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LSP Newsletter #50

Thermodynamic (1960) by Terence Donovan
© Terence Donovan


Welcome to LSP July Newsletter!

Opens today at The Photographers Gallery an exhibition celebrating the work of Terence Donovan, a Londoner, and one of Britain’s most iconic fashion photographers. Along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy he captured and helped create the Swinging London of the 1960s.

East End was the backdrop of much of his fashion photography, and he set the trend for positioning fashion models in urban environments. Inspired by Donovan’s works, July’s assignment theme is Street Fashion. Check out the tips below and submit your images 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 Professional Photography Course starts on 7th September 2016 with classes every Wednesday and there are now only two places available.

Congratulations to Rafe Petersen who won June’s Assignment #49 – Long Exposure

The photograph of walkers in Hong Kong was taken with the right shutter speed (a quarter of a second) to blur the human figures in movement and at the same time freeze the legs, creating an interesting result.

Technical information: ISO: 100. Aperture: f/9, Shutter speed: 1/4s, Focal length: 18mm, Camera Model: Canon EOS 760D.

Rafe wins a £200 discount voucher to attend any Workshop at LSP, including the Professional Photography Course.

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

French Elle, 2 September 1965: ‘Les Manteaux arts modernes’. Coat by Pierre Cardin
Photo: © Archives Elle/HFA/Terence Donovan 


We all know it: London is THE place to photograph street fashion. Some people go out looking ready for the catwalk and there is so much diversity of styles everywhere that in a single day, with a bit of luck, it is possible to get some great shots.

The main challenge for the majority of our students during the Portrait and Street Photography Workshops is to overcome the fear of photographing other people in public, so let’s talk about first things first: If you are in a public place, you can photograph anyone without asking for permission. Click the link for more information about UK Photography Law.

Of course it is essential to use common sense and I advise you to comply if anyone asks you to stop photographing them. If you plan to use your images commercially, then you will need to have a signed model release (permission) for every recognisable person in the photograph. Here is a link to download one from the Royal Photographic Society.

Now that it is clear that photographing people on the streets will not get you in trouble, what I would like to say from two decades experience shooting strangers everywhere is: people usually don’t mind, and actually enjoy, being photographed! My strategy is to smile a lot, use gestures (ok, thumbs up) to communicate and get over it if anyone says NO! Simply try somebody else.

For this assignment you can also produce your own photoshoot with a model you know, but trust me, it is a lot more fun to look for amazing (and amusing) models around town.

Jean Shrimpton in New York City photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1962
Photo: © Archives Vogue / David Bailey

Street Fashion Photography started when East Enders Terence Donovan, David Bailey and Brian Duffy chose to shoot fashion models in galleries, alleyways and busy streets in a reportage style.

They were a breath of fresh air, bringing glamour, along with new ideas and enormous energy, to photography. They helped shape a mostly mythical image of London in the 1960s, where fun could be had and dreams could come true. They were known as “the terrible trio” or as society photographer Norman Parkinson called them, “the Black Trinity”.

An important tip to achieve great street fashion shots is to ditch your telephoto lenses. Loved by shy photographers because they allow you to keep a “safe distance” from your subject, they also crop the background and close the angle too much, excluding most of the environment. Use wide angles up to 50mm to include urban elements in the background. Get close to your subject, no fear, please.

You can use wide apertures (small f/number) to lightly blur the background (not so much that it becomes unrecognisable) and make your subject pop up sharp. Wide apertures also ensure fast shutter speeds. In the street it all happens very quickly and you don’t want to have camera shake neither blur your subject by motion (unless this is your idea in the first place). ISO 400 is a good place to start.

Consider using a built-in flash or speedlight, specially when the light is very harsh. You can use it as fill light for the shadows or to lighten up your subject on dull light. Play with the flash exposure compensation settings by lowering the power for fill light and making it stronger when photographing against the light.

With the camera set, you can try a few different strategies. One is to choose an interesting background and wait until someone interesting appears. The other one is to follow an interesting subject for a while until a great situation unfolds.

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: August 10th.

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French Elle, September 1 1966: ‘Du Nouveau sous le nouveau tunnel’, shot by Terence Donovan.
Photo: © Archives Elle/HFA/Terence Donovan



This is the first major retrospective of Terence Donovan (1936 – 1996) one of the foremost photographers of his generation.

Donovan rose to prominence in London as part of a post- war renaissance of the creative industries and came to represent a new force in fashion and, later, advertising and portrait photography. He operated at the heart of London’s swinging sixties, socialising with and incisively capturing the scene’s chief protagonists and actors. Gifted with an unerring eye for the iconic, Donovan was a master craftsman commanding both the technical and compositional to redefine studio photography.

The exhibition comprises a compelling mix of classic and well-known vintage prints as well as previously unpublished material and a selection of his video works. Rare samples of ephemera including magazine spreads, contact sheets and the photographer’s treasured cameras will also be on display. In addition, Donovan’s studio notes, previously unseen sketches and diaries will offer audiences privileged access to his creative process.

Integral to the exhibition, the Ricoh imagine.change. Studio will provide a dedicated space for audiences to explore some of the artistic techniques and styles employed by Donovan. Using the latest Ricoh imaging innovations and equipment, visitors will be encouraged to experiment with fashion and portraiture, with the opportunity to share these instantly online and across social media.

Free entry before 12.00 daily
16 – 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
info@tpg.org.uk  +44 (020) 7087 9300