4.13.2012

While at "work" in London

© Liza B. Gonzalez, www.lizabeeandcompany.com
The women's reaction was much more interesting to me than the naked cowboy.

© Liza B. Gonzalez for www.lizabeeandcompany.com
© Liza B. Gonzalez for www.lizabeeandcompany.com
© Liza B. Gonzalez for www.lizabeeandcompany.com
© Liza B. Gonzalez for www.lizabeeandcompany.com
© Liza B. Gonzalez for www.lizabeeandcompany.com

A little over a year ago while still living in Europe, I enrolled in a photojournalism class in London, at the London School of Photography. My primary objective was to challenge myself, step out of my comfort level and enhance my photography by practicing editorial work. Well, I got that a bit more...not to mention a week on my own in London without the family. Yes, I was a girl about town.

During the introduction, the instructor, Alex Mita, familiarized us with some key aspects of photography in journalism. He proceeded to tell us that he would be sending us out on assignments everyday. He acted as the editor and we were photographers on his "staff." It was a great twist for a course and made the work seem important and relevant. The first day's assignment was a bit of shocker. However, I think he did it on purpose. Our assignment was to shoot sex....(read again if you have to). Seriously, he sent us out with a purpose of shooting anything out in Soho of London that was sexy. There was lots to shoot...shops, ladies, gentlemen, bars, bookstores, etc. It was an exciting and a welcoming change to the doldrums of stay at home mommyhood. It also made me realize that not all photography is enjoyable. The theme was not something that I would have picked. But as a photojournalist you don't get to pick, you are assigned, and you better do it and do it well or you won't get another job. He opened my eyes to the hardships and pressures that the men & women in journalism face everyday. I have a higher respect and admiration for them.

As the week progressed, he continued to teach us a bit of the history of photojournalism and introduced us to great journalists like Henri Cartier Bresson and famous war photojournalists like James Nachtwey and Robert Capa. Alex was a war journalist himself and enriched the class with his personal stories and anecdotes. He also taught us some camera tips like spanning, the importance of white balance and further sharpening our images. He also gave us the number one rule of photojournalism...NEVER alter an image...crop if you must but the image is NEVER altered. Which is something that most photographers struggle with in this age of post-processing and photoshop craze, don't you think? I enjoyed the week terribly and learned more than I ever would have imagined. I left you with a few examples of my "work" assignments of spanning, signs, the naked cowboy, wealth, and work. Alright, enough talk about work.

TGIF!!!  Enjoy your weekend!!

24 comments:

  1. How envious am I?!?!???! What an amazing opportunity! I would love to do that some day. Your photos are wonderful--I notice the panning. :) And naked cowboy?? What's up with him?!

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    1. Please don't be envious. That wasn't my intention. I loved the opportunity and it's the last thing I've done that felt like real work. I absolutely loved the experience and highly recommend if you get the chance, jump on it! Oh, and the naked cowboy was a crazy advertising stunt by a new york bagel company. Crazy, huh?

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  2. we will get to do it again...may be next time...I will be able to be there and carry all the equipment!!!!have fun this weekend...missing you guys a lot...

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  3. Nice story and photos, also. Love all the bright colors.

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    1. Thank Veronica. Glad you stopped by.

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  4. i'm so jealous you got to do that! how wonderful - the course, and time alone.
    geat 'story' shots too.

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    1. Thanks. The time alone was priceless.

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  5. This is awesome! What a great experience that must have been. Love these shots. I really love the bicycle shot!

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    1. Thanks, you should have seen my face when i nailed it! I think I may have squealed.

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  6. these are some really cool shots...you capture well the energy and movement...

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  7. That sounds like a really valuable experience. All my learning about photography has been done on my own so far, and I'd love to take a practical class like that to learn some new tips and ideas. What a valuable experience for you! Do you continue taking more and different classes?

    Thanks for your comment on my blog in support of my photography skills, by the way (I can't reply to your comment via email bc your return address is "noreply-comment@blogger). I think of myself as a novice photographer, I guess, who is not really near where I'd like to be and certainly always learning to do better, and I keep reading your words over and over and feeling grateful for people like you who value my work and encourage me forward. Thanks for that.

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    1. It was and I might take another class, but it would have to be under someone like the instructor in London. His personal perspective made me look at how I was setting up my shots. I changed a bit after that class.

      I'll check on the blogger glitch. Can't imagine what's happening there.

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  8. Wow it sounds like SUCH A neat experience!!!! Love the shots you got!

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    1. Hi Rhonda, It was! I highly recommend everybody to take a class like this in your area. It really changes your perspective.

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  9. What an amazing experience! That would be tough to be given a subject and have to just go out there and find it! Are you planning to take more classes at some point?
    What I love about these photos is that they all convey movement - either actual movement or arrows - which suggest movement. Very cool! Love the colors too!

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    1. Thanks Andrea. London is a fast paced city. Everybody and thing was in constant movement. I'm glad that showed through the images. Another class would be wonderful. I'm always looking to improve my photography.

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  10. these are INCREDIBLE!!!
    seriously, you have stirred my heart and made me want to enroll in a photojournalism class!
    i am so jealous. what an amazing experience!

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    1. Do it! Do it! Do it! Photojournalism brought me back to the basics of photography. Composition and telling a story. Composition, in my opinion, is the essence of photography.

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  11. Oh Liza, I adore these and am also envious of your experience. Would love to do something like this someday.

    And I would love a lesson is panning (or spanning?). Have always wanted to know how to do that!

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  12. Oh my!! I'm literally GASPING over your photos! I didn't want this post to end - LOL! :-) The panning is INSANELY awesome and the shot of those 2 pairs of legs walking... a definite fave! SO jealous of your photojournalism class! Wonder if they have anything like that in Lincoln NE? LOL! Not. Wow, that would just be amazing. Such an enjoyable post - thanks for sharing!!

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  13. What an amazing, fantastic, wonderful experience. I would love to take a class like that someday! Great photos :)

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  14. wow, these photos are so awesome. what an amazing experience. that bicycle photo is just perfect!

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  15. I'm drooling over these photos! The colors just pop and the movement is amazing. Love them!
    I get the impression that you are a military family - what branch? Where are you moving/stationed next?

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Thank you.