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LSP Newsletter #29

August 2014  LSP Newsletter #29

Welcome to August Newsletter!

Congratulations to the Part Time Professional Photography Course’s students graduating this month. Only one place is available for the next group starting on 3rd of September 2014 and bookings are now open for the 11th of March 2015 start.

Check out the winner of the MOTION BLUR Assignment #28 and the new Photo Tip & Assignment #29 WEDDINGS below. Don’t forget to submit your images for a chance to win an Evening Workshop.

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 #29 – Weddings

If you’ve got a decent camera and friends know you enjoy taking photos, you have probably been called to photograph a wedding at least once. LSP’s director of training Debbie Castro runs a wedding photography business and has photographed wedding parties in Ireland, the UK, France, Italy and as far as Singapore and Cambodia. For Debbie, the photographer must “have the confidence and ability to take wonderful, unique and personable images of a special day”.

Wedding Photography can be a very profitable business, but is also one that takes a lot of responsibility too. Being called to document such an important occasion requires a lot of planning. There will be no other opportunity to “redo” the pictures, so there are some steps that need to be followed to guarantee all goes according to plan.

Professional wedding photographers usually work as a team. Photographers who work alone normally take at least two cameras with them for many reasons. They set one camera with a wide angle lens and another with a standard or telephoto. This is because there is not much time to swap lenses, so wide shots and close-ups can be produced at the same time.  

Another good reason to take two cameras is that if one of them breaks, you will have always have a back up one. Same goes for memory cards, batteries and flashes. Extra care must also be taken with the files afterwards. Make sure you do a safe backup of the images immediately after upload. There are no excuses for a mistakenly formatted memory card and drive.

Whenever you can, visit the location beforehand to check the lighting. Plan according to daylight, night, indoors and outdoors. Not only exposure settings will change as you move from one ambiance to another, but other settings like for instance the White Balance need to be changed too. If you are familiar, shoot in RAW, as this will enable you to change settings like colour temperature afterwards.

One of the greatest joys of being a photographer in a place like London is that weddings of many different cultures take place here. From the traditional English best man speeches to the explosion of colours of an Indian party, the main things you are trying to capture are happiness and obviously, love.

Keep a special eye on the bride all the time as she is the star of the show. Don’t miss the bouquet toss, and when you are free between the important shots, look for details in the decoration, and make sure you get some general, wide angle shots, that give a sense of place.

Be ready to capture candid and unposed moments in a reportage style, not forgetting the classic shots with family, bridesmaids and guests. Research in advance for particular details about the ceremony and any surprises you must be ready for. Knowing beforehand that the best man organised a flash mob dance or a Brazilian samba dancer is going to come out of the cake will help you to be prepared for it all.

Technical tips: Keep an ISO of 400 or above to be able to use fast shutter speeds. Indoors, don’t be afraid to use a flash and when possible, a remote wired multiple flash system. Wide apertures (small f/number) are great for details and portrait shots when you want shallow depth of field, but when shooting large groups of people, close the aperture to ensure everyone is in focus. Check your images often to see if settings are working fine and, if you are also a guest, make sure you enjoy the party and celebrate as well.

Upload your  WEDDING images  to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #29 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 31 August 2014.

Main Photo: Debbie Castro. Text: Luciana Franzolin

WINNER Assignment #28 – Motion Blur

Congratulations to Priya Chotai, the winner of the  Newsletter Assignment #28 – Motion Blur.

What a great moment captured in this shot. The technical settings were spot on, capturing motion while at the same time leaving the cyclist sharp. That means Priya moved her camera at the right speed while pressing the shutter release button.

The composition is also great, with the bike and cyclist framed by the white crossing marks on the street. Well done!

July’s Assignment #29 is published above and the deadline to submit images is 31 August 2014. The winner will be announced on Newsletter #30 / September. Good luck to all!

Part Time and Full Time Professional Photography Courses at LSP

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. Only one place is available for next months’ 3rd of September 2014 class and bookings are now open for the 11th of March 2015 start.


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.

EXHIBITION: Martin Parr – Signs of the Times

Martin Parr is one of Britain’s most significant photographers, best known for his sharp eye and cheeky sense of humour. Over his thirty year career he has focused on capturing ordinary people doing ordinary things – at the seaside, in supermarkets, at village country fairs or on holiday abroad. Often highly saturated and brightly coloured Parr has become known as a commentator and recorder of Britain’s finely nuanced class system.

In the 1990s the BBC aired a documentary called Signs of the Times,’ it was an early version of reality television and was seen as a fly-on-the-wall documentary combined with the celebrity show Through the Keyhole’.

An advertisement was placed in the British press asking for volunteers to be involved in the film. It was to be a show documenting the personal tastes of people in the British home. Two thousand people applied and fifty were chosen, from a range of ages, races, genders and social backgrounds.

Parr was asked by Barker to be the stills photographer on the shoot, and created a subsequent book to accompany the documentary. Each of the titles he and Barker gave the photographs are quotes from people in the film, which inadvertently send themselves up. Subtitled portrait of the nation’s taste’ these photographs give an insightful and amusing view of British taste in the 90s.

A key member of Magnum Photos Agency from 1994, and it’s current president, Martin Parr is one of our most celebrated photographers and this exhibit is a must see in London this summer.

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