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FUNN Holds Workshops for Young Photographers

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FUNN, the Sharjah-based organisation that promotes and supports media arts learning for children and the youth in the UAE, recently organised a series of art workshops, themed ‘The Basics of Photography’. Held in collaboration with Capture LLC, a UAE-based company specialising in photography, the workshops honed the artistic talents of participants aged 10-14, and introduced them to photography as a profession, the know-how of the art of photography, and the required skill-sets to master it.

The workshops were organised at the Emirates Photography Society, Al Bait Hotel and Al Noor Island, every week on Saturdays. The engaging workshops educated participants about the fundamentals of photography and the latest digital technologies used in professional photography. The series of workshops also hosted photography tours that were arranged for the participants by Capture.

As part of the ‘Basics of Photography’ workshops, Aisha Al Nuaimi conducted various workshops and shared with the participants intricacies of photography along with different types of camera lenses and their functions. She discussed key photography concepts and techniques, including the exposure triangle: aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, as well as focus and photograph composition rules.

During the workshops, the participants studied various photographs, that were shot using different techniques and settings, to learn the importance of analysing the frame and choosing the right angle and the depth of field for high quality photographs. One of the workshops introduced participants to the art of photography, and gave them details about different types of cameras, lenses, metering and shooting modes as well as techniques to hold the camera.

Another workshop addressed technical and creative concepts in photography, such as light balance, focal length, and different photography modes. The third workshop comprised of a quick review of the concepts addressed in the first two workshops and offered the opportunity to the participants to take part in various hands-on practice sessions.

Capture is a Dubai-based art establishment and a member of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid SME Establishments since 2017, with a staff comprising a host of expert photographers having exceptional experience. Capture provides public and private photography services in the UAE and abroad, in addition to organising workshops in collaboration with local and international organisations.

FUNN aims to nurture a future generation of creative artists in media and film industry, and promotes new media works and films made by children and young filmmakers in the UAE at international film festivals and conferences worldwide. Its larger goal is to foster talent through these festivals, conferences and workshops locally and internationally.

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Meta Connect 2022 Date Announced

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and Founder of Meta announced on his Facebook account the official October 11 event date for Meta Connect 2022. In the same post, the CEO also added a new image of Project: Cambria, the long-awaited follow-up to the Meta Quest.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise.

Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise. Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

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Pop Culture Show Popcon Middle East Comes to Dubai in November 2022

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Dubai will be hosting its first edition of PopCon Middle East (PopConME) from the 10th  – 13th  November 2022. Promising the ultimate weekend, PopConME will showcase the best in Movies, TV, comics, graphic novels, anime, cosplay, and much more. In partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Speedy Comics, and Alanza Trading, PopConME will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo City Dubai, featuring exclusive workshops, movie screenings, Cosplay gaming competitions, and much more.

PopConME will be running as part of Dubai Esports Festival (DEF 2022) taking place from the 9th – 20th November 2022, the most exciting esports and gaming event in the Middle East, and a trend-setter for the region’s gaming industry which is set to cement Dubai’s position as a year-round global hub for esports and gaming.

“We are excited to introduce PopConME to Dubai. I have been a fan of comic books since I was a child and have been entrenched in the community from an early age. This is a dream come true for a true geek like me. I want this convention to have everything and more my geek heart desires.” said Amer Rashed Al Farooq, Deputy CEO, Speedy Comics Group, the region’s number one destination for vintage comics and pop culture collectibles.

This festival will give fans the opportunity to celebrate their favourite celebrities, meet like-minded people, and indulge in the world of fantasy all under one roof. Comic book geeks will get the opportunity to meet and greet their favourite talents up close, attend exclusive workshops and buy one-of-a-kind merchandise at the Artist Alley. Packed with interactive zones and activations PopConME will host its own People’s Choice Cosplay, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokémon/Yu-Gi-Oh Card Competitions.

Featuring a line-up of some of the biggest international talents, PopConME has already confirmed the attendance of Nightmare on Elm Street actress Katie Cassidy, who is also known for her portrayal of the demon Ruby in the fantasy horror series, Supernatural and Black Canary in Arrow. Also confirmed to attend are CW Supernatural Kevin Tran and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency actor, Osric Chau, and voice actor Ray Porter best known for his portrayal of DC Comics Villain, Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

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360VUZ Partners with Gamers8

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360 VUZ, the immersive video mobile app, has partnered with Gamers8, the biggest gaming and esports festival in the world, bringing an 8 weeks-long festival to the app. This will offer its users a one-of-a-kind experience mixing esports tournaments with live music. In collaboration with Gamers8 and MdlBeast, 360VUZ will immerse its users every single Thursday right from the stadium of Boulevard Riyadh City to attend outstanding musical concerts.

The concerts will include performances by top A-list stars such as Nancy Ajram and Marhmello, Russ and Alan Walker, and Black Eyed Peas and DJ Snake. Khaled Zaatarah, 360 VUZ Founder and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are excited to offer our users in the world and especially in Saudi Arabia the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new 360º immersive experience and attend key Gamers8 events from anywhere around the world.”

In addition, big-name international artists, each of whom is guaranteed to captivate music lovers, are appearing at Gamers8 concerts alongside numerous local and regional talents each weekend throughout the event. Over 1,000 activities and attractions, such as comedy, cosplay, magic shows, and much more, are also on the Gamers8 entertainment agenda, which runs until September 8. 

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