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LSP Newsletter #12

JANUARY 2013

LSP Newsletter #12

New Year, New Rules!

We have upgraded our monthly prize and, from now on, by submitting your images to the Flickr assignment galleries, you can win a Voucher to attend any Evening Workshop at LSP (worth £295). Workshops included are: Evening Digital Photography Levels 1 and 2, Creative Photography, Career Coaching, Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers. Don’t miss out on the chance to win!

Check out the winner of December Assignment – Holiday Season Lights and be inspired by the cold weather to try to capture Winter wonders with LSP Assignment #12.

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 an Evening Workshop at London School of Photography*. 

Nicolas Charpentier
WINNER – Assignment #11 – Holiday Season LightsCongratulations to Nicolas Charpentier, winner of December’s Newsletter Assignment #11 – Holiday Season Lights

Fireworks photographs are tricky to take, Nicolas not only managed to capture the right moment at New Year’s Eve, but also included the City of London’s iconic skyline in the foreground. Beautiful, Well done!

This image has inspired us to write about photographing fireworks on future assignments. Keep an eye on this space.

Nicolas wins a Voucher to attend any Evening Workshop at LSP (worth £295). Workshops included are: Evening Digital Photography Levels 1 and 2, Creative Photography, Career Coaching, Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers. For your chance to win every month, follow the assignments and upload images to the respective Flickr Gallery.

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

Good luck to all!


Luciana Franzolin Photo Tip & Assignment #12 – WINTERThe first snow fall of the winter is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another completely different. Everything is covered with a white fluffy blanket and any ordinary city or landscape becomes extremely photogenic.

If it is hard to get up from the warm bed, the purpose of taking beautiful photographs should bring some joy to an otherwise harsh winter day.

If your white wonderland images normally look grey and dull, there is one very important tip for photographing any predominantly white subject.

The secret is: OVEREXPOSE. That is right!. As against the logic as it sounds, overexposing a bit your white images will produce a more accurate representation of what you see. It is one of the challenging exposures situations when we cannot trust the light-meter of our cameras, as the way cameras read light is almost always based on a mid tone (grey 18%). When more than 70% of your viewfinder is white or black, you must compensate the exposure correctly: Overexpose for white (or highlights) and Underexpose for black (or shadows).

For snow, fog (image on the left) or predominantly white scenes, try to overexpose 1 stop, or 1 and a 1/3 stops either on Manual Mode or using the Exposure Compensation function. Be careful not to overexpose too much or you will lose texture and details. A good idea is to bracket your exposures, that is, make 3 or more exposures from the same scene, to be able to analyse them on the screen later.

Batteries run out more quickly on cold weather. If you have a spare one, keep it warm in your pocket. Alternate the two batteries every hour or so. This will sure extend their lives.

Another big challenge when photographing outdoors during winter time has to be camera shake. The freezing temperatures make it more likely to happen. To avoid it, a tripod might be handy, or simply make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/60, 1/80 of a second. Hold your camera properly, as you have learned on your workshop.

If there is no snow, frost or fog, try to include elements that evoke winter, for example: leafless trees, fireplaces, gloves, scarves, couples holding each other tight, pets wearings little warm clothes, the possibilities are endless.

Upload your Winter images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #12 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*.

Photo and Text: Luciana Franzolin


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize EXHIBITION: Taylor WessingPhotographic Portrait Prize

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 offers a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.
Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, this year’s entrants have explored a range of themes, styles and approaches to the contemporary photographic portrait, from formal commissioned portraits of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

This year the competition attracted 5,340 submissions from over 2,350 photographers ranging from gifted amateurs and talented students to established professionals. The selected works for the exhibition, many of which are on display for the first time, include the four prize winners and the winner of the first John Kobal New Work Award.

Tickets £2

Opening Hours

Daily 10.00-18.00

Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00

National Portrait Gallery

St Martin’s Place

London WC2H 0HE