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Architectural Photography (Online Short Course)

Architectural Photography (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Freya Najade


Architectural photography has grown significantly in recent years. This course is an 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.

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 postproduction 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.

  • 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, DSLR, suitable tripods, tripod heads, remote releases, filters, batteries, etc.
  • Shooting techniques: perspective, converging verticals, camera standpoints, composition and framing.
  • DSLR 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: lens correction, white balance, layers, masks, adjustment layers, verticals, framing and more.

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Understand what is architectural photography today
  • Use DSLR 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 photo shoot using postproduction tools from Lightroom and Photoshop

Who is Introduction to Architectural Photography (Online Short Course) for?
Photographers and enthusiasts with an interest in learning to photograph architecture or looking to commence a career in architectural photography. 

Why choose an LCC Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Fashion wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally, all LCC Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • LCC Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, including the equipment you need, can be found at Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Buddy.

Tutor Description

Freya Najade is an award winning London-based photographer born in Germany. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and published in prestigious publications such as The Guardian, the British Journal of Photography (BJP), The Times, Die Zeit, Businessweek and BBC. Her personal project "Jazorina" was released as a book by Kehrer Verlag in 2016 and "Along the Hackney Canal" by Hoxton Mini Press later that year. The latter received the Best in Book Award by Creative Review. Freya Najade received a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication in 2009. She also holds a Masters Degree in Teaching, with Distinction. Since her graduation from LCC, Freya splits her time working on long-term personal projects and on commissions. Outside of her own professional practice Freya co-founded the architectural photography studio NAARO.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • A notepad and a pen
  • A modern computer with an up-to-date operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • A microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Headphones
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also essential (mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

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