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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.

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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Freezing movement at photography club!

Freezing movement at photography club!

This week at our after school photography clubs our students have been freezing movement! Freezing movement is a fun photography skill to learn. At our after school photography clubs in Surrey we use Nikon Coolpix W100 cameras. These cameras have a setting called ‘Take a series of pictures’. (However, if you don’t have this camera

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Colour photography for kids

Colour photography for kids

Colour photography for kids at after school photography club! Colour photography for kids at this weeks after school photography club has been great fun! Our students love using the ‘more vivid’ setting on their camera to make the colours POP even more. This theme is all about focusing on taking simple pictures that portray the colour

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Kensington Palace Photography Workshops

Kensington Palace Photography Workshops

Kensington Palace Photography Workshops Sharp Shots Gets The Royal Treatment With New October Workshops In London We’re delighted to announce that Sharp Shots has been commissioned by Kensington Palace to hold an exclusive set of photography drop-in workshops during the October half-term break.  The London photography courses for children and teens will run from the

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After School Photography Clubs in Surrey

After School Photography Clubs in Surrey

Our after school photography clubs in Surrey are back for the Autumn term! The summer holidays seem a distant memory and after school photography clubs in Surrey have started up again for the Autumn term. We love our after school clubs though so there are no complaints here! Each week of the term we teach

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Summer holiday photography courses for teens

Summer holiday photography courses for teens

We had a brilliant break full of Summer holiday photography courses for teens! We’re still buzzing from this years summer holiday photography courses for teens. We visited loads of venues across the UK and had great fun teaching photography to the next generation. We thought you would like to see what we got up to so

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Summer holiday photography courses for kids

Summer holiday photography courses for kids

Schools are back but we are still buzzing from our Summer holiday photography courses for kids! This year we had a brilliant break from school clubs with our summer holiday photography courses for kids. We visited loads of venues across the UK and had great fun teaching photography to the next generation. We thought you

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Photography courses at Tatton Park

Photography courses at Tatton Park

Photography workshops at Tatton in Knutsford Pretty as a picture – Sharp Shots photography courses in an inspiring setting Beautiful Cheshire is the setting for our photography courses at Tatton Park for kids and teens, offering professional tuition in one of the most inspiring places in the country.         Putting children in

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After School Photography Club | Summer term

After School Photography Club | Summer term

Our after school photography club has come to an end for the Summer term. We had a brilliant term teaching photography at after school photography club to students at Tillingbourne Junior School, St. Pauls Primary School, Holy Trinity Pewley Down School & Bushy Hill Junior School. The students learn how to use the Nikon Coolpix

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Photographing water at after school photography club

Photographing water at after school photography club

Making a splash by photographing water at after school photography club! Photographing water is such good fun. Especially when the Nikon Coolpix W100 cameras we use are waterproof! The camera setting we used this week is the action setting (fast shutter speed/take a series of pictures/burst). This setting allows the children to take lots of

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Toy Photography

Toy Photography

This week at after school photography club the theme is ‘Toy Photography’! Toy photography is such a fun topic to photograph. You can create amazing scenes that look realistic or make you think about what is really going on. This theme is designed to make our students think outside the box by using forced perspective.

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Hide and Seek | Fun Photography at after school club

Hide and Seek | Fun Photography at after school club

We love this weeks fun photography theme at after school photography club! This week at after school photography club theme was ‘Hide & seek’. This fun photography topic makes students think outside the box and get creative with their photos! Some students even literally turned it into a gave of hide and seek where the

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Photographing Sunshine at after school photography club

Photographing Sunshine at after school photography club

Photographing Sunshine this Summer term at after school club This week at our after school photography clubs we are photographing sunshine! We asked the students what they think about when we say sunshine. Answers included playing, holiday, blue skies, lots of colour and ice cream! We showed our students photographs by famous photographs to inspire

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Creative compositions at after school photography club

Creative compositions at after school photography club

Using an ants point of view to make creative compositions Creative compositions were our focus this week at after school photography club. We encouraged the children to think outside the box when it came to composing their images. How did we do this? We asked the students to pretend their camera was an ant! By

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Fun camera settings at after school club

Fun camera settings at after school club

Learning all the fun camera settings at after school photography club! After school photography clubs are back for the Spring term & this week our students have been learning about fun camera settings! Nikon Coolpix W100 are great for learning how to take fantastic photographs, whilst also having kid-friendly settings like bubble, mirror, neon and more!

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Make your Photography Blossom with Spring Flowers

Make your Photography Blossom with Spring Flowers

Make Your Photography Blossom With Spring Flowers Spring is always a welcome change from the cold of winter, and while winter offers some great opportunities for photographers, the warmer weather brings some new subjects to capture. The increased sunshine, bursts of fresh colour and pretty landscapes make spring an inspiring time to capture natures renewing

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Waddesdon Manor Photo Course

Waddesdon Manor Photo Course

We had a great day Capturing Spring on our Waddesdon Manor Photo Course! We love running kids and teens photo course at Waddesdon Manor. It is the perfect place to learn photography, with beautiful flower beds, water fountains & stunning architecture. And to top it all off, we even had great weather! We started the

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National Maritime Museum Photography Course

National Maritime Museum Photography Course

Capturing Spring on our National Maritime Museum Photography Course! This Easter we were back at the National Maritime Museum to photograph everything Spring! The course was for 8-13 year olds, plus a parent or adult, so it was a really family based course. Our National Maritime Museum Photography Course covered topics from aperture, to shutter

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Best cameras for kids and teens

Best cameras for kids and teens

Best cameras for kids and teens – Updated 2021 There are so many camera makes and models, it can be hard to work out which are the best cameras for kids and teens. So to make it easier for you, we have put together a list of some of our favourite entry level cameras for

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Night Photography

Night Photography

Make The Most Of The Dark With Night Photography Night photography can be quite a challenge, especially for beginners. Getting great night shots often requires you to manipulate shutter speed, aperture and ISO, which can be a struggle when you are still getting to grips with how a camera operates. A photography workshop or photography

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Action Photography at After School Club

Action Photography at After School Club

Action Photography at After School Photography Club! This week at our after school photography clubs the theme has been ‘ACTION!’. However, due to Storm Gareth passing through, two clubs had to be held inside as it was too wet out! So we had to improvise with ‘Photo Stations’. But lets start with Action Photography! We

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Innovate Guildford photography workshops

Innovate Guildford photography workshops

Innovate Guildford Photography workshops for kids & teens! This year we are back at the brilliant Innovate Guildford at GLive to run FREE 45 minute photography courses for kids, teens & parents! Below we have outlined the times and themes – make sure you book when you arrive to secure your place! 10:30       Close up/Macro

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‘I love’ | Valentines day photography

‘I love’ | Valentines day photography

Valentines day inspired photography at after school photography club Valentines day was the inspiration for this weeks after school photography club theme ‘I love’. We wanted to encourage the children to think about what they love and to think outside the box to photograph those things. This assignment is all about encouraging positivity in the

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Food Photography Top Tips!

Food Photography Top Tips!

Food Photography Top tips Watch our Food Photography Top Tips video for some really helpful pointers when taking creative food photos: 📸TOP TIP! 📸 Here are our top tips for capturing a winning photograph of food: Use a neutral background so that it doesn’t distract from the main subject 🌽         Think

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Landscape Photography top tips!

Landscape Photography top tips!

Landscape Photography Top Tips! Watch our Landscape Photography Top Tips video for some really helpful pointers when taking landscape photos: 📸TOP TIP! 📸 Our top tips for photographing great Landscapes: Use your Landscape setting or your Aperture priority setting (A/Av) and use a big f/number like f/16 or f/22 for a big depth of field

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Creative light painting

Creative light painting

Creative Light Painting at After School Photography Club! This week at our after school photography club our students have been light painting! Drawing with light is a really fun and creative photography technique. But how do you do it? Firstly, you have to make sure you’re in a dark place (the darker the better!). Then

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How to take amazing portraits

How to take amazing portraits

How To Take Amazing Portraits Of Family & Friends February is all about your loved ones and showing your family and friends how much they mean to you. A lovely family portrait or photos of your closest friends will be cherished for many years to come and can make a great gift or memento. As

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Winter photography at after school club

Winter photography at after school club

This weeks theme at after school photography club was Winter photography Winter photography is great fun (and a little cold…). Our students were asked to think about what comes to mind when we say ‘Winter’. They came up with answers like “cold”, “snow”, “slippery”, “Christmas”, “warm clothes” & “dark”. We encouraged them to then go

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Who am I? | After School Photography Club

Who am I? | After School Photography Club

This week at our after school photography clubs the photographic theme was ‘Who am I?’ Each week at after school club we choose a different photographic theme to inspire our students work. This week was our first week back for the Spring term. We have loved welcoming new and old faces to the clubs! Our

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Winning Shots For Wonderful Winter Landscapes

Winning Shots For Wonderful Winter Landscapes

Winning Shots For Wonderful Winter Landscapes Taking amazing and high-quality photos is tricky at the best of times and trying to do it in winter can just make it even more difficult. When you’re bundled up into as many layers as possible and trying to operate your camera with frozen fingers, finding the inspiration to

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Online Photography Courses for Kids and Teens

Online Photography Courses for Kids and Teens

Just Landed! Online Photography Courses From Sharp Shots Receive expert photography coaching online and maximise your photography potential. Sharp Shots Photo Club Online are excited to launch their new range of online photography courses to help every budding photographer get the most out of every shot. Suitable for every kid and teen photographer, the online

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Learn How To Take Great Family Photos this Christmas

Learn How To Take Great Family Photos this Christmas

Learn How To Take Great Family Photos at a Photography Workshop The festive season is the perfect time of year for capturing wonderful family photos. Christmas is all about spending precious time with loved ones and making memories that last a lifetime. Budding photographers can make the most of the festivities and having all the

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After school club: Best of Autumn 2018

After school club: Best of Autumn 2018

After School Photography Club, Autumn term 2018 This week is the final week of our after school photography clubs until the new year! We can’t believe how fast the term has gone, but we’ve had a brilliant time. Our students have learnt various camera skills like how to use the scene settings creatively, different compositional

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Indoor Photography for Rainy Days

Indoor Photography for Rainy Days

Indoor Photography for Rainy Days at After School Photography Club! This week at after school photography club we had to practice indoor photography as the weather was horrible! Photography is a great rainy day activity so we had fun and the students learnt some great skills. Monday was dry, so we were able to stick

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Free Kids Online Photography Tips Video

Free Kids Online Photography Tips Video

Free Online Photography Course Taster At Sharp Shots Photo Club, we are very excited to introduce our brand-new online photography courses. We have been working hard, putting together our experience and knowledge from our location courses into an exciting online format. What’s more, you can start your learning journey by experiencing one of our insightful

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Creating Photo Collages

Creating Photo Collages

Photo Collages are so much fun to create! Our after school photography club kids loved it this week. This week at after school photography club we have been creating photo collages! Combining photographs taken by the children, and found images from newspapers and magazines. Our students loved being able to print out their photo of

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Capturing Amazing Autumn Colours on our Online Photography Course

Capturing Amazing Autumn Colours on our Online Photography Course

Photography tips for Capturing Amazing Autumn Colours and learn more on our Online Photography Course Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons, as the leaves turn to wonderful shades of red, yellow and orange and the dusk draws in earlier giving the evenings a soft glow. Trying to capture this beauty on camera can

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