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Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer

Shooting a red Aston Martin DBS in Dubai

I met the owner through a Nikon School car photography workshop I conducted here in Dubai.  He showed me some pictures of his car and immediately told him, let’s do a photo shoot with your car since I don’t have an Aston Martin DBS in my portfolio.  What struck me is that the car is in red! Taking photos of red cars is always challenging because every camera interprets red differently so, color correction is always tricky. So we met […]

Lighting experiment with 2016 Audi S3, Dubai, UAE.

The past few months have been really tough to shoot.  Temperature is rising every week and slowly reaching its peak recently.  Temperatures of 47 – 50C is no joke especially when paired with crazy humidity.   Weather is bearable at night though, so I geared up and decided to shoot my own car, 2016 Audi S3 with an Audi Exclusive Color called, aventurine orange mica. The paint being a mica contains some pearlescent properties meaning it changes the shade depending […]

Shoot with Abbey Sketch with Sony A7R II

I had a pleasure of testing the A7R II for a shoot, I only had the camera for a few days so I can’t really provide an in-depth review of it.  However, with a brief time using the A7R II, I can tell that it is a very good professional grade camera.  I would say that the Sony A7R II is the “DSLR” of the mirrorless cameras.  It feels heavier than it looks; using it for an hour of shoot […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer Car Photography Workshop Nikon School

Car Photography Workshop at Bahrain and Oman for Nikon School

If any of you are at Bahrain on May 21, 2016 and at Muscat, Oman on May 22,  please free to check out my Car Photography Workshop with Nikon School.  This is going to a FREE workshop!  Absolutely free of cost.. so please drop by and say hi 🙂 I will be sharing: composition tips essential equipment used in car photography camera settings different lighting techniques post processing workflow BAHRAIN: Register here: https://nikonschool-bh.com/workshop/Essentials-on-Car-Photography OMAN: Register here: https://nikonschool-om.com/workshop/Car-Photography-Workshop

Dubai Photographer Michael R. Cruzz

Car Photography workshop at Bahrain for Nikon School

If you are following me in my social media (if not just click my social media links on my website) you know that I conducted a Car Photography workshop for Nikon School in Bahrain. To my surprise, Ashrafs from Bahrain, in conjunction with Ford Middle East Bahrain provided a super rare car.  2014 Ford Mustang GT500 Shelby Super Snake.  This is the highest factory spec’d mustang there is, 850 HP of pure american muscle. Gear info: Nikon D800E + 14-24mm

Dubai Hot air Balloons. Michael R. Cruz is an award-winning, professional Commercial & Advertising photographer based in Dubai, UAE. His expertise is Fashion, Editorial, Corporate, 360 VR, Automotive and Landscape Photography. Dubai Photographer.

Dubai hot air balloons

I took this photo of Dubai with hot air balloons few days ago during the Dubai World Air Games 2015.  I am lucky that my balcony is facing this view.  This was taken from my balcony.  To be honest, I don’t see this kind of view every day, because Dubai can be really hazy.  However there are a few occasions that I see the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Skylines really clear.  I have to zoom at 200mm (x 1.5 […]

Dubai Photographer

Dodge Challenger SRT shoot with Nikon D810

If you are following my blog, you would know that I have been looking for a high megapixel camera that I could use together with my Fujifilm X-T1. In commercial work, there are times in which you are required to give large-resolution images to your client.  That is my main reason for looking for a high-megapixel camera; fortunately, I was lucky enough that the kind folks from Nikon Middle East here in Dubai let me borrow one of their most […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer. Cloudy Dubai

Cloudy Dubai!

Yesterday was one of the best Dubai skies I’ve seen.  There are massive clouds and surprisingly clear too, not so much haze.  Dubai is not really known for cloudy skies but as we enter the cold season, we are getting our fair shares of clouds. I took this photo from my balcony at around 7:30 to 7:45pm.  From there, I can see the Dubai skylines and Burj Khalifa standing out of that crowd. Gear used: Nikon D810 + 85mm f1.4 […]

Michael R. Cruz Dubai Photographer Nikon D810 Canon 5DSR Sony A7R II

In search of a High Resolution Full-frame Camera

I recently sold my Canon 5d Mark III because I don’t a big difference in terms of resolution and image quality with my Fujifilm X-T1.  To be honest, 16 Megapixel is more than enough for any commercial work; however there are clients that requires a high megapixel image.  I recently lost 4 projects because of this.  Now that got me thinking, shall I go for a medium format camera? After checking the prices of medium format cameras, I completely lost my appetite and needless […]

Jeep Wrangler Dubai, UAE, Automotive Photographer Michael R. Cruz

My Jeep Wrangler in Dubai, UAE

Feb 16, 2015, I sold my 2013 BMW X5 x35i and got this… A Jeep?!? Let me backtrack, before I purchased the X5, I was driving a 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser for 4 years.  I loved the FJ Cruiser, its a no-nonsense car that can go anywhere and I loved it; helped a lot with a lot of photography projects and shoots.  Since it doesn’t have a lot of “luxury” features, I guess, you always crave the thing you don’t […]