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Architectural Photography Short Course

Course description

Photographs increasingly influence the way in which buildings are perceived around the world. It is said that today the photograph of a building as opposed to the building itself - is its most widely consumed image. As architects understand the power of architectural photography, they become more and more interested in working closely with photographers. Simultaneously, an ever-growing number of photographers choose architecture as an area within which to develop a personal artistic language as well as a business.

Through lectures and practical exercises you will become familiar with photo shooting techniques and the equipment necessary for creating architectural photographs of interiors and exteriors. You will learn and apply the key image post-production tools used in architectural photography - from Lightroom and Photoshop - and will be introduced to the practice of editing architectural photography, necessary to create a concise and strong documentation of a building.

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand what architectural photography is today
  • Use camera settings effectively during an architectural photoshoot
  • Use photo shooting techniques and equipment that are particular to architectural photography
  • Make a photographic documentation of an exterior or interior of a building
  • Edit and retouch your own photographs following a photoshoot using post-production tools from Lightroom and Photoshop

Who Should Attend
Photographers and enthusiasts with an interest in learning to photograph architecture or looking to commence a career in architectural photography.

Beginner and Intermediate. You should already be able to use your camera on manual settings and have basic knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics Covered

  • Architectural photography today- explored through examples of the course tutors’ work as well as of various contemporary architectural photographers from around the world
  • Architectural photography equipment: tilt and shift lenses, focal lenses, cameras, suitable tripods, tripod heads, remote releases, filters, batteries, etc
  • Shooting techniques: perspective, converging verticals, camera standpoints, composition and framing.
  • Camera settings for architectural photography: RAW, shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, exposure, bracketing to overlay images, stitching
  • Documenting Architecture: applying the knowledge gained in the course to an exterior or interior photoshoot
  • Editing architectural photography: creating a strong selection of images to communicate a building
  • Post-production tools with Lightroom and Photoshop


Please bring:
  • Your best camera. Ideally DSLR or mirrorless with interchangeable lenses.
  • A tripod
IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college; instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.
  • To create an account students will need to:
  • Go to Adobe Sign in page
  • Select 'Create an account'
  • Enter your details and select ‘Create account’
Meet the Tutor:

Architectural photography has grown significantly in recent years. This course is a thorough introduction to architectural photography through theory and practice, by professional architectural photographers. It will give you the essential conceptual and technical tools that will enable you to develop your practice, whether for a hobby or for business.

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