Saturday, 11 August 2012

Photography Workshop in Paris



I will be running a few workshops in Paris and I decided to do them in September. With the peak tourist season winding down, air and hotel fares take a dip to a more reasonable rate, but the weather is just as nice, if not nicer, than during the summer months.

The laid-back, summer-vacation ambiance is still lingering around the city, but most Parisians are back in town, creating an interesting mix of fun and authenticity. Those wishing to avoid the cramped conditions of peak season may find September to be one of the best times of the lower season to visit. Late September is probably the better choice for avoiding the tail-end of high season.

However, September in Paris is generally on the cool and damp side, with average temperatures at around 24 degrees F. Rain is common and it isn't unusual for autumn-like conditions to occasionally foil plans for outdoorsy activities on the odd day.  In recent years, however, unusually hot temperatures have been known to strike Paris in the summer months, and spikes in temperature may hit in September.  

From a photography standpoint cloudy September is an amazing time. The clear summer skies make way for skies of visual interest and the occasional rain creates puddles of water one can use for reflective imagery.

eiffel tower, paris, black and white

Make sure to pack a sturdy umbrella and at least one pair of waterproof shoes… and bring a good pair of walking shoes. Visits to Paris usually involve lots of strolling, and the Paris metro is notorious for some endless tunnels and stairs.

Since September is the tail-end of summer in Paris and warm, sunny days are still probable, you should also pack clothes for both cool and sunny conditions. You should also think about bringing a hat or visor and other gear for sunny days when you wish to spend time lounging in one the Paris parks and gardens.

I have been to Paris in every season,  spring, summer, winter and fall… and September is still my favorite time to go… so join myself and Deborah Sandidge and Denise Ippolito for photography workshops that will immerse you in the city of lights and love… the city that has produced more  iconic images than any other location on earth.

Email us for more information and to put yourself on the waiting list for our workshops.

Workshop One with Deborah Sandidge

Workshop Two with Denise Ippolito