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LSP Newsletter #11


LSP Newsletter #11

2012 is almost gone and the prospect of a New Year is always exciting as an opportunity to start a new cycle, with new challenges, and LSP is committed to continue to offer great products and to help our clients achieve their goals.

Make someone feel special this year and give the joy of photography by purchasing a Gift Voucher. Or why not ask for or give a Photography Workshop to yourself? If like us, you have been working hard all year, you certainly deserve a reward. Please find more information about Gift Vouchers bellow.

Check out the winner of November Assignment – Abstract, and be inspired by the festive mood to try to capture the essence of Holiday Season Lights with LSP Assignment #11.

We send monthly newsletters with tips and news about photography and LSP. Each month we publish a Photo Assignment and by entering images, our subscribers have the chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher redeemable towards the value of any workshop at London School of Photography*.

Elena Baroni
WINNER – Assignment #10 – AbstractCongratulations to Elena Baroni, winner of November’s Newsletter Assignment #10 – AbstractThe image of dead lotus flowers reflected in water is not easily recognisable at first sight, which is a desirable quality for abstract art.

A closer look reveals it’s incredible beauty. The details are very delicate while the reflection creates strong geometric lines and shapes. It immediately reminded me of Rene Burri’s image of wilted lotus taken at Kunming Lake, Beijing, China, in 1964. Well done Elena! On the way to become a Magnum Photographer!

It is the second time Elena wins a prize with us, she was also the winner of the 2012 LSP AWARDS – Street Life Category. The 2013 version of this annual prize will launch in April next year.

Elena wins a  £150 Discount Voucher redeemable towards the value of any LSP Course or Workshop. For your chance to win every month, follow the assignments and upload up to five images to the respective Flickr Gallery.

December’s Assignment #11 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 10/January/13.  The winner will be announced on Newsletter #12 / January.

Good luck to all!

Photo Tip & Assignment #11Holiday Season LightsHistorically, Winter Festivals have been the most popular festivals of the year in many cultures and civilizations.

Independent of your background or faith, as a photographer, it is impossible to pass December without noticing the flickering lights. In many countries, communities are booming with winter wonderlands and markets. Be inspired by the festive mood to try to capture the essence of Holiday Season Lights.

With the winter solstice approaching in the northern hemisphere, we are going through the darkest days of the year. It might explain why we decide to light everything up with candles, fairy lights and fire places. In the absence of natural light, a photographer must look for other opportunities to shoot. There cannot be a better time than winter to sharpen your skills photographing at night and low light conditions.

As there is little light, I would suggest that you start with the widest aperture of your lens (small f/number), and at least 400 ISO (or higher). Modern cameras give excellent quality at very high ISOs, but make a test first to check until what ISO noise will be acceptable to you. High ISO can result in “grainy” pictures. It was beautiful in film photography but digital grain, called “noise” can ruin your great photographs.

A small tripod might come handy. You will be prone to more camera shake in the cold. A little tip that will help those who, like me, never carry a tripod around, is that you can underexpose night shots. Yes, although it sounds against the logic, underexposing night photographs between 1 and 2 stops results in a more accurate exposure than if you shoot with the light meter on zero (or null). Assuming you are using MANUAL mode of exposure, underexpose by increasing the shutter speed (not closing the aperture). This small change can be the difference between a sharp and a shaken photograph.

The image (left) was taken at Covent Garden Market, without flash, at ISO 400, underexposing 1 and a 1/3 stop. The performers were moving constantly but the shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the image and long enough to capture the background lights as well.

You can also go the opposite way on the shutter speed road and experiment with slow shutter speeds. With camera on tripod, capture moving lights. If you are feeling more adventurous, move the camera (twisting or zooming) for a couple of seconds or more. The key to success here is experimenting. After that, make your own Season’s Greeting cards!

Upload your Holiday Season Lights images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #11 for a chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher towards Courses and Workshops at LSP*.

Photo and Text: Luciana Franzolin

CREATIVE XMAS GIFT IDEAPhotography Workshop VouchersGive the joy of photography by purchasing a Gift Voucher and make someone feel special this year.

Or why not ask for or give a Photography Workshop to yourself? If like us, you have been working hard all year, you certainly deserve a reward, and the advantage is that improving your skills is also an investment.

From £295, the Open Date Gift Vouchers are valid for 3 months and allow the recipient to choose their workshop and dates after receiving it.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year EXHIBITION:Astronomy Photographer of the Year
More lights in the Sky!The Royal Observatory Greenwich presents the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012. This free exhibition showcases some incredible images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space.The transit of Venus, comets, nebulae, aurorae and more can be found in the images on display. Winning entries have come from all around the world in another record-breaking year, with more images entered than ever before.

From over 700 entrants, the judges have chosen the winners, and on display is everything from hi-tech professional images of deep space to more down to earth pictures taken by enthusiasts.

Opening times:

10.00–17.00 daily,

last admission 16.30.

For directions to the Royal Observatory,

please visit their webpage.