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 projects: developing studio practice
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Michael Harding, Matthew Ward
    This course is a natural follow on from City Lit photography projects VY844 & VY878.



    You will work on a self-set project for the length of the course.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £589.00 Senior fee £471.00 Concession £383.00
  2. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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. Photography for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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
  4. City Lit photography projects
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma, Matthew Ward
    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 projects 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 £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  5. Pinhole photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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
  6. Photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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
  7. Flash photography with speedlight
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  8. Photography for beginners: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  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. Beginners photography
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    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:  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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