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LSP Newsletter #6

JULY 2012

LSP Newsletter #6

Ready, steady, GO! With the London Olympic and Paralympic games starting next weekend, it is time to get ready for the uncountable photo opportunities the next two months will provide.

Inspired by Sports Photography, the Photo Tip and Assignment this month will help you to capture winning moments, getting the most of fast shutter-speeds, with or without the help of flashes. LSP trainer Holger Pooten shares his experience in the field with us. Upload your Sports images to the Flickr Gallery and don’t miss out on the chance to win.

Two major exhibitions, one in Dublin and one London, feature LSP trainers Debbie Castro and Bettina von Kameke respectively, please find more information bellow.

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 towards any workshop at London School of Photography*.

Tracy Smith
WINNER – Assignment #5 – Sunset/SunriseCongratulations to Tracy Smith, winner of  the Newsletter Assignment # 5 – Sunset/Sunrise, with this beautiful photograph of two surfers against the sun’s reflection in the sea.

A balanced composition with warm, saturated colours, is indeed a soothing sight for these gray, rainy days that are upon us this Summer. Thank you.

Tracy wins a  £150 Discount Voucher redeemable against the fee of any LSP Course or Workshop. For your chance to win every month, follow the assignments and upload up to five images to the respective Flickr Gallery.

July Assignment #6 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 10/August/12.  The winner will be announced on Newsletter #7 / August. Good luck to all!


Holger Pooten
Photo Tip and Assignment #6 – SportsWithout a doubt it would be great fun, but you don’t need to go to the Olympics as a press photographer to be able to capture a winning Sports shot.

The kids’ football or swimming classes, charity marathons around town and the holiday Frisbee game, can all be great opportunities to practise and perhaps discover a passion that you can pursue professionally.

Holger Pooten, photographer and trainer at LSP, shares his experience about photographing this image (left) with us: “Sports venues can be busy places, containing a lot of elements which would distract from the performance of the athlete. Because of this, I used a flash to separate the long jumper from the background, still showing enough details to give a feeling of the location. The use of flash also ensured that the movement would be completely frozen”.

Technically, there are several approaches when it comes to photographing sports. The first thing to think about is the distance you will be from the subject, in order to choose your lenses. For the picture on the left, Holger was very close and used a wide angle lens. If you are going to be far from your subject, you will need telephotos (100 to 1000mm+) to be able to fill the frame. A monopod can be of great help if your lens is bulky, as tripods will limit your mobility.

The second thing to think is what kind of light source is available to you. Day light? Stadium large floodlights? The flash Holger referred to was a broncolor (studio lighting type). The camera flash or speedlights can be used as well if you are close to your subject. The burst of light from an electronic flash can freeze motion even if your camera shutter-speed is slow. But flashes will be of no help if the subject is beyond it’s reach range or if you are not allowed to use it during some events.

To freeze movement without flash, you will need a very fast shutter-speed and that can be achieved with a combination of wide apertures (low f/number) and high ISOs. This is because, the more light we let into the camera (through a wide aperture, on a high light sensitive medium), the faster the shutter-speeds go. The exact shutter speed to freeze a subject in motion depends on some factors: Speed of the subject, Direction of the motion in relation to the camera, Distance of subject from the camera. It is good to try a few combinations to find the best settings for each occasion.


Person walking:  1/125,  1/60,

Jogger:  1/250,  1/125,

Sprinter:  1/500,  1/250

Cyclist  1/500,  1/250

Galloping Horse  1/1000,  1/500

Diver, Skier  1/1000,  1/500

When your subject is moving, it is also a good idea to set Continuous (AI Servo for Canon) focus mode. This will ensure your auto-focus mechanism follows the subject in motion. Set a focusing point on your viewfinder, predicting where you would like to position your subject in the frame, or if in doubt, leave all focusing points selected and let the camera do the work, so you can concentrate in capturing the best moment.

You can also, instead of freezing, opt to capture movement (motion blur).  For that you will need to slow down the shutter-speed and experiment with panning, for example, which will be covered in the next newsletter.

Upload your Sports images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #6 for a chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher towards Courses and Workshops at LSP*.

Photo: Holger Pooten / Text: Luciana Franzolin


Debbie Castro
Exhibition: ON MIGRATION – PhotoIreland Festival Debbie Castro, photographer and trainer at LSP is exhibiting “Focused Identity, Unfocused Spaces” at Moxie Studios in Dublin.

Her project, part of the main exhibition “On Migration” at PhotoIreland Festival 2012,  is focused on the largest Latin American market in Great Britain, “Pueblito Paisa”, located in north east London. A quick interview with Debbie about her project can be checked out at: IrishTimes.com

Moxie Studios

Lad Lane, off Baggot Street,

Dublin 2

01-31st July 2012

Opening Hours: 12 to 5pm daily


Bettina von Kameke


Photographer and LSP trainer Bettina von Kameke was selected to participate of “The World in London”, an ambitious outdoor photography project showing London’s diversity and photography’s unique role in capturing the human form.

Over the past three years, acclaimed and emerging British and international photographers were commissioned to take portraits of Londoners of all ages and from all walks of life. Each portrait is unique in its composition, setting and style.

Coinciding with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this project brings together 204 portraits of 204 Londoners, each originating from one of the competing nations. The World in London celebrates London as a place where individuals from all parts of the world live side by side, each of them contributing to make London the unique city it is.

The images will be shown as large-scale posters, approximately 1.5m high (image size), on hoardings surrounding the Live Nations site in Victoria Park. All 204 images will appear next to each other in alphabetical order of the country.

In addition to the outdoor exhibition in Victoria Park, “The World in London” portraits will be presented on an accompanying website www.theworldinlondon.org.uk (launching 27 July) which will offer access to the individual stories behind each portrait.Victoria Park,

London E3

27 July – 12 August 2012

Park House,

453 – 497 Oxford Street,

London, W1

27 July – 30 August 2012