Photograph of a woman

“The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?” – Edward Weston

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Wednesdays (now full) or Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Tutor: Honey Salvadori
  • Fees from £210 to £395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
  • BOTH COURSES ARE NOW FULL

With celebrated photographer, Honey Salvadori

Photography: Practice and Theory is a practical photography course for people who want to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of photography and visual communication. The course is aimed at all levels of experience, so if you've only just started taking photographs, or already have some knowledge of photography, this course will help you to develop your practice.

The course comprises a mixture of classroom teaching and practical assignments in and around the Imperial College campus designed to encourage us to think about the way in which photographic images are taken can change the way an image communicates with its audience.

To do this we will start on a structured learning programme, beginning in term one with the question as to how to get the best photographs from our cameras. This will involve the the study of different genres, such as portrait, landscape and documentary photography, through which we will develop our own photographic techniques, and gain in-depth technical knowledge of how our digital and analogue cameras work. We will also be introduced to photo-editing computer software, such as Photoshop, which will enable us to enhance and edit the photographs we take.

We will also introduced to the work of leading contemporary practitioners of photography and will analyse the techniques used in their photographs. 

In the second term, we will focus on developing more individual photographic techniques and we will be introduced to new methods of visual communication. This will include the opportunity to take part in a studio lighting workshop, and we will learn how to create visual research which can be developed into art-direction concepts for studio photography.

Our aim is to end the course with a portfolio of photographic images that can form the foundation of our ongoing individual photography practice. There will also be a public exhibition of the work we produce, displayed at Imperial College.

Course Information

Course Programme

WeekTopicSession content
 1 Introduction to the course Introduction
 2 Using your Camera 1 Aperture – Speed – ISO: The differences between Analogue and Digital
 3 Using your Camera 2 Lenses – Depth of Field - Composition
 4 Using your Camera 3 Portrait Technique
 5 Using your Camera 4 Landscape Technique
 6 Using your Camera 5 Reportage Technique
 7 Lighting Daylight and Lowlight Photography.  Using Flash
 8 Field Trip TBC
 9 Group Tutorial Creating a Website and Blog
  *** Christmas break ***  
 10 Art Direction 1 Visual Research
 11 Photography Studio Workshop
 12 Art Direction 2 Creating a Concept
 13 Photography Studio Workshop
 14 News and Events Photography Reading the News: A History of Photojournalism and Alternative Facts
 15 Travel Photography Travel and Tourism
 16 Street Photography Creativity, Visual Journalism and Ethics
 17 Field Trip TBC
 18 Copyright Copyright Law and the Internet
 19 Preparing the Exhibition Post Production and Photoshop
 20 Group Tutorial Mounting the Exhibition (online or print TBC)

Additional Reading

There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.

Your Tutor

Photograph of Honey Salvatori

After leaving Art School, Honey Salvadori began her career in editorial and commercial photography by working for several press offices, including the London Film Festival, and contributed to magazines including the Face and Time Out.

In the late 1980s she began working for Q magazine which led to a five year long phase of documenting bands on tour with her trademark satirical eye, including Bros, Joe Strummer and the Pogues, Texas (in Texas), the Beautiful South and L7 amongst many others.  She also worked for Vox magazine, the Telegraph and Sunday Times magazine during this time.  

Honey then went on to spend a decade as a photographer at Channel 4 and the BBC producing promotional photographs for series like the BBC’s Airport and Jailbirds and Channel 4’s Cutting Edge and the Girlie Show.  At the same time she contributed documentary features to magazines including Elle, Marie Claire and Italian Moda.

Honey is represented in numerous collections, including the National Portrait Gallery.


Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £395    (Early Bird Rate: £360*) £230    (Early Bird Rate: £210*)
£305    (Early Bird Rate: £280*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be sent to the course tutor, Ms Honey Salvadori, h.salvadori@imperial.ac.uk

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.