London Photo Workshop
- 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
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.
Itinerary 12 Days
Art-filled and historic, elegant and avant-garde, London is the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind, campus-based photography program. During daily classes, photo assignments in the field, group critiques, and evening seminars, a top National Geographic photographer and our instructors share their passion and knowledge of both the technical and creative aspects of photography. You’ll benefit from personalized, hands-on instruction focused on helping you take your photography to the next level. Delve into a broad range of topics, from composition and lighting to depth of field and motion. Then head out to explore the city and nearby sites–such as Oxford and Stonehenge–through the lens of your camera.
Get settled on the University of London Garden Halls campus and break into small groups to work closely with our National Geographic photographer and professional instructors. 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, using the unmistakable English fog to give atmospheric effect to your pictures. 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 find a unique perspective from which to portray the iconic Big Ben clock tower. 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.
From the start, you’ll work towards a gallery opening event on the final evening. You’ll organize, curate, and promote an exhibit of large-format digital prints of the group’s original work. At the formal gallery opening, we'll display our photographs to a public audience.
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.