Picture Research 



Duration: 2 Day 10.30am – 3.30pm
Award: Advanced Certificate
Location: 118a Kensington Church St. London W8 4BH
Price: £670

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Duration: 2 Day 10.30am – 3.30pm
Award: Advanced Certificate
Location: Remote
Price: £670

The 2-day Certified practical course in Picture Research will help you learn how to source images, interpret briefs, manage the project, commission photographers, handle copyright and legal issues related to sourcing images and for use in a wide range of media products including advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers, catalogues and television programmes. It is suitable for anyone wanting to enter the picture research industry and those who would like to update their skills. The training is packed full of practical skills to see you succeed in your career as a picture researcher.   

The Picture Research course is recognised as being the UK's leading training course in this subject and is accredited by the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies [BAPLA]. The course is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in picture research and picture editing, those in the early stages of their career or those who require refresher training to keep up-to-date with any changes affecting the industry.

The course is highly enjoyable and stimulating, with an emphasis on the practical issues relevant to the industry. The course keeps abreast of new developments, with special attention paid to the impact of digital technology.

The picture researcher is usually involved in a project from the very start and will have a crucial influence on how the end-product is illustrated.

Day One

Course and industry overview

  • Introduction to the Picture Research industry and career development
  • Working in Picture Research in magazines, newspapers, books, and picture libraries
  • Digital: websites, apps, social media, video 

Responding and Interpreting Briefs 

  • Different types of briefs and how to interpret them

Image sourcing 

  • Picture libraries, museums, galleries and archives
  • Picture research online – new developments
  • Resolution and watermarks transmission methods

 Commissioning and legal aspects of copyright and IP 

  • Viewing portfolios and commissioning
  • Managing photoshoots
  • Legal: photographers’ rights, model release, contracts

Day Two

Picture Editing and Selection

  • The language of pictures
  • Picture editing and selection

Project management 1: Deadlines and Budgets

  • Budgeting a project and negotiating fees
  • Managing the workload and projects

Project Management 2: Captions, Credits and Copyright issues

  • Identifying and acknowledging images
  • Legal: Royalty-Free, Rights Managed, DACS, Copyright and Artists’ Estates
  • Rights clearance
  • Maintaining records and databases

Digital aspects of Picture Research

  • Imagery for websites and apps

Industry News and Career Development 

  • The evolving role of the picture researcher/editor
  • The Future of picture research
  • Your career development 


Industry Expertise

LSPR has been delivering training since 1992 and has extensive experience in delivering training to a broad range of clients: PR and communications agencies, financial, consumer, oil & gas, and multiple other sectors and industries.

All of our courses are led by industry experts who all share a common purpose: to deliver the best of their knowledge, expertise and ideas to others. Our mantra is that transparency and ethics build the brand's reputation. Beyond achieving the training objectives, our courses motivate individuals to enhance their performance and add value to their organisation by understanding their team's roles and responsibilities.

Tailored Training

All LSPR programmes are tailored to each participant's needs. Before each session, we take the time to get to know you, providing a detailed Training Needs Analysis questionnaire that enables us to understand your skills, level of experience, potential knowledge gaps and expectations of the training. This means that no two sessions are the same, and your needs will always be met when choosing our training.

Practical Learning

With an engaging, supportive facilitation style, our training approach enables practical tools for skills transfer, improvements and real results.

Award & Recognition

LSPR Professional Development Certificate. The Certificate is recognised by the: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service: www.cpduk.co.uk


The final award will be awarded on the following:

  • Critical Thinking Exercises set and completed during the training - a series of practical exercises are set for each session for the delegates to work on during their training. This is an effective way to try out what you have been learning and gain insight and feedback, as you progress with each session during the course.

Bespoke Availability

To meet your team’s specific needs, this course is also offered as a bespoke exclusive programme. It is also offered on a one-to-one tailored basis. Delivery options are either online, in-house or at the LSPR premises in Kensington. Please contact LSPR for a proposal.

Need more information about this course?
Call us on 020 7221 3399 or Email Us.

*One-to-one and small groups training sessions: duration may be subject to minor time alterations