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LSP Newsletter #20

London School of Photography

October 2013

LSP Newsletter #20

It’s that exciting time of the year again! LSP’s Part Time Professional Photography students will be exhibiting their work after the six months course and the opening night of the E.11.E.V.E.N exhibition is tomorrow. Congratulations to all! The exhibition is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, and we would like to invite you all to visit.

The LSP 2014 calendar is now published until the Summer and the Full Time Professional Photography Course workshops will be available on weekends as well from January. New clients benefit from a discount in comparison to booking the workshops individually and existing clients can upgrade to the Full Time Course deducting the fees already paid for previous workshops with us as well as having the discount. Please read more information below.

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*.

Thomas Blasche
WINNER – Assignment #19 – Elements of DesignCongratulations to Thomas Blasche, winner of Newsletter Assignment #19 – Elements of Design

Leading lines are one of the most powerful elements of design that can be applied to Photography. In this image, the spiral line grabs the eyes of the viewer and holds it until it reaches the top. The image of the lighthouse Lyngvig Fyr in Denmark looks surreal, out of this world. The blue paint confuses the senses, it looks like the sky, but it is not. Congratulations Thomas, we were grabbed by it.

Thomas 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.

October’s Assignment #20 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 31/October/13. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #21 / November.

Good luck to all!

Andrea Verganti Photo Tip & Assignment #20 – BLACK & WHITEHolger Pooten, professional photographer and LSP trainer, shares tips about digital black & white photography with us:

In the beginning photography was black-and-white. It is Interesting that B&W defended its popularity even decades after colour photography became widely available as people perceived the look as “classic” and artists and collectors appreciated the superior archival stability of Black-and-White negatives and prints. The majority of the most iconic photographs were taken in Black-and-White, photographers liked its graphical qualities and the ability to reduce an image to its essential elements.

Although they also shot in colour, the work of artists like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon or Helmut Newton would not be what it is without the magic of B&W. And in the digital era it is still as popular and up-to-date as ever, but how can you use it in your photography?
First of all black-and-white is a profound abstraction and should be treated as such. Don’t be temped to shoot in b&w mode in your camera, it’s a very common enquiry from potential clients if a B&W image is also available in colour and you don’t want to limit the use of an image straight from the start. On top of that, a subsequent change from colour to B&W gives you much more control of the conversion process, either in Photoshop or Lightroom, both of which will be explained here.
We start with a regular colour image. The great thing about post-production is that all parameters can be changed afterwards, this is called non-destructive retouching. Lightroom is non-destructive by nature, in Photoshop we will work with adjustment layers to make sure the process is reversible.
The easiest and proven way to convert a colour photograph into B&W is to completely desaturate the image through pulling the Saturation slider to the left. To do this in PS, create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer in the Layer palette (the little circle with a black and a white side), in LR you do this in the Basic panel.
A more sophisticated way is to create a Black & White adjustment layer in Photoshop or to use the B&W panel if you work from Lightroom.
Here you can define into how bright a grey tone every colour translates. The default setting imitates the response of a normal B&W film, but by moving the slider for each individual colour you can control how bright each colour appears as a grey tone, Move the slider to the right to make it lighter, and to the left to make it darker.
In the days of B&W film it was a very common technique to, by using a red filter n front of the lens, increase the contrast in the blue sky or improve the appearance of skin by suppressing skin imperfections. This can be replicated by moving the blue and cyan sliders (both complimentary colours of red) to the right. Give it a try and see how the contrast in the sky changes and how skin gains an almost porcelain appearance.
And last but not least B&W requires a stronger contrast than colour to look its best. Use the Curve tool in both PS and LR and create a classical S-curve.

Upload your BLACK & WHITE images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #20 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 31/October/13

Photo and Text: Holger Pooten

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. The online calendar for next year is already available on our website.

The Full Time Professional Photography fee offers a £570 discount in comparison to doing 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 on 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 – E.11.E.V.E.NThe London School of Photography Part Time Professional Photography Course students will be showcasing their work from TOMORROW, 2nd October, at Blackall Studios. (left: image by Charlie Webb)

E.11.E.V.E.N Exhibition


Ariel Brooks  – Charlie Webb – Eleanor Howarth – Gavin McLeod – Lauriane De Langhe – Lucy Dalzell – Marie Fraser – Rebecca Isabel Hall – Roniela Gorezi – Stephanie Jane Indra Khiara

Opening Night: 02 October 2013 (invitation only)

Open to the public: 03-06 October

from 11:00-18:00

Location: Blackall Studios

73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch

London, EC2A 4QS