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LSP Newsletter #39

August 2015 – Newsletter #39

Hello and welcome to our August’s Newsletter.

Just a quick reminder, if you wish to apply for our Professional Photography Courses,

the next starting dates are:

17th AugustFull Time Professional Photography Course

2 SeptemberPart Time Professional Photography Course (£665 total discount)

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To all Part TimeFull Time and Flexible Professional Photography Students: 

We have extended the deadline to enter the competition
from the 29th July 2015 to the 31st of August 2015.
Uploading your images is FREE. 
The fee of £250 only applies if you are selected. This will cover:
Curating, Printing, Mounting, Space Design and Wall Hanging.”
(The final Artwork is yours to keep at the end of the exhibition.)
Blackall Studios Hire, Advertising, Marketing, Catering, Drinks & Security is all on us.

Please visit LspExhibition.co.uk for more information.

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Don’t miss out on discounts for bookings at LSP completed until the end of August.

Scroll down for promo codes!

– Vouchers are valid for every workshop (apart from Level 1) available on our website calendar.- Bookings must be completed before 31/08/2015.- 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: SONIA SECCHI
Congratulations to Sonia Secchi who wins July’s Assignment #38  ‘Multiple Exposure’.We really love the expressiveness of the statue, and the layering of the branches gave it an extra dimension and an eerie edge that adds a lot to the overall atmosphere and feeling of the picture!
Sonia 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.She can also use it to upgrade to any other course we provide.

August’s Assignment is published below and the deadline to Submit your images is August 31st. The winner will be announced on our September Newsletter.

Don’t stop sending us your amazing pictures!
For any queries about our Newsletter and Contest: newsletter@londonschoolofphotography.net

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.


ASSIGNMENT+TIP #39 MINIMALISM

In the visual arts and music, minimalism is a style that uses pared-down design elements with no unnecessary features. (source). In Europe, its roots can be traced back to movements like Suprematism (1913) and the Bauhaus school of crafts and arts (1919 to 1933).

The word ‘minimal’ was first used in the early 20th century to describe “Black square on a white ground“, a painting by Kazimir Malevich.

He founded Suprematism focused on basic geometric forms, such as circles, squares, lines, and rectangles, painted in a limited range of colours. It was stripped down to the bare essentials and serving nothing else than pure feeling. The artistic piece was not an object serving a purpose anymore, but it could exist in and for itself, without “things” ’.

Minimalism would grow strong as a movement in New York, during the 60s and 70s as a response to Abstract Expressionism, which had its major figure in Jackson Pollock, where artists sought to express their personal emotions through their art.

The Minimalists felt that Abstract Expressionism was too personal and pretentious.

They rejected the idea that art should reflect the personal expression of its creator and their goal was to make their work totally objective, inexpressive, and non-referential. (source)

Precursors of Minimalism were artists like Yves Klein and his Monochromes, Piet Mondrian, El Lissitzky with the Proun series, Lucio Fontana and many more in Painting as in Graphic Design.

Some reference painters in Minimalism during the 60’s were Frank Stella and Kenneth NolandThis movement embraced sculpture and music as well.

A minimalist style has certainly been taking over again in every field of photography in the last few years. From food photography to travel or fashion, the dominant is a minimal feeling that leaves distractions ‘out of the picture’ and lets you focus on a detail that is important for the photographer.

Whoever thinks minimal = easy will have some hard times achieving the desired result.

Remember that the process that leads you to the ‘essential’ composition is the longest and hardest one.

You have to research and strip down your images from all the ‘unnecessary’ elements to achieve this. It needs to look extremely clean, and precise.

We prepared a list of 7 elements for you, which we recommend you keep in mind when creating a minimal photo.

Negative Space

It is as important as your subject, if not more.
Negative space can define a good photograph from an extraordinary one.
When shooting a landscape, a portrait or architecture, keep in mind that the ‘empty’ space is an essential instrument you can use at your advantage. It will focus the attention of the viewer exactly where you want it and will make your subject stand out.

Composition
You need to keep a vigilant eye for it.
You can – and should – be brave with this, but remain conscientious, as there will be no other elements distracting the viewer from mistakes! 
Remember that placing objects close to the edge of the frame will draw your eyes to them. Composition is your main focus and once you have established it, you can decide to use colour or not.

Colour
As in every other photograph you take, your priority must change if you are shooting in colour rather than in black and white.
Composition will still be equally important but objects/people will have more relevance based on their colour rather than their position.
For a colour minimalist photo you can decide to:

1. Play with opposite colours on the Colour Wheel, It will give energy to your photo and the complementary colours will mutually power themselves up;
2. Use adjacent colours on the colour wheel, it will convey a sense of calm;
3. Use saturated colours to create a strong contrast;
4. Use Muted colours, the tones will be softer and relax the viewer.
As Kandinsky wrote in his “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” (source)
“[…]  warm colours will move forward towards the viewer while cold colours will retract.”
You can use this knowledge to your advantage and emphasize specific parts of your picture.

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Shadows/Light
Shadows can be a good subject. They can isolate specific part of your photo and create interesting shapes for the viewer to analyse.
The same can be said for light. Play around with light and shadow to create fascinating patterns and geometries, which will give rhythm to your picture.

Lines
These are essential and they play a big part in your photo as they can be your only subject (don’t forget with minimalist photography the protagonist of your photo could be a white wall).
Get your lines straight when photographing a building and choose your perspective wisely.
Point them towards the most important part of your photo to get the focus on it.
Lines will lead the viewer’s eye exactly where you want, whether that is towards the subject or outside the frame.

Landscapes
When shooting a landscape isolating specific details and cutting out distracting objects/situations in the background or around your subject might be a bit more challenging.
A trick is to play with the horizon line. If you put the line on the lower third of the picture or even closer to the edge you will make the composition more interesting and you will be using negative space to fill the frame. 

Frame within a frame
This technique can be a clever way to isolate the details you want your viewer to focus on and get rid of the surroundings.
Remember that every available subject is a good subject, you can take photos of anything around you.
If a detail captures your attention, isolate it, make it stand out and it will interest other people too.

For more inspiring images check out our Pinterest Board #39

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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: August 31th 2015.

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 in our annual exhibition.

EXHIBITION

MINIMALISM

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