Photography in the Time of Quarantine

Photo by Rashed Al Subaie

Using only an iPhone and some practice, you can be a professional photographer too.


Well, let’s face it: this quarantine hasn’t been that easy. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that we all collectively now have time that we didn’t before. Have you always wanted to practice a skill that you never had the opportunity to? Do you have a passion that you want to work on? Now’s definitely the time.

Photography may be the most useful and practical creative skill to learn these days. While professional cameras may be quite expensive, anyone with an iPhone can take expert photos. With the right planning, concept, and advice, anyone can learn the skills to become a master photographer in no time!

Destination KSA has taken the liberty to interview a series of photographers who decided to create a photo series’ using only their iPhones during the Ramadan quarantine. We asked them all about their craft, and what they would recommend to any up-and-coming photographers trying to build their skillsets.

Photo by Rashed Al Subaie

Photo by Rashed Al Subaie

Saudi photographer Rashed Al Subaie (@irashedz) had a lot of great advice. He suggests using the grid, HDR, and rule of third in your pictures to draw attention to your subject. Rashed believes that new photographers should always look for new techniques, have their own photography style, and be patient to come up with the best photography results.

Before his shoots, Rashed sometimes needs research and advance planning to prepare the required tools to execute the planned concept. Other times, he likes to be receptive to random moments of imagination. Rashed finds inspiration and beauty in everything around him, you just need a good eye to catch the beauty around everyone. During quarantine, passionate photographers should practice everything, follow the latest photography and videography trends, and expand their knowledge.

Photo by Abdullah  Alshaiji

Photo by Abdullah Alshaiji

Abdullah Alshaiji (@shaijieee), a Kuwaiti photographer, also has advice. The iPhone, he states, has great photography and videography features that anyone can utilize and get professional camera results. Besides the iPhone’s night mode and time-lapse features Abdullah loves the natural look on the iPhone produced pictures, it’s completely different from any other phone.

Abdullah always trains his workshop students on the photo concept/idea. For him, good photo quality comes from planning a good concept. He usually does research for ideas and inspiration before any photoshoot, but, like Rashed, he also likes to keep a room for spontaneous creativity.

During quarantine, Abdullah has learned some lessons. First, he believes that the Internet is a great tool to find inspiration, ideas, and concepts, giving him opportunities to produce good images while quarantined. While in isolation, he learned how to deal with difficult lighting situations. To him, light is the most important pillar of any great picture.

Abdullah believes that a tripod is a must! Either to shoot Time-Lapse or for pictures with low light or for stop motion. Some other options like macro lenses and ring lights could be useful in some situations. Most importantly, he wishes he had known that photography is a continuous learning process. If he had the chance to read, learn, and educate himself more, he would be even more masterful! So what are you waiting for?

Photo by Mohammed Alkaabi

Photo by Mohammed Alkaabi

Finally, Emirati photographer Mohammed Alkaabi (@mohframes) reiterates what the previous two photographers stated, adding that the iPhone is an amazing tool if you know how to utilize its features to the maximum, so try to push the iPhone to the limits if you want to be amazed!

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Saudi Streetwear

I always aim to be creative by investing my time in art and fashion. - @Zombiekhalid

The evolution of cultural expression through fashion.


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I’m very passionate about streetwear, the design theory is what captivates me rather than the trends. – @byhayaabdullah

Streetwear is synonymous with individuality. Emerging from the punk DIY scene, skate culture, and hip-hop, the fashion sense has quickly morphed into an overarching umbrella term referring to clothes emerging not from a particular studio or designer, but urban settings and sensibilities.

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Through streetwear, I aim to combine a mixture of classic and vintage style. – @khalidx.0

Saudi Arabia is not exempt from this worldwide trend. Though our traditional clothing has reigned supreme in the public, our fondness for individualism is only getting stronger. While the culture of streetwear may have Western origins, the entire world has in one way or another jumped on the bandwagon, mainly because it is personal, subjective, exploratory, and experimental.

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My favorite parT of street style is gearing up for photoshoots with different photographers and finding new ways to express myself. – @ma.jed.9

Urban-wear in the Kingdom has a mixture of global sentiment and the aesthetics of the encompassing geography. Styling – and the accompanying photography – is intentionally crafted to suit the colors, textures, and even shapes of its surroundings. That’s step one.

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My style is an expression of the role I play as one of the only females rapping in Saudi Arabia, of paving my own path in the urban hip hop scene, and of telling fearless tales in the face of change.” – @theycallmejara

Next comes the local fashion industry, changing to meet these new demands by the people for trendy clothing that resonates with their worldview – an often forgotten element of fashion’s power and influence in society.

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Expressing myself through street style is important to me and allows me to be myself fully. – @__aits__

With countless local Saudi brands emerging, the country has truly begun to shape its own style, drawing in international eyes and inspiring nations near and far with innovative stylish trends and look.

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