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LSP Newsletter #15

London School of Photography

May 2013

LSP Newsletter #15

Spring is back bringing the flowers, the long days and the hope that Summer will be great in London this year.

If like us, you cannot wait to make plans for the warm months, LSP has already published the Summer workshops’ calendar, have a look!

Also running through the Summer: the 2013 LSP Awards, inspired by Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis exhibition. The competition is accepting entries until early September 2013. Win great prizes including a Part Time or Full Time Professional Photography Course at LSP and printspace vouchers.

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*. 

Catarina Borges WINNER – Assignment #14 – PetsCongratulations to Catarina Borges, winner of Newsletter Assignment #14 – Pets

FUN! That can describe our mood while judging the winner of the Tip & Assignment last month. So many great images, and so many cute pets! Catarina’s portrait of a smiling (or yawning) cat immediately caught our eyes. That is how a good pet portrait should be: simple and unexpected. We also liked the grainy Black & White feel and of course, the cat!

Catarina wins a Open Date Voucher to attend an 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.

May’s Assignment #15 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 31/May/13. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #16 / June.

Good luck to all!

Antonio Leanza Photo Tip & Assignment #15 – FLOWERSFlowers must be one of the most photographed subjects in the world. “It is one of my favourite subjects” says Antonio Leanza, founder of LSP (image left). “One of the joys of spring is watching new leaves and blossoms come to life nearly everywhere you look”.

Flowers come in a great variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. A stroll in the park or a short drive in the country can result in a whole portfolio of images.

The first thing to think about is: what is your subject? Yes, it is flowers, but is it a flower field? an entire garden? a bouquet? a unique flower? a detail of a flower?  Of course you can try all types, but it is important to focus on one thing at a time, as the choice of equipment, the composition and view point will vary a lot depending on your choice.

Once you have decided your subject, you can decide how to photograph it. If you chose a field of flowers or a garden, for example, think about an interesting composition. Avoid placing the horizon line right in the middle of the frame and use the rule of thirds instead. Look for leading lines, choose a foreground interest and make sure you set the correct aperture for more or less depth of field.

Depth of field (DOF) refers to the area of your photograph that will be in focus. This is very important to think about, as you can either isolate a subject from the whole scene by blurring background (or foreground), or show the whole scene in focus. DOF is affected by three factors: 1st. Aperture:  The larger the aperture (smaller f/number), the smaller the DOF. 2nd. Focal Length: The larger the focal length (mm), the smaller the DOF. 3rd: Distance: The shorter the distance between you and the subject, the smaller the DOF.

For a flower field or garden, for example, it is more common to choose deep depth of field, which can be achieved by setting a large f/number (f/11 or more) with a wide angle lens (24 mm) and stepping back, or staying far from your subject.

Now if your subject is a single flower or a detail, to make it stand out from the rest of the scene, normally shallow DOF is used. This can be achieved by setting a small f/number (f/1.8 for ex.) with a standard or telephoto lens (50mm or more) and getting as close as you can from the subject.

Here is where MACRO lenses can be essential piece of equipment for those who enjoy flower photography. A MACRO lens allows the photographer to get physically close to a subject, contributing to shallow depth of field. The minimum distance you can be from a subject is usually written on the side of the lens (in meters and feet).

Compact cameras have amazing MACRO photography options and often allows the photographer to be as close as 1 cm or even less. The MACRO symbol on a compact camera is a little “flower” (no wonder). Now on DSLRs, the same “flower” symbol fould on the exposure dial (next to the other “scene” modes) doe NOT change the focusing distance, or how close the photographer can get from a subject. With a DLSR, you will need a MACRO lens.

The quality and direction of light must always be observed. Overcast days give a soft and diffused light, which is less challenging for photographers than hard light. On the other hand, bright days give a hard light, which can add a bit (or a lot) of drama to any image. Regarding the direction of light, the time of the day and the position of the sun in relation to the subject can give infinite possibilities. Front light flattens the subject, side light emphasises textures and details and back light often produces a halo, or aura, around the subject (it can be complemented with a fill light).

Upload your Flower images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #15 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline 31/May/13

Photo: Antonio Leanza /  Text: Luciana Franzolin

Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition: GENESISOn the 9th of April, the LSP has attended the the world premiere of Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, an exhibition which unveils extraordinary images of landscapes, wildlife and remote communities by this world-renowned photographer.

Genesis is the culmination of 8 years work exploring 32 countries. It is Salgado’s 3rd long-term photographic exploration of global issues, following his previously acclaimed collections, Workers and Migrations.

Check out some of our images from the Media Preview.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

11 April – 8 September 2013

Waterhouse Gallery

Natural History Museum
Ticket prices £10 adults, £5 child and concession, £27 family

Free for Members, Patrons and children under 4

2013 LSP Awards

2013 LSP Awards

Inspired by photography legend Sebastiao Salgado’s GENESIS Project, the 2013 LSP Awards  is accepting submissions until September 2013 into four categories with Winner and Runner-Up prizes and an Overall Winner prize for the submission of outstanding images into all four categories.

Salgado says of this body of work:

“I have named this project GENESIS because my aim is to return to the beginnings of our planet: to the air, water and the fire that gave birth to life, to the animal species that have resisted domestication, to the remote tribes whose ‘primitive’ way of life is still untouched, to the existing examples of the earliest forms of human settlement and organisation. A potential path towards humanity’s rediscovery of itself. So many times I’ve photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet, I thought the only way to give us an incentive, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see the innocence. And then we can understand what we must preserve.”

Sebastião Salgado via Jori Finkel for the NY Times.

Check out some of our images from the Media Preview of Genesis. Don’t miss out on the chance to win.