What is the course about?
Event photography is one of the largest growth areas in photography, capturing guests at large functions from corporate events to society balls and weddings. It provides entertainment for guests and mementos they can take home. This course will teach you how to shoot the pictures that guests really want. It will guide you in how to arrange large groups of people and turn these formal set-ups into great images that people can’t resist buying. Find out about the printers, backdrops, and lighting forming the backbone of a successful event photography business.
Learn about negotiating deals suppliers for print media, mounts and other consumables. Understand where to generate business, and how to communicate with clients and close your deals.
Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our CityLit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance..
What previous students liked most about their course: .
“Completely opened my eyes and encouraged me to push forward to make this a career.”
“Clear advice, teaching and instructions. Great sense of confidence thanks to the teacher.”
“It was a refreshing insight into photography as a business – it has made me think a little more creatively about making it in photography.”
“Lots of practical experience.”
“Ed is an excellent tutor. Provides both camera knowledge and business knowledge for course.”
What will we cover?
- Posing your clients as groups, couples and singles
- What equipment you should use, for backdrops, lighting and on-site printing
- How to light your shots
- What makes a picture sell
- Negotiating with suppliers
- How to generate business.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
You will learn in a relaxed environment with a small group of up to 8 people.
• The best way to pose people in order to sell more pictures
• What equipment you need and were to get it
• How to light
• How to find business.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course but you will need to be competent using the manual controls of your camera and have a basic understanding of shutter speed, aperture settings and composition. You will also need to have basic computer skills such as mouse control and how to save and load images. Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.
You will have to be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using lectures, demonstrations, notes, guided exercises and group and individual assistance
We will be shooting both inside and outside the classroom with and without flash.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a note pad (digital or paper based) to record your own notes and a memory stick to save your work on. Please note PC-formatted memory sticks can be read by Apple Macs but not written to.
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. 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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For more guidance in setting up on your own in photography you may want to take our courses 'Setting up a photography business’, 'The business of photography', or 'Essential business skills for photographers'.
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