Photography workshop: composition and colour

Course Dates: 23/03/20 - 06/04/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results.


What is the course about?

This course will introduce you to the craft of composing beautiful photographs and exploring colour controls creatively. We'll look at shapes, lines, colours, lighting, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls to improve your results.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“ Excellent. I learned lots of things about use of colour, texture, form and how to look better to make more interesting pictures.”
“Expertise of tutor (Armelle). Well planned sessions. Content delivered appropriately.”
“I likes the conceptual flavour given to learning photographic technique.”
“Attention to the detail of composition and all its elements - often glossed over in other courses.”
“Armelle is great - would definitely enrol on a course with her again. She was easy to understand and her love of photography and art is catching. Thanks.”


What will we cover?

- Framing and cropping
- Understanding and applying the ‘Rule of Thirds’
- Light direction and light quality
- Exploring shapes, lines, patterns, textures, and juxtaposition
- Explore colour, black and white, and shadows
- Semi-automatic and manual exposure controls.

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

- use simple framing and cropping techniques creatively
- apply the 'rule of thirds' to produce balanced compositions
- explore light direction and light quality to emphasise physical characteristics of the scene
- capture shapes, lines, patterns, and textures creatively
- explore colour, black and white, and shadows creatively
- Control semi-automatic and manual exposure confidently.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“ I discovered a lot of new photographers and now understand photography.”

“Lots of suggestions for future research.”


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

The course is ideal for people with some experience of photography; having some background knowledge of basic photographic technique is useful but not essential. Basic written English skills and an interest in photography are more important.

You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared 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 workshops, short presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises, and hand outs. Please note we'll be working on Apple Mac computers.

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

Please bring your camera (if you have one), and you may wish to bring a notebook and pen. 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 PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to).
The City Lit photography studio (on Kean St) is an annex and not part of the main building; there is no reception, so please do not arrive more then 5 minutes before the start time of your class and do try the door before ringing the bell.

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. 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 has a wide range of courses covering practical and creative elements of photography, from wildlife or fashion photography, to starting your own photography business. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.


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Taking photography up a notch
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Review by Peter J / (Posted on 17/12/2019)
The tutor makes this short course thoroughly enjoyable whilst boosting my knowledge of photography history, development and my own use of the camera.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/10/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Armelle Skatulski

I am a fine art photographer and lecturer who has worked for leading arts institutions such as the Whitechapel Gallery (London), the Gallery of Photography (Dublin), the National College of Art & Design of Ireland, and more recently as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. I am committed to the Lifelong Learning sector through my work with organizations such as CityLit as well as through outreach projects. I am a graduate of the School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College (London). I am presently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art for which I was granted a TECHNE doctoral scholarship by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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: VY555

Please choose a course date 

Mon, day, 23 Mar - 06 Apr '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

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