Photography - Kean Street Photography Studio

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. Looking at photography: critical and analytic theories
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    An introduction to some of the main ways of thinking about photography, based on cultural theory, politics, philosophy and semiotics.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  2. Photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jun 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  3. Fine art photography: digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  4. Flash photography with speedlight
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Jul 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 flash techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  5. Being a photography studio assistant: summer school intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    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
  6. Portraits and people photography
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Apr 2024 (and 5 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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  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. 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
  9. Night and low light photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    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
  10. Fine art photography: restaging paintings
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Learn key skills in how to apply simple lighting techniques that create evocative and dramatic fine art photographs of people and still life inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio and the Dutch masters from the 17th and 18th century. Combine art and photography with this workshop that focuses on the re-staging of iconic paintings in photographic form.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  11. Looking at photography: colour and composition
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Mar 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Looking at photography: commercial practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 Jun 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Looking to work professionally as a photographer? Pick up key skills you will need on this practical course from camera systems, lighting solutions, paperwork and software workflow.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Photography in a day: Flash with speedlight
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 flash techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.
    Full fee £129.00
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