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Photography courses and workshops in London

Take your best shot at these snappy photography courses and workshops across the capital

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Photography courses in London cover a whole exposure of pap-worthy topics. From skills workshops and traditional photography courses to disposable lessons where all you need is your selfie stick, find the right photography course for you with our snappy suggestions below. You can also see how the professionals do it with our guide to photography in London or get some inspiration from our beautiful collection of the best photos of London ever taken

The best photography courses in London

Hampstead Heath Photography Workshops

Good for: Keeping it natural

Photographer Matthew Maran runs workshops on Hampstead Heath periodically during the year, capturing the park in each season. The focus is on engaging with nature through photography. As well as shooting, the day includes group discussions and an image editing and printing session at the end of the workshop. Participants will leave with an exhibition quality print of their best image.

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Venth Studio

Good for: Studio skills

Photographer Brian Venth runs this photographic studio on Commercial Road. As well as sessions on studio lighting, how to direct models, retouching images and DSLR basics the studio hosts free weekly workshops for models, photographers and creatives. These informal sessions are structured as an interactive Q&A.

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Photofusion Photography Centre

Good for: alternative processes

This independent photography resource centre regularly runs courses for beginners and professionals alike including portraiture master classes, an introduction to location lighting and a hands-on street photography workshop. If you’re looking for something a little different they also run an alternative process classes, so you can pick up some of the earliest imaging techniques, such as salt printing and using liquid light, or learn how to make your own pinhole camera.

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Brixton
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The Cass

Good for: Inspiring evenings and weekends 

The Cass is the art, architecture and design bit of London Metropolitan University and is situated in the creative hub of east London, opposite the Whitechapel Gallery. Their evening and weekend courses offer a distillation of the three year Photography BA (Hons) degree and include sessions on studio lighting as well as a street photography workshop that takes advantage of the collage’s proximity to the city and the east end. They also offer a photography tuition programme helping photographers to shape an existing collection of images into a cohesive series ready for presentation. 

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Whitechapel

Bishopsgate Institute

Good for: Mastering the manual setting

Housed in a fantastic Grade II* listed building designed by ‘rogue’ architect Charles Harrison Townsend in 1892, the Bishopsgate Institute is a centre for culture and learning. Among their huge roster of educational options they offer several photography courses, including six-week-long series of evening courses for beginners (Level 1) or intermediates (Level 2). They also run one-off ‘Take Great Photos in a Day’ crash courses, aimed at teaching technical knowledge and encouraging creativity.

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Moorgate

Hairy Goat

Good for: Happy snapping your way around the capital 

Hairy Goat run photographic workshops, private tuition and group walking tours, including a Christmas light adventure. There's even run a personal photographer tour – sign up if you want someone to pap you in all the best bits of London.

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Open-City

Good for: Architecture

Architecture education organisation Open City holds regular photography tours, helping Londoners to see their city in a new light. Among their courses is a two-hour night-time route from Monument to St Paul's. The tours are lead by architectural photographers who will guide walkers through pitfalls to avoid and techniques to use to get the best images of the capital illuminated at night. 

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Wapping

National Portrait Gallery

Good for: Taking the next step in portrait photography

Although many of the National Portrait Gallery’s workshops focus on drawing they do also offer occasional photography events that are worth keeping an eye out for. These often pop up around November, taking inspiration from the yearly Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, and are lead by practising professionals. 

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Leicester Square

University of the Arts London

Good for: Art school-style education

With six major London collages under its arty umbrella UAL has no end of photography-orientated short courses (over 200 at last count). There’s pretty much something for everyone here as they cover all levels of experience, techniques and interests in courses ranging in length from one day to ten weeks. Each collage has a different focus so whilst LCC offers photojournalism and documentary LCF focuses on fashion photography. These courses can be a little expensive but if you're a UAL graduate you're eligible to receive a small discount through the alumni association.

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Holborn
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City Lit

Good for: Specialist subjects

Based in Covent Garden, City Lit has a studio dedicated to photography practice and runs some usefully specific courses like ‘Photographic Theatre and Dance’, ‘Photographing Your Paintings or Prints’, ‘Introduction to Event Photography’ and a course specially geared towards training up photographer’s assistants.

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Covent Garden

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Weird workshops and courses

Put down your half-arsed attempt at a bobble hat and cancel that cupcake class, it's time to learn something completely different with these weird and wonderful courses in London.

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By: Ashleigh Arnott

Comments

7 comments
Slawek D

Regarding the course in National Portrait Gallery... where's the info about course???!? Can't find it!

GOMMA B

MICHAEL ACKERMAN EXCLUSIVE WORKSHOP. THIS OCTOBER, on a lightvessel.
Docklands, London.

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE. DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT SOON.

http://www.radicalmatter.com
GOMMA B

ANDERS PETERSEN EXCLUSIVE WORKSHOP. THIS OCTOBER, on a lightvessel.
Docklands, London.

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE. DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT SOON.

http://www.radicalmatter.com

Michael W

You missed www.photographyworkshops.london who run special interest photography workshops.