Meet near Paris' Archives Nationales in the morning for your 3-hour private photography tour. Your classroom is the colorful streets of the Marais district, where trendy boutiques, artsy shops, elegant architecture, casual cafés and diverse locals create the perfect scene to capture on camera.
The camera you bring can be digital or film, but note that digital is better so your guide can review your works in progress. Your guide is a top-level professional photographer, whose material has been published and exhibited internationally, so you’re in good hands on this private tour.
Discover what your camera is capable of as you switch into manual mode, and train your photographer’s eye to analyze the elements and use the right settings to capture shots. Follow the tips of your guide and take part in creative exercises to help you get the most out of your photos as you move from venue to venue, capturing photos of cafés, sidewalks, streets, shops and restaurants.
Learn how to take portraits of passers-by, too, and hear tips for initiating interaction with strangers to ask if you can take their photos. It may seem awkward at first, but professional photographers do this all the time; don’t be shy! Couples, children, waiters, passers-by — you’ll capture the unique style of Parisians in every form.
The last part your tour outlines how to prepare for Kodak moments in advance: identify the shot, anticipate what’s going to happen, switch your settings, and get ready for the ‘click.’ Easier said than done!
Take a break midway to let your guide review your photos and give feedback. Use your free time to grab a snack or coffee if you wish (own expense). With your camera full, return to the Archives Nationales at the end of your tour.