Setting up a photography business

Course Dates: 26/04/20 - 03/05/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Ed Gregory

Thinking of setting yourself up as a professional photographer? Get expert guidance on your first steps into the commercial world and develop essential business skills, from planning and basic book-keeping to the most lucrative areas of photography and the best professional accreditations.


What is the course about?

Is professional photography the career you've been looking for? This course will help you answer this question by planning your business, recognising your strengths and weaknesses, and making you aware of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. We will discuss the areas that are currently making money in photography, and those that are less lucrative. You will learn about business planning and basic book-keeping as well as getting useful tips on the best places to get the correct insurance, and the most beneficial professional institutes to join.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“It gave me a chance to talk to like- minded people. The format was good, well explained and plenty of opportunities to discuss things.”

“The profound nature of it really made me think.”

“Good discussions.”


What will we cover?

- Current business opportunities in photography
- Planning your business
- Basic book-keeping
- Generating clients and prospects
- Insurance, legal requirements and professional institutes.

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

- distinguish many of the business opportunities available in commercial photography
- understand the importance of planning and keeping good financial records
- look for new business
- understand the legal requirements
- understand the benefits of professional membership.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“I have a more realistic outlook on being self- employed. I realise my main passion is in the post production of images rather than shooting.”

“The course has made me think more about my marketing strategy. Also where I position myself within the market, the product I am offering and how much I charge.”

“Learned about the business side of photography.”


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

This is an introductory course, but a basic understanding of photographic and business terminology would be helpful (though not essential). You will also need to have basic computer skills such as mouse control and how to save and load images.
You will need 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.
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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

Now you have this foundation in the business side of things, decide which area of photography you want to specialise in by taking one of our huge range of courses from fashion photography to event photography. Browse the whole prospectus for inspiration.

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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I would really recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of becoming a professional photographer, even on a part time basis. I feel like I have learnt a lot about all the technical aspects of becoming a professional photographer (eg. insurance, accounting), I was given the opportunity to think through the type of photography business I want to practice, and how to make my photography business sustainable in the long term. 5 stars from me!
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Review by Alessandra G. / (Posted on 06/05/2019)
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Course Code: VY954

Sun, day, 26 Apr - 03 May '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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

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

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