London's bridges: photography in context

Course Dates: 01/05/19 - 29/05/19
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Tutor: Grant Smith

Ever wish you could capture the beauty of the bridges spanning the Thames? Get down to the river with your camera and explore the diverse architectural designs of bridges on the Thames and elsewhere in London, discovering their history, and learning the secrets to successful architectural photography.


What is the course about?

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
- photograph design features of bridges efficiently.

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 'Beginners Photography: Stage 1' course or equivalent, or have a good understanding of the manual functions on their camera. As most of this course takes place off-site you will need to be able to walk an average of 1.5 km (1 mile) per session. Some locations may not be wheelchair accessible.

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

You will be taught through demonstrations, practical exercises, hand-outs, and work on location around London. The first session will start at City Lit's photography studio at 9 Kean Street.

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

Please bring your camera (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. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note we work on Apple Macs - PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to.

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.

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


Book your place

Course Code: VY980

Wed, day, 01 May - 29 May '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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