Laura Rainsford

Guardian Camera Club Review

Posted in Volunteer Photographer by Laura Rainsford on June 6, 2010

A portfolio of six of my photographs has been reviewed by a Guardian picture editor and are featured on the Guardian Camera club website!

Check out the review at  http://gu.com/p/2gen3 

The Joys of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Posted in Africa, Congo, Congolese, DRC, Kinshasa, Menelik Education, Photography, Portfolio, Portrait, Potrait, Rankin, Volunteer Photographer by Laura Rainsford on February 25, 2010

I recently got Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and it’s fantastic!

I’m in utter love with this program. It affords me huge freedom and ease to edit my pictures, with the kind of functions I’ve always dreamed of.

I’ve edited this picture I took of a happy chap in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this summer, from a somewhat flawed, colour shot to a very clean black and white one. I played around a lot with a combination of exposure, darks, highlights, noise, camera correction and so on. I really love the exaggeration of highlights on the forehead.

What I love about Lightroom so far (I got it last night) is the endless ability to make very substantive changes to a picture without compromising quality. I love the ability to adjust the black of a shot, to reduce noise and increase detail. I have so far found it incredibly fast, and without the long waits when developing in traditional Photoshop that we’re become accustomed to. Will post more results of my experiments with Lightroom soon….

Photo Essay, Faces of Kinshasa.

Posted in Congo, Congolese, DRC, Kinshasa, Menelik Education, Photography, Portrait, Volunteer Photographer by Laura Rainsford on December 24, 2009

My favourite thing to photograph are faces. I like people. Often I think its people who make the picture.

A famous photographer once said, he found faces the most interesting thing to photograph, because for him, the human eyes are like lakes and the nose and contours of the faces like roaming hills.  

I love to photograph faces because their so alive, they express something pure, something of the truth of the subject. The creases of our faces give us up.  

Here are some of my favourite faces from my recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo with non-profit Menelik Education.

DRC Shots Made into Menelik Postcards.

Posted in DRC, Kinshasa, Menelik Education, Volunteer Photographer by Laura Rainsford on December 24, 2009

I am very proud to say that three of my photographs from a recent trip to the Democractic Republic of Congo with non-profit Menelik Education have been made into postcards! Here are the choosen photographs.

Tiny Bon Bon stands amongst the shadows of a classroom in the Lembo-Menelik International Academy

Three young girls fascinated by the camera stare across a desk of the Lembo-Menelik International Academy

The streets of Kinshasa, as seen through the window of a Congolese taxi

Sifa.

Posted in Africa, Congo, DRC, Photography, Portrait, Volunteer Photographer by Laura Rainsford on December 23, 2009

I met Sifa in the DRC this summer, of the numberous I took of my friend, I really think this portrait manages to capture a little of her very kind, warm and friendly nature. Sifa, 18, has recently finished her baccalaureate and this october, with the continued support of Menelik Education, started a degree in International Relations at the protestant University of Kinshasa.  She lives in and amongst the lively village-like bustle of Mama Jacquis compound, a safe haven for many, with her mother and younger brother Patrice.

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Birmingham Lions American Football.

These are some of my photographs from a recent American Football match at The University of Birmingham, between the victorious Birmingham Lions and the Loughborough Aces.

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Posted in Congo, Congolese, DRC, Kinshasa, Menelik Education, Volunteer Photographer by Laura Rainsford on September 23, 2009

This summer I travelled to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as a volunteer photographer for the non-profit organisation Menelik Education. This was a real privilege.      

Menelik Education is a Congolese-led charity working to improve conditions in Kinshasa, D.R.Congo, in the areas of education, health, and living conditions.

I miss the city and the characters I meet there dearly.      

Here are a selection of my photographs of the sights and of the faces of Kinshasa.