Improving your photography

Course Dates: 12/11/19 - 10/12/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Michael Harding

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



What is the course about?

This course is an ideal follow-up to our 'Beginner's photograph course, or for anyone with a basic technical grounding. As well as revising and refreshing existing knowledge, you will learn new, slightly more advanced skills - from exposure use to selecting the right lens - and practise how to apply them across different themes and styles of photography.

What previous students have said about the course:
“Pleasant atmosphere, stimulating content.”
“Good atmosphere and chance to use different equipment (lenses, tripod, lighting, etc)”


What will we cover?

- Exploring themes and different styles of photographs.
- Experimenting with exposure readings.
- Photographing silhouettes.
- Use of different lenses.
- Looking at lighting and the use of shadow.
- Revision of manual functions of the camera.

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

- use the shutter speed and aperture controls (f-stops) on your camera effectively
- expose images correctly in relatively challenging situations, and use exposure as part of the creative process
- create silhouette images and deal with backlit situations
- know what type of lens to choose
- use light and shadows to create images.

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

This course is ideal for those who have completed our 'Photography for beginners' course - but you can join us without having done so, as long as you understand ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and know how to change these on your digital SLR or 35mm film camera (not a point-and-shoot camera). You will need to have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings).

You'll need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

In a supportive group environment, through demonstrations, illustrated lectures, practical exercises and individual assistance. You will regularly receive and be invited to contribute to positive critical feedback on your own and each other's photographs.

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

Please bring a notebook, a digital or 35mm film SLR camera with whatever lenses you have. If you do not have a camera you will be provided with one for use during the class. If you are using a film camera you will need to pay for up to three rolls of film, together with processing and printing - you can use colour or black and white. (Please note we do not sell or process film at Build). You will need to pay for any prints made outside of the class.

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?

You can develop your interest in photography further through a range of creative and practical photography courses at Build, from wildlife or fashion photography, to starting your own photography business. Browse the full list to get inspired.

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


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Tutor is very approachable if seeking advice. Nobody is singled out - whether favourably or not. Great approach to critiques - where you can learn a lot
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
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Book your place

Course Code: VY597

Please choose a course date 

Tue, eve, 12 Nov - 10 Dec '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £146.00

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

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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 . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.