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. Lightroom - course extension

    Course Date: Thu 14 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    This short course follows directly on from the earlier Lightroom course VY728 and is intended to add to knowledge already gained by participants. The course will look at the Develop and Output modules in greater depth, as well as recognising how and when to integrate Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fine photographer but flummoxed by Photoshop? You're not alone - join our practical course on Photoshop for photographers, introducing its 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: £140.00

  3. Photography for beginners

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018 (and 12 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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  4. Beauty photography

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Specialised beauty photography is a growing market. Gain an introduction to the pre-production planning, lighting, composition and posing of models. Some basic photographic knowledge required.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  5. Improving your photography

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018 (and 3 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

  6. Photographing people

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jan 2018 (and 4 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

  7. Montage and constructed images: a practical course

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Ever wanted to play around with the photos you take? Learn the secrets of constructing images through both physical and digital wizardry; discover the fascinating history of this art and pick up skills ranging from constructing images out of found items, to combining negatives and scans in Photoshop to produce your own manipulated masterpieces.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Lightroom for photographers

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    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: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £259.00

  9. Day and night: chasing the light

    Course Date: Sun 21 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want to improve your confidence in photographing at night? Join our fascinating workshop exploring locations in the city that change dramatically from daylight to darkness. Learn essential techniques to capture light effectively, go out on location in daylight then return later to shoot as natural light turns to artificial, creating beautifully atmospheric images.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Image copyright and your right to shoot in public spaces

    Course Date: Sun 21 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  11. City Lit Pro: technical photography skills intensive

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Looking to work professionally as a photographer's assistant? Pick up all the skills you'll need on this practical course covering everything from camera systems, lighting solutions and paperwork to software workflow using Capture One Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop. Tutors: Ed Gregory, Matthew Ward.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Mindful photography

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How often do you walk or drive to work and barely notice what you’re passing? How many hundreds of images do you snap on your phone and never download? Join this inspirational course to learn the invaluable skills of mindfulness - or being in the moment - and apply these same principles to your photography for a real boost to your photographic style, confidence in your work, and your overall wellbeing.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Documentary photography

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Intrigued by documentary photography and the stories it can tell? Get immersed in this fascinating visual tradition, exploring its theory and history, the messages it can convey and the impact it can have. Learn about the technical choices involved, debate issues of truth and objectivity, then develop documentary skills yourself, working on short and longer-term projects leading to an exciting and varied portfolio.

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

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    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  14. Photography for beginners with Adobe Lightroom

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018 (and 2 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 to produce impressive photographs, then learn to use Adobe Lightroom to edit, manipulate and manage your images.

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

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    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

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