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 day.

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

In-studio photography

  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 and making sure focus is sharp)
  2. Shutter speed skills such as blurring or tracking a subject
  3. Aperture skills and exploring depth of field
  4. Using 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. You don’t need to have any specific GCSEs or 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)
  • Money for train tickets (Oyster Card) and snacks
  • 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


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

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  • 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!


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