Photography for beginners: stage 1 with Adobe Lightroom

Course Dates: 13/05/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 18:15 - 21:15
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly to produce impressive photographs, then learn to use Adobe Lightroom to edit, manipulate and manage your images.


What is the course about?

Getting to know your digital camera through a series of practical sessions guiding you through technical basics including shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Once you're familiar with the camera you'll get to grips with the many tricks of Adobe Lightoom to edit, manipulate and manage your images on the computer, for really professional-looking results.

What will we cover?

- How to use your digital camera, including aperture, shutter speed and ISO
- Importing digital images from your camera to the computer
- Using Lightoom for adjusting and improving your images, including cropping, rotating, tone and colour adjustment and sharpening.
- Preparing images for print and/or web
- Printing using inkjet printers.

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

- use the aperture/shutter priority settings, flash and macro settings on your camera
- import digital images from your camera to the computer
- use Adobe Lightroom to adjust and improve your images
- output images for web and social media
- print a digital image using an inkjet printer.

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

This course is for complete beginners or for anyone needing a technical refresher. You will need to have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings). Most students will have digital SLR or bridge cameras. This course is NOT suitable for film cameras.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited 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?

You will be taught through structured talks and lectures, demonstrations and practical work. Each student will have their own computer workstation for practical work, and access to good quality scanners and printers. All work is done at your own pace and follows an easily-understood structure.
Use of Adobe Photoshop outside the class will be beneficial which can be downloaded from for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://

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

You will need a camera which has manual settings for aperture and shutter speed, although there will be access to digital cameras during practical sessions if you do not have one. Please bring some images with you to your first class, either on a memory stick or on your camera card. Please note that all computer work will be done on Apple Macs.
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?

Develop your interest in photography further through a range of creative and practical photography courses at City Lit, from wildlife or fashion photography, to starting your own photography business. Browse the full list to get inspired.


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Eye opening course!
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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.

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Course Code: VY721

Wed, eve, 13 May - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £379.00
Senior fee: £379.00
Concession: £231.00

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