« To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart »
Henri Cartier-Bresson

The professional photographer plans and takes photos in one or more areas of specialisation (fashion, portrait, documentary, reporting, etc.). They choose the subject, theme or story to deal with or fulfil an order for the client or photo department for whom they are working. They develop and sometimes edit their photographs. They may also perform supervision or management functions in a photography studio.


The photography course allows students to acquire genuine technical, artistic and professional expertise. At the end of their studies, they will have participated in workshops with renowned photographers, each a specialist in a well-defined and diverse field of photography (fashion, cookery, beauty, reporting, etc.).
They will have formed their own network whilst working on projects with makeup artists, photo studios, photo stylists, models, etc. and acquired basic knowledge of copyright, image rights and setting up a business.
During the end of year exam, they will have to present their paper and online portfolios to a professional panel. These will be the result of a personal project supervised by a photography mentor in accordance with the chosen specialism.
Each year, our students’ best pictures are celebrated during a highly anticipated private viewing which brings together photographers, students, photography agents to share the experience.


Photographers can work in many different sectors, such as:
– Magazine agencies – general or specialist
– Press agencies
– Illustration agencies (image banks, for editors, communication consultancies)
– Private studios (photo specialists, laboratories, specialist studios, etc.) or companies (internal photo department, graphic design industry, communication and advertising agencies, etc.).
– Local authorities’ photo departments, institutions’ photo departments (culture, heritage, communication, education, etc.)
– You can also specialise in animal photography, portraits, macro, sports journalism, wedding photos, etc.

There are several possible employment options: Author photographer/self-employed/salaried

photography school of Paris France

photography school of Paris France


Technical modules

• Photographic devices and objectives
• Shutters, aperture, ISO & their relationship
• Exposure & metering
• The film and the digital process
• Light and colour
• How to take better photographs
• Lighting
• Hardware and software
• Retouching, resolution & printing
• The studio
• How to create a professional portfolio
• Photography agents & image agents
• How to prospect
• Silver, black and white, and colour

Photo retouching:
• Photoshop training
• Materials, contrasts, colours
• Emphasising a subject
• Adjusting tints
• Working with pixels
• Harmonising lines and shapes
• Editing (silhouetting, assemblies, fade out, simulating shadows).

Image analysis and the history of photography

• Still image
• Frame/out of frame, field/out of field
• Composition
• Light – colour – black and white
• Out of focus
• Shooting angle
• The scale of shots
• Trends in photography

• Excursions/exhibitions
• Conference circuit (photographers, photography agents, magazines, etc.)
• Mood board
• Analysis of current influences (media, blogs, webzine, editorial, bookers, art collectors, etc.)

The rough:
• Learning about the different application of the rough
• Being able to quickly express projects or ideas using freehand

• Developing a targeted vocabulary to be able to communicate with the professional photography world (workshops, role plays, image analysis in English, etc.)

Web/paper portfolio

• Introduction to creating a website
• Communication
• Content and form of editorials
• Design and layout (designing and constructing the layout grid, golden rules of construction)
• Graphic design
• Using CMS (content management)
• The layout of photographic works
• Strategy for organising photos

• Writing a CV


At the end of the course and after satisfying a panel of professionals, depending on their training, the student will be awarded: a CSFP (Certificat Supérieur de Formation Professionnelle [Higher Education Vocational Training Certificate]) or a CERTIFICATION registered with the RNCP.

Currently, courses in Advertising Graphic Design, Infographics, Web Design, Fashion Design/Pattern Making and Interior Architecture are registered with the RNCP (Registre National de Certification Professionnelle [National Register of Vocational Certifications]).

Finally, our institution has been awarded the OPQF (Organisme Professionnel de Qualification des organismes de Formation [Professional Qualifying Body of Training Institutes]) qualification which attests to the quality of the training.



How to apply ?

MJM Graphic Design is a Photography school in France. You can apply for follow the photography program in Paris & Rennes. You will become Photographer and make your passion your profession !