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Photography Portfolio

Photography Portfolio

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Chris Ould, Raffaela Lepanto


The ability to conceive, develop and complete an extended personal project is the mark of an advanced photographer. The rewards can be substantial: a place on a prestigious BA or MA programme, an artist’s residency, a magazine article, gallery exhibition or book publication. This course is designed to help you achieve greater direction and clarity in your image-making process as you set about building a coherent body of work.
The course begins with an informal introduction that focuses on each participant’s influences and personal goals. This will be followed by a series of reviews in which you will have the opportunity to present your work to the tutors and the group in order to get valuable feedback and suggestions on how you might progress; both from an artistic and promotional perspective. A series of slideshow lectures will also be used to promote discussion on various aspects of contemporary photographic practice.
Following on, the central part of the course will consist of several workshops covering topics such as:

  • Post-production procedures – the preparation of digital files for print and the web
  • Professional photo-editing strategies – editing and sequencing for print and the web
  • Layout of photo-books and websites – aesthetics of presentation for print and the web

The final part of the course is built around a series of critical reviews, looking at how each individual’s work is progressing by revisiting their portfolio and helping them establish a unique artistic and professional profile. We will assist you in the final selection of images, giving advice on all aspects of the application process, discussing the various promotional strategies required to successfully market your work, and look at possible routes you can take after the course finishes.
This course is for you if...

  • You have started to build a body of work but but feel you need to find direction and clarity
  • You want to create a portfolio that demonstrates your creativity and commitment, while expressing your own individual potential

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Chris Ould is an artist and experienced tutor who has worked within the photography department at Central Saint Martins college for over 15 years. Since graduating from the MA Fine Art programme in 1999, he has continued to make his own work and has taught across a broad range of short courses, BA and Post-Graduate programmes, as well as public and private institutions. He has also worked as a freelance lecturer, delivering talks and workshops that address photo-editing skills within the digital print arena to several fashion retouching companies, and has been a reviewer on several books on photography.

Raffaela Lepanto is a visual editor, producer, and freelance photographer-writer who has worked for several magazines and photo agencies over the last 15 years. After her long collaboration with Grazia Neri Photoagency, Milan, she worked for Emblema, an independent Italian Photoagency, as a Photo Editor, Production Manager and Web Creative Director. She currently works as a Photography Consultant between Milan and London, where she provides bespoke consultancy for agencies, organisations and photographers. Her website is:


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • 20-30 examples of your work (prints or digital files on USB or HD)

This will act as an introduction to your practice.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.