Photography Workshop at Kew Gardens

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Photo Fun & Inspiration, Photo School Update

Londonist: Behind The Lens

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Natalie Clarke Photography, Photo School Update

Londonist: Behind The Lens

This week I feature in “a series celebrating the talent of our friends in the Londonist Flickr pool”. Go to the Londonist to see my photos and words on my photographic journey.

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Beginner Photography Workshops This Weekend

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Photography Events, Photography Training

Want To Learn More About Photography?

This weekend I’ll be running my popular beginner and improver workshops in photography. These take place in the City / East London.

On Saturday 24 November the beginner workshops taking place at EC3V 0DR are

which are ideal if you are fairly new to photography. Then on the Sunday 25 November, the improver workshops at SE1 2UP are

These improver workshops will get your taking full control of you SLR and photography.

“Natalie was excellent tutor and her passion really showed during the sessions which definitely kept me interested and inspired. The class matched what was described in the brief and the location was excellent for the part when we went out to practice what we had been taught and I took some amazing photos.The classes were a good size and in the Creative Composition session, I think it was good to have others to share ideas and critique each others work as it helped me to think outside the box! Most importantly, I left the classes feeling confident and just wanted to go out and take more photographs! I felt it was excellent value for money.” Rianna

“I liked the friendliness of the group and tutor; good informality.” Paul

“I enjoyed Natalie’s style of presentation and keeping the class up with her.” Anon

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Free Photo Walk Course For Beginners In East London

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Photo School Update, Photo Walk

On this five-week ‘Photos from the Footpath’ course you’ll take a closer look at the streetscapes, landmarks, parks and people of Bethnal Green, using photography as a focus.

When dashing about day to day, it’s easy to miss the many interesting sights close to home. Each week there’s something new to photograph, whether it’s street life at the local shops and market, friendly farm animals, vibrant street art, or an architectural mix of Victorian terraces and post-War estates. We’ll also visit local places of worship, with a chance to chat with our hosts.

There’s group tuition and individual guidance on camera techniques and composition, to help you capture the local area in photographs. And along the way you’ll hear stories about the places that we visit. In the final session, we work together to create a group photo-book to share the story of our walks around the neighbourhood.

Who is the photo-walk course for?

Given the inter-faith focus of this course, we’re keen to bring together a group of Bethnal Green ‘near neighbours’ representing a range of beliefs – Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and those of other faiths or no faith.

Download the PDF Info at PftF B7 NN eFlyer

The course is especially pitched at those who have limited or no experience of digital photography. But you’re very welcome if you simply want to learn how to use your digital camera more effectively. If you own a digital camera, please bring that along – but if not, cameras can be provided each week.

When and where are the photo walks?

The course runs on Tuesdays, from 10am-1pm, starting on Tuesday 13th November and ending on Tuesday 11th December 2012. To get the most out of the course you’ll need to attend all five sessions. When you sign up, you’ll receive full joining instructions.

Photography Workshop Feedback

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Photo School Update

Thanks to those that have sent in some feedback from the photography workshops they have recently attended. It’s much appreciated and motivates me to keep going!

“Thanks for yesterday it was very informative and easy to learn from you. Thanks for all your patience.” Anne

“Thank you again for everything. I can’t wait to get out again this weekend, or around home and trial what I have learnt. I feel so much more confident already” Rianna

“Thanks again for all the really helpful information – feel like I’ve now got the foundation to start taking decent photos.” Anitha

“I’ve taken the Camera Settings workshop myself before and found it very useful so have decided to book my dad in for it as well.” Caroline

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Focus On: Composition

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Creative Composition, Photography Training

Practice Your Composition

Spend a Sunday afternoon – 9 December 12 til 3pm – slowing down and exploring an architectural wonder. The Barbican Estate is full of great design, making it an ideal environment to have a go at carefully composing your shots and shooting in B&W.

Don’t worry if it is raining or cold – this has been planned for! The Barbican has plenty of undercover walkways as well as three great indoor areas which are very photogenic.

This practice event is £20 and aimed at beginners and improvers. You’ll be able to focus on compositional techniques such as:

  • Lines – draw the viewers attention to your subject
  • Curves – help soften out the dramatic lines
  • Framing – try adding depth to your images
  • B&W – start to see texture, form and shape

This Focus On is ideal if a) you are fairly new to your camera and want to photograph with like-minded people or if b) you have recently completed the Creative Composition workshop (or something similar) and want to practice your skills.

We’ll have a group check-in at the Foodhall at 1:30pm (warm drinks, cakes and other snacks are available) as well as you receiving:

  • Bite-size tuition on relevant compositional techniques
  • 1:1 time to help with your camera
  • Exercises to try out and keep you focused
  • Feedback on your uploaded photos post-event

Book now – 9 December 12 til 3pm – as places are limited to 12.

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“Expert advice from Natalie as always. Time allowed to review photos and look at others taken by the group. Excellent afternoon.” Sue

“Very enjoyable and great advice during the day from Natalie. Nice group of people and a great venue..” Philip

“A very enjoyable day; great location and good company. Thanks for organising.” Lara

Focus On: Autumn Colours at Westonbirt

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Camera Features, Creative Composition, Photo Practice

A Day Trip To Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Every year, thousands of visitors make their way to Westonbirt during October and November to experience the climax of colour before the winter sets in.

The famous Japanese maples in particular are ablaze in reds, oranges and yellows. The cost of this magical day out is £80 which includes return train fares, taxis to/from Westonbirt, entrance fee to the arboretum and six hours of photography fun.

As with other practice events, you’ll also receive:

  • Bite-size tuition on relevant settings/techniques
  • 1:1 time to help with your camera
  • Exercises to try out and keep you focused
  • A group check-in during lunch (lunch not provided)
  • Feedback on your uploaded photos post-event

We are going on Saturday 27th October and will meet at Paddington station at 7:45am and will return by 7:15pm. It can be a long day, so do make sure you are well rested!

Please note, that the day’s itinerary will be sent to you a week before the event. Lunch is not provided. The event will go ahead whatever the weather and no refunds are available.

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“Really enjoyed. Always wanted to go this place. Well organised and I was comfortable with the group. Everyone was also able to do their own thing at the same time!” Bee

“It was a great day. Thanks Natalie for organising.” Sylvie

“A memorable day! It was a great pleasure to be able to join you today.Kashif

Focus On: Settings

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Camera Settings

Practice Your Camera Settings

Spend a Saturday morning – 13 October 10:30-1:30 – getting to know your camera and practicing with its buttons inside the delightful NHM and V&A.

Subjects will include the stunning architecture, courtyards, sculptures and all manner of interesting stuff the museums are famous for. You’ll be able to focus on camera skills such as:

  • ISO – useful in low-light, typical in museums
  • Exp. Comp. – perfect your exposure with this simple technique
  • Focusing – try out different AF points on sculptures
  • WB – be creative with your white balance

This “Focus On” practice event is aimed at beginners and is ideal if you have completed the Camera Settings workshop or similar. For £20 you’ll receive:

  • Bite size tuition on relevant camera settings
  • 1:1 time to help with your camera and composition
  • Exercises to try out and keep you focused
  • A group check-in at a cafe halfway through
  • Feedback on your uploaded photos post-event

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Night Photography

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Photography Training

Night Photography for Beginners

My popular evening workshops to learn about night photography have now launched for this Autumn. Wrap up warm and discover the fun of low light and night time shooting.

  • Dates for Autumn are Wed Oct 24, Tue 13 Nov and Mon 10 Dec
  • Book via the ‘night photography’ button above

Photography Workshop Offer This September

Posted By: Natalie  //  Category: Photo School Update, Special Offers

Free this weekend for some photography?


Receive a 50% discount off two workshops either this Saturday 15 Sept or Sunday 16 Sept by simply joining The Photo School & Club on either Facebook or Twitter. 



Can’t do this weekend?
There are still savings to be gained in October & November as long as you join Facebook or Twitter and book before 30 Sept 2012.

  • This Weekend 15 & 16 – 50% Off – 2 workshops for £45 – 1 workshop for £22.50
  • October – 40% Off – Sat 20 & Sun 21 – 2 workshops for £54 – 1 workshop for £27
  • November – 30% Off – Sat 24 & Sun 25 – 2 workshops for £63 – 1 workshop for £31.50

Step 1 – Join The Club

You must join the Photo School on Facebook or Twitter to take part in the offer. These make up ‘The Photo School Club’ and will keep you up to date with the latest photography happenings. Complete this step before 30th September 2012 to qualify for the offer.

Step 2 – Decide On Workshops

You can take part in a maximum of two workshops per weekend. Natural pairings are Camera Settings & Creative Composition (Sat) or Explore Exposure and Switch To Manual (Sun).

For example, you could do the beginner workshops this Saturday for £45 and then the Sunday improver workshops in October for £54. It’s up to you how you want to mix-n-match.

Step 3 – Book & Email

Make your booking before 30 Sept 2012. Pick the date of your first workshop. Enter the correct amount. Email me to let me know which workshop(s) you are interested in doing (especially if you are mix-n-matching / doing more than one) and I will confirm.

Offer T&Cs
  • A maximum of 2 workshops per person is allowed per monthly weekend
  • Normal price for 2 workshops is £90 or £45 for 1 workshop
  • Workshop(s) must be booked by 30th Sept 2012
  • The offer is only redeemable once you have joined Facebook or Twitter
  • You must do this before your booking and before 30 Sept 2012 at the latest
  • The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers
  • The offer cannot be retrospectively applied