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LSP Newsletter #22

Dec 2013  LSP Newsletter #22

December  and January are months of multicultural celebrations around the world. It’s time to send best wishes to special people in our lives. Follow the Photo Tip & Assignment  for inspiration on how to create and send customised Season’s Greetings cards with your own photographs.

Make someone feel special by giving an LSP Gift Voucher. Please find more information below.

Check out the 2013 Paris Photo Festival highlights through the eyes of Daniel Lane, photographer and LSP trainer, who visited the massive photo fair in the city of lights last month.

A retrospective of all newsletters from 2013 can be found here.

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*.

Gift Vouchers: all LSP workshops available

Make someone feel very special this year by giving them an LSP Photography Workshop Gift Voucher.

Gift Voucher purchases are swift, and as soon as payment is received we send you a PDF file to print or send as an e-mail attachment to the recipient.

Any of our workshops can be purchased as a Gift Vouchers. Please check the prices and visit the workshop information clicking on the links below.

Please visit the Gift Voucher Page to purchase or contact us for more information.



Photo Tip & Assignment #22 – Season’s Greetings Card

No other months see as many celebrations around the world as December and January. Winter festivals (in the northern hemisphere) date back several centuries and have been present in numerous civilisations.

To name just a few: Christmas Day (Christian), the Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Eid al-Fitr (Muslim), Hanukkah (Jewish), Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish), Omisoka (Japanese), Chinese New Year and, of course, New year’s Eve.

Most of these celebrations have striking similarities, being a time to spend among loved ones, exchange presents and well wishes. Decades after e-mail substituted paper post almost completely, it is still common practice for many to send Greetings cards to family, friends and work colleagues.

Have you ever sent a card made with one of your photographs? We challenge you to show us in images the spirit of the season according to your own culture. Look for symbols, lights, colours or situations that translate this time of the year for you. Think about traditional food and drinks. Cards sent in name of the whole family can include a beautiful portrait.

Quick tips for photographing season motives are:

– use a tripod (for low light situations)

– if you are appearing in the picture, use the self timer or remote control.

– switch the flash off (to capture ambient lighting)

– increase the ISO (for low light conditions, a little grain can be a great effect too).

– think abstract as well and don’t be afraid of experimenting with unusual settings.

– check and use a few different White Balance settings.

– Photograph the preparations, in a reportage style.

Using your photographs will add special meaning to your greetings and designing your card (and envelope) is fun and just a few clicks away.

Our favourite personalised stationery website is Paperless Post, but a lot of options are available as, for example, Vista Print where you can upload your image and check how it is going to look on several card designs. Other websites are Photo Box and Moonpig.

Upload your SEASON’S GREETINGS images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #22 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 31/December/13

Photo: Antonio Leanza

Text: Luciana Franzolin

WINNER – Assignment #21 – Colour

Congratulations to Rui G. Ramos, winner of Newsletter Assignment #21 – Colour



What a lovely portrait with vivid, punchy colours. It proves that a simple background can work perfectly well to isolate the main subject and make it stand out with the use of contrasting colours. Well done!



Rui 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. 



December’s Assignment #22 is published above and the deadline to submit images is 31/December/13. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #23 / January.

Good luck to all!



2013 PARIS PHOTO Highlights

When i walked into Le Grande Palais for Paris Photo (Nov 14-17) and saw what 136 galleries actually amounted to, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. Though within minutes I realised that this piece would be about the show’s highlights, as to write a review of Paris Photo would be next to impossible – each gallery’s space had it’s own curation, it’s own flavour – showing photos from different eras and genres.

Iconic photos from the likes of Robert Capa and Cartier Bresson, were around the corner from powerful portraits by Diane Arbus and August Sander. Actually, Sander’s portrait “Konditormeister” (Master Pastry Chef) was on sale for a cool €1million. Yes, at Paris Photo we are talking about big names and big money. William Eggleston’s work was showing at several booths, as was William Klein’s, and the largely unseen work of previously unknown photographer Vivian Maier. (Have you heard about the fascinating story of Vivian Maier’s photography? If not go to read more…