Close-up photography course

Course Dates: 15/11/19 - 29/11/19
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Zoom in on the detail, and discover the creative and practical craft of close-up and macro photography. Explore specific techniques and appropriate equipment, and undertake practical projects to produce your own striking images.


What is the course about?

The art and science of making photographs of very small objects. You'll explore the world of close-up and macro photography and the difference between them. Although essentially practical the course also examines the uses of close-up and macro techniques in science, and as a technique for creative work.

What will we cover?

- Appropriate equipment and techniques
- Lighting
- Practical sessions: enabling you to make your own close-up or macro photographs
- Creative possibilities for close-up photography.

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

- know the difference between close-up and macro photographs.
- choose appropriate equipment, lighting and techniques for a range of subjects
- have taken some effective close-up photographs.
- know more about photography in science and nature, having looked at examples and discussed ways of using close-up techniques in these fields.

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

Ideal for those who have completed our Photography for beginners: stage 1 course, or for anyone with a basic understanding of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR camera (i.e. not a point-and-shoot camera). You will need to have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings).

You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

Through lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions with guidance from an expert tutor in our dedicated photography studio.

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

There are no additional costs. A limited amount of specialist equipment will be available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

City Lit has a vast range of practical and theoretical photography courses, from fashion photography to darkroom processing. Browse the website or prospectus for inspiration.

Tutor Biographies
Michael Harding Tutor Website

Michael Harding was born in Canada, where he studied cinema and photography at Concordia University, Montréal, before moving to the UK. Since then, he has created striking images of architecture, art, people and landscapes for international blue-chip clients for their use in editorial, advertising and corporate applications. Michael’s work has won many industry awards, notably being selected in the Eleventh Association of Photographers Awards and further receiving a Merit Award in the Seventeenth Association of Photographers Awards. His work was selected for a Highly Commended Award in the Deutsche Bauzeitung “Visions in Architecture” European Architectural Photography prize. His work has been exhibited in both the United Kingdom and Canada. Michael has been Chairman, as well as President, of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The AOP is Europe’s most established organisation for professional photographers, working to ensure greater recognition for all professional photographers, as well as working to positively influence legislators in the UK and Europe for the benefit of all photographers.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now finished

Course Code: VY745

Finished Fri, day, 15 Nov - 29 Nov '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.