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LSP Newsletter #21

Nov 2013  LSP Newsletter #21

October was a busy month for LSP! We announced the winners of the 2013 LSP Awards and held another exhibition showcasing the work of the Part Time Professional Photography students.

We have also expanded our premises and are building a broadcast studio to grow our online presence with live courses and workshops. Keep an eye at this space to receive the news.

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*.



Photo Tip & Assignment #21 – COLOUR



Following the Black & White assignment last month, let’s explore how we can use colour to capture striking images of the world as we see. Colour is a broad subject and the approaches for its use in photography are endless.

First of all, what is your favourite colour? According to research, 42% of people will say blue. Green comes next with 14% and red is the third most favourite colour with 8% of the votes.

The complex phenomenon of colour has received attention from the perspectives of physics, chemistry, physiology, psychology, linguistics and philosophy.

In art, or more specifically, in photography, colour can create contrast and also help us to evoke different feelings. How have such phrases as ‘green with envy’, ‘red with rage‘ or ‘the blues’ come about?

Warm colours such as yellow, orange and red, are said to arouse or stimulate the viewer, while cool colors, such as blue, violet and green, calm and relax.

Looking for a theme, we can focus on a single colour, for example: “Red in London”. This assignment can become an ongoing project, until you have enough images for a coffee table photo book. For inspiration, check out Magnum Photos’ podcast on Red here. You can also modify the assignment to make it more challenging by choosing “Anything BUT Red in Chinatown” for example.

After focusing on one colour only, the next step is combining colours on your images. The colour wheel can help you to find out  what complementary (opposite to each other) colours and analogous (adjacent to each other) colours are.

Complementary colours create the strongest contrast and help reinforce each other (example: yellow boat and blue sea in the picture above). Analogous colours create a rich monochromatic look with one dominant colour and the colours that are next to it on the wheel (example: yellow, orange and red painted houses).

Settings on your camera that can help you control the colours are white balance (acts like a colour filter in front of the lens, warming it up and cooling it down) and hue/saturation (also on post-processing). Most SLRs and some other cameras have an option for “vivid” colours and toning filters such as sepia  and cyanotype for a monochromatic look.

For more information about colour, this article has a short description of the basic colour harmonies. Another interesting website about colour associations.

Upload your COLOUR images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #21 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 30/November/13

Photo and Text: Luciana Franzolin



WINNER – Assignment #20 – Black & White

Congratulations to Christopher Drake, winner of Newsletter Assignment #20 – Black & White



This interesting black & white landscape has rich contrast tones and the dreamlike, almost lurid appearance resembles infra-red photography a lot. This effect that can be achieved in digital photography using photo editing software like Photoshop or Lightroom.



Christopher 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. 



November’s Assignment #21 is published above and the deadline to submit images is 30/November/13. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #22 / December.

Good luck to all!



Flexible FULL TIME Professional Photography Course

Next year the Full Time Professional Photography Course will be more flexible. Every workshop that is part of the programme will also be available on weekends.

Workshops included:

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

– Photojournalism & Street Photography

– Portrait Photography

– Studio Lighting

– Food & Product Photography

– Photoshop for Photographers

– Career Coaching

The Full Time Professional Photography course ‘s fee offers a £570 discount in comparison to booking the workshops individually.

EXISTING CLIENTS: If you have already done one or more workshops that are part of the Full Time programme with us, you can deduct the amount previously paid from the total fee when you upgrade.

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

The Full Time Professional Photography programme can be completed at your on pace. For more information, please visit the FULL TIME course page. If you are interested in upgrading, please write to  Lsp@LspTraining.co.uk. Feel free to contact us should you need further information.



EXHIBITION: Only in England

Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life.

Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has now made a new selection including over 50 previously unseen works from the National Media Museum’s Ray-Jones archive.

Shown alongside The Non-Conformists, Parr’s rarely seen work from the 1970s, this selection forms a major new exhibition which demonstrates the close relationships between the work of these two important photographers.

21 September 2013 – 16 March 2014

Opening hours:10.00 – 18.00 (last entry 17.15) every day except 24 to 26 December.

Science Museum

Exhibition Road, South Kensington,

London SW7 2DD