Advanced Photography & Lighting Workshop at Anse Chastanet, St Lucia, with Leading National Geographic Photographer Joe McNally

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia - Aerial View. Photo Courtesy: Anse Chastanet Hotel

Blanketed in lush jungles, edged by luminous white-sand beaches and crowned by the staggering twin peaks of its iconic Pitons, St. Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque islands. This autumn, from 10th to 15th October 2017, the acclaimed Anse Chastanet Hotel is delighted to invite photographers to capture this stunning tropical scenery and the stories of a vibrant Caribbean culture during an advanced photography workshop led by National Geographic photographer and professional instructor, Joe McNally.

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
– Premium Room; Pitons View.
Photo Courtesy: Anse Chastanet Hotel

The six-day workshop features lectures and demonstrations on a variety of advanced photography techniques, with a special focus on the use of light. Advanced photographers and National Geographic Photography Workshop alumni will learn the next steps in their technical and image-making abilities whilst exploring the vast Anse Chastanet estate. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.

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.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia – Sun Sanctuary
Photo Courtesy: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

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 St. Lucia on photoshoots with local islanders amid lush tropical scenery.

Proposed Itinerary

The itinerary is planned as follows, however, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Day 1 — Anse Chastanet
Arrive at the stunning beachfront resort, which offers clear views of the island’s iconic Pitons—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take some warm-up shots of these mesmerising peaks, rising from the surrounding sapphire waters in a lush explosion of emerald-green splendour. Gather this evening for a private reception and welcome dinner, followed by an orientation with National Geographic photographer Joe McNally.

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
– Trou au Diable Restaurant; Beach View
Photo Courtesy: Anse Chastanet Hotel

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, the group will 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 the models in the surf. Join your instructors for an optional sunset shoot tonight.

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 the models to create quality portraits. The group will have access to resort guestrooms—the perfect place to practice balancing light to account for interior and exterior exposures.

Day 4 — Soufrière
Gather in the morning for an edit-and-critique session. The group will then discuss environmental portraiture and learn strategies for effectively telling stories through portraits. In the afternoon, travel to the nearby fishing port of Soufrière. Meet with firemen and villagers at the local fire station and use the surroundings to create evocative individual and group portraits that tell their stories.

Day 5 — Anse Mamin
After a group critique of images from the previous day’s photoshoot, the instructors will demonstrate how to show motion by using flash in still photography. After an early lunch, board a boat bound for Anse Mamin beach, to meet up with mountain bikers for a jungle photo shoot. In small groups, practice using flash for dynamic stop-action and blur techniques. Learn how to drag the 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 for a sunset shoot on the beach involving three photographic setups, followed by a farewell group dinner.

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia – Jungle Biking
Photo Courtesy: Anse Chastanet Hotel

Day 6 — Anse Chastanet
Attend a final group critique, followed by a presentation of the workshop’s best images. The workshop ends at noon.

With a picture-perfect backdrop, understated yet luxurious rooms that embrace the tropical island setting, delicious locally sourced food and the expert guidance of a renowned magazine photographer, you’d be hard pressed to find a lovelier place to advance your photography skills than at Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia – Exterior
Photo Courtesy: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Prices for the workshop cost $5,695 (approx. £4,606) per person based on double occupancy and includes accommodation, breakfast every day, dinner for three evenings and the workshop. Flights are not included. To book call +1866-797-4686. www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com
Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from $390 (approx. £315) per room based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. www.ansechastanet.com