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LSP Newsletter #35

   Photo: Saul Leiter

April 2015 – Newsletter #35

Hello everyone! We hope you’re all feeling good and ready to embrace spring. These past few days have been warm and sunny in London and hopefully we will have many days of good weather ahead, allowing us to go on long walks around the cities/countrysides and take amazing photographs.

But April showers should not put you off taking pictures, as water puddles create reflections, and droplets through windows may result in beautiful shots too. In this month’s newsletter we will show you the work of Saul Leiter who often photographed this way.

To get through any “creative block”, a new article by LSP founder Antonio Leanza will help you unlock your creativity.

Celebrating the beginning of the new season, we are offering £50 discount until the end of April to every newsletter reader (and friends too) on all our workshops. And you can use the voucher as many times as you wish. But remember… book before the end of April.

With spring comes spring cleaning and we have been busy moving our basement studio to the first floor and the lighting equipment to the third floor, where we now have a MASSIVE studio. We are sure you will love it as much as we do.

You can see it below, there is so much light coming in!

MARCH WINNER: SYLVIA LOCKHART
Congratulations to Sylvia Lockhart who wins the March Assignment #34  ‘Fine Art Photography’ with her ‘Abstract Arctic Sunset’.
The colours are so rich and intense, your eyes follow them back and forth and take their time to observe the space and the movement of the sea.
We surely see the inspiration drawn from Mark Rothko‘s paintings.Sylvia 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.

April’s Assignment is published below and the deadline to submit your images is the
30th April. The winner will be announced on our May Newsletter.

Don’t stop sending us amazing pictures!

For any queries about Newsletter and Contest: newsletter@londonschoolofphotography.net

ASSIGNMENT+TIP #35 REFLECTIONS

If there is a single theme that can be used as inspiration in many fields of photography, it is REFLECTIONS. From landscapes to portraiture, from street photography to fine art, using reflections can be a powerful way to create aesthetically pleasing and interesting images.

This month, we get inspiration from the work of Saul Leiter, an American photographer and painter whose early work in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution to what came to be recognized as the New York School of Photography. His original vision of the city, often abstract, transformed the urban scenery into a dreamy like place where different realities are merged by refractions and reflections. His photographs were often taken through windows, reflected in mirrors or blurred by rain drops falling on car windscreens.

Like Leiter, if we stop to look around us, we are likely to see an infinity of reflective surfaces on windows, mirrors, metals and water. The key is to train our eyes to spot them. Do that even when you don’t have a camera with you. Take some time to see life unfolding on the streets through a coffee shop window on a rainy day and observe the juxtaposition of elements that can be seen on the glass surface: the indoor image, the outdoor image and the glass itself, all layered together.

The second step is to start looking for interesting compositions, combining these elements into the frame of your viewfinder. On a technical aspect, reflections involve multiple focusing planes or (layers). To guarantee that all these planes are in focus, it is necessary to use deep depth-of-field by closing the aperture of your lens (large f/number). This also works when you are shooting through a window and want to show both the glass surface and the background/foreground in focus.

As you change the aperture settings, you will need to adjust the shutter speed too, so keep an eye to maintain a shutter speed that is fast enough to hold the camera still and, if needed, increase the ISO or use a tripod.

If your intention is to blur one of the planes, do the opposite and use shallow depth-of-field, by choosing a wide aperture (small f/number) and focusing on either plane you would like to see sharp. You might want to use manual focus for that, since the auto-focus function can get a little confused, keeping sharp the plane you did not intend to.

To light the spark in your brain, we prepared a Pinterest board to scroll and study with some examples of reflections and photographs shot through windows that might be useful to you.

If the spark does not happen don’t worry, we have all been there. This article by Antonio Leanza will help you unlock your creativity and demystify the creative process, getting through any “creative block’ you might be experiencing.  


Send us your images for a chance to win an Evening Workshop at LSP

Please submit your photos here (A maximum of 3 images per person) 

Deadline: 30th of April.

Top Photo credit: Saul Leiter.

“Reflections, layer upon layer,unfolding simultaneously.

Still, motion, criss-cross of direction.

Streams of opposites, adding and subtracting to the score.

A distilled emotion in the constancy of time.”

words & photo – Antonio Leanza 

EXHIBITION



Discover the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art in this major new exhibition, featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.

From the 1840s, scientists were using photography as a device to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The aesthetic beauty of this early photography and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study, shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.

Bullet Through Lemon, c. 1955 – ColorHarold Edgerton, MIT, 2015, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge alongside striking works by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto .

On display for the very first time will be an original photographic print of X-Ray, the earliest recorded images of the moon and 19th century photographs capturing the hidden beauty of electrical discharges.

20th March/13th September 2015

Price: £8

SCIENCE MUSEUM

TOP PAGE IMAGE: Blow Up: Untitled 1, 2007, Ori Gersht Ori Gersht, Private Collection

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