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LSP Newsletter #17

London School of Photography

July 2013

LSP Newsletter #17

This month we continue the series of Tips and Assignments inspired by LSP’s workshops featuring Street Photography and the art of capturing a “moment”.

These popular workshops can be booked individually and are also included at the Part Time and Full Time Professional Photography Courses.

There are still a few places available for the next Part Time group starting in September and if the dates and timetable do not suit, you can opt for the flexible Full Time Programme.

Don’t forget to submit your images to the 2013 LSP Awards, inspired by Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis exhibition. 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*. 

Sonya Metzler WINNER – Assignment #16 – FoodCongratulations to Sonya Metzler, winner of Newsletter Assignment #16 – Food

We were impressed by the quality and creativity of the images posted last month. One of the main qualities of food photography is to make you hungry and it was exactly how we felt after the judging process.

Sonya’s image captured our eyes (and stomachs) by the simplicity of it and the fine details. The dark background helped to highlight the texture of the pasta and the green leaves created a great contrast with the red sauce.

Sonya 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.

July’s Assignment #17 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 31/July/13. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #18 / Auugust.

Good luck to all!

Alex Mita Photo Tip & Assignment #17 – STREET

Did you ever look at a photograph of a single moment of life on the street and wonder, “how did this photographer manage to get such a great shot?”
Can you think of any images that made an impression to you? Life Magazine photographers had a knack for capturing incredible moments on the street, and we were amazed by them.
Photos like the “American way of life” by Margaret Bourke-White, or the photo of the Drum Major leading children with his high-kicking prance, taken by the great Alfred Eisenstaedt, among many others.
But really, when it comes to capturing moments, Henri Cartier-Bresson, from Magnum Photos, was a natural. So what’s the secret behind it? Bresson once famously said that “photography doesn’t need any brains, it needs sensitivity, a finger and two legs”. 
But it’s not just that. It takes patience, practice, and even more patience. If you don’t get frustrated while trying to capture moments on the street, then something is wrong. You just have to keep at it. And don’t give up. It may take days, months, of even years to capture one great shot. But there is no greater feeling when you do capture it.
One of the key things is preparation. You have to be ready to capture that moment even before it happens.
Most of the times we want to freeze moments so we need fast shutter speeds, but not too fast. 1/125 is more than enough to freeze most people on the street. ISO should not be too low, around 400 should be more than adequate to get a relatively fast shutter speed even on cloudy days in London. In order to get fast shutter speeds, it helps to have a wide aperture (small f / number).
Just remember, the darker it gets, the more light you need to be able to maintain those fast shutter speeds. So, increase your ISO, and open your aperture or f-stop.
London is where things happens. So all you have to do is take Walker Evan’s advice, and stare!
Keep your eyes open. Look up, look behind you, finger on the shutter release button, and when the moment comes, do not hesitate. One of the many fears people have is that we are intruding on people’s privacy. And when you hesitate, you miss the moment. Have fun!

Upload your STREET images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #17 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 31/July/13

Photo and Text: Alex Mita

Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEARHaving accepted commissions from professional and amateur photographers from around the world, the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 is now presenting the cream of the crop.

This free exhibition showcases the winners of the competition in categories including monochromal, vanishing and emerging cultures and wild stories. Both new and archive images will be on show

Royal Geographical Society

Address:1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AVenue website: www.rgs.org

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (closed public and bank hols)

Transport:Tube: South Kensington

Price: Reading Room: £10 per day, free to educational users and Society members

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.