London photography: evening walks in the city

Course Dates: 11/05/20 - 01/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

See familiar London sights differently and develop your skills in night and low-light-level photography by exploring the city with your camera on a series of fascinating evening photo walks. Join an expert photographer on routes around five different areas - The City, Theatreland, River Thames and Green Park, and Statues and Squares in the West End - using each walk to focus on a different photographic technique, with professional-looking results.


What is the course about?

Explore London and develop your skills in night and low-light-level photography through a series of five evening photography walks around familiar areas of London - The City, Theatreland, River Thames and Green Park, and Statues and Squares in the West End. An expert photographer will lead each walk and guide you through skills including recognising the optimum time of evening to shoot, understanding shutter speed and other manual camera settings, using different light sources, and capturing motion blur and light trails.

What will we cover?

- The basics of night and low-light-level photography
- Shutter speed settings and motion blur
- Using artificial and ambient light sources
- Working safely and legally on the streets
- Your photographic rights when photographing in public
- Aperture and shutter priority and manual functions.

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

- understand your rights to take photographs in public
- choose an appropriate lens for your image
- demonstrate use of shutter speed movement to achieve different results, including motion blur and light trails
- recognise the optimum time to take night photography
- use aperture priority function to achieve maximum and minimum depth of field.

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

This is an intermediate level class. You should be able to operate the manual functions of your camera, and have an interest in architecture and the built environment.

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

You will be taught via demonstrations and practical guidance during the course of short walks around London.

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

You should bring camera, a tripod if you have one, and comfortable walking shoes. City Lit does have cameras and tripods you may borrow during lesson time if required.

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. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. 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 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 or prospectus to get inspired.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VY957

Mon, eve, 11 May - 01 Jun '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

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