PHOTO COURSES FRANCE
The photography courses are held by Stephen Rennie a British professional photographer (and graphic designer) resident in France for over twenty years. Knowing French lifestyles in the southwest, and along with learning ‘photography tips’, you may also be advised on local traditions, places to visit, events, etc…
The subjects covered during the photography workshops and tours may vary due to the season and region chosen. For example, photography classes on local birdlife, in Charente Maritime, could be studied during a certain time of year where there are many opportunities to photograph the beautiful, elegant white storks in and around their nesting areas. However, so as not to disturb local wildlife such as birds and animals, the number of places are limited to 2/3 people. On the other hand, more places are available if you prefer a course exclusively on landscape and seascape photography or nature photography in the pyrénées. Photo workshops & courses are available all year, including Easter & Christmas holidays seasons, bank holidays and long weekend breaks.
Low cost flights from United Kingdom airports to Bayonne, Biarritz, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, etc. are available allowing quick, easy and inexpensive access to France. Why not book a long weekend photography workshop in France and discover the south west atlantic coast for some excellent photographic opportunities. The photography courses are not only limited to weekends, you can also book photography holiday breaks for as long, or short, as you wish while staying in France.
French Photography Courses
Briefly what’s covered during a photography workshop course
General techniques : Basic handling and usage of your digital camera for beginners. Camera programmes, automatique, manual… shutter speeds, apertures, focal lengths, depth of field…
Composition and lighting : Train your eye to use certain compositional techniques to capture the essence of a scene, … rule of thirds, leading lines, focal points,.. Using available light with « the golden and blue hours »…
For experienced photographers these photography workshops can also be aimed on wildlife photography and how to approach animals and birds in the wild using certain ways and equipment including hides, camouflage,… Also there are other photography lessons on topics such as panning, long exposures, night photography, etc.
Post-production workflows with evening photo editing courses on how to improve your printed image using various softwares such as Photoshop and Lightroom, or your usual photo editor. Learn how to optimise your photos using contrasts, saturation, levels, curves, etc… Computers and softwares are not included in the workshop, so if you wish this digital darkroom course you must bring along your own laptop. In general our photo holiday courses cover many aspects of photography for beginners to skilled and experienced photographers.
Pyrénées Nature Photography Tours
Not included: all insurances, accommodation, transport, daily meals.
Accommodation can be arranged for camping, B&B, gîte, etc.
These one week photo holiday tours begin on lower geographic levels and finish on the high Pyrénées French-Spanish mountain border.
Day 1 Arrival around 10 with introduction and explanation of the following week and eventually a short photo ramble in-and-around the local historical town, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
Day 2 A tour on the hills and mountains passes around Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry particularly those of Urdanzia and Oylarandoy giving magnificent panoramas overlooking the valleys and local Basque villages.
Day 3 A photo ramble around four and a half hours (11km) up and along the rocky outcrops of Iparla (1144m). Many birds of prey to be seen here.
Day 4 Another change of scenery this time for a tour on the ‘plateau d’Iraty’. Forests, lakes, rivers and flora & fauna.
Day 5 The ultimate day so we leave our B&B hosts, take our cars to the Aspe valley and the heights of the Pyrenees mountains where we will take a short hike one and half hours to the mountain lake Estaens (1745m) on the French-Spanish border. Camping overnight on Friday to capture the sunset and the following days’ sunrise and also study in detail the wonderful flora and fauna. Departure late Saturday morning.
from 1st to 5th July 2013
from 8th to 13th July 2013
from 15th to 20th July 2013
from 22nd to 27th July 2013
from 5th to 10th August 2013
from 12th to 17th August 2013
from 19th to 24th August 2013
Contact us for DATES in 2014
French Pyrenees Weekend Photo Workshops
Pyrenees Weekend Photo Workshops
A two day photo workshop course with short town & country photo rambles in-and-around the local historical town, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
Staring prices from 235€
per person with a reduction of 15% on the second photographer. Totally free for a non-photographer, for example husband or wife.
The photography course may be on a one-to-one basis or groups depending on bookings for the chosen dates.
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2013
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 2013
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2013
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June 2013
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2013
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2013
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2013
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August 2013
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August 2013
Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 2013
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2013
Additional dates during the week can be arranged on demand
Not including accommodation, meals, transport or insurances.
These workshops are on a first-come first-served basis.
You’re reservations will normally be confirmed within 24-48 hours.
Totally FREE* for a second person non-photographer (ex. husband and wife)
For the Photography Courses in France, bookings are confirmed upon receipt of 30% of the total cost. The full balance must be paid four weeks before the start date of the photography workshop. Reservations made within four weeks of the start of the workshop date, requires full payment at the time of booking.
Cancellation received more than 4 weeks in advance, the sum paid will be entirely reimboursed (not including the 30%). For cancellations less than 4 weeks from the first day you will be reimboursed 50% of monies paid. In the very exceptional case of a workshop being cancelled by us, due to unforeseen circumstances, our liability is limited to the amount that you have paid us for the workshop.
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Guided photography holidays
While on holiday in the south west France, why not hire and be guided by a professional nature photographer to help you on capturing great pictures of the spectacular mountain landscapes (Pyrenees), beautiful rustic Basque villages (Pyrenees), amazing Atlantique ocean scenes (Pyrenees & Charente-Maritime), etc. and return home, not with simple snapshots but professional-like photo souvenirs.
We offer, all-year-round, individuel tailor-made photography guides, to suit your requirements, for either beginners or advanced photographers. No need to have the latest digital reflex camera for these guided photo holidays, a simple compact camera is sufficient enough as it is often « the eye » which counts the most.
These guided photography holidays can also be arranged for Charente-Maritime and the surrounding areas, such as Charente, Vendée, Vienne, Dordogne, Deux-Sèvres, and Aquitaine and Bordeaux, the Pyrénées Atlantique including Bayonne & Biarritz
Photography Courses in Charente Maritime
We offer reasonably priced photography courses & workshops in Charente Maritime, France.
98,50€ (1 day of nature & landscape photography)
285€ (3 days of bird photography)
475€ (5 days of nature, landscape & wildlife photography)
Prices include all french taxes. Not including transport, travel insurance, accommodation or meals.
For further information, please email, call +33 604 044 756 or use the enquiry form.
The photography course may be on a one-to-one basis or in groups depending on bookings for the chosen date.
Some examples taken during our photography courses
* Free for the compagnon non-photographer, but not including accommodation, meals, transport. He/she must live to the photographers rythme and can join the workshop group from time-to-time.