Photography and Media courses for 16-19 Year Olds, Older Teens

Welcome! Your journey developing your visual, photography, film and creative skills has just started on an exciting new path! Read on.

We grow confidence and vision. It’s why we started The Mango Lab and we’ve realised over time (we’re now in our 10th year, so we have a lot of experience and know what we’re doing!) this is still the core of what we do and how and why we run our courses.
So whatever course you’re joining us for and whatever your skill level, background, interests, we always do our utmost to build your confidence in the skills we are teaching you, in communiciating to share ideas together (and always gently as we know people can be shy and we all have our varying personaliities, so we cater for all of these too) – so you can be sure you are in a fun, caring and creative place!

Do come by to meet us beforehand if you wish (do get in touch first, as we are quite often out on location) or give us a call: 0203 002 4991. We’re always happy to chat!
And we hope to see you soon!

©Yasmina

©Charlotte

The Mango Lab guiding students to look for unusual photography – at the top of the London Eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All our courses can be used towards Extra Skills for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Our Older Teens: 16-19 Year Olds photography and media courses run during term-time on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, school holidays, half-terms and on custom days as one-to-ones or organsied groups at or from our studio in Covent Garden or elsewhere if needed, e.g. for parties.
Phone us for more information, to find out about how we run our courses and to book! 0203 002 4991

From a (now) older Mango Teen Photographer, who has just been offered a place at Unversity to study Photojournalism! Congratulations!! She says:
“…I love Photography A Level. I’m so grateful for everything you taught me and all the fun at Mango Lab – it really did spark my love for photography! Hope you’re well and mango lab is still so much fun! 🙂 x”  Yay! Well done, E!!!

Recent Teens’ testimonials:
“Brilliant!!!”
“SOOOO glad I found you!”
“Thank you for everything you’ve taught me :))  I’m so grateful for it
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“I had so much fun this week!”
“Thanks again for everything!”
“I just wanted to say thank you for the course… I learnt a lot!”
“I loved the freedom you gave us to experiment creatively.”
“I want to say how much I enjoyed the course. It was lots of fun and I learnt so much. You have opened my eyes so so many different aspects of photography.” MP
“Thank you for an amazing week!” PJ
“…stimulating and very rewarding” GG
“I can’t wait to come back.” EB
And LOTS more!

Recent parents’ testimonials:
“She has photography skills other people are envious of, and you taught her those! And she’s just had 2 unconditional offers for photography at university!” SN
“When she gets back from class each day we have to all sit down and hear everything she did! She’s so excited by it all!” NC
“There’s not much she likes getting up for on Saturdays, but she won’t miss Photography with you! So glad we found you!” BC
“They absolutely loved it! We’ll definitely be back for more!”
“T.. absolutely loved the course! Came home buzzing with creativity every day. Thank you so much. Mango Lab gets top rating from us.”
“Many thanks … for the fun and educational course this week. It was great to see how engaged S… was and to hear what she had learned and seen each day. It was definitely a step up in terms of expectations of independence and life skills too, which was so good for her. Thank you for taking such good care of her.”
“We are delighted with her photographs… Lovely! Really proud of her! So happy to have found your course!”
“P.. has come home absolutely buzzing and full of enthusiasm and confidence for her future career. She absolutely loved the course.”
“Thank you again for inspiring my daughter and helping her to believe in her own abilities.”

* Beginners * Intermediate * Advanced *
Macro, Wildlife, Portraiture, Photojournalism, Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Filming with DSLR, Movie editing with Premiere Pro, Minimalism, Concept Photography, Black and White, Create an Exhibition, and lots more! See here below…


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


January to June & Summer 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!


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


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.
For more details on our Beginners course for 16-19 year old Older Teens check it out here.

All our courses 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.

Course requirement: None! We provide free loan DSLR cameras, so please contact us if you would like to borrow a camera to create images 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.

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

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


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.


16-19 year olds INTERMEDIATE Digital Photography – Cameras and Creative Design – see student work here


6pm-7.30pm 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-FEBRUARY
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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 Any of our courses, whenever they run, can always count towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Skill.


WEEKENDS: SATURDAYS term-time


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


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


16-19 year olds INTERMEDIATE Digital Photography: CAMERAS AND CREATIVE DESIGN (subject material determined by the group) – click here for more course info


JANUARY-FEBRUARY
Saturdays 18, 25 Jan, 1, 8 Feb, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat) – (plus any books, postcards or similar printing costs you may decide to produce based on the designs built in the course)
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Saturdays 18, 25 Jan, 1, 8 Feb, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat) – (plus any books, postcards or similar printing costs you may decide to produce based on the designs built in the course)
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MARCH
Saturdays
7, 14, 21, 28 March, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat) – (plus any books, postcards or similar printing costs you may decide to produce based on the designs built in the course)
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Saturdays 7, 14, 21, 28 March, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat) – only 1 space left – (plus any books, postcards or similar printing costs you may decide to produce based on the designs built in the course)
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Book online, ring us on 0203 002 4991, or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk.
Please get in touch for more information. Places are limited, so please book in good time to secure the dates that suit you! 0203 002 4991

 


FEBRUARY HALF-TERM 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 (or £402 if including tickets for Adrenaline course)
One day courses: 10am-1pm – lunch – 2-5pm, 6 hours total £175
(Our 6 hours course with fewer hours (half of our 12 hours) offers a bit less learning and less consolidation of the skills. Our experience has taught us the 12 hour courses work best for remembering new skills, but we offer the shorter option as we know it helps if dates are tricky and time limited, travel to London is easier for just one day, etc.)

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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16-19 year olds INTERMEDIATE Digital Photography


FEBRUARY HALF-TERM

16-19 year olds BEGINNERS PLUS / INTERMEDIATE | February Half-term
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
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Fri 14 Feb | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm MORNING & AFTERNOON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
6 hours total ONE DAY only £175 inc vat
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Week 1:
Mon 17 – Thurs 20 Feb | 10am-1pm Mornings WILDLIFE & MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
12 hours total, £342 inc vat plus entrance ticket to the zoo, if we decide to go as a group
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Mon 17 – Thurs 20 Feb | 2:30-5:30pm Afternoons ADRENALINE LONDON!
12 hours total, £402 inc vat and tickets to adrenaline activities
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Fri 21 Feb | 10am-1pm – then lunch break – 2-5pm Morning & Afternoon PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOSHOP
6 hours total ONE DAY only £175 inc vat
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Week 2:
Mon 24 – Thurs 27 Feb | 10am-1pm Mornings PHOTOJOURNALISM Photography
12 hours total, £342 inc vat
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Mon 24 – Thurs 27 Feb | 2:30-5:30pm Afternoons SECRET LONDON Photography
12 hours total, £342 inc vat
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Mon 24 – Thurs 27 Feb | 2:30-5:30pm Afternoons PREMIERE PRO filming with DSLR and editing
12 hours total, £342 inc vat
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Fri 28 February | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm Mornings & Afternoons MACRO MAGIC with PHOTOSHOP
6 hours total ONE DAY only £175 inc vat
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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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16-19 year olds BEGINNERS PLUS & INTERMEDIATE courses


Mon-Thurs courses: choose from 10am-1pm MORNINGS or 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS 12 hours total £342 inc vat (or £402 if including tickets for Adrenaline course)
One day courses: 10am-1pm – lunch – 2-5pm, 6 hours total £175

Mon 30 March – Thurs 2 April | 10am-1pm MORNINGS CAMERAS AND CREATIVE DESIGN
12 hours total  £342 (inc vat)
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Mon 30 March – Thurs 2 April | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS PROJECTS & PORTFOLIOS
12 hours total  £342 (inc vat)
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Fri 3 Apr | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOSHOP
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 ADRENALINE LONDON!
12 hours total  £402 (inc vat)
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Mon 6 – Thurs 9 April | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
12 hours total  £342 (inc vat)
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Fri 10 Apr | 10am-1pm – lunch break – 2-5pm MACRO CLOSE-UP and MINI LANDSCAPES
6 hours total £175 inc vat. ONE DAY course
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Week 2: Tues 14 – Fri 17 April
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Tues 14 – Fri 17 April | 10am-1pm MORNINGS WILDLIFE and MACRO CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY
12 hours total  £342 (inc vat)
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Tues 14 – Fri 17 April | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS SUN, SHADOW and LIGHTING PORTRAITURE
To include visit to London Hat Week for fashion portraiture inspiration: 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 STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
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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 MORNINGS CAMERAS AND CREATIVE DESIGN
6 hours total £175 (inc vat) TWO DAY course
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Mon 21 – Tues 22 April | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS ADRENALINE LONDON!
6 hours total £175 (inc vat) TWO DAY course
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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 or 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

 

 

Some of our course descriptions

Intermediate/Beginners Plus: Cameras and Creative Design course

This course is aimed at those of you who already have some photography knowledge or who have attended out beginners course, and want to up your skills.
There are two parts and this varies each time we run it, taking inspiration in part from the group’s interests but always looking to build inspiration and further your skills in creative photography.

Part 1. Camera Intermediate Skills pushes Older Teens to challenge their use of their cameras more extensively than in our Beginners course. We look (depending on each group) at metering, track focusing and other functions in more depth. Flash is also covered as many decidedly “hate” flash, until they know how to use it… It’s actually simpler than you think! But you need to know how, so we show you.

And through experimenting together you will build projects over two weeks with a view to turning them in to print in the final two weeks of this course.

Additional subjects will include using analogue (film) cameras, such as Toy Cameras (Holga, Lomos, polaroid, etc.). Bring your own or borrow ours.

Our lighting studio also awaits, with a variety of lights and light sculpting tools such as reflectors, grids, snoots, softboxes and more. By experimenting with different angles of lights and sculpting methods we look at why and how photographers create their vision within an image.

Part 2. Create your own cards, book, poster, calendar, invitation (for example using collage) and more. Or build a portfolio. The creative design part of this course is held at our studio using our computers. You will be introduced to Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and possibly InDesign skills for the layout of images, viewing the creative sense of space, choice of font and why, how images work together and how text can change the message of a photograph. Additional points covered include:

©Eillish – Time-lapse photography and photoshop

  • Some examples and layouts
  • Binding (basic types, better methods)
  • How to place important elements in the gutter and how this affects your images
  • Double-page spreads & margins
  • The grid
  • Finished layout and elements on the page
  • Typography & fonts
  • Colourand see how your amazing creation takes on a tangible form!

Who is this course for: Perfect for anyone presenting exam work, pitching to colleges, producing a product you can hold in your hands – or as a gift for someone – rather than only view online, to refine your skills and, of course, just for fun!

Level: Beginners Plus – Intermediate

Class size: 6.

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

 

Exploring Photographic Genres: Art, Documentary and Studio Photography course

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED: EXPLORING PHOTOGRAPHIC GENRES; ART, DOCUMENTARY AND STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY

This course will draw from a range of skills and enables you to get a feel for which areas of photography interest you most.

We start with those “complex” aperture numbers and build on the use of macro lenses, as a Wildlife Photographer uses for flora and fauna (bees, moss, leaves etc.).
We will then add the use of reflectors and light, using on-camera and external flash units so you get to try these out for yourself and test out portraiture (and modelling!).
And then, stretching the boundaries of what you can do with photography, we will look at some science alongside some weird and wonderful uses, drawing from time-lapse, microscopy and more.
Further, we will also be exploring alternative photographic processes to pave the way for the artisan and design photographer in you!
We’re inspired by your excitement at the range we are introducing you to and hope to see some new as well as familiar faces for this wide-ranging photography course!

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 in you would like to borrow a camera for this course and to book a space.
Macro lenses, zoom lenses and external flash will be provided, but bring your own if you have. Call and talk to us if you want more information and to book:
0203 002 4991

Level: Beginners plus, Intermediate and upwards.
Review, revise, experiment & advance.
Highly suitable for anyone doing Art(s)/Media at school or college, or wanting to progress to arts in higher educaiton.

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

Class size: 6

Please call us on 0203 002 4991, email info@themangolab.co.uk, or book here on our website to secure your place.