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Here we document our children’s photography courses and workshops, including some of the amazing work our children get up to.

A Guide to Flower Photography – Online Photography Workshop for Kids

Hello, budding photographers! Are you ready to dive into the enchanting world of flower photography? Flowers are like nature’s own artwork, bursting with colours, shapes, and patterns just waiting to be captured through the lens of a camera. In this blog post, we’ll embark on an exciting journey through the basics of flower photography. Join

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Group Photography Courses

Crafting Memories: The Intimate Charm of Sharp Shots Private Group Photography Courses In the realm of photography, there exists a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to dive deeper into their craft through our private group photography courses. Unlike larger, more generalized workshops, private group sessions offer a tailored and intimate experience that fosters collaboration, creativity, and

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Draw It, Take It – After School Photo Club

Draw It, Take It – After School Photo Club

We’re sadly at the end of the term for our After School Photo Club. It’s been a great 10 weeks of teaching the children all about different techniques and watching them progress their photographic learning experience. Despite the cold and miserable weather the children have really taken on each challenge with enthusiasm and we are

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Capturing Action – After School Photo Club

Capturing Action – After School Photo Club

A few weeks back we introduced the theme of capturing “action’ for our After School Photo Club! This exercise is great for getting the children not only moving around but thinking about shutter speed and how to freeze an action in the frame. We brought props like colour ribbons and balls for them to use

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Five Senses – After School Photo Club

Five Senses – After School Photo Club

The five senses is a great theme for After School Photo Club as it requires the children to really consider how their senses allow them to experience their environment. Interpreting that into pictures really challenges them and it’s great to see them look around the playground and classroom for inspiration. It was interesting to see

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Drawing with Light – AfterSchool Photo Club

Drawing with Light – AfterSchool Photo Club

The start of a new term in January can always be a bit tricky for our after school photo club. The slightly cold and damp weather and the lack of light gives us extra challenges but also extra opportunities to teach the children how to create pictures using the light they have or by getting

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Christmas Gift Guide 2023

Christmas Gift Guide 2023

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…! We love Christmas time and we love recommending fun photographic gifts for our students to enjoy and to keep them inspired. We’ve put together an amazing list full of cameras, tripods, books and fun accessories that every young photographer will enjoy! Our gifts are for kids as

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Black and White – After School Photo Club

Black and White – After School Photo Club

As well as teaching our students how to notice colour and light in their surroundings we also encourage them to use the black and white setting on their cameras to make a study of tone and texture. Often removing the colour from an image can allow the viewer to really see what the photographer wishes

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Ridgeway 50 Photos Project

Ridgeway 50 Photos Project

We are so excited to announce that we are working with The Ridgeway National Trail and professional photographer Matt Writtle on the Ridgeway 50 Photos Project. In celebration of The Ridgeway National Trail’s 50th anniversary as a National Trail, Arts Council England has funded this project to help inspire budding and experienced photographers to visit

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What is it? – After School Photo Club

What is it? – After School Photo Club

Our next theme for After School Photo Club was “What is it?” Where we encourage the children to look for frame that is so obscure it is difficult to tell straight away what the image is of. They used the flower setting on their Nikon Coolpix cameras to zoom in and create their close up

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You are an Ant – After School Photo Club

You are an Ant – After School Photo Club

A great way for children to learn how to use different angles and perspectives in photography is to have them look through the view finder as if they were an ant. Keeping their cameras down low and looking at everything from a different position increases their ability to make more creative decisions in their compositions.

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Photographing what you like – After School Photo Club

Photographing what you like – After School Photo Club

We’re so happy to be back at school teaching our Photography classes to our after school photo club children. We have some wonderful new students this term so the best way to introduce all the new comers to our Nikon Coolpix cameras is to start off with a topic that challenges the children to capture

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Photography Journal – After School Photo Club

Photography Journal – After School Photo Club

It was so sad to say goodbye to some of our Year 6 after school photo club members. Some of them have been coming along to our photo club for a number of years so giving them their journals on the last week was a real treat. At the end of each term we put

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Capturing Nature’s Giants – Photography workshops for children

Photographing Trees – Photography workshops for children Welcome, young photographers! Have you ever wondered how to take amazing pictures of trees? Trees are nature’s giants, standing tall and proud, and they make fantastic subjects for our photographs. So, let’s grab our cameras and get ready for an adventure! ADD PHOTO In our photography workshops for

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Photographing Bugs & Bubbles – After School Photo Club

Photographing Bugs & Bubbles – After School Photo Club

Bugs and Bubbles are 2 things that most children love to chase after so they make a great topic to keep our after school photo club kids engaged. We split the group into 2 and whilst one group went off to hunt mini beasts with their cameras set to macro the other group popped their

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Photographing Water – After School Photo Club

Photographing Water – After School Photo Club

That mini heat wave a week ago meant that our theme of “water’ for our after school photo club was very welcome. The children had a lot of fun using their waterproof Nikon Coolpix cameras to create some watery images. We brought in some fab reusable water balloons for our students to use. They were easy

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Photographing Action – After School Photo Club

Photographing Action – After School Photo Club

If there is one thing our after school photo club kids are good at, it is moving around, so our week photographing “action” came very naturally to them all!! It’s a great way to get rid of a bit of energy after school too! We taught the children to use the burst setting on our

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Photographing Toys  – After School Photo Club

Photographing Toys – After School Photo Club

One of the children’ favourite weeks in our After School Photo Club is when they get to bring in their favourite toy to use a subject to photograph. We are always so impressed by the ideas they come up with especially when they work together to make their pictures. They get super creative with their

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Photographing Summer Sun

Photographing Summer Sun

Finally it feels like Summer is around the corner and for the first time this term the sun decided to come out to play properly during our after school photography club this week. There is still a little nip in the air but as the weeks progress I’m sure it will feel much warmer so

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Photographing Spring – Kids Online Photography Courses

Photographing Spring – Kids Online Photography Courses

Springtime is a season of renewal and growth, making it an excellent time to take photographs. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just starting, capturing the beauty of spring can be a fun and rewarding experience. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to photograph springtime and recommend our kids’ online

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What do you like to take photos of?

What do you like to take photos of?

We’re super excited to be back with a new term at Sharp Shots Photography Club! We hope you all enjoyed your New Year and are getting stuck in with those resolutions…This week we introduced some new faces and a few familiar ones to our cameras and asked them “What do they like to take photos

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Christmas Gift Guide 2022

Christmas Gift Guide 2022

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…! We love Christmas time and we love recommending fun photographic gifts for our students to enjoy and to keep them inspired. We’ve put together an amazing list full of cameras, tripods, books and fun accessories that every young photographer will enjoy! Our gifts are for kids as

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Read and Photograph

Read and Photograph

Here we are, the final week of after school photography club for 2022! To celebrate their journey, the class were tasked with 14 different phrases, which the children then interpreted in their own way through photographs. As if telling a story with a single photo! They could either photograph what they see, or create something

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The focus for this week was to create a fun and vibrant photo collage from a selfie our students took with their cameras. Not just a regular selfie, but one using flash to ensure it was sharp and clear. The children had a lot of fun flipping through various magazines, cutting and sticking colourful and

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You Are An Ant Today!

You Are An Ant Today!

The focus this week for our after school photography club students was how much a difference perspective makes in their photos. We encouraged the children to think outside the box when it came to composing their images. Their only rule was to pretend they were an ant with a camera, so their photos had to

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Who Are You!

Who Are You!

We are back for the Autumn term! We have loved welcoming new and old faces to the clubs! Our theme this week was ‘Who Are You?’ This lesson helped our pupils think of creative ways to show who they are through a camera lens. We started with teaching them how to take a photograph, mentioning

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After school photography theme this week is: blur!

After school photography theme this week is: blur!

This week it was all about taking creative BLURRY images! We encouraged the children to shake the camera about as much as they could, to run with it across the field and to spin it in a circle (as long as they have the wrist string attached!) The best way for the students to capture

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This week’s after school photography theme is: Summer Sun!

This week’s after school photography theme is: Summer Sun!

This week’s lesson focused on capturing each child’s favourite element of summer. We asked them what summer means to them, and what is the first thing they think of when you say “Summer.”  Answers included holiday, playing, blue skies, ice cream and lots of colour! We got them to think about what blooms in the

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Photographing Water!!

Photographing Water!!

In this wet session, the students learned how to capture water using our underwater cameras. We showed the kids the underwater setting and the action setting. The students used buckets, and water bottles to pour and slosh the water in various ways so they could capture interesting water shots. In this session the students learned

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Hide and Seek!

Hide and Seek!

This week our after school photography clubs theme was Hide and Seek. This lesson taught the children to really look for their image and introduced the idea of fun into their photographs too. They needed to pair up in groups of two or three and take “where’s wally” photographs. Their partners needed to hide, but

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This weeks exciting theme is: Action!

This week we focused on action photos at our after school clubs’, taking super SHARP shots of moving objects. We introduced the camera’s shutter to the kids, and they found out that when they press the shutter button to take the photograph, it literally opens and shuts the “shutter or door” to make the image.

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After school photography club theme: Bring your own Toy!

This week the students brought a toy or two from home to photograph. Our young photographers learned how to include their toy in every image, making sure each image was different. Students were encouraged to be creative with their scene settings on their cameras and to try new things! (super far away, really up close,

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Photography Top Tips!

Photography Top Tips!

Photography Top Tips! Did you receive a new camera or phone for Christmas and want to learn some awesome top tips about how to take amazing photographs? Well then this blog is for you! Below are some of our TOP TIPS for photographing Winter! Capture the frost. Get out early before it melts! Use the

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Christmas Gift Guide 2021

Christmas Gift Guide 2021

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…! We love Christmas time and we love recommending fun photographic gifts for our students to enjoy and to keep them inspired. We’ve put together an amazing list full of cameras, tripods, books and fun accessories that every young photographer will enjoy! Our gifts are for kids as

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Phone Photography Course Online

Phone Photography Course Online

Learn to take incredible photos with our Phone Photography Course Online. We live in an age of being able to do anything and everything via our smartphones. Smartphone’s are now the worldwide medium for photography, and literally in the palm of our hands. It is easy to get carried away with the incredible  camera and

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Online After School Photography Club

Online After School Photography Club

Call The Shots with our After School Online Photography Club ___________________________________________________________________ It’s been a strange year but, as we slowly return to a form of normality, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Summer’s almost over, which means we’ve now got our sights on Christmas, Bonfire Night and, of course, Halloween. 

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We are now supported by the Royal Photographic Society

We are now supported by the Royal Photographic Society

We are super excited to announce our new collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society. “The Royal Photographic Society is a charity that exists to increase the knowledge and understanding of photography, to promote the highest standards of achievement in photography, and to encourage the public appreciation of photography.” The patron of the Royal Photographic Society

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Photography Book for Kids

Photography Book for Kids

Photography Book for kids “You can take amazing photos” by Lillian Spibey “You can take amazing photos” can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones, & Harper Collins. We are so excited to announce that our founder, Lillian Spibey, has a new inspiring photography book for kids called “You can take amazing photos” published by Harper Collins. All

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Photography Webinar Workshops for Teens

Photography Webinar Workshops for Teens

We’ve been teaching photography webinar workshops for teens since the lockdown started, and it’s been wonderful! We’ve been teaching teens photography online all over the country, and each workshop is a different topic. We’ve taught Nature photography, capturing action, colour photography, storytelling, black and white photography, still life photography and many more! It’s been really

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A Photographic Treasure Hunt

A Photographic Treasure Hunt

Our Photographic Treasure Hunt! A ‘Photographic Treasure Hunt’ is an exciting and fun way of taking photos of things we can find all around us, and a brilliant tool to teach our students about visual literacy. It’s wonderful to see how each student interprets the task we give them.  It is also a great way to

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Draw it & Take it!

Draw it & Take it!

Draw it & Take it! In our after school photography Clubs, we taught our students how to plan a photograph. The students learned how great photographers will go to great lengths to get the photo they want. Our students started with whiteboards and we asked each phtographer to draw what they wanted to photograph. Our students

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Action Photographers

Action Photographers

This week at our after school photography clubs the students have turned into real Action Photographers! Our photo club this week was all about action and capturing movement. Our students learned how to photograph fast moments such as running and jumping, throwing and catching a ball, cartwheels and catching their shadows. With our Nikon Coolpix W100

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Half Term Photo Fun

Half Term Photo Fun

Holiday photography courses We had rainy, wet, windy but very fun and informative few courses this half term in London, Surrey, Kent and Cheshire. In a previous blog post we already wrote about the London Landscapes course, so you can read all about that here. We were all over the place this holidays. After London we

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Photographing London Landscapes

Photographing London Landscapes

Half Term fun in London Some kids and teens have started their half term with a photography course in London. Archbishops Park is a wonderful spot to learn about camera settings and compositions. The children aged 7 – 11 were trying out the close up and landscape settings to either take close up photos with

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Valentine’s day inspired photographs

Valentine’s day inspired photographs

I love … The children in the after school clubs this week captured some Valentine’s day inspired photographs. We talked about the things we love. What we love to do,  what we love about ourselves, the things that make us happy and bring us joy. The children were encouraged to make a list before capturing

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How to photograph winter in the UK?

How to photograph winter in the UK?

Is it even winter, if there is no snow? These are two of the questions we were trying to answer at this week’s after school photo clubs – as photographing winter was the club’s theme. We were talking about how to photograph these grey winter days when the nature is so different from summer or

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Patterns in everyday life

Patterns in everyday life

What surrounds us We can find patterns in every day life, if we only look close enough. This week at the after school photography clubs the children did just that. They looked closely to find patterns in the classroom,  the school and in the nature. To inspire them, we showed them some photographs by famous

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Photographing with Flash

Photographing with Flash

Photographing with flash in winter time This week at our after school photography clubs we were learning about photographing with flash in winter time. In the winter time when the sun goes down so quickly and the days are gloomy we have plenty of opportunities to use the flash. To inspire the children we showed

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Winter scenes from Richmond Park

Capturing winter scenes Photographing winter in the UK can be quite a challenge. Not enough snow and frost, a lot of dreary days with rain and clouds can look boring, but a lovely setting can make up for that and the teens on the January Photography workshop in Richmond Park were able to take some

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Creative Collage in the style of Sarah Anne Johnson

Creative Collage in the style of Sarah Anne Johnson

This term we tried a new theme ‘Creative Collage’ at after school photography club. We were inspired by the amazing creative collage work of Sarah Anne Johnson who created amazing collages using photographs and other mixed media to change or add to a scene.           We showed the children the photographs

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Creating a Mirror Image

Creating a Mirror Image

Creating a mirror image is such a fun photography theme to try. We love teaching it at after school photography club as it gives the kids a chance to see the world in a different way and get creative! To inspire the children, we showed them photographs by famous photographers Danny Lyon, Gueorgui Pinkhassov & Nikos Economopoulos.

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Christmas Photography Gift Guide

Christmas Photography Gift Guide

Christmas Photography Gift Guide for Kids & Teens ? Are you stuck on what to buy for the young photographer in your life this Christmas? We have put together a fun and inspiring Christmas photography gift guide to help you find the perfect present. From cameras to keyring’s and everything in between, you’ll be sure to

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Autumn Photography Fun!

Autumn Photography Fun!

Autumn photography fun at after school club! This week at after school club the kids were having lots of Autumn photography fun! Autumn is a wonderful season for photography, the colours are vivid and the light is soft. To inspire our students photographs we showed them images taken by famous photographers. This week these images

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Skills

Duke of Edinburgh Award Skills

Duke of Edinburgh Award Skills Choices ______________________________ Since 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh Award Skills has been a benchmark in the development of skills for young people. The awards currently encompass 144 nations and 287,937 young people – numbers which are growing each year. The Duke began to formulate the awards in 1954 at the

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Black and White Photographs

Black and White Photographs

At our after school photography club this week, the children have been taking Black and White photographs. The theme this week was all about black and white photographs. Students were taught where to find the black and white setting on their camera and how to use it effectively. Black and white photographs introduce more emotion

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