Photography Courses

From photography for complete beginners to specialist courses and subject based classes, we offer a wide range of photography courses taught both in our designated photography studio and off-site.

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. Students will have access to the latest professional resources including a complete lighting rig and back drops and array of digital cameras including DSLRs. .

Students studying photography at City Lit will use Apple MacBook pros with the latest Adobe CC and camera editing software to help with final edits, making sure our students leave with professional images. Taught by our specialist team of freelance and industry professionals, students will receive expert hands on guidance in the skills required in taking professional photographs and beyond.

Already taken your photographs and want to know more about how to edit images? Then why not look at our range of digital skills workshops found in our Adobe package and software section. .

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

If you would like to find out any more detailed information about our studio, resources or courses on offer, please contact the visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Photographing people

    Photographing people

    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Gain confidence in photographing people. Learn about different aspects of portraiture, from posing to informal portraits and approaching strangers. Put your skills to practice in weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  2. Develop a photography project: online

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Working on a photography project but need some direction on it? Got ideas but don't even know where to begin? Join an expert working photographer to guide you through the development of a photographic project, from initial research, to presentation, to marketing your work. Improve your photographic technique and confidence, and produce a professional-looking project to be proud of.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  3. Retouching tips and tricks: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Affinity

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This brand new online workshop will show you everything you need to know in how best to make your photographs really stand out from the crowd. Focusing on specific retouching tips and tricks from industry professionals, your photographs and images will truly become gallery worthy. Bringing together the best tools and techniques in a combination of using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Affinity.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  4. Michael Harding

    Essential business skills for photography and photographers

    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  5. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography: part 2

    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Part 2 of our Adobe Lightroom Classic online workshop will help move your photography and creative practice into a real professional level. Building off of part 1, you will learn to use Lightroom Classic’s advanced image developing and correction features to refine elements within your photographs and images. Discover how to create your own personal pre-sets to speed up your work and optimise your input and output.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  6. Beginners photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the basics of photography and some essential beginners techniques in this new online course that is guranteed to help you improve your photographs skills and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition and light that will take your photographs to a new level. Find out key information about taking pictures in different environments and what is really takes to become a photographer. This course is perfect for complete beginners looking to learn new skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  7. Start a career in: wedding photography

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Having a great knowledge of photography is important but now you have accomplished that, this is your next step.

    This online interactive course comprises a series of online lectures on the business of wedding photography.

    This course will prepare you to compete in the challenging world of client-facing photography in the areas of wedding photography. You’ll be taught by knowledgeable and highly experienced professional practitioners who bring all their skills and experience to help launch or evolve your professional practice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Creative photography projects: online

    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Always playing around with creative photographic ideas? Fancy some expert guidance on developing your ideas into a proper project? Come and experiment with ideas and techniques, whether you're photographing people, landscape, still-life or other genres. Develop a project from start to finish, learning both the theory and practicalities of planning, editing, printing and presentation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  9. Photographing with natural light

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to read, control and modify natural light in photography. Experiment with available light in portraiture, landscape and product photography. Put your skills to practice in weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  10. Introduction to Affinity photography editing software

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  11. Creative photography

    New
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  12. Start a career in: architectural photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Having a great knowledge of photography is important but now you have accomplished that, this is your next step.

    This online interactive course comprises a series of online lectures on the business of architectural photography.

    This course will prepare you to compete in the challenging world of client-facing photography in the areas of architectural and interior photography. You’ll be taught by knowledgeable and highly experienced professional practitioners who bring all their skills and experience to help launch or evolve your professional practice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. What is photography image copyright?

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever been questioned when photographing out and about? This course is devoted to your rights as a photographer or film-maker, including your freedom to shoot in public places and how to protect the copyright of your images: essential knowledge for amateurs through to professionals.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Image - Alistair Banton

    Looking at photography: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Mon 15 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results. Image - Alistair Banton.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  15. Photography and graphic arts colour management

    Course Date: Tue 30 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to achieve consistent digital colour using icc profiles, viewing on a monitor, output to web and desktop printing. Adobe Photoshop and X-Rite software on Apple Macs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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