Anse Chastanet, St Lucia's best vacation resort  

Advanced Flash Techniques in The Islands!

Photographers have an opportunity to learn lighting and camera techniques from one the world's leading photographers and educators at St. Lucia's ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN Resorts from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6 2012. Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist, will conduct an intensive week of small flash education, emphasizing advanced techniques. "There is no more beautiful place to shoot, and to learn about light," says Joe McNally who has had a longstanding photographic love affair with the resorts.

Classes will run from Oct 1 through Oct. 6 2012.

Monday Program

Morning Session: 9am. Class meets in air conditioned conference room equipped with digital projector. Morning is devoted to assessing participant portfolios and determining objectives for the week. Each participant to bring no more than 10 images for review and discussion. They can be the participant's images, or images not their own that they admire and wish to know more about, or emulate in some way.

Break from 12-3.

Afternoon session: 3pm. Instructor slide show. Demo of sensor cleaning techniques. Review of basic lighting strategies. Afternoon shooting session in teams with a model assigned to each team. Basic assignment: Use one light well.

Tuesday Program

Meet in conference room at 9:30 for image review and critique. Time in class available to select and edit images for max of 3 per student to project.

Break from 12-3.

Afternoon demo and on location discussion of shooting interior/exterior environments effectively, with emphasis on using flash to balance exposure zones encountered in the open air rooms of Jade Mountain. Each team disperses with models to a selection of rooms to shoot for the afternoon. Assignment is to create mood and ambiance, while effectively using small flash techniques to blend interior and exterior environments.

Wednesday Program

Meet in conference room at 9:30 for image review and critique. Time in class available to select and edit images for max of 3 per student to project.

Break from 12-3.

Afternoon Session: Instructor demo on blending flash with intense sun using advanced technique of high speed flash. Situation created to simulate wedding on the beach, and employment of techniques to successfully shoot a bride and groom in a fluid way as event unfolds. Teams assigned models, and rotate with various models, including wedding couple, for afternoon.

Alternative Location: Soufrieres Fire Department. Working to craft location driven, multiple flash portraits that show character and drama.

Bonus Evening Demo: Instructor will light and shoot a romantic dinner for two in terrace setting, showing selective flash techniques for couple at table, while blending sunset effectively. Use of gels, exposure techniques, grid spots, snoots.

Thursday Program

Meet in conference room at 9:30 for image review and critique. Time in class available to select and edit images for max of 3 per student to project.

Break from 12-3.

Afternoon Session: Photography in the jungle. Panning and blurring techniques with flash and jungle bikers. Demonstration by instructor in the art of creating images that move. Also portrait techniques demonstrated in intense, beautiful jungle environment. Teams assigned models to shoot for afternoon. Each team will have access to an experienced biker.

Friday Program

Meet in conference room at 9:30 for image review and critique. Time in class available to select and edit images for max of 3 per student to project.

Break from 12-4.

Final Afternoon session: Meet in class to for final Q&A session and review of techniques learned. Last session late on Friday, class gathers on beach for spectacular "flambo" sunset session, with fires on the beach, models and flash lighting with gels. This session will employ new "radio TTL" equipment from Pocket Wizard. Wrap up gear at dusk, and retire to beach bar for goodbye drink. (Or several.)

All session times and subject matter subject to change pending availability of subjects, weather, rooms etc.

The week will be an informative, intensive look at the possibilities of small flash, and the nature of what is beautiful light and how to use it to make your pictures more eloquent and expressive. Each day will involve shooting all around the lush grounds of the resort, working with models, heading into jungle locations for action flash photography of mountain biking. During the "bad light" of the day, classroom sessions will take place discussing the theory and the practical use of flash photography. Each day of shooting will be followed the next day with a critique of the efforts in the field. The critique sessions will spur further investigation of the practical, fluid use of flash photography and how to improve your skills. Using light well is the key to making good pictures. Light is the language of photography. It is how photographers write the story of our subjects. With 30 years experience as one of the top magazine photographers in the world, touted by American Photographer magazine as "perhaps the most versatile photographer working today," Joe McNally knows light, and is renowned not only for his skills behind the camera but also his ability to convey those skills to others in a teaching environment. For five days, workshop participants will work with Joe and his assistants to ramp up their skills using flash, and learning to deal with: available light, and how to recognize good light; mixing flash with available light in a seamless and beautiful way; use of reflectors and diffusers; how to control and fire remote flashes for sophisticated, professional results; use of color and gels; the essentials of exposure; and how to craft a wonderful quality of portrait light which is essential to make storytelling photos of our subjects.

Joe is currently one of the best selling authors and educators in all of digital photography, world wide. They have chosen two of St. Lucia's most unique properties: Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain. Anse Chastanet is nestled amidst 600 tropical acres with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, in complete harmony with its natural surroundings. St. Lucia's World Heritage site, the Pitons make for a spectacularly scenic backdrop. Jade Mountain, its sister property rising majestically above Anse Chastanet, is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia's stunning scenic beauty. For resort information, visit Anse Chastanet and Scuba St Lucia.

Pricing & Reservations

The 5 day educational seminar is available to resident guests of ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN. The seminar is an additional US 1750. All participants will receive a free Joe McNally Language of Light DVD

Hotel Reservations : 6 night packages begin at US 2450 for a single occupancy standard room at Anse Chastanet. The 6 night package are US 1565 per person in a double occupancy standard room. The package rate includes airport round trip taxi transfers, courtesy drinks package in room fridge on arrival, welcome reception, all meals and tax and service.

Upgrade from standard to superior accommodation for all participants. For more information on the Advanced Techniques/Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop, contact, Tel: 203-438-4750. To make reservations for the seminar and hotel, contact 1-800-223-1108 or email:

6 night package at Anse Chastanet, standard accommodation:
US 1565 per person in dbl occupancy (2 persons sharing one room) or
US 2450 for a single occupancy standard room
The package rate includes airport round trip taxi transfers, courtesy drinks package in room fridge on arrival, welcome reception, all meals and tax and service.
Upgrade from Standard to Superior accommodation for all participants.

Extra night charges (inclusive of tax/service)
DBL Occupancy: US 265 per person for each extra night
SGL Occupancy: US 415 for each extra night

Upgrade charges (inclusive of tax/service)
Nightly upgrade charges for participants wishing to stay in another room category:

  • To Beach Deluxe (now air conditioned): US 65 per person daily in dbl occupancy (single pays US 130 surcharge nightly)
  • To Hillside Deluxe: US 90 per person daily in dbl occupancy (single pays US 180 surcharge nightly)
  • To Premium: US 135 per person daily in dbl occupancy (single pays US 270 surcharge nightly)
  • to JADE MOUNTAIN Sky jacuzzi suite : US 255 per person daily in dbl occupancy (single pays US 510 surcharge nightly)
  • to JADE MOUNTAIN Star pool sanctuary: US 425 per person daily in dbl occupancy (single pays US 850 surcharge nightly)



Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and, currently, an ongoing 25-year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications. His advertising and commercial clients include FedEx, Sony, Nikon, Land's End, General Electric, MetLife, Adidas, American Ballet Theater, Epson, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Whether he is capturing individuals or large-scale assignments, McNally's photographs inform the viewer with their artistry and compassion, telling us stories elicited by his great communicative skills and captured through his lens.

Joe was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography and described by the magazine as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today". He has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, as well as being a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens.

In 2010, he was voted as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade in an industry wide Photo District News survey. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalist Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, "The Panorama of War." He has also been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation. His fine art work is represented by the Monroe Gallery of Santa Fe, and his prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States.

Two of McNally's books, The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries, both cracked Amazon's top ten lists of best sellers. Other books include Guide to Digital Photography, and Sketching Light. In addition to these books, McNally's work is also featured in several 9/11 books, Faces of Ground Zero – Giant Polaroid Collection; One Nation; The American Spirit; and One Nation – America Remembers September 11, 2001, Ten Years Later. In addition to books, Joe has his own instructional DVD, The Language of Light. McNally is known internationally for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light. As part of his teaching activities, he conducts numerous workshops around the world. McNally continues to hold wide acclaim for his international workshops and seminars. Besides many U.S. venues, including those in New Mexico and Hawaii, Joe teaches in locations that include Dubai, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, St. Lucia, and Canada.


To see more of Joe’s work, as well as a schedule of his workshops, please go to:

Book OnlineCall 1 800 223 1108


P O Box 7000
Soufriere, St. Lucia