Shoot The Centerfold Santorini Seminar/Workshop – Oct 24 – 31, 2019

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STC Santorini 2019

October 24-31, 2018 – Santorini, Greece

Our Finest International Seminar Returns with an All-New Program!

The Greek island of Santorini is the ultimate location for photographers and videographers. It’s in this beautiful paradise that you will experience wonders found nowhere else in the world. Santorini is the ultimate gateway to the heart of any photographer, editor and art director.

We have brought you to Santorini now for the past six years, have produced images for publications and commercial campaigns, have eaten Greek delicacies, and discovered new-found talent while bonding among photographers and friends.

Welcome to our STC “Boutique Workshops”, where you can travel with a small select group of like-minded photographers who seek to search outside of their comfort zone and discover the next level of publishing in a more intimate setting. And, publishing is what we have delivered to you. Each seminar has produced Playboy playmates, features, advertisements, and campaigns for major companies. These small workshops offer personalized bonding, educational experiences, and follow-ups from the STC master photographers.

Shoot The Centerfold Boutique Seminars; The Game Changer

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Seven Days Packed with NEW Inspirational Masterclasses, In-depth Seminar Demonstrations, Q & A, and Invaluable Networking Opportunities

  • A highly advanced professional seminar lecture and demonstration at a reasonable price, making it an excellent value for the attendees
  • See the difference when using a real Playboy Playmate with extensive experience and a top international agency represented model
  • Step outside your comfort zone and learn to utilize an up-scale real-world environment and see how professional pictorials are created
  • Learn what editors, clients, and the photo industry are looking for. Understand how to become self-sufficient and in demand
  • Learn to utilize a fully implemented set and workflow that makes editors beg for more
  • A new advanced business seminar where you learn insight about how you can navigate the industry at the highest level including social media Do’s and Don’ts
  • Become knowledgeable in the differences between the highly popular influencer and commercial model
  • Master the attractive influencer life-style market for top brands who rely on today’s modern lifestyle
  • Master drone photography and cinematic flying skills to enhance your offerings
  • This seminar/workshop is about publishing, photography business, marketing, how to earn money with your images and, most importantly, learning how to deliver photography that editors cannot ignore
  • Why learn from anybody else when you can learn from the best?

 

Register Here

Santorini, Oct 24-31, 2019

$5000.00 (Lodging included)*

7 Day Seminar

The 7-day extensive seminar/workshop experience now includes the new One-on-One shooting experience. We have also added detailed editing, business and marketing sessions as well as insight on how you can navigate the industry at the highest level. This rare opportunity also includes a videography course and tips on how to make the transition smooth. You will be able to produce top quality videos and mini-movies that will impact clients and publishers.

Deposit, Oct 24-31, 2019

$1000.00*

Place Deposit

Following some of our attendees’ requests, we have decided to provide alternative forms of payment to be more “wallet friendly.” You can now place a deposit of $1000 to reserve your seat for the Santorini seminar and pay the rest of the workshop fee in monthly installments (or as agreed). No photography learning experience should be put aside because of financial limitations.

Register Here: STC Business – STC Drone Seminar

STC Business, Oct 31, 2019

$750.00 (Lodging included)*

Business Seminar

The extra full-day extensive business seminar includes advanced business and marketing lessons with step by step objectives and most-valuable insight about how you can navigate the industry at the highest level. This is a comprehensive all-day business course known to a very few, for people who desire a more business-oriented perception of the industry.

STC Drone, Nov 1st, 2019

$750.00*

Drone Seminar

Drone photography has become the new industry standard among visionaries and videographers alike. There’s nothing quite as exciting for a client than your ability to offer high-end production value, which previously was only available for top dollar production teams. This will help expand your portfolio/reel, as well as your creative vision. We will show you when shooting on location, or in a controlled environment, how to add dramatic angles and cinematic perception to elevate your photography creations above all the others.

 

All New STC Santorini Pictorial Platform

One frequently asked question from attendees is, “Are my images going to look like everyone else’s?” No, they are not. We have fine-tuned our Boutique Seminar Program to elevate your learning experience even higher than ever before by creating a pictorial shoot opportunity where you photograph your scenes with an instructor only and no one else. The new and dedicated One-on-One shooting time with each seminar attendee guarantees unique images from all the attendees. See the sample pictorial below from STC One-on-One session with attendee Michael Riego.

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Evgenia-Stefaneko-871Model Evgenia Stefaneko makes her first STC appearance at the STC Santorini 2019

Meet Our New STC Model – Evgenia Stefaneko

Model Evgenia Stefaneko, is our sizzling and leggy model choice for STC Santorini 2019. Evgenia comes from Novosibirsk, Russia. She has a bachelors degree in architecture and works as an advertising manager for an optical company. We definitely could use some of her optical assistance in Santorini, right guys?

After completion of her studies at the university, Evgenia has traveled the world, worked as a model and represented her country in international beauty pageants. Evgenia’s weak spot is cycling, so bring a can of WD-40 and a camera to lube up your new friendship.

Guess Super Model Kseniya Belousova Joins STC Santorini 2019

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Guess model Kseniya Belousova is joining the STC Santorini 2019 seminar and we are over the top happy to have her for one more extraordinary experience.

Kseniya is a Siberian model who is continuously in headlines globally and her fame is growing by the minute. This doesn’t surprise us though. You’ve seen her in some of the most stunning modeling campaigns of Guess and other top brands, as well as in top fashion shows internationally. If there’s a model to turn editorial heads, Ksenia packs more appeal than most models combined.

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Kseniya was also the model featured in “The Best Image from STC Santorini in 2017” by STC Attendee Ruzdi Ekenheim. That was indeed a “Golden Ticket” moment. At STC Santorini 2019, it will be time to punch out another!

Kseniya, who grew up in Russia, started and won a beauty contest at the tender age of 16, being crowned Miss Tyumen. Soon after, she fell in love with modeling. She knew her destiny needed bigger shoes & modeling markets! We feel her prediction was spot-on.

We aren’t the only ones going gaga over Kseniya with her irresistible beauty, flawless figure and dancing abilities. She derailed the entire country of Italy to chaos, with the mega-hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” Kseniya has the moves and “you better be well prepared to capture them,” says Kseniya.

We like keeping an eye on our models and photographers as success smiles upon them. Be prepared, as sparks will be flying high again, in our upcoming STC Santorini 2019 seminar with model Kseniya Belousova. It’s up to you to be there and capture it.

Addition models announcements coming accordingly as we get closer to the seminar dates!

 

ksenya-ruzdi-568Cut to the Chase

Now, we bring you Santorini, Greece 2019, a new high-end publishing workshop experience that ups your game from any previous seminars anywhere, including ours! We bring the clients for you to photograph and give you the opportunity to get published.

No guessing, just facts from our customers who have already shown your work in magazines, campaigns, posters, and catalogs.

You have chosen us to return to a scene where Aegean gods welcomed us with their open arms and where publishing success was found at each of our past STC Santorini Seminars. Consider Shoot The Centerfold as your gateway to the world of photography and editing. Our efforts and lifetime of experience have become your stepping stone to your future.

 

How We Are Different

Rebecca-stairs600Our accomplishments and experience in the industry have granted us our educational edge and success.

We are internationally acclaimed photographers who have worked and still work for Playboy and have created some of the most talked about pictorials published worldwide.

Over the past decades, our collective work has been seen in almost every major publication, as well as in advertising campaigns and fine-art galleries.

No other seminar can currently match the published body of work that we bring to the table. Also, we remain top working photographers in the industry who travel the world and are part of building the brands of many high profile clients.

From day one, the STC project was meant to connect the dots for those photographers who are willing to follow our success and take their photography to the next level.

Our seminar attendees have the highest published rate of any other seminar in the industry. We don’t just offer you a weekend full of fun but an opportunity that can change your life.

And that, my friends, is what makes us different.

The STC Santorini seminar is our fastest selling seminar ever. Do not wait and let your career opportunities pass by you while success is knocking at your door.

 

Noemi-red-568Discover Your Style

This time around we will raise the bar higher than ever by focusing more on the look, style, and feel of the image in addition to the photography technicalities. The four most critical elements of a successful image are:

• Model
Lighting
Wardrobe
Style/look/feel

To fully understand the real potential of a successful image and current trend, it starts with having the right mindset and a solid plan for exhibiting what are you trying to say with your photos. Our specialty of visual expression surpasses many editorial expectations.

There is nothing more important than carefully planned pre-production regardless of how simple or challenging the job may be. Exhibiting light, shadow, and style is the backbone of success. With its beautiful white walls, Santorini offerers more visual variety and shooting locations than any other place in the world.

No wonder Santorini ranks so high in the client and the editorial world. The choice to return to Santorini is not to duplicate the past, but to define your future.
Photo by attendee Reggie Blatter – STC Santorini 2018

How does Shoot The Centerfold choose its models for the seminars?

 

Influencer Photography

lifestyle-568Our new influence style photography category has become one of the hottest topics and most wanted photography styles in the past 24 months. It has reshaped the entire industry of lifestyle and branding for major companies and publications in unprecedented proportions. The old is out and the new “insta-lifestyle” is what’s in currently. What was the hot button a few years ago, has now taken a new direction.

Learn experience-based marketing and how today’s magazine advertising and commercial attraction have moved to social marketing and so should you. While publication circulation numbers keep falling, the new much wanted and viewed social platform keeps on growing. It has evolved into a new way to do business.

As the world changes rapidly, we need to keep up with the latest industry demands, if your continued photographic success goals, are to be met.

At STC, our focus is to deliver and teach the latest marketing ideas and tools continually so our photographer attendees can flourish. Why? Because your success is our satisfaction.

 

Your Photography Business Begins Here

 

Starting Your Own Photography Business and How to Make it Profitable

Most photographers that buy photo equipment, whether it be cameras, lenses, lights or other items for their work, think once they acquire what they need their future is secure. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Now that you’ve spent a sizable amount of money on equipment, you’ve got to figure out a way to dig yourself out of the financial hole you’ve made in your wallet. Unless you’ve already got a good list of clients, you’ve probably found out receiving a return on your investment isn’t as easy as you thought it’d be. Sound familiar?

Editors are familiar with photographers spending extravagant amounts of money on equipment, both in studios and location expenses. If you’re assuming we’ve heard some pretty good horror stories and more from the photographers who submit their images to us, you’d be correct.

So what does an editor or art director look for in a photographer when they approach the industry in the hopes of getting published and receiving future assignments? Clearly, each case is different and the winners are those who have their business plan together and are able to swim with the sharks.

Any established photo editor wants to make sure that their working relationship with the photographer is efficient with no unpleasant surprises along the way. As longtime Playboy photo director Gary Cole puts it, “I cannot publish your excuses instead of your images.”

Every day there are hurdles and obstacles for editors and photographers. Shoot The Centerfold’s Business Class helps prepare you to avoid these setbacks and learn how to run a photo business as it should.

This intense learning experience in the business of photography focuses on helping you. Join us and put our years of wisdom to work for you and increase your chances for success. You will not find a better photography business mentor with such a unique and expansive experience as our own Jarmo Pohjaniemi.

 

Evaluate and Develop Your Photography Business

(Below you will find some topics and advice on what to look for when starting your photography business.)

  • Have a good bulletproof business plan.Jarmo-portrait-568
  • Determine if the photography business suits you.
  • Get some experience. Come to Shoot The Centerfold seminars.
  • Learn to achieve the highest standard of business etiquette.
  • Fight inexperience with advice.
  • Determine if you need financing.
  • Put together your initial marketing plan.
  • Build your company’s infrastructure early.
  • Use the web for information as well.
  • Make paying for your items or service convenient.
  • Follow the money.

 

 

During sessions, you will also receive advice on:

(Below you will find some invaluable topics you will learn during STC Business Seminar on Oct 31st.)

  • Decide on a Legal Structure for Your Business
  • Choose a Name for Your Business
  • Register Your Business Name
  • Prepare Organizational Paperwork
  • Marketing and Branding your business
  • Social Media
  • Taxes

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Dave Gallagher Returns to Santorini with 150MP Phase One Camera systems, Image Editing, and Workflow 

dave-gallagher2Once more we have added a workflow and editing session day where you will learn image editing, color correction and how to achieve the look and feel seen in today’s high-end publications and campaigns. Dave Gallagher from Capture Integration together with STC master photographers will show you the latest trends and how they get made. There’s more to a picture than meets the eye. The understanding of different styles, ever-changing trends (and what to watch as the image styles change), and while market differentiation plays a significant role in professional publishing. 

Growth and wisdom are the essences at the STC seminars, and for your epic experience, we will have a variety of the latest Phase One XF camera bodies, and IQ4 digital backs for you to use along with every single Schneider Leaf Shutter lens made today. Dave Gallagher from Capture Integration will be present for workflow demonstrations and questions. Come and find out what the world’s best photography seminar is all about.

Bigger is Better
The XF Camera System is built using full-frame Medium Format sensors 2.5 times larger than the ones found in high-end DSLRs. Sensors this massive deliver a powerful combination of the highest possible resolution together with large, high dynamic range pixels and excellent wide angular response. The XF Camera System is quite literally the best of all worlds when it comes to digital image quality.

150MP resolution
The XF Camera System is available in multiple configurations, up to 150MP. Resolution this high delivers not only incredible detail but also provides creative flexibility, accommodating virtually any application requirement, be it print or digital.

Perfect 16-bit color
Balancing colors are equal parts art and science. Phase One has been working for over two decades to achieve perfection in colors across hardware and software, and the XF System is a direct reflection of that. You won’t find better color depth or rendering than with an XF Camera System.

15 stop dynamic range
Using large sensor technology, the XF Camera System delivers unparalleled dynamic range, retaining unmatched detail in both highlights and shadows. With the new and exclusive 100 megapixels imaging sensor, the XF Camera System provides extreme long exposures of up to 60 minutes across 50MP, 60MP, 80MP & 100MP configurations. A fantastic creative tool, used by many of the world’s leading photographers.

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Why Santorini Is the Ultimate Dream Destination for Photographers

There are very few places in the world where architectural elements play a role as significant as they do in Santorini, Greece. Wherever you look, you see perfect backgrounds and settings for any photography. It seems as if every single building was built with photography in mind. The legendary Greek style offers the most photography-friendly locations anywhere in the world when comparing aesthetics, variety, and choices. White, blue, yellow and the ocean with mountain backgrounds creates a mind-blowing masterpiece found nowhere else. It’s no wonder that Santorini has become the largest wedding photographer and catalog photo destination in the world. There’s so much to choose from and never enough time to capture everything.

We are returning to Santorini on your and our client’s request. Since we are content providers for the publishing industry, it’s a no-brainer because Santorini’s photogenic and beautiful elements play a such a significant role in publishing houses across the globe.

santorini-montage-2Santorini and its locations are some of the most beautiful places in the world

 

Past Shoot The Centerfold Seminars

This is Shoot The Centerfold

We don’t expect everyone to know what Shoot The Centerfold is all about. We have prepared a few links for you to get familiar with some of the past STC experiences where photography, lighting, fun, and business are the spoken word. The everlasting memories, new friends, reuniting with old ones and connecting with the industry specialists are some of our many features.

Santorini Oct 2018 – Read more

Miami march 2015

Miami March 2015 – Read more

Miami march 2012

Miami Oct 2012 – Read more

Santorini 2015

 

Shoot The Centerfold Seminar on Publishing

One of the very exciting bonus perks of STC seminars is that Playboy likes to pick up and share the STC seminar experiences by printing them on the glossy pages of their magazine.

Also, many STC attendees’ work has appeared in Playboy as Playmate pictorials, features, and even covers. Now, that is what we call well-deserved success.

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Photographer Reggie Blatter finds success with STC

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The “Girls of STC” in Playboy

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Reggie Blatter’s 8 pages in Playboy

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Larry Johnson’s pictorial and cover

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From STC to Playboy cover model

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Playboy’s 8-page layout – Bali 2018

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Stefano Navarro’s Playboy pictorial

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Miami 2016 – 8 Pages in Playboy

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Santorini 2015 – 4 Pages in Playboy

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Miami 2014 – 6 Pages in Playboy

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Miami 2012 – 6 Pages in Playboy

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Cover by STC attendee Michael Sheller

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Playmate by attendee Steven Ruegnitz

 

Shoot The Centerfold on Commercial Publishing

Shoot The Centerfold’s primary focus is great photography and publishing. Our success is also inclusive of the commercial and fashion photography industries. Commercial photography is also a very lucrative and competitive marketplace, and our specialty is now at your disposal. Many of our attendees’ seminar images end up in magazines, in catalogs and even as posters in various styles in the industry. Join the forces and settle for nothing but the very best in photography.

 

Be a Winner

After each workshop or One-on-One session, we choose a winner or winning images created during the symposium which may get published as a full-page advertisement in Playboy or an ad campaign depending on a style. Here are a few samples.
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Blayne Uto – Hensel

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Reggie Blatter – Hensel

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Ruzdi Ekenheim – Winner

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Multible Publishing Winners

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Michael Sheller – Winner

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Larry Johnson – Winner

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Joe Tejeda – Winner

 

Priceless Experience

Your dream for us to host a limited edition seminar has finally become a reality. We will be hard at work teaching photography, as well as a little bit of Greek mythology for good measure. One of the most memorable moments from our past Santorini trip was not only the pictorials now seen in major print campaigns and Playboy but mostly the private bonding moments with the crew members and models. Sitting on the porch while editing the daily images, enjoying fantastic local drinks and food, watching the surreal sunset, while getting a chance to get to know everyone better and create memories to last a lifetime. See highlights from our past Santorini seminar here

Highly skilled instructors
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Get Cozy with the Oia Sunset Villas – Your Hotel

You will be staying at the “Oia Sunset Villas

Located in the north of Santorini in the traditional settlement of Oia. This group of six elegant houses comes highly recommended and they feature fantastic accommodations. The group of houses is finished to high standards with a traditional design throughout with much attention to detail. The use of conventional Oia volcanic red & black stones and some of the best materials included in the design that combine in harmony with the environment. All houses have three levels of living. Every villa has a private yard with dining areas to enjoy alfresco dining, a garden, and a private heated hydro massage spa. A common use swimming pool combined with the perfect sea and sunset views will keep you there the whole day. The BBQ area offers a lot of space and facilities for many people. The luxury combined with the ultimate privacy offers an unforgettable stay and a unique experience.

Note: Shoot The Centerfold has reserved two of the houses for its 15 seminar attendees and crew, and this is a shared housing environment. Should you want to stay somewhere else instead, we can make recommendations upon your request. Let us know if you have any questions by clicking here.

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Drone-2-large-900Photo: Claire Spoors. STC Santorini 2018

 

Drone Photography

One of the new categories you saw during STC Santorini 2018 was drone photography. This is nothing new for Jarmo Pohjaniemi, who uses drones to enhance his pictorials, commercial work and even for the big screen.

Drone photography has become the new standard among ground level visionaries and videographers. There’s nothing quite as exciting for a client than you having the ability to offer high-end production value, which previously was only available for top dollar production teams.

“Why to settle for doing just part of a job when you can have it all”The times have changed and so should you. Drone photography brings a new way of capturing imagery. If you’re in the business to succeed in today’s competitive market and wish to make your mark in the industry, it’s up to you to use the technology available to you so you won’t be left in the past. “Why to settle for doing just part of a job when you can have it all;” says Jarmo Pohjaniemi. “Drone photography is the future alongside your ground visuals and the future is yours.”

Due to popular request, we now offer a new one-day drone seminar on top of the main workshop. Our extra class, is for attendees who wish to enhance their visual offering, to better compete in today’s market. This way you can focus on each photographic category separately, giving it your ultimate attention and without taking time away from the other studies available. Imagine the possibilities of creating stunning aerial images with drone photography and what that can add to your services.

One notable advantage photographers have vs. videographers and drone enthusiasts is that we have a better understanding of composition, f-stops, ISO, RAW files and image workflow compared to most. This advantage will allow a smoother transition when you start adding additional production value to your photography and videography.

 

 

How Do I Get to Santorini?

background-aeroplaneThere are several ways one can travel to Santorini, Greece. The most traditional route when traveling from the East coast of USA is via London – Athens – Santorini. See the example below:

Miami/MIA or New York/JFK

⇓ London/Heathrow

⇓ Athens/Eleftherios

⇓ Santorini/Thira

 

 

Substantial savings can be achieved by planning in advance!

This week’s current roundtrip airfare price from New York – Santorini and back is:

$1000 – 1500.00*

*This quote is an estimate only! Shoot The Centerfold cannot guarantee exact airline prices which regularly change.

 

Seminar Arrival and Departure Days:

  • The 7-day seminar/workshop is from Oct 25th – 31st. The pre-preparations for the seminar start on Oct 24th.
  • Travel advice: You arrive for the main seminar on Oct 24th and depart on the Oct 31st.
  • If you are participating on STC Business day on Oct. 31st, then depart on Nov 1st.
  • If you are participating on STC Drone day on Nov 1st, then depart on Nov 2nd.

 

Register Here

Santorini, Oct 24-31, 2019

$5000.00 (Lodging included)*

7 Day Seminar

The 7-day extensive seminar/workshop experience now includes the new One-on-One shooting experience. We have also added detailed editing, business and marketing sessions as well as insight on how you can navigate the industry at the highest level. This rare opportunity also includes a videography course and tips on how to make the transition smooth. You will be able to produce top quality videos and mini-movies that will impact clients and publishers.

Deposit, Oct 24-31, 2019

$1000.00*

Place Deposit

Following some of our attendees’ requests, we have decided to provide alternative forms of payment to be more “wallet friendly.” You can now place a deposit of $1000 to reserve your seat for the Santorini seminar and pay the rest of the workshop fee in monthly installments (or as agreed). No photography learning experience should be put aside because of financial limitations.

Register Here: STC Business – STC Drone Seminar

STC Business, Oct 31, 2019

$750.00 (Lodging included)*

Business Seminar

The extra full-day extensive business seminar includes advanced business and marketing lessons with step by step objectives and most-valuable insight about how you can navigate the industry at the highest level. This is a comprehensive all-day business course known to a very few, for people who desire a more business-oriented perception of the industry.

STC Drone, Nov 1st, 2019

$750.00*

Drone Seminar

Drone photography has become the new industry standard among visionaries and videographers alike. There’s nothing quite as exciting for a client than your ability to offer high-end production value, which previously was only available for top dollar production teams. This will help expand your portfolio/reel, as well as your creative vision. We will show you when shooting on location, or in a controlled environment, how to add dramatic angles and cinematic perception to elevate your photography creations above all the others.

Your Santorini Seminar Preparations

 

Need a Flexible Payment Plan?

Following some of our attendees’ requests, We decided to provide alternative forms of payment to be more “wallet-friendly”. Send us an email, and we will work with you on different options to make it happen. Our Santorini seminar/workshop will be our ultimate experience and not one to miss!

  • *Program is subject to change without notice.
  • *The attendee rooms are shared room environment. (Two participants per room). Private rooms are available upon request for an extra fee.
  • *Refunds & Cancellations: Enrollment is limited; therefore your commitment is important to us. If you must withdraw from a seminar, we provide this refund policy: A $25 administrative charge will be added for all cancellations. If you cancel 90 days before the start of the workshop, we will retain 50% of the total workshop fee, unless we can fill your spot. If you cancel 30 days or less before the start date of the seminar, we will retain 100% of the workshop fee unless we can fill your spot. All deposits are non-refundable. No refunds, once the symposium begins.

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