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LSP Newsletter #27

June 2014  LSP Newsletter #27

Great News! LSP now accepts PayPal Payments, facilitating the online booking process from wherever you are in the world.

The Full Time Professional Photography Course will be even more flexible from next year, with all workshops available on weekends and Studio Lighting and Food & Product Photography workshops available in the evenings as well (2015 calendar already published on our website).

The Part Time Professional Photography Course continues to be once a week on Wednesdays, for 6 months. Next start date is 3rd September 2014 (few places available).

Both Full Time and Part Time courses are recommended for those who wish to pursue Photography as a career.  If you have already done a workshop with us, you can always upgrade to Full Time Course deducting what you have already paid us from the fee.

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 #27 – Seascapes

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand”. Ansel Adams

Summer is almost here and if you know where to stand, you will be standing somewhere by the sea. Jokes apart, it is unquestionable that seascapes are an inspirational theme for your travel photographs. Back to the master’s quote, what will make the difference between a good photograph and an ordinary one is where the photographer stands. And when.

The ever changing sea side gives way to countless interpretations. Observe the tide and where the sun rises and sets. One of the most important elements will be the quality of light. We all know that the best times to photograph are early morning and late afternoon, the golden hours, when the sun near the horizon line explodes in different colours and tones. Don’t look only for clear skies. Clouds add mood and filter the light for beautiful effects as well.

A simple composition will draw the eye to the elements present in the photograph as in the main image (above) when the rule of thirds was used to place the boat, the hut and the horizon line. The tracks work as lines guides the eyes of the viewer deep into the image.

The point of view should be changed constantly. Whenever you can, photograph from above (left), or from a boat at the sea looking to the coastline. Why not try underwater seascape photography? There are special underwater housings available for most types of cameras. Not ready to invest on this type of equipment yet? No problem, you can try waterproof housing for your smartphone first. 

The constant movement of the waves can be captured either frozen (static) or with blurred motion. The right shutter speed is the key. To freeze the movement you will need fast shutter speeds. You will be able to get that on a bright day with an average ISO (ex 400) and a wide(ish) aperture (ex. 5.6). 

To capture blurred motion, you will need slow shutter speeds. To be able to get that, lower the ISO (ex 100) and close the aperture (high f/number). You might need to wait for low light (dusk and down) to be able to get it. A tripod is a must, to avoid camera shake, or any stable surface where your camera can sit safe (by no means where waves can reach it). If you cannot wait for low light, use a Neutral Density filter instead. 

In calmer waters and harbour areas, look out for reflections, specially at early night with lights already on. 

Using a wide angle lens, try to include close by elements in the foreground, (right) adding information to the scene. Boats, lighthouses, rocks, marine life and vegetation make great foreground interests. 

By the sea, as well as being careful with your composition, you need to be careful with your equipment. Wind, sand and humidity are nasty to your camera. Exchange lenses in a protective environment and take care not to let sand go into the hollow and build up in the sensor. Have silica gel pouches in your camera bag to attract any excess humidity.

Upload your SEASCAPE IMAGES to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #27 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 30 June 2014.

Photos and Text: Luciana Franzolin

WINNER Assignment #26 – Silhouettes

Congratulations to Alison Adcock, the winner of the  Newsletter Assignment #26 – Silouettes.

Great image of a musician band sculpture in Reykjavik, Iceland shot against the sun light, at the right time.

Alison 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.

June’s Assignment #27 is published above and the deadline to submit images is 30 June 2014. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #28 / July. Good luck to all!

EXHIBITION: The Years Of La Dolce Vita: The Birth Of Celebrity Culture In Focus

An exhibition of images by Marcello Geppetti and film cameraman Arturo Zavattini which looks at Italian cinema and the rise of the celebrity culture during the 1950s and 1960s, predominantly during the era of films by Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini, and of the Roman Cinecitta studios.

The 1950s and ’60s represent a golden era in Italian film, when directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Federico Fellini produced some of their most famous movies.The term paparazzo was taken from Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960), being the name of a character inspired by a number of real-life photojournalists then active in Rome.

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

39a Canonbury Square

London N1 2AN

Opening times: 

Wednesday to Saturday 11.00 – 18.00

Sunday 12.00 – 17.00. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.