Photography Workshops Paris - Spéos photography school - © Ksenia USACHEVA

© Ksenia Usacheva – Spéos 2014

Presentation

The Workshops are designed for beginners, amateurs and photography students alike. The various workshops deal with all the major aspects of modern photography: theory and practice, from past to present. Students may enroll for the full Summer Program or choose one or several workshops, depending on their own interests.

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Studio

Duration: 15 hours
Dates:
> June 21-25, 2021, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
> Four-day workshop from 12 to 16 July 2021 (July 14 is a public holiday), workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
Tuition: €750

In this practically-oriented workshop, participants are introduced to the techniques of studio photography: use of studio equipment, electronic flashes, basic studio lighting techniques, large format cameras, as well as the Stop System. The course is based on intensive studio practice.

Duration: 15 hours
Dates:
> July 5-9, 2021, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
> July 26-30, 2021, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
Tuition: €750

This workshop is open to participants with previous studio experience (for example after the workshop “Introduction to Studio Photography”). Every day a different commercial studio topic is introduced: basic packshot, metal, glass, culinary, use of digital view cameras, etc.

Duration: 15 hours
Dates:
> Over 4 days from June 28 to July 1, 2021, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
> July 19-23, 2021, Portrait only workshop (no Fashion), workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
Tuition: €750

This workshop is open to participants with previous studio experience (for example after the workshop “Introduction to Studio”). By shooting portraits that reflect their own sensitivity, participants aim at developing their self-expression. They learn to optimize shooting parameters such as lighting, lenses, cameras, so as to exploit their creative potential to its best.
The last day (Thursday), students will participate in a 6-hour fashion shoot in order to discover the entire workflow, except for the last session (July 20-24), which do not include fashion photography, only portrait.

Photo Reportage

Duration: 15 hours
Dates: June 7-11, 2021, workshop in English only, from 2pm to 5pm
Tuition: €750

This workshop presents the different aspects of a photographic essay: the construction on the long term of a story through pictures – the protagonists, the context, what is at stake. Current techniques and tools of photojournalists will be discussed as well as how to contact publishers. The training includes practical exercises.

Duration: 15 hours per week during 2 weeks
Dates: July 12-23, 2021, workshop in English only, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Tuition: €1,500

This workshop mixes theory and practice: presentation of the work of important street photographers who contributed to the history of photography and of the work of contemporary photographers whose approach and style will be analyzed. Different technical exercises are designed to teach participants how to use their camera with more efficiency and how to better understand the use of lenses in order to improve their photographs, whether they are snapshots, urban landscapes or portraits on site.

Technically, lighting will be carefully studied and the participants will learn how to control natural light in the sometimes tricky context of the street. They will also learn about artificial lighting, acquiring some basic studio techniques as well as important advices to mix natural and artificial lights when shooting outdoors.

Lastly, in complement to the pictures made during exercises in the streets of Paris, the participants will be asked to work on commission in between classes and their production will receive feedback during daily collective edit sessions. These critiques will help them to better organise their editing and production, which will be very useful when launching their own personal street photography projects.

Dark Room

Duration: 15 hours
Dates: June 28-July 2, 2021, workshop in English only, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Tuition: €750

This workshop presents black & white darkroom techniques for printing with modern silver gelatin papers. You will learn how to control paper exposure, paper contrast, and paper development in order to produce a fine print. You will also discover the technique of dodging and burning to make balanced prints. By the end of the week, each participant will be able to judge the quality of a print and produce good black & white pictures. To follow the workshop, a film camera is indispensable.

Magnum Photos

Dates:
> 2-day week-end workshop: June 12-13, 2021, workshop in French from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm – 12 hours – €900

This workshop is aimed at photographers looking to increase the visibility of their artistic work, as well as at young photographers and assistants who seek to acquire an added-value knowhow to excel in management of a photographic studio or collection. Participants will gain a broader perspective on practical knowledge and tools to effectively manage and curate a photographic oeuvre or collection. This learning experience will cover relevant questions of archival conservation and processing, legal and tax issues, cultural content promotion, financial strategy development and networking. High-profile referents from Magnum Photos Endowment Fund as well as other experts in the field will ensure this learning experience.

> Four-day workshop from 12 to 16 July 2021 (July 14 is a public holiday), workshop in English from 2pm to 6pm – 16 hours – €1,500

This workshop is aimed at photographers looking to increase the visibility of their artistic work, as well as at young photographers and assistants who seek to acquire an added-value knowhow to excel in management of a photographic studio or collection. Participants will gain a broader perspective on practical knowledge and tools to effectively manage and curate a photographic oeuvre or collection. This learning experience will cover relevant questions of archival conservation and processing, legal and tax issues, cultural content promotion, financial strategy development and networking. High-profile referents from Magnum Photos Endowment Fund as well as other experts in the field and Magnum photographers will ensure this learning experience.

The participants will also have the unique opportunity to visit the studio of Magnum photographers, as well as other prestigious photographic collections.

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