This course has concessions available

Digital Photography – In The City

This new course will show you how creative ideas take shape from location to photograph and teach the techniques that will take your photographic journey onward.
This course is a blended: on location and online Photography course. You will spend one session with guided tuition on location, followed by an online class the next week to review the images.
You will visit some of London's great outdoor photography locations, the high walks of the Barbican, the green spaces of city parks and wonderful views from the River Thames.
Each location will provide a backdrop for learning photography on location whether street portraiture, urban landscape or finding the art of photography in everyday objects.
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If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Fri.

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Who is this course for

Digital Photography in the City is a practical course combining the enjoyment of a photo walk, guided tuition for learning technique and an image review to show the results. You will know how to use your camera but feel that you are not using it to its potential and want to understand which situations require different camera settings. As well as looking to stretch your photography skills you will also like showing and discussing your work in a friendly and supportive online class.

What does this course cover

At each location you will explore ideas to help you see and compose creatively for your photographs. You will be guided to try out different techniques and learn to think about compositional elements whether using colour, line, texture, reflections or shadow and light. Several of the classes will be carefully structured around trying out different genres from street portraiture to urban landscape.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

1. Understand different photography techniques across the genres from street portraiture to urban landscape.
2. Use new technical and creative camera skills that will specifically help you to interpret what you see into a well-composed photograph.
3. Share and discuss your images with the group and feel more confident when talking about your photography.
4. Put together a portfolio of different images or show a short project that has been carefully and creatively realised during the course

What will it be like

When on location you will be guided through a practical photography exercise and given specific help through demonstrations and one on one tuition as needed. Each week, a study sheet will encourage you to learn more in your own time and at your own pace and guide you on how to make and select your best photographs. A number of classes will be online to share, review and discuss photographs made on location and as the course progresses build a portfolio or project. The practical work you produce and the feedback from the group will be evidence of your learning and regular question and answer sessions will be used by your tutor to form an overall assessment of your progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

You will need to bring your own camera which can be either a digital SLR, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, or an advanced compact camera. On location days you will to make your own way to the start and be able to cover a distance of up to two miles. For the online classes you will need access to a computer and the internet and join the class using Zoom etc.

What this course could lead to

Digital photography: intermediate
Light room Digital photography: intermediate

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
Advice will be given by your tutor and you can visit or regular Advice and Guidance sessions for an assessment at Mary Ward Centre and Blackfriars Settlement.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’