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This package of courses will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to get started in photojournalism. Your training will start with a series of 4 introductory courses to cover the basic photographic techniques. You will then participate to a whole day dedicated to the practice of reportage (shooting, selecting and formatting a series of images), and finally, you will follow a workshop that introduces you to Lightroom, a selection and retouching software essential for any photographer!

Practical info

Level : Beginner
All camera brands are accepted
Accepted cameras
7 Maximum number of participants
Duration 14h
Workshop in English

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Course No 1: Camera settings (Beginner level)

The uninviting, even boring, operating instructions supplied with our cameras give little hope of being able to simply and quickly master this type of device.

However, understanding the camera settings and the digital jargon is essential. Whether we are talking about white balance, sensor sensitivity (ISO), RAW format or exposure correction, a simple and concise presentation of these terms is essential in order to be able to master one's camera.

During this course you will learn how to:

  • Use the right image format, between JPEG and RAW
  • Evaluate file sizes and format your memory card
  • Set a white balance
  • Correct an exhibition
  • Set the ISOs
  • Read the histogram of a photo
  • Use the P mode of shooting

At the end of the workshop, we will offer you a complete debriefing where you can share your first images taken during your training. This collective review, carried out by the teaching photographer, will allow each participant to ensure a good understanding but also to draw inspiration from the achievements of the other students.


Course No 2: Aperture and Depth of field (Beginner level)

Generally speaking, the camera lens, and the notions and adjustments that result from it, will be at the heart of this workshop:

  • The notion of focal length, i.e. the angle of vision covered by a lens, will be discussed and applied during the practical phase of the workshop. You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each category of focal length.
  • You will learn how to easily manage the exposure of an image by adjusting the aperture. You will learn how to use the A/Av shooting mode.
  • You will be able to manage your depth of field, i.e. the area of sharpness that extends in front of and behind the subject in focus (and therefore also the blurred area).

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to take portraits and landscape photos without distortion (linked to the choice of focal length), put an artistic blur in your image and choose the sharpness area (linked to the choice of aperture).


Course No 3: Shutter speed and movement (Beginner level)

How do you capture movement in photography? Or how do you "freeze" a fast moving object? These are two essential questions that will be answered in this third workshop on camera technique.

As well as depth of field, the management of shutter speed is a key element in photography; it allows the notion of time to be expressed aesthetically in a photograph. Whether it's a drop of water frozen in the air, a spinning thread of car headlights, or a running horse stopped in its tracks, such shots require control of the speed parameter.

The workshop will be mainly hands-on, allowing you to explore the vast possibilities that exposure time offers in terms of creation.

During this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Use the S/Tv shooting mode
  • Freeze the movement of different types of subjects
  • Make "yarns" when capturing moving subjects
  • Know the limits of your camera when it comes to maintaining the right balance between speed and exposure.

Course No 4: Light and focus (Beginner level)

During this fourth and final workshop on camera technology, light management, focus, and the use of manual mode will be on the program!

Initially, the management and measurement of light will be discussed; you will learn how to use the different modes and settings to interpret and shape the light in an image.

Focus management will also be discussed. To achieve precise focus on a moving subject, or on an off-centre element, mastering the different autofocus modes and the selection of collimators are fundamental.

Finally, the manual shooting mode will be at the heart of the practical phase; the aim will be to familiarise you with this non-automated mode, to make its use more obvious. Of course, the exercises proposed by your teacher will also focus on light measurement and the use of autofocus.

This course will teach you to:

  • Measure light using the different modes (spot, matrix, centre-weighted)
  • Take pictures with backlighting
  • Focus using the different modes and choosing the right collimators
  • Use the manual shooting mode without difficulty

Lightroom level 1: Organise and select your images

The knowledge of retouching software is a necessary tool in photography: thanks to programs like Lightroom, photographers can achieve the full potential of their raw images. Adobe Lightroom Software manages all the post-production steps of a photograph; from importing and organizing images, through their retouching, to exporting for printing (print, book) or digital presentation (web, slide show).

The first level of our Lightroom training courses will familiarise you with the use of this software. This workshop will be essential for you to understand how the program works, on the one hand, and on the other hand, to learn how to effectively organize and select your images. The selection and organisation phase of images is crucial in photographic post-production work. It is during this stage that stories evolve, series are constructed and a photographer's work is structured. The images selected in this step are the images that will be retouched.

This 3h30 workshop is therefore positioned before the retouching training (which will be taught in the level 2 workshop), and is a fundamental entry point into your Lightroom training... Just as a cook must be able to choose his food with taste before preparing a dish, a photographer must be able to select their images in an efficient and thoughtful way before retouching work...

During this first level of learning, you will be taught:

-The fundamentals of the program and how it works

-The different methods of importing images into Lightroom

-Sorting and selecting images within the software


Lightroom level 2: Starting to retouch images

The knowledge of retouching software is a necessary tool in photography: thanks to programs like Lightroom, photographers can achieve the full potential of their raw images. Adobe Lightroom Software manages all the post-production steps of a photograph; from importing and organizing images, through their retouching, to exporting for printing (print, book) or digital presentation (web, slide show).

The raw images that your camera is capable of producing have enormous potential, and to be able to utilise and maximise it, you need to be proficient with retouching software; adjusting exposure, adjusting white balance, tonality, contrast, correcting abnormalities are just some of the many tasks that Lightroom can do, among many other possibilities....

This retouching phase is therefore an essential part of the photographer's work. Imagine a baker not knowing how to bake his bread; his dough may have top quality dough, but if he doesn’t know how to use it his work will always remain unfinished (and inedible)... The same is true for the photographer who cannot retouch; his chain of work is cut off, he cannot perfect and embellish his work.

During this second level of learning, you will be taught:

-The different tools for image processing

-Adequate retouching formulas (practical phase of the workshop)

-The different methods of exporting images from Lightroom

-Prerequisites: you must have attended level 1 or be already familiar with the use of the software, import, sorting and selection methods


The reportage : storytelling through pictures

The reporter is first and foremost a witness.

Therefore the photo reporter testifies in images. These testimonies can be expressed in two ways: in daily news, or over a longer period of time through the development of a series on given themes (this is called documentary reportage).

Even if the reporter's neutrality during the shooting is essential, their point of view can still be supported, particularly by the angle of the photo, or by the way the photographer chooses to order their images.

The course

We will start the day with a discussion about photo reportage, its history and its role in society.

The instructor will then propose 2 or 3 reporting themes from which the students will have to choose the topic of the day.

The early afternoon will be dedicated to reportage. The instructor will take part in the exercise themself, while spending time with each student individually to provide advice and tips (how to choose the right moment, the right angle, etc.).

Once the reportage is completed, the trainer will use the pictures they have created to approach the crucial issue of editing. They will explain their choices of rhythm and coherence that will lead them to the final series.

The day will end with a long collective review of each other's work.

Material

Of course, the equipment is important. To be able to work on everything, wide angle and long focal length should be used. A quality lens with a large diaphragm aperture is recommended in order to adapt to the most diverse lighting conditions.

Course sequence

  • 10am-12pm: Photo reporters: history; 2/3 themes proposed for vote
  • 13h-16h: Reportage
  • 16h-18h: Debriefing of the students' work; editing via the example of the instructor.

Key Details

  • The Reportage workshop is given face-to-face. The course on Lightroom is given in an online version (direct via ZOOM).
  • It is mandatory to start your training by following the 4 introductory courses about basic photographic techniques (and this in a choronological way)
  • In order to follow the Lightroom software workshop, you need a computer with Internet connection and a functional version of Lightroom (ideally a cc version).
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