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Advanced Photography and Lighting Workshop: Saint Lucia

  • Trip Type: Photography
  • 6 Days | Anse Chastanet
  • Group Size: Max 16

Expedition Details

 

Blanketed in lush jungles, edged by luminous sandy beaches, and crowned by the staggering twin peaks of its iconic Pitons, Saint Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque islands. Capture this stunning tropical scenery—and the stories of a vibrant Caribbean culture—while fine-tuning your photography and lighting skills. This advanced workshop is led by National Geographic photographer Joe McNally and a professional instructor and is designed for advanced photographers and National Geographic Photography Workshop alumni who want to take the next step in their technical and image-making abilities. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.


Is this advanced workshop for you?


  • Are you comfortable with your camera and all of its manual settings?
  • Do you have professional-level editing software (Lightroom, Aperture, Photo Mechanic, Bridge) downloaded onto your laptop computer and are you proficient in using it?
  • Do you seek to further develop your photographic style or voice?
  • Do you have an interest in learning the nuances of flash photography?
  • Are you passionate about taking your photography to the next level?

Our workshop features lectures and demonstrations on a variety of advanced photography techniques, with a special focus on the use of light. Topics include improving your understanding of exposure and metering; flash photography and mixed light situations; working with gels, light shapers, line of sight TTL, and manual radio syncing; balancing indoor/outdoor scenarios with flash; how to use small flash effectively, travel with a minimum of gear, and make beautiful pictures and portraits; and enhancing your ability to tell powerful stories through your photos.

The following is our planned itinerary; however, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Trip Highlights

  • Benefit from daily instruction and critiques of your photographs provided by renowned National Geographic photographer and lighting expert Joe McNally and a support team of photographers.
  • Learn the fundamentals of artificial lighting and move to advanced techniques to take your skills to the next level—working hands-on with all manner of small flash techniques, from high speed flash to multiple speed light interiors.
  • Capture the Caribbean spirit of Saint Lucia on photo shoots with local islanders amid lush tropical scenery.

Itinerary - 6 Days

Day 1 — Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia

Arrive at our stunning beachfront resort in Saint Lucia, which offers clear views of the island’s iconic Pitons—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take some warm-up shots of these mesmerizing peaks, rising from the surrounding sapphire waters in a lush explosion of emerald-green splendor. Gather this evening for a private reception and welcome dinner, followed by an orientation with National Geographic photographer Joe McNally.
Anse Chastanet Resort (D)

Day 2 — Anse Chastanet

Meet in the classroom this morning for a review of each participant’s portfolio. Following a presentation on basic lighting techniques, we’ll head to the beach for an on-location demonstration related to changing light quality. Break into small groups for your first assignment, using newly acquired skills to photograph one of our models in the surf. Join your instructors for an optional sunset shoot tonight.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B)

Day 3 — Anse Chastanet

This morning’s classroom session begins with an edit-and-critique of yesterday’s photos, followed by a discussion on the basics of using small speed lights and a demonstration on how to use flash in interior spaces. After lunch, split into small groups and work with one of our models to create quality portraits. We’ll have access to resort guestrooms—the perfect place to practice balancing light to account for interior and exterior exposures.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B)

Day 4 — Soufrière

Gather this morning for an edit-and-critique session. We’ll then discuss environmental portraiture and learn strategies for effectively telling stories through our portraits. This afternoon, we’ll travel the nearby fishing port of Soufrière. Meet with firemen and villagers at the local fire station, using your surroundings to create evocative individual and group portraits that tell their stories.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B)

Day 5 — Anse Mamin

After a group critique of images from the previous day’s photo shoot, we’ll hear from our instructors on how to show motion by using flash in still photography. After an early lunch, board a boat bound for Anse Mamin beach, where we’ll meet up with mountain bikers for a jungle photo shoot. In small groups, we’ll practice using flash for dynamic stop-action and blur techniques. Learn how to drag your shutter and use rear curtain sync—capturing movement at the beginning of the exposure, while freezing a portion of the subject at the end of the exposure. Return to Anse Chastanet and enjoy a sunset shoot on the beach involving three photographic setups, followed by a farewell group dinner to cap off our week.
Anse Chastanet Resort (B, D)

Day 6 — Anse Chastanet

Attend a final group critique, followed by a presentation of the workshop’s best images. The workshop ends at noon.
(B)

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National Geographic Expert

Joe McNally

Joe McNallyJoe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in more than 50 countries. A contributor to National Geographic magazine for more than three decades, Joe has published numerous cover stories, including "The Future of Flying" (December 2003). His assignments have taken him from the heart of India's Diwali celebrations to the deserts of the Middle East to China's Great Wall. American Photo magazine has described Joe as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today" and listed him as one of their 100 Most Important People in Photography. Among his many awards, Joe has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, and was named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens. In 2010, he was voted one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade by Photo District News.

Joe will join the following departure:

Oct 10 - 15, 2017

Dates

2017
  • Oct 10 - 15, 2017

Expedition Cost

2017

$5,695

Workshop prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,320.

Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost.

Activity Level

Light

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.

What To Expect

This advanced workshop is led by National Geographic photographer Joe McNally and a professional instructor and is designed for advanced photographers and National Geographic Photography Workshop alumni who want to take the next step in their technical and image-making abilities. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.

Our workshop features lectures and demonstrations on a variety of advanced photography techniques, with a special focus on the use of light. Topics include improving your understanding of exposure and metering; flash photography and mixed light situations; working with gels, light shapers, line of sight TTL, and manual radio syncing; balancing indoor/outdoor scenarios with flash; how to use small flash effectively, travel with a minimum of gear, and make beautiful pictures and portraits; and enhancing your ability to tell powerful stories through your photos.

Is this advanced workshop for you?


  • Are you comfortable with your camera and all of its manual settings?
  • Do you have professional-level editing software (Lightroom, Aperture, Photo Mechanic, Bridge) downloaded onto your laptop computer and are you proficient in using it?
  • Do you seek to further develop your photographic style or voice?
  • Do you have an interest in learning the nuances of flash photography?
  • Are you passionate about taking your photography to the next level?