Photography Skills Courses & Workshops

Learn the fundamentals and specialist skills in a range of photography workshops that will build your confidence in planning, shooting, editing and even exhibiting quality photography in both print and digital form.

Learning from our team of experienced industry professionals, you will receive expert hands-on guidance and advice with opportunities to put techniques into practice. All our courses take place in our professionally equipped photography studio, and you will have full use of all resources and equipment required to master your photography skills.

Courses available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Photography for beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  2. Developing photography skills
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Mar 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  3. Personal photography projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Been on previous courses and need space to hone and practice your technique or need support in photographing a collection? Guided by a highly experienced tutor, use our fully equipped studio space and equipment to take your personal project forward. Delve deeper into the world of photography, working in a studio, we will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  4. Night and low light photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Creative photography: drawing with light
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Boost your creativity and explore different approaches to digital photography. Put new ideas to practice by responding to creative briefs. Participate in group discussion, share your images and get feedback in an encouraging group environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Pinhole photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Discover exciting experimental ways of producing photographic images without a camera - build your own pinhole camera, create blue-tinted prints with sunlight, and make prints from objects like the artist Man Ray.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  8. Photography for beginners: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Kean Street 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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  9. Photography studio assistant course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Large format camera workshop
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    This hands-on practical photography workshop will enable you to discover the beauty of testing, experimenting and shooting with large-format photography. This is a skilled art form with often spectacular results and offers great potential in how we capture and showcase photographic images. Explore large format camera techniques and equipment from focus control to film loading, with expert guidance, demonstrations, and practical exercises.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00

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