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

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

We are currently running courses with lots of creative ideas using mobile phones as well as DSLRs in face-to-face online tutorials with flexible times to fit with schedules. Get in touch to be inspired!
Keep safe, keep creative!

Contact us at 0203 002 4991 or info@themangolab.co.uk to discuss our online courses, distance learning, activity and one-to-one options.

We suggest you are careful and aware when putting a camera up to your eyes, nose or mouth at this time, and if you have a camera that you use it on live view if it has that option (contact us if you need guidance on this). We are also running photography courses with students learning on mobile phones which are very good interim cameras.

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 (after the coronavirus time) to meet us beforehand if you wish (please 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.

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…


SUMMER TERM-TIME April-June, MAY HALF-TERM & SUMMER HOLIDAYS – ONLINE face-to-face until further notice


16-19 year olds BEGINNERS Digital Photography
16-19 year olds INTERMEDIATE Photography courses – variours subejcts, including software training and portfolio reviews


WEEKDAY / WEEKEND COURSES – DAYTIME or EVENINGS, CUSTOM TIMES ONLINE face-to-face


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

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!
Just charge your phone or DSLR if you have one and learn what the settings and buttons do, and loads about creative vision – ideally a digital camera would have M, Tv/S, Av/A and P programme modes. During lockdown we are successfully training students on phones and cameras, with skills ready for much wider use later on.
We usually provide free loan DSLR cameras but this is obviously not possible during lockdown, so please contact us if you would like to borrow a camera for courses later on (although we don’t yet know when this will be) to create images and we will reserve one for you for the course. Or use/bring your own and learn what all the settings and buttons do.
After lockdown once we are back to normal: Computers are also usually provided or use/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: Online, either individual or 3-4 students per tutor. (In studio when running again: 6.)

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

3 hours Beginners Photography & Camera training – remote, with professional photographer and expert tutor online  £85 inc vat.
Custom times, divided over days, weeks or more: you let us know what works for you, how frequently, etc. We suggest sessions of 1-1.5 hours per session for most students. 
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6 hours Beginners Photography & Camera training – remote, with tutor online  £175 inc vat.
Custom times: you let us know what works for you, how frequently, etc. We suggest sessions of 1-1.5 hours per session for most students. 
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12 hours Beginners Photography & Camera training – remote, with tutor online  £342 inc vat.
This is our usual course length which covers all the basics, practical and a session on editing, and more – a solid foundation to get your new skill started.
Custom times: you let us know what works for you, how frequently, etc. We suggest sessions of 1-1.5 hours per session for most students which you could space out to cover several weeks.

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This course and all our courses can be used as a Skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
Book here online or phone us to find out more or to book directly/discuss times: 0203 002 4991 or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk


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.

JUNE 2020
TUESDAY evenings 2, 9, 16, 23 June | 6pm-7.30pm Tuesday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.
Ring us or email for details or to book: 0203 002 4991.

THURSDAY evenings 4, 11, 18, 25 June | 6pm-7.30pm Thursday EVENINGS (6 hours total)  £175 inc vat.
Ring us or email for details or to book: 0203 002 4991.

 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 – We are adjusting timings to suit online learning. Please bear with us and ring us for details: 0203 002 4991.


JUNE 2020
Saturdays
6, 13, 20, 27 June, 10am-1pm MORNINGS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
Ring us or email for details or to book: 0203 002 4991.

Saturdays 6, 13, 20, 27 June, 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS (12 hours total)  £342 (inc vat)
Ring us or email for details or to book: 0203 002 4991.

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

We are adjusting timings to suit online learning. Please bear with us and ring us for details: 0203 002 4991.


JUNE 2020
Saturdays
6, 13, 20, 27 June, 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)
Ring us or email for details or to book: 0203 002 4991.

Saturdays 6, 13, 20, 27 June, 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)
Ring us or email for details or to book: 0203 002 4991.

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

 

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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

 


SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSES – ONLINE face-to-face until further notice

Phone us for to find out more and to book online (until further notice) sessions 0203 002 4991.
In usual times all our photography and media courses run during term-time on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, during school holidays Mondays-Thursdays, 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.


Teens BEGINNERS Digital Photography | these run in all weeks
Teens INTERMEDIATE Photography courses | a wide variety of subjects! Schedule coming soon

JUNE
Week A
Mon 15 – Thus 18 June | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 15 – Thus 18 June | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week B
Mon 22 – Thurs 25 June | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 22 – Thurs 25 June | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week C
Mon 29 June – Thurs 2 July | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 29 June – Thurs 2 July | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

JULY
Week 1
Mon 6 – Thurs 9 July
| 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 6 – Thurs 9 July
| 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week 2
Tues 14 – Fri 17 July | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Tues 14 – Fri 17 July
| | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week 3
Mon 20 – Thurs 23 July | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 20 – Thurs 23 July| | 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week 4
Mon 27 – Thurs 30 July
| 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 27 – Thurs 30 July
| 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

AUGUST
Week 5
Tues 4 – Fri 7 August | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Tues 4 – Fri 7 August
| 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week 6
Mon 10 – Thurs 13 August | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 10 – Thurs 13 August
| 2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week 7
Mon 17 – Thurs 20 August | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 17 – Thurs 20 August |
2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Week 8
Mon 24 – Thurs 27 August | 10am-1pm MORNINGS £342 inc vat
Mon 24 – Thurs 27 August|
2:30-5:30pm AFTERNOONS £342 inc vat

Booking buttons coming very soon and also our variety of Intermediate subjects. Ring us to register your interest and /or to book and to find out more. 0203 002 4991 or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk

For all our courses we offer FREE LOAN DSLR cameras (Nikon and Canon) with batteries, memory cards, etc. Please let us know if you need a loan camera and we will reserve one for your son if needed.

Also all our courses can be used towards the Duke of Edinburgh Awards extra skill. Just let us know if this is of interest and we can sort out details later on. There are various formats schools require which we are very familiar with.

 

 

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.