Our highly popular beginners course gives students a solid footing in photography and teaches you how to become master of your camera, whether you’re using compact or digital SLR.

It’s fun, practical and covers all the basics. From photographing friends to creating eye-catchy compositions this course will provide you with the core skills to make your photography stand out from the rest.

You will learn how to:

  • use different camera settings for creative effect
  • set a correct exposure in different modes and various situations
  • create strong images and unusual pictures

We get to shoot out on location with fun briefs and projects, with a brief introduction to photo editing in Photoshop depending on the group.

Locations visited are likely to include Covent Garden where we are based, and may also include nearby locations to vary our sibject material, usually within walking distance for these slightly shorter length sessions on Thursday evenings. Longer sessions on Saturday/ during our Holiday courses allow for some destinations by tube/ a bit further away.

Overview of course key points:

  • build skills
  • a bit of theory (or more, depending on the course and the group’s requests/interests)
  • lots of practical
  • fun and engaging, laughter, care, attention and be yourself
  • max. group size of 6
  • get to know/discover more of London – explore (e.g. Brick Lane, Green Park for wildlife in the park, Camden Town for street photography in the market, Embankment and South Bank for skate boards and graffitti, head to Greenwich by boat on the Thames, tunnnels for lighting and shutter speed tricks, portraiture and (almost) anything you can think of to capture with your cameras)
  • post-production and editing introduction using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Mango Lab certificate of attendance
  • an excellent meeting space for camera-enthusiasts looking to grow their creative and media skillsets.

This course can be used as a Skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. It also leads on to our Intermediate and Saturday courses where skills are refreshed and developed further.

Our 6:1 ratio means spaces are limited, so book early to secure your space.

Course requirement: Ideally a camera (DSLR or compact) with Manual mode (usually M, Av/A, Tv/S, P on the “mode dial”).
Loan cameras available (Nikon/Canon), so please contact us to enquire/ reserve if required.

Level: Beginners and upwards. Review, revise, play & advance.

Age range: 16-19 year olds (and a bit either side).
This is our older group. For younger Teens, see our Teens page.

Class size: 6

Any of our courses, whenever they run, can always count towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Skill.

 

And here is what one of our 16 year old Older Teens wrote for us about our Beginners courses:

“This course will introduce you to the skills needed in photography. They are the foundations that all photographers rely on. Each course is flexible; there is no ridged timetable, so you’re taught throughout the course based on what you learned the previous session.

South Bank skate-park

The course is broken down into a few stages, but they can be moved around depending on how the events flow!

©Charlotte

  1. Talking about interests and ideas as a group
    Explaining key features of the camera and understanding how to use them
    Practice taking photos using the skills you’ve just learned (mainly using ISO settings, shutter speeds, apertures and making sure focus is sharp)
  2. Shutter speed skills can be used for blurring and freezing and also tracking a subject
  3. Aperture skills allow you to explore depth of field
  4. Use the manual settings to creatively control how you capture photos
  5. Possible gallery visits to inspire and analyse professional photographers’ work
  6. Composition and how to build a photograph
  7. Introduction to Photoshop and/or Lightroom if the group would like to try photo editing

You’ll be given hand-outs with simple tips and instructions, so don’t worry if you find it hard to remember things at first! After a short while, the skills become second nature!

Our tutors will take you around London to various locations – as a group you can decide where you’d like to go. We want to make sure everyone feels interested in what they’re doing!

This course is specifically for older teens of ages 16 – 19. We know that some older teens will want to be around people their own age and with similar interests or plans for the future, so this will allow them to feel more relaxed in their environment and make new friends more easily.

If you’d like to take this course, you don’t need any prior experience as we start right from the beginning an dmove forward fairly quickly. You don’t need to have any specific GCSEs or be taking A Levels – just an enthusiastic attitude towards creativity and photography.

If you haven’t yet taken or chosen A Levels, this course could be an excellent way to decide whether it’s something you’d like to take at school / college. It’s also a great way to pick up some extra skills that could complement future courses.

  • No qualifications needed
  • Ideally a DSLR camera if you have one – if you don’t you can borrow one (no added cost)
  • A USB stick with approx. 16GB capacity
  • A memory card with approx. 16GB capacity (and space on it!)
  • (A tripod or other equipment – if you don’t have any, like the camera, you can borrow from us, for free)
  • A little money for tube /bus tickets (Oyster Card) and bring your own or buy snacks if the group needs an energy boost
  • Your mobile phone (CHARGED! Always useful!)
  • A bag you are comfortable to carry (size & capacity)
  • You need to be sure that you are comfortable with your commute to and from each session; we’re based in Covent Garden
  • Your creative brain! But we will guide you if you feel you don’t have this yet…!

There are a number of different careers this could help with, whether you want to do photography full time or as a handy hobby!

Ideas include:

  • Photographer
  • Documentarist
  • Travel writer

    © Maya @TheMangoLab

  • Journalist
  • Graphic designer
  • Artist
  • Author
  • Illustrator
  • Magazine editor / layout designer
  • TV / film camera operator
  • Advertising art director
  • Photo / film editor
  • Media planner
  • Teacher
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Web designer

On location portraiture

River Thames sunsets

Experimenting with wildlife and macro!

Speedy!

 


AFTER SCHOOL THURSDAYS | Beginners Digital Photography & Developing Further Skills – for 16-19 year olds


6pm-7.30pm Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat. 4 week courses, then join the next set of 4 weeks to progress. NEW MATERIAL added each course.

SEPTEMBER
Thursdays
12, 19, 26 September, 3 October | 6pm-7.30pm Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.

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OCTOBER
Thursdays
10, 17 October – then Half-term break – 7 November, 14 November | 6pm-7.30pm Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.

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NOVEMBER
Thursdays
21, 28 November 5, 12 December | 6pm-7.30pm Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.

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3 COURSES: Whole Autumn term – GET  20% DSCOUNT if you book all 3 autumn Thursday courses at the same time: Suitable for DofE’s 12 weeks. TELEPHONE OFFER ONLY: ring us on 0203 002 4991. Expires Tuesday 10 September 2019.
Thursdays 12, 19, 26 September, 3, 10, 17 October – then Half-term break – 7, 14, 21, 28 November, 5, 12 December
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Any of our courses, whenever they run, can always count towards your Extra Skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Book here online or ring us to book on 0203 002 4991, or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk.


WEEKENDS: SATURDAYS term-time | Beginners Digital Photography


SEPTEMBER
Saturdays
14, 21, 28 September, 5 October, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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Saturdays 14, 21, 28 September, 5 October, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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OCTOBER
Saturdays
12, 19 October (Half-term: no class 26 Oct & 2 Nov), 9, 16 November, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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Saturdays 12, 19 October (Half-term: no class 26 Oct & 2 Nov), 9, 16 November, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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– SEE OUR OCTOBER HALF-TERM PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINNERS and CREATIVE COURSES HERE BELOW –

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER
Saturdays 23, 30 November, 7, 14 December, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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Saturdays 23, 30 November, 7, 14 December, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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Any of our courses, whenever they run, can always count towards your Extra Skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Book here online or ring us to book on 0203 002 4991, or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk.

 


OCTOBER HALF-TERM 2019 | Weekdays

Week 1: Monday 14 – Thursday 17 October
Week 2: Monday 21 – Thursday 24 October
Week 3: Monday 28 – Thursday 31 October

BEGINNERS Digital Photography for 16-19 year olds – OLDER TEENS – see student work here


Week 1: Monday 14 October – Thursday 17 October / Friday 18 October (14, 15, 16, 17 (18) October)
Mon 14 – Thurs 17 Oct | 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total, 4 mornings)  £342 (inc vat)
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Mon 14 – Thurs 17 Oct | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total, 4 afternoons)  £342 (inc vat)
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One day ONLY! Thurs 17 Oct | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2:30-5:30pm MORNING & AFTERNOON (6 hours total, 1 morning and 1 afternoon)  £171 (inc vat)
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One day ONLY! Fri 18 Oct | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2:30-5:30pm MORNING & AFTERNOON (6 hours total, 1 morning and 1 afternoon)  £171 (inc vat)
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Week 2: Monday 21 October – Thursday 24 October (21, 22, 23, 24 October)
Mon 21 – Thurs 24 October | 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total, 4 mornings)  £342 (inc vat)
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Mon 21 – Thurs 24 October | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total, 4 afternoons)  £342 (inc vat)
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Week 3: Monday 28 October – Thursday 31 October (28, 29, 30, 31 October)
Mon 28 – Thurs 31 Oct | 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total, 4 mornings)  £342 (inc vat)
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Mon 28 – Thurs 31 Oct | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total, 4 afternoons)  £342 (inc vat)
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Any of our courses, whenever they run, can always count towards your Extra Skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Book here online or ring us to book on 0203 002 4991, or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk.


CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 2019 | Weekdays

Week 1: Thursday 12 / Friday 13 Dec – one day courses
Week 2: Monday 16 Dec – Thursday 19 Dec
Week 3: Mon 23 Dec – 1 day course (last minute Christmas present making!)

Week 1: Thursday 12 / Friday 13 Dec – one day courses
Thurs 12 December | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2:30-5:30pm MORNING & AFTERNOON (ONE DAY workshop: 6 hours total, 1 morning and 1 afternoon) £175 (inc vat)
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Friday 13 December | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2:30-5:30pm MORNING & AFTERNOON (ONE DAY workshop: 6 hours total, 1 morning and 1 afternoon) £175 (inc vat)
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Week 2: Monday 16 Dec – Thursday 19 Dec
Mon 16 – Thurs 19 December | 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total, 4 mornings)  £342 (inc vat)
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Mon 16 – Thurs 19 December | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total, 4 afternoons)  £342 (inc vat)
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Week 3: Mon 23 Dec – 1 day course (last minute Christmas present making! Print cards, etc.)
Mon 23 Dec | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2:30-5:30pm MORNING & AFTERNOON (ONE DAY workshop: 6 hours total, 1 morning and 1 afternoon) £175 (inc vat)
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Any of our courses, whenever they run, can always count towards your Extra Skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Book here online or ring us to book on 0203 002 4991, or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk. We always like to chat so give us a call!

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