re-publishing them globally by all possible means.

About The Competition

The competition receives distinguished photography from various schools of compound work, panorama, positive and negative slides, negatives, modern digital image processors, and photographs of different sizes – all that fall under the common standards of the art of photography. Every year the competition promotes a main theme, where photographers are urged to take into account research and untapped aspects, in addition to the four sections that change every year. The competition opens its doors for the participation of all photographers in the world and offers participants certificates of appreciation. Winners are invited to attend the opening of an exhibition of their works along with the awarding ceremony. Held also under the patronage of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), EPC also continues to feature the Noor Ali Rashed Award which is given to the best Emirati photographer for their works that highlights UAE environmental and cultural symbols. Noor Ali Rashed (1929 – 2010) was a leading UAE figure in photographic art, who through his work contributed to the documentation of the life within Emirati society, and its ruling families.

For more information and inquiries: • Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority • P. O. Box 2380 - Abu Dhabi, UAE • Tel: +971 2 657 6378 +971 2 657 6387 • Fax: +971 2 443 9482 • E-mail: ephotoc@tcaabudhabi.ae • Website: www.ephotoc.net

EPC gives an award for the best photographic collection from participants in the Arab world. A FIAP Gold Medal will be given to each of the best five participating photographers chosen. EPC will also select five organizations from international photography associations and clubs and recognize their support and role they play in developing the cultural movement of photography. Also EPC developed a ‘Fine Arts in Photography’ award which consists of three gold medals for the best works that present modern innovative ideas that contribute to developing photography. EPC believes in the inclusive nature of art and its timeless ability to unite the interests and creativity of human beings everywhere, as well as the ability of photography to facilitate interaction and communication amongst people.


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During the overnight grand outdoor Digital Photography training held at Barracuda Beach Resort

OPPPS would like to give their special thanks to the event sponsors who were kind enough to provide gifts and prizes to the photo competition winners - Blackberry Middle East and Sandisk Middle East.

OPPPS trainers and volunteers during the graduation ceremony

Received the Oscar’s trophy and a Blackberry Z10.

Winners of the members’ photo competition with a theme “Decisive Moment”. The 1st Prize winner also received a Blackberry Curve and all winners got some accessories from Blackberry and Sandisk.

The Overseas Pinoy Professional Photographers Society (OPPPS), under the auspices of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Northern Emirates, held its graduation ceremony for Batch 27 last Friday, 5th April 2013 at Samail Ballroom, Traders Hotel. The ceremony was attended by 221 graduates who have completed their 3-month training program in Digital Photography, Digital Darkroom and Graphic Design. The event was themed as “The Oscars”, taken probably directly from the prestigious awards night in the US for so the evening was filled with glitz and glamour as OPPPS members / volunteers and graduates walked the red carpet.

Meanwhile, OPPPS’ next training session will start on April 19 and ends on June 28. Online reservation is ongoing at www. oppps.com and the actual enrollment date is on April 12 to be held at The Philippine School from 10am to 3pm. Courses offered are Digital Photography with 4 sections (9am to 11am, 11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm and 3pm to 5pm), Digital Darkroom/Post Processing with 1 section (11am to 1pm), Graphic Design/Adobe Photoshop with 1 section (1pm to 3pm). OPPPS’ will also offer several 1-day workshops (9am to 5pm) covering different topics during the 3-month period like Video Editing, Make-up for Photographers, Product Shoot and Basic Studio Portraiture.

Special guests include Kristoffer Magboo, fashion designer and stylist and Darwin Japat Guevarra, a Dubai based Filipino artist who also designed and hand-crafted the “Oscars” trophies for the competition winners.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize winners of Digital Photography photo competition with OPPPS trainers and volunteers

The inspirational talk was given by Randy Recio, also a graduate of OPPPS (Batch 12) and became a devoted member for more than 5 years and now is one of the photography instructors.

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Friday

Photo by: Russell Featherstone

Another success has been achieved by FullFrame Team as we have launched our weekly activity of conceptual shoot. Friday Shoot is an every weekend photo session that is being organized at FullFrame Studio having different concepts on every assembly. Models and Make-Up Artist are made available by the group and top photographers and amateurs have attended the day long activity to build up their portfolio. March 29 was a blast and a preview of the many Friday Shoots coming ahead. Every Friday, the team strategically organized a concept that is fresh and innovative that will keep our artists stimulated and ignite their passion to better enhance their craft with photography. Photo by: Anna Chan

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FullFrame is offering a chance to boost your portfolio with a whole day conceptual shoot to maximize everyone’s potential. Attend our conceptual shoot and have the opportunity to build up your collection of photos. To know more about the Friday Shoot call us at 04 4415347. Register now and Shoot your hearts out.

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f2.8, 1/25sec, ISO800 @11mm Š2012 Jay Alonzo

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