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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.

See full planning of the Paris summer workshops 2020

Studio

Duration: 15 hours
Dates:
> June 22-26, 2020, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
> Four-day workshop from 13 to 17 July 2020 (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 6-10, 2020, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
> July 27-31, 2020, 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 29 to July 2, 2020, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
> July 20-24, 2020, 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 8-12, 2020, 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 6-17, 2020, 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.

Duration: 12 hours
Dates: August 3-6, 2020: Monday from 10am to 1pm, Tuesday off, Wednesday from 10am to 3:30pm, Thursday off, Friday from 10am to 3pm – Workshop in English only
Tuition: €750

On the topic of self-portraits, participants will be staging themselves every day somewhere in Paris, by means of digital photography (loan of tripods and remote triggers possible). Be careful not to confound self-portrait and “selfie”! The workshop begins with an overview of the history of self-portraiture in photography, the study of contemporary photographers, a technical point on various cameras, as well as the constraints of this approach. The images produced by the participants will be analyzed and edited to create a selection of small exhibition prints.

Dark Room

Duration: 15 hours
Dates: June 29-July 3, 2020, 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 13-14, 2020, 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 13 to 17 July 2020 (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.

Photoshop & Internet

Duration: 15 hours
Dates: June 15-19, 2020, workshop in French only, from 2pm to 5pm
Tuition: €750

In this workshop, participants learn essential Photoshop skills (layers, layer masks, selection tools) whether they have a beginner or intermediate level. They are introduced to the fundamentals to analyse and retouch their photos, giving them the basics to use the creative functions of Photoshop.

Duration: 15 hours
Dates: June 22-26, 2020, workshop in French only, from 2pm to 5pm
Tuition: €750

In this workshop, participants approach technical and creative Photoshop skills more in depth. They are introduced to various post production techniques to imitate the style of Sebastiao Salgado, Dan Winters, but also to the dodge and burn techniques, hair cut out, blur, liquify tools as well as the cosmetic retouch.

Duration: 15 hours
Dates:
> June 15-19, 2020, workshop in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
> Four-day workshop from 13 to 17 July 2020 (July 14 is a public holiday), in English from 9:30am to 12:30pm, workshop in French from 2pm to 5pm
Tuition: €750

This workshop offers Adobe CC users to try out different solutions to develop their online visibility. From social media and online platforms for photographers to building their online portfolio with Adobe Portfolio, they will experiment with different strategies to increase their presence on the web.

Traditional photographic processes

Duration: 12 hours
Dates: June 25-26, 2020, from 10am to 5pm – Workshop in English only
Tuition: €850

Both noble and timeless, the Palladium Platinum print offers an accessible but nevertheless cutting-edge approach to traditional processes. It results in sublime handcrafted prints in deep blacks, with different variants: the cold platinum or the warm tone palladium print. Participants are required to bring with them images or digital files on USB sticks (all types of files are accepted, even photos taken with smartphones). From these images, an edit of the best shots will be used to create Palladium Platinum prints. In two days, participants will learn the technical essentials and become autonomous to practice on their own afterwards.

Duration: 12 hours
Dates: July 8-9, 2020, from 10am to 5pm – Workshop in English only
Tuition: €750

This workshop teaches the general theory of traditional processes and its application to current digital practices. Participants need to bring a digital camera and a USB stick containing about 10 images. Each participant will make several enlarged negatives of their images – both the ones previously taken and new ones – which will then be printed in cyanotype with the possibility to vary the toning in order to accentuate the vintage effect of the image. Turning blue images into black/brown/purple tones… open a whole new world of possibilities depending on the paper and the toning. After the workshop, participants will be able to reproduce this simple and non-toxic method at home!

Duration: 12 hours
Dates: July 27-28, 2020, from 10am to 5pm – Workshop in English only
Tuition: €750

Prerequisites: developed film and contact sheets, basic use of black and white enlargers in a darkroom
The photosensitive emulsion is a substance allowing to print analog photographs on various kinds of supports: watercolor paper, handcrafted paper, vegetable matter, wood, pebbles… It is thus possible to create unique photographic objects. Participants will get the necessary theoretical background and learn how to prepare the supports and print their own images (see prerequisites above).

Enrollment and contact

Registrations are open all year round and are subject to availability.
You can send your application via the online Enrollment form.

Feel free to contact Spéos if you have any questions about this program:

  • Telephone: +33 (0)1 40 09 18 58
  • Email: info[@]speos.fr
  • Skype: speos-admissions01

At any time you are most welcome to come and visit the school, just make an appointment!

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