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.
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:
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.
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
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.