Shooting in the sunny beaches of Dubai is not as trivial task as one might think. You have to be quite discreet both not to disturb other beach-goers but also not to draw the attention of the security, who have been given really straight-forward simple rules to follow. We learned that using a cheap reflector counts as a ‘professional equipment’ for some so we were restricted on the angles we can work on. In other words the sun had to shine behind me to avoid too harsh shadows, since we weren’t able to reflect any fill light from the side. The photos still turned out nice, thought.
It was pretty much the same story with the street photos we took: if we stayed anywhere too long or looked ‘too professional’ we were told that we cannot take more than a shot or two without getting a permission from the management - even if the features from the buildings near us were hardly recognizable from the photos. That also meant that we couldn’t setup any lighting but had to rely on the natural light. Even though we got some nice pictures, I know we could’ve had even better ones with some fill light.