MyPhotoSchool Launches World’s First Online Course on City Photography Using Google Earth 3D Simulation for Planning Photos

By Geoff Harris

Photographer Keith Wilson teaches you how to pre-plan famous city photos from all angles in any weather conditions, day or night.

MyPhotoSchool has launched a new course using Google Earth to pre-plan photography city breaks – the first of its kind in the world.  In this four week, online Travel & City Break Photography Course, starting July 7th 2012 (and subsequently the first Saturday of every month), students learn how to plan their city shoot-lists and images using the latest technologies.  Duncan Heather, Founder of MyPhotoSchool explains:  “Imagine being able to view the Eiffel Tower, from every angle, in all weather conditions, any time of day or night – and pre-plan your image – before you set off!  It puts you at a distinct advantage to maximise your photographic potential.”

Keith Wilson, Course Tutor, adds:  “Before the Internet, planning meant buying an informative guidebook and map of your destination, and having to figure out the rest when you get there, sometimes missing opportunities for amazing photographs.”

The use of the latest technologies in this MyPhotoSchool course, alongside the personal tuition of photography expert Keith Wilson, ensures that all students are able to hone their photographic knowledge of cities worldwide, before they’ve even left home.  Wilson teaches you valuable tips like:

Look-up the sunrise and sunset times of your destination. This is because architectural landmarks and other city sights look their best when the sun is low in the sky and the light is warm and less harsh.
Build into your shoot schedule, that east-facing landmarks should be seen in the early morning and west-facing subjects visited in the late afternoon.

Heather goes on to explain: “Navigating an unfamiliar city in bad weather conditions means that usually even the most prepared photographers will miss opportunities.  But using the techniques detailed in the course, we can pre-plan prime locations to shoot indoors at museums, galleries and other locations all over the city at the click of a button.  Keith goes through the entire process with a culmination in lesson four with a shoot list around London and how it’s planned.”

Furthermore, students are also given insights on how to plan opportunistic photographic city breaks around significant world events like The Venice Carnival or The Sydney Jazz Festival.  Wilson covers everything from what to pack, to street photography, legalities and planning for all weather and light conditions.  During the course, Wilson trots you round the globe, with rich examples of shots of cities and how to photograph their famous landmarks including:  Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona, Cologne, Bangkok, Kota Kinabalu, Tokyo, St Mark’s Square, Sydney and many more.

You can book a place for Keith’s MyPhotoSchool Travel & City Break Photography Course from today.

MyPhotoSchool is a new online photography school that offers a wide variety of photography courses, for every level of expertise and experience, from the novice to the hobbyist to the aspiring professional. Students get 1-to-1 feedback with the best photographers in the world, and build camaraderie with fellow students in the MyPhotoSchool online classrooms. Students are also provided with their own free photography website, together with the tools and templates to create a professional design. Initially, the website enables students to display their work, but upgrades are available that enable students to sell their work.

Courses cover everything from getting to grips with the equipment, understanding light and exposure, perfecting composition, professionally editing and making money from photography. Tutors at MyPhotoSchool, include world renowned wildlife photographer Heather Angel, former president of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS); David Handley, Sony Fashion Photographer of the Year; Phil Malpas, professional photographer and author of colour photography best sellers; Nigel Hicks, Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), professional photographer and author; Tony Worobiec, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, founder member of Arena, journalist and author; and Paul Harcourt Davies, professional photographer, author and conservationist. For more information on all of the MyPhotoSchool tutors and the courses that they teach, please go to:

All MyPhotoSchool courses cost £125, last four weeks and begin on the first Saturday of every month. The beauty of the course being online is that students learn at their own pace, and in the comfort of their own home. Each course includes step-by-step video tutorials, downloadable course notes, and the facility to chat with tutors and fellow classmates online, in a ‘virtual classroom’. The classroom may be ‘virtual’ but the camaraderie is real, and the technology is very intuitive and easy to use.

About Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is a highly experienced magazine editor, best known as the founder of Outdoor Photography, which he edited from 2000 to 2007. A widely published writer, workshop presenter and travel photographer, Keith is a regular contributor to Professional Photographer, N-Photo, Geographical and Wanderlust.  He is the founder of Black+White Photography, Europe’s only magazine dedicated solely to the black & white image, and was the award-winning editor of Amateur Photographer from 1989 to 1998. The author of two books on travel photography, Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives in Wimbledon

About MyPhotoSchool
MyPhotoSchool Ltd is a global online photography classroom. Whether you are a novice, a hobbyist or an aspiring professional, MyPhotoSchool has an online photography course to inspire you. At MyPhotoSchool, world class photographers can teach you everything there is to know about photography: virtually. From back yard to big game photography; from black and white photography to discovering colour; from low light to understanding light, as well as how to take beautiful baby, wonderful wedding, perfect pooch and fantastic flower photos. For more information, please go to

For Further Press Information Contact: Elspeth Briscoe at MyPhotoSchool, Tel: 07884267306,

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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