Our highly popular beginners course gives Older Teens a solid footing in photography and teaches you how to become master of your camera, whether you’re using compact or digital SLR. Great for (potential) GCSE Photography or Art students, if you’re looking for your Duke of Edinburgh Extra Skill or want to know how your camera works and become a proficient photographer.

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: None! We provide free loan DSLR cameras, so please contact us if you would like to borrow a camera for this course for this course and we will reserve one for you. Or bring your own and learn what all the settings and buttons do, and more – ideally it would have M, Tv/S, Av/A and P programme modes.
Computers will be provided or bring your own laptop (usually for the last class, depending on the course you are doing) with the correct software already loaded and working.

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

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

Any of our courses, whenever they run, can always count towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme Ezxtra 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!

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

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You’ll be given hand-outs with 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 through lots of engaging practical!

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 (free!)
  • A USB stick with approx. 16GB capacity allows you to take away your images and edited images
  • A memory card with approx. 8-16GB capacity (and space on it!) if you are bringing your own camera
  • (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 (Zip/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 get you started with, whether you want to do photography full time or as a handy hobby!

Ideas include:

  • Photographer
  • Documentarist
  • Travel writer
  • 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 zoom lenses

Capturing speed


2020 SPRING TERM-TIME, HALF-TERM(S) & EASTER & SUMMER


January to April 2020

16-19 year olds OLDER TEENS BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE AND MORE ADVANCED Digital Photography

Scroll downwards to see February Half-term, Easter, May Half-term Holiday courses & May-June term-time courses. And summer courses too!


AFTER SCHOOL TUESDAY and THURSDAY EVENINGS – Beginners


6pm-7.30pm Choose from Tuesday or Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.
Book 3 courses to complete your 12 weeks Extra Skill Duke of Edinburgh this spring!
4 weeks, then join the next set of 4 weeks to progress. New material added each course.

JANUARY 2020
TUESDAY evenings 14, 21, 28 Jan, 4 Feb | 6pm-7.30pm Tuesday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.
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THURSDAY evenings 16, 23, 30 Jan, 6 Feb | 6pm-7.30pm Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.
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MARCH
TUESDAY evenings 3, 10, 17, 24 March | 6pm-7.30pm Tuesday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.
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THURSDAY evenings 5, 12, 19, 26 March | 6pm-7.30pm Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.
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ONLINE OPTION COMING SOON – for distance learning.

This course and all our courses can be used as a Skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.


WEEKENDS: SATURDAYS term-time – Beginners


JANUARY-FEBRARY
Saturdays
18, 25 Jan, 1, 8 Feb, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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Saturdays 18, 25 Jan, 1, 8 Feb, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat) – only 3 spaces left
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MARCH
Saturdays
7, 14, 21, 28 March, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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Saturdays 7, 14, 21, 28 March, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
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ONLINE OPTION COMING SOON – for distance learning.

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FEBRUARY HALF-TERM COURSES


16-19 year olds BEGINNERS Digital Photography

Fri 14 Feb | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat. ONE DAY only
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Week 1: Monday 17 – Thursday 20 February (12 hours total) £342 inc vat / one-day courses: Friday 21 Feb (6 hours total) £175
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Mon 17 – Thurs 20 Feb | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
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Mon 17 – Thurs 20 Feb | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat
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Fri 21 Feb | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm (6 hours total) ONE DAY only, £175 inc vat
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Week 2: Monday 24 – Thursday 27 February / one-day courses: Friday 28 February
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Mon 24 – Thurs 27 Feb | 10am-1pm MORNINGS
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Mon 24 – Thurs 27 Feb | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS
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Friday 28 February | 10am-1pm – then lunch break – 2:30-5:30pm MORNING & AFTERNOON (6 hours total, 1 morning and 1 afternoon)  £175 (inc vat) ONE DAY
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Book here online or phone us to find out more or to book directly: 0203 002 4991.


EASTER COURSES


16-19 year olds BEGINNERS Digital Photography
Mon-Thurs courses: choose from 10am-1pm MORNINGS or 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS 12 hours total £342 inc vat
One day courses: 10am-1pm – lunch – 2-5pm, 6 hours total £175

Mon 30 March – Thurs 2 April | 10am-1pm MORNINGS
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Mon 30 March – Thurs 2 April | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS
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Fri 3 Apr | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm (6 hours total) £175 inc vat. ONE DAY course
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Week 1: Monday 6 – Thursday 9 April (12 hours total) £342 inc vat / one-day courses: Friday 10 April (6 hours total) £175
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Mon 6 – Thurs 9 April | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
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Mon 6 – Thurs 9 April | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat
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Fri 10 Apr | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm (6 hours total) £175 inc vat. ONE DAY course
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Week 2: Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 April / one-day courses: Friday 18 April
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Tues 14 – Fri 17 April | 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total) £342 (inc vat)
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Tues 14 – Fri 17 April | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOON (12 hours total) £342 (inc vat)
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Fri 17 Apr | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm (6 hours total) £175 inc vat. ONE DAY course
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Week 3: Mon 21 – Tues 22 / two-day courses: Mon 21 & Tues 22
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Mon 21 – Tues 22 April | 10am-1pm – lunch – 2-5pm TWO DAYS
12 hours total  £342 (inc vat)
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Book here online or phone us to find out more or to book directly: 0203 002 4991.


SUMMER TERM-TIME COURSES


16-19 year olds BEGINNERS Digital Photography
16-19 year olds INTERMEDIATE Photography courses

TERM-TIME April-June
Tuesdays evenings 21, 28 April, 5, 12 May
Thursday evenings 23, 30 Apr, 7, 14 May
Saturdays mornings or afternoons 25 Apr, 2, 9, 16 May

MAY HALF-TERM
One day Easter courses: Fri 22 May
Week 1: Tues 26 May – Fri 29 May
One day Easter courses: Mon 31 Ma

TERM-TIME June
Tuesdays evenings 2, 9, 16, 23 June
Thursday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 June
Saturdays mornings and afternoons: 6, 13, 20, 27 June


SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSES


16-19 year olds BEGINNERS Digital Photography
16-19 year olds INTERMEDIATE Photography courses

June, July, August – to follow

 

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.

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