The Core Training Programme

What we offer

Our six-month commercial photography training programme provides a supportive and inspiring environment where you can take your professional photography skills to the next level, develop a commercially-focused portfolio tailored to your career goals, and grow your independent voice whilst gaining as much practical experience as you can.

Throughout the six month programme, you will join us at the studio for two days a week. Over the first three months, there will be a focus on developing your technical and employability skills through a range of workshops delivered by industry professionals. You’ll further your understanding of studio and natural lighting, image editing, commercial photography and freelancing skills. We’ll support you every step of the way with study skills sessions, workshops, professional mentoring and peer-to-peer guidance.

Over the next three months, you'll put all your learning into practice. You’ll develop your portfolio by working on a self-elected commercial brief, with guidance from the TPF team. At this stage, the workshops will be tailored towards supporting you to actualise your goals, whilst using all the resources on offer to you. The programme will culminate in workshops on editing, sequencing, and a portfolio review; before working towards your final group exhibition.

Who can apply

To apply for the training programme you must be:

- Aged 18-25 when the programme starts – to ensure you are eligible to join the Spring cohort, we ask that you turn 18 no later than the 1st of May 2022, and that you turn 26 no earlier than the 31st May 2022.
- Based in London for the duration of programme.
- Provide evidence* that your household income is less than £25,000 per year.
- Have a demonstrable interest in developing a career in commercial photography, or a related profession – e.g. event photography, fashion photography, content production, studio/lighting/digital assisting, interiors photography, etc.
- Be available to commit to two days a week for on-site workshops, and be available to work on projects & deadlines in your own time.

*We will only ask you to provide proof at interview stage.

What we're looking for 

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to apply, the purpose of the programme is to nurture your potential. To thrive on the programme, you will need to show that you already have some practical experience of producing photographic, or similar, media.

We want to see that you are ambitious, and that you have thought about how the programme will support you to reach your goals and boost your career, whilst being open to growing and changing along the way. You will have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to manage your time to achieve self-led outcomes. You will be motivated to succeed and to make the most of the learning and opportunities on offer to you.

The benefits  

- Access to a co-working space & mac computer in Greenwich.
- Camera kit & editing software for the length of the programme.
- Access to a bookable, fully-kitted out, studio in Greenwich.
- Training in technical photography skills.
- Professional mentoring.
- Portfolio reviews.
- Employability workshops & networking opportunities.
- Support and resources to develop a personalised professional portfolio.
- Gain self-led commercial work experience linked to your future goals.

" The Photography Foundation is an innovative and contemporary gateway to the creative industry for less privileged, under-represented, inner-city youth "

- Luke Hodson, Founder of Nerds Collective

Meet our Talented Trainees

We opened our doors to our first Trainees in 2020 and have been going strong ever since. To find out more about each of our talented Trainees head over to their profile pages or click the button below.

Meet Our Trainees

Outreach & Community

We also offer outreach workshops, talks and events aimed at promoting the art of photography and creative careers to young people in London from less advantaged backgrounds

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