Photography is a fascinating skill to learn. You may aspire to be a top wedding photographer in the North West, want a career in commercial photography or simply wish to have fun by exploring your creativity.
If you live in or near Manchester, there are numerous ways to start learning about photography. You could simply take your camera or smartphone for a walk around the city streets and search for interesting subjects.
There are many books and online courses available, but the best way to learn is through live photography courses. There are many available in Manchester, and here are some examples:
Manchester School of Photography
At the Manchester School of Photography, you can take classes or one-on-one private tuition. Courses include wedding photography, fashion photography, portrait photography, night photography, lighting and Photoshop software training.
Courses are priced at £90 for a day course and £180 for a two-day one.
Diplomas and degrees
If you want a professional qualification in photography, Trafford College offers a two-year BTEC diploma course.
Similarly, you can take a degree course at Salford University or Manchester School of Art.
Manchester Photographic is a city centre school with its own studio and exhibition space. It offers numerous one-day and night classes designed for beginner to advanced levels. These include commercial photography courses such as product and fashion photography.
It also has more unusual courses like Urban Canal Photography, which takes place on the Manchester waterways. As well as featuring interesting architecture and boats, the canals are some of the few places in the city where you can photograph wildlife including swans, mink, geese, ducks and kingfishers.
One-day courses cost under £90, whilst a 12-module, three-month night class costs £495.
Manchester Academy of Photography
Manchester Academy of Photography is located in the city’s bustling Northern Quarter. It specialises in travel, night photography and the use of light. Its classes are small – no more than six to a tutor, to offer a more personalised service.
Costs are £100 for a day-group course to £350 for a day’s one-to-one private tuition. Course levels are novice to advanced.
The courses and venues listed above comprise just a small selection of the numerous Manchester photography routes you can take. Whatever aspect of photography you are interested in, you are sure to find a full-time or part-time course to suit your lifestyle in this wonderful city.