As we near the end of the year, we tend to look back and say, what the fish!  2009 has been an exciting one, It started with the Gulf Photo Plus event in April 2009.  I got to learn the fundamental of lighting from one of the best in the photography business, Zack Arias. With David Hobby’s Strobist website and Zack’s Onelight workshop, I got the direction I needed.

Getting equipment was a struggle. Photography isn’t cheap and prices are Dubai is inflated beyond logic.  Over the months, I added onto my arsenal bit by bit. For those who are interested in the equipment I have, here goes:

Nikon D80
Nikon 85mm f/1.4  (Christmas addition)
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 18-135mm f3.5- 5.6G
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 AF
Vivitar Tripod
Lumo-Pro LP120 Manual flash
Nissin di622 i-ttl flash
Third party Wireless remote.
Profoto Lightstand x 2
40’ Profoto Umbrellas x 3
CTR-31 Wireless triggers x 2
Reflector boards.

I am leaning more towards beauty portraits now, close up head and shoulder images.  I worked with some amazingly talented and beautiful people.  Each shoot was a learning experience and more importantly a lot of fun! The next year looks promising; I have a couple of projects in the pipeline and a lot of New Year’s resolutions. 


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