Photography

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.

Download information on course levels and progression courses for photography in 2018.

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. Photography for beginners

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018 (and 13 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.

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

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    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  2. Photographing people

    Photographing people

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 5 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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  3. Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 1

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  4. City Lit Pro: beginners' photography intensive

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  5. Photography club

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Introducing tutor-led photography sessions that can be booked individually as required. To book individual sessions book your place via Eventbrite at £30 per session:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/photography-club-vy390-tickets-49641973479?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    Or book the whole course via City Lit and enjoy a new subject every week. Build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  6. Contemporary art photography

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018 (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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Essential business skills for photographers

    Essential business skills for photographers

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    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

  8. Retouching your photographs for beginners

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn how to use Photoshop to enhance your photographs. Explore basic retouching techniques including enhancing colour, removing unwanted items, clearing skin imperfections and reshaping objects and people.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. City Lit Pro: Adobe Lightroom intensive

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Used to using Adobe Lightroom to manage your photos but looking to advance your skills? Get even more out of this essential software for photographers by exploring its functions in more depth and getting to grips with more complex elements, all with an expert tutor on hand to troubleshoot your questions.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  10. Documentary photography and photojournalism

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018
    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.

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

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

  11. Improving your photography

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.

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

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    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  12. Photography discussion group with Shirley Read

    Course Date: Tue 9 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This will be a presentation of images and ideas followed by an open discussion. The overall theme for discussion will be what we think makes for a 'good' photograph. Students will be encouraged to bring images for discussion and to create their own choice of 'Desert Island Photographs' for the final session.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. Close-up photography

    Close-up photography

    Course Date: Thu 11 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Zoom in on the detail, and discover the creative and practical craft of close-up and macro photography. Explore specific techniques and appropriate equipment, and undertake practical projects to produce your own striking images.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Improving your composition and colour

    Course Date: Fri 12 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  15. Street photography in London

    Course Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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