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LSP Newsletter #48

Nelson’s Column under Construction, Trafalgar Square, London,
first week of April 1844, WHFTalbot © National Media Museum/SSPL


Welcome to our May Newsletter

Join LSP and the Science Museum on a trip back to the 19th century with a 2 for 1 deal on tickets to see Fox Talbot – Dawn of the Photograph, an exhibition showcasing the life and works of William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the pioneers of photography (see exhibition review).

Talbot’s developed-out silver halide negative process is the basic technology used by chemical film cameras until today.The exhibition displays a number of his calotypes as well as works by his contemporaries Louis Daguerre and the oldest daguerreotype that currently exists.

Inspired by Talbot’s discoveries, the theme for May’s Assignment is “Film Photography”. Rediscover your old negatives or give your digital photos a “film look” with Hipstamatic, Instagram and Lightroom filters and presets.

Submit your images to win a £200 discount voucher to attend any course or workshop at LSP plus two complimentary tickets to see Fox Talbot – Dawn of the Photograph at the Science Museum.


Congratulations to Mike Spencer who won April’s Assignment #47 – Everything British

We all agreed that “tea” instead of “coffee” written at the board would sound more British but this Cambridge coffee shop image captured our eyes and when you look at the details, you will even find the “tea” there.

Mike wins a £200 discount voucher to attend any Workshop at LSP, including the Professional Photography Course + 2 tickets to see Fox Talbot – Dawn of the Photograph at the Science Museum.

May’s Assignment is published below, and the deadline to submit your images is June 5th. The winner will be announced in our June Newsletter.

The Bridge of Sighs, St John’s College, Cambridge, c. 1845,
© National Media Museum/SSPL


Film photography was supposed to have been killed off by the digital era, but surprisingly it is making a come back with more and more enthusiasts experimenting with analogue photography.

For this month’s assignment, inspired by the work of Fox Talbot and his contemporary photographers, we invite you to dust off your film camera, or dig out your old negatives, and give it a go.

If you never shot film before (yes, people too young to have seen a film camera exist), now it is a great time to start. Film camera prices have fallen dramatically and Lomography cameras can be found everywhere. Even if you don’t want to invest on it, single use disposable film cameras can be purchased on Amazon, for example, there are even waterproof ones.

True-to-life colour negatives, moody black & whites, slide emulsions or expired rolls can be found in shops like Film is not Dead. Each brand of film, like cameras and lenses, has its own characteristics. Warm or cold tones, soft or harsh contrast, vignetting and grain are “effects” that can be achieved.

Snappy Snaps still processes film in 1 hour, and you can even try doing it by yourself at places like Photofusion, where you can hire the darkroom by the hour. Professional services are provided by Metro Imaging or Aperture.

Rediscover your negatives (or positives) by digitalising them using any digital camera and a shoe box following this video tutorial. You can always get your negatives and positives scanned professionally as well, we highly recommend it.

If getting into film photography is too big of a task right now but you still want to get the old film look in your pictures and participate, you can use apps like Hipstamatic (where you can choose from various films, lenses and effects), Instagram or even use a wide range of Lightroom presets. Here is a list:

Mastin Labs Authentic Film Presets for Lightroom & ACR
VSCO Film Revolutionary presets and camera profiles
List of Lightroom Film Presets
Lightroom Essentials Workshop at LSP

We prepared a Pinterest board to get you inspired.

Send us your images to win a £200 discount voucher to book any Course or Workshop at LSP plus two complimentary tickets to see Fox Talbot – Dawn of the Photograph at the Science Museum.

Please submit your photos here (maximum 5 images per person). Login or register to be able to upload. Deadline: June 5th.

Click here to see all LSP Newsletters




William Henry Fox Talbot and Nicolaas Henneman at the Reading establishment, 1846
© National Media Museum/SSPL


2 for 1 ticket deal to all LSP students. Give your full name and mention you are (or have been) an LSP student at the ticket desk by the Media Space Gallery on the second floor.

The Science Museum presents the first major London exhibition exploring the work of British photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Fox Talbot – Dawn of the Photograph tells the story of the birth of photography in Britain within its industrial, cultural and social context, and reveals the extent of Talbot’s remarkable experiments as the figurehead of a new and influential medium that would change the way people saw themselves and the world for ever.

Talbot invented the negative-positive process, which formed the basis of photography around the world for over 150 years. His work will be displayed alongside rare and important works by French photography pioneer Louis Daguerre including Les Coquillages (1839), one of the oldest surviving daguerreotypes, on loan from the Musée des Arts et Métiers, and exhibited here for the first time outside of France. The object will be on display only until June, when it will be returned to the Musée and rested for several years for conservation, being replaced with another rare early example of Daguerre’s work.

The exhibition is a testament to Talbot’s magical and industrial visions for his invention, ranging from the delicate recording of natural specimens to functional ambitions for photography as a means of mass production. Some of the earliest examples of Talbot’s processes will be displayed here for the first time since 1934.

Curator Greg Hobson said: ‘The story of William Henry Fox Talbot’s singular role in the history of photography can perhaps best be told through the frame of the technological innovations of his time. Dawn of the Photograph presents a rare opportunity to see the images that Talbot created together with the tools that made them possible, demonstrating and investigating his entrepreneurial ambitions for the applications of photography.’

The exhibition also explores the relationships between a network of photographers who gravitated towards Talbot’s process but who each took photography into different territory. The work of these contemporaries will allow visitors to explore how Talbot’s technology, techniques and practices were shared and inspired others to experiment in different ways.

Until 11 September 2016, Media Space, Science Museum, London
Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Send your images to May assignment for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to see Fox Talbot – Dawn of the Photograph + a £200 voucher to attend any workshop at LSP.