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Are your family photos not matching up with the beautiful moments spent together? Too blurry, too bright, too dark, or sometimes completely missing the mark: family photos are certainly not easy! Indeed, photographing your loved ones requires you to adapt to many different situations. This course pack will equip you with the technical photography skills that enable you to take memorable pictures of your family in any situation.

Practical info

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

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Course #1 - First Steps in Smartphone Photography: Equipment, Applications, Settings

Your smartphone, regardless of its model, range or age, has enormous potential for photography! In fact, nowadays it is not uncommon to confuse a shot taken with a phone for an image captured by a professional reflex camera. These beautiful images, created with equipment as minimal as a smartphone, are at your fingertips thanks to our complete suite of smartphone photography courses, designed to bring you quick results and created specifically for video-conferencing sessions.

In this first course, the basics will be established:

  • We will discuss the phone itself and the real differences between certain models.
  • We will also talk about the accessories and their impact on the quality of your pictures.
  • We will review the available software for shooting, retouching, and sharing.
  • We will determine which are the essential and most efficient tools.
  • Last but not least, you will understand the different shooting settings, which are crucial for controlling the aesthetics of your pictures.

This session, lasting 2.5 hours, will provide you with a solid foundation for developing your smartphone photography and will allow you to tackle the rest of our series of courses on this subject without any problem!


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


Portrait

Sometimes, the simplest photos are the hardest ones to take. How do you take an impeccable portrait of a loved-one or of a friend on the spot, and only with the help of natural lighting? How do you end up with an expressive and successful portrait without the aid of a studio?

It is essential to take the environment into consideration when composing a portrait. Managing the background's colours and graphics, choosing the point of view, directing the model - these are all points that will be covered during the course.

Light control is an equally important aspect; in particular, analysing a given moment's light and using it wisely are elements that will be explained to help you make a successful portrait.

This workshop will teach you:

  • How to observe the environment so as to guide your aesthetic choices: point of view, directing a model
  • How to "read" light and place your subject accordingly
  • How to correctly define parameters in your camera according to your desired result
  • How to frame and compose an image to highlight the subject

Key Details

  • The Portrait workshop is given face-to-face. The courses on Lightroom and the workshop First Steps in Smartphone Photography are given in an online version (direct via ZOOM).
  • It is mandatory to start your training by following the 4 introductory courses about basic photographic technique (and this in a choronological way)
  • In order to follow the workshops on the Lightroom software, it is necessary to have a computer with Internet connection and a functional version of Lightroom (ideally a cc version).
  • The Portrait workshop and the Lightroom workshops each last 3.5 hours. The course First Steps in Smartphone Photography lasts 2.5 hours.
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