Developing an eye for Architectural Photography - Nottingham Trent University



This summer school will teach you the skills needed to capture the identity of a place in your photographs. Architecture in photography is something many people can relate to, making it an accessible form of photographic practice. But being able to capture a unique image using specialist equipment is a real skill, and one which sets accomplished photographers aside from others. This practical course will appeal to anyone interested in the built environment and how the aesthetic qualities of buildings can be captured in a photograph. You’ll explore urban spaces old and new, inside and out, learning how to work effectively with your camera. You’ll approach the subject from both an editorial and fine art perspective, giving your work a breadth of content that will appeal to a range of audiences. As part of a small group, you will spend three days on campus with group briefings followed by time on location taking photographs. Previous itineraries have included interior and exterior spaces in the city of Nottingham, the skyline from NTU’s modern rooftops, the banqueting hall of the Council House, and the beautiful residential district of The Park. You’ll be making images with both your phone and dedicated camera, with access to specialist architectural lenses (Canon and Nikon fit). The fourth day takes our workflow into NTU’s MAC edit suite and print labs where you’ll be working on your favourite final images to wrap up the week. On this course, you will: • Improve your understanding of digital photography and the manual settings of your camera • Discuss the work of professional photographers and how they may inform the direction your work takes • Experience working in a variety of urban locations, capturing the external and internal qualities of historic and contemporary buildings • Increase your composition, styling and lighting skills • Use Raw processing and Adobe Photoshop to enhance and manipulate your images • Develop a personal style to your photography • Create inspiring architectural images that have both an aesthetic and technical quality • Learn how to effectively share your images to reach your desired audiences. What will you gain? By the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of unique architectural images, the knowledge and experience of how to plan a shoot on location, and ideas about how to continue your photography in the future. Level: Beginner/intermediate Entry requirement: Confidence with your camera in manual mode is beneficial. This course is active: a good degree of walking is involved and it is suggested that those with mobility issues discuss their requirements ahead of booking. Tutor profile : Martine Hamilton Knight DLitt (Hon), FHEA, FRPS Martine Hamilton Knight is a professional architectural photographer, academic and Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) with over three decades of industry experience. Her images are published worldwide in architectural books and journals and have been the subject of several exhibitions, most recently on the photography for Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England series of books with Yale University Press. Awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Nottingham in 2012 in recognition of her photographic work, the last fifteen years have seen Martine’s practice widen to encompass speaking, teaching and writing. She also went on to run CPD events on photography for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and WEX across the UK. Today, Martine is a senior lecturer on the BA and MA programme at Nottingham Trent University. Still shooting commercially, she also offers a consultancy for practices seeking advice on photographic procurement and management. Author of Photography for Architects: Effective Use of Images in your Architectural Practice (2024 Routledge), Martine’s book discusses the still and moving image, compiling award entries, working with journalists, and legacy value.


4 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Accommodation offered
  • Public transport
  • Residential
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ