Gulf Photo Plus PopUP is Coming to London

One of the coolest things about Dubai is coming to London this fall. No, not the tower—although it would make a nice little spear for London's gherkin, dontcha think?

Nope, even cooler: Gulf Photo Plus is coming to London on Sept. 28th and 29th. I'll be there. So will Zack and McNally. And Heisler. It's gonna be a nonstop firehose of a weekend.

Come to London

Ever wanted to visit London? Do you maybe already live there? Or near there?

If so, consider being there this September 28th and 29th, when Gulf Photo Plus will be getting on the bus and setting up shop in London for the weekend.

They might even bring their strawberry sheesha pipe with them. Who knows.

(Editor's note: Aaand they went with caricatures. Can you blame them? Zack's the baby of the group and even he's on the wrong side of forty. Just sayin'.)

What to Expect at GPP PopUP London

It's a two-day lecture/demo class series with Zack Arias, Joe McNally and Gregory Heisler. It's essentially a nonstop weekend of technique and inspiration from some of the best instructors around. And me, too.

There will be two-sessions each day. You'll rotate between speakers, and see everyone. They are splitting it into two venues, and two groups to keep the class sizes manageable and the Q's and A's flowing. So if you wanna hang with a friend during the weekend, make sure you choose the same "stream." (There's only two streams. It's not that complex.)

Best thing, as far as I am concerned, is I'll get to crash two other sessions when I am not speaking. That's possibly the onlydownside for GPP instructors in Dubai. You are working in one room and, like, Heisler is teaching 50 feet away and you can't go. It's physically painful.

With Heisler, Arias and McNally you gotta figure it is gonna be a lighting-centric weekend. Joe is jumping right into speedlights (manageable amounts, nothing over 50.) Zack is going the improvisational/DIY route. And Heisler is going high-end and evocative. (And I am sooo there.)

As for myself, plan on going a little meta as a counterpunch. We'll be stepping outside ourselves as photographers (and, alternately, very deep inside) to consider exactly where you go after learning a big bag of techniques.

After a 20-year life of shooting three-a-day assignments for someone else, I have spent the last seven years in a structured search for happiness and meaning (and value) as a photographer. We're gonna dive deep into exploring how that process might work for you.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

So, this thing is set up nice and neat and compact to where you could tack it onto a week's family vacation if you wanted. (Sample script: "Let's go to London this fall, honey. It's so beautiful in Septemb—Oh, look! There's some sort of, um, academic lecture series happening, too…")

Summer high season is over. Hotels and plane tix are cheaper. Ish. (After all, it's London.) See Big Ben! Ride a red bus! Have a tall glass of warm, opaque beer.

Are you local-ish? Why not hop a train from damn-near anywhere in the UK. Unlike us Americans you actually have good and efficient train service. (What's that like, anyway?)

Thinking of driving right into downtown London for this? Bwahahaha! (USA! USA! USA!)

The Gritty Details

The whole weekend is $399 USD, if you purchase before July 31st. But seats for this might go pretty quick.

And if you are traveling, make sure you have secured a seat before you commit to any transpo or lodging expenses. You can purchase and/or get full information on location, classes and schedules at the GPP PopUP London website.

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Blogger Pierre Vignau said...

these are not caricatures... they're icons... the photographic type...

July 01, 2013 10:10 AM  
Blogger jlawr said...

It's not "over 40" that's scary. It's that ALL of you are depicted as wearing eyeglasses. Thank goodness for auto exposure!

July 01, 2013 10:17 AM  
Blogger Toby Van de Velde said...

Holy Moley!
I am saving as of now.,..........

July 01, 2013 3:51 PM  
Blogger Simon Weir said...

Glasses - over forty - me too!
Going to be a great weekend - place booked and spreading the word in London...

July 01, 2013 4:19 PM  
Blogger Nas said...

Will Heisler be doing any demo's on stage with his Speed Graphic? If he is count me in.

July 01, 2013 4:29 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

"good and efficient train service" MIGHT be stretching it ;) Just hope there are no leaves on the line...

July 01, 2013 6:07 PM  
Blogger Ed Jones Photography said...

Wow... shame I'm on the other side of the world... you need to bring this team to Melbourne!

July 01, 2013 6:57 PM  
Blogger Iden Pierce Ford said...

Okay all well and good, bring the thing to Toronto, it's easier to get to and you won't suffer from jet lag or one sleepless night....

July 01, 2013 10:26 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


If only you knew how good you had it. Try getting around by train in the US sometime...

July 01, 2013 11:16 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Ed and @Iden-

Alas, this is neither a poll nor a tour. It's all happening in London. (Besides, Ed, they get a lot of Aussies in the Dubai GPP.)

July 01, 2013 11:18 PM  
Blogger RealGigReel said...

Ticket in the bag (and the glasses) !

Link posted in FB status.

Can't wait for this !


July 02, 2013 12:19 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I wanna sneak in. Any discounted tickets for underpaid academics/students? Will bake Sacher Torte as partial payment. Better than my gran's, as she always skimped on the ingredients.

July 02, 2013 7:21 AM  
Blogger m.s. said...

@Mike: maybe as a volunteer?

July 02, 2013 10:47 AM  
Blogger JakobG said...

On my way! Will be great to see strobist in London again. :)

July 02, 2013 4:20 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

@m.s. Ah, good idea. Tried my luck.

July 03, 2013 4:20 PM  
Blogger neil shearer said...

Tickets bought! I was so close to pulling the trigger on GPP this year, but the several thousand dollar price tag was just a little too much this time around. But luckily for me London is on my doorstep. Can't wait to learn from some serious legends!

July 04, 2013 4:50 AM  
Blogger Joe Riley ( said...

Been waiting most of my short career to be in the same room as Joe McNally :) And now I get to experiance sooo much more! It'd be good to meet Mr Hobby again too :p

July 07, 2013 7:58 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Fantastic. Cant wait!

July 09, 2013 11:22 AM  

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