We are all about to dive deep into where you can buy cameras and take photos in London right now. Additionally we will try to cover as much as possible on a wide range of related subtopics.
There probably isn’t a better way for us to kick this off than to list the best local photographers for when you need wedding pictures, graduation pictures, or want to capture memories at any special events. Once they have been discussed in detail we will move on to photo printing whether you want to print something off your phone, get a passport photo, need digital marketing materials, or whatever type of printing you might need will be discussed before we pivot to photography studios.
Taking lessons at the best photography classes in your area is a great way to “develop your skills,’ sorry but that corny joke just wrote itself. Even if there aren’t many left these days the best places to buy cameras and repair shops near you will also be discussed. Don’t be surprised if these stores also sell new lenses, cleaning supplies, covers, stands, and more equipment and accessories.
A list of places to take beautiful pictures and selfies will definitely get a shout out plus there will be some quick lists for where to buy some loosely related items like camera phones or security cameras. Many of the places we mention could theoretically go in a few of our lists but we will do our best to put the right shops in the right place and let you know when a place can handle multiple needs.
Expect to find a map for the area towards the end of the post to help you figure out where all the London camera and photo places we list can be found. And you are all welcome to look through more of our posts on the UK at that link if interested.
Commemorate a wedding, graduation, or other special event by hiring a great photographer near you to capture the scene:
- Emma-Jane Photography
- Photographer for Hire
- Adams Wedding
- Kristian Leven
- Douglas Fry Wedding Photographer
- Helen Abraham Photography
- Serena Bolton Photography
- Doville Gail
Emma-Jane has been an award winning international wedding and fashion photographer for over 10 years and has been featured in Elle UK Magazines as one of the top twelve UK wedding photographers.
Photographer For Hire has a small select team that can shoot anything from large commercial shoots to corporate headshots, weddings, and portraits. With over 15 years of experience their work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, advertising, public relations, and television.
Adams has been recognized by the Wedisson Awards for its reportage Jewish, Greek, Nigerian, Hindu, and Asian wedding photography since 2007.
BBC, National Geographic, Elle, Perfect Wedding, The Times, Love My Dress, Rock N Roll Bride, Rock My Wedding, The Guardian, and Wedding Flowers have featured Kristian Leven’s wedding portraits and works.
For over 20 years Douglas Fry has been specializing in wedding photography and videography in your area and has been featured on numerous blogs and in the press. Helen Abraham focuses on documentary wedding photography, family portraits, and engagement photoshoots.
Natural, elegant, personal brand, corporate, family, and quintessential woman’s portraits as well as weddings and events are Serena Bolton’s specialties. She is a royal photographic society member who has been featured on numerous blogs.
Doville Gail has been featured in Your Perfect Wedding Photographer, My Wed, Bride magazine, Hitched, and Fearless since 2015.
You can get all varieties of photos printed, processed, or developed when you visit:
- The Printspace Online Art Printing at 74 Kingsland Rd
- Metro Imaging at 32 Great Sutton St
- Snappy Snaps at 49 Hertford St
- Point 101 at 3 Meldola Yard, Hackney Wick
- Rapid Photo at 7 Brixton Station Rd
All of those options for photo printing near you are good ones. Color or black and white images should be developed, and they should be able to put them on just about whatever you desire.
Anything from brochures and pamphlets to passport photos to books and posters can be developed and printed by these companies who should also be able to handle wall graphics, digital prints, real estate advertisements, and other marketing materials.
Most should also be able to assist with scanning, restorations, enlargements, processing, digital repairs, and more.
Studios For Better Pictures
Book some time at a photography studio in your area if you need to get everything perfect:
- Cineview Studios at #4 70 Norman Rd
- 69 Drops Studios at 77 Greenfield Rd
- Clapham Studios at #7 Battersea Business Centre
- Studio Photo Gallery at #J210 The Biscuit Factory
- Loft Studios at 77-81 Scrubs Ln
- Blend Studios at Studio #02/03 LG 401 Edgware Rd
- Hackney Studios at 38-40 Upper Clapton Rd
- UniQ Studios at #23 Armstrong Rd
- Big Sky Studios at 29-31 Brewery Rd
- Indra Studios at 17 Amhurst Terrace
Cineview offers photo and video studio rentals in London for film and television, commercials, webisodes, music videos, product, advertising, and editorial photo studio shoots along with cycloramas and white walls.
69 Drops Studios has in house photographers specializing in e-commerce, still life, product, headshots, fashion, and plenty more as well as a fully equipped studio with a brand new modern kitchen for food photography and video shoots.
Numerous blogs have featured Clapham Studios for its spaces with high ceilings, green room, off street parking, custom built kitchen studio set for food shoots, and a variety of vintage, rustic, and industrial props.
Local photographers can rent Studio Photo Gallery for a small or medium sized photoshoot ranging from portraits and headshots to fashion and e-commerce. The studio has lighting, background paper, makeup area, changing area, and other important amenities.
Loft offers 6 fully serviced studios with infinity coves, location and outdoor daylight spaces for photo shoots, filming, and events. They also have in house services such as custom equipment rental, production, catering, and set construction.
High quality fashion, still life, jewelry, product, e-commerce, and lifestyle photography as well as studio rentals are offered at Blend Studios whose spaces measure up to 1,200 to 1,500 square feet.
Hackney provides 4 photo and video studio rentals in your area featuring full brilliant white infinity coves, Victorian brick walls, spacious mezzanines, concrete floors, kitchens with makeup areas, and shower bathrooms.
UniQ Studios is a market creative agency and web content provider specializing in quick-turnaround commercial, e-commerce, creative advertising photography, interactive images, video production, web design, and other services.
Big Sky offers 10 fully equipped photography studio spaces near you including equipment, catering, set construction, post production services, and content creation.
Daylight and blackout studios and production in look book, e-commerce, product photography, promotional, editorial, and creative events in art exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, and pop up shops are all available at Indra.
Level up your skills by taking classes at a London photography school or find an instructor who gives private lessons by contacting:
- Photoion Photography Courses at 14 Lower Marsh
- DSLR Photography Courses at 10 Riverside Rd, London
- Photography Course at 37 Hackney Rd
- London School of Photography at 14 Red Lion Square
- London Institute of Photography at 91 Brick Ln
Photoion Photography School provides courses and workshops for people of all skill levels ranging from complete beginners to aspiring professional photographers.
A variety of options, workshops, and weekend classes for photographers of all levels of experience and interests including beginners, intermediate, and advanced are offered at DSLR Photography Courses.
Photography Course provides a variety of private and on site beginner, intermediate, and advanced DSLR classes as well as evening, daytime, and Saturday courses. Their lessons include Advanced DSLR Photography, Retoucher Pro, and much more.
Full time, part time, and flexible courses as well as local photojournalism and street, Photoshop, Lightroom essential training, wedding, career coaching, and creative photography workshops are all available at London School of Photography.
The London Institute of Photography offers professional and 12 individual courses, back to basics, one on one classes, and taster workshops in four key areas of the discipline.
Camera Stores & Repair Shops In London
These stores are great options when you want to buy a new camera, rent one, or get repair work done:
- Wex Photo Video at 37-39 Commercial Rd
- Sendean Cameras at GF 22-23 St Cross St
- Camera City at 16 Little Russell St
- Fixation at C 250 Kennington Ln
- Camera Centre at 4 Chiswick Rd Acton Ln, Chiswick
- CameraWorld at 72 Wells St
- Park Cameras at 53-54 Rathbone Pl
- Camera Exchange at 98 Strand
- The Classic Camera at 2 Pied Bull Yard Bury Pl
- The Flash Centre at #3A Fountayne Rd
- Mr CAD Photographic at 12 Upper Tachbrook St
Wex Photo Video provides camera rentals and repairs in your area along with sensor cleaning, professional video equipment, and click-and-collect services as well as a large selection of gear that are arranged on hi-tech play tables, drone flight zones, permanent photography galleries, and theatre zones for live demos.
Sendean sells, repairs, and cleans all types of photography equipment like vintage cameras and professional digital kits and even offers rentals.
Camera City is one of the leading local independent film and digital camera retailers providing new and used photography equipment, DSLR lenses, and accessories as well as express repairs, black and white printing, processing, passport photos, and full equipment check ups.
Canon, Nikon, Sony, Tamron, Bowens, and Profoto cameras, used equipment, lenses, and accessories as well as authorized repairs and video kit rentals are available at Fixation.
Camera Centre sells a large selection of new and used photography equipment in London from brands like Leica, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Hasselblad and even offers repair services, equipment cleaning, and printing.
Some of the latest lenses, bags, tripods, accessories, flashguns, scopes, and binoculars from Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss, and other top accessory brands are sold at CameraWorld.
A wide range of new and used photography equipment including digital and video cameras, lenses, bags, cases, and accessories from major brands such as Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Sony can be found at Park Cameras.
Camera Exchange sells and buys both new and used photography equipment, lenses, and accessories and will even exchange parts. High quality rangefinder products and optics from Leica, Zeiss, and Voigtlander are available at The Classic Camera.
The Flash Centre is a studio lighting specialist selling new and used cameras near you along with lenses and digital equipment from Elinchrom, Canon, Fujifilm, Manfrotto, Phottix, Nikon, Tether Tools, BenQ, Sekonic, Broncolor, Colorama, X-Rite, ColorConfidence, Rogue, Benro, and much more and even provides repairs, rentals, and ‘try before you buy’ deals.
Mr Cad has one of the largest stocks of used analog photography equipment in the world. They specialize in film, cameras, lenses, enlargers, chemicals, paper, and studio and darkroom hardware and software in addition to being part exchange specialists.
Best Places For Selfies
There are plenty of places to take beautiful selfies in your area and some of our favorite would be:
- Hyde Park
- St James’s Park
- Greenwich Park
- Kensington Gardens
- The View from The Shard
Hyde Park is divided by the Serpentine and Long Water and is one of the four largest Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens.
St James’ is a 57 acre easterly park in a nearly continuous chain that includes the Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens. There you can find landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Whitehall as well as numerous places to take some of the best outdoor selfies in your area.
Greenwich Park has panoramic views of the Thames, the Isle of Dogs, and much of the city.
Kensington Gardens offers a mix of old and new park activities and green spaces and has a huge wooden pirate ship, sensory trail, and sculptures inspired by the adventures of Peter Pan. It includes the Serpentine Galleries where you can get your fix of contemporary art and architecture as well as the history and heritage at Kensington Palace’s.
The View from The Shard provides visitors with views from the skyscraper via two platforms and has an interactive expanded panorama of London for numerous picture opportunities that also allow users to explore along with ambient city sounds.
Where To Buy Camera Phones
The newest cell phones have some incredible high megapixel cameras on them these days and these stores should have what you need:
- Prince Mobiles at 7 Leyden St
- Kick Mobiles at 64 Kenway Rd
- O2 Shop London at 229 Tottenham Court Rd
- Waterloo Phones at 108 Waterloo Rd
- Forest Gate Fonehouse at 56 Upton Ln
The highest megapixel camera phones with bluetooth, cheaper budget options, and everything in between can be purchased at any of the above.
Buy security cameras near you or get the services that go along with them by contacting:
- Morse Digital Security at Interface Moulsham Mill Project Parkway
- CCTV Camera London at Nova North
- I Spy Shop at 48 Tottenham Court Rd
- APT CCTV Installers at 44 Harrington Gardens
- Innert Security at 60A Beverley Way
- Doris CCTV at #2 Space Abbey Rd
- SDS Security at 3 College Fields Business Centre
- IC2 CCTV & Security Specialists at 14 Angerstein Business Park Horn Ln
If you want to add security cameras to your property contact one of the above.
You may also want to check out our posts on:
- Birmingham Photo Printing & Camera Repair
- Manchester Photo Printing & Camera Repair
- Dublin Photo Printing & Camera Repair
- Paris Photo Printing & Camera Repair
Enjoy Taking Photos With Your New Camera
We hope you learned a little something about cameras and photos in your area today. You read about all kinds of topics like where to buy cameras, get them repaired, photographers for hire, printing, developing, studios, classes, places to take selfies, camera phones or security.
Anyone that is still here probably has a solid grasp on the local photography scene themself. If so don’t be shy, tell us what we got wrong or share your own tips in the comments.
We hope you have fun buying cameras and taking photos in London.