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LSP Newsletter #53

Photograph © by Chad Galloway

OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER #53

Welcome to LSP October Newsletter!

It is that time of  the year again when we cannot help but notice Nature’s majestic beauty as Summer’s vibrant colours give way to Autumn’s golden and copper hues. Check out the tips on how to get the best of the season with October’s assignment published below.

Get inspired by William Eggleston Portraits on show at the National Portrait Gallery. Eggleston is a master of colour and a master of light. Most of the images at the exhibition (featured below) have the warm tones characteristic of his own unique style, very much in harmony with the assignment theme this month.

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.

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SEPTEMBER WINNER: JUNE MAFRA

Congratulations to June Mafra,the winner of the Assignment #52 Sky Photography.

We loved the fiery colours of June’s sky and the composition highlighted it with the horizon line placed at the lower third (actually fourth) of the frame.

Send your images to this month’s assignment published below to win a £200 discount voucher to attend any Workshop at LSP.

Photograph © by Eric Forey

 ASSIGNMENT #53 + INSPIRATION 

AUTUMN COLOURS

It is almost impossible not to get inspired to photograph during the Autumn season. The richness of colours and textures can result in remarkable images and there are several approaches to consider, from macro photography to portraiture.

Colours affect us in many ways, both emotionally and physically. A colour wheel, based on red, yellow and blue, is traditional in the field of art. Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colours in 1666. Since then, scientists and artists have studied and designed numerous variations of this concept.

Combinations of colours can also create style and appeal. Warm colours (red, yellow, oranges and brown tones) are predominant during Autumn and can spark a variety of emotions ranging from comfort and warmth to hostility and anger.

When similar colours (that are close to each other on the colour wheel) are captured together, they have a soothing effect. On the other hand, to get a dramatic, eye catching effect, combine colours that are opposite to each other on the colour wheel, for example, the orange leaves with the blue sky.

Early morning and late afternoon light will emphasise the warm tones as well as providing the right angle and direction to reveal texture. Get close to subjects with a macro lens and explore the details of leaves, rust, tree barks, fungi, etc…



Photograph © by Cedric Pollet

A good tip to capture deep colours is to slightly underexpose your photographs (light meter on minus). You can also play with White Balance settings to warm up a scene. The CLOUDY and SHADE options are warm filters and can help when days are grey.

Shallow depth of field (small aperture f/number) can emphasise foreground interest subjects while deep depth of field (large aperture f/number) can be used for wide angle landscape shots.

Why not choose a single tree and photograph it every week or so to create a time-lapse video of it from green to yellow to orange to red to no leaves? Check out an amazing one here.

Pumpkins, apples, oranges, nuts, cinnamon and other spices also make great Autumn motives. 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: November 10th.

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WILLIAM EGGLESTON PORTRAITS 

William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.

Eggleston is celebrated for his experimental use of colour and his solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1976 is considered a pivotal moment in the recognition of colour photography as a contemporary art form. Highlights of the exhibition will include monumental prints of two legendary photographs first seen forty years ago: the artist’s uncle Adyn Schuyler Senior with his assistant Jasper Staples in Cassidy Bayou, Mississippi, and Devoe Money in Jackson, Mississippi.

Also on display will be a selection of never-before seen vintage black and white prints from the 1960s. Featuring people in diners, petrol stations and markets in and around the artist’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, they help illustrate Eggleston’s unique view of the world.

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
020 7306 0055