Being a photography studio assistant: summer school intensive

Course Dates: 22/07/24 - 23/07/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: 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.
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Being a photography studio assistant: summer school intensive
  • Course Code: VY880
  • Dates: 22/07/24 - 23/07/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Mon-Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 2 sessions
  • Location: Kean Street Photography Studio

Course Code: VY880

Mon-Tue, day, 22 Jul - 23 Jul '24

Duration: 2 sessions

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

You will learn how to use a commercial photography workflow safely and build your confidence. The course will cover an introduction to studio and location practice and lighting. You will also learn about digital workflow including shooting tethered (camera connected directly to a computer) saving and backing up files and creating client ready files for web and print.

What will we cover?

- Commercial practice
- Studio and location lighting
- Image colour management
- Professional photography digital workflow from image capture through file delivery to image storage.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Setup and dismantle studio lighting
- Describe a range of lighting modifiers and their purpose
- Take an accurate flash meter exposure reading
- Create and select a custom white balance
- Photograph using tethered image capture
- Output images for web and print in a professional workflow.
- Back up files for long term storage.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners course in commercial photographic practice. It is not a beginners course in photography. There is an expectation that you are familiar with the manual controls of your camera and have basic computer skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with short talks, demonstrations, handouts and hands on group practice in our dedicated photography studio and in the local environment (weather permitting). One to one support will be provided where needed. The course also uses Google Classroom (an online teaching resource) for you to share comments with your class, download course material and upload images for group crits.
Google classroom login help.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring your own camera. During the hours of the class you will be provided with all equipment, high end Nikon and Canon cameras and lenses, tripods, lighting, light meters, tethering cables and Apple laptops complete with Adobe creative cloud (Photoshop and Lightroom) and Capture One software.

When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud
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Please note:
- You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format
- You can access your City Lit email through your supplied Office 365 account.
- When your course finishes and you no longer have access to your student email, the software will continue to function on the installed machine for the remainder of the annual subscription.
- At renewal, you will need to create another Adobe account using your personal email.
- The Adobe account is not accessible to City Lit and technical support is extremely limited as a result.
- It is recommended that you do not use the online storage available on Adobe accounts as access to your work is subject to the continuation of your subscription.
- Adobe sales can be contacted on 0800-028-0148. Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
Adobe Creative Cloud for Students - system requirements.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The City Lit has a vast range of photography, video, animation and image software courses. Please browse the web site for inspiration.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.