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LSP Newsletter #37

   Photo: © Nick Knight

June 2015 – Newsletter #37

Welcome to June’s Newsletter

We have great news for Part Time, Full Time and Flexible Professional Photography Students:
Submissions are open for the next LSP Exhibition in November 2015.
Current and past students can participate.
For more information, please visit LspExhibition.co.uk.

Don’t miss out on discounts for bookings at LSP completed until the end of June.
£665 total discount for the Part Time Professional Photography Course (starting on 2nd September).
and £45 off any workshop (with starting date until April 2016)

– Vouchers are valid for every workshop (apart from Level 1) available on our website calendar.– Bookings must be completed before 30/06/2015.- One voucher per booking.- Only returning clients are eligible.- Not valid for new clients.

– No refund or reschedule available for bookings made with the voucher.

Congratulations to Juana Mendoza who wins the April Assignment #36  ‘Vintage Photos’.We really like the muted tones of the photo and the filter that was applied to it, it all works quite well together and conveys a nice vintage look to the scene. Great job!
Juana 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.

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

Don’t stop sending us amazing pictures!

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

– The Part Time Professional Photography Course is the most comprehensive programme specifically designed for anyone willing to pursue a career in Photography. Classes are every Wednesday, from 10:30 to 16:30 for 6 months. Part Time students are eligible to take part at our annual exhibition.


Spring in undoubtedly a favourite season for photography enthusiasts everywhere and flowers have inspired all types of photographers from the greatest, like Robert Mapplethorpe, to the beginners who have just purchased their first camera.

But pictures of flowers can be very boring and repetitive. The theme is so saturated that Stock Photography libraries don’t accept them any more, except specialised photo agencies who are interested in scientific names and classifications.

So this month we will talk about ways to make your flower images extraordinary. To inspire you, we chose Nick Knight’s images of flowers in two different bodies of work.

Nick Knight is known for shooting high-concept fashion spreads for the likes of i-D, Vogue, W Magazine, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, but he spent three years lookiing at six million herbarium specimens at the Natural History Museum in London to select just 45 to photograph for his Flora exhibition (picture above).

The resulting compositions are beautifully simple. Photographed from above, each reads as an object in space; without border or perspective. To try to achieve a similar result, you could try to photograph flowers on the top of a lightbox (an object used mainly during darkroom times to view slides and negatives with detail), or make sure you use a clean background. Overexposing the image results in the ghostly, translucent feel, with colours less saturated and more details revealed.

If you prefer bolder images, focus on Knights Melting Floral Photomanipulations (main Newsletter image). For this series,  Nick was inspired by paintings from the Baroque period. The altered large-format photographs of elegant floral arrangements take on a psychedelic, gorgeously twisted liquidity. By exposing the prints to various combinations of heat, chemical and water treatments during the printing process, he was able to interject each piece with an intriguing, painterly flair.

This melting effect can be attempted by using the “Liquify” tool on Photoshop to warp, twirl, pucker, bloat and push the elements in the photograph, as in these images by Antonio Leanza (LSP Founder). Another technique to be tried in order to create unusual flower images are double exposures. Some cameras have the option available in the shooting menu, but it can also be created by using layers (with different opacities) on Photoshop.
With more simple editing tools, experiment changing the hue and saturation, swapping colours, adding texture filters and many other options available on photo editing software. The key is letting your imagination flow.

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). Click on Login or Register a new account and click on upload. Deadline: June 30th 2015.

To get your ideas coming we prepared a Pinterest inspiration board, take a look and get started! Also below a video about Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. Enjoy!

Photo credit: © Nick Knight

The Course offers a combination of our existing workshops at a discounted rate and can be completed in 7 Weeks (FT) or up to 6 months (Flexi). E-mail us at Lsp@LspTraining.co.uk for information. All Professional Photography students are eligible to take part at our annual exhibition.


This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life,Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.

Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton, 1960 ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

A selection of more than seventy images will define Hepburn’s iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story.

2 July – 18 October 2016
National Portrait Gallery

Top Photo credit: Norman Parkinson

We regularly post snapshots and backstage photos of our workshops as they’re happening on our Instagram page: @lsptraining