Machead Photo Workshop in Western Caribbean

by Derrick Story

I've put together a digital photography workshop with my friend Ben Long, and we're taking it on the high seas to the Western Caribbean. This Geek Cruise (Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2006) features stops in Key West, Florida; Belize City, Belize; Sano Tomoas De Castillo, Guatemala; and Cozumel, Mexico. The sailing begins and ends in Tampa, Florida. The photo classes will be integrated with the various stops along the way. Here's a quick overview of the topics we'll cover.

  • Location Shooting Techniques
  • Introduction to Shooting RAW in the Field
  • Introduction to Adobe Bridge and Photoshop Workflow
  • Introduction to the iPhoto 6 and Photoshop Elements 4 Workflow
  • Introduction to the Aperture Workflow
  • Photography Clinic
  • Exposure Techniques for Minimum Post Production
  • Photoshop for Photographers
  • Mastering the 80 percent: Image Editing in iPhoto 6, Aperture, and Elements 4

We have three instructors for this week-long workshop: writer, photographer Ben Long, Macworld Magazine editor Kelly Turner, and myself, Derrick Story.

Cruise View

While at sea, we'll get together in classrooms and learn techniques in preparation for our excursions in the Western Caribbean. Then, when we return to the ship, we'll compare our experiences, fine tune our techniques, and prepare for the next adventure. We'll even have open camera clinics where you can ask any question and have us help you with your equipment.

I should also mention that this is a full-blown Mac Mania cruise. So we'll have the likes of Dan Frakes, Rob Griffiths, and Macworld Mag Editorial Director Jason Snell speaking. TV/podcast personality Leo Laporte (of "This Week in Tech" and "Tech TV" fame) and author-columnist-personality Andy Ihnatko will be available most evenings (7pm to 8pm) at the "MacMania Ingenious Bar" to help cruisers with their Mac problems. And one of my personal favorites, Sal Soghoian will be onboard teaching AppleScript and Automator hacks.

If you're interested in a late-season photo vacation this year, take a look at the Geek Cruise home page for complete information about the trip, the photo workshop, and the other sessions offered on this cruise. As a tempting teaser, you might want to take a look at some of my photos from the Mexico cruise. You'll see a mix of location shots combined with the images from ship life while at sea. It's a powerful experience.

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Alex Diablon
2006-06-08 15:20:30
What sort of scholarships or grants are available for the Geek Cruise?
Neil Bauman
2006-06-08 19:51:10
I'm sorry, Alex, but GeekCruises is a conference so there are no scholarships or grants.