Silversea has introduced its My Photo Academy on sailings to Antarctica aboard Silver Cloud, utilising the ship’s new Photo Studio as a hub for the multifaceted enrichment program.
With a mesmerising 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 while sailing on itineraries designed to maximise expedition time and provide opportunities for shooting great images.
“Our new photography program is a perfect fit for the immersive expeditions we offer in Antarctica,” said Conrad Combrink, senior vice president, Strategic Development Expeditions and Experiences. “Voyaging to the bottom of the Earth is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, full of magical moments which we will help our guests to capture in beautiful images they will 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 professionals. 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 specialising 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
Silver Cloud accommodates just 200 guests in polar waters. A fleet of 16 Zodiacs provides opportunity for up-close exploration, while 10 kayaks offer a personalised experience of nature in the polar realms. Twenty or more Expedition Team members are always at hand to share their 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.