Travel photography

Course Dates: 24/04/20 - 05/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Conrad Blakemore

Want an impressive holiday album rather than the usual random snaps? Learn how to take striking travel photographs, from capturing that perfect sunset or dramatic vista, to close up portraits of the people you encounter. Get to grips with technique and visual composition in different settings, experiment with professional equipment and consider the ethical and legal issues of photographing abroad.


What is the course about?

This practical course will help you develop your technique in photographing varied landscapes and cultures on your travels abroad. Get out and about in London, experiment with professional equipment and get expert guidance on composition and technical skills for both portraits and landscapes. Learn about the different uses of travel photography in the real world, the ethical issues when photographing other cultures, and the basics of copyright and promoting your images.

What previous students loved about the course:
“Conrad was very thorough and gave us lots of good hand-outs. Good homework projects.“
“I enjoyed learning how to use my expensive camera to its full potential."
“I am more confident using my camera.”


What will we cover?

You will develop the technical and visual skills required to photograph people, portraits and a variety of landscapes. You will gain an understanding of the different uses of travel photography in the professional and domestic spheres, and explore some of the issues involved in photographing people, places and different cultures.
You will get to experiment with the essential photographic equipment used by travel photography professionals, and engage in practical exercises on nearby London locations. We will also look at how to promote your photos successfully, and some of your legal rights in terms of copyright and ownership.

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

- use basic photographic technique to improve creativity
- learn new skills for photographing on location
- develop techniques for photographing people
- understand some of the issues involved in photographing people, places and different cultures
- understand how to promote your travel photographs
- understand some of your legal rights in terms of copyright and ownership.

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

You are expected to be able to use the basic manual functions of a camera (e.g. shutter speed, exposure, focus and aperture).
Basic written English skills and an interest in photography are essential. Knowledge of basic photographic technique is useful but not essential.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and 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 including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. There will regular feedback on your work. Please note any computer work will be done on Apple Mac computers.

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

Please bring your camera (if you have one); you may also wish to bring a notebook and pen. Build has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. It would be useful to bring a memory stick or portable hard drive – please note we work on Apple Macs, and while PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, they cannot be 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. 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?

Build runs over 70 different practical and theoretical photography courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to darkroom processing and digital printing. Browse the website or prospectus 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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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I would absolutely recommend it. It gives people the chance to get practicing without travelling around, just next door.
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Review by Carmela. / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
An excellent step by step course, clarifying all the basic elements of taking a picture. Practical sessions follow discussion, introduction of new aspects and later showing our pictures to each other on a weekly given theme. I really liked the steady pace, consolidating the previous session with the next. My confidence and happiness soared. The tutor is an expert.
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Review by Fiona / (Posted on 17/05/2019)
A good mix of theory and practical exercises. The tutor explained the technical aspects well and in easy to understand language, and brought a flexibility to the course based on our needs and abilities.
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Review by NRM / (Posted on 03/06/2015)
Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VY632

Fri, eve, 24 Apr - 05 Jun '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £182.00

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

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