CARIBBEAN PHOTO WORKSHOP CRUISE  WITH MARK HEMMINGS
  • DATE: January 20th to 27th, 2019
  •  DEPARTURE: Port Canaveral, Florida
  • LOCATIONS: Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica
  •  SHIP: Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
  •  COST: Starting at $1,765 USD
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 of the Seas. 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
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.

Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico 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: SUNDAY JANUARY 20
CRUISE SHIP DEPARTS PORT CANAVERAL (ORLANDO) FLORIDA
Evening Meet & Greet hosted by Mark and Danny. At this point we will go over the itinerary for the entire cruise. We’ll discuss what you can expect from Mark and his photography lessons, as well as Danny's role as administrator and operator of this photography cruise. 


DAY 2: MONDAY JANUARY 21
AT SEA
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
LABADEE, HAITI
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)


DAY 4: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23
FALMOUTH, JAMAICA
Photographic Instruction: Because there are many interesting and fun activities around Falmouth, today's port visit will be free time. You can book shore excursions as you like, spending the day at nearby beaches, waterfalls, colonial estates, plus many more fascinating locations. Mark however will be offering something different . . . for those who are not interested in going on a shore excursion, he will be offering photo walks plus instruction in the morning, and after lunch he will be offering photo editing advice and help back on the ship. There is no need to inform Mark or Danny which option you would like to choose until the evening before arrival in Jamaica.
Port of Falmouth: Nearly four years in the making, the Falmouth Cruise Port is located in Jamaica's north coast town of Falmouth, the capital of Trelawny parish. Well positioned between the popular ports of Ocho Rios (60 miles west) and Montego Bay (18 miles east), Falmouth's two-berth port is a triangular peninsula that can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world within a very short walk of the city's historic Georgian sights. In the 19th century when Jamaica was under British rule, Falmouth was bustling and prosperous, shipping sugar, rum and coffee to England. There's plenty of shopping, from upscale jewelry stores to a crafts market. A dozen large posters relate Falmouth's history, including the fact that Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt hails from the area. (Source: www.cruisecritic.com)


DAY 5: THURSDAY JANUARY 24
AT SEA
9am - 12pm: Photographic Instruction (A): From morning until lunch Mark has a fun event planned for you all. Depending on the amount of participants that we have on this cruise, this morning Daniel will assign groups of three participants to meet with Mark at one of the ship’s cafes. When your allotted time to meet with Mark and the two others comes up, Mark will give the three of you a special photographic assignment. Don’t worry! The assignment will be chosen to be at a similar level to your own photographic skills. The group of three will be chosen by Mark at random. This will help our group dynamics as well as give you the opportunity to get to know your fellow participants. During the chat at the cafe Mark will help you with the technical and artistic aspects of your assignment, and also answer any questions related to it. 
3pm - 6pm: Photographic Instruction (B):  We will have the second of three classroom sessions at this time. 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. 
7pm: Entertainment. Enjoy many of the different entertainment and events planned for the evenings on the ship.

DAY 6: FRIDAY JANUARY 25
COZUMEL, MEXICO
Photographic Instruction: Similar to the Jamaica stop, because there are many great shore excursions in and around Cozumel, today's port visit will be free time. You can book shore excursions within the ship or on your own, spending the day at nearby beaches, Mayan ruins, authentic Mexican restaurants plus many more great things to see and do. Once again, Mark will be offering something for those who choose not to go on shore excursions . . . in the morning he will lead a photo walk, and after lunch he will be offering photo editing advise and help back on the ship. There is no need to inform Mark or Danny which option you would like to choose until the evening before arrival in Mexico.
Port of Cozumel: Although Cozumel is Mexico's largest Caribbean island (and its most populated), it wasn't until the 1960's that this once-sleepy fishing village became a tourist attraction in its own right, following a documentary in which Jacques Cousteau declared it one of the most beautiful areas in the world for scuba diving. These days, Cozumel is a major cruise port that welcomes more than one million cruise passengers each year and as many as eight ships per day. But even with all this progress, Cozumel has held onto its non-touristy side; only one-third of the island has been developed, leaving large stretches of pristine jungle and sandy beaches basically untouched. (Source: www.cruisecritic.com)


DAY 7: SATURDAY JANUARY 26
AT SEA
Photographic Instruction (A): In the morning we will once again meet at the cafe in groups of three to review the assignments that Mark gave each participant. This will also be a question and answer period where Mark will give helpful suggestions related to the assignment subject matter, or any subject matter that the group needs help with.
Photographic Instruction (B): In the afternoon Mark will be collecting from each one of you your top 5 photos from the trip. The reason? We are going to have an end-of-workshop slideshow party where we enjoy everyone’s photos! This will be far more relaxed than a photo critique, however if you request feedback on your images Mark will be glad to oblige. Also please give Mark some of your “fun” photos that you took during the week that shows us enjoying the photograph cruise. We will show those fun photos during the slideshow as well. For those who need assistance with photo editing, and/or transferring their photos to a USB stick for the slide show, Mark will be available all afternoon to give you editing guidance.
Photographic Instruction (C): From 5pm to 7pm we'll have our final classroom session. The exact content of the teaching will be shared with each of you when we get closer to the departure date.
Group Dinner is at 7pm, and then our end-of-workshop slideshow party! 
After our slideshow party we will have our last dinner together, talking about the fun adventures we had and what we learned along the way. Thank you for joining us on this Photography Workshop. We loved having you with us! 

DAY 8: SUNDAY JANUARY 27
RETURN TO FLORIDA
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 $930 USD Workshop fee. 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 & 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
INSIDE CABIN, Category 4D - Double Occupancy $1,763.95 ($833.95 Cruise fee + $930 Workshop fee)

OCEAN VIEW CABIN, Category 6N - Double Occupancy $1,843.95 ($913.95 Cruise fee + $930 Workshop fee)

BALCONY OCEAN VIEW, Category 8D - Double Occupancy $1,993.95 ($1063.95 Cruise fee + $930 Workshop fee)

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.
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 choose your preferred cabin (see pictures of the cabins below) and contact Danny Pinchot to reserve your spot. We have reserved three cabins at different price points, and below is a list of the cabin types with the payment options. Danny can be contacted at 800-405-4315 or email danielpinchot@gmail.com or his website. Danny pays Royal Caribbean directly and does all of the admin work for your cruise ship reservation. 
Category 4D - Double Occupancy Cruise fee: $833.95 USD
Category 6N - Double Occupancy Cruise fee: $913.95 USD
Category 8D - Double Occupancy Cruise fee: $1063.95 USD

SECOND STEP - WORKSHOP PAYMENT. Mark will invoice you via PayPal for the workshop amount which is $930 USD per person.

THIRD STEP - TRANSPORTATION. While it is your own responsibility to arrive in Orlando 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. Mark will be arriving from Toronto and will be staying overnight the evening before departure at a hotel near the terminal. 
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 23rd): 25% of payment held back, per guest  
74-61 days prior to departure (November 7th): 50% of payment held back, per guest  
60-31 days prior to departure (November 21st): 75% of payment held back, per guest  
30-0 Days to departure (December 21st): 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. 

“I HAVE BUDGETED FOR AN INSIDE CABIN, BUT WILL I FEEL CLAUSTROPHOBIC?”
The OASIS class ships have incredible cabins that feel spacious and bright. Please check out the following cabin photos to get an idea of what the cabins look like (note that cabin interiors may be updated by the time of the cruise). All photos are owned by www.icruise.com 
Category 6V Interior Cabin
Category 6N Ocean View
Category 8D Balcony Cabin
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!
EXTRA MEDIA
Labadee by "Watch Us Wander"
Cozumel Mexico
Falmouth, Jamaica
The Caribbean
Oasis Of The Seas by "Picture Time"
Oasis Of The Seas by "Talking Cruise"