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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK

The beginner’s guide to taking brilliant photographs

Nigel Wilson, photographer
Nigel Wilson, photographer Photograph: Nigel Wilson

Photos can and should be precious records of our lives, yet for many of us our hasty snapshots often fail to do justice to the spirit or beauty of our memories.

Enter Nigel Wilson, photography tutor for the Royal Photographic Society and the V&A. He believes that great photos are made, not taken and in this accessible and practical masterclass, you’ll learn the formula to taking great shots whatever camera you’re using.

You will learn to understand the fundamentals of lighting, composition and colour in a way that you can easily apply to your own photographs. You’ll discover the most common photography mistakes and how to avoid them.

By the end of this hands-on masterclass you will start to become a constructive critic of your own photos and a more confident photographer.

This course is for …

  • Anyone interested in learning how to take better photos

  • No technical knowledge is required

  • Suitable for users of all types of camera, including camera phones

Course content

  • Formulas for building better photographs

  • Lighting

  • Composition

  • Understanding colour

  • Common photography mistakes

Tutor profile

Nigel Wilson is an experienced teacher who leads classes at many institutions, including New York University, Photofusion and London’s famous Camera Club. He has also lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum and is a tutor for the Royal Photographic Society.


Date: Tuesday 29 November 2022
Time: 6.30pm-9pm GMT
Price: £49 (plus £2.83 booking fee)

This masterclass is available globally. See this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

6.30pm GMT | 7.30pm CET | 10.30am PST | 1.30pm EST

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