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Program presentation

The Blended Learning Professional Photography Program is aimed at students with a strong work capacity. Available in English at Spéos London only, this program consists of 6 weeks on site, followed by 26 weeks of distance learning. Based on a pre-established schedule, the students are in direct contact with the instructors via videoconference.
Students learn how to use photo and video studios during the first 6 weeks. After having acquired solid fundamentals, they will be equipped withphoto gear used on location (this includes lighting equipment for photo and video shoots: flash, light box, LED panels for video). Students will also be equipped with their own Adobe Creative Suite.

Students will acquire all current skills and techniques within professional photography and put them into practice: photo reportage, studio photography, fashion photography, corporate photography, art direction, image management and publication.

After a first semester dedicated to the core skills, the students focus on their preferences (backed up by the advice of their instructors at Spéos): during the second semester, they specialize in studio photography or photo reportage.

Students thus learn to master the process of shooting in all the technical and artistic dimensions; they also produce their own portfolio for professional use.

Top-level professionals hold the courses and monitor the students’ individual acquisition of skills. The teachers provide individualized follow-up of the students to accompany their progress throughout the year.

At any time it is possible to shift from the Blended Learning Program to the Professional Photography program in 1 year in Paris in English, or in London, depending on the possibilities of the campus. Contact Spéos to know the terms and conditions.

In order to be able to follow the distance learning part of the program, students will need to have the following equipment at home:

  • a high-speed Internet connection,
  • a professional digital DSLR camera with microphone input and headphone ports,
  • a computer equipped with:
    • a videoconferencing software (Zoom),
    • at least 16 GB RAM, 1TB SSD internal storage, i7 processor,
    • if possible 32 GB RAM, 2TB SSD internal storage, i9 processor,
  • accessories:
    • Wacom Intuos Pro M tablet
    • 1 TB external HDD storage (backup drive)
    • USB 3.0 or USB C Memory Card Reader

Next sessions: September 2021-May 2022
Campus: London
Language of instruction: English
– France, UK, EU nationals: €18,000
– International students: €18,000
Included in the tuition: professional equipment (lighting for photo and video: flash, light box, LED panels for video) and Adobe Creative Suite software
Diploma: Spéos School Certificate
Groups of 6 to 12 participants maximum

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Structure of the program

The first 6 weeks of the semester take place on the Spéos London campus, in a face-to-face setting. The first part of the program comprises the core courses, which cover all aspects of professional photography. The first few weeks are dedicated to the acquisition of the basic techniques, allowing the students to be able to produce photos of good quality. During the following weeks, the students continually improve their skills (shooting techniques, composition and style) up to the level of young professionals within the field of photography. At the end of the semester, according to their career goals, the students choose a specialization, either in studio, or in photo reportage.

During the second semester, the students improve their practical skills and broaden their range of knowledge. Depending on their career choice, they specialize either in studio photography, computer generated imagery, or photo reportage.

Specialization in studio
Students who have chosen to specialize in the studio learn how to organize a photographic set. With the guidance of their supervisors, they lead sessions in portraiture, still life, styling and composition.

Specialization in photo reportage
The students specializing in photo reportage focus on complex topics of today’s society. They investigate and cover them – supervised by their instructors – with in-depth photo documentaries and essays similar to those published by the media (magazines, news agencies, online media etc.).

At the end of the year, students have the opportunity to present their work at the annual Spéos exhibition in Paris (in May or June). They also have the possibility to show their work on the school’s web galleries.

Course description

All courses start face-to-face during the first 6 weeks.
In addition to the below schedule, there is intensive practice of photo and video lighting techniques in the studio.

Essentials of Photography
Semester I: 1h30/week
This course is dedicated to the acquisition of techniques essential to the practice of professional photography. Combining theory and practical exercises, it allows students:
– to learn and practice the Stop-System, the global learning method of light control in photography, a method developed by Spéos,
– to understand and know how to define its settings when taking pictures,
– to understand the techniques inherent in shooting and to anticipate post-production,
– to understand the operation of different types of cameras, including the large-format camera.
The elements covered will allow students to make relevant technical choices according to the desired result. Whatever the situation, in studio or on location, indoors or outdoors, this course will enable them to deal with the possible constraints encountered when taking pictures.

Semester I: 3 hours/week
This course is dedicated to the acquisition of the techniques essential to studio shoots, as well as to the treatment of digital images. Students are initiated to:
– the Stop-System,
– different types of lighting,
– the general principles of balanced light sources,
– as well as different types of cameras.
An introduction to the “Style and Composition” class will initiate the students to the notions of style and composition in professional photography.

Photo Reportage
Semester I: 3 hours/week
The course is designed to give an overview of photo reportage, focusing on 3 main themes: corporate photography, social photography and photojournalism. It includes discussions on the work of past and present photoreporters and coverage of local events.

Visual Identity
Semester I: 3 hours/week
This course aims at encouraging students to develop their own ideas and concepts and turn them into “photographic realities”. It provides them with the critical tools to discuss and analyze their own photos as well as those of their fellow students, so as to give constructive criticism using the basic rules of composition and their own sense of aesthetics.
The course aims to:
– understand how an image is constructed, how to compose it, how to present it in a more efficient way,
– develop a certain photographic coherence and students’ own “visual signature”.

Digital Photography Techniques
Semester I: 6 hours/week
This module includes courses in Computer Imaging, Image Management and Publication, as well as Printing Techniques.

  • Computer Imaging
    This course aims to:
    – understand what the main parameters and formats of digital images are,
    – discover the Photoshop application and design a layout using this software,
    – learn how to manage a stream of digital images and retouch photos using Lightroom software.
  • Image Management and Publication
    This course helps photographers to manage their image stock with guidance on how to caption a picture, to assign the right key-words, to fill in the IPTC data. All of these are essential for any photographer to locate their pictures and to have them published.
  • Printing Techniques
    The course covers printing techniques with the programs Photoshop and Lightroom on Fuji Frontier or Durst Lambda printers as well as large-format ink-jet printers. Color management principles will be studied within the graphic chain of a typical digital lab (screen, printer, viewing booth). Students will gain the necessary knowledge to obtain high quality prints, true to their digital shots, whether by themselves or through a professional lab.

Semester I: 1h30/week
This course teaches how to shoot videos with a DSLR device (which must have a microphone input and headphone ports). It covers the following subjects:
– Studio and location lighting
– Two camera interview techniques
– Being a member of a video crew
– Directing an interview subject
– Shooting supplemental cutaway footage
– Sound recording and microphones
– Editing a short film with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Semester II: 3 hours/week

The weekly sessions become simulations of professional studio shootings. Different topics with specific technical constraints will be dealt with, so as to:
– perfect the knowledge acquired in the first semester,
– adopt a work methodology covering the different market sectors.

Visual Identity
Semester II: 3 hours/week
Continuation of semester I towards a more advanced level.

Digital Photography Techniques
Semester II: 6 hours/week

  • Computer Imaging
    This advanced level course in Photoshop will conduct students to acquire digital imaging techniques on a professional level, in-depth retouching of images and design of photomontages. The students thus will be capable of providing high quality post-production after their shooting sessions in the studio.
  • Image Management and Publication
    In the second part of the program, the course covers the following topics:
    – add value to a phot