London photography: bridges in the city

Course Dates: 01/05/25
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Off Site
Explore london and capture the beauty of the capitals bridges that span the Thames. This off-site photographic course will have you down to the river with your camera, exploring the diverse architectural designs and structures of bridges on the Thames that connect London. Learn about their history whilst learning the secrets to successful architectural and location photography.
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London photography: bridges in the city
  • Course Code: VY980
  • Dates: 01/05/25 - 01/05/25
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Off Site
  • Tutor: Michael Harding

Course Code: VY980

Thu, day, 01 May - 01 May '25

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Meet in the City Lit Gallery in Keeley street to go out and about on location with an expert photographer, you will learn to apply the camera settings relevant to architectural photography, to creatively document the architecture of bridges, from both design and historical perspectives. You will explore the importance of sun behaviour, light direction, and choosing the right lenses and accessories, as well as practising essential techniques such as controlling depth of field.

What will we cover?

- Photographing architectural and design features of bridges
- Photographing heritage sites in context
- Accessories relevant to architectural photography
- Exploring camera settings relevant to architectural photography
- Using ambient light sources: natural and artificial
- Photographic rights and responsibilities when photographing in public spaces.

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

- Choose appropriate lenses and other accessories for your photography
- Control depth of field through aperture settings
- Demonstrate use of relevant camera settings for intended effects
- Identify the technical demands of architectural photography
- Understand your rights to take photographs in public
- Create a small portfolio of digital images.

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

This is an intermediate course. It is recommended that students will already have undertaken the Photography for beginners course or equivalent, or have a good understanding of the manual functions on their camera. As this course takes place off-site you will need to be able to walk an average of 6.5 km (4 miles) per session. Some locations may have limited wheelchair accessibity, please contact the visual arts department to discuss.

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

You will be taught through demonstrations, practical exercises and work on location around London.

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

Please bring your camera and tripod (if you have one) to the classes, and a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes. City Lit has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. Come dressed for the weather and for walking as you will be outside for most of the day.

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

City Lit runs over 70 different photography courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to darkroom processing and using software packages. You might also be interested in our range of architecture courses studying all sorts of themes of the London cityscape. Browse the City Lit website to get inspired.

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.