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LSP Newsletter #19

London School of Photography

September 2013

LSP Newsletter #19

Great news for 2014!

Due to high demand, the Full Time Professional Photography Course workshops will be available on weekends as well from January. Existing clients can upgrade to the Full Time Course deducting the fees already paid for previous workshops with us. Please read more information below.

This is the last week to enter images to the 2013 LSP Awards competition, deadline: 08 September. Don’t miss out on the change to win.

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*.

Beth Mercer WINNER – Assignment #18 – SummerCongratulations to Beth Mercer, winner of Newsletter Assignment #18 – SummerA great moment captured and the elements in the triple portrait balance and complement each other, guiding the eyes of the viewer effortlessly through the frame. Beautiful!

Beth 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.

September’s Assignment #19 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 30/September/13. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #20 / October.

Good luck to all!

Andrea Verganti Photo Tip & Assignment #19 – ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

The Tip & Assignment this month is about important elements that can help you improve your Composition, a topic covered on LSP’s Level 2 Digital Photography Workshop. We asked professional photographer and LSP trainer Andrea Verganti to share his thoughts about it with us.”This photograph is part of a project called ‘Suburban Pandora.’ The title comes from the Greek myth of Pandora, who owned a small box containing all the evils in the world that, if opened, would cause (as you can easily imagine) severe and wide-ranging consequences…
In my project the myth is reversed and the ‘box’ is a suburban environment that constrains the people who live in it and that, if opened, can let beauty come through.
Whenever you embark on a project, you should consider what message you want to convey: what is it that you want to say through the pictures? What is it that you want to communicate to the viewers? As a consequence, all the (otherwise quite dry) technical aspects of photography will turn into the tools you can use to express yourself.
This applies to the use of shutter speed and aperture, for example, but it is also particularly relevant to composition, as framing the photograph in a specific way allows you to shape the environment or situation around you and to give it a particular interpretation.
Since my message was rather conceptual and not very tangible and I needed to give a certain slant to the photographs to let it come through, composition was key to the success of the project.  I therefore had to pay great attention to the visual elements in the images.
Photography is a language, a visual language and as such, it is has an alphabet that is made up of visual elements.  Being able to recognise them will greatly improve your ability to communicate through images.
Lines are very important such elements and in the picture (left), I have framed the photograph so as to have horizontal lines running through the frame, which creates the effect of flattening all the planes of the image onto its surface.  This is meant to confer a static quality to the picture and, in this case, convey the feel of a restraining environment, as represented by the grey wall.
Conversely, converging lines would create the visual effect of being able to go beyond the surface of the frame and lead the eye of the viewer into a space within the picture, thus making the photograph look more dynamic.
As the wall represents the oppressiveness of the environment, I have composed the picture so as for it to occupy the biggest area and to ‘compress’ the grass to the bottom of the frame.  I have selected the yellow flower to be the main subject in my picture, as it stands out and breaks vertically the rigid pattern of the lines of the bricks in the wall.  Its role is therefore symbolic and key to the meaning of the photograph. In order to put an emphasis on it, I have chosen an angle of view that would allow me to see it frontally and I have placed it in the centre of the frame.
Since my message could be better conveyed through situations of contrast, I have used other important visual elements to highlight discordant aspects in the photograph. I have therefore juxtaposed the geometrical shapes of the bricks with the more natural and organic structure of the yellow flower and the grass.
The contrast is also accentuated by colour, as the gloomy grey of the wall clashes with the vivid green of the grass.  The white patch attenuates the dullness of the wall, while the yellow flower sticks out and catches the eye, since it is the only element that colour and it is cast against a neutral background.
Although more commonly associated with tactile perception, texture is also a visual element photographers can use in their pictures.  In my photograph, the rough and cracked surface of the wall conveys a sense of bleakness while contrasting with the freshness and smoothness of the grass.
It is important to understand that if you have a strong message, you can use the visual elements quite freely to get it through to the viewers: you can do whatever you want, basically, as long as you know what you are doing!”

Upload your ELEMENTS OF DESIGN (lines, texture, colour, shapes, form etc…) images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #19 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 30/September/13

Photo and Text: Andrea Verganti

Visions of the Universe FULL TIME Professional Photography Course UpgradeFrom January 2014, the Full Time Professional Photography Course will be even more flexible.Every workshop that is part of the programme will also be available on weekends, making it possible for all of you with busy lifestyles to be able to complete the course.

Sign up for the Full Time Professional Photography Course and save £570 (compared to doing all the workshops individually).

If you have already done a workshop that is part of the programme with us, you can deduct the amount paid for it from the Full Time Course fee, completing the remaining workshops at the discounted price.

Workshops that are part of the FULL TIME Programme

– 4 Days Digital Photography (or Levels 1 & 2)

– Photojournalism & Street Photography

– Portrait Photography

– Studio Lighting

– Food & Product Photography

– Photoshop for Photographers

– Career Coaching

Upgrade explained: If you have already done the 4 Days Digital with us, for example, the £595 you have already paid for this workshop will be deducted from the £3395 fee, leaving only £ 2800 remaining for the upgrade, and 6 more workshops to attend.

The Full Time Professional Photography programme can be completed at your own pace, from 7 weeks to 6 months time (extendable to 9 months). For more information, please visit the FULL TIME course page.

If you are interested in upgrading, please write to Lsp@LspTraining.co.uk quoting “UPGRADE” on the subject line. Please feel free to contact us should you need further information.

2013 LSP Awards EXHIBITION – GenesisThis exhibition showcases the results of an eight-year long project that saw photo-journalist Sebastião Salgado discover landscapes, wildlife and communities around the world that have been untouched by modern life.There are 200 black-and-white photographs on display, showing tribes still living by ancient values and landscapes that demonstrate the awesomeness of nature. The exhibition premieres in London before going on to locations around the world, and follows on from Salgado’s previous explorations of global issues, which concentrated on workers and migration.

Natural History Museum


Cromwell Rd



Opening hours:

Daily 10am-5.50pm (last adm 5.30pm)



2013 LSP Awards – Last week to submit images

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.

Check out the images already submitted: Elements of NaturePeople & CulturesGeometry & Patterns in Nature, Animal Kingdom

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