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Paris Photography Workshop

12 Days

    • Go on photo shoots with a National Geographic photographer
    • Explore Chartres, Versailles, and Giverny on photo assignments
    • Learn new techniques through hands-on classes and seminars
    • Show your work at a public gallery opening
Paris Photography Workshop



Dates & Tuition

July 6-17, 2014
July 20-31, 2014

$5,890

Airfare is not included. We have arranged a round-trip group flight between New York and Paris. Click here for information on transportation to and from programs. Note: this workshop is designed for students of all levels.








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Born and raised in France, photographer Matthieu Paley will join the July 20 workshop.
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On Assignment: Photography

Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, this special workshop will challenge and inspire students to take their photography to the next level.

Itinerary — 12 Days

Part of what makes Paris so photogenic is the mingling of old and new, from the glass Pyramide that juts out of the courtyard of the stately Louvre Museum to today’s students sipping coffee at brasseries once frequented by Hemingway. Delve into the technical and creative aspects of photography during in-depth classes with a National Geographic photographer and a team of instructors. Learn how to capture light, mood, and motion on photo shoots in a city that has inspired artists for centuries.

From our home in the heart of Paris, break into small groups and set out on daily photo shoots amid some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Each morning, we’ll gather in the classroom with our instructors and our National Geographic photographer to edit and critique our images and learn different elements of photography, such as working with light and shadow, composition, depth of field, and motion.

Set out on a photo assignment each afternoon, using your new skills to capture the city’s extraordinary architecture, the pulse of modern-day life, and elegant monuments. Catch fearless roller skaters at the foot of Notre Dame, street artists in the winding lanes of Montmartre, songbirds at the Sunday market on the Île de la Cité, and boats churning up the Seine. Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, or descend to the catacombs far below the streets to hone your low-light photography skills. Take an excursion to Versailles to capture the “golden hour” at the palace and gardens. Travel to nearby Chartres to photograph the majestic gothic spires and dazzling stained glass of one of the world’s most celebrated cathedrals. Capture the stunning landscapes of Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny. Visit the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay to examine the works of artists like da Vinci, Rodin, Picasso, and Stieglitz.

In the evenings, we’ll review our day’s work, then photograph Paris at night. Capture the bustling scene in the hip Left Bank neighborhoods, or the Eiffel Tower as it shimmers against the night sky. On certain evenings, our National Geographic photographer and photography instructors will hold seminars to discuss their professional experience.

During the workshop, we’ll organize, curate, and promote an exhibition of large-format prints of the group’s best work. At the final gallery opening on our last evening together, share your images with a public audience.

National Geographic Expert: A National Geographic Expert Photographer will join the teaching staff for the duration of the workshop to share their insights and experience, and give you guidance and inspiration as you work through each of your photography assignments. The expert leads the classroom lessons and group critiques, works with students one-on-one in the classroom and in the field, and presents during evening seminars.

Photography Instructors: Our Workshop instructors are talented and enthusiastic professional photographers from around the world who, along with the National Geographic Photography Expert, work with the students on advanced, hands-on knowledge of a broad range of photography skills and disciplines. With a staff to student ratio of 1 to 8, each instructor is able to work with students one-on-one and give personal assignments based on individual skill level and interests.

Accommodations

We stay in centrally-located, dormitory-style accommodations. Breakfast is provided at the residence, while lunches and dinners range from picnics to sit-down meals at restaurants. Our classrooms are equipped with computer workstations and digital projectors.
Apply now for this program or call us for more information at 877-877-8759.

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