Essential business skills for photographers

Course Dates: 30/09/19 - 14/10/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Ed Gregory

Thinking of taking your photography professional but daunted by running your own business? Get to grips with the basics in this workshop covering a range of vital business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.


What is the course about?

For most emerging photographers the reality of earning a living means learning vital business skills. This workshop covers the basics to help you establish your professional photographic practice, including finance and copyright, marketing including having your own web portfolio.

What will we cover?

- Cashflow, tax & finance
- Copyright, contracts & legal
- Marketing inc web portfolios.

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

- Describe the fundamentals of image copyright
- Identify basic marketing strategy and how branding relates to marketing
- Understand the importance of cashflow
- Understand your legal obligation to UK taxation as a self employed person.
- Know how to begin successfully marketing your business.

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

This course is suitable for all levels but those new to the business of photography.

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

You will be taught via lectures and visual aids. Please note the Build uses Apple Mac computers in Photography.

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

You do not need to bring anything other than a notepad and pen (or laptop).
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 over seventy different practical and theoretical photography courses.
You can download a PDF of all the Photography courses on offer, view a calendar and see a virtual tour 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: VY988

Mon, eve, 30 Sep - 14 Oct '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

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

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Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.