London Open Studios Exhibition

Lou Smith Fine Art Open Studio

APT Open Studios Weekend

Lou Smith Fine Art Open Studio

Lou Smith Fine Art Photography Opens Doors to the public during an open studio weekend

When Lou Smith Fine Art is Open

Friday 26 September | 6pm to 9pm

Saturday 27 September | 2pm to 6pm

Sunday 28 September | 2pm to 6pm

 

How To Get There

Fine Art Open Studio Weekend

Lou Smith Fine Artist Open Studio

 

A.P.T Studios and Gallery
Harold Wharf
6 Creekside
Deptford
London SE8 4SA

Transport links
British Rail from London Bridge
to Deptford or Greenwich
DLR to Deptford BridgeBus: 47, 53, 177, 188, 199, 453

Lou Smith is a Fine Artist with over 30 years experience in the Visual Arts and works in the creative mediums of painting, photography and video.  She looks forward to meeting you during the Open Studio Weekend

5 Perfect Gifts for Photographers

Photography Gift Ideas

1.  New DSLR

Top of the Christmas Wishlist is a brand new full frame camera.  Ouch! it is expensive, but your photographer will not complain about upgrading or owning a second camera.

 


 

Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Kit

Nikon D610 Digital SLR Camera (24.3MP) 3.2 inch LCD

2. Photography Course Gift Certificate

Second in the Gift Wishlist is a photography course with Lou Smith. This ensures that your photographer knows how to use all that shiney new equipment and learn about creative photography. Photography Gift Certificates are from £90.

Photography Gift Vouchers

Photography Gift Certificate for a course with Lou Smith

 

3.  New Lens

Third in the Christmas Wishlist is a prime lens.  Prime lenses are very fast, have that all important shallow aperture for creative photography and are razor sharp.

 

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

4.  Camera Bag

Fourth in the Photographer’s Christmas Wishlist is a brand new camera bag to carry all that expensive gear.  Lowepro slingshot is fast and convenient.  Handy waterproof weatherfront which keeps the bag and camera gear dry. This is the one I use when shooting in towns.

 

Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW Photo Sling Pack

5.  Gorilla Pod

Fifth in the Christmas Wishlist for photographers is the handy Gorilla Pod. It fits neatly into the camera bag and is useful for creative slow exposure shots.


 

Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Joby Ball Head BH1 Kit

Still not sure? Then check out Lou Smith Photography Store for more gift ideas for photographers.

Hope these photography gift ideas help to ensure the perfect gift for your photographer this Christmas!

Lou Smith is a Fine Artist with over 25 years experience in the Visual Arts and works in the creative mediums of photography, painting and video. Follow Lou Smith on Google+
Learn more about the  photography courses which Lou teaches in London.   Learn creative photography with techniques exclusive to Lou Smith Fine Art Photography.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved

Street Photography Composition

Composition and the Urban Life

You see the shot, you fill the frame and then…..

 

Street Photography

Urban Photography by Lou Smith Fine Art Photographer

The location was packed, lots of people milling around – some talking, some eating taking time out from work.  In the midst of this there were 2 people, not connected, sitting separately from each other.  The crowds melt away and quietly there is an essence of isolation and foreboding in the scene.

What creates this?  This shot is all about the space the 2 main elements in the frame occupy.  They are sitting apart, but there is a relationship between the 2 figures.  The foreground figure is large and the other figure is further away,  diminuative as if shrinking.   The pavement is worn and empty, almost as though nothing exists apart from the 2 figures.  The tonality, surface textures and space created in the shot adds to the empty eerieness of the scene.  The woman watches, the man watches and the photographer is watching too.  It’s voyeuristic in nature.

This is a moment in time – nothing else exists in this moment apart from the isolation of the 2 figures, watching….

I take the shot and move on.

 

Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts and teaches Street Photography techniques in London.  If you would like to learn essential street photography skills, book a street photography workshop with London Photo Tours and Workshops.  See you soon.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved

Rain Photography in Urban London

Rain Photography in London

See a line of umbrellas when it rains in London

Head for the streets when it rains and see light bounce off the pavements creating illumination.  At any time of the year rain is always a welcome apect for photographers as it helps us to capture very different types of shots.  In this photograph who could resist the rythmical line of passer-byes and their umbrellas?   Not me for sure!  City pavings stones become a deeper tone than the regular mid grey.  This creates interesting surfaces of texture and colours for light to reflect back to the camera’s digital sensor.   Remember to keep the composition simple as it enables us to enjoy the reflective surfaces which rain and light creates.   I love London when it rains!
 

 
Lou Smith is a Fine Artist with over 30 years experience in the Visual Arts and works in the creative mediums of photography, painting and video.   Street photography is a genre in which Lou explores and records the time in which she lives.

Learn more about the  photography courses which Lou teaches in London.   Learn creative street  photography with techniques exclusive to Lou Smith Fine Art Photography.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved

Street Photography, At The Heart of London’s Dynamic Diversity

 London Street Photography

Urban Photography

Street Photography in London. Pausing in Piccadilly.


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Take a walk with your camera and discover street photography in London.  Street photography is at the heart of understanding the every day flow in a major capital like London.  The pedicab driver in his yellow cab takes a break while he waits for passengers to signal.  It’s a warm sunny September afternoon and this guy pauses in Piccadilly looking for a fare.  It’s great to see cultural dynamics running through every day life, making London an interesting and creative place to live and experience.
 


 
Lou Smith is a Fine Artist with over 30 years experience in the Visual Arts and works in the creative mediums of photography, painting and video.   Street photography is a genre in which Lou explores and records the time in which she lives.
 
Check out our photography courses page and learn creative street  photography with techniques exclusive to Lou Smith Fine Art Photography.
 
Photographs and content may not be used without permission.
 
© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved
 

Lou Smith Fine Artist

Lou Smith Fine Artist Open Studio

APT Open Studios Weekend

Friday 27 September  |  Studios open from 6pm to 8pm

Refreshments and curry from Tandori Express available in the Yard  |  6pm to 8pm

Saturday 28 September.  Studios open from 1pm to 5pm
Sunday 29 September.  Studios open from 1pm to 5pm



 
34 studios at A.P.T’s Studio and Gallery complex on Creekside will be open for visitors to meet the artists and view recent work. This year we are pleased to welcome nine guest artists and eight guest curators who have selected a wide variety of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures for our Open Studios weekend.

Lou Smith is exhibiting recent paintings and video.  Lou Smith Fine Art Studio curated by smithnsmith.

See you there….

 

How To Get There

 

Fine Art Open Studio Weekend

Lou Smith Fine Artist Open Studio Weekend

 

A.P.T Studios and Gallery
Harold Wharf
6 Creekside
Deptford
London SE8 4SA

Transport links
British Rail from London Bridge
to Deptford or Greenwich
DLR to Deptford Bridge
Bus: 47, 53, 177, 188, 199, 453

 
Lou Smith is a Fine Artist with over 30 years experience in the Visual Arts and works in the creative mediums of painting, photography and video.
 

The Mystery of the Street Entertainer

Street Entertainers

The Mystery of the Street Entertainer from Lou Smith Fine Art Photography

London is full of Street Entertainers – all dressed up ready to entertain the London public as they walk by.  If you like an entertainer you can pay by throwing a coin into a hat or a a container holding their earnings.  This entertainer was free. She posed for the public in a brightly coloured costume with lavish pink hair and gloved hands. I liked the mystery of those satin gloves, almost from another era.  Tatalising as they hold a pose, stretch out towards the crowd.  Click goes my shutter as I capture the Mystery of the Street Entertainer.

 

Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts and delivers photography courses and tuition in London. Check out our photography courses page and learn creative photography with techniques exclusive to Lou Smith Fine Art Photography.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved

Flower Photography – The Beauty of the Rose

Walking In A Scented Garden with Lou Smith

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The heady scent of Summer is here and the air is filled with rose scents and perfumes.  The Rose Garden looks just great and is an ideal setting for my Canon Macro Lens.  When I work with macro lenses I always use a tripod as it is difficult to hand hold very shallow depth of fields.  Even taking a breath on a shallow aperture of 2.8 could make the shot out of focus.

This year the Rose Garden is full of different varieties of roses, some are exceptionally perfumed and the experience of photographing for several hours is an intoxicating experience.  The grounds man talks to me and he laughs a lot – those rose scents have really got to him!

My favourite macro lens is the Canon 100mm.  The quality of prime lenses are razor sharp. It also gets in close for those extra special shots.  I always use the lens hood when photographing flowers as it protects the lens from pollen and dust. I also protect my lens with a UV filter.

 

 

Check out the Flower Photography Gallery for more roses and sumptuous colour.

Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts and delivers photography courses and tuition in London. Check out our photography courses page and learn creative photography with techniques exclusive to Lou Smith Fine Art Photography.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved

London Marathon 2013

London Marathon 2013 Gets Off  To A Great Start at Blackheath

 

London Marathon 2013

London Marathon Gets Off To A Great Start From Blackheath

It’s Sunday 21st April and the runners are picking up an amazing pace right at the start of the London Marathon.  Crowds pack the pavements, and even some of the runners leave the road to overtake using the pavement.  Watch out!  Photographer in the way!  Bash, bump right into the slingshot on my back.  Never mind the shot was great and it’s all part of the excitement at the start of this great London Marathon Event.

 

London Marathon 2013

London Marathon 2013 – Runners Pick Up A Good Pace At Blackheath

The sun is shining and the crowd is clapping and applauding as the runners pass.  It’s awesome to be that fit and run that fast, when there is still 42.195 km  (26.219 miles) to go.  The guys are picking up a fast pace and it’s all or nothing.  The London Marathon is a charity event and this year over £16 million and still counting was raised.

London Marathon 2013 - Sunday 21st April

Runners Run Past As They Jostle For Position, London Marathon 2013

Tens of thousands of runners took part in the London Marathon, many with black ribbons on their vests in honour of the victims of the Boston bombings.  Over 700,000 spectators lined the streets as the 36,000 runners set off from Blackheath, where a 30-second silence was held.  Three people died and more than 170 were injured by Monday’s blasts, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

This year the Winners of the London Marathon 2013 are,

  • Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede wins men’s race
  • Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo wins women’s race
  • Tiki Gelana collides with wheelchair racer
  • Mo Farah runs half marathon in an hour
  • GB’s David Weir finishes fifth
  • Shelly Woods fifth in wheelchair race

The online ballot to enter the London Marathon in 2014 was closed after a few hours as next year’s runners took up the pace again.

 

Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts and delivers street photography workshops in London. Check out our photography courses page and learn creative photography with techniques exclusive to Lou Smith Fine Art Photography.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved

St George’s Day Celebrations London 2013

The Feast of St George!  Live in Trafalgar Square

 
Expect dragon slaying, entertainers, musicians, stalls and people dressed up having a good time on St George’s Day London 2013.  Location Trafalgar Square.  Lou Smith, camera in hand was there to capture the liveliness of this annual event.

 

Street Photography Portrait

Street Portrait – Cool Dude Enjoying St George’s Day London 2013




 

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St George’s Day London – Dragon Keeper in Trafalgar Square

 

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Trying to relax during St George’s Day in Trafalgar Square, London

 

St George's Day Celebrations

Crowds in Trafalgar Square – St George’s Day Celebrations, London 2013

 


 
Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts and delivers street photography workshops in London. Check out our photography courses page and learn creative photography with techniques exclusive to Lou Smith Fine Art Photography.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2013, All Rights Reserved