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First London Photo Race

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LSP is very excited to team with Urban Photo Race Wex Photo Video for London’s first Urban Photo Race this September.  

The photo marathon, that has been running for several years in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Berlin, is said to be the ultimate challenge for ubran photographers “who just want someone to set the rules for them.”  

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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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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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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

Photo Tip of the Month: Elements of Design

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Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson – Magnum Photos

You will forgive us for repeatedly mentioning Henri Cartier-Bresson, but in this month’s photography tip, I can think of no one better than the great master himself when it comes to talking about elements of design.

Bresson said that the greatest joy for him while photographing was looking for Geometry. In other words he looked for structures, saying that it was a visual pleasure, an intellectual pleasure to put everything in the right place.

“It’s a recognition of an order that is in front of you,” he said.

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Free eBook – Photography Tips & Assignments

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In December last year we prepared an e-book with a selection of Photo Tips & Assignments that have been published on a monthly basis since 2012.

They have been selected from the best of our Newsletter, reviewed and updated and include some of the winning photographs as well.

Some of you contacted us to make it available in the blog as well, so here is the link for download:

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