In 2014, Gulf Photo Plus celebrates their 10th year as one of the premiere photography workshops in the world. Lee and I experienced the event in Dubai last year for the first time, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Together with Joe Grimes, Zack Arias, Gregory Heisler, Lindsay Adler, David Hobby, and Joe McNally, GPP is raising the bar to produce an event you do not want to miss.
The goal of the Gulf Photo Plus workshop is to nurture and develop the photography community in the United Arab Emirates and the entire middle eastern region. But that's not to say that photographers from around the world shouldn't miss out on this amazing chance to perfect their craft and explore the wonderful world that is Dubai.
Through a series of workshops, seminars, and events, Gulf Photo Plus really is a leader in photography education. There is no other place in the world that you can go and have the exotic modern landscape of Dubai as your background while learning from some of the world's best photographers. This years roster includes David Alan Harvey, Brooke Shaden, Joe McNally, Lindsay Adler, Zack Arias, Eric Kim, Gregory Heisler, Joel Grimes, David Hobby, RC Concepcion, David Nightingale, Sara Lando, Bobbi Lane, and Steve Simon. So if you are looking to expand your knowledge of lighting, practice your portrait skills, dabble in street photography around the city, or capture some amazing fine art photographs of Dubai for your home or office, Gulf Photo Plus has something for everyone.
It is inspiring enough to just be in the same room with these instructors, but the amazing thing with GPP is you can actually hang out with them after hours in the small and intimate Holiday Inn Express within Dubai's Knowledge Village. Here is a video Fstoppers produced during our visit last year that is sure to get you inspired.
As I mentioned above, attending Gulf Photo Plus last year was easily one of the top five coolest things I've ever done in my life. Not only did I get to experience an incredible city like Dubai (and erase some common misconceptions and stereotypes I had of the region), but I was also able to hang out with many of the photographers I looked up to when I first picked up a camera. Hearing Gregory Heisler talk about his tintype collection, or watching David Bernett collaborate with Zack Arias during an iphone shoot over cocktails are a few stories that just don't happen anywhere but Gulf Photo Plus.
For more information about Gulf Photo Plus including all the instructors teaching, the incredible Photo Friday sessions, or everyone's favorite GPP Photographer Shootout, head over to Gulf Photo Plus's 2014 Workshop Page. Also check out the video below that Lee and I filmed during our experience out in Dubai last year. If your schedule allows for a trip to the UAE this year, you would be foolish to miss out on this elite photography workshop.