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Iconic Greece
8 Day / 9 Night Photo Workshop
April 26 – May 5, 2014


EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 28.
We need our minimum by that date so if you’re interested in this trip please let us know!

Early registration price $3,950
Late registration $4,250
Rates are double occupancy, see details below in Terms and Conditions
PAY FOR REGISTRATION DEPOSIT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

PLEASE NOTE: Many photo workshops inflate their length by including arrival and departure days. This trip includes 9-nights lodging with 8 full workshop days shooting, traveling and editing. In addition, there is an opening night reception on the arrival day.

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Join Peter Poulides for 9 nights and 8 days in Greece, his parent’s homeland and the birthplace of his ongoing love affair with photography. Peter bought his first 35mm Nikon cameras while attending the American high school in Athens in the 1970s. Greece has continued to be the subject of much of his photography on his frequent trips back. Peter is a working professional photographer whose career includes work for national magazines, newspapers, large and small corporations and stock photo agencies. He is the owner of and lead instructor at The Spot Studio in Dallas and since 2009 has helped more than 1400 amateur and budding professional photographers better their craft. Peter speaks Greek and will act as travel guide and photography mentor to a small group of photo enthusiasts as he leads them on an adventure through three of the most beautiful and image-rich locations in Greece. (Peter shot all the photos on this page on a workshop scouting trip in November, 2012)

Spotstudio Greek Travel Workshop

We’ll start in Athens, a modern European metropolis of 4 million people and home to some of the world’s most cherished ancient sites. Athens is a city that retains some of the exotic flavor of a border region, a place where East and West have met. We’ll spend time photographing the Acropolis and her crown jewel, the Parthenon. We’ll visit the Central Market where a walk through a street full of spice and nut vendors reveals the loud, bustling meat market which leads to the colorful and chaotic fish market. We’ll shoot at magic hour from Lycabbetos hill which offers grand panoramas of this densely packed city of concrete adorned with parks, mountains, markets, museums and antiquities.

Spotstudio Greek Travel Workshop - Oia, Santorini

From Athens we fly to Santorini, an island so stunning in geography, architecture and light that it’s almost impossible to oversell. This is a place that cannot disappoint, even if you’ve seen it in hundreds of pictures. On the contrary, photographs have a hard time capturing the drama and playfulness of Aegean light on white geometric houses, raw volcanic rock and glittering sea. That will be our assignment, to come back with a personal photographic record and expression of what it feels like to be perched on top of a plunging 1200 foot cliff disappearing into the deepest blue water. To patiently wait for the best light as we stand in awe behind our tripods while the sun sets over the towns of Oia and Fira, towns so dangerously perched on the cliff that they seem to be daring the dormant volcano to awaken.

Spotstudio Greek Travel Workshop - Meteora 4up

From Santorini we fly back to the mainland and board a private bus for the drive to Meteora, a cluster of massive monoliths rising from the surrounding plains of Thessaly. Atop many of these imposing shear rock cliffs are centuries-old monasteries, so skillfully and artfully constructed that they seem to have just grown there. We will photograph these big rocks at dawn and dusk, at times feeling like we’ve been transported to a hidden corner of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. We will visit the local weekly farmers market in Kalambaka, where produce from the region is hawked from temporary stalls in the streets, always under the watchful eye of the surrounding monoliths.

Spotstudio Greek Travel Workshop - Acropolis Museum

We return to Athens for our last three days of shooting, including a Metro trip to the port of Piraeus for some street shooting or a visit to the Sunday morning flea market where locals sell just about everything you can imagine. We’ll take advantage of the unique opportunity to visit the Athens Centre where we’ll watch a portfolio presentation by a local photographer about the effects of the economic crisis on the people of Greece. We’ll also have time to socialize with photo students who have been taking classes from Athens photographer and teacher Jeff Vanderpool.

Every other day there will be time set aside for image editing, one-on-one time with Peter and a group review of shots from the previous two days. The workshop will conclude with a reception and slide show of your best images. This is not a standard package tour. Every detail of this trip is custom designed for photographers, providing not just excellent photo opportunities but encouraging a connection with the local photographic community in Athens and a deeper understanding of what’s happening there beyond the doomsday reporting and repeated news footage of isolated unrest and disorder.

IS THIS A GOOD TIME TO TRAVEL TO GREECE?
In a word, Yes! Greece is in a serious financial crisis that may take a generation or more to cure and we’ve all seen the news coverage of the unrest. But the beauty of Greece has not diminished one bit and the demonstrations you’ve seen happen in specific places in Athens and are scheduled days ahead of time. Greece is safe for travel. Her people have big concerns about their nation but they remain warm and welcoming and the images you bring home will be as great as they could ever be. For a good take on this from someone on the ground, check out Matt Barrett’s page on Athens Today.

Spotstudio Greek Workshop - doors and cats

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP?
A visit to Greece is often at the top of many people’s travel lists. If you’re one of those people and love photography then this might be just the perfect workshop for you. We’ve lined up a range of locations to give you a chance to stretch and challenge your shooting skills and artistic expression.

Most attendees will be shooting with DSLR cameras and may own several lenses but there is no equipment requirement to join this trip. People make excellent photos with compact digital cameras. You’ll have lots of time in the field for one-on-one guidance about cameras, settings and technique. There will be plenty of tech talk but the focus of this workshop is more on making strong photographs. In the afternoon edit sessions you’ll have the opportunity for individual and group critique of your work and a chance to see how others see.  You’ll return home with some beautiful and satisfying images, new friends and fresh energy for shooting photos.

You should already know how to operate your camera, download images, make selections in software and export to a thumb drive for review. If you’re new to all of this then the Spot Studio Beginner Workshop or series of DSLR Evening Classes (or equivalent) is recommended or you could book some one-on-one tutoring time. Please email Peter through the contact page with any questions.

HEALTH AND FITNESS
This workshop will require a lot of walking and going up and down steps. In Athens we’ll be mostly on the street except for the moderate climb up to the Acropolis. In Santorini, getting down to the hotel from the main road involves about 150 long steps and you’ll be making that round trip a couple of times a day.  Peter is 58, doesn’t work out much and had no trouble scurrying around the Acropolis, the paths of Meteora or the steps of Santorini. Bring good comfortable shoes and avoid the temptation to carry ALL of you gear all of the time. More details about packing and equipment suggestions will be sent out 30 days before the trip. [Update: I had a question from a client about getting luggage to the hotel rooms in Santorini. There is a porter that will transport your bags for you on check in and check out.]

Spotstudio Greek Travel Workshop - Santorini

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
Your digital camera(s) and lens(es), tripod, laptop, data backup drive(s), editing software (Lightroom, Aperture, Picasa, iPhoto etc.) and a desire to shoot and share photos. About 30 days before the trip we’ll send out an email with more detailed recommendations for additional gear, accessories and clothing. Each participant must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the published conclusion date of the workshop. You will be required to provide a copy of your valid passport and proof of medical insurance along with the signed copy of the terms and conditions.

WEATHER

Greece in April is a wonderful time to visit with temperatures from the 50s at night to the high 60s and low 70s in the day. There is little rain and lots of wildflowers in bloom.


WORKSHOP ITINERARY

Arrival – Saturday
Attendees arrive during the day and are responsible for their own airport transfer to the hotel. Transportation recommendations and details will be sent out a few weeks before the trip. It’s easy to grab a cab or take the excellent Metro system to the hotel. We’ll all meet on the hotel’s rooftop garden in the evening for a welcoming reception of wine and appetizers where you’ll meet your fellow travelers and receive an information packet with maps and tips about Athens. We strongly recommend that you arrive in Athens a day or two early, if possible, so you’re jet lag free and ready to go. Our associate in Athens, Jeff Vanderpool, will be helping people with additional travel arrangements. Please contact us for details. [R]

Day 1 – Sunday
After breakfast Peter will present a brief slide show of his own work followed by a walking/shooting tour of the Temple of Zeus and the National Gardens on the way to the weekly changing of the guard parade in front of Parliament. We’ll continue walking through Syntagma Square toward the Monastiraki, also known as the Flea Market, where we’ll have lunch at one of the tavernas.  After lunch we’ll take the Metro back to the hotel for some free time. If you’re still jet lagged this is a chance to recover with a short nap. (A long deep sleep at this point may just make things worse!) Then we’ll load into some taxis for the brief drive up to Lycabettos, a hill offering a commanding and panoramic view of the entire city. We’ll shoot sunset and magic hour before heading back to the hotel for dinner on your own. [B]

Spotstudio Greek Travel Workshop - Athens at night

Day 2 – Monday
After breakfast we travel by private bus to the Athens airport for the short flight to Santorini. You’ll settle in to your room at Dana Villas in Firostefani with time to rest, sit by the pool or look around the town before we drive to the town of Oia (EE-ya) on the tip of the island. Here we will explore the small alleys and walkways for interesting photographs and then set up our tripods for the justly famous sunset. We’ll eat at a local taverna and head back to Firostefani for the night. [B]

Spotstudio Greek Workshop Santorini

Day 3 – Tuesday
We’ll start with an after-breakfast stroll to the main town of Fira, shooting along the way as we look down into the caldera and come around several turns to the improbable sight of this large town hugging the cliff. The rest of the day is flexible with individual time for exploration of Fira town, an optional cruise out to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, a trip to the port by cable car or donkey, or just taking some down time to enjoy the spectacular setting. Late afternoon will find us back at the hotel for an edit session and individual critique sessions with Peter. After sunset we’ll join back up for a slide show of the last couple of days’ images before heading out to dinner. [B]

Day 4 – Wednesday
After breakfast we’ll be picked up at the hotel and head for the airport, a short flight back to Athens and to our awaiting private bus for the 5 hour drive north to the town of Kastraki, tucked into the foothills of the monoliths of Meteora. We’ll stop for a quick lunch along the way and will arrive in time to head up into the hills for a sunset shoot. Afterwards we’ll drive back down to the hotel for check-in and dinner. [B]

Spotstudio Greek Workshop Meteora Sunset 700px

Day 5 – Thursday
This morning we’ll get up before dawn and head back up into the monoliths for a sunrise shoot. We’ll come back down in time for a late breakfast. There will be free time with guidance on short hikes into Kastraki. In the afternoon there will be an optional trip back up to one or two of the monasteries for a visit inside. Shooting is prohibited in many of the areas, a restriction we will honor, but these are beautiful and historic structures and worth the visit even if you can’t shoot what you want. In the late afternoon we’ll reconvene in the hotel dining room for another edit session with your laptops and photos of the last couple of days followed by dinner. [B]

Spotstudio Greece workshop - Meteora pano-700px

Day 6 – Friday
After breakfast we’ll head into town for the weekly farmers market in Kalambaka. This is a opportunity for some street photography in a small town in the off-tourist season where vendors will be selling local produce and goods. We’ll depart for Athens with a stop for lunch and arrive back at our hotel for some free time. Early evening we’ll walk to the Athens Centre for a portfolio presentation by a local photographer followed by a social hour with local amateur photographers and students of Jeff Vanderpool. Jeff teaches at Athens Centre and runs his own exhibit space outside of Athens. Back at the hotel you’ll have dinner on your own. [B]

Day 7 – Saturday
After an early breakfast we’ll walk up to the Acropolis to shoot, followed by a walk down through the ancient Agora (marketplace) and the temple of Thission.  We’ll grab lunch on the street and continue on to the Central Market for shooting and gawking, followed by a dessert stop at Krinos, a legendary local eatery established in 1922 and specializing in loukoumades, small crispy doughnuts drizzled with honey-citrus syrup. You’ll have some free time to explore or go back to the hotel to rest. During the afternoon you’re highly encouraged to visit the world famous Acropolis Museum on your own, a must-see in Athens and a space of almost reverential beauty. They have recently started allowing photography in the upper gallery only and there are some great photos to be taken. There will be an optional night shooting walkabout for those who are interested. Dinner on your own. [B]

Day 8 – Sunday
After breakfast there will be two options: One group will take the Metro down to the bustling port of Pireaus for some street shooting of people coming and going, boarding the many ferries and speedboats that ply the Greek islands. The other group will head to the Monastiraki which will be deep in the chaos and color of local market day, with vendors selling everything from expensive antiques to kitchen gadgets and pirated videos. Back at the hotel you’ll have lunch on your own and join the other attendees for an edit session in the dining room where you’ll make your final selection of images for the night’s closing slide show. At dusk we’ll gather on the rooftop terrace of the hotel for drinks, appetizers and the closing slide show, your images surrounded by the lighted Acropolis, Lycabettos and Acropolis Museum. This should prove to be a memorable way to wrap up 8 days of photography and camaraderie. Afterwards there is the option to gather together at a local restaurant for dinner. [B,R]

Spotstudio Greek Workshop Acropolis Museum 2up

Departure – Monday
Attendees depart. We encourage you to stay a few extra days for a short trip or another personal adventure. Our associate in Athens, photographer Jeff Vanderpool, will be available to assist you with your travel arrangements as well as photo adventures or one-on-one tutoring. [B]

WORKSHOP LEADERS AND HELPERS
Scheduled to lead the workshop is Peter Poulides who started his photographic life in Athens, Greece while attending high school. He went on to shoot travel and editorial assignments for magazines including Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Smithsonian Magazine, American Way, East West Network, Time, USA Today, Newsweek, Fortune and Forbes. Early in his career he was named one of the “Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World” by Travel & Leisure. His travel assignments have taken him to interesting places but he still has a long list of locations he plans to visit and shoot on his own. He continues to shoot corporate and advertising photography for regional clients and is working on a pair of books of his personal work. Peter has returned frequently to visit and photograph his homeland and his family owns a small apartment that is home base while in Athens. He is the owner of The Spot Studio in Dallas and since 2009 has been the lead instructor of classes and workshops there.

We have also scheduled Jeff Vanderpool to join us in Athens. Jeff is a published photographer, curator and educator who taught photography for a number of years in London. Currently he is based in Athens, where he has established a gallery, The Long Room, hosting photography exhibitions and cultural events. He has exhibited his own work in Greece, including a recent solo exhibition at the international festival “Kythera Photographic Encounters.” Born in Greece, educated in the U.S. and the U.K., Jeff is bilingual in Greek and English. His education and his deep familiarity with Greek life and culture enrich his art and teaching.

The Athens Centre will be hosting our social meetup with Greek amateur photographers and the presentation by a Greek photojournalist. The Centre is an educational organization founded in 1969 to sponsor academic and cultural activities in Greece. It  is located in Mets, a residential area of central Athens, about 15 minutes walk from the heart of the city at Syntagma (Constitution) Square. The Centre is affiliated with more than 20 American colleges and universities offering diverse programs including Semesters in Greece, summer arts programs, January terms, Maymesters and other longer and shorter sessions throughout the year. The Athens Centre also offers events and classes including lectures, photography, poetry writing, art, script writing, olive oil tasting, movie nights and jazz concerts.

Robin Poulides is Peter’s wife and a corporate marketing professional and event planner. She has handled much of the planning for the workshop and will be with us to assist with transportation, logistics and general comings and goings. This will be her 8th trip to Greece which she has happily adopted as her second home.

Spotstudio Greek Workshop - volcano tourists


LOCATIONS AND LODGING
In November, 2012 Peter and his wife, Robin, traveled to Greece to scout each location, visit with the owners of hotels and set up the affiliations needed to make this a memorable and productive workshop. Greece provides so much for photographers that the problem wasn’t what to include, but what to leave out to keep the workshop to just 8 days and 9 nights. The itinerary has been obsessed over at length and, we think, offers the perfect balance of pace, shooting opportunities, editing time and socializing.

We reviewed dozens of hotels for this trip and visited several. The ones chosen are ideally located, have high ratings and great reviews on TripAdvisor and other websites, offer quiet comfort, excellent value and are non-smoking. We have also arranged for free wifi at all three hotels so you can keep in touch with home and post some of your great photos to your favorite sites. Selected properties are:

ATHENS: The Herodion Hotel is a four star boutique hotel situated in an upscale residential block of old central Athens just below the Acropolis, next to the Acropolis Museum and a short walk from the famous Plaka.  The roof terrace is an experience in itself with an excellent view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Acropolis museum, along with views of Lycabbetos and Filopapou Hill.  This is where we will host the workshop’s welcome and closing receptions.

SANTORINI: Dana Villas clings to the cliffs of Santorini with spectacular views of the caldera and the small volcanic islands at its center. Located in the village of Firostefani, the hotel is accessible from the main road by a labyrinth of steps and is about a 15 minute walk along the caldera’s edge to Fira town, the center of Santorini. Its comfortable rooms are furnished in traditional Santorini architectural style and include all modern comforts and amenities. The property includes a swimming pool and outdoor heated Jacuzzi, and each room features a terrace with ocean view.

METEORA: Dellas Boutique Hotel sits in the shadow of the rocks of Meteora. This recently built family owned and operated hotel is located on the edge of the quaint village of Kastraki. A short walk leads you into the town or to the foothills of the imposing monoliths. The owner was born in the area and his wife, daughter and staff are eager to help you plan ways to spend your free time.

ROOM ASSIGNMENTS
At each of the three hotels we have been assigned a mix of rooms of different sizes and  locations.  The rooms that are larger or are considered to have a better view will be assigned on a first registered, first choice basis.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By registering for this Spot Studio, Inc. workshop you agree to the following terms and conditions. A printed copy of these terms as well as other information forms will be mailed to you upon receipt of the initial deposit or full payment of the late registration fee. Your signed copy of these terms must be received by Spot Studio, Inc. for you to be fully registered and allowed to participate in the workshop.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

Early registration is open until January 28 and we must have the minimum of 8 participants by that date for the workshop to make. Late registration is from January 29 to March 16. If the workshop isn’t sold out by the March 16th cutoff then we may still be able to accommodate you up until mid-April. Please contact us.

WORKSHOP COST AND PAYMENTS
The early registration fee is $3.950. Details on what’s included are below. A $500 online deposit payment through the Spot Studio website is required to hold your place with the remaining balance of $3,450 due by January 26, 2014.  The late registration fee is $4,250 with a $500 online deposit payment required to hold your place with the remaining balance of $3750 due within 5 business days of the deposit payment but no later than March 16. The $500 deposit temporarily holds your place in the workshop but you’re not fully registered until all payments are made and the release and information forms are completed and returned. Your reservation may be canceled if full payment has not been received by the deadline dates. If you have any questions about this please use the email form on the contact page.

SINGLE vs DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Workshop prices are for double occupancy in a shared room. There is a surcharge of $550 for single occupancy. You are welcome to arrange to share a room with another attendee traveling with you. We’ll be glad to put people in touch with each other if there is interest in sharing but Spot Studio will not assign attendees for double occupancy. At each of the three hotels we have been assigned a mix of rooms of different sizes and  locations.  The rooms that are larger or are considered to have a better view will be assigned on a first registered, first assigned basis.

SPOUSES AND TRAVEL PARTNERS
You’re welcome to bring along a non-photographer spouse or partner to share your adventure and your room. If you each require a private room then you’ll each need to pay the standard single room supplement. The non-photographer companion early registration rate is $3,750. The late registration cost for a non-photographer companion is $4,000. The $500 non-refundable deposit applies. Your companion is welcome to join us on all activities other than the four group edit sessions. Photographers working in the field tend to get very focused on their craft in hopes of making good art. We ask that non-photographers respect the photographers in the group and avoid any disruptions. We have a limited number of spaces for discounted spouse/partners. Please contact us directly for more information and registration.

FORMS OF PAYMENT
Other than the required online $500 deposit which has no additional credit card fee, a 3% service fee will be added to all other credit card or PayPal payments for balances due. The 3% fee is waived for payments made by check. Checks are to be made out to The Spot Studio, Inc. and mailed to 4756 Algiers, Dallas, TX, 75207 and must arrive by the deadline dates.

EXCHANGE RATES
Prices for all land and air costs in Greece are based on the current bank wire transfer exchange rate of $1.42 to the Euro. In the event the exchange rate rises above $1.47/Euro an adjustment may need to be made and an additional amount may be due not to exceed 5% of the total workshop fees.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Registration includes workshop tuition fees, services and guidance of workshop leaders, 9 nights lodging, all breakfasts, opening night wine reception, round trip airfare to Santorini including airport transfers,  Athens Centre reception, closing night reception, all ground transportation for group activities in private buses, public taxis or metros, pre-trip information, and entry fees on group shoot activities. Itinerary shows which meals are included with the [B,L,D,R] symbols for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reception.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to and from Athens, transfers from Athens airport to hotel on arrival and departure days, lunch and dinners (except for those listed above), entry fee to Acropolis Museum, additional food, services and incidentals purchased at the hotels which must be paid by the attendee upon checkout.

CANCELLATION
We rely on your attendance and the number of people registered to make important planning decisions. If you cancel more than 90 days before the workshop begins (by January 26) then we’ll refund any payments made less the $500 deposit.  If you cancel from 40 to 90 days before the start date of the workshop (by March 16) we will refund 50% of the total workshop fee. If you cancel less than 40 days before the start date of the workshop (after March 16) you will forfeit 100% of the total workshop fee.

Spot Studio reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, Spot Studio, Inc. is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets and other arrangements.

WORKSHOP SIZE
A minimum of 8 participants is required for the workshop to make and the maximum will be 12. This allows for plenty of individual time with the group leaders. Spot Studio, Inc. may allow additional participants or spouse/partner non-photographers to join the workshop as long as travel arrangements are still available and it doesn’t affect the quality of the workshop.

HEALTH AND TRAVEL INSURANCE
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas. In addition, we recommend that you evaluate your risk and consider taking out a trip cancellation policy. If you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested, as outlined in the Cancellations section. Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary loss you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., or your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, or other personal circumstances. There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program so please compare programs and choose one that provides the coverage you need. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time.

SMOKING
Smoking is not permitted at group meals, on the buses or other shared transportation. Smoking is permitted in the field only if other photographers and the photography itself are unaffected. Our hotels are all non-smoking.

WEATHER
Interesting weather makes for interesting photos. Spring in Greece is usually clear and sunny but you should pack light rain gear in case we encounter some showers. Unforeseen weather may result in adjustments to schedule, itinerary and locations.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Registrants will receive an email at least 30 days before the workshop with more information about recommended photo and computer gear, weather expectations, clothing suggestions and travel details.

PROMOTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Spot Studio, Inc. reserves the right for its representatives and employees to take photographs or videos during the workshop and to use the resulting photography for promotional of future classes and workshops. By registering for the workshop participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY
You understand and agree that by enrolling and participating in this photo workshop you are accepting certain risks. Paying for this workshop shall serve as agreement and release of our liability and a complete assumption of all risks by you and your heirs, administrators, executors, successors, and assigns for you, all members of your family and any persons accompanying you. Further, you agree that you are aware that travel, wherever it may be and by whatever means, involves some inherent risk of injury, illness, death, loss, or damage to personal property, which may be caused by forces of nature, negligence or actions of others, or other agencies. In consideration of, and as part of the payment for your participation in this photo workshop, you are voluntarily releasing Spot Studio, Inc. and all those involved with it, including but not limited to, all of its agents, leaders, guides and suppliers, from any and all liabilities, because you are assuming the risks yourself.

You understand and agree that travel with a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires, travel goals, personalities, and physical abilities of group members. You further understand and agree that while itineraries are carefully planned, they are not a guaranteed schedule of activities, events, or participation. We will do our best to deliver the itinerary outlined in the workshop description led by the teachers as scheduled. However, participants must allow for flexibility and changes deemed necessary by Spot Studio, Inc. and its representatives as there may be situations beyond our reasonable control including geographic, climatic, physical, or governmental restrictions or the health of the workshop leaders that will cause changes including but not limited to lodging, transportation, timing, locations, workshop leaders, and activities. You understand and agree that there are no discounts or refunds for activities curtailed or otherwise affected by such circumstances.

Spot Studio, Inc. is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip including but not limited to non-refundable airline tickets, photographic equipment, etc.  Spot Studio, Inc. reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person or member of any trip should such person’s actions or general deportment impede the operation of the trip or the rights, welfare, safety or enjoyment of other members of the trip, and it is agreed that no refunds will be given in such circumstances.

You are personally responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake the activities offered during this workshop. You certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions or disability that would create risk for you or other participants and that you have made arrangements for any and all medications which are needed for participation in workshop activities.

Any claim or dispute in connection with the above agreement shall be submitted to binding arbitration before one Arbitrator in Dallas, Texas under the rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association. In any arbitration arising out of or related to this agreement, the arbitrator shall award to the prevailing party, if any, the costs and attorneys’ fees reasonably incurred by the prevailing party in connection with the arbitration and a judgment thereon may be entered by the appropriate court in Dallas, Texas. This Agreement shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

This agreement sets forth our entire understanding and may not be modified except in writing. By registering for a workshop, you agree that you are 21 years of age or older, and that you have carefully read, fully understand and agree to all the contents of the Terms and Conditions listed above. All Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.

Quick FAQ (full details are in the workshop description)

Q: When is it?
A: Saturday, April 26 to Monday, May 5, 2014.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The total cost is $3950 or $4250 depending on when you register. These prices include the $500 deposit.

Q: When is the registration deadline?
A: Early registration deadline is January 26. Late registration deadline is March 16.

Q: Is airfare included?
A: You are responsible for flights from your home town to and from Athens. Round trip airfare from Athens to Santorini is included.

Q: What locations will we visit?
A: Several sites each in Athens, Santorini and Meteora.

Q: What is the workshop size?
A: We need a minimum of 8 for the workshop to make with a maximum of 12.

Q: Who are the instructors?
A: Peter Poulides, owner of The Spot Studio in Dallas is the lead instructor. He will be joined by
Jeff Vanderpool, a teacher and photographer in Athens, Greece.

Q: What if I have more questions?
A: First, read through the detailed description above. There’s a lot of information in there! Then use the Contact form on the website.

Greece Travel Workshop

Early registration price $3,950 (ends January 26)
Late registration $4,250 (January 27 to March 16)
Rates are double occupancy, surcharge for single occupancy.
See full details above in Terms and Conditions

Payment of $500 deposit required online. Balance payments may be made online or by check. See Terms and Conditions for full details.

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