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LSP Newsletter #18

London School of Photography

August 2013

LSP Newsletter #18

The London School of Photography has a new Internet home!

Check out our new website and let us know what you think. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

Send your message to Lsp@LspTraining.co.uk, our new e-mail, and remember to add it to your contact list. Our physical address in Soho and telephone numbers remain the same.

New prizes were added to the 2013 Lsp Awards competition. Viewbook portfolios is giving out subscriptions. The deadline to submit images is approaching, please find more information bellow.

We send monthly newsletters with tips and news about photography and LSP. Win Workshop vouchers at London School of Photography by submitting images to the Photo Assignments every month*.

Charmaine Evans WINNER – Assignment #17 – StreetCongratulations to Charmaine Evans, winner of Newsletter Assignment #17 – Street Moments

This image is a perfect example of “being at the right place, at the right time” and also pressing the shutter at the right moment. The interesting juxtaposition in the photograph tells us a story, and shows three essential elements that make a great street photograph: “life as it is”, eye catching characters and urban art. Well done!

Charmaine wins an 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.

August’s Assignment #18 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 31/August/13. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #19 / September.

Good luck to all!

Luciana Franzolin Photo Tip & Assignment #18 – SUMMERTemperatures are high and no one can complain about the Summer in London this year. The month of July was the warmest, sunniest and driest since 2006.

Unlike Spring, Autumn and Winter, the Summer season does not bring dramatic changes to the landscape, so the Photo Tip and Assignment this month will challenge you to photograph something “invisible”: the Heat!

Technically, we cannot “see” heat *. Our eyes can only detect visible light, which is a different wavelength of radiation. But we can definitely “feel” heat and this is the type of images that we are looking for.

The most visible changes during summer are in people’s behaviour. Responding to heat, we change the clothes we dress, the foods we eat and the way we socialise, among many other things.

More hours of sunshine also mean more time spent outdoors and, consequently, more opportunities to photograph.

The often harsh light of summertime is challenging to all photographers, independent on experience level. The tips bellow offer some solutions to this common situation.

– Use a Lens Hood. Many students ask us what is that “plastic thing that comes out of the lens”. That is a lens hood, and it protects the lens from rays of light that can cause flare and glare.

The shapes of lens hood can vary from plain cylindrical (used on telephotos) to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, or flower hood (used on wide angle lenses). The petal hood will help to minimise “vignetting”, or the darkening of the corners of the photograph on wide angle lenses.

It is good to remember that some very evoking Summer images purposely capture Lens Flare, so don’t leave the lens hood on 24/7, and experiment photographing this optical effect as well.

– Use Photographic Filters. An accessory that is not often seen nowadays is the photographic filter. There are several types of filters, used for different purposes, and they are usually screwed in front of or clipped onto the lens.

In the times of Photoshop, many photographers believe that filter effects can be mimicked with the software, but some filters’ effects, for example: controlling polarisation at the time of exposure, cannot be replicated in software.

Simplifying, a Polirising Filter reduces reflections from non-metalic surfaces, saturates (more vivid) the colours and darkens the sky. Polarizing filters can be rotated to maximise or minimise it’s effect. They are mounted in a rotating collar for this purpose.

Rotating the polarizing filter will make rainbows, reflections, and other polarized light stand out or nearly disappear depending on how much you rotate. It is possible to see the effect through the viewfinder of the camera in order to control it. An example can be checked here.

Polarising filters also reduce the light by about one to three stops, depending on the filter angle selected, so, not only capturing bold colours, it will also help by cutting some of the available light, which can be very useful in the Summer when light is too bright.

Another useful filter used to redice the light is the Neutral Density (ND). They can be Solid, Graduated or Center ND. These filters vary in density (darkness) and are used to control exposure, cutting overall or partial light from a scene. Using a Graduated ND filter, for example,allows the photographer to darken the sky, while leaving the ground correctly exposed.

Let’s not forget about the UV filter, used to reduce haziness created by ultraviolet light, to which photographic film and sensors are sensitive. A UV filter blocks ultraviolet radiation, which can only be good to your eyes, and it can be left on the lens almost all times.

Before you purchase new filters, check the diameter of your lenses to get the correct size.

Half dozen filters might add an extra weight to your camera bag, making you feel even hotter under the sun, but the result on your images will be very cool! Give it a try.

For inspiration without perspiration, check out the Getty Images‘ Summer gallery.

Upload your SUMMER images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #18 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 31/August/13

* unless we use an infra-red film/sensor or night vision camera.

Photo and Text: Luciana Franzolin

Visions of the Universe Exhibition: VISIONS OF THE UNIVERSEWander through beautiful galaxies, spectacular nebulae and millions of shimmering stars in this breath-taking collection of some of the most incredible images of our universe ever made.
Visions of the Universe shows how we have captured images of the heavens over the centuries, from the earliest hand-drawings to photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the very latest footage from the Mars Curiosity rover.

See an astonishing array of images of stars, planets and galaxies gathered from NASA, the Russian space programme, the European Southern Observatory and some of the greatest telescopes in the world, plus some of the best entries from the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Visions of the Universe will captivate anyone who has ever stared up at the night sky in amazement, and anyone who simply loves beautiful photography.

National Maritime Museum

Address: Romney Rd

Greenwich, London

SE10 9NF

Opening hours:10am-5pm Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun; 10am-8pm Thur


Rail: Cutty Sark DLR/Greenwich rail

2013 LSP Awards 2013 LSP Awards – viewbook offers great prizes to winnersViewbook is now sponsoring the 2013 LSP Awards competition by giving away 2 years and 6 months subscriptions. Viewbook enables image creators to design and manage their portfolio and show their work in a flexible and beautiful way. On the Web, iPad and iPhone.

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

The deadline to submit images is approaching, 08th September 2013, don’t miss out on a chance to win!