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Photography classes in the UAE

Since Ive been here, Ive taken two photography classes through GPP. They were very informative, I enjoyed the teacher, and I now have much better understanding of my DSLR camera. Of course, part of that understanding will only come from me using the camera much more than I do so that part is on me. There are times when I see a picture in my mind but cant quite get that picture inside the camera. I learned then, that some pictures require a certain lens and that with said lens, you cant get that picture no matter how hard you try.

However, a certain part of it, a LARGE part of it, requires YOU. The person with the creativity (or the lack thereof in some cases). I dont think it helps that I have been uncomfortable with taking my camera out in public. I love candid photography and just dont feel comfortable doing it here. But this is where I live...and Im still working it out in my mind because I do love it.

But getting back to the creative part...Im taking a class soon called creative beginner with Jay Alonzo. To compare off the bat, the price difference is notable. 200 dirham compared to 200 dollars. I hope this isnt a "you get what you pay for debacle". I checked out his web page and he does have nice pictures. I will see what comes of it. And I wonder if Ill be sitting in this house going crazy with the dreaded "take a photographic work of art of something in your apartment" assignment.

In the meantime, I have things to occupy my time like reading about photography and other things. My how I miss having a bookstore. Theres also the matter of dishes calling...but my stomach's call is louder.


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It's coming.

Piles of things with nowhere to go and an impending deadline. You have a million things to do so you begin the arduous task of figuring out what to keep and what to let go of. In the beginning, it seems easy enough. Maybe you don't have lots of things. In which case, the above picture will never be you. In most cases, however, just get your tissue ready. Or your bottle of libation. Whichever suits your fancy.

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Moroccanoil Soap

If youve read this blog for any length of time, Im sure youve gotten your laughs off my Moroccan bath experience. As crazy as that was for me, i believe I will be going to get one again, though at a much better establishment!
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 And while waiting in line for a price, an Arabic lady gave it the once over, looked inside, and nodded her head in approval of what was inside. After seeing it was only 9.50 dhm, I got another. Once I try it, I will certainly give a review! In the meantime, here is information about the product-or products like this:

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