English course
15 hours
Group course
Course no: TBO

This course is for photographers who, after a few years of practice, want to take stock of their basic knowledge. It aims to integrate the technical and the aesthetic aspects to enable creating images with emotional vibrancy.


The Big Overhaul offers both an update of your fundamental knowledge of photography and a reflection on the meaning of images.

These two days of training are based on the idea that to achieve a certain skill and flexibility in photography, it is first necessary to master the shooting parameters according to one's aesthetic desires, while being aware of personal, emotional and cultural factors, important elements in the making of an image.

The content follows three axes:

1) The technical concepts that allow the photographer to determine the exact parameters of his shots according to the desired results.

2) A reflection on photographic creation to understand the human factors underlying the aesthetic aspects of an image.

3) Workshop practice with feedback and practical advice

The technical part of the course includes the permutation analysis of exposure values according to ISO - speed - aperture; allowing varied aesthetic choices. We will deconstruct all the steps of the shooting process, from the previsualized image, to precisely define the process and augment fluency in image making.

In light metering, we will explore some methods towards a reliable interpretation of light conditions that do not distort the 'real light' and take into account reflected and incident light readings.

We will discuss the unobtrusive use of flash, file types, and workflows, including organizing, classifying, and managing data, including a brief overview in Lightroom. We will also see the importance of post-production work in the realization of the final image and concrete advice for the travel photography, the reportage and portrait work.

Among the cultural and aesthetic elements, the course offers an analysis of three photographers with very different styles, and addresses the composition through form, brightness and texture. We discuss formats and focal lengths, particularly in documentary, reportage and landscape photography.

Practice during the course includes the creation of still lifes and portraits by the participants.

- Camera capable of manually setting shutter speed, aperture and focus
- Tripod
- Doing homework between the two classes
- Optional: grey card, external flash, light disk type reflector, incident light meter

- review and master the fundamental notions of photographic language
- integrate technical, creative and cultural notions into the creation of images
- increase efficiency when shooting
- develop better light measurement capability
- analyse digital workflow elements

- Theoretical exposés
- Technical and aesthetic/cultural considerations
- Practical exercises in class
- Q&A and discussions
- Homework to be done between the two classes