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Photography: Back to Basics (part 1) ISO

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For the uninitiated, auto mode on the camera would seem like a blessing. Point the damn thing where you want to take the photo and the camera does everything for you. Except it doesn’t. As expensive as it may be, as professional as it may be advertised, and despite leaps and jump in technological advances, modern digital cameras are still, well, stupid.  

In fact, the term “point and shoot” should really be banned, or renamed to “point, shoot and hope for the best,” because really that is what we are doing. You stick it on Auto mode, you take a shot of this wonderful moment and view the image only to discover the camera didn’t focus where you wanted it to. Or the photo is all shaky, or noisy (grainy), or entirely out of focus.  

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Advice from LSP Trainer Derek Lomas

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Derek Lomas is living proof that it’s never too late to start photography as a career. The LSP Product Photography trainer worked for four years as a shipping clerk after leaving school, and he hated every minute of it.  

So he joined an evening photography course and he hasn’t look back since. With clients like L’Oréal and Yves Saint Laurent, Derek is now an established photographer with an incredible portfolio, and was eager to share some of his experiences, and offer some tips to our students.  

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Exhibition – SHADOWS IN PARADISE by MARIANNA ROTHEN

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The little Black Gallery is curating work by Canadian photographer and fashion model Marianna Rothen, her first solo exhibition in London, starting from 23 January – 24 February 2018.

According to a press release, the characters of Shadows in Paradise are portrayed by Rothen herself and by her models/muses/friends in photographs that were shot in Rothen’s home in upstate New York.

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Your rights as a Photographer

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If you’ve ever taken a photo on the street, chances are someone has already asked you what you are doing and why you are doing it, mainly by security guards in and outside buildings.

These people can be very intimidating, can at times be aggressive and even make up laws to dissuade you from taking photos. They can ask threaten you with lawsuits, and demand you delete the photos, or even give them your memory cards. This can be a very off-putting, traumatic and stressful experience for any budding photographer, so we thought we would we would, in a nutshell, clarify for you once and for all who, and what you can and cannot photograph in the UK. For a full version of UK Photographers Rights visit www.sirimo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ukphotographersrights-v2.pdf

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Comedy Wildlife Awards

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Wildlife photographers spend days, if not months to capture incredible moments in our natural world, such as lions fighting, a rare hatching of birds in the wild, and even take down of prey by predators. But not these photographers. These guys just are looking for nature’s comedians as they strive to capture the perfect shot for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

And there’s no better way to start 2018 than with these incredibly funny shots of turtles slapping fishes, a jet-propelled duck, monkeys on bikes and penguins on the way to church. In order to capture these kinds of shots the photographers don’t only need skill, but an incredible eye for detail.

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Going old School: How to try your hand in film photography

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Those of us born before the new millennium most probably would have handled some sort of film camera one way or another, and whether that was a 35mm or a 120mm, thinking about dad’s camera brings back many warm memories. I still have my dad’s camera, a 1965 Nikon F and apart from the broken light meter – a common problem with the first series of this legendary camera – it still works like it just came out of the factory

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ART RIOT: POST-SOVIET ACTIONISM

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Last chance to see
ART RIOT: POST-SOVIET ACTIONISM
Until 31 December 2017
Entry: Free

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism is a very interesting exhibition held at Saatchi Gallery until the end of the year, that uses photography to document Russian protest art over the past 25 years.

According to the gallery’s press release, the exhibition takes place on the 100th anniversary of Russia’s October Revolution, and compares many of the issues that artist face in post-communist Russia to those in 1917, such as problems of individual freedom in the face of both political ideology and also religion. The exhibition will feature such performance artists as Oleg Kulik, Pussy Riot, Pyotr Pavlensky, Blue Noses and some others and display various genres and types of protest art from posters and slogans to video art, staged photography and performances.

Oleg Kulik ranks among the most interesting and controversial Russian artists. He has managed to attract the attention of art critics and exhibition curators by his performance shows, characterised by “strong expression” where he himself assumes a role of “artist-animal”. He would be a dog, a bird, a fish, a bull. The artist thus simplifies his performance language to the basic emotional vocabulary of an animal.

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Photography Tip: Improving your Composition

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So you got your lovely new camera and you are off to take some amazing shots. By now, especially if you have done our level 1 course at LSP, using the camera in manual mode should be a cinch and you would have experimented with shutter speeds, apertures and ISO.

Last month’s photography tip was about the elements of design and how to use geometry, lines, textures and form to add more spice to your photography. But one of the fundamental parts of photography is composition, part of our Level 2 course.

Without getting too much in-depth, here are a few tips to improve your photos, as I was taught by my editors and colleagues through the years. Read More

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