Upcoming Workshops (en français)
- Digital Photo 1 Private or small group class (4 sessions) for the beginning student who wants to make better use of his/her camera. We’ll help students take mastery of their cameras and learn how to better capture all the beauty we find in Paris. We’ll help students understand what all those numbers on the camera mean, what the buttons and dials do so they can really start to make some beautiful images of the places and people they encounter!
- Digital Photo 2 Private or small group workshop (4 sessions) for the intermediate student who has gotten more comfortable with all the different options the camera offers. In this cycle we push deeper into photography by exploring more advanced topics like advanced composition, nighttime photography, how to shoot powerful images in black and white and portraiture.
- Nighttime Photo Private or small group workshop to investigate the wonderful beauty of the changing light in Paris. We’ll start before sunset and will watch (and capture!) the beautiful changes of light as we lose the sunlight and turn our attention to the lights of the city and their wonderful variety of colors.
- Lightroom 1 A great private workshop (2 sessions) for the student who has been shooting digital images but wants to go further. Lightroom allows for very powerful adjustments to help improve your images (better colour, contrast, sharpness, etc.) while also helping to catalogue your thousands of images so you can more easily find them on your computer.
- Lightroom 2 Students will be shown more advanced techniques for editing images using fine techniques that allow changes to small and large areas within a photo. We’ll also look at ways to streamline improving image quality in larger numbers of photo at one time through presets and automatic synchronisation. We will also cover in detail some of the steps necessary for high quality print output from Lightroom.
- Photoshop 1 A private workshop (in 2 sessions) will give students a solid foundation in Photoshop so they understand all the hidden possibilities available to them for making small and large changes to their photographs. We’ll address correcting problems in photographs (red eye, under- and over-exposed, adjustments of color, contrast, sharpness and more). And we’ll look at how to make global and local changes to pictures using selection tools, masks and layers.
- Pinhole Photography Private or small group workshop (1 or more sessions). Nothing beats the magic of going back to the origins of photography and working with a simple camera and using black and white materials. No previous photo experience necessary. In three or four hours students will have made their own pinhole camera, taken a series of pinhole images (negatives) and then transferred one or two into finished positive images. Fun and easy process anyone can master.
- Cyanotype Private or small group workshop (1 or more sessions). The cyanotype photo process is one of the oldest in the history of photography–but also one of the easiest 19th century processes to master. Students will bring a selection of digital images that we will use to create digital negatives that we’ll use to make finished cyanotypes–or “blue prints” as they are often called (since they are typically a beautiful prussian blue color)
Michael McCarthy have been working an artist and teaching art and photography classes for more than twenty years. His work has been exhibited internationally and has received numerous prizes and his work is currently represented by the Galerie Duboys in Paris.
Digital Photo Workshops will meet at different locations within Paris, allowing students to explore various neighbourhoods as their photography skills grow.
Traditional Photo Workshops (Pinhole, Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate and others) will most often meet in Gentilly (just South of Paris and convenient via RER line B or bus (57, 125 and 184 lines stop close to the studio). Occasionally, the pinhole workshops may take place in Pantin (East of Paris) near the Eglise de Pantin Métro stop on line 5 or by bus on line 61, 249 or 330.
Digital Software Classes (Photoshop, Lightroom and others) will most often take place at student’s residence.
Getting to Atelier Atlantis in Gentilly:
View Atelier à Gentilly depuis la station RER Gentilly à pied in a larger map