CARIBBEAN PHOTO WORKSHOP CRUISE  WITH MARK HEMMINGS
  • DATE: January 5th 2020
  •  DEPARTURE: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • LOCATIONS: Eastern Caribbean
  •  SHIP: Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
  •  COST: $1,995 USDpp with Balcony Cabin 
ESCAPE COLD JANUARY TO LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY!
Message from Pro Photographer Mark Hemmings - "Hello friends, I would like to invite you to my newest photography workshop experience, a Caribbean cruise on one of the largest cruise ships in the world, the Oasis-class ships from Royal Caribbean. I am really looking forward to this photo cruise, as I love teaching photography, exploring different cultures, and escaping the cold of January :)
Please take a look at this page, and as always feel free to contact me with any questions. Sincerely, Mark Hemmings
NOTE: The above video is from last year's itinerary and will be updated soon with our new ports of call.
ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH CERTAIN ASPECTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
  • TECHNICAL: Maybe you take really well-composed photos, but have no idea what all the buttons and dials are for.
  • ARTISTIC: Or maybe you are really good at technology, but struggle with the artistic aspects of how to compose photos.
If you are either of the above you are not alone! So many people either struggle with the technical side or artistic side of photography. However we have a perfect solution for you, and we are very excited to tell you all about it!
Internationally recognized pro photographer Mark Hemmings and international cruise expert Danny Pinchot have teamed up to give you the very best of the best . . . full photographic instruction while enjoying a relaxing cruise through the warm Caribbean.
MARK HEMMINGS
DANNY PINCHOT
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN DURING THIS WORKSHOP?
  • EDITING: Adobe Lightroom CC for both desktop and iOS/Android
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: DSLR & Mirrorless technical & artistic instruction
  •  MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY: iPhone & Android using the Lightroom CC app
  •  MOBILE VIDEO: Create travel videos using the Adobe Rush CC app
FOR BOOKINGS
DANNY PINCHOT
Danny.Pinchot@AvoyaNetwork.com
1-800-405-4315
PHOTO QUESTIONS
MARK HEMMINGS
mark@markhemmings.com
506-898-0204
SAIL WITH US THIS COMING JANUARY!
We have an AMAZING adventure in store for you. Not only will you become an advanced photographer, you will also experience what we feel is the best of the Caribbean within a seven night photography cruise.

Philipsburg St. Maarten, San Juan Puerto Rico, and Labadee Haiti will be the stunningly photogenic backdrops to this value-packed photography tour. You will fully enjoy the wonders and beauty of the Caribbean, but also be inspired to stretch your creativity. 

Did you know that you can achieve far greater photographic results in a different country than your own? Its true . . . when you are away from the familiar, creatively speaking, almost anything is possible. Your senses are alive, and your appreciation of your surroundings leads you to creative excellence. This Caribbean Photography Cruise will radically enhance your photo taking abilities!
OASIS OF THE SEAS BY ROYAL CARIBBEAN
But what about the ship? We wanted to make sure that your time at sea is as enjoyable as possible, so we chose the Oasis of the Seas . . . one of the largest cruise ships in the world. Cruise expert and organizer of this trip Danny Pinchot gives the Oasis of the Seas a huge thumbs up, and he knows the ship well. But not only that, the ship also garnered the 2018 Cruiser’s Choice award from the respected Cruise Critic company. These are the 2018 awards that the ship has received:
  •  2018 Best Overall
  •  2018 Best for Dining 
  •  2018 Best for Embarkation 
  •  2018 Best for Entertainment
  •  2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  •  2018 Best for Public Rooms
  •  2018 Best for Service
  •  2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  •  2018 Best for Value
  •  2018 Best for First Timers
Take a look at the itinerary below and imagine yourself relaxing in the warm air and sunny beaches, but also mastering your camera! The art AND science of photographic mastery is within your reach, and Mark & Daniel are excited to help you make that dream a reality.
ITINERARY - CARIBBEAN PHOTO CRUISE
DAY 1: Departure from Miami Florida at 4:30pm. 

DAY 2: At Sea. Today is our photography instruction day combining private lessons, practical and theoretical instruction, and classroom slideshows to prepare each participant for the excursion days.

Day 3: At Sea. Again, today is our photography instruction day combining private lessons, practical and theoretical instruction, and classroom slideshows to prepare each participant for the excursion days.

Day 4: Philipsburg, St. Maarten. St. Maarten sits at the crossroads of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. It’s also a place where over 120 cultures meet. You can taste it in the island’s cuisine, which is rated among the best in the Caribbean. And you can feel it whether you stay in the upbeat, party-centric Dutch side where the port is located, or cross into the laid-back, local-driven French side of the island.

Day 5: San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital, San Juan, offers 500 years of history and culture to explore. Roam ancient fortresses and colorful colonial-era buildings. Or dig into flavorful criolla cuisine and reggaeton beats— the city is a kaleidoscope of new experiences waiting to be discovered.

Day 6: Labadee, Haiti. You set your own schedule at our private resort, Labadee®. For the ultimate thrill, hop on the longest zip line over water. If beachside napping is more your speed, unwind in a private bungalow overlooking Nellie’s Beach. At Labadee, paradise takes many forms.

Day 7: At Sea. Today is a full day of photo instruction and also a wrap-party where we have fun reviewing the photos that we have taken during the trip!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
“WHAT LEVEL OF PHOTOGRAPHER DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN THIS CRUISE?”
Mark welcomes the absolute beginner to the professional. As there will be a lot of time to individually work with each participant, Mark can help photographers of any skill level.

“I REALLY WANT TO LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY WITH MARK, BUT MY SPOUSE HAS NO INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY. (HE/SHE) STILL WANTS TO JOIN THE CRUISE HOWEVER.”
This scenario is welcomed, and is very common. Your spouse will simply not pay the $845 USD workshop fee. They will pay Royal Caribbean's $1,149.59 USD fee handled by Danny so that the all-inclusive aspects of the cruise are covered. Of course they won't receive any photographic instruction, however they are always welcome to join us at meals. 

“I ONLY HAVE AN iPHONE/ANDROID . . . WILL I BE OUT OF PLACE WITH OTHERS WHO HAVE LARGE DSLR CAMERAS?”
Not at all! Mark loves teaching photography on all cameras especially mobile cameras. In fact, Mark is a professional mobile device photography instructor. Check out all photos on his Instagram feed prior to 2017 as they are ALL from an iPhone: www.instagram.com/markhemmings

“MY PROBLEMS ARE WITH EDITING MY PHOTOS, NOT SO MUCH TAKING THEM. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH BECOMING A BETTER PHOTO EDITOR?”
Yes! Mark will help you with your post-production problems during the individual private lesson day.

“I HAVE A LOT OF LENSES AND PHOTOGRAPHY ACCESSORIES, BUT I DON’T WANT TO BRING MY ENTIRE GEAR BAG. WHAT GEAR DO I NEED FOR THIS CRUISE WHERE I WILL ALWAYS GET THE SHOT, BUT NOT BE TOO GEAR-HEAVY?”
Because Mark will need to know your gear list to help you make a decision, please email him with your equipment and Mark will suggest the minimal gear needed for the workshop: mark@markhemmings.com

“DO I NEED TO BRING MY LAPTOP WITH ME FOR THIS PHOTO CRUISE?”
It depends . . . if you are a person who likes to edit their daily photos each night, then yes, please bring your laptop or whatever device you use for editing. However this is not required. At the least please have a mobile device with you, as we will be practicing editing using Adobe Lightroom CC for iOS or Android.

“HOW DO I KNOW IF MARK IS A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY TEACHER OR NOT?”
Great question! To get to know Mark and his teaching style, check out the following resources and links:
Portfolio Website: www.markhemmings.com
Past Photo Workshops Taught By Mark: 2004 South Korea, 2005 Japan, 2006 Hungary & Japan, 2007 Japan, 2008 Mexico, Hungary & Japan, 2009 Mexico & Japan, 2010 Hungary, Mexico & Romania/Transylvania, 2011 Mexico & Romania/Transylvania, 2012 Mexico, 2013 Mexico, 2014 Mexico, 2015 Mexico, 2016 Japan & Mexico, 2017 Japan & Mexico, 2018 Japan, Greece, Caribbean, Italy, Jordan & Mexico.

“WHO DO I TALK TO TO GET MORE INFORMATION THAT WASN’T LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE?”
If your question is photography related, please email Mark Hemmings: mark@markhemmings.com. If it is cruise related (sign-ups, cruise questions, admin, etc), please email or call Daniel Pinchot at 1-800-405-4315 or Danny.Pinchot@AvoyaNetwork.com
COSTS FOR THIS PHOTO CRUISE

BALCONY OCEAN VIEW $1995 USD per person based on double occupancy

TRAVELING ALONE? Want to share a cabin to avoid the single supplement? Please see "Sign-Up Process" below. To get a quote on the single supplement amount if you want your own room, please contact Danny for up to date price options.

TRAVELING WITH SOMEONE NOT TAKING THE WORKSHOP? No problem! Your partner/spouse/friend only pays for the cabin, NOT the workshop fee. The cabin fee is $1,149.59 USD which is the normal cruise fee. The remaining amount of $845 is Mark's workshop teaching fee, and will not be charged.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE PRICES
  • INSTRUCTION - Daily comprehensive photographic instruction from Mark Hemmings
  • MEALS - All meals and snacks from the main dining room and the Windjammer Cafe are included
  • ACCOMMODATIONS - Your room is included for the entire trip
  •  ENTERTAINMENT - Most nightly shows and ship activities are included
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE PRICES
  • SHORE EXCURSIONS - Three ports of call are free time for you to enjoy as you like. 
  • GRATUITY CHARGE - the cruise ship company charges each person $14.50/day for gratuities.
  • EXTRAS - A full list will be sent out to each participant regarding ship policies drinks/specialty foods/room service etc. 
  •  TRAVEL - Transportation to and from the cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral  
THE SIGN-UP PROCESS
The sign-up process is very simple, and we will do our very best to make sure that it is as smooth as possible. Please review the following, and as always feel free to ask us any questions. 

FIRST STEP - CRUISE PAYMENT. Please contact Danny Pinchot to reserve your spot. We have reserved eight Ocean-View Balcony cabins. Danny can be contacted at 800-405-4315 or email Danny.Pinchot@AvoyaNetwork.com. Danny pays Royal Caribbean directly and does all of the admin work for your cruise ship reservation. This first payment goes to Royal Caribbean and is $1,149.59 USD per person based on double occupancy.

SECOND STEP - WORKSHOP PAYMENT. Mark will invoice you via PayPal for the workshop amount which is $845 USD per person. If you have a partner or spouse in your room who is NOT taking the workshop, they don't need to pay this $845 workshop fee. This invoice will be sent to you by Mark in the fall of 2019.

THIRD STEP - TRANSPORTATION. While it is your own responsibility to arrive in Fort Lauderdale and get to the ship on your own, Danny can give you guidance on the best transportation logistics for getting on the ship at the right time. Danny suggests that those who live in snowy winter climates, such as Canadians and Americans in the north, may want to consider arriving a day early and staying at a nearby hotel. This advice is based on potential flight cancellations due to heavy snowfall which sometimes happens in airports such as Toronto. This recommendation of course is optional. Regardless of your decision, please feel free to contact Danny to help with the arrival process. After you pay your cruise fee you are free to book your airline ticket to Florida.

FOURTH STEP - PREPARATION. Mark will be in regular contact with each one of you, especially helping you decide on which photo equipment to bring, and which equipment may be unnecessary. And of course, Mark is always happy to help with any questions leading up to the trip.

FIFTH STEP - DEPARTURE. Danny and Mark will make it a point to meet each one of you prior to boarding the ship. We will both give you our mobile phone numbers so we can locate each other in the cruise ship terminal. For those who are arriving a day earlier we will meet in the lobby of the hotel that Danny suggests for us. 
FINANCIAL AND ADMIN F.A.Q.
“WHO OWNS THE CARIBBEAN PHOTO CRUISE?”
This photography cruise is a partnership between Danny’s Luxury Cruise Vacations LLC (operator) and Mark Hemmings Photography Inc. (photography instructor).

“WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO WHEN I SIGN UP?”
When you pay your Cruise Fee to Danny, he sends your money directly to Royal Caribbean which reserves your place on the ship. You will be emailed an official Royal Caribbean receipt of your payment.

“WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?”
Please see the cancellation schedule below, which refers to what percentage of your payment will not be returned to you:
Prior to final payment: Full downpayment will be returned to you:
89-57 days prior to departure (October 8): 25% of payment held back, per guest  
74-61 days prior to departure (October 23): 50% of payment held back, per guest  
60-31 days prior to departure (November 6): 75% of payment held back, per guest  
30-0 Days to departure (December 6): 100% of payment held back, per guest 

“CAN I SHARE A ROOM WITH A FELLOW PARTICIPANT?”
If you are single and would like to join but are not willing to pay for the full room, there are sometimes situations where two participants of the same gender are willing to share a room. If this interests you please contact Danny and explain that you would like to be on the shared "Twin-Room" list. If someone else wants the same thing, Danny will match you up. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that we will find a cabin-mate, but we will try our best. 
FOR BOOKINGS
DANNY PINCHOT
Danny.Pinchot@AvoyaNetwork.com
1-800-405-4315
PHOTO QUESTIONS
MARK HEMMINGS
mark@markhemmings.com
506-898-0204
BOOK NOW TO MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY!
TESTIMONIALS AND FUN PHOTOS
LINDA SNODGRASS: 
I was fortunate enough to get to do my first workshop with Mark Hemmings on his first Caribbean Cruise workshop. We were in Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico. It was a fantastic experience, I had individual classes and group classes on board the ship when we had sea days. When we were in ports we did walking classes to learn the artistic side of photography. We covered Camera settings, shutter speed, ISO, f stop and exposure compensation and where and when to apply them. Low light, backlighting, night, mid day, golden hour and a new one for me 15 mins after sundown for neon lights.

We covered editing with Lightroom CC and discovered many a new application for highlighting and correcting just small parts of a photo. Also covered the camera within Lightroom and using it on your cell phone. Taking notes was a plus but got so busy listening to Mark that I did not take enough. If you love cruising and photography this is a winner all the way around.

Thank you Mark for being such a patient and great instructor. Hope to see you soon.
Mark Hemmings Caribbean photo workshop
LYNDA AND BOB HENSON: 
(From Bob) Lynda encouraged me to take the photography course since she was attending and I complied so we could go through it together. I was delighted to have gained knowledge and insight about photography that was beyond my expectations. The instruction was well thought out, meaningful, and done with the utmost encouragement. This in turn let me feel comfortable about posting photos that I thought were not very good because the critique was done from an instructional point of view and not as a criticism which allowed me to advance rapidly. Kudos to Mark and his ability to convey thoughts, ideas, and encouragement to bring out the best in his students.

(From Lynda) Because I had taken a few courses on line with Mark I knew that this photography course would be very good and Mark did not let any of us down. Whether you are new to photography, only use and iPhone, or have been doing it for years albeit using mostly automatic settings you will come away from this course with a wealth of information and your photography knowledge will grow tremendously. Mark’s care, understanding, and patience are Mark’s forte’ and everyone in our class benefited from their private training, group lessons, and group excursions. I highly recommend any of Mark Hemmings’ instructional courses, you will not be disappointed and will be learning from a master. Thank you Mark for a wonderful course, I have learned so much, and do hope that we meet again.
Mark Hemmings Caribbean photo workshop
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Oasis Of The Seas by "Picture Time"
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