The studio is a place to be reinvented for each and every shoot. It is the field of experimentation for any photographer wishing to learn how to control lighting, based on their observation and reproduction of the natural cycle of light.
The careful observation of the reactions of different materials and textures to different lighting sources is one of the keys to success within the studio space.
Lighting is the very basis of every photographic research. As natural light varies continuously, it is not always possible to use. Thus, every photographer must also know how to reproduce it artificially, which is the main part of lighting work within the studio.
As any language, the lighting exercise requires the acquisition of technical notions and a specific vocabulary: light quality, shadows and higlights, contrast, directions, intensity. These notions require from the students an additional personal observation effort beyond mere techniques, as the true mastering of light needs a fair amount of empirical intuition that is hard to learn in class.
Photography is a language. Mastering the lighting techniques will allow everyone to renew and enlarge their fields of expression.
One of the particularities at Spéos is the teaching of the stop-system. This method allows each student to make a link between all subjects taught at Spéos through the common essential basic principles of photography.
It also allows the students to get quickly familiar with every type of equipment offered by different suppliers.
During the studio classes, each participant is accompanied in their personal research and the continual development of a style of their own.
The evolution of one’s photographic style, the in-depth research of specific subject matters, as well as the interpretation and appropriation of the photographic language are leading principles that we will follow all year long.