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GPP-A Reunion in the Desert

Jan 30

In Seminars & Workshops at 4:52am

I’ve been away from Gulf Photo Plus for a couple years now, but heading back for 2012. Dubai remains fascinating, to be sure, but what really has rocked me, once again, is the gathering of talent in the city of the sands.

I kinda wish I could go and clone myself for a week, and just shuttle around to hear some wisdom. I’m especially psyched for the return of Greg Heisler. I missed him there last year, and he knows light and color like no one else. Also, David Burnett is coming. David and I know each other now for thirty years. He’s simply one of the most intelligent storytellers to ever pick up a camera. No surprise, his classes are already almost booked out. Martin Prihoda literally blasts sunlight into a different form, and Zack Arias teaches how to shoot sublime in the simplest of ways. It goes and goes, from beginner field skills with Chris Hurtt to landscape and PhotoShop mastery with David Nightingale. And, my bud, Louis Pang, the man from Malaysia, is coming to infuse all with the his zeal and joy about shooting weddings. With Bobbi Lane, David Tejada, Claire Rosen, and Steve Simon in attendance, this very rich seminar week covers, literally, all the photographic bases. Hell, Hobby and I are even hitching up a Flash Bus style day in the desert in addition to teaching other classes. I head for the Middle East on March 1st, and the fireworks start on March 5. In between my arrival and the start of things, I’ll probably wander the dunes looking for that flash tree DH and I built the last time we were out there.

Hit this link, and it brings right to the page with all the instructor bios and websites. They’re an amazing bunch, and I’m thrilled, once again, to be in their company.

More tk…

Andor says:

on January 30, 2012 at 6:01 am

Clone – just for a week? :-)))
Wish I could be there to attend!

M.J says:

on January 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

Some of the Masters of photography in one place.. That’s just amazing.
I have been there in 2010 and everything was planned very well, the atmosphere was great and the people couldn’t be more friendly.
Such events bring pride to all GCC countries and I hope we can do it someday here in Kuwait.
So until then, wish you the best Mr.McNally.

Bill Bogle Jr. says:

on January 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

It sounds wonderful, and wish I could go. One question I had: How is the Flash Bus getting across the Pond? All the best.

Bill Bogle, Jr.

Ryan Jay says:

on January 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

Finally Joe…We did miss you last time but not this time…we already booked and are looking forward for March 10. See yah and David Hobby.

Johan Sopiee says:

on January 30, 2012 at 9:14 am

it looks like it’s gonna be amazing.. and super duper Awesome!

Eivind Rohne says:

on January 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Ouch! Seems like THE place to be, but no can do…

And I’m reaching the end of your ‘Sketching light’ as well. One of those books you wish would last forever. Great book! Kind of saving it a bit, so it’ll last just a tiny bit longer.


Kellie McCann says:

on January 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Just curious, how much does this cost…I went to the site, but couldnt locate fees easily…

RobyFabro says:

on January 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

What a team of talents…wish I was there to take advantage of it!!
With such a team you would win the world cup of photography!:)

stephen says:

on January 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Even though I can’t go, I always look forward to GPP each year, just because of Zarias, McNally, and Hobby.

Matt Reed says:

on January 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Hey Joe, can’t wait! Coming from Australia and looking forward to 4 days of JM action! Thanks for the opportunity and see you there

Jay Mann says:

on February 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

GPP was certainly a hilight each year I was in Dubai. I took a number of lighting classes from some guy, don’t recall his name….. :) Can’t do it this year, too far to drive from Sumatra. Have fun.

Pete says:

on February 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Attending this event remains one of my major photo goals.

I may need to rob a bank but it will be worth it :-)


Jay Mann says:

on February 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

To Pete,

Over the last 5 years I have elected to spend my photo money on courses at GPP and with Joe rather than buy major upgrades to my equipment. New equipment would not improve my skills, but the seminars and courses have caused step changes in my ability to make photos.

ryan says:

on February 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

hobby is hilarious!

Fernando Salcedo says:

on February 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Please Joe, when are you coming to Vienna!?

Ubiquam says:

on February 4, 2012 at 3:53 am

Be sure to attend this event! Good luck!

Alayyan says:

on March 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

Please be there next year !

Ryan Jay says:

on April 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Great experience…Mr. Joe is there any chance you haven’t deleted your photos during the flashbus workshop…if I could still grab copies of portraits of myself by you :) haha.. hope to see you again in future GPP events…wishing you more clicks to come..thanks for the signing my copies of your books

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