Workshop

One-on-One Photography Training / Workshop

Brooklyn Bridge & Lower Manhattan at Sunset - Francois Roux Photography Workshop

 

ONE-ON-ONE PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING / WORKSHOP
(Conducted in English or French)

What:

One-on-One Photography training
Photography basics, camera and equipment
Lightroom®, Photoshop®
Printing - Basic to advanced techniques

Level:

Beginner through Advanced

Where:

My location in New York City
Your location in New York City
Remotely via Skype or TeamViewer
Combination sessions are also possible (in-person + remote)

How:

Contact me directly
We will coordinate our schedules to find the right time

 

Sharing my passion for photography and technique has always been part of what I love doing. 

Over the years, while shooting on location, scouting, or leading photo tours, I have met many passionate photographers. In conversation with them, technique, equipment, and creative questions always seem to come up. That's what initiated my interest in providing workshops.

What I often hear in discussion, when I do photo tours or answer comments in forums, is the need of photographers for one-on-one training despite the availability of some very good online video tutorials or group workshops.
The real bonus with one-on-one sessions is that your specific questions are individually addressed and you get 100% of my attention. 

Here is a list of the different services that I offer:

 

 

ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING

 

Panoramic view of the High Line in Chelsea at Sunset - Francois Roux Photography Workshop

 

This is a fully personalized training organized for one person only. Our first conversation will allow us to identify the topics that you would like to explore. 

Where does my training take place? 

    •  At my New York City location
      One block away from Madison Square Garden in the heart of Manhattan.
      This allows us to work directly with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, a 30" calibrated NEC Monitor and an Epson 7900 printer.You can also bring your laptop or any other necessary equipment. Also available are Canon 1Ds Mark III and Sony A7R cameras.
    •  At your chosen location in New York City
      I'll bring my laptop (with Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC) and/or any other equipment needed as portability permits.
      Having your own computer or laptop with Lightroom and or Photoshop is ideal.
      If you prefer, your workshop may include shooting on location. We can discuss in advance a location you have in mind or I can help you find the place where you would like to shoot. Examples would be New York cityscapes, architecture, nature such as the Bronx Zoo, Jamaica Bay (birds). You may want to explore different light and weather conditions.
    •  Remotely by using Skype or TeamViewer 
      This flexible option allows us to do your one-on-one training anywhere in the world (fast Internet connection needed).
      Sharing your screen remotely allows me to work with you on your own computer with your own settings and images.
      However, differences in screen calibration may make some colors that I see a little different from the ones that you see. Most of the time this is not a big problem, unless absolute precision is necessary.
    •  A combination of local and remote training
      A combination of remote and in-person sessions can be very effective.
      You may chose to do a remote session before your in-person training. This is a useful way to prepare and review different techniques.
      Remote training following in-person training can be a great way to stay in touch and follow your progress. 

 

 

LIGHTROOMLightroom CC Icon

 

Aiguilles de Chabriere in Black & White, France - Francois Roux Photography Workshop

Aiguilles de Chabrière, Écrins National Park, Southern Alps, France in Black & White.
Single RAW image processing


Lightroom has evolved into a powerful software that allows photographers to organize images, reference them for easy retrieval, print, map and most importantly, "develop" an image.
It can and should be used in conjunction with other software like Photoshop, Nik, PTGui and others.
Here are some Lightroom features that we can be explore together:

    •  What is Lightroom, how to use it
    •  How to fine-tune the core settings for performance and communication with external software
    •  What are the different methods to import photos and organize the "catalog" (copy, duplicate, folders, etc)
    •  How does Lightroom function in a workflow that includes other external software
    •  Explanation of the main modules: Library, Develop, Print, Map and Book
    •  The Develop module - a detailed look:
      • Temperature, Tint, White balance
      • Exposure / Contrast
      • Shadows / Blacks and White / Highlights
      • Clarity
      • Vibrance / Saturation
      • Tone Curve
      • Spotting (cloning)
      • Graduated filter, radial filter and adjustment brushes
      • Black & White conversion
      • Soft-proofing
    •  Printing module: best practices
    •  How to use Lightroom and Photoshop together - Enhancing the creative process

 

 

PHOTOSHOPPhotoshop CC Icon

 

Brooklyn Bridge & Lower Manhattan, Black & White - Francois Roux Photography Workshop

Brooklyn Bridge & Lower Manhattan in Black & White.
Panoramic of 4 bracketed vertical images stitched together in PTGui and fine-tuned in Photoshop


For many people, Photoshop may be intimidating and not always easy to use.
Maybe this is because Photoshop allows us to do so many things. Photoshop is invaluable if we want to further process an image, even if we use other software to start the process of developing a photo (Lightroom, Aperture, etc…).
The level of detail is, in my view, unsurpassed.

Here is a list of Photoshop topics we can cover:

    •  How to setup Photoshop (color space, memory, interface, scratch disk, etc...)
    •  The main tools (selection, paint brush, clone/spot healing, fill/gradient, color selection, amd more)
    •  Histogram - How to interpret it with real examples (low key and high key images, low and high-contrast images)
    •  Layers (pixels and adjustments) and blending modes
    •  Masks and Channels
    •  Curves and Levels adjustment layers - a detailed look
    •  Luminosity masking (basic principles plus advanced tools like the TK Panel from Tony Krueger)
    •  Luminosity blending
    •  Black and White conversion techniques
    •  Sharpening techniques
    •  How to prepare an image for print (including soft-proofing)
    •  How to use Actions

 

For both Lightroom and Photoshop we can work using your own images. Together we can review your settings to see if we can optimize them or "push" the "development" further. This is a very popular option that often helps in the learning process.

 

 

PRINTING

 

Lower Manhattan at Dusk - Panoramic - Francois Roux Photography Workshop

Panoramic Photo - 6 vertical images stitched together creating a 2,500 x 6,300 pixels panoramic photograph
Printed at 360dpi (Epson native resolution) makes a 34 by 17 inches high resolution print

 

I consider printing an integral part of my workflow and an important element of the creative process.
Modern photographic printers are capable of beautiful output but require proper settings for making successful prints.
Here are printing topics that we can explore together:Epson 7900 with HDR Inks

 

    •  Paper selection (glossy, matte, semi-gloss, canvas, etc...)
    •  How to install paper profiles
    •  Settings for printing from Photoshop and Lightroom
    •  How to soft-proof in Photoshop or Lightroom and prepare an image for a specific printer and paper combination
    •  Understanding the relationship between image resolution and printing size
    •  Best methods of interpolation
    •  Sharpening method for printing when using photoshop

 

If we do the printing workshop at my location, we will print your photographs on an Epson 7900 using different types of paper (available papers include Epson Luster, Hot Press Bright, Enhanced Matte, Canson Infinity Baryta).
If you wish you may bring your own paper to be tested on the 7900. I can also obtain the desired paper upon request. 

 

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC TOPICS

 

Black & White Paris Skyline - Panoramic - Francois Roux Photography Workshop

Panoramic Black & White - Eiffel Tower & La Défense - Paris
8 vertical images stitched together

 

In addition, we can explore other topics about photography including: 

    •  Camera: Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO - What to choose and why
    •  Depth of field - overcoming limitations and calculations
    •  How to take images in preparation for a panoramic photograph:
        • Single and multi row arrangement
        • Evaluation of changing light between images
        • How to level and check horizontal axis uniformity
    •  How to best use a tripod to limit vibration and blur
        • Choosing a tripod
        • What head to use
        • Stability - How to get the rig stable
        • Travel tripods
        • Special settings for telephoto lenses
        • Special settings for creating high resolution panoramic images
        • What to do when a tripod is not available
    •  Long lens techniques - for wildlife, sports and still photography
    •  Focusing techniques - automatic and manual modes
    •  Smartphone apps for photographers - ephemeris, depth of field, weather radar, etc
    •  Location shoot preparation
    •  Monitor calibration: why it is crucial to have a color calibrated environment
    •  Image File & storage
        • RAW versus JPG
        • Flash memory cards - speed, capacity, storage on the road, etc...
        • Portable hard drives

 

 

HOW TO CONTACT ME

 

Whether you are a beginner, an amateur or have questions about your equipment, call me, send an email or use my contact form.
You decide the topics that you would like to explore. 

This is a one-on-one workshop: your needs are my focus!

 

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Workshop Rate $50 per hour

 

 

My Equipment

Cameras & Lenses
Canon 1Ds Mark III
Sony A7R with Metabone IV
Canon 70-200 F2.8 L
Canon 24-70 F2.8 L
Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6 L
Canon 600 F4 L II
Extender 1.4x III and 2x III

Printer & Ink
Epson 7900
Ultrachrome HDR Ink

Paper
Canson Baryta Photographique
Epson Luster
Epson Hot Press Bright