photographer for over thirty years
I have worked in advertising and reporting. My current activity is oriented towards business communication and, in particular since 2020 with a new tool because I have passed the authorization of professional drone remote pilot. I also present a work of personal expression with creative pictures that I expose in France and abroad. Some of my photographic work has been incorporated into image banks in France and United Kingdom.
I have been teaching photography classes for 10 years and I take great pleasure in sharing my experience and my know-how.
I am also the Fontvieille correspondent for the daily newspaper La Provence. I also offer on the Airbnb platform an experience for travellers: discover Arles in the footsteps of the painter Vincent Van Gogh.
Learning with a professional photographer
It is in the heart of the Alpilles, these small hills in the South of France, that I will welcome you to help you to get better control of your camera.
During your photography course, I will guide you on the paths of the image by criss-crossing the country of Arles, rich in its heritage and its landscapes. This corner of the Provence will become the subject and setting for your photographs. It is in my house located in the heart of the village of Fontvieille and at the foot of the hill that we will meet. It is also my workshop where photography classes will begin, but we will mainly produce images in the outside workshop in the landscapes, towns and villages in the country.
Mastering the technique to keep only the pleasure in photographing
We will first approach the fundamental technical notions of photography: focus and exposure control, shutter speed, sensitivity, aperture, depth of field, white balance, focal length, image format… By mastering these notions, you will be more free to control the light on your subject, find the right angle and the good framing. With professional guidance, you will go from theory to practice and be able to create photographs that look like you, choose, edit and assemble them to tell the story of your stay in pictures.
The subjects approached are the following : landscape, architecture, portrait, street photography, reportage, abstract photography…
With the most expert trainees, we will explain different advanced techniques like long exposures, Multiple shots (time-lapses), or photomontages.
Who are these courses intended for ?
For people who enjoy photography, and want to become more familiar with the camera, in order to make it an extension of their imagination.
This photography training course is adapted to your level; it offers an initiation for beginners or an improvement for more experienced photographers. It also allows you to take pictures while discovering in a pleasant way the richness of this corner of the Provence, bathed in its exceptional light.
Raymond Martinez is a very inspiring teacher and artist. He easily leads his students to the main points of photography, technicaly but also artisticaly. He makes clear that photography is more than just a technical understanding of your camera . Its more a tool in an artist hands. I did learn a lot from his teaching, step by step i could understand how a camera works- but also what it needs to make an interesting picture. Out of that its very exciting also to visit all interesting places in this beautifull area, which also van Gogh did fall in love to. To walk on Vincent Foodsteps but also exploring the modern places is very inspiring. Raymonds technik he calls „ painting with the light“ , which he did share with us students, did inspire me in my art work too. His pictures remind me a lot to impressionist paintings, very sensitiv and poetic but in a modern style.
Raymond Martinez est un professeur très inspirant et artiste. Il conduit facilement ses élèves aux points fondamentaux de la photographie, techniquement mais aussi artistiquement. Il précise que la photographie est plus qu’une compréhension technique de votre appareil photo, Il devient un outil dans les mains d’un artiste. J’ai beaucoup appris de son enseignement, étape par étape, je pouvais comprendre comment fonctionne un appareil photo, mais aussi ce qu’il faut pour créer une image. Au delà, ce fut très excitant aussi de visiter les recoins intéressants de ces lieux magnifiques, dont van Gogh est tombé amoureux. Marcher sur les pas de Vincent mais aussi explorer des lieux modernes fut très inspirant. La technique de Raymond qu’il appelle « peindre avec la lumière », qu’il a fait partager aux étudiants, m’inspire aussi dans mon travail d’art. Ses photos me rappellent beaucoup de peintures impressionnistes, très sensibles et poétiques, mais dans un style moderne.
Françoise L. G.Arles – France
Delphine A.Barbentane France
Bâle / Basel Switzerland
Aide aux traductions : Daniele Caron, Teofilo Calvo Villamarin, Jane et Mike Burgess
Musique page galerie : « La Balade de Fontvieille » de André Garcia
Supervision Textes : Christelle Jean, Annie Garcin Martinez
Supervision Web : Magali Madec