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LSP Newsletter #49

The Wizard of Oz (1930)
© Jason Shulman


Welcome to our June Newsletter!

Summer is just around the corner but this weekend there will be a great opportunity to capture the last days of Spring in London. The annual Open Garden Squares Weekend opens more than 200 private green spaces to the public. Gardens ranging from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental can be discovered across 25 boroughs. Not to be missed by photographers.

We would like to announce the expansion of our One 2 One and Corporate Photography Training programme. With a team of highly specialised trainers in a variety of photographic fields, we can personalise content in the most effective way to fulfil creative goals and take skills to the next level. Available to individuals and small groups.

Check out the winner from May’s assignment – Film Photography and submit your images to this month’s gallery to win a £200 discount voucher to attend any course or workshop at LSP, including Part Time, Full Time and Flexible Professional Photography Courses. The next Part Time group starts on the 7th of September and there are now few places available at a special rate.

We continue with Level 1 and 4 Days Photography Workshops discount to encourage beginners to pursue their passion and this offer also applies to Open Date Gift Vouchers.


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Congratulations to Anna Moschner who won May’s Assignment #48 – Film PhotographyThe photo of this beautiful tree in the Cotswolds, England was taken with a digital camera and the film-like effects were added later with Lightroom.

We liked the grainy feel and vignetting, as well as the sepia toning added by Anna, who wins a £200 discount voucher to attend any Workshop at LSP, including the Professional Photography Course.

June’s Assignment is published below, and the deadline to submit your images is July 10th. The winner will be announced in our July Newsletter.

The Yellow Submarine (1968)
© Jason Shulman


One of the greatest things about photography is the multitude of ways in which it can be practised and the new results that the same old techniques produce.

The photographs featured in this newsletter by British sculptor Jason Shulman had a lot of press recently (and a solo exhibition in London). For his series “Photographs of Films”, he set up a camera in the front of a high definition screen and played a whole movie capturing it in a single frame of an average two hours exposure time.

Describing the results as “the genetic code of a film,” Shulman notes the richness of information present in each picture, with variations in tone, form and colour, some totally abstract, others with defined lines. Some resembling the movie in a strange way, others not at all.

Long exposures are also linked with Light Graffiti, Star Trails and other techniques that reveal the drawings created by light sources in a photograph. To be able to capture the light movement and create these drawings, the camera shutter stays open (sometimes for many hours), recording everything that happens in the front of it in a frame. All the action is juxtaposed and the lines, shapes and forms “appear” from nowhere in the final image.

Funnily  enough, exactly the same technique is used to make subjects “disappear”.

Sex Series (2003)
© Atta Kim

Korean photographer Atta Kim has done several experiments with long exposures some even featuring couples making love (above). In his eight-hour photograph of the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York, the buildings are crisp and life is just a shadow. One of the liveliest corners of the world looks dead.

We could make Oxford Street look empty on its busiest day if we could expose a photograph long enough so that all the people and cars in movement would blur until they disappear.

The shutter speed can be controlled to capture more or less blur depending on the speed that the subject moves. Experimentation is important, varying the settings, trying something new and not giving up at the first failed attempt.

To get long exposures, usually we set low ISO sensitivity (100 or less) combined with small apertures (high f/number) to get little light into the camera, and therefore allowing us to leave the shutter open or a long time. Play around with these three settings: ISO, Shutter-Speed and Aperture. Remember the BULB setting which enables exposures longer than 30 seconds on SLR cameras. Use a tripod and a shutter release cable (with a lock) if you have.

Try to forget your light meter as on BULB it will actually disappear and on long exposures it will probably be useless anyway. Try to think and change the settings as you see the first results, for example: If the first picture comes out too bright, close the aperture, lower the ISO or leave the shutter open for less time. If it comes out too dark, do the opposite: Open the aperture, increase the ISO or leave the shutter open for longer. Do it gradually, take notes, and have fun.

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.

Please submit your photos here (maximum 5 images per person). Login or register to be able to upload. Deadline: July 10th.

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Sand storm through my childhood window
© Laura El-Tantawy



The winner of this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 is Trevor Paglen.

The other shortlisted artists are Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels and Tobias Zielony.

Established in 1996 by The Photographers’ Gallery, and presented in partnership with Deutsche Börse Group since 2005, the annual prize rewards a body of work – either exhibition or publication format – from a photographer of any nationality, who has made a significant contribution to photography in Europe in the last year (1 Oct 2014 – 30 Sep 2015).

The work of this year’s four nominees address some of the most urgent political and social issues of our time, said Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery.All these subjects are of great consequence and relevance today – and one which photography, as a multifarious and accessible medium, is uniquely suited to explore.

This years judges were director of Cardiff’s Ffotogallery, David Drake; artist Alfredo Jaar; senior curator at The Hague Museum of Photography, Wim van Sinderen; curator of art collection at Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Anne-Marie Beckmann; and Brett Rogers, as the non-voting chair.

Work from the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at The Photographers’ until 26 June 2016

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