Photography Courses in London

Whether you are new to taking photographs, a keen amateur or a professional, we offer a wide range of part-time, evening and weekend photography courses suited to every level of expertise. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team: visualarts@citylit.ac.uk or call us 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

Learn and develop skills and techniques necessary for contemporary photography practice on intensive courses aimed at beginners to advanced. You can pay for your course in installments at our enrolment counter.

Learn more about the Photography department here at City Lit; read our photography students' stories; discover top tips for making money from your photography and we've also added some tips on Photographing London.

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  1. Try it out: photography

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Experience learning in the photography department. Shoot some digital images, download your pictures onto a computer, make simple edits using an image editing program (Photoshop) and create a high quality print to take away with you.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Introduction to studio lighting

    Introduction to studio lighting

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Photography for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 16 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    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.

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    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  4. Restaging paintings using photography

    New
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn to apply simple lighting skills to create evocative and dramatic fine art photographs of people and still life inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio and the Dutch masterpieces from the 17th and 18th century.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Speedlight and camera flash made easy

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Lighten things up: join this practical course to learn the basics of using portable flash (speedlights) to enhance your images. Experiment creatively indoors and outdoors with different flashes and techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Lightroom for photographers

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for an alternative to Photoshop for managing and editing your photos? Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-use cross-platform photo management and editing software with many advantages over other software. Learn how to use it effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset for photographers at all levels.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Photographing people

    Photographing people

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Start improving your composition and colour

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    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. Please note: this course has a break week on Friday 20th October.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  9. Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you a fine photographer but flummoxed by Photoshop? You're not alone. Join our practical course introducing Photoshop's basic functions, including colour adjustment, retouching images, and layer manipulation. Find your way around the program to apply all sorts of edits and effects, producing professional-looking images in minutes.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  10. Photography at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Location photography at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Enjoy unique access to the interiors, exteriors, extensive grounds and meet residents of the Hospital.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. City Lit Pro: beginners' photography intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this beginners photography course you will learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, colour balance, photo composition, lighting, and shooting inside and outdoors.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £239.00

  12. Contemporary art photography

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Become an expert in the fine art world of contemporary photography. Learn about the history, concepts and theories behind the art form, and the technology and techniques now influencing it. Develop practical skills to realise your own creative ideas, discuss your photography portfolio with others, and learn about platforms to showcase your work on the commercial fine art market. Please note: this course has a break week on Friday 20th October.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Essential business skills for photographers

    Essential business skills for photographers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Thinking of taking your photography professional but daunted by running your own business? Get to grips with the basics in this workshop covering a range of vital business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Working across Photoshop and Lightroom

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to learn how to more fully exploit Adobe’s Creative Cloud? Find out how and when to use Photoshop and Lightroom as a powerful software team to move your images to the next level. Learn how to move your Lightroom images directly into Photoshop for further refinement and effortlessly move them back to Lightroom.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Documentary photography and photojournalism

    Course Date: Mon 7 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    A picture paints a thousand words. Get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism and develop your creative ability to communicate through photographs. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.

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    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

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