Expand your wings and vision in a fun (Covent Garden!), friendly and expert creative environment!

Brunch before class or enjoy lunch in between at the wonderful selection of choice culinary café and restaurant delights around us.






Upcoming this month and next:

DSLR Photography: From Foundation to Practice (Beginners) – Saturdays 27 April – 18 May.
Express course (usually 10 weeks)

A technical core building course with punch! Explore the foundations of light and exposure plus the methods behind the way we see and take pictures. Confidently progress from controlling the camera to manipulating it as you plan and visualise the imagery you create.

The course includes professional briefs on location which span different photography genres. Exercises and homework dip into:

  • architectural
  • street
  • portraiture
  • travel
  • conceptual
  • and the snapshot aesthetic.

As the course progresses Lightroom basics are introduced to draw the best quality from your imagery.

You can expect to go a step beyond with your photography, combining photo selection and editing for projects with individual presentations and group crits – sparking further development in the practice of your image making.

About the tutor:
Karl Grupe is highly successful in kickstarting students’ careers in the photographic industry. Under his mentorship students have been published by the British Journal of Photography, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, and Vice Magazine; exhibited internationally; produced portfolios to win Bachelors and Masters placements; and made career transitions to full-time professional photographers. He brings many strands of knowledge to his classes. His energy is infectious, his enthusiasm youthful and attention to the needs of his students one of a kind.

Visit his own website at www.karlgrupe.com/news to get a sense of what he’s up to.

Level: Beginners

Max. 8 students.

Saturdays | 10am-1pm (27 April, 4, 11, 18 May, 4 Saturday mornings) £342 inc vat



Book now online or phone us on 0203 002 4991 or info@themangolab.co.uk


Mindfulness Street Photography | Sat 22 June 10am-4pm

This event is for those who find street photography intimidating and shy away from it.

The street is energy ebbing and flowing. A constant, ever-changing crucible of components connecting and disconnecting at fractions of a second. For some this is a thrill – exciting and demanding requiring a bravado and guerrilla style tactics to get the shot. For others the street is simply a place to look but not touch. It is unpredictable and threatening – even potentially nasty and the stigma means that street photographs are difficult creations as the anxiety felt gets in the way of seeing.

Combining slow art, meditation and visual alchemy exercises will allow for a mindfulness you can tap into while out on the street and grab the low hanging fruit which awaits. Through positive reinforcing steps you will gradually enter the subject material the street allows for without threat and slowly unravel the treasures which lay within.

This workshop is reserved for a maximum of six people per one tutor (or 6:1) to allow for more invested time in exploring personal concerns and/or achievments.


Taught by Karl Grupe

Karl’s curiosity to test the manner in which we think is what drives him. Playfully rearranging forms from patterns of thought and rote, he acts as a facilitator unhinging participants from the photographic ‘must do’ zones. Spaces safe for one’s personal alchemy fill the vacuum where improvisation, risk, mediatation, reflection and narrative are just some of the new componets which pass through the portal of personal photography.

His own work can be described as the result of operating at the intersection of the academic, practical, experimental and business of photography. Commercially, his stock imagery is represented by Getty and has been published by Life magazine, The New York Times, Microsoft, Sony, Nissan, Ikea, and the Royal Mail.

Under his mentorship students have been published by the British Journal of Photography, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, CNN and Vice Magazine; exhibited internationally; produced portfolios to win Bachelors and Masters placements; and made career transitions to full-time professional photographers.

An alumnus of Goldsmiths College, he graduated summa cum laude for his Masters examination of the “accidental” economics formed through photo social networking site Instagram and how this is challenging traditional commercial photography. This ongoing research has fed into either talks, workshops or courses for Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University For The Creative Arts, Leeds Castle, The London Transport Museum, London, Royal Photographic Society, and Kingston Museum in addition to photography and design festivals including The Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Urban Photo Fest, Snap Photography Festival, , London Design Festival, Design Futures and the Prospects of Design Festival.

Always the student Karl regularly attends workshops and seminars which examine the evolving landscape of photographic practice.



What should I bring to the course?
Your own camera with batteries fully charged and BASIC KNOWLEDGE of how it works. This will NOT be a technical workshop. Tripods are not needed. Bring one lens you wish to work with so you can travel light and not worry about additional equipment.
For those without cameras we have Canon and Nikon DSLR loan cameras for rental at £20 per day and require a security deposit of £250 refunded at the end of the workshop.

Are there any minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This workshop is for participants 18 years of age and above.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Our studio space is in the heart of the theatre district in Covent Garden. There is parking on the street but extremely difficult to get and expensive for the day. We highly advise public transport. If travelling by bicycle there are some bike stands around on side streets.

By bus:
Aldwych + Aldwych / Kingsway stops, then a 2 minute walk.

Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square, then an 8 minute walk.

By tube | The nearest tube stations are:

Covent Garden (4-5 mins walk)

Leicester Square (8-10 mins walk)

Charing Cross (10-11 mins walk or by bus up the Strand)

Piccadilly Circus (15-20 mins walk)

Holborn (10 mins walk)

Waterloo (15 mins walk, or connect by tube to closer)


Saturday 22 June | 10am-4pm (1 day, 6 hours with lunch on the go), £51.60 inc VAT

Level: Beginners and upwards

Course size: max. 6



Call us on 0203 002 4991 to discuss details or to book.
We always love a call!
Or email us at info@themangolab.co.uk

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