This course has concessions available

New: Lockdown Photography – ONLINE

Tapping into your creative side can really help to alleviate the feeling of being stuck at home during lockdown. In this course you will find inspiration from photographers who have made amazing images from within their homes. From still life to portraiture to photographing the outside world from inside, you will begin making photographs across different genres and all without leaving your home.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self-study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is particularly for people who would like to find a creative outlet that could help with the isolation of being stuck at home. If you are someone who has found that creativity has waned during the pandemic then this course may restore your motivation. If you have never thought about developing a photography project from your home then this course will show you how.

What does this course cover

The course starts with a review of photographers who can be an inspiration to developing your own practice. This will include the still life photography of Joseph Sudek and his book, The Window of My Studio as well as other contemporary photographers who are working on different genres from the home. You wlll learn principles and camera skills when working with natural light to develop your own photographic projects within one or more genres. The course finishes with everyone presenting images and discussing the results.

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

Have a good appreciation of the relevance of Joseph Sudek to this course and selected other contemporary photographers.

Have confidence in knowing different photography genres and how to work with them from within the home

Understand how to best make use of the qualities of window light to get the results you want

Develop a photo project and feel confident in presenting the images to the group.

What will it be like

Hands-on practical activities and presentations on different topics will be supported with a range of handouts and assignments so you can continue to practice between classes. Links to online media content such as videos and articles will support your understanding when studying the work of relevant photographers. Help and guidance will be provided to answer technical questions that arise as you try out your new skills. Week by week, the images you make will show your progress and informal question and answer sessions will cement your understanding of the course objectives. You will also share and then discuss photographs in class, pick up tips and learn through seeing images made by others in the group.

What else do you need to buy or do

You will need your own camera which can be a Digital SLR, an interchangeable lens camera (mirrorless) or an advanced (bridge) compact camera with the option for manual controls. You should expect to complete assignments and practice your photography for a couple of hours during the week between classes.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (its fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

More confidence to continue developing your DSLR camera skills with the Photography DSLR Beginner or Intermediate courses or concentrate on making photo projects with the Digital Saturdays course where you will develop a portfolio or project.

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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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.’