London photography: River Thames
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: OS - Off Site
Course Code: VY596
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This series of walks is designed to introduce you to some of the photographic delights of London.
Through guided walks, you will learn about these locations and a range of skills and techniques to
photograph them effectively. Some of the walks will require a short tube journey, others are a short walk from City
Lit. The walks will last about 5 hours, so warm comfortable clothing and walking shoes are essential.
What will we cover?
- The basics of night and low light level photography
- Shutter speed settings and motion blur
- Aperture and shutter priority and manual functions.
- 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 for your image
- Control depth of field through aperture settings
- Demonstrate use of shutter speeds for intended effects
- Identify the technical demands of evening and night time photography.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course. You will be expected to have a knowledge of the basic manual functions of the
camera including aperture, shutter speeds, and ISO or have undertaken a beginner’s course in
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through the walks you will be given information about the area that can inform your photographic decisions. You
will be taught using a range of techniques including demonstrations, group and individual assistance and hand-outs.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera (if you have one) to the classes and you may wish to bring a notebook and pen. 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 (Kean St) is an annex and not part of the
main building; there is no reception. Please do not arrive more then 5 minutes before the start time of your class
and try the door before ringing the bell.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The City lit has over seventy different practical and theoretical photography courses.
You can search on the web site at www.citylit.ac.uk or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.
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.
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.