Photography

Whether you are new to taking photographs, a keen amateur or a professional, we offer a wide range of part-time, evening and weekend photography courses suited to every level of expertise. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team: [email protected] or call us 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.


Learn and develop skills and techniques necessary for contemporary photography practice on intensive courses aimed at beginners to advanced. You can pay for your course in installments at our enrolment counter.


Learn more about the Photography department here at Build; read our photography students' stories; discover top tips for making money from your photography and we've also added some tips on Photographing London.

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  1. Build Pro: event photography

    Course Date: Mon 23 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Transform your photography into a real income stream by learning the secrets of the fast-growing event photography trade. The art of capturing event guests at large functions posing as couples or groups, and persuading them to buy the prints on-site is a lucrative one. Discover the basics of what you'll need to know, from the photographic technique to the business skills involved.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  2. Photography discussion group with Shirley Read

    Course Date: Tue 24 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There will be presentations of images and ideas followed by group discussions. We will cover: photojournalism and compassion fatigue; documentary reality, staged documentary and fiction; portraiture; photographing the invisible and topics selected by the participants. Tutor: Shirley Read.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Build Pro: beginners' photography intensive

    Course Date: Thu 26 Oct 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Build Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this beginners photography course you will learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, colour balance, photo composition, lighting, and shooting inside and outdoors.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  4. Mindful photography

    Course Date: Tue 31 Oct 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How often do you walk or drive to work and barely notice what you’re passing? How many hundreds of images do you snap on your phone and never download? Join this inspirational course to learn the invaluable skills of mindfulness - or being in the moment - and apply these same principles to your photography for a real boost to your photographic style, confidence in your work, and your overall wellbeing.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. Photograph City of London architecture

    Course Date: Wed 1 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn to beautifully capture the stunning architecture around us in London's cityscape. Get out and about on location, discovering different architectural styles and how best to photograph them, considering everything from time of day and angle of view, to how to deal with security guards when photographing in public, and how to effectively edit and process your shots.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Creative photography projects

    Course Date: Fri 3 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always playing around with creative photographic ideas? Fancy some expert guidance on developing your ideas into a proper project? Come and experiment with ideas and techniques, whether you're photographing people, landscapes, still-life or other genres. Develop a project from start to finish, learning both the theory and practicalities of planning, editing, printing and presentation.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Fine art digital printing using Photoshop

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want to improve the quality and impact of your digital prints? Learn the basics of preparing your work for single prints or editions, including the merits of inkjet/giclée and C-type prints, printer software and online printing. We'll guide you through print tests and different papers, enabling you to achieve the best possible presentation for your images.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  8. Photography for beginners

    Course Date: Sun 5 Nov 2017 (and 14 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  9. Colour management in photography workshop

    Course Date: Thu 9 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn how to achieve consistent digital colour using icc profiles, viewing on a monitor, output to web and desktop printing. We'll use Adobe Photoshop and X-Rite software on Apple Macs.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  10. Improving your photography

    Course Date: Thu 9 Nov 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 2

    Course Date: Sun 12 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Fluent in Photoshop but want to advance your skills further? Explore some of Photoshop's more sophisticated techniques, essential for professional and aspiring photographers. Speed up your workflow, increase your ability to edit and enhance images and experiment with more complex techniques, for confident, impressive results.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Black and white darkroom workshop (all levels)

    Course Date: Mon 13 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Interested in black and white photography? Learn how to process black and white film like a pro, from paper selection to developing and printing techniques, in one of the best-equipped darkrooms in the country. An essential workshop for photographers of all levels to give their prints that professional edge.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Introduction to studio lighting

    Course Date: Thu 16 Nov 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Light your studio shots like a pro. Explore the creative possibilities of studio flash and continuous lighting for high-quality portraiture and still-life photography, with an expert photographer on hand to guide you.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  14. Photographing people

    Course Date: Thu 16 Nov 2017 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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