Will you join us in the Bahamas?

As you may already know, our friends at Fstoppers are hosting workshops in the Bahamas this year, at the Atlantis Resort. When I met Patrick and Lee earlier this year at the Photo Plus conference, I had a chance to talk to them about the workshop and they were super excited about it. When compared to other workshops and conferences, the idea behind the Fstoppers workshop is very unique – to gather a relatively small group of photographers and have them spend time not only learning from some of the best photographers and instructors, but also get to know them in person, along with meeting other industry peers. And instead of doing it in a traditional classroom format, do it in a remote location to combine education with personal vacation and fun.

Fstoppers Workshops 2014

Having been to many different conferences and events in the past, I really liked this idea of combining learning with fun. So I decided to join the Fstoppers workshops this year to meet my friends, industry peers and get to know other creative personas like you! Hence, I am inviting our readers at PL to join this workshop. This is a special invite, because I really want to get to know our readers, spend some one-on-one quality time and provide some education in areas where you might need help / assistance. I did not want to make a separate class or a workshop, because I wanted to keep it very flexible. My thought is to keep the group small and interact with each person and help them to progress their photography and post-processing skills to the next level. I was also thinking of organizing a small photo walk for our readers and do some photography on the resort, the beach and other cool places we can find. The best part is, my time with you is FREE! This is my “thank you” for being awesome readers, for supporting our site, our efforts and being a part of a growing community.

If you have never been to Atlantis, it is one of the top destinations in Bahamas – a huge resort on the Paradise Island with a wide array of activities. Think of it as a small city on its own, with access to a water park, pools, restaurants, beach, aquarium and even casinos. So it is a great location to bring your family and have lots of fun! And why not learn a thing or two during the vacation?

Check out this video that Lee and Patrick created that explains the workshop in much more detail:

When

The Fstoppers Workshops are taking place from May 28, 2014 until June 1, 2014. I am planning to fly in earlier and stay for a couple of days afterwards to enjoy time with my family.

Cost

While a vacation in Bahamas sounds expensive, if you book early on, you can get amazing rates for both airfare and hotel rooms. Fstoppers were able to reserve blocks of rooms at the Atlantis specifically for workshop participants at very reasonable rates of $169 per night (their normal rates are in the $250-300+ range). I checked out airfare rates last night and found round-trip tickets via Airtran for $450. International travel should not be very expensive either, since flights to the Caribbean are now very frequent from all over the world.

The only requirement is to sign up for at least one class. The list of instructors and their classes is pretty extensive at this point and you can learn from some of the best in the industry, including: Peter Hurley, John Keatley, Dixie Dixon, Mark Wallace, Pye Jirsa, Robb Grimm, Michael Grecco, Mike Kelley, Aaron Nace and Pratik Naik. Workshop prices range from $200 to $1500 depending on the length of the class and instructor. If you do not want to take advanced classes and want to learn some basics, Mark Wallace has some great lighting classes he will be teaching and you can also get shorter 4 hour classes if you would rather meet with me :)

How to Sign Up

To sign up for the workshops, please head over to the Fstoppers Workshops site and use the Register / Log In link on the top of the page. Here is the link to all the currently available classes.

In order for me to know how many of our readers will be attending and to organize my schedule better, please fill out the form below, in addition to signing up for the workshop. I will then contact each participant and ask questions regarding what they want to learn during this workshop.

Fstoppers Workshop

Please use the below form to sign up for our upcoming 2014 Fstoppers Workshops. If you have any questions about the workshops, please use the Contact Us page to get in touch with us via email. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Ravi R
    January 31, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Sounds like a dream trip and wish I could afford the time and money.

    But, I am sure there will be wonderful pictures from you after the trip and am looking forward to that :)

    • January 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Ravi, please see my responses below to Clarence and Motti about the cost. It is not as expensive as you think!

  2. 2
    ) Clarence
    January 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Love to go!! Have to plan out the details. I understand the food in the hotel is VERY expensive.

    • January 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Clarence, it depends – if you eat in fancy restaurants, then yes, the food can get expensive. However, there are much cheaper options right on the resort. You can buy pizza for $10-15, there is a Quizno’s right next to the conference center, about a 3 min walk away from the hotel apparently. There are shops where you could even buy groceries. So it is not any different than attending a workshop within the US :)

  3. 3
    ) Motti
    January 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place, I saw it from far when taking a cruise. Wish I could afford it :-). However, I am a more of a quiet cabin next to a lake type workshop. A place where photographers than have quiet dinner and talk instead of hitting the casino :-)

    Anyway, I am sure a lot of photogs are going to show up.

    Have fun Nasim!

    • January 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Motti, you would be surprised – the cost of staying at the resort is not more expensive than in most places in the US. Hotel rate at $169 is a good deal (their normal rates are $250-300+) and flights are between $400-500 depending on where you are in the US. As for quietness, I also do not like casinos and would not want to spend time in clubs, bars, etc – just not my thing. Planning to take a couple of classes myself and meet up with our group from PL. Thinking about teaching a landscape photography post-processing class, if people are interested.

      • 7
        ) Motti
        January 31, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        You are right but add to that the cost of the workshops and it becomes expensive. I will have a hefty expense this summer in London.

        So it’s either 12 days in London with my wife or 5 days with other photographers in the Bahamas (I figure is will cost the same).

        mmmm…

        You might laugh but I much prefer the former :-)

        • January 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm

          And I don’t blame you! I would always pick time with my wife myself :)

          • 9
            ) Motti
            January 31, 2014 at 10:43 pm

            :-)

            Have fun and looking forward reading about your experience.

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    ) Arnel Gonce
    February 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Hi, I love Photography Life, and all you do here. Was reading the comments and felt like I needed to chime in. First, I would love to attend–this is such an awesome marriage of location and workshop! Unfortunately, I’ve got a senior graduating at that time. :-( I love the lineup of classes and speakers too! Second, I’d like to second what Nasim has said about the cost. That rate for hotel room is unbeatable for Atlantis, and not a bad rate in general. It’s certainly not cheap, but it’s not really that high either. As for the food, yes, the restaurants are very pricey. I have gone three times with my three boys, and each time was a learning curve with regards to this. I can tell you for sure, there is a Johnny Rockets, a delicatessen that is like a retro diner, a pizza place, and a great Italian place that serves family style–are are very reasonable. Save one restaurant for a splurge if you want, they aren’t worth dining in every night. As for lunch, the burgers by the pool are about what you’d pay for one at Disney, and they are actually quite HUGE–my 17 year old teen boy, who incidentally has hollow legs was surprised at how big it was (and so was I for that matter). And, there is a grocery store within walking distance that I believe is across the street from the resort, no car needed–I made two trips there.
    It truly is an amazing place, and so much fun, and very relaxing. Good luck and have fun! I hope you do it again (but not at the same time next year, as I have twins graduating then :-).

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    ) Richard D
    February 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Hi, Nasim.

    I’d echo what people like Motti and Ravi said. I have been on a number of photo workshops, and we’ve never stayed at a big hotel like this. I’ve stayed at places like a Motel 6 in Cambria, a rented house (with about 8 people, to split the cost) in Kauai, a cabin in the Smoky Mountains (also shared between 6 to 8 people), and twice at Parcher’s Resort up around 9400 feet in the Eastern Sierras, outside of Bishop in a cabin shared between 4 of us, again, to share the cost. The cabin in the Smokies and the house in Kauai had kitchens, where we made many of our meals. I also shared a room at the Yosemite Lodge for a photo workshop, and the hotel at Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley wasn’t that expensive for a single person.

    Just my personal preference, and just a thought!

    • 12
      ) Richard D
      February 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Forgot to add…the cabins at Parcher’s also have small kitchens where we ate breakfast every day, as well as other meals a few times.

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