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LSP Newsletter #5

JUNE 2012

LSP Newsletter #5

With the official start of Summer just around the corner, the Photography Tip this month is inspired by the Sun. Following the Moon assignment last month (check the winner bellow), this is another invitation to gaze at the skies and capture the sun’s majesty and beauty. Follow the tips, upload your images to our Flickr Gallery and don’t miss out on the chance to win a voucher this moth.

We also announce the dates for LSP Exposed , a series of events held by London School of Photography in Shoreditch with exclusive workshops and LSP first ever photography exhibition by the students completing our Part Time Professional Photography Course.

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*.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/lsp_assignment_4/
WINNER – Assignment #4 – MoonCongratulations to “stoplight-photography”, winner of  the Newsletter Assignment # 4 – Moon, with this amazing photograph of a lunar eclipse seen in South Africa.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays from striking the Moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. The red coloring appears because sunlight reaching the Moon passes through a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere (dust), and the resulting light is perceived as red. This is the same effect that causes sunsets and sunrises to turn the sky a reddish color (check the tips for photographing sunsets bellow).

Stoplight-photography (we hope to get his/her real name soon) 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.

June Assignment #5 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 08/July/12.  The winner will be announced on Newsletter #6 / July. Good luck to all!


 

Photo Tip and Assignment #5 – Sunset/SunriseHello sunshine! As a Brazilian living in London for the past nine years, the first question I’m asked by people is: “How can you stand the weather here?” Well, I am one of those people who you see lying on the grass as the first warm rays reach us after the cold months. It is true that we only learn to appreciate what we have once we find ourselves lacking it. But in the Sun’s case, this is not only a personal experience. Without the Sun, life on earth as we know it would be impossible.

It’s also hard to imagine photography without sunlight. As our main natural source of light, observing and understanding it is of foremost importance before studying any other kind of light. There are infinite possibilities when it comes to having the sun as a light source: light and shadow, harsh and diffuse light, different angles and colour temperatures. The Sun itself can be the main subject of your photographs. Most camera manuals will instruct to have the sun always behind you. This month’s assignment is about pointing your camera to it.

You don’t need to be in Japan to photograph the rising sun, but you need to wake up early. Sunsets are more manageable and in any case, the main challenge will be exposure. Try underexposing a couple of stops gradually and check the effect of it on your images. Doing that should darken and saturate the colours, capturing an image close to what we see in reality. As light should be abundant at these times, you can set a low ISO (no noise) and small apertures (high F number) to get the most of depth of field as well.

The next thing to think about is composition. There are millions of pictures out there with the sun right in the centre of the photograph. This is a habit most of us can keep from using rangefinders as our first cameras and centralising the subject in order not to crop it out of the image due to parallax error.

With SLR cameras (and most compacts with live view screen), what you see in the viewfinder is what you will get on your picture (well, around 98% of it), so you can arrange the elements on your frame in order to compose an aesthetically pleasing image. One tip to start is to follow the “rule of thirds”. Some cameras display the thirds grid, but all you have to do is imagine dividing your frame in nine equal parts by tracing two horizontal and two vertical lines. According to this rule, the intersection of the thirds are the most powerful points of interest of a photograph. Avoid leaving the sun or the horizon line right in the centre of the frame and try positioning in one of thirds’ intersections. Try different versions of it. Do vertical and horizontal shots.

After that, break the rules! Tilt your camera, play with the settings, but remember: in most cases, sunrises and sunsets last a very brief period of time, and as photographer Galen Rowell once said: “You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and does not’t waste either”. With the summer solstice approaching, let’s try and make the most of it.

Upload your Sunset/Sunrise images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #5 for a chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher towards Courses and Workshops at LSP*. Then make large prints of your pictures and hang it around when it rains. We hope you have an amazing and sunny summer!

Text and Photo: Luciana Franzolin


 

Luciana Franzolin
LSP EXPOSED 05 to 10 Sep 12Exhibition – Workshops – Events

We are really proud to announce LSP’s first ever photography Exhibition. Our first group of Part Time Professional Photography students will be completing the course in July and will be exhibiting their work from 05-10 September at Blackall Studios in Shoreditch.
During this time LSP will hold there a series of events and two workshops are already confirmed:

07 SEP –  iPhoneography 

08-09 SEP – Foundations + Street Photography 

Bookings are open, please find more information clicking on the links above. More workshops and events will be confirmed soon and we will keep you up-to-date.

Location: Blackall Studios

73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch

London, EC2A 4QS

The next Part Time Professional Photography Course runs from 5th of September 12 to 27th of February 13. Limited places still available.


 

Bettina von Kameke

Exhibition: RENAISSANCE PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE

Photographer and LSP trainer Bettina von Kameke had one of her images (left) selected from over 6,000 entries as highly-commended by the judges and is exhibiting it at the Mall Galleries together with the shortlisted entries for the prize.

The portrait of Mother Basil is part of Bettina’s series entitled Tyburn Tree, a convent located in the heart of London, where Bettina has lived within the female community of 23 Benedictine nuns for the completion of the project. Bettina teaches the 4 Days and Portrait Photography Courses at LSP.

The Renaissance exhibition showcases 100 photographs competing for the prestigious Renaissance Prize. An International competition judged by leading lights of the photography world, Renaissance raises money to support the battle against breast cancer. Now in its fifth year, photographers were challenged on themes of memory, perspective, disorientation, environment and expression. Mon 11 – Sat 16 June 2012, 10am to 5pm.

MALL GALLERIES

The Mall (near Trafalgar Square)

London, SW1