summer photography course walthamstow 2022
1st July until 5th August
6 weeks for £74 inc booking fee
Monday evenings – 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Join Our Summer Photography Course: Transform Your Photos, Forge New Friendships!

Embark on a 6-week journey of creativity and connection from July 1st to August 5th, 2024, where you’ll not only enhance your photography skills but also join a vibrant community of like-minded enthusiasts. Our evening classes from 8:00 to 10:00 PM are designed to fit into your busy schedule.

Why Our Course?

  • Community and Connection: Engage with a supportive group of fellow photography lovers. Many of our attendees form lasting friendships and continue to explore photography together long after the course ends.
  • Blend of Theory and Practice: Through a mix of engaging classroom sessions and hands-on practical experiences, we ensure you leave with not just knowledge, but the skill to capture stunning photographs.
  • Inclusive Membership: Enroll now and enjoy complimentary membership in our society for the rest of 2024—a £40 value! Stay engaged with events, outings, and ongoing learning.
  • Diverse Motivations, Unified Passion: Whether you’re reigniting an old passion, mastering your DSLR, or transitioning from snapshots to art, you’re in the right place.
  • Exclusive Field Trip: Join us for a special outing to Lloyd Park, where we’ll put theory into practice in the great outdoors (date subject to weather conditions).

Don’t Miss Out! Our 2023 course filled up quickly. Secure your spot now and start a transformative journey in photography.

The price of the course is only £74 including booking fee 
This includes membership of the Society until 31st December 2024 (worth £40)

Outline Timetable

Week 1 – July 1st

Overview of the course content and learning objectives

A quick look at camera types and how they work

The rules of composition and how to create a visually interesting image, including the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing and selective focus.

Practical session

Week 2 – July 8th

Understanding exposure, camera settings and the three key elements of photography: aperture, shutter speed and ISO

Practical session and review of images (composition homework)

Week 3 – July 15th

Introduction to basic photo editing techniques such as cropping, adjustments and retouching

Practical session, in groups, using laptops, plus review

Week 4 – July 22th

Wildlife and pets: an introduction to animal and bird photography both indoors and out

Portrait photography techniques using available light and studio lighting

Street photography: how to capture interesting moments on the streets and tell stories through your photographs

Week 5 – July 29th

Landscape photography: How to capture the beauty of the natural world, including an understanding of composition, balance, and light, and useful apps to use

Weekend travel photography: moving on from holiday snaps

Introduction to black and white photography. Understanding light, contrast and texture in black and white

How to edit and enhance black and white photos

Week 6 – August 5th

Mobile phone photography and social media

Additional ideas: infra-red, intentional camera movement, nighttime photography and more.

Students showcase their best photos and receive feedback

Course review, questions, and what students can do next to continue developing their photography skills

Students will present (if they want to) their favourite photo they have taken during the course.

A bit about the Society and how it can benefit your photography.


“I did not arrive with any particular preconceptions or specific expectations. Course has been very enjoyable and I am very happy with the content.”

“From my perspective the course has had a nice balance. I have sought to attend on Monday evenings and to participate in the field events.”

“As a novice I have learnt a great deal about photography and camera settings”

“I joined the 2013 Walthamstow Photographic Society Summer School.  Prior to this my photography was limited to trying to get better holiday photos than my friends, and I had never taken the camera off auto.

“At the Summer School I learnt about the different settings on my camera, how to technically take a good photo, how to be creative taking photos, and most importantly from the homework I was encouraged to try photographing a whole range of different subjects pushing me out of my comfort zone.”

“Two years later, thanks to the start given at the Summer School, my photography and confidence has come on in leaps and bounds.”

“I enjoy entering the club competitions and interclub competitions and in 2015 I won the 1 in 100 interclub competition had 6 acceptances for the Southampton International Exhibition.” – Caroline Preece

Previous attendees have come from Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, South Woodford, Woodford, Wanstead, & Chingford.