Training & Development

Youth Photography Workshop with Tanya Habjouqa

Youth Photography Workshop with Tanya Habjouqa

Start date:
October 20, 2019
Ability Level:

Doha Film Institute is proud to announce its inaugural Youth Photography Workshop. An introduction to the basic techniques of the art form, the workshop aims to encourage and inspire creative storytelling through photography using a compact digital camera or smartphone.

Taught in a fun environment, the class will focus on exploration and developing a love of photography and the visual arts. Participants will examine the world anew with a curious and innovative mind by building their own creative art and photography portfolios.

Workshop Book:
Please find here workshop book created as a collaborative piece of work by the participants of this workshop.

Age Group: 13 – 17 years old

Dates: 21 – 27 October 2019

Hours: Daily sessions of 2 hours for 6 days (5:00 to 7:00 PM)

Location: DFI Production Villa

Language: English and Arabic

Level: Beginners

Lab Fee: 750 QAR*
*Qatar Museums Culture Pass members receive a 10% discount

Group Size: Up to 10 Participants

Submission Requirements:
Applicants should submit an email to

Intimacy of place and the tools of telling...

Photography and photojournalism are continually evolving. Ubiquitous cameras and the rise of social media have squeezed the photo essay dry. The market is now moving to a more immersive experience, and more importantly—photography itself is taking a new role blending the personal, political, and becoming an essential way to interact with the world around you.

In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to transcend previous notions of documentary photography. Moving instead to a new terrain incorporating the humane, personal and collaborative, and exploring ways to move beyond linear storytelling to create a "felt experience" for their audience.

The participants will also address social issues and the ethical considerations of storytelling. The end result will be a pop-up exhibition of the participants' ongoing work.

While covering the tenets of narrative storytelling in photography, we will take creative leaps, utilizing photography, text, drawing, video, and audio. Each student will create a narrative story about something in their personal lives, home, school, friends, or the world around them.

The workshop will be a fusion of journalism practices, how to interview, how to collaborate with subjects to take more meaningful and authentic imagery/representation. And how to show experimental new approaches to photography incorporating a blending of investigation, collage, research, and writing.

The workshop will cover three aspects of photography below.


  • What is photography? What is the purpose of photography?
  • A brief history of photography / prominent photographers.
  • Projection and analysis of different types of photography.
  • An introduction to different languages (photo reportage, social, artistic, fashion, nature photography, social medias, etc).

Technical and Practical

  • How to use a camera, smartphone, light, studio, lenses, equipment, camera settings, etc.
  • Shutter speed, Aperture, exposure, ISO, white balance.
  • Photography tips for beginners and how to take sharp images.


  • The art of composing good images to capture.
  • Image and colour composition
  • Rules of third, balance, landscape, portrait, light, social skills, etc.


Tanya Habjouqa

Born in Jordan and educated in the United States, Tanya Habjouqa is a member of NOOR. A photographer, artist, and educator—her work stems from long-term investments and collaborative methodology, blending ethnographic research and investigative reportage. Examining details of conflict in the Middle East, Habjouqa addresses the presentation of these conversations by western media outlets.

In recent years, her projects have been commended by the likes of TIME, Smithsonian and World Press Photo. She is a mentor for the Magnum Foundation initiative, “Arab Photography Documentary Program” and teaches workshops internationally. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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