Photography

Photography Courses in London

At City Lit, we have a variety of photography courses on offer from complete beginners introducing technical and essential skills in how to operate a camera, to specialist workshops and subject based courses.

Our designated photography studio will provide students with access to the latest professional resources including lighting rigs, back drops and array of digital cameras including DSLRs. Learn and develop a range of photographic skills within a professional surrounding with a studio that offers a large open and flexible space, suitable for both collaborative and individual learning.

As a City Lit student, you will have access to Apple MacBook pros, Adobe Creative Cloud and professional camera editing software to help you create professional quality images. Learning from our specialist team of freelance and industry professionals, you’ll receive expert hands-on guidance in the skills required in taking professional photographs and beyond.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

To arrange a conversation with our photography coordinator about your interests, options and courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Being a photography studio assistant: summer school intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This is a course for students looking to take their first steps into commercial photography. This is a practical workshop-based course that will enable you to work with photographic studio equipment and software appropriate to a commercial photography workflow.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  2. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024 (and 13 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £240.00
  3. Creative image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use and apply the key features of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to develop your image editing skills.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Creative photography: drawing with light
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Boost your creativity and explore different approaches to digital photography. Put new ideas to practice by responding to creative briefs. Participate in group discussion, share your images and get feedback in an encouraging group environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Portraits and people photography
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lorenzo Berni
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  6. City Lit photography: professional practice and portfolio
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Neil White
    This course is a natural follow on from City Lit photography projects VY844 & VY878.



    You will work on a self-set project for the length of the course.
    Full fee £659.00 Senior fee £527.00 Concession £428.00
  7. City Lit photography course
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward, Neil White
    Delve deep into the world of photography, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.







    The City Lit photography course offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. You will get to grips with your camera, explore different photographic techniques and gain new skills using industry equipment and software. Working through a series of creative projects you will start developing your own ideas and finish the course with an extensive portfolio of photographic work.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,279.00 Concession £1,039.00
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  8. Writing and photography: text and image workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christina Dunhill, Shirley Read
    Whether you are a photographer or a writer, this short course will give you ideas for combining words and images to discover new approaches and create new work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  9. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  10. Black and white digital photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Sara Leigh Lewis
    Shape, form, pattern and texture take on added significance in black-and-white photography. Without colour to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. Discover these elements and the basic rules of black and white photography.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  11. Photography studio assistant course
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This is a course for students looking to take their first steps into commercial photography. This is a practical workshop-based course that will enable you to work with photographic studio equipment and software appropriate to a commercial photography workflow.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  12. Wildlife photography: Red and Fallow Deer
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Rachel Wegh
    This is an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, flora and fauna of some of London’s finest parks, canals and squares, whilst learning photography skills long the way. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Night and low light photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Jad Oakes
    Discover how to capture the bright lights of London’s West End after dark. This course will lead you through Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye and Waterloo Bridge and provide feedback on your images in the classroom.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  14. Fashion and editorial photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This course will help you to develop your skills in editorial fashion photography.



    The course is project driven and will take you from the creation of a basic story board through to a photo shoot. By the end of the course you will understand the workflow, the tools and thinking / planning required to run a successful shoot for yourself. The course also provides advice on getting material published.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  15. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Catriona Gray
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
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