Instagram like a pro: shoot > edit > post

Course Dates: 16/03/19 - 23/03/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Gavin Freeborn

Baffled by Instagram? Learn the basics as well as how to use Instagram and other apps to edit photos and short film clips. Whatever your interest, visual arts, music or other passions you can benefit from developing creative professional Instagram skills on this exciting practical course. Please ensure you’ve downloaded the Instagram app to your phone before the session to enable you to create posts during the workshop.

This session includes an outside location photo walk.


What is the course about?

Whether you’ve already used Instagram or are a beginner, this course teaches you essential information as well as introducing you to apps that enhance your content and attracts more followers.
Starting with the history of Instagram and it’s meteoric rise from a simple idea to a $50 million business, you will look at great examples of Instagram practice and learn how best to use Instagram for your own personal or professional use.
You will learn the importance of, and how to create a succinct and effective biography or profile including contact info and hyperlinks to relevant websites.
You will be introduced to a range of apps including Snapseed, Boomerang and Hyperlapse to edit photos and turn your photos into exciting moving image and timelapse sequences. You will learn how to create strong text content to accompany your images with effective hashtagging.
In the afternoon you will take to the streets for a short photowalk in central London and put what you have learned into practice, before returning to the studios to edit and post the content. The group will then review each other’s posts and give constructive feedback.

What previous students liked most about their course:

“I loved the whole range of inspirations and resources which Gavin recommended to us. It’s great to learn from someone who is in the business and who has successfully made this part of his career. I loved Gavin’s teaching style - very visual, very interactive and with a sense of humour.”
“The teaching style, communication was very assertive and effective to make the most of the learning. We all enjoyed every class.”
“The teacher was knowledgeable and informed. It makes you more confident to post.”
“The course was very accessible; it was easy to be engaged; Gavin was informative, fun and very patient. I would definitely recommend it.”


What will we cover?

- The history and theory of Instagram
- Creating strong biographies and profiles
- Improving your photography skills including shooting and editing with apps such as Snapseed
- Creating and posting moving image sequences from your photographs using apps including Stories, Boomerang, and Hyperlapse
- Photographing on location
- Editing and posting
- Critiquing your own and your peer’s Instagramming.

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

- Understand the history and theory of Instagram
- Understand the advantages of using Instagram
- Create a strong Biography/Profile
- Understand how to shoot and edit your photographs using apps such as Snapseed
- Understand how to create and post moving image with Stories, Boomerang, Hyperlapse and other apps
- Photograph on location
- Edit and post with confidence
- Critique your Instagram posts and that of others.

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

This course is for both beginners and intermediate. If you are a beginner you will be expected to have downloaded the Instagram app to your phone prior to the course. You are also encouraged to try starting your profile and first post prior to the course as this will help identify areas where most you need help.

You should 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 able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

You will be taught using a range of techniques in this workshop including ,short lectures,demonstrations, practical exercises, group and individual assistance, peer feedback and hand-outs.

If you are a beginner, please download the Instagram app to your phone before the session and you will be able to create your first posts during the workshop.

If you have an Instagram account please make notes on what you think you do well and what you think you can improve on. This will be discussed in the session.

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

If you are a beginner, please download the Instagram app to your phone before the session and you will be able to create your first posts during the workshop.

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 find the outlines of courses available by entering the subject you’re interested in in the search box of the Build website at

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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Course Code: VY550

Sat, day, 16 Mar - 23 Mar '19

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £79.00
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