Sony@Xposure 2017

Xposing the UAE to a whole new era of photography at the 2nd edition of Xposure International Photography Festival

As a leader in digital imaging, Sony has always been at the forefront of developing, encouraging and attracting talented photo enthusiasts and professional photographers in the UAE. Sony has raised the bar in professional photography and has been successful in ushering the market into a new era of digital photography as we know it.

At the second edition of Xposure International Photography Festival happening at Sharjah Expo Centre from 22-25 November 2017, Sony Middle East and Africa is reinforcing its commitment to support local talent in the world of photography by empowering them with the tools and know-how to compete against the best in the world. Professional photographers and budding amateurs will get to experience the whole range of Sony's popular Alpha series, RX series, Handycam and the ActionCam cameras at its stand, as well as attend free seminars by Sony Artisans - Cristina Mittermeier, Jason Lanier and Alpha Photographers - Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree), Bjoern Lauen during the four-day Xposure event.

Speakers

Jason award winning wedding and portrait photographer Jason Lanier for a 1 hour seminar where he walks you though the process of creating amazing images for both wedding and portrait photography! Techniques shared will include shooting for indoor and outdoor locations, using natural light and artificial light, and the lens and lighting combinations that Jason uses to create the images for his clients and what you see on his Youtube Channel.

Jason prides himself on connecting with the average photographer out there to help them understand how the techniques and practices he uses can help others succeed. Jason's seminars are very interactive where lots of questions and answers are exchanged as Jason believes the interactivity with the group enhances the learning experience for everyone there. We can't wait to have you join us and for you to be part of this energetic, action packed hour session with a straight talking trail blazing photographer.

Cristina Mittermeier

To roam the farthest corners of the Earth, where wild creatures live, is a privilege reserved for the adventurous few. Cristina Mittermeier is one of those few. She dedicates her life to creating images that help us understand the urgent need to protect our wild places.

Cristina first discovered her insatiable passion for the natural world, both above and below the surface, as a Marine Biologist working in the Gulf of California and the Yucatan Peninsula. From there, it didn't take her long to realize that she could make a bigger impact on how people see the world, and connect to it, through the lens of her camera than she could with data on spreadsheets.

Today, Cristina is a National Geographic Photographer, Co-founder and President of the conservation society, SeaLegacy, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, is recognized as one of the World’s Top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine and is the editor of 25 coffee table books on conservation issues. She is a sought-after Keynote Speaker and Presenter at events ranging from the Convention on Biological Diversity to the TEDx stage. Her images focus on demonstrating the important relationship between human cultures, especially indigenous people, and biodiversity that sustain not only them, but all of us.

"Conservation is a puzzle," she says. "Where many pieces have to fit together to make things work. For me, the choice of being a photographer means becoming piece of that puzzle. In the absence of that, for me, photography means nothing."

Having worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world, Cristina builds a greater awareness of the responsibility that comes with being human. Her work is about the ethical imperative-the urgent reminder that we are inextricably linked to all other species on this planet and that we have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms.

Cristina has three grown children, each pursuing careers in science and conservation. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, with her partner, National Geographic Photographer and Filmmaker, Paul Nicklen.

Half Korean Half Egyptian, born in Queens, New York now based in Alexandria Egypt, Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) is a Filmmaker and a Photographer. He captures inspiring and engaging stories and creative insights, working across a broad range of media, generating original creative insights and executions in TV Ads, Photography, and Advertising.

Founder of Qube Productions & Koree Films, he grew up in a fascinating cultural melting pot consisting primarily of Korean and Egyptian families, so he was certainly no stranger to the joys and challenges of cultural diversity. After 13 years in the U.S. his family moved to Alexandria, Egypt, another city noted for accommodating diverse nationalities and religions but with a distinctly Mediterranean flavor. After finishing high school, he went on to study Computer Engineering but never went to the field.

Abdelrahman Gabr documents the people and places in Egypt with a profound lens, purveying a certain magic in every shot, inspiring wide-eyed patriotism for this chaotic, ancient civilization. He captures the spirit of specific Egyptian cities through an incredibly cinematic visual rhetoric.

His portfolio acts as a beautiful time capsule that blends historic culture with modern day living, almost becoming the ultimate tourism propaganda for Egypt.

Bjoern Lauen

Born 1980, in north west Germany, Bjoern Lauen has been involved in photography for more than 20 years. Starting from a camera his father gave him during his early teens. After taking photos of family and friends for a while, he interned at a local newspaper photographing the local communities, as well as in a photography studio near his hometown. Here he was also taught to develop film in the darkroom. Creating images and watching them appearon paper never stopped to fascinate him.

He completed a business diploma and started studying psychology. After a successful career asan entrepreneur, co-founding the successful international franchise concept LOOXIS - he later became director and board member of a UAE based company.

After almost a decade in the Middle East and Bjoern turned his passion photography into a successful business while he always had a strong urge for travel and adventure. He would spend his free time travelling the world, explore, experience and photography some of the most remote areas of the planet. He participated in and initiated charitable projects and would use his photography as a media to highlight social and economic challenges incountries like Ethiopia and Nepal. His published work about the tribes of Omo valley in Ethiopia hasbeen exhibited at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Hollywood / Los Angeles.

Being fascinated bytechnology and innovation, Bjoern, over the last few years, has been involved in the development and operation of camera drones (RPAS / UAV). His aerial work is used for film and photography publications alike.

Bjoern's work has been published in national and international media such as National Geographic Kids, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal and further more. His photography is part of various books - such as the 911 LOVE Porsche book.

His commercial work focuses on Portrait, Automotive, Lifestyle and Commercial Photography. Bjoern regularly works for international clients as and brands.

Bjoern is a regular contributor to UAE based Phocal Media, has been a two-time finalist of the prestigious HIPA photography award. He is speaker on photography and travel-industry events such as on the 2016 Xposure International Photography Festival and the ITB Berlin 2016.

Traveling, Motorcycle Adventures in Nepal and into the Himalayas as well asquality time with his family are what Bjoern likes to spend his free time with.

Seminar Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, 22nd November

Time Speaker Topics
13:00 - 13:45 Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) Capturing the Spectacle of the Northern Lights
14:00 - 14:45 Bjoern Lauen Exploring the Kingdom of Mustang
15:00 - 15:45 Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) Exploring the Wonders of Bali
16:00 - 16:45 Bjoern Lauen Adventure Photography - How to Plan Your Next Expedition
17:00 - 18:00 Cristina Mittermeier Storytelling to Save the World
18:15 - 19:00 Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) Creating meaningful images
19:15 - 20:15 Cristina Mittermeier How to be Nat Geo Photographer

Day 2: Thursday, 23rd November

Time Speaker Topics
12:45 - 13:45 Cristina Mittermeier Storytelling to Save the World
14:00 - 14:45 Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) Capturing the Spectacle of the Northern Lights
15:15 - 16:15 Jason Lanier Portrait photography Shooting with 1 light
16:30 - 17:15 Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) Creating meaningful images
17:45 - 18:45 Jason Lanier Art and Gear Relationship: Directing Portrait
19:00 - 20:00 Panel - Bjoern Lauen, Cristina Mittermeier, Jason Lanier & Koree What made us successful photographers
20:15 - 21:15 Cristina Mittermeier Storytelling to Save the World

Day 3: Friday, 24th November

Time Speaker Topics
15:45 - 16:45 Jason Lanier Wedding photography Shooting with 1 light
17:00 - 18:30 Cristina Mittermeier Storytelling to Save the World
18:45 - 19:30 Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) Capturing the Spectacle of the Northern Lights
19:45 - 20:45 Panel - Bjoern Lauen, Cristina Mittermeier, Jason Lanier & Koree Taking advantage of your gear
21:00 - 21:45 Bjoern Lauen Adventure Photography - How to Plan Your Next Expedition

Day 4: Saturday, 25th November

Time Speaker Topics
10:45 - 11:30 Abdel Rahman Gabr (Koree) Capturing the Spectacle of the Northern Lights
11:45 - 12:30 Bjoern Lauen Exploring the Kingdom of Mustang
13:00 - 14:00 Jason Lanier Art and Gear Relationship: Directing Portrait
14:15 - 15:15 Panel - Cristina Mittermeier & Jason Lanier Meet the Sony Artisan - Taking advantage of your gear
15:30 - 16:30 Cristina Mittermeier Storytelling to Save the World
16:45 - 17:30 Bjoern Lauen Capturing Dynamics & Action with Sony Alpha
18:00 - 19:00 Cristina Mittermeier Storytelling to Save the World
19:15 - 20:00 Bjoern Lauen Adventure Photography - How to Plan Your Next Expedition