Crystal Palace has some great some really weird photography subjects. This makes it a great place for photography courses.
We meet at the Crystal Palace Lodge for coffee and a briefing. We move up through the park (dinosaurs permitting!), taking prehistoric portraits and landscapes of the wide-open views. We review all this at a cafe, and return to the park cafe for 4:30pm. We have taught photography courses in Crystal Palace in all weathers, even snow! It’s fun, educational and flexible, like all our London photography workshops.
We usually teach small groups at Crystal Palace, particularly concentrating on photography for beginners. We go through the camera settings, take some practice shots to get the idea. Then we work on portrait composition and landscape composition to produce photographs with clarity and intention. By the end of the day you will be taking photographs that explain what you are trying to show us, through their technical aspects and their composition. Having a small group enables you to see how other people expressed themselves, which helps you to work on your own pictures.
There are 200 acres of landscape, including the famous Victorian dinosaurs (which are not entirely consistent with modern science, it has to be said), and mysterious sphynxes left over from the Crystal Palace before it burned down. There are miles of paths and interconnected lakes that were originally designed to be artificially tidal through ingenious Victorian engineering. There’s a maze, bandstand, huge rare trees, open spaces and strange architecture both old and new. There are formal and informal gardens, avenues of trees and classic English parkland. It was a regular haunt of Arthur Conan Doyle, and also where Michael Caine uttered the immortal line about “blowing the bloody doors off” in The Italian Job. More recently it was used in a Chemical Brother’s video for Setting Sun and the movie Rush. It has some of the best subjects for photography lessons London can provide. It’s a great place for both landscape photography and portrait photography. You may even see ring-necked parakeets, especially in the trees around the café and play area. Sightings of the birds have become increasingly common in South London but rarely in a location as busy as Crystal Palace Park. It’s also pretty convenient to get to by public transport or car, and a nice place to spend the day for photography courses.
We have been teaching in the park since 2009, and know the park well. We can help with photography techniques. We can give you photography tips to help you capture the dinosaur statues in their new environment that makes them look alive, we can catch the wildfowl in flight, and bring out the colour of the tree avenues, and the shape of the landscape.
After the course we will send you comprehensive notes of your course, and as always you are welcome to bombard us with questions about your photographs or your photographic equipment. We find this is particularly useful at Crystal Palace, as we are often working with photography for beginners.