Events at Anse Chastanet
Blanketed in lush jungles, edged by luminous white-sand 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.
- 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Day 6 — Anse Chastanet
Attend a final group critique, followed by a presentation of the workshop’s best images. The workshop ends at noon.
Spices of The Caribbean - October 19 - 23, 2017
Spices, Spices, Spices – Imagine being enthralled by our spicy cocktails using nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and cloves at our Cocktail party at the Emerald Restaurant. Experience our new spice garden whilst touring our very own organic farm, grasp an understanding of how spices are grown and partake in a cooking class! Uncover the spicing secrets of Tandoor Cooking in the Caribbean at our Beach Tandoori cooking class. Enjoy a five course spectacular dining experience with a seasonal and sustainable menu infused with our organic grown produce and spices.
Spicy Tropical tranquil breakfast in bed with exotic fruits freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses and freshly brewed St Lucian native coffee or loose-leaf teas. Not forgetting our infamous jungle burger bash – try our tantalizing world renowned signature burger of course slightly spiced to awaken those taste buds! As a Bean to Bar organic single estate boutique chocolate maker an Emerald Estate Chocolate & Spice Sensory Tasting is an absolute must do. Plus try your hands at an interactive spice blending class and take home your favorites. Enjoy a spicy manager’s cocktail party with a live ‘satay’ station and spicy succulent St. Lucian treats held weekly at our Beach restaurant.
Discover Chocolate Festival - December 5 - 10, 2017
A hands on interactive experience in the world of cacao and chocolate. Start the weekend with a Chocolate enthused Cocktail Party in the Emerald Restaurant with tantalizing chocolate inspired savory canapés and cocktails. Let’s go back to basics with our Emerald Estate Organic farm tour and learn not only about our ‘farm to table’ concept showcasing our fresh organic produce, but also enter the world of the Cacao Plantation.
Alchemy of chocolate - matching and tasting wine with our own hand made organic Emerald Estate Chocolate. Look, smell, taste - starting with your basic senses and expanding from there. A sumptuous chocolate dinner in the evening, – with an awe inspiring menu and a creative chocolate flair. How can one resist breakfast in bed with a variety of chocolate breakfast treats from chocolate croissants to chocolate French toast! Acquaint yourselves with a chocolate truffle workshop get involved and take home what you make.
Adult chocolate milk shakes and jungle burgers will entice you over to the Anse Mamin beach. Follow up with a walk through the Anse Mamin historical plantation which was originally a sugar cane plantation in the 18th century, until changing hands and moving to a cocoa crop. A chocolate sensory tasting experience is not complete without a trip to the chocolate lab where you will discover how chocolate is actually made. The Anse Chastanet chocolate cocktail party comes with spiced rum punch, passed Hors D’oeuvres to top it off experience a St Lucian Tropical Chocolate Fondue using Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Estate Chocolate.