Photography through the Parisian Lens

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Photography through the Parisian Lens

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    Art, French Culture, Photography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students will explore the history and craft of photography using the beautiful and historic backdrop of Paris as inspiration. The course will examine such topics as urban landscape, street photography, portraiture and digital techniques and is structured to take full advantage of the experience of being in Paris. Class time will include visits to museums and galleries, field trips to various neighborhoods in the city, technical demonstrations, individual and group critiques.

    This course is open to studentswith all levels of photo experience. Beginners will master the basics of camera usage (mastery of camera metering, manual adjustments to create a desired look, etc.) as well as introduction to notions of lighting and composition. More advanced students will be encouraged to refine their technical and aesthetic skills while they continue to develop and sharpen their own their personal photographic vision.


    -Mastery of digital camera functions.
    -Development of technical abilities in making good in-camera exposures.
    -Exposure to photo and art history.
    -Discussion of the language of photography.  
    -Develop greater sophistication in deciphering and decrypting photographic images for their meaning.
    -Further develop each students’ unique personal vision or mode of expression.
    -Discovery of Paris beyond the tourist sites.


    Upon completion of this course students will have :
    -Learned to work more confidently with a digital camera in manual mode to control the look and quality of their images.
    -Developed a greater sensitivity to light, composition and color in creating strong visual imagery.
    -Learned fundamentals of photographic language, enabling students to better understand how to evaluate and decipher the meaning/interest of their own and other photographic images they encounter.
    -Established a good foundational knowledge of the history of 20th and 21st century fine art photography.
    -Begun to develop their own personal vision working with photographic imagery.
    -Developed a greater understanding and sensitivity for creating groups and sequences of photographs which address notions of storytelling.