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LSP Newsletter #14

London School of Photography

MARCH 2013

LSP Newsletter #14

It’s mid March and we head for Spring with great news and projects. We have started a new Part Time Professional Photography Course this week and will have another brilliant exhibition from our graduating students at the end of April. LSP is also launching a worldwide competition inspired by photography legend Sebastiao Salgado‘s latest work with amazing prizes very soon. Watch this space for updates.

We have recently upgraded the Newsletter Assignment Prize for an Evening Workshop at LSP. Check out the winner of Assignment #13 bellow and upload your best PETS images to Assignment #14. Follow the tips!

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 Voucher for an Evening Workshop at London School of Photography*. 

Marine Labbe
WINNER – Assignment #13 – Couples in LoveCongratulations to Marine Labbe, winner of February’s Newsletter Assignment #13 – Couples in Love

A simple but strong image that leads the eyes straight to the embrace. We liked the geometry of the steps, wall, legs and arms, the bicycle appearing in the background and the anonymity of the couple, which leaves room for imagination. Are they lovers, friends, siblings? We don’t know, but what we do know is that this image, in our opinion, has captured love. Well done Marine!

Marine wins a Open Date 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 a chance to win every month, follow the assignments and upload images to the respective Flickr Gallery.

March’s Assignment #14 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 08/April/13.  The winner will be announced on Newsletter #15 / April.

Good luck to all!


Antonio Leanza Photo Tip & Assignment #14 – PETSIf you own a pet and a camera, you can spend hours of fun and it can be a great opportunity to test your skills. If you don’t own a pet but love animals, consider pet sitting for friends and family. Another wonderful way to do it is photographing animals in need of homes through your local shelter or rescue organisations.

The advantages of photographing pets in comparison to humans are many. You don’t need a model release. Pets will probably endure your experimentation process longer than a model, and you can pay them with little treats!

Jokes apart, pets make amazing models. Pet Portraiture has also become an established and profitable field in photography, there are studios specially designed to our loyal friends. Dogs and cats are the most popular pets and are frequently seeing as a member of the family.

Trying to come up with the best tip for photographing pets proved to be impossible. The variety of animals that can be kept as pets is so great that is best to talk about situations instead.

If you pet is in an active mood, you will need continuous focus (or AI SERVO) to keep it sharp. Continuous shooting (drive) mode is essential too, not miss a single moment. Freezing action will be possible with a fast shutter speed. To achieve that, open the aperture (small f/number) and set a fast ISO (400 or above, but watch for noise), then adjust the shutter speed keeping an eye on the light meter.

After some good static shots, experiment capturing motion blur by slowing the shutter speed (consequently closing the aperture and if needed, setting a lower ISO). Experiment within the 1/15 and 1/60 of a sec. range. Panning, zooming or twisting should be fun.

If you are after a good portrait, wait until your pet is in a calm mood. Change the focus mode back to single (ONE SHOT) and using shallow depth of field (small f/number), get as close as possible to fill the frame, trying to keep eye level with the pet. Lock the focus on one of the eyes (unless you wish to show another detail) and try vertical and horizontal shots. head only, full body, paws, snouts…Look for varied lighting conditions: shade, direct sunlight, side light, back light…

The choice of background is very important. The white English bulldog (left) was photographed by Antonio Leanza on a black background, which provided contrast and gave emphasis to the shape and contour. A simple background works well most of the times.

Different pets and breeds have different personalities. Try to capture these singularities by getting to know them well.

Upload your Pets images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #14 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline 08/April/13

Photo: Antonio Leanza /  Text: Luciana Franzolin


sony-world-photography-awards Exhibition: The 2013 Sony World Photography AwardsThe 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition opens at Somerset House on 26 April and runs until 12 May.  

The exhibition offers a snapshot of the world in 2012 as seen by the winning and shortlisted photographers of the Sony World Photography Awards.  

It will reveal the very best international contemporary photography across 25 categories including fashion, travel, wildlife, landscape, portraiture and current affairs.

26 April – 12 May,

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA,

tickets £7,50, £5 students.

Opening Hours:

Mondays 10am to 6pm,

Tuesdays 10 am to 6pm,

Wednesdays 10am to 9pm

Thursdays 10 am to 9pm,

Fridays 10am to 6pm,

Saturdays 10am – 7pm,

Sundays 10am to 7pm

Book tickets online