Street photography course

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 18/05/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Enjoy capturing the vibrancy and drama of streetlife with your camera. On this practical course you will learn effective composition, maximising light, responding quickly to events, being unobtrusive, and the legalities and ethics of streetlife photography.


What is the course about?

On this practical course you will learn how to use photography to explore and express stories of street culture. You will learn how to anticipate and capture events as they rapidly unfold involving a range of aesthetic and technical decisions and knowledge. You will develop skills in strengthening the narrative of your image through composition, the effective use of available light, use of shutter speed and depth of field. As well as benefitting from an exploration of the work of top practitioners in this exciting genre you will develop an awareness of the ethics and legalities involved and the communication skills and knowledge necessary to negotiate permissions and assert rights.

What will we cover?

- Examples of Street Photography by leading practitioners.
- Observing and Constructing narrative
- anticipating for and responding quickly to unfolding events
- Composing the shot
- Using available light
- Capturing movement
- Relative advantages of manual and automatic settings in Street photography
- Practical, ethical and legal considerations.
- Negotiating permissions and asserting rights.

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

- Identify some of the Street photography images of leading practitioners
- Understand what constitutes an effective street Photograph.
- Use a range of techniques for anticipating for and responding quickly to unfolding events
- Compose a shot to enhance drama and narrative
- Maximise use of available light
- capture movement and stillness
- understand the relative advantages and disadvantages of using the manual or automatic controls of your camera.
- understand the key ethical and legal considerations and requirements in Street Photography.

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

Ideal for those who have completed our 'Beginners Photography: Stage 1' course, or for anyone with a basic understanding of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR or bridge camera (i.e. not a point-and-shoot camera). You must have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings).

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 able to use numbers and be 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 a series of talks, handouts, demonstrations and practical exercises. You will be encouraged to practise in your own time to embed the skills and information covered on the course.

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

Please bring your camera and ideally a notebook. If you don't have your own camera, City Lit has digital SLRs which you are welcome to borrow during the hours of the course.

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. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired. To find out more details about a course enter the subject name in the search box at

Tutor Biographies
Grant Smith Tutor Website

Grant Smith is an Australian born photographer, residing in London, with an extensive knowledge of London’s architecture. He has photographed the construction of the O2, the Gherkin, Terminal 5, the Scalpel and the new roof garden in the City, 10 Fenchurch Avenue. His work is used in magazines, periodicals and journals and websites. It is often featured in architectural monographs, books about particular projects and corporate brochures. He has contributed photographs to several books devoted to London's architecture. He is a passionate defender of the public realm as a free public space. He has been teaching at City Lit for nearly 10 years and enjoys watching the progress of students as they continue to awaken their visual awareness of their environment. City Lit provides a nurturing learning environment for students of all abilities and experience and we are fortunate to have a well equipped photographic studio. Smith also runs photo tours of the City, as well as taking on photography commissions for architects, developers and engineers.

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: VY406

Please choose a course date 

Mon, day, 20 Apr - 18 May '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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