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Photography Studio Opening



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10:00 AM to 8:30 PM


Manarat Al Saadiyat




You’re invited to the launch of Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Photography Studio, the new creative space hosting specialised workshops and training sessions by professionals.

As an art community centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat launches the Photography Studio, as a platform dedicated to photography that will encourage the participation of local, regional, and international photographers by hosting community-driven photography exhibitions as well as developing and promoting a year-round calendar of activities and programmes.

The Photography Studio is committed to developing and enhancing the professional growth of talent in Abu Dhabi and beyond. The space will host specialised workshops and courses conducted by professional photographers, along with a large workshop space, a makeup and dressing room, a digital lab and a studio available for rent.


Course title: Intermediate/Advanced Photography:
This is an intermediate/advanced class that is intended for participants who have a basic knowledge in photography and are interested in furthering their knowledge and skills through analogue photography and digital techniques. 
Type: Monthly Course
Sundays and Wednesdays 6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Fee: AED 800 

Phil Burgess 

Course title: Photo-Editing (Retouching Portraits & Landscapes)
This is an in-depth course specifically on editing landscapes and portrait images, which contains simple to advanced techniques on how to alter images, whether they are digital photographs  or illustrations. This class will be led by Wissam Zein.
Type: Monthly Course
Sundays and Wednesdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm 
Fee: AED 800   

Wissam Zein 


Class title: Basic Photo-editing
A class where participants will learn about coordinating photo assignments by selecting, editing, and positioning photos. This class also teaches the processes of altering Digital  images or illustrations.
Type: Daily Class 
Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Fee: AED 300 


Course title: Basic Photography (Arabic/English)
This course covers the basic concepts and practices of digital photography, including understanding and use of camera, lenses, and other basic equipment. It addresses aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light, and colour. 

Type of class: Monthly course
Mondays and Thursdays 6:00pm-8:00pm
Fee: AED 600 
Tariq Hijjawi

Course title: Basic Studio Lighting
Participants will learn about the importance of lighting in controlling an image. They will also be taught how to create dramatic lighting by producing a lot of contrast, as well as different sources of light used in photography. 
Type of class: Monthly Course
Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm
Fee: AED 800 

Abdulla Al Hashemi 


Workshop title: Portrait Lighting
This class will teach the art of bringing out the essence of an individual—identifying the person’s personality and facial features, and coming up with a lighting scheme that will synchronize with them.
Type of class: Workshop
October 12 1pm-6pm
October  13 10am-3pm
Fee: 800 AED
Mansoor Al Mannaee 

Workshop title: Macro Photograph
This class will teach participants about photographing objects that are very close to the lens. The purpose is to reveal details of the subject not visible with the naked eye.
Type of class: Workshop
October 26 1pm-6pm
October 27 10am-3pm
Fee: 800 AED

Yousef Al Habshi 



Photography for All 
These are classes that will discuss basic photography and how it relates to specific subjects, such as portraits, smart-phone photography, etc. Participants will engage in activities to enhance their photographic skills and create artistic images. This class is meant for all levels photography. 
Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Fee: AED 300 

With Jassim Al Awadhi
A lecture that will host featured artist, Jassim Al Awadhi, who will present a discussion to the public about his experience in photography and exhibited work.
October 3, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Fee: Free of charge

With Jassim Al Awadhi
These courses are designed specifically to engage photography enthusiasts and specialists with a selection of high-profile photographers who will be leading the classes.
Day one: the participants will create artistic portraits by using scanners and smartphones. 
Day two: Experiment in painting with light.
October 5, 1pm to 6pm 
October 6, 10am to 3pm 
Fee: AED 2000 
These are exclusive meet-up sessions among a group of photographers in the community to brainstorm ideas and share their assessments. 
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Fee: Free of charge

A critique session that will be offered to any individual who is interested in a mentorship in photography. Each session will be one hour long. 
Every other Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm
Fee:  AED 500 

A one-to-one session for individuals who wish to learn in private and seek advice regarding their photographic skills. 
Every Thursday starting from October 4, 10:00am-12:00pm
Fee: Ranges between AED 1,000  and AED 4,000  




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