DAY 2: MONDAY JANUARY 21
9am - 2pm: Photographic Instruction (A). To kick of this fun and informative photographic cruise, Mark is offering individual private lessons the entire day. It’s very rare that Mark has the time to give private lessons these days, so he’s hoping that you will come to your scheduled slot with the toughest questions and the biggest challenges that you have. Is it the settings on your camera? Is it understanding camera modes? Maybe a Photoshop or Lightroom problem? Whatever it is, Mark’s goal is to help start your week feeling much more confident about your photographic abilities. This day will also be a good opportunity to assess each participant, so Mark can tailor the instruction to the needs of the group. Before the trip, when Danny knows how many participants we have, you will be offered time slot choices for your private lessons. If you are traveling as a couple and would like to do your private photo session as a couple, no problem . . . individual or couple sessions are up to you.
3pm - 6pm: Photographic Instruction (B). This time slot will be the first of three classroom sessions. Mark has a dynamic presentation planned for you that will help you with the art and science of photography. The exact content of the teaching will be shared with each of you when we get closer to the departure date.
6pm: Supper at the dining hall. Each night we will get together for group suppers, however throughout the week always feel free to experiment with the paid restaurants if you so desire.
7pm: Entertainment. Enjoy many of the different entertainment and events planned for the evenings on the ship.
DAY 3: TUESDAY JANUARY 22
Photographic Instruction: Today we will break into two groups. The first group will explore Labadee with Mark from 10am to 12pm. During this time Mark will explain how he finds photo opportunities within pretty much any location, and how YOU can create the exact same results. Mark will explain the technical side of each photo, as well as the artistic considerations used to compose the image. While this first group is with Mark, the others can relax on the beach or explore Labadee on their own. Next . . . after lunch we will make the switch! At 1:30pm to 3:30pm the second group will learn photography with Mark, and the first group can relax and enjoy Labadee on their own. You may ask why the decision was made to split the group up. Good question! Mark likes to give as much attention to each participant as possible, and this is helped greatly when the groups are a small size.
Port of Labadee: Royal Caribbean's Labadee is a 260-acre private beach resort carved out of Haiti's rolling, densely forested north coast. It's located some six miles from Cape Haitian, a city of 190,000 that's played a prominent part in Spanish and French colonial history. According to RCI, Labadee was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus -- but it wasn't until 1986 that the line leased the peninsula of property from the Haitian government. Today, as in the 15th century, the geography -- an undulating coastline creating a series of lagoon-like bays, all protected by a reef -- sets the scene for the visit. A typical day in port may include snorkeling, filling up a plate or two at the all-you-can eat BBQ, zipping across the water on the 2,600-foot-long Dragon's Breath Flight Line or snoozing soundly in a beach chair. (Source: www.cruisecritic.com)