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London Photo Workshop

12 Days

  • Improve your skills with the guidance of a National Geographic photographer.
  • Learn new techniques through special seminars and daily photography classes.
  • Go on photo shoots in Oxford, Stonehenge, and the Cotswolds.
  • Exhibit your work in a gallery.
London Photo Workshop
London Photo Workshop

Dates & Tuition

July 12-23, 2015


Airfare is not included. We have arranged a round-trip group flight between New York and London. Click here for information on transportation to and from programs. Note: this workshop is designed for students of all levels.

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Photographer Gianluca Colla will lead the London photography workshop.
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On Assignment: Photography

Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, this special workshop will challenge and inspire students to take their photography to the next level. The program culminates with a gallery opening featuring students' work.

Itinerary — 12 Days

Artsy and historic, elegant and avant-garde, London is the perfect setting for this in-depth, campus-based photography program designed for students of all levels. During daily classes and photo shoots, a National Geographic photographer and our instructors share their passion and knowledge of both the technical and creative aspects of the field. Focus on a broad range of topics, from composition to light, and head out on photo assignments to Oxford, Stonehenge, and other nearby sites.

From our base in the heart of London, delve into the art and technique of photography, working in small groups with our photo instructors and National Geographic photographer. The workshop's structured, in-depth curriculum covers a broad range of themes, including light and shadow, composition, depth of field, motion, photographing people, and much more. Mornings are devoted to editing, group critiques, and lessons in the classroom, while afternoons are spent on photography assignments in the field. Practice newly acquired techniques amid the rich architecture and historical neighborhoods of London and nearby sites. Get a new angle on the iconic Buckingham Palace. Travel to Stonehenge to capture the “golden hour.” Hit the streets of nearby Oxford to photograph the university town's towering spires. Shoot the age-old stone cottages of the Cotswolds or go for a hike in search of the perfect landscape shot.

In the evenings, we'll have time to upload photos, review the day's work, and explore the city together by night. On nighttime shoots, photograph the bustling crowds in Piccadilly Circus, or frame the iconic Big Ben clock tower from a unique angle. On select evenings, take advantage of seminars by your National Geographic photographer and photography instructors. Hear stories about their favorite photographic subjects, most challenging assignments, and lessons learned along the way.

Throughout the workshop, you’ll organize and curate an exhibition of large-format prints of the group’s best work. During the formal gallery opening, celebrate the work you've accomplished during your time in London.

National Geographic Expert: A National Geographic photographer will join the teaching staff for the duration of the workshop to share their insights and experience, and give you guidance and inspiration as you work through each of your photography assignments. The expert leads the classroom lessons and group critiques, works with students one-on-one in the classroom and in the field, and presents during evening seminars.

Photography Instructors: Our workshop instructors are talented and enthusiastic professional photographers from around the world who, along with the National Geographic expert, work with the students on advanced, hands-on knowledge of a broad range of photography skills and disciplines. With a staff to student ratio of 1 to 8, each instructor is able to work with students one-on-one and give personal assignments based on individual skill level and interests.


We stay in dormitory-style accommodations in the heart of London. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the residence, while dinners range from picnics to authentic pub fare and sit-down meals at restaurants. Classrooms with computer workstations and digital projectors give you an ideal space to process your images and discuss your growing portfolio with others.
Apply now for this program or call us for more information at 877-877-8759.

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