Photography Course Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a selection of common questions we receive. If your question is not covered here please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our main focus is creativity. Unlike most other photography schools, all our courses are project based. That means that instead of just conveying technical knowledge, we apply everything we teach in a realistic context and give it creative value.
All courses are taught in English.
Unfortunately, the London Institute of Photography cannot offer any scholarships or financial aid. Please contact your home university, government or private associations with regards to funding possibilities.
Our Professional Photography Course is built as a coherent whole and follows a didactic progression, but most of its modules can be booked as individual courses.
Very varied – some students work in different professions, others are university students and some are self-taught photographers who join our courses to update their techniques.
Of course! We welcome beginners, more advanced participants and professional photographers alike in our various programmes and courses. For beginners, we recommend the Beginners Photography Course or the Complete Foundation Photography Course.
We recommend starting with the Beginners Photography Course for most students, even if you think you know your camera very well. In this workshop you will learn to use the manual settings of your camera and understand the functions properly. If you have been taking pictures for a long time, but still use AUTO mode, P mode or SCENE modes, the Beginners Photography Course will be suitable for you.
Yes, if you can use your camera in full manual mode, and have a complete understanding of lenses, image quality and size, exposure triangle, depth of field, motion blur and focus. Most students who take the Intermediate Photography Course have completed the Beginners Photography Course, so we’ll expect you to be fluent in the Beginners Course syllabus.
You must have a Digital SLR Camera (DSLR) or a mirrorless camera with Manual Exposure Mode and being able to control ISO, Shutter Speeds Apertures and Focus manually.
Ideally you would learn with your own camera, because different models vary but we have DSLR cameras that you can book for £20 a day.
Your camera, lens, fully charged battery, clean memory card, pen and paper. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as we walk a lot to locations. Check the weather and be prepared for cold, rain, snow and sunshine.
Our weekday and weekends workshops run from 10.00 to 16.00 with 1 hour lunch break. Our evening courses run from 18.30 to 21.00 with 10 minutes coffee/tea break.
If it’s possible for you to come and visit us, we are happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you might have
The nearest tube stations are Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street and Aldgate East. Our office is open from Monday till Friday from 10.00 to 17.00.
The London Institute of Photography accepts bookings from students of all nationalities, but please note that we do not provide student VISAS. Please make sure you have a valid UK VISA before you apply for our Courses. Unfortunately we do not send invitation letters or help with Visa applications.
The minimum age to join our courses is 18 years old.
By default our Professional Photography Course students receive a printed certificate as part of the course. For individual courses and workshops we can issue an e-certificate (PDF file) after successful completion of a course upon request.
We don’t do accreditation. We are focused on the practical skills you need to succeed in the photography industry. We’ll help you by providing insight, connections and exercises to move you forward in your career. You’ll finish your learning armed with industry-ready skills and an impressive portfolio of work, which what you need to break into the industry.