Photographing The City: Barbican

This one day course will explore the historic area around Charterhouse Square and the high walks of the Barbican. These are fascinating places to photograph and will be a backdrop for making a range of photographs from street and architecture to portraiture. The day will include the enjoyment of a photo walk, guided tuition and an image review to finish.

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

Photography in the City is a short practical course for learners who already know how to use their camera, understand the basics of digital photography and want to progress and devel-op more creative skills.

What does this course cover

You will learn about each location and how to use that understanding within your photo-graphs. You will be guided to try out different photography subjects as well as think crea-tively about composition using colour, shape, structure, shadow and light as well as reflection.
By the end of the course you will have:

1. Made photographs across different subjects that represent the city from street and architecture to portraiture
2. Picked up new camera skills that will specifically help you to interpret the subjects you photograph.
3. Shared and discussed your images with the group and feel more confi-dent when talking about your photography.

The course will start on location and walk to different places throughout the morn-ing. We will make several stops where you will be guided through a practical photography exercise. In the afternoon at the Mary Ward Centre we will discuss and review the photo-graphs everyone has made and learn from seeing the images.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

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 in-terchangeable lens camera, or an advanced Bridge camera. Please have suitable clothing and footwear for walking up to two miles. You will need to be able to travel to the start point and then travel to the Mary Ward Centre for the afternoon.

What this course could lead to

More confidence to continue with your photography by continuing with other classes such as the Digital Saturdays course at the 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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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.’