Close-up photography

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

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 previous students liked most about this course:
“Matthew was an excellent teacher and responded to the various questions from the different members of the group, changing the order and direction as necessary.”

“Technical information and explanation together with practical application given with support.”

“I enjoyed the way in which the course was taught, nice and relaxed but I achieved a lot.”


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
- Ideas for exhibiting your images or publishing them on the web.

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 previous students have achieved on this course:
“Increased my knowledge in a range of areas to do with macro photography. I am motivated to increase my skills further.”

“I now have a lot more confidence.”

“I have definitely learned a lot on this course especially focus stacking which I will use.”


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

Ideal for those who have completed our 'Beginner's photography: 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 or bridge 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.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: VY745

Fri, day, 15 Nov - 29 Nov '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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