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Photography Courses

The photography course trilogy is set up to give you a great experience and foundation in photography. The trilogy covers the following programmes: 'Get to Know your Digital Camera', 'Basic Digital Photography' and 'Intermediate Digital Photography'. The courses are designed to progress your learning and understanding of photography in three easy steps. The first course in the series 'Get to Know your Digital Camera', is about the camera and setting it up, using the menus and function buttons etc. The second course 'Basic Digital Photography' covers the basics of photography, the final course 'Intermediate Digital Photography' will add advanced aspects and include the use of flash and Raw image capture.

How to Enrol
You can enrol online or you can call our Enrolment Hotline on 020 7364 5665. Lines are open 10am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Please note we cannot facilitate telephone enrolments for concessionary fees, as we need to provide proof of concession.
How to Enrol Online
To enrol online, first find your course using our Course Search Please scroll down the Browse by Category box and tick Photography & Film. Once you've found your course click on the ‘Enrol’ button. This will take you to our enrolment system. There you will register to create an account. If you are paying a concession you must provide your evidence, by uploading it to the system. If you enrol on a course that is fully booked you will be automatically added to the waiting list.


A6092 Develop a Photo Series – All Levels  an online 5-week course
All activities are undertaken at your own risk.
On this course, via a series of tutorials and demonstrations online, you will begin to develop a themed series of images, a photo project. These images will form a digital exhibition on the Idea Store Learning website and Instagram. The course will be taught by three experienced photography tutors, bringing the benefit of their considerable and diverse experience in professional photography.
Photographic techniques, the effective use of lenses and aspects of lighting and exposure, will be discussed, as well as the work of other photographers who use the idea of the photographic series. 
This course is suitable for all levels of learners, from beginners to advanced, who have an interest in visual imagery and documentation.


A6285 Photoshop for Photographers – beginners an online 5-week course
All activities are undertaken at your own risk.
The Photoshop for Photographers course is designed to get you working
with Adobe Photoshop using the tools that a photographer needs to maintain a professional workflow. You will explore a diverse set of tools and be able to process your digital files to high quality finished images on this course.


A6238 Basic Digital Photography beginners an online 5-week course
 All activities are undertaken at your own risk.
The basic digital photography course will enable you to work with your own camera and camera functions confidently. Learn how to make effective use of your apertures, shutter-speeds and ISO's to create photographic images. Learn how to calculate the correct exposure through the use of your histogram and work with your lens to make a range of different images. Take part in a series of assignments that allow you to develop your skills. This course will support the beginner and improver to build a relationship with their camera to enable capturing an image that eventually becomes part of your own story.

A6280 Introduction to Portrait Photography a 5-week blended learning course  
All activities are undertaken at your own risk.
On the Introduction to Portrait Photography course you will learn how to create effective portraits of a range people within the studio environment. You will be introduced to basic incandescent and studio flash lighting techniques and how to use your camera and lens creatively. You will be introduced to the work of various portrait photographers to draw inspiration from and learn how to direct your subject. Through the weeks, the course will consist on a series of blended sessions, lectures and tutorials on-line, and demonstrations and practical sessions in the studio. This course is intended as a preparatory course for progression onto Portrait Photography courses.

Get to Know your Digital Camera
How do you get to know your Digital camera when the manual is confusing and you have no one to show you how to use it or what settings are appropriate to your kind of photography. Our 'Get to Know your Digital Camera' course has been designed for you to learn all about your Digital camera. You will learn how to set up the camera, how to use your camera settings, explore the different camera modes and understand the different menu functions within your camera. It has been designed a practical hands on course This course will help you to understand modern digital cameras. This course is held at a variety of Idea Stores.

Basic Digital Photography
The ‘Basic Digital Photography’ course runs for five weeks [weekends] or 10 weeks [week nights]. It has been designed around you making images and exploring those images in learning how to use your digital camera. It is advisable for you to have a Digital SLR camera, however as long as your camera has manual modes, you will be able to attend and benefit from the course. On this course you will learn how to use your cameras: aperture, shutter and ISO controls and your histograms to achieve well exposed images. You will also explore how the choice of lens focal length affects the images that you make. The 'Basic Digital Photography' course is offered in a variety of Idea Stores.

Intermediate Digital Photography
The 'Intermediate Digital Photography' course progresses on from our 'Basic Digital Photography' course. Within this course, you will learn how to use your on camera flash, work in different lighting situations, make images with studio lighting and explore photographic composition. You will also be introduced to raw image capture and workflow to get higher quality digital image files. The 'Intermediate Digital Photography' courses run on a Wednesday evening or Saturday morning at the Shadwell Centre.

Photoshop® for Photographers
The Photoshop for Photographers course has been designed from a photographers perspective to enable you to learn how to use Photoshop as your digital 'Darkroom' when making your images.
This course will enable you learn to develop your digital workflow within Adobe Photoshop®. You will be able to produce high quality prints from your digital images. On this course you will learn how to edit, colour correct and apply layers to create both local and overall changes to your images. The course will get you to consider how you can incorporate Photoshop® into your photographic vision discussing how you want your images to look and allowing you to recreate that look, if possible, within Photoshop®. The 'Photoshop for Photographers' course is held at the Shadwell Centre, on a Saturday.

Street Photography
Our 'Street Photography' course has been designed to get you out into the streets in the East End of London making images. For five weeks you will practice the art of street photography, where you will learn the basics of making images on the move. You get to practice these basics in the real world of East London with the support of a photography tutor. You will learn about Zone Focusing, Sunny 16 rule and be able to apply this to other situations. On this course, you will learn camera handling and masking techniques used by street photographers for making images in public situations giving you increased confidence and speed in using your camera. You will also learn about the ethics and legalities of images making in public spaces. This course is only held in the autumn and summer terms, at a variety of Idea Stores.

Black and White Darkroom Techniques
We have a traditional black and white darkroom at The Shadwell Centre where we teach our 'Black and White Darkroom' course.  On this course you will learn how to develop and proof your own black-and-white films. You will understand how to use safely the chemistry involved in the darkroom processes.  At the end of the course you will be able to print your own black-and-white images from your own negatives, and understand how to see contrast within your images and have the knowledge of how to adjust your printing techniques to your images. This course is held on either a Tuesday night at the Shadwell Centre.

Portrait Photography
In the 'Portrait Photography' course you will learn how to use studio lighting to make a range of images with the emphasis on the art of portrait photography. You will begin with learning the basics of still life images and then translate that knowledge into making dynamic and interesting portraits using studio photographic techniques. This course is taught by a professional studio photographer, who has extensive experience using studio lighting equipment. The course is held on a Thursday evening  at the Shadwell Centre's.

Promotional Filmmaking - Beginners
This course is ideal for anyone interested in exploring digital filmmaking as a first step and who has some previous experience of using a digital camera and is keen to learn new skills. Camera basics are not covered on this course. The focus is very much on you working towards producing a finished film project within 10 weeks.
The course will begin by equipping you with the knowledge required for the preproduction process necessary to get your project off the ground. You will work with other students to explore and generate visual storytelling ideas, write a script and/or interview questions, produce a shot list/storyboard and a schedule for your project. You will be required to submit rushes on a regular basis for feedback and review.


Photography Workshops
We offer two new photography workshops

•    Studio Photography Workshop - Tuesday evening Shadwell Centre

•    Black and White Darkroom Workshop - Saturday afternoon Shadwell Centre

The aim of the workshops are for you to further your work and raise your profile within the photographic industry, either through producing work for exhibition or competition or for employment potential as self – employed photographers

You will develop your existing knowledge and skills through full access to a wide range of specialist equipment together with professional support from a member of staff.

Whist we will provide basic material, you will be expected to provide your own specialist materials.

You should have the necessary ambition and drive to self-direct your own study and active in rising your own profile within the photographic industries.

If you wish to enrol on a workshop you must have completed at least 20 hours learning on one of our intermediate or improvers courses, within the last three years or hold an equivalent level of knowledge and skills.

To join the workshops you may be directed to have a short interview with a manager to assess your skills and knowledge.

View the Photography Workshop course outline
View the Black and White Darkroom Workshop course outline