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LSP Newsletter #38


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July 2015 – Newsletter #38

Welcome to our July Newsletter

Submissions are now open for the annual LSP Exhibition in November 2015.
Every Part Time, Full Time and Flexible Professional Photography Student
(past and current) is eligible.
 LspExhibition.co.uk 

DEADLINE is 25th JULY 2015.

For more information, please visit the dedicated website.

– Vouchers are valid for every workshop (apart from Level 1) available on our website calendar.

– Bookings must be completed before 31/07/2015.- 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.

JULY WINNER: EMMA PALMER

Congratulations to Emma Palmer who wins May Assignment #37  ‘Flowers’.

The composition is very simple, central, minimal.

It reminded us of Imogen Cunningham and Robert Mapplethorpe’s flower photography.

Emma 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.

July’s Assignment is published below and the deadline to submit your images is July 31st. The winner will be announced on August 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.


ASSIGNMENT+TIP #37

MULTIPLE EXPOSURE

Multiple exposures originated in the analogue days of photography.

In the latest and most advanced digital cameras the process is simplified. We receive immediate results unlike with film there was an element of ‘danger’ to it.

What exactly is a Multiple exposure?

It is when the shutter is opened more than once to expose the film and overlay different frames into one.

It can give quite a dreamy/spooky effect. In the old days, this was used to fake the appearance of ghosts in family portraits (that surely was an interesting use).

It can create magical photographs and if you’re using an analogue camera you’ll always have that element of surprise not knowing what the result will be.

Multiple exposures became very popular again a few years ago when Lomography came back as a huge trend around the globe, these small ‘toy cameras’, as they’re called, are very light and portable and the film has very saturated colours, they come with a lot of accessories and they are perfect to play with. Here you can find some examples.

Projects were created where people completed a roll of film and then sent it to a stranger to re-use it as if it were new and get the most amazing results out of it.

With digital cameras everything is even easier.

You can select your multiple exposure mode from your menu (you can decide how many frames you want to layer) and shoot the first one, which will serve as a base.

You can chose between different blending modes:

Additive, will add the images one on top of the other;

Average, will add the images on top of one another automatically adjusting the exposure of the final image;

Bright, gives exposure priority to bright objects even when combined with dark backgrounds;

Dark, will do the exact same thing but giving priority to dark objects.

Here are some quick guides to Canon and Nikon multi exposure mode.

Let’s take an example of a double exposure portrait. You need to select the ‘multiple exposure’ options from your shooting menu and select the amount of frames you want (we recommend 2 if you’re starting out, it’s going to be easier to control).

To get the best out of your shot you will need your subject to be a silhouette, or to have a small part of the face illuminated (if there’s a detail you want to be able to see clearly) and to eliminate the environment. Shooting against the sky will help you achieving this effect.

The camera will put your base shot overlaid on your live view as a guide (which is a brilliant feature) for you to position your second shot and compose your photo exactly the way you want it.

It is not essential to have a white background in the base image, as long as you still have deep darks and light zones in the same photo you will achieve a different but equally strong result.

This feature can be used on landscapes, as well as on night scenes, it will give a surreal twist to your photo and make it different from anybody else’s.

If you don’t have a camera with the multiple exposure feature you will be able to create one in Photoshop.

You can achieve the same result (if not better) playing around with layers and masks and adjusting your composition and colours the way you prefer.

The rules for a good double/multiple exposure are the same as above: you will need a base image which contains very dark areas, you can make it darker or lighter playing with the levels in Photoshop (Image > Adjustments > Levels) and a light (preferably white) background.

Have your portrait as the base image and import the photo you want to overlay to have them on the same document. Now start playing with the layer blending modes.

The image you put on top is the one you’re going to blend, so select it, decrease the opacity so you can see what’s behind and move it around to achieve the perfect composition. Once you’re happy with it choose from the drop down menu (on the layer panel, just above your top layer) one of the modes. It is normally set to ‘normal’. Since your base image is a silhouette you should chose either ‘Lighten’ or ‘Screen’ (which is the equivalent of Additive/Average on the camera menu) to achieve the desired effect.

Once you have found the right position and the right blending mode you can improve the image the way you prefer, tweaking the colours, increasing contrast, turning it to black and white..The choice is yours!

Some things to keep in mind when shooting multiple exposures:

– You don’t want it to be ‘too crowded’ and hard to read so mix a busy image with a simple one;

– Chose one of the images to have texture in it;

– Remember you always need dark shadows and light parts in both images as it will make the effect more visible and interesting.

Now experiment!

We prepared a Pinterest board for you to get some ideas from, so follow it and get inspired!

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: July 31st 2015. 

Get shooting!

Top photo credit: © Debbie Castro – LSP Director of Training

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.

EXHIBITION

TOMOKO YONEDA: BEYOND MEMORY

Tomoko Yoneda’s photographs of landscapes and interiors might seem on first glance beautiful locations without any historical importance. We can enjoy the considered and tranquil view and then move on to another equally beautiful scene.

Yoneda seduces us with her images and on first viewing it is easy to miss the clues to the other narratives within the pictures. After reflection we realise that these photographs depict something more complex and troubling. Upon reading the captions we learn that the histories of these locations undermine the alluring nature of the scene before us. Every building and every landscape has been marked in some way by destructive forces.

Only after extensive research and investigation does Yoneda pick her subjects. . The sea, the forest, flowers or derelict buildings have been chosen to illuminate historical conflicts from the late nineteenth century to the present. The artist has asked these nonhuman forms to ‘speak’ to us about the past. The historical range of the exhibition covers the First and Second World Wars, the Second Sino-Japanese War through to the aftermath of the Cold War. The geographical range of the exhibition extends from northern Europe, to Brazil onwards to Bangladesh, and from Japan to China by way of Taiwan.
Read more…

12 June – 7 August 2015
Grimaldi Gavin
London
W1S 4DW

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