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TAKING BETTER PHOTOS ON CITY BREAKS

In short...

The city offers many photographic possibilities with a host of different subjects and countless viewpoints. But, building beautiful images in the midst of the hustle and bustle can be complicated. That's why this course pack was designed to help you seize the photographic opportunities on your next visit to Paris, Berlin, New York, or any other city!

Practical info

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

Our teachers

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


Street photography for all

Does this genre excite your curiosity and are you eager to learn more about its history and practice? Would you like to capture the moment but your inhibitions put obstacles in your way? Then this class is definitely for you!

This 3.5h class was designed for people wishing to learn street photography, by discovering its history, its great figures, and through accompanied practice.

The curriculum will be developed in three parts, each necessary to begin effectively in this photographic art:

  • Firstly through inspiration; by discovering the history of Street Photography, and the great photographers who made it, you will have a glimpse at the diversity of approaches and aesthetics of this genre.
  • Before starting shooting, technical tips and tricks will be given, exclusively designed to optimise your technical management in the context of the street and to take photographs "on the fly".
  • Finally, the time of practice - the heart of this class. Thanks to precise exercises, with very clear objectives, your instructor will teach you methods of discreet approaches and various tips of compositions for your street photographs to succeed.

At the end of the class, you will approach this practice in a more serene way and with the necessary inspiration to flourish on the awesome playground that is the street!


Low light photography

This workshop is intended for people who wish to practice night photography: an enchanting genre with a certain poetry. This workshop will also allow you to experience the limits of the camera when light is scarce.

To begin with, fundamental technical notions will be recalled specifically for low-light conditions (control of exposure time, "noise" in digital photography, white balance, etc.).

Then comes the time for practice and creation (the major part of the course); you will discover the city and deal with a variety of subjects: monuments, architecture, urban landscapes, statues, road traffic, candles and light painting (the art of drawing with light).

Night photography offers incredible creative possibilities, all you have to do is discover them!


Architecture photography

Is architecture photography, its history, its styles and its techniques, a source of interest for you? Are you eager to learn about its practice, and to discover the wide range of aesthetic and technical possibilities? In that case, this workshop is for you!

This 3.5h course is intended for people who wish to learn about architectural photography, through its history, great figures and essential techniques, but above all through guided practice.

The curriculum will be developed in four parts, each covering a fundamental aspect of this practice:

  • First of all, a time of inspiration by discovering the History of Architectural Photography, and the great authors who built it. You will discover the diversity of approaches and aesthetics of this genre.
  • Before starting shooting, your teacher will establish an exhaustive and explanatory list of the best materials to fully engage in architectural photography, as well as the minimum equipment required to start this practice.
  • Then will come the time of practice, the core of this workshop. Thanks to precise exercises, with very clear objectives, your instructor will teach you the technical methods and the various composition tricks to make your photographs a success.
  • Finally, the images taken during the workshop will be commented on by the teacher in terms of aesthetics and technique. A digital "HDR" and "Stitching" assembly will also be demonstrated.

At the end of this course, you will have a serene approach to this practice, be technically equipped and have the necessary inspiration to develop yourself in the field of architectural photography!


Key Details

  • The Night Photography, Street Photography and Architecture workshops are 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 technique (and this in a choronological way)
  • In order to follow the Lightroom software workshop, it is necessary to have a computer with Internet connection and a functional version of Lightroom (ideally a cc version).
  • Each course included in the package lasts 3.5 hours.
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