Photography

Whether you are new to taking photographs, a keen amateur or a professional, we offer a wide range of part-time, evening and weekend photography courses suited to every level of expertise. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team: [email protected] or call us 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

Learn and develop skills and techniques necessary for contemporary photography practice on intensive courses aimed at beginners to advanced. You can pay for your course in installments at our enrolment counter.

Download information on course levels and progression courses for photography in 2018.

Learn more about the Photography department here at Build; read our photography students' stories; discover top tips for making money from your photography and we've also added some tips on Photographing London.

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  1. Photographing people

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  2. Setting up a photography business

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Talks about photography

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    A series of six talks given by photographers, curators, a photographic publisher and academics about their career path, their work and the world of photography. Each talk will be followed by a discussion.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  4. Online archival digital printing for artists workshop

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to improve the quality and impact of your digital prints? Learn the basics of preparing your work for single prints or editions, including the merits of inkjet/giclée and C-type prints, printer software, and online printing. We'll guide you through print tests and different papers, enabling you to achieve the best possible presentation for your images.
    ** Please bring a few of your own images to the first class on a memory stick.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. Photography for beginners

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  6. Introduction to studio lighting

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Light your studio shots like a pro: explore the creative possibilities of studio flash and continuous lighting for high-quality portraiture and still-life photography, with an expert photographer on hand to guide you.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Food and drink photography for bloggers

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Food blogs are the most popular form of online publishing. Learn how to take professional looking mouth watering photographs to attract even greater audiences to your blog, Learn the essential techniques of food photography from equipment to composition, exposure, lighting and successful propping.

    Improve your writing on this related course – Writing about food: a taster

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

  8. Cameraless photography: pinhole, photograms and cyanotypes

    Course Date: Mon 26 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover exciting experimental ways of producing photographic images without a camera - build your own pinhole camera, create blue-tinted prints with sunlight, and make prints from objects like the artist Man Ray.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Photographing interiors

    Course Date: Fri 2 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Ever marvelled at the beautiful images of interiors in glossy magazines? Learn the secrets of the photography of interiors from the old and grand to the domestic and contemporary. Explore the equipment and composition, and discover editing and processing techniques to produce your own professional-looking images.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  10. Build photography course

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want to delve deeper into photography? This comprehensive foundation course covers everything you could want to know, led by field experts in our dedicated photography studio. Get to know your camera, learn traditional and digital techniques, explore the background to different genres, try out industry software, and gain key skills to get you started in the workplace or to apply for a Higher Education course in photography.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £1,899.00
    Senior fee: £1,899.00
    Concession: £1,158.00

  11. Develop and research your own photography project

    Course Date: Mon 5 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Working on a photography project but need some direction on it? Got ideas but don't even know where to begin? Join an expert working photographer to guide you through the development of a photographic project, from initial research, to presentation, to marketing your work. Improve your photographic technique and confidence, and produce a professional-looking project to be proud of.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 8 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Fluent in Photoshop but want to advance your skills further? Explore some of the more sophisticated techniques of Photoshop essential for professional and aspiring photographers. Speed up your workflow, increase your ability to edit and enhance images and experiment with more complex techniques, for confident, impressive results.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Colour management in photography workshop

    Course Date: Tue 27 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn how to achieve consistent digital colour using icc profiles, viewing on a monitor, output to web and desktop printing. Adobe Photoshop and X-Rite software on Apple Macs.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  14. Photographing London at night: Tower Bridge and the City

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    An introductory course to night photography in the City. Starting from Lloyds of London, we will photograph the buildings in this area including the Cheese Grater and the Gherkin, followed by Tower Bridge. The following week we discuss the images and continue with location night photography.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

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