Beauty photography

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 10/02/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Ed Gregory

Specialised beauty photography is a growing market. Gain an introduction to the pre-production planning, lighting, composition and posing of models. Some basic photographic knowledge required.


What is the course about?

The course will deliver specialised knowledge of lighting , posing and related photographic methods used to create high end digital files for magazines.

What will we cover?

- The general requirements and demands on a photographer related to the fashion industry
- Broad and short lighting techniques
- Backlighting and rim light
- Model's make-up and clothing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the work and role of a photographer for hair and beauty
- Be able to replicate short and broad lighting
- Measure and assess the difference in levels of lighting
- Understand the relationship of posing and composition
- Produce a well lit image of a model.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introduction to the specialism of beauty photography but you will need to understand the manual controls of your camera (aperture, shutter speed ISO and white balance).

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. Please note the Build uses Apple Mac computers in Photography.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your camera (if you have one) to the classes and you may wish to bring a notebook and pen. The Build has a range of Digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note: PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The City lit has a vast range of practical and theoretical photography courses.
You can download a PDF of all the Photography courses on offer at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the Build home page.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VY846

Mon, eve, 13 Jan - 10 Feb '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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