When to go
The Qatar National Library is open year round, so it's available for use during any time of the year.
The more natural light coming in from outside, the better. We were at this location a bit late in the afternoon and the light was not as ideal as I hoped, but with the interior library lighting, it still worked!
Contact the library before visiting so you can book an appointment and get permission to photograph the building.
Since this is a library, it's important to be courteous and as quiet as possible for the people studying and reading.
Make sure to line up the shot so that the stairs become the center of composition. This will help to create a well-balanced image.
I recommend raising the camera about 15 feet into the air to achieve this aerial angle (long monopod required).
Before visiting, download a remote app on your smartphone so you can take photos on your camera from your phone.
If you don't have a pole, raise your perspective by holding your camera over head and then taking the photo from a higher viewpoint.
Have your subject stand in the middle of the staircase, about halfway up, so they serve as the focal point.
Try to create clean lines by using your camera's grid interface. It's a helpful tool that'll assist you in your composition.
Take advantage of the space by emphasizes the strong leading lines down the middle of the aisles.
There are rows and rows of books to explore, some with lots of colorful spines that can make for an interesting photo op.
After taking your photos, head to the library cafe. It's is a great spot for a quick refreshment!
The library is located in Qatar's Education City, which is an area developed by the Qatar Foundation. All within walking distance, you can find museums, satellite campuses for eight international universities, botanical gardens, restaurants and more.