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LSP Newsletter #28

July 2014  LSP Newsletter #28

Welcome to July Newsletter!

Check out the winner from the SEASCAPES Assignment #27 and the new Photo Tip & Assignment #28 below. Don’t forget to submit your images for a chance to win an Evening Workshop at LSP.

This Summer LSP is running a special offer for our Full Time and Part Time Professional Photography Courses adding two extra workshops to the package at a discounted price too.

The next Part Time Course starts on 3rd of September and few places are still available. You can join the Full Time Course any time and can complete it within 7 weeks to 6 months, according to your schedule, with workshops available on weekends, evenings and week days. Please visit the links below for more details.

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*.  


Part Time and Full Time Professional Photography Courses 

The Part Time and Full Time Professional Photography Courses are the most comprehensive programmes specifically designed for anyone willing to pursue a career in Photography.

The Full Time Professional Photography Course schedule is totally flexible, and can be completed from 7 weeks to 6 months with workshops available during week days, evenings and weekends.  Anyone who has already done a workshop with us can UPGRADE to the Full Time Programme deducting any amount already paid to us from the fee.

The Part Time Professional Photography Course runs every Wednesday (10:30 to 16:30) for 6 months and there are still a few places available for the next one starting on the 3rd of September 2014.  


Add Photoshop for Photographers (or Lightroom Essentials) and Creative Photography to your

Full Time or Part Time package for a Special Price. Click on the courses’ links for more information.

Photo Tip & Assignment #28 – Motion Blur

Photography is medium well known for “freezing” moments in time, that split second recorded forever. But it is also possible to capture movement in the static photograph, represented by blur, and give the idea of motion with the use of slow shutter speeds.

This fascinating technique has infinite interpretations and great results can be achieved in a number of creative ways. The subjective “slow shutter speed” is most times still a split second. In all images displayed here, the settings are probably between 1/2 a second and 1/60 second, but this is considered slow compared to very fast shutter speeds available on cameras as 1/4000 sec. and 1/8000 sec.

Since photography is essentially a combination of three basic elements: ISO, aperture and shutter speed, it is important to keep all three in mind, even when giving priority to only one of them, in this case, the shutter speed.

To be able to get slow shutter speeds, which is literally leaving the shutter open for longer, we need low light. If you are shooting at night time, this will not be a problem, but In bright day light situations, we need to cut down the amount of light getting into the camera by closing the aperture (high number, f/16, f/22) and lowering the ISO for a less sensitive one (200, 100 ISO).

When less light gets into the camera through the small aperture in the lens and combining it with a low sensitivity ISO, it becomes possible to slow down the shutter speed, in order to have it slow enough to blur (and not freeze) the motion in the photograph. 

In the main image, the PANNING technique was used. It consists in following the subject in motion with the camera while at the same time pressing the shutter release button. The trick is to synchronise your movement to the movement of the subject, making sure the lenses point to the subject as you move. For more details about PANNING, we have already covered the subject on Newsletter #7.

It will take a lot of practice until a great image comes out, so be patient and don’t give up, as the results are very rewarding. Finding the correct shutter speed to capture the right amount of blur will be the main challenge. Tune in your settings by “giving and taking”, that is, for example, if you slow the shutter speed one click (clicking left), you need to close the aperture one click (to the right) and so on. This way your light meter will always maintain the same reading (and vice-versa).

You don’t need a moving subject to capture motion blur, you can also move your camera: twist it, zoom in, zoom out, all at the same time as you press the shutter release button. Prepare for some “abstract” results before you get what you like. Sometimes, unexpected great images could be initially seen as “mistakes”. Wait until you open them on a big screen before deleting it.

Upload your  MOTION BLUR IMAGES to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #28 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 31 July 2014.

Photo: Antonio Leanza

Text: Luciana Franzolin

WINNER Assignment #27 – Seascapes

Congratulations to Marie Fraser, the winner of the  Newsletter Assignment #27 – Seascapes.

The slow shutter speed used to capture this stunning image of the old pier in Brighton helped to leave the sea smooth and to blur the movement of the clouds. Beautiful!

Marie 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 #28 is published above and the deadline to submit images is 31 July 2014. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #29 / August. Good luck to all!


Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, explores the hidden corners and colourful characters of 1950s and early 60s London Soho, as seen through the eyes of John Deakin (1912 – 1972).

Considered to be one of the greatest postwar British photographers, Deakin was renowned for his penetrating portraits, haunting street scenes and striking fashion work. The exhibition includes rarely seen and un-shown works including portraits of the painters Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon. It also includes the writers Dylan Thomas, Daniel Farson and Jeffrey Bernard, the celebrated beauty and artist’s model Henrietta Moraes and Muriel Belcher, proprietor of the fabled drinking den The Colony Room.

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