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LSP Newsletter #7


LSP Newsletter #7

It’s show time for LSP! Our first groups of Part Time Professional Photography students have graduated and are showing their work at the LSP 2012 Exhibition from 05-10 September 12.

During the week of events in Shoreditch, LSP is running two workshops, offering a special price on the iPhoneography Workshop for all Newsletter subscribers. Check for more information bellow.

Last month’s winner is Nick Brock, freezing surf action for the Assignment #6 – Sports. Scroll down to see his winning shot and to find fresh Tips & Assignment about Panning. Upload your images for a chance to win.

We send monthly newsletters with tips and news about photography and LSP. Each month we publish a Photo Assignment, and by entering images, our subscribers have the chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher redeemed towards the value of any workshop at London School of Photography*. 

WINNER – Assignment #6 – SportsCongratulations to Nick Brock, winner of  July’s Newsletter Assignment # 6 – Sport.His image captured the water splash cut by a surfer at the Australian Open of Surfing, Manly Beach, and is a great example of using fast shutter-speeds to freeze a moment, as last month’s photo tip suggested.

Nick wins a  £150 Discount Voucher redeemable towards 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 respective Flickr Gallery.

August Assignment #7 is published bellow and the deadline to submit images is 03/September/12.  The winner will be announced on Newsletter #8 / September. Good luck to all!


Photo Tip & Assignment #7 – PanningPanning is a technique used in Photography to suggest fast motion. Basically it shows the moving subject still and the still background in motion, as seen in photographer and LSP trainer Alex Mita‘s image (left). But how does that work?Panning a camera horizontally should be a similar movement to shaking your head meaning “no” (unless you are in Bulgaria). The photographer stands still on a position and moves only the camera (head), trying to keep it in the same axis (neck). Panning can be horizontal, vertical or even diagonal, depending on the subjects trajectory. It demands a lot of practice to get it right, and because of that, can be quite challenging at the beginning, but equally rewarding when it finally works.

As opposed to trying to freeze action, panning aims to blur motion. It requires slow shutter-speeds and a swift movement from the photographer following the moving subject. The exact shutter-speed will depend on the speed at which the subject is traveling. It varies from one subject to another, for example, a much slower shutter speed is set for photographing people than for photographing cars. The choice of shutter-speed will also depend on the focal length of the lens used and the distance from the subject and background.


Person walking:  1/15,  1/20

Person running:  1/40,  1/50

Cyclists / Cars:  1/60  1/80

Galloping Horse:  1/100,  1/125

F1 cars: 1/500, 1/800

The results can be incredibly striking. Panning is a way of making ordinary pictures stand out, as Alex says: “To compete in this saturated market, photographers have to find different ways in stating the obvious. “It’s a guy on a carousel.” We know that. But just because it’s a still photo, it doesn’t mean we cannot show movement. Panning draws the viewer’s eye to the subject and allows him or her to follow its natural movement.”

If you have Auto Focus, set Continuous / Al Servo Focus mode. This will ensure that the camera keeps focusing the subject as it gets closer when you hold your shutter-release button half-way down. Another option is pre-set the focus manually based on the distance the subject will be when you photograph it.

Another good tip is to set Continuous Drive Mode, which should not be confused with Continuous / Al Servo Focus Mode, previously mentioned. Continuous Drive mode lets you take multiple photos rapidly one after the other. The camera will keep taking photos until the memory runs out of room or you let the shutter release button go. Start shooting when the subject is approaching and continue shooting as you follow it, trying to sincronise your rotation speed to the speed of the subject, and stop shooting when it is gone.

Adjust your shutter speed as you see the first pictures. If your images are too blurry, increase the shutter-speed. If it is not blurred enough or completely sharp, slow it down. Not too much, one stop at a time, until you find the best settings.

Upload your Panning images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #7 for a chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher towards Courses and Workshops at LSP*.

Photo: Alex Mita / Text: Luciana Franzolin


Melanie Smith
The LSP 2012 EXHIBITION 05-10 Sep 12LSP is proud to announce its first ever photography Exhibition. Our first two groups of Part Time Professional Photography students have graduated in July and will and will be exhibiting their work from 05-10 September at Blackall Studios in Shoreditch. The show comprises a variety of projects, with traditional and experimental approaches.PHOTOGRAPHERS: Andrea Campanini – Diogo Duarte – Graham Garner – Jessica Jäger – João Amaral – Katie McDonald Liegeois –  Kirsten Kooiman – Maria Mouskos – Melanie Smith – Patrick Carney – Pony Burridge – Richard Gray – Rochelle Brodin – Sandrine Aim – Val Masferrer Oliveira

The opening evening will be on 05 September (invitation only) and the show will be open to the public from 06-10 September, 10:30am to 6pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.Location: Blackall Studios

73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch

London, EC2A 4QS

Nearest Station: Old Street.


Richard Gray

iPhoneography Workshop Discount

We always mention that the best camera is the camera that you carry with you, and if that means a mobile phone camera, here is your chance to get the most of it.

LSP is running an iPhoneography Workshop in Shoreditch during the LSP 2012 Exhibition week and is offering newsletter’s subscribers a special fee of £75 (instead of £105).

Taking photos with an iPhone (or iPhoneography) is a booming new genre of photography. Festivals around the world have started showcasing iPhoneography work and professional photographers are embracing the genre as an exciting new outlet for their work. While iPhoneography requires very little equipment, the vast array of software available makes it an extremely complex area, rich in creative possibilities.

iPhoneography Workshop with Richard Gray

07 September 2012

Friday (10:30 to 16:30)

Location: Blackall Studios,

73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch,

London, EC2A 4QS

Fee: £75 for LSP Newsletter subscribers (instead of £105)