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Anse Chastanet - Jade Mountain


St. Lucia, April 20, 2009...Photographers have an opportunity to learn from two of the industry's best at St. Lucia's ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN Resorts from July 5-12, 2009.

Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed American photographer and long-time photojournalist, will conduct an intensive week of small flash education. "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.

The educational program will be concluded with a special session by Scott Kelby, President of NAPP and the world's best selling Photoshop author, who will come in for a very special, final afternoon session

Classes will run from Monday July 6 thru Friday July 10. 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.

On the last day of the workshop, the one and only Scott Kelby comes in to teach digital darkroom mastery. How to organize, move and finish your photos with post production skills is a huge challenge for photographers today, and Scott Kelby, photographer, President of NAPP, and the best selling Photoshop author in the world, will come in for a very special, final afternoon session on Friday to wrap up the week and make bring the experience of shooting pictures in the field come full circle in digital production.

Joe and Scott are currently the two best selling authors 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 http://www.ansechastanet.com and http://www.scubastlucia.com

The 5 day educational seminar is available to resident guests of ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN. The seminar is US 1500. Anse Chastantet is offering a 6 night package beginning at US 2335 for a single occupancy standard room, US 1475 per person in a double occupancy standard room. The package rate includes airport round trip transfers, all meals and tax and service. For more information on the Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop, contact lynn@joemcnally.com Tel: 203-438-4750

To make reservations for the seminar and hotel, contact 1-800-223-1108 Or email ansechastanet@candw.lc

For press information, photographer's biography and photos, please contact: Martha Morano, Morano Public Relations, 212-860-5566, martha@moranopr.com

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