Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has introduced its new My Photo Academy on sailings to Antarctica aboard Silver Cloud, utilizing the ship’s new Photo Studio as a hub for the multifaceted enrichment program.
With a mesmerizing landscape and amazing wildlife as the backdrop, guests will have the chance to elevate their photographic prowess by learning how to take and edit pictures like a professional on itineraries designed to maximize expedition time and the opportunities for shooting great images.
“Our new photography program is a perfect fit for the immersive expeditions we offer in Antarctica,” said Conrad Combrink, SVP Strategic Development Expeditions and Experiences. “Voyaging to the bottom of the Earth is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, full of magical moments that we hope to help our guests capture in beautiful images they would be proud to display in their home or office.”
With both private and group lessons, guests can learn to master the art of digital photography through the Academy, which provides an array of specialty workshops for both beginners and pros. Among the topics covered is an introduction to photography, social media, and the use of Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop® software tools to edit images to get just the right look.
Unique to Silver Cloud, the Photo Studio — designed and implemented in collaboration with Galardi Media Network, a Swiss company specializing in new technologies and multimedia — is a vibrant space of creativity featuring state-of-the-art equipment for both MAC and PC users, including high-quality printers available for use on a fee basis for guests wishing to create postcards or take home frame-ready pictures, including panorama- and A2-size prints. A user-friendly, touch-screen interface makes it easy for guests to print their own photos.
With the guidance of a professional photo manager, guests can learn and practice their photo-editing skills on such high-grade professional equipment as:
- Six HP Envy 27-inch, all-in-one desktop computers
- Six iMac 27-inch, all-in-one desktop computers
- Four Loupedeck photo-editing consoles for Adobe Lightroom
- Two DNP dye sublimation photo printers
- Two Epson inkjet plotters
- Custom workshop management software
- Three Samsung 55-inch screens with 4K picture quality
- One Samsung 65-inch screen with 4K picture quality
Additionally, guests can schedule a 20-minute, one-on-one appointment with a photo-editing expert to receive guidance on a host of topics, including:
- Smart gear recommendations
- Instruction on proper camera use
- Camera menu options
- Help with social media and posting: Facebook and Instagram
The intimate Silver Cloud accommodates just 200 guests in polar waters. A fleet of 16 Zodiacs provides unprecedented opportunity for up-close exploration, while 10 kayaks offer a truly personalized experience of nature in the polar realms. Twenty or more passionate and dedicated Expedition Team members are always at hand to share their considerable knowledge and insights. They give lectures in the multi-tiered Explorer Lounge, run workshops, lead Zodiac and kayak trips, and guide nature walks — all of which is complimentary. Expedition voyages to Antarctica are offered from November through February.
South African guests who would like further details on Antarctica itineraries, can contact local General Sales Agents Cruise Vacations www.cruise-vacations.co.za Tell 011-514-0564
About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between.
Photo: @Michel Verdure