Photography for beginners: stage 2

Course Dates: 21/11/19 - 19/12/19
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.


What is the course about?

This course is an ideal follow-up to our 'Beginner's photograph course, or for anyone with a basic technical grounding. As well as revising and refreshing existing knowledge, you will learn new, slightly more advanced skills - from exposure use to selecting the right lens - and practise how to apply them across different themes and styles of photography.

What will we cover?

- Exploring themes and different styles of photographs.
- Experimenting with exposure readings.
- Photographing silhouettes.
- Use of different lenses.
- Looking at lighting and the use of shadow.
- Revision of manual functions of the camera.

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

- use the shutter speed and aperture controls (f-stops) on your camera effectively
- expose images correctly in relatively challenging situations, and use exposure as part of the creative process
- create silhouette images and deal with backlit situations
- know what type of lens to choose
- use light and shadows to create images.

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

This course is ideal for those who have completed our 'Photography for beginners' course - but you can join us without having done so, as long as you understand ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and know how to change these on your digital SLR or 35mm film camera (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'll need to 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 be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

In a supportive group environment, through demonstrations, illustrated lectures, practical exercises and individual assistance. You will regularly receive and be invited to contribute to positive critical feedback on your own and each other's photographs.

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

Please bring a notebook, a digital or 35mm film SLR camera with whatever lenses you have. If you do not have a camera you will be provided with one for use during the class. If you are using a film camera you will need to pay for up to three rolls of film, together with processing and printing - you can use colour or black and white. (Please note we do not sell or process film at City Lit). You will need to pay for any prints made outside of the class.

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?

You can 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.

Tutor Biographies
Sara Leigh Lewis Tutor Website

I am a photographer working within the fields of social, domestic and portrait photography . I have a Masters in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster. I have been teaching black and white darkroom printing and digital photography for the City Literary Institute and the Brightrooms since 2012.

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: VY748

Please choose a course date 

Thu, day, 21 Nov - 19 Dec '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £191.00
Concession: £146.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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