The workshop, which embarks from Tahiti on April 16, 2011, will be conducted by Arthur Bleich, professional photographer and educator, along with Adrian Coakley, Illustrations Editor at National Geographic, and Tim McKenna, renowned outdoors photographer who has shot editorial and advertising images in French Polynesia for more than 15 years.
has always been interested in a workshop book project in the South Pacific, but the logistics seemed daunting.
Bleich has photographed for major magazines, was the official photographer for an Antarctic expedition and is a contributing editor at Rangefinder, the leading U.S. professional photography magazine.
Coakley's books at National Geographic
have won international acclaim, and he
is known for his
impeccable taste in images.
"In the past, this has been the most enjoyable and valuable part of the workshop," says Bleich
"You'd be surprised at how quickly you can improve as a photographer when professionals give you instant feedback.
During the four days the ship is at sea, there will be lectures and demonstrations on technical and esthetic subjects.
Toward the end of the cruise, all passengers aboard will be invited to a presentation at which the best images that have been shot will be shown.
Attendees enrolled in previous workshop cruises have had their images published in magazines, on web sites and exhibited in shows.
"Over the years we've developed some unique techniques to teach photographers to quickly grasp the key elements of 'seeing' which results in great pictures," explains Bleich