Photo Workshops With Joe McNally Scheduled for September at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia

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Photo Workshops with Joe McNally return to Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet in Saint Lucia in September. Photographers learn lighting, story telling and state-of-the-art photo techniques.

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Joe McNally photo as shown in New York Times, July 6, 2014

Photographers have an opportunity to learn lighting, story telling, and camera techniques from two of the world's leading photographers and educators at Saint Lucia's ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN Resorts from September 14 - 19, 2014. Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist, will conduct a week of education about light and its possibilities. The week will be about the language of light, and how to use small flash well and fast, travel with a minimum of gear, and make beautiful pictures and portraits.

Joe McNally together with photo book author, Rafael Concepcion will conduct a week-long workshop about the language of light, how to use small flash effectively, how to travel with a minimum of gear, and make beautiful pictures and portraits. Classes will be held classroom style and on location all over the resorts’ 600 acre beach front estate.

Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain offer stunning views of Saint Lucia and reflecting the island’s indigenous beauty. Joe McNally has had a longstanding photographic love affair with the resorts and says, “There is no more beautiful place to shoot, and to learn about photography and light.”

The first workshop beginning on Monday, September 14 will establish objectives and review student’s portfolios. Joe McNally will present slides based on lighting strategies that emphasizes the use of all manner and color of light to create effective portraiture and storytelling pictures. After lunch Rafael Concepcion will lecture about capturing video with your DSLR; explaining how to setup your camera for quick video capture, what tools of the trade to use for capturing great video and quick workflows for capturing footage while making great still images.

Tuesday, September 15 will concentrate on dealing with bad light. The class goes outside in the predictably, bright, harsh sun of the tropics nearing the noon hour. Strategies for using bad light well are discussed and shown. The afternoon demo will be an 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.

Wednesday’s session, September 16 includes selecting edit images and visiting the nearby Soufriere fire station. Firefighters make wonderful iconic portrait subjects, and Mr. McNally has a long relationship with the department. Strategies and demos will be offered in how to do single, and group portraits, on location, using an environment to tell a story.

On Thursday, September 17 there will be a special session on HDR taught by Rafael Concepcion. This will cover what images make great HDR, and the camera technique needed to make sure you have the correct source files. After the hardware is complete, Mr. Concepcion will go over the entire HDR process from a software point of view. The afternoon will be spent in the jungle of Anse Chastanet’s Anse Mamin plantation. Demonstration will be given by the instructor in the art of creating images that move and portrait techniques in the intense, beautiful jungle environment.

Friday September 18 is spent reviewing techniques, critiquing work and discussing business strategies. In the evening, class gathers on the beach for a spectacular "flambo" sunset session, with fires, models and flash lighting with gels.

Joe McNally is currently one of the bestselling authors and educators in all of digital photography, worldwide and listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography. Rafael Concepcion is the author of the bestselling book "Get Your Photography on the Web" a step by step book for photographers looking to develop their own websites. They have chosen two of Saint Lucia's most unique properties: Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, both on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013. Anse Chastanet is nestled amidst 600 tropical acres with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, in complete harmony with its natural surroundings. Saint 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 Saint Lucia's stunning scenic beauty.

The 5-day educational photography workshop is available to resident guests of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain only. The workshop tuition is USD $1,750 (plus $62.45 processing fees, for a tuition fee of $1,812.45). Separately, each workshop participant will choose a hotel room package, with offerings ranging from Superior to Premium accommodations. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Joe McNally's Language of Light DVD. For more information on the workshops, upgrades and extra nights, please visit

St. Lucia has nonstop flights from New York on JetBlue, from Newark on United Airlines, from Atlanta on Delta and from Miami n American Airlines. Make sure to watch for August sales!

To make reservations and enroll for one of the workshops and the hotels, contact 1-800-223-1108 or email: ansechastanet(at)ansechastanet(dot)com.

For more information regarding the Advanced Techniques/Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop, contact lynn(at)joemcnally(dot)com , Tel: 203-438-4750. She'll be happy to answer and questions regarding the workshop itself.

For press information, photographer’s biography and photos, please contact: Martha Morano, Morano Public Relations, 212-860-5566, martha(at)moranopr(dot)com

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