TIM GRIFFITH: Architectural Photography: Building Relationships & Finding Visual Literacy

© Tim Griffith 2021


Tuesday, April 27th:  9:00am – 12:00pm 

The practice of architectural photography continues to undergo rapid transformation across all aspects of the craft. Ongoing developments in technology greatly impact both the subject matter and the potential creative outcomes. These changes demand reassessing current client relationships in forging new opportunities for future creative and business growth.

One thing that hasn’t changed are the core values that make a successful architectural photograph. Whether pursuing imagery for art or commerce, identifying and responding to the inherent qualities within a building is the single most important skill for a photographer of architecture.

Recognizing and understanding these core values is what I call developing a Visual Literacy.


Tim Griffith’s class will begin with a live presentation and introduction to the project.
In the field, Tim will have pre-recorded, from numerous angles, different short films taking the attendees on both a back story introduction to the project and discussion onsite to the steps leading up to the actual shoot.

– client brief / establishing the story
– project information / renderings / existing images
– location information / google earth / street view / sun-path apps
– walk around project identifying potential views that answer the brief.


– select one view from those identified in the walk around, to fine tune the EXACT camera position, explaining/showing in detail what factors influence the specific decisions being made about where the camera goes at what exact time to best tell the story required by the brief. In this way, the process of the decision making is revealed. The idea being to illustrate the difference between just cranking out a shot and being much more deliberate in your approach.
– capture the selected view

Q&A will take place during and following the live and pre-recorded segments of the class for attendees. 

PRICE: $285

Plus $25 Admin Fee for each day of attendance (not per class).



“Great workshop experience! Great Instructor!” -ELI

“The workshop was excellent. I learned a lot and got a lot of great feedback on my work. It helped me understand the areas where I need to improve and exactly how to make those improvements. One of the most helpful things was seeing lots of other people’s work being critiqued because that helped me learn what to look for in my own work. It was great to be able to meet and talk to other architectural photographers and to learn from one of the best. Tim was very generous with sharing his knowledge and experience with us. Through both his presentations and his student critiques, I really started to understand the details of how to put together an architectural photograph. Up to this point I had been working on instinct and feeling, but now I have a much better, more concrete understanding of what I’m doing (or supposed to be doing). Since attending the workshop, I feel my work has improved because I can hear Tim’s comments in my head as I’m working. He was very effective at communicating the core principles I need to be thinking about on each photograph.” – MICHAEL

“Brilliant. Excellent it has greatly improved my understanding of my chosen field of photography.” – TIM

“Intense instructor who taught us both his aesthetics, his working style, and software use. – One of the world’s top architectural photographers, what more can I say? Articulate, encouraging and accepting of opinions and other’s experiences.”- DON

“Great instructor overall, very knowledgeable and free with information. I thought the workshop was even better than expected!” – PAUL


Tim Griffith has been photographing architecture and design related images for over thirty years. Melbourne-born and currently based in San Francisco, Tim travels extensively on assignments in Asia, Europe and North America for a number of the world’s leading design firms, among them Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Ennead, WOHA and Denton Corker Marshall.

His inventive and graphic images are widely published in a diverse range of international design journals including Architectural RecordMetropolis and Wallpaper. A selection of images are included in several private and public art collections around the world. Recent projects include the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Lotte World Tower in Seoul and China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen. Recent projects in the United States include the Samsung Headquarters in Silicon Valley, Hyatt Regency Seattle, Cerner Innovations Campus in Kansas City and the NYU School of Nursing in New York.

Griffith’s honors and awards include four International Photography Awards for Architectural Photographer of the Year, several gold awards at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris and the prestigious European Architectural Photography Prize. In June 2012, Tim’s work was honored by his professional peers at the Australian Professional Photography Awards where he was named AIPP Architectural Photographer of the Year for a remarkable fourteenth time. In October 2018, Tim was awarded first prize for Architecture in the 2018 APA Awards in New York.