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The South West Photography School

Panel Building Course

6 Months


The successful assessment of a panel of 10 high quality printed images, together with Membership of the Royal Photographic Society, leads to the award of the Society’s Licentiate distinction and permits the use of the letters LRPS after your name.

LRPS Panel Building Course

It does sound such a deceptively simple task - to produce 10 images which demonstrate a high quality of image making and image taking which sit together as a cohesive panel - that really is all there is to it!

The Royal Photographic Society produces their own highly informative Handbook containing all their requirements for gaining Distinctions but the pass rate reflects some applicants still fall short of the standard for various reasons. Having successfully gone through the process ourselves we know how to point applicants in the right direction. We keep up to date by attending Regional Advisory Days to see what impresses as well as what pitfalls to avoid.

So what makes a successful panel?

Obviously a consistent range of high quality images plays a big part in building a successful panel and having a large quantity with a wide range of subjects to choose from would be ideal but most photographers often find gaps in their techniques, subject and composition which become apparent when trying out possible panel layouts. That is precisely why we strongly recommend you consider our courses, Portfolio One, Two and Three in order to improve your camera skills to this level before joining the  Panel Building Course which includes attending an Advisory Day at an appropriate stage before ultimately attempt the RPS assessment.  

The  Panel Building Course specifically helps photographers become more aware of the graphic directional nature of images, how colour, hue and tone can be utilised, the effect sequencing has on producing a cohesive panel and how to select the images which best illustrate all the technique necessary together with the individual talent of the author. Great panels delight the RPS when cleverly put together…

Sample Assignment

Create 10 simple black and white images A5 sized prints either from scratch or convert some of your existing images.

Place these prints in several 5x2 arrangements which illustrate different sequences of tonal range across the panel both horizontally and vertically and include any other pattern or combination you discover. Draw sketches for each of your arrangements indicating any gaps produced from your series of black and whites.  

Have you decided that Panel Building is the right course for you?

Yes, then we would very much like to meet you, have a chat about and see some of your work before you enrol with us.

Send us an email  now or pick up the phone to arrange a time and date to suit you.

“I can still recall the immense feeling of satisfaction and what a confidence boost achieving my LRPS gave me as a photographer - helping others to do the same makes teaching at the school such a pleasure…”Lynn Dumbell LRPS


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