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LSP Newsletter # 4

MAY 2012
LSP Newsletter #4

We would like to start this month’s newsletter by thanking all of you for participating on our monthly assignments. The number of images submitted has doubled. Check out the April Newsletter’s winner bellow. You can also win by taking part in this month’s assignment. Look for tips and inspiration to photograph the Moon and don’t miss out on the chance to win.

LSP continues to offer an exclusive upgrade deal to our existing clients. We look forward to being with you on your photographic journey, and  we are offering an upgrade to the Full Time Professional Photography Programme with a double discount for all of you who have done at least one workshop with us. Please read bellow for more details. Valid until 31st of May 12.

We send monthly newsletters with tips and news about photography and LSP. Each month we publish a Photo Assignment, and by entering images inspired by them on the respective Flickr Gallery, our subscribers have the chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher redeemed towards any workshop at London School of Photography*.

WINNER – Assignment #3 – ReflectionsCongratulations to Terry Baynes, winner of  the Assignment # 3 – Reflections, with this image entitled “Reflecting on a tour of Thailand “. A beautiful moment captured in this portrait which is reminiscent of  Vermeer’s “Girl with a pearl earring”, only without the eye contact. Reflections enable photographers to act without being noticed or disturbing. The introspective expression of the girl merges with the green landscape in the bachground and her gaze invites us to guess what she is thinking or… reflecting about. Very engaging.

Again it was very hard to pick a winner this month as the number of images submitted has doubled and the entries are getting better and better each month. To see Terry’s winning picture and all other images submitted, please click on the link.

Terry  wins a  £150 Discount Voucher to be deducted from the value of any LSP Course or Workshop. For your chance to win every month, follow the assignments and upload up to five images to the relevant Flickr Gallery.

April Assignment #4 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 08/June/12.  The winner will be announced on Newsletter #5 / June. Good luck to all!


Photo Tip and Assignment #4 – Moon“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star”, philanthropist W. Clemence Stone once said. Let’s be optimistic! I know most of us could not see the “Supermoon” phenomena last week, due to the rather gloomy weather conditions we are experiencing for quite a while in the UK now. But there is some hope that, by the end of this month and beginning of June, things will clear up, and it will coincide with the crescent and full moon phases, so, if you never managed to take a decent picture of the Moon before, here are valuable tips to photograph the only celestial body (apart from the Earth), men kind has set foot on.

Being the brightest object in the night sky, the moon, when it see it, is totally lit by sun light, even thought for us is night. It is something photographers of all levels can shoot, however it can take some planning and preparation to achieve good results. As a very bright object, the advantage is that you will be able to use reasonably fast shutter speeds (as you would photographing any sun-lit object during the day). I don’t usually give “recipes”, because in photography is doesn’t really work like that, but for moon photographs, it is possible to provide you with a combination of settings that will get you started, needing little adjustments from then on.

Think you need tones of equipment? Nah. This picture (left) was taken with my tiny Canon Powershot (which I carry with me all the time) with no tripod. The most important thing is that you shoot on Manual Mode of exposure. Shooting on Auto or Priority modes, cameras will not allow you to get a correct light reading, as the dominant dark sky fools the camera into overexposing it in such way that you would get the moon as a flat white circle.

It goes a lot against the logic to ask you to set the lowest ISO available on your camera, but that is what you need (I used ISO 80 for this picture). This is because you must capture as much detail as possible and a high ISO will give you noise. Don’t panic, it’s very dark at night, but again, the moon is directly lit by the sun. You will also need a long telephoto lens (I used max. optical zoom equivalent to 500mm). Beware as, the longer the lens, the more likely you are to get camera shake. If you have a tripod and a remote shutter release, it can be handy in case you are not trained to hold your camera really still (as you were taught on your workshop).

Next thing, set an aperture around F/8 to be able to get some depth and detail, although the moon is so far away that depth of field in not a big issue, It might still appear in focus even with F/5.6. For the Shutter Speed, try anything between 1/100 and 1/250, maybe even 1/500. They sound quite fast for night photography, but it’s possible as the moon is very bright. Try a couple of different combinations and keep an eye on the histogram. Don’t let it be peaking towards the right side edge (highlights) as you might overexpose it too much.

Ideally, your location would be away from the city’s bright lights, but, really, I took this shot from my window in west London. Give it a go, if it works, you’ll be fascinated to see, on your own computer screen, the reason why the moon has captivated people, given direction and provided enjoyment and wonderment for millenniums. And it will continue to do so forever, well, whenever there aren’t clouds in the sky…

Upload your Moon images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #4 for a chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher towards Courses and Workshops at LSP*

Text and Photo: Luciana Franzolin


Until 31st of May: FULL TIME Professional Photography Course special offer for existing clientsUntil the end of this month (May), LSP is offering a double discount opportunity to existing clients who opt to upgrade to the Full Time Professional Photography Programme.

The first advantage is the £2995 fee until 31st of May for existing clients only (Course is now priced at £3295). This £2995 fee includes a £770 discount in comparison to booking all the workshops that are part of the programme individually.

The second advantage is that the price of any workshops you have already taken with us will be deducted from the £2995 fee as well when you book. This upgrade deal expires on 31st of May, 2012.

Workshops that are part of the FULL TIME Programme

– 4 Days Digital Photography

– Photojournalism & Street Photography

– Portrait Photography

– Studio Lighting

– Food & Product Photography

– Photoshop for Photographers

– Career Coaching

Upgrade explained: If you have already done the 4 Days Digital and PJ & Street courses with us, for example, The £ 1190 you have already paid for both these workshops will be deducted from the £2995 fee, leaving only £1805 remaining for the upgrade, and 5 more workshops to attend.

The Full Time Professional Photography program can be completed at your on pace, from 7 weeks to 6 months time. For more information, please visit the FULL TIME course page.

Don’t miss out on this great deal. Valid until 31st of May. If you are interested in upgrading, please write to LspTraining@yahoo.com quoting “UPGRADE” on the subject line. Please feel free to contact us should you need further information.



Have you ever wondered how it feels to be inside your camera? If your answer is yes, you cannot miss this one.

New York artist, Zoe Leonard, transforms Gallery Three of the Camden Arts Centre into a ‘camera obscura’ this spring. The term refers to a ‘dark chamber’, which pre-dates photography and makes use of natural phenomena. Leonard will be filtering daylight through a lens so that it projects an image of the outside world onto the floor, walls and ceiling of the gallery, with the aim of creating a spatially immersive experience.

Leonard will also be using Gallery One to display a series of new photographs depicting the sun, as well as Gallery Two to exhibit a sculptural installation of found images. All three galleries function together to combine experience, image and object, thus encapsulating three distinct photographic forms. The major exhibition acts as a way of pushing the boundaries of photographic medium and practice.

The north-south axis of Gallery three ensure consistent light throughout the day, which in turn provides a shifting and cinematic event. Leonard hopes to use the ‘camera obscura’ as a way of questioning the traditional limits associated with photography. Her work attempts to capture time and space whilst shooting directly into the sun, defying the golden rules of conventional photographic practice and representation. The sun becomes the subject rather than a factor, a tool, or a hindrance.

A concern with perception and visual experience is the running theme throughout the three galleries. Expect to reflect upon how we relate to the world around us after the subversion of a traditional visual experience.


Camden Arts Centre,

Arkwright Road,


020 7472 5500


31 March – 24 June 2012