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One day beginners photography courses in London, weekend photo classes and advanced creative photography workshops

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Creative Photography Courses

At DSLR Photography Courses in London we offer a wide range of courses, workshops and weekend classes for photographers of all experience levels and interests

A half-day intro photography course aimed at total beginners who own a digital camera and want to unpack some of its amazing potentials.

Participants will learn how to operate their cameras in manual mode, make correct exposures and understand the basics like aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

£95 £85

6 students

4 hours

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A full-day intensive photography course for beginners that explains the science and art of photography from the ground up with extended hands-on activities.

This course will get you familiar with your digital camera in no time and allow you to start taking real creative control over your photography.

£145 £125

6 students

6 hours

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DSLR Photography Courses London

Based at the Wimbledon Art Studios in London, we have been running creative photography classes since 2010. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined our courses to create some of the best studio and outdoors one-day creative photographic experiences in London.

Our photography courses not only explain the science and art of photography but combine the theory with inspiring visual examples and provide plenty of hands-on activities to put it all into practice.

With groups no larger than six students in a professional, fully equipped photographic studio, we can guarantee that everyone will get a high level of attention and some personal tips.

Qualified, passionate and with a broad range of professional experience, our friendly team will make your learning fun, challenging and rewarding.

Whether you are a complete novice, a keen hobbyist, or a pro camera user, we have professional photography courses to suit all skill levels and experience!

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Great Learning Environment

Take photography to the next level on fun and relaxed hands-on classes in central London and our Wimbledon studio

Professional Tuition

Qualified, passionate and with a broad range of professional experience, our friendly team will make your learning interesting, challenging and rewarding!

Small Groups

With classes no larger than 6 students in a fully equipped studio, we can guarantee that everyone will get a high level of attention and some personal tips.

Extra Offers

Despite highly competitive prices, all former students benefit from a 10% discount on all follow-up courses, photo outings, gift cards and photography vouchers.

Hands-on Exercises

Our photography courses not only explain the science and art of photography but combine the theory with practical examples and creative hands-on activities.

Notes & Certificates

All students are provided with comprehensive course notes and personal recommendations, and can opt-in to receive a printed and signed Certificate of Completion.

FREE Camera Hire

No camera? No problem! We have a variety of Nikon and Canon gear and we offer free camera and lens hire. Try a camera for free and get advice for your next purchase.

Creative, Inspiring, Enjoyable

Our courses already helped over 15,750 photography enthusiasts, and here’s what some of them had to say!

Ready to kick start your photography?

Below is just a selection of our upcoming classes and photography courses in London,
but we have many more in coming months!

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Best Beginners Photography Courses in London

Do you love travelling and capturing beautiful moments and memories on camera?

Then Get to Know Your Camera and Start Taking Better Pictures!

Do you usually use “auto” mode and hope for the best?

Are you consistently disappointed with blurry, flashy, or just plain boring photographs?

Would you like to take control of your camera and begin to capture the beautiful images you see with your eyes?

We believe that our one-day intensive photography course for beginners is exactly what you need!

Generally, we offer three courses for beginners and amateur photographers, two studio-based and one outdoor.

The studio based are:

Beginners DSLR course – half-day (10.00am-2.00pm)

Intensive Beginners class – full-day (10.00am-4.00pm)

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The Intensive Beginners Course is bar far the most popular and most comprehensive.
The course starts at 10 am, and the first part of the workshop covers all the technical aspects of photography.

Yes, we will start with all the basics, like how a digital camera works, what happens on auto and why creative scenes won’t always work.
But we will quickly move into more important settings and how they affect the quality and colours of your images.
Before the coffee break, we have a few fantastic exercises to master focusing – so that you can tell your camera exactly what should be sharp in your pictures.
Next, we conquer the manual mode M – Welcome to the world of creative photography! And using a camera to its maximum potential!
You will learn about the relationship between the aperture, shutter speed and ISO when taking photos and how to get the best exposure. But please don’t worry; we will demystify all the terminology and provide many inspiring visual examples. Most importantly, instead of memorizing the numbers and f-stops, you will practice everything using various creative techniques.

Beginners course half-day or a full-day?

The same material covers the introductory Beginner DSLR course 10 am-2 pm (half-day). As you can see, it is a great starter, especially for people who want to learn photography fast but can not spare the whole day. Beginners DSLR course is probably our second most popular photo class.

The Intensive course is our undisputed winner – the most favoured and most comprehensive photography course for beginners. During the extra two hours, from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, we explore more “intermediate” topics like problems in low light conditions, camera troubleshooting, lenses and their use, and how to compose photos more effectively.
But what’s really important – on the Intensive course, we have more time for practical exercises, individual feedback on pictures and some personal tips.

One of the most fun exercises you’ll do on the course is taking pictures of ‘exploding’ water balloons. We will use super fast shutter speed to stop the action – bursting balloon. You can use the same technique (combined with burst mode and continuous focusing) to capture moving subjects, action at sporting events and photograph wildlife.
We also practice slow shutter speeds. To add a creative blur effect, create light trails, or photograph the night sky (Milky Way, Northern lights).

Shutter speed techniques can produce fascinating creative effects, but aperture and Depth of Field are also essential topics. During the first part of the course, you will learn about the technical elements of the lens, the aperture and f-stops. But the second part is far more exciting. You will practice shallow depth of field and how to blur the background in portraits (bokeh effect), and deep depth of field to have everything look sharp for pictures of architecture and landscapes.

During the Intensive day course, you will have a chance to practice in our studio (artificial light) and a nearby park (natural light).

We will finish the course with a practical lens overview – choosing the right lens for your creative needs. Camera and equipment purchase recommendations – what essential items do you need in your DSLR kit? Key ways you can improve your photos – simple concepts and rules for better composition, like the rule of thirds, filling the frame, symmetry and patterns. And, of course, individual tips for everyone!

 

All of our beginners photography courses in London are limited to 6 participants. Yes, I am afraid some popular dates will sell out much in advance, but this way, we can assure that everyone will get some one-to-one time with the tutor and more personal tips.

Travel Photography Course in London

Our outdoor London class is called – The Art of Travel Photography.

The outdoor photography class for beginners is called Travel Photography Course.
It is a one-day photography workshop that we always run on a weekend in central London. We usually start at 10am near Westminster/St James’s Park and finish at 4pm close to the Embankment station.

The content of the course is in parts similar to Beginners DSLR and Intensive Beginners courses. We cover all the fundamentals of photography and how to take pictures in manual mode (M), but it is a bit less technical and more practical than the other two.

In the Travel course, we’ve included a visit to the park (nature photography, birds, wildlife), market and street photography (Covent Gardens), portraits (The Mall), a walk along the Thames/Embankment and taking landscape pictures, as well as the city centre and architecture.

We will start with tips and discussions on what makes great shots, how to prepare for the trip, location research, necessary gear, super helpful apps to predict the weather and the best light for photography, backup options, and more…

If you don’t have a camera yet – that’s no problem! We offer free camera and lens hire for all our photography courses in London.

We have Nikon and Canon cameras available.
It’s an attractive option as you can test a camera and learn about all the essential functions before buying one.
If you have any questions about our photography courses in London, would like some help with making a booking, or need directions to our Wimbledon studios, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Can not decide on a class?

Not sure wich workshop you should take? Are you looking to learn something specific?
Get in touch by email or just give us call for quick recommendation!

How do I start learning photography?

I often compare photography to driving. The more you do it the better you will become. But you have to start somewhere. I recommend that you start your journey by taking one of our beginner level courses. And if you feel like you want to learn more, we have plenty of follow-up classes.

How long are photography courses?

All our courses are one day long. Most of the half-day courses start at 10 am and finish at 2 pm, and full-day courses start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm.

Which photography course is best for beginners?

We have three introductory courses for beginners and photography enthusiasts, two studio based and one outdoors.

The studio based are Beginners DSLR Photography Course and

the outdoor class is called Travel Photography Course.

All these courses cover the fundamentals of photography plus some practice of creative techniques, but the Intensive Course is our most popular and most comprehensive.

I am not claiming it is the best photography course for beginners in London, but I hope that our photography students’ course reviews will speak for themselves.

What do you learn in a photography course?

On introductory courses, we always start with all the basics, like how a digital camera works, what happens on auto and why creative scenes won’t always work.
But we will quickly move into more important settings and how they affect the quality and colours of your images.
You will also learn about focusing – so that you can tell your camera exactly what should be sharp in your pictures.
Next is the manual mode M. You will learn about the relationship between the aperture, shutter speed and ISO when taking photos and how to get the best exposure. But please don’t worry; we will demystify all the terminology and provide many inspiring visual examples. Most importantly, instead of memorizing the numbers and f-stops, you will practice everything using various creative techniques.

Contact us

If you can not find what you are looking for please submit a question to us. We aim to reply within a few hours.

Alternatively, just call us on 020 8947 8118.
Our business hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

You can also contact us by email[email protected].

Contact Us

Do you run all photography courses in London?

We are based at the Wimbledon Art Studios and that’s where we run most of our photography courses.

How can I pay for the photography workshop?

Paying for the course is straightforward, secure and only takes a second. After completing the registration process you will be taken to the Order Summary page where you can choose to pay with PayPal using any credit or debit card.

You can also pay by bank money transfer – please email us for details: [email protected].

If you have a gift voucher and would like to use it as part or full payment for the course, please get in touch with your voucher number and we will make a reservation for you.

What should I bring to my photography class?

All you need to bring for this workshop is your digital camera, a lens, a fully charged battery, and please make sure that you have some free space on the memory card.

But generally, you are welcome to bring as much or as little gear as you like!

If you have a selection of lenses, please get in touch, and we will recommend which lenses will be the most suitable for this class.

Do you offer free camera hire?

Yes, we offer a free camera hire for the duration of all our photography workshops.

This is a popular option as you can learn about all the different camera functions before buying one.

We have Nikon and Canon cameras available.

Our London Studio

DSLR Photography Courses Ltd

Studio 131, Wimbledon Art Studios

10 Riverside Road

London SW17 0BB

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