Overview – Paris Street Photography Workshop
The Paris Street Photography Workshop is designed to show you the unique and often overlooked parts of Paris, and that includes the time of the year! Everyone goes to Paris in April; they even wrote a song about it for crying out loud! The best time to go to Paris for street photography is in November!
Imagine going to the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre without a bazillion tourists. Imagine going to Paris wandering the streets with your camera and an expert guide that knows where to be and when to get the best image. Imagine taking advantage of the golden light photographers love at 6 am and not 10 am on a regular tour! The second best part of those early mornings is the visiting one of the iconic Parisian cafes and being greeted by the aroma of freshly baked pastries, and the best hot chocolate in the world!!
The Paris workshop is another Jeff and Kev production. Kevin has been there a dozen times, and Jeff has been there almost as often. We know many of the hidden locations and vantage points of the iconic places you won’t see without our help. We’ve done this workshop several times over the years, and we have tried to think of ways to make it instructional, but allowing you time to enjoy all that the city has to offer. We have quite a few ideas for events to keep everyone happy and to ensure we are all having fun. We also invite you to bring along a non-photographer plus one to enjoy Paris with you. Ask us about the details.
Highlights Paris Street Photography
- Exploring Paris with 2 Professional Photographers
- Learn Street Photography Techniques
- 6 Nights and 7 Days
- Small Group – Max 10 clients
- Bring a travel companion along for FREE!
Nov 10, 2019 – Day 1 – Group Lunch in Paris
We meet on Sunday at lunch to discuss the week’s activities and begin to inform you of the different shooting techniques we will be asking you to try. During this group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are working to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques.
From here we will set out for a fantastic afternoon of photography at arguably one of the most iconic photography locations in Paris. Together we will wander around this iconic structure and photograph it from different angles during the day.
Nov 11, 2019 – Day 2 – Latin Quarter
On day two we explore the hidden gems of the Latin Quarter, as well as Notre-Dame and the Panthéon. Here, we will apply our focus to street people and shop owners, as well as the impressive architecture that surrounds us at every turn.
For the movie Highlander lovers, you may know this location very well. The Shakespeare and Company, arguably the most famous independent bookstore in the world, occupies a prime piece of real estate facing the Seine in Paris, not far from the Latin Quarter, Place Saint-Michel, and Boulevard Saint-Germain. The Seine winds it’s way past the store with a classic view of Notre Dame Cathedral in the background. We’ll show you where to set up for a killer little-known photo opportunity!
Nov 12, 2019 – Day 3 – Champs-Elysées – Louvre – Musee D’Orsay – Eiffel Tower
On day three, we set out to explore the Champs-Elysées, Musee D’Orsay, and Louvre areas, looking to capture the architectural beauty and manicured gardens and the locals that wander through this area on a daily basis.
Since there is so much to see in Paris, we’ll look to blend the iconic (monuments) and less visible (back streets and grit), so you get a beautiful collection of photos depicting Paris. After dinner, we will spend the evening photographing the Louvre and street scenes at night in this magnificent “city of lights.” If it rains, it will not matter, because Paris is even more beautiful at night when it’s wet and rainy.
Today we will also have a model with us to create more stunning images at some of the locations we have identified.
Nov 13, 2019 – Day 4 – Canal Saint-Martin – Belleville
Wednesday is a day dedicated to the secret neighborhoods of Paris. With its footbridges arching gracefully over a canal that feeds into the Seine River, the Canal Saint-Martin area offers equal parts greenery, lyricism, and urban grit. One of Paris’ oldest streets, Rue Montorgueil is a vibrant, cheery quarter bursting with some of the city’s finest food markets and pastry shops. Nestled between Montparnasse and Chinatown on the left bank is a hilly, well-hidden quarter whose narrow, winding streets, tiny houses, and art nouveau architecture recall a Paris of another era. And Belleville – home to one of Paris’s lively Chinatowns, a burgeoning artist quarter and a dizzying array of cultures.
Nov 14, 2019 – Day 5 – Opera House – Catacombs – Montmartre
On Thursday morning we will go and visit the opera house when it opens so we can see and photograph the stunning architecture of the building. From here it’s a short trip over to the catacombs.
The Catacombs, which form a veritable labyrinth beneath the very heart of Paris, were created in the galleries of the former quarries whose stone was used to build the capital. The ossuary is situated twenty meters below ground and contains the remains of millions of Parisians. The remains were transferred there gradually between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries because the graveyards closed due to the risk they posed to public health. The first of these was the cimetière des Innocents graveyard in 1786 in what is now the district of Les Halle.
In the long maze of dark galleries and narrow passages, visitors can see a tableau of death with bones arranged in a horrible display of high Romantic taste. The alexandrine verse “Arrête, c’est ici l’empire de la mort” [Halt, this is the realm of Death ] above the entrance to the ossuary is just one of an extensive series of maxims, poems and other sacred and profane passages giving pause for thought during the tour. This unusual site movingly brings the history of the Parisian people back to life and takes visitors on a timeless journey.
Then, as a group, we will visit the famous Montmartre cemetery and its century-old tombstones, then climb the stairs at Sacre Coeur to photograph from this fantastic vantage point.
After dinner, it’s back to doing some night photography in the center of Montmartre of the iconic Metro signs and some night photography in front of Moulin Rouge.
Nov 15, 2019 – Day 6 – final editing session – street photography – night photoshoot
On day six, we set out early for some Paris Street Photography and then our last group discussion, review our past week’s photos, and give one final critique.
Then we head out for one last dinner where you can trade contact information with everyone, enjoy the sites as you eat and then head out one last time for a final night shoot. Tonight is all about capturing the city of lights and love between two locations you would have visited already this week: the Eiffel Tower and Le Louvre.
Tonight is also your opportunity to take those images that you may have missed during a night where you will see local lovers strolling along the paths and enjoying the company of friends with these iconic structures as the backdrops for your candid portraits.
Nov 16, 2019 – Day 7 – Departure day
We urge you to extend your stay in Paris or elsewhere in France and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure.
What is Included?
The tuition for this workshop is just that, the instruction and guidance from two professional photographers that are also full-time workshop leaders. You will receive as much help and attention as you require. We will be putting you in the locations that are unique as well as iconic and make sure that you are set up to create some fantastic images.
You are responsible for your meals, booking your accommodations and entrance fees. We will help you with advice and suggestions for hotels that we know and keep you in a central area near our outlined itinerary.
Your international travel, as well as transportation in Paris such as trains and taxi service, are not included. Meals other than our greeting lunch are not included. Any items not listed as included should be considered as not included.
Travel insurance is not included but is very highly recommended.
What Should I Bring?
You should bring your standard kit for landscape photography because the style of shooting is very much the same. We recommend a wide angle such as a 16-35mm, a fast prime (F1.8) such as a 20 or 24mm, and mid-range zoom like a 70-200mm. A tripod and ball head with a remote trigger release. A polarizing filter and Neutral Density filter.
I also like to carry a discreet small camera for street photography. I take the Sony RX-100, but there are many others including mirrorless options.
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, so just get in touch, and we can talk about what you have and what you might need.
US Citizens Traveling To France*
Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure.
Blank Passport Pages
Must have at least one blank page for stamps.
Not required for stays under 90 days.
Arrival and Departure Airport
Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is the arrival for this tour. Upon arrival in Paris make your way into the city either by train (about $15) per person or by Uber (about $50) for the car.
If you are going by train and staying in Montmartre, take the RER Blue Line to Gare Du Nord and then transfer, walk or Uber to your hotel.
Plan you outbound flight anytime on November 16, 2019
*Information for US citizens travel to France was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of April 2018.
If you are not traveling from the US, please check the Visa requirements that may be in place for you to enter France.
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The tuition for the Paris Street Photography workshop is photography workshop is $2495 for you and you may bring along a travel companion at no extra charge!
A non-refundable $750 deposit is required to reserve space in the photo tour. The balance will be due on May 24, 2019.
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