Photography Courses in London

From photography for complete beginners to specialist courses and subject based classes, we offer a wide range of photography courses taught both in our designated photography studio and off-site.

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. Students will have access to the latest professional resources including a complete lighting rig and back drops and array of digital cameras including DSLRs. .

Students studying photography at City Lit will use Apple MacBook pros with the latest Adobe CC and camera editing software to help with final edits, making sure our students leave with professional images. Taught by our specialist team of freelance and industry professionals, students will receive expert hands on guidance in the skills required in taking professional photographs and beyond.

Already taken your photographs and want to know more about how to edit images? Then why not look at our range of digital skills workshops found in our Adobe package and software section. .

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

If you would like to find out any more detailed information about our studio, resources or courses on offer, please contact the visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday – Friday between 10am – 5pm.

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  1. Image - Alistair Banton

    Looking at photography: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Image - Alistair Banton.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  2. Image - Chris Elgin

    Portraits and people photography

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    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. Image - Chris Elgin.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Deer

    London photography: wildlife in the city

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This is an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, flora and fauna of some of London’s finest parks whilst learning

    photography skills along the way. Suitable for beginners and more advanced. Image: Rachel Wegh - Parakeet.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  4. Try it out: photography

    Try it out: photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Experience learning in the photography department. Shoot some digital images, download your pictures onto a computer, make simple edits using an image editing program (Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom) and create a high quality print to take away with you.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  5. Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop for photography: stage 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Are you a photographer but flummoxed by Adobe Photoshop? You're not alone. Join our practical course introducing Photoshop's most used 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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Image Esther Kersley

    Documentary photography and photojournalism

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Image Esther Kersley.

    A picture paints a thousand words. Develop your creative ability to communicate through photography and get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £409.00
    Senior fee: £327.00
    Concession: £249.00

  7. Affinity Photo

    Introduction to Affinity photography editing software

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Alice Danger

    Photography for beginners: stage 1

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 5 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. Image - Alice Danger.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  9. Image - Dennis Jeffrey

    Get skills in: low light photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    An introductory course to low light photography. In the first week we take advantage of a slightly longer twilight to photograph city scenes from Waterloo Bridge, then explore this theme at Tower Bridge and street scenes near the college. You will get the opportunity to experiment with light painting and long exposure techniques. The final session will involve some location shooting and then a brief introduction to selecting colour balance and making basic exposure adjustments in Lightroom. The course will conclude with a review of equipment needed for you to continue your creative path into low light level photography. Image - Dennis Jeffrey.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  10. Image - Andrea Irmeni

    Photography for beginners: stage 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020 (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. Image - Andrea Irmeni.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Image - Grace Simaskaite

    London street photography

    Course Date: Fri 23 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Image - Grace Simaskaite

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  12. Images - Ed Gregory

    City Lit Pro: event photography skills

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020
    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.Transform your photography into a real income stream by learning the secrets of the fast-growing event photography business.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £375.00
    Concession: £286.00

  13. Joanna Furniss

    Wedding photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Thinking about going into wedding photography? Get to grips with everything you need to know, from liaising with the bride and groom to finding the best equipment, capturing the essential shots, and skills in post-production. Learn to control situations and anticipate the right moment to take the shot, and become an expert at natural images as well as those key reportage shots and formal posed groups. Image - Joanna Furniss.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  14. Barcelona Sagrada Familia

    Adobe Lightroom classic for photography: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Move your photography practice onto a professional level and learn to use Lightroom’s advanced image developing and correction features to refine elements within images. Discover how to create your own personal presets to speed up your work and optimise your input and output.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  15. City Lit photography: stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Delve deep into the world photography and get to know your camera, learning both traditional and digital techniques. City Lit photography: stage 1 kicks of a yearlong course that offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring various contexts and the background of its many genres. Try out and develop new skills in industry software and gain the confidence and skills required to plan, shoot and edit your own photography project. City Lit photography: stage 1 is the first of the two stage course, enabling you to build a comprehensive and exciting portfolio of photographic work. It is possible to join the course at either stage or complete both stages across the year should you wish. Students who complete both stages of the course will achieve all of the learning outcomes and will have the opportunity to present their final ideas and work in an exhibition.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £799.00
    Concession: £609.00

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