Photo Workshop: Paris

  • 7-day workshop with an acclaimed National Geographic photographer
  • Set out on photo shoots to the Latin Quarter, Eiffel Tower, and Versailles

Expedition Details

 

Packed with iconic monuments, architecture both elegant and eclectic, and neighborhoods that seem effortlessly picturesque, Paris is a veritable feast for the camera. Catch the romance, elegance, and special light of Paris on assignments to famous landmarks and hidden corners of the city. Photograph bustling street life and vivid markets, historic squares and boulevards, and serene gardens. Capture the early morning light around Jardin du Luxembourg and the Eiffel Tower, and the Panthéon at twilight. Focus on the architecture and gardens of Versailles and explore the Seine River by boat. The workshop includes two group dinners and one lunch.

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.

The following is our planned itinerary; however, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — Paris, France

Arrive in Paris and check into our hotel, or stay at accommodations of your choice. Gather for introductions and an image presentation by your National Geographic photographers, and then enjoy a reception and dinner with your instructors and fellow photographers.
Optional Accommodations: Hotel Bedford (D)

Day 2 — Latin Quarter and the Louvre

Venture into the narrow lanes of the Latin Quarter, the intellectual heart of Paris, to capture its historic buildings in the morning light. Cross the Seine on the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge that leads from the domed Institut de France to the legendary Louvre. With your camera in hand, stroll the gardens of the Palais Royale and the tree-lined Tuileries. At the Louvre, photograph the famous Pyramide from above and below. Spend the afternoon in the classroom, editing and critiquing images from this morning’s assignment.
Optional Accommodations: Hotel Bedford

Day 3 — Versailles

Depart by train for Versailles, a former royal hunting lodge transformed into an immense, sumptuous palace by Louis XIV. Photograph the château’s gilded apartments, the dazzling Hall of Mirrors, and its world-renowned gardens on a morning photo shoot. Share a leisurely lunch together before returning to the classroom for an edit-and-critique session. Hit the streets again to work on low-light and mixed light photography as evening falls, and end the day with a twilight shoot at the Pantheon.
Optional Accommodations: Hotel Bedford (L)

Day 4 — Montparnasse/Jardin du Luxembourg

Start the day with a photo assignment in Montparnasse, the bohemian neighborhood where Hemingway and Picasso once mingled. Delve into the open-air market, and wander through Montparnasse Cemetery, one of the largest in Paris, where the likes of Charles Baudelaire, Alfred Dreyfus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Samuel Beckett rest amid age-old gravestones and celebrated sculpture. Then spend time in the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg. Later, after an edit-and-critique session, stroll along the Seine to Paris’ two islands—Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis—and capture iconic sites like Notre Dame and the Pont Neuf as the sun sets.
Optional Accommodations: Hotel Bedford

Day 5 — St. Germain/Le Marais/Centre Pompidou

Set off on foot along the broad Boulevard Beaumarchais on our way to Le Marais, which was once Paris’ aristocratic neighborhood, and then its Jewish quarter, and is now home to artists and galleries. Photograph the quarter’s elegant and historic architecture, including the 17th-century Place des Vosges, an important example of early European city planning. Our photo walk ends at the whimsical Centre Pompidou. In the afternoon, spend time editing and critiquing images from this morning’s assignment. Gather for a talk on technique by our photographers this evening.
Optional Accommodations: Hotel Bedford

Day 6 — Eiffel Tower and Trocadèro

Following breakfast, get a new angle on the Eiffel Tower and photograph the Trocadèro and the 16th Arrondissement, known for its ornate 19th-century buildings, wide avenues, and parks. Return to the classroom for our final edit-and-critique session. Tonight, we’ll present the best images from the week after a festive farewell dinner.
Optional Accommodations: Hotel Bedford (D)

Day 7 — Paris/Home

After breakfast, get together for a final discussion and question-and-answer session. The workshop concludes at noon.

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National Geographic Expert

Matthieu Paley

Matthieu PaleyFollowing a 3-month adventure through Mongolia, French photographer Matthieu Paley’s first job was an expedition for National Geographic Adventure magazine in Bhutan, which took him to the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. Twelve years, four books and numerous assignments later, his passion to always look “over the next ridge” has provided him with countless opportunities to witness our common humanity. Matthieu recently completed a story for National Geographic magazine on a small community cut-off from the rest of the world in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan. Matthieu’s work has also been published in numerous other magazines including Geo, Newsweek, Time, Outside, and Le Monde.

Matthieu will join the following departure:

Oct 01 - 07, 2014

Dates

2014
  • Oct 01 - 07, 2014

Expedition Cost

2014

Without Hotel

$3,495

With Hotel

$4,760

Workshop prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,265. Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost.

Meals noted in the itinerary are included for both cost options (with and without hotel); the cost with hotel also includes breakfast each morning.

What To Expect

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.