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Porto 3 Day Street Photography Workshop
27th May 2018 - 0 comments

I am really excited to be travelling to Porto this week to teach a 3-day street photography workshop! Portugal is one of my top destinations for photography. I visited Lisbon and Porto Spring 2017 during my Accidental, Extended Trip To Portugal saga!

Anyway, this time I've 'purposely' extended my stay in Porto to a full week. My last visit was very short, just two full days, so was a bit of a whirlwind, but fell in love with the place. I also had some great local friends show me the sights so made it even more memorable.

My guides have organised full day schedules where the guests and myself will also experience some cool locations including Bento Station, Casa Da Musica, a trip on the Funicular, a visit to the Sandeman Cellars and a whole lot more.

The weather was glorious last time, I hope that the light is as good this time around! I will post photos and updates from this trip on my return! :-)

Seen in.... Soho London, Jesus Selling The Big Issue
03rd May 2018 - 0 comments

Jesus selling The Big Issue!

New street art piece seen in Soho, London during a recent workshop.

Part of my Seen in... London Series, an ongoing photography project - snapping my visions of London and the people who live in it one click at a time!
Street Photography Night Tours in London
18th April 2018 - 0 comments

I hosted a London street photography night tour on the weekend. My traveller guest requested a private photo tour, covering all my favourite central London areas and hidden back streets to shoot after dark. The evening walk did not disappoint. Being a balmy Saturday evening, London's revellers were out on mass and there was a happy vibe in the air. It felt like a celebration that the cold, winter months were finally over and that this much needed warm, dry night in the West End was the start of Summer.

Central London, in general, is a great location for street photography day or night, but I think my favourite place to photograph at night is around the Soho area. It is a combination of many things, including the neon signs that light up the surroundings, the nightlife vibe, and interesting characters, as well as the hidden atmospheric side streets and paths. There is always something to photograph in Soho. It is also a great opportunity to experiment with your camera, try and be creative with things like light play, colourful abstracts as well as find candid interactions and street photography moments in general.

This particular photo tour started at 8 pm and was 3 hours long in total, which was just about enough time to walk the set route. We covered the areas of; Mayfair, Piccadilly, Soho, Chinatown, Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

If you love street photography, plan to visit London and need a photo tour host, I would be happy to show you around town and help you take some creative photos. Schedule to availability, I can accommodate both weekdays and weekends, day or evenings.

Please contact me for more information on my private photo tours.
Photographs shown are available as prints in my Etsy store LindaWisdomPhotoCo.
Seen in.... Westbourne Green, London - Double Bass Man
05th April 2018 - 0 comments

If you are a local around the Paddington/Notting Hill area you may have seen this charismatic musician playing his double-bass on the streets. I'm not really one for taking photos of 'street performers' and musicians playing as such. I much prefer candid shots of interesting people like that when they are 'off-duty' as it were.

I have seen him walking around the neighbourhood with his double-bass only a handful times over the years, but have only ever caught a photo that I liked once before in the Portobello Road area and that was in 2011! Today was a lovely warm, sunny day in London - is Spring really finally here? On my stroll across to Notting Hill Gate, I decided to change my usual walking route to follow a sunnier path. As I turned a corner, who do I see walking up the road towards me?! Armed with just my iPhone I took the opportunity to grab another shot. I love when those moments of fate happen.

Portobello Road, London 2011

Part of my Seen in... London Series, an ongoing photography project - snapping my visions of London and the people who live in it one click at a time!
Women In Photography' interview with SRB Photographic
22nd March 2018 - 0 comments

I done a recent online interview with SRB Photographic, in their 'Women In Photography' blog series. This new series is focused on highlighting and celebrating Women in Photography.

I talk about what my appeal is to street photography, offer some inspiration and advice, and some of my creative methods and thought processes behind some of the street shots that I choose to do and more.

SRB Photographic have proudly been providing camera equipment and advice for all levels of photography since 1967.

Thanks to Marie Gardiner for your time.
Airbnb Experience Workshops - March 2018 Calendar
07th March 2018 - 0 comments

Just a quick update to advise that a couple of my Airbnb street photography workshops got postponed last week, due to the freezing temperatures and snow storms in London.

Thankfully the snow has all thawed out and temperatures are a little warmer now, so upwards and onwards!

My Airbnb workshops are hosted in Soho and central London, are 3 hours and cost £65.00 per person.

Workshop content includes....

- Learn to overcome your fear of shooting strangers
- Fun observational challenges to develop your eye for detail
- Understand creative elements to make your photos stronger
- Learn ideal camera settings and camera techniques
- Learn composition styles that work in street photography
- Learn how to critique your own photos post workshop

If you are interested in booking one of my street photography workshops this month, its quick and easy to do so via my Airbnb Experience page. Available March dates are as follows:

March: 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 28th & 31st.

Live updates of all my 2018 Airbnb dates are also listed on Airbnb if you want to book a workshop later in the year.

If you prefer your own 1-2-1 street photography tuition with me, you can contact me for more details about a half or full day workshop.

Seen in London .....Primrose Hill Snow 2018
02nd March 2018 - 0 comments

Earlier in the week when the snow was fresh, I decided to venture over to Primrose Hill, in NW London and get some photos and video footage. It felt like I was late for the party as it looked like most of the locals had taken the day of work and school to play in the snow!

Within 5 mins of arriving at Primrose Hill, I could not feel my fingers or my toes. It was pretty painful, but I didn't want to go home. Only problem when its so cold that you have no sensation in your fingers AND you're wearing gloves, is that it is impossible to work your camera!! I wasn't sure if I was even pressing the shutter button at times, so keep trying several times until I think I did!

Luckily I had my iPhone with me which was easier to work in the below zero freezing conditions. Though at one point I thought its battery had died from the cold, after a while of taking some photos and video, as it wouldn't turn on. Only to find when I was back on a bus home decided to come back on with 41% battery life still remaining! Arghh!!

After about an hour and a half, I decided it was time to go home and warm up before hypothermia set in and my fingers fell off! As much as snow in London is beautiful to look at and great to take photos of, I am very much looking forward to the Spring and some warm weather!

Just a light dusting of snow in London
27th February 2018 - 0 comments

Just a light dusting of snow in West London this afternoon. After all the hype of 'Snowmageddon' ahead of this week, I was expecting some major snowfall in London to photograph! It is freeezing out so staying in with my hot choc today! Oh well, here's a short video in the meantime. Maybe the big snow will arrive later in the week for us in London!
London Architecture Photography Tour - St. Paul's Cathedral
25th February 2018 - 0 comments

This weekend I hosted a London architectural themed photo tour for a new visitor from South India. For this tour my guest expressed an interest in photographing mainly London historical buildings and architecture such as cathedrals and churches, but also wanted to explore how the more modern glass and steel buildings sit together in the London skyline. Photographing the old and new structures of the city in creative compositions and points of view was a fun challenge. This was a personalised photography tour.

The photo above is of course St. Paul's Cathedral, which if you know where to go around the City, can be photographed many different ways then just a standard tourist snapshot!

If you are visiting London and are seeking a Londoner to help you photograph the city in a creative way, and/or would like some local guidance as you explore London with your camera, visit my London Photo Tours page for further details.
Panasonic Lumix GX9 Camera - Hands On Trial
13th February 2018 - 3 comments

Before today’s launch, I was asked by Panasonic to test drive one of their newest Micro Four Thirds, Lumix G cameras. The GX9 is marketed as a step up to the current compact GX8. I only had a week with a hands-on test drive of the GX9, equipped with a few Lumix lenses, but my first impressions are good. Here is a round up some of the highlights…

As a street/lifestyle photographer, there are certain criteria I look for in a camera, and I would say the GX9 covers a lot of them. The body itself, which is quite compact in size, and simple in design, felt very solid and weighty in a good way. A large, well defined hand grip, so even though I wore a strap around my wrist, I never felt the camera would slip from hands, thanks to a well designed contoured grip at front and at back for the thumb. At first, I was concerned that the pad of my thumb would accidentally press function buttons at back, but thanks to a smart thumb-rest design this never happened. The large tilting touch-screen LCD screen is very sharp and clear. The ability to choose a single focus point and simply touch the screen to change that focus point position to anywhere I wanted made getting shots a breeze. An articulating EVF, which can be swiveled upwards so you are looking down to view, comes in useful for shooting at awkward angles and levels. I didn’t test out the built in Wi-Fi option this time around, but may come in very useful when on the road/travelling without a backup facility.

There are a LOT of features packed into the GX9, and also a lot of menu options to customise settings to suit your needs, which I ended up doing. I didn’t get a chance to review every single option. Instead I resorted mostly to using the handy Q MENU button on the back to get to the most commonly used settings, to make any necessary changes on the fly. Again, I didn’t really read the manual, but then the menus themselves are quite intuitive and once you have the personalised settings that you want you are ready to go.

There are only two dial knobs for simple control - the Aperture dial at the front and the shutter dial on the back. As mentioned the smart grip design meant that I was able to continue looking through the viewfinder to see my changes, while instinctively adjusting the appropriate dial settings without having to look at the camera. This functionality came in handy when shooting candid street scenes. Coupled with a 20MP sensor, fast auto focus, a high burst rate with no buffer lag, I felt assured that I would never miss a moment. I tested out the 4K Photo option, which allows you to record a 4k video then select and save a high quality 4k photo frame. Ideal when you want to grab the perfect moment in fast moving action giving you a great sharp shot.

Other useful features include a silent shutter mode, which came in really handy for close up candid shots in quieter locations. I dabbled with some of the in-camera filters, typically sticking with the ‘street photography’ monochrome filters, which are a fun feature to have if you don’t shoot RAW. Another useful feature is the ability to set a minimum shutter speed and a maximum ISO range number. Pushing the ISO to 3200 on a night shoot, I was still able to produce decent quality images. Thanks to built in image stablisation, I was also able to lower my shutter speeds a little lower then usual, without the effects of camera shake. Overall, the GX9 was a pleasure to use, and managed to produce high quality, sharp images that I was impressed with.

A Room With A View - Photo Series
28th January 2018 - 4 comments
As street photographers, we can spend hours, days, weeks, months and years pounding the local streets, travelling the world, searching for that perfect shot. I personally love the outdoors, I love walking, I love my photo walks. The anticipation of possibly turning a corner and observing a cracking moment. The butterflies you get in your stomach just before you hit that shutter button knowing the moment maybe gone in seconds. I have even been known to plan a photo walk around a rainstorm/snow forecast, just to add to my ever-increasing Rainy Days & Brollies series of shots.

Sometimes though, I glance through the windows of my room with a view - raindrops streaming down, camera in hand, debating with myself 'is it worth going out today? Should I risk the warmth and coziness of my Maida Vale apartment to go out and make some pictures? Am I prepared to get soaked by our horizontal London rain? Is it worth my (non-weather sealed) camera of choice getting soaked and possibly damaged? With a 50/50 possibility of only getting some ok shots. Or, god forbid, coming home with..... nothing?! The sound of the kettle boiling brings me back to my senses, I take a sip of my hot tea and I say to myself "Nah! fudge that! I'm staying in today!!"

Thankfully, on those off chances that I did stay indoors (come rain, snow or shine), observing the local life from the comfort of my first-floor apartment, peering out my window (like Dot Cotton but with a camera), I managed to 'document' a few moments that caught my eye!

Here is a selection from my ongoing Room With A View photography series!

Seen in London Series - The gloves are off
17th January 2018 - 0 comments

The gloves are off in Soho...well, one of them anyway! Sometimes its good to see the world from a different point of view.

Part of my Seen in London Series, an ongoing photography project - snapping my visions of London and the people who live in it one click at a time!
London street photography workshops for 2018
12th January 2018 - 0 comments

I am excited to be hosting a new set of street photography workshops in London this new year. There are only 5 places available on this full day workshop. The cost is £99.99 per person. The first London workshop will take place on Saturday, 17th March 2018.

The first street photography workshop is suitable for professional and amateur photographers of all levels and will touch upon the following subjects:

• Learn how to anticipate the moment
• Develop confidence in photographing people on the street
• Ethics, laws and how to deal with challenges
• Varying styles of street photography and discovering your style
• Use black and white for atmospheric street photography
• Explore colour to create impact
• Use light to shape dramatic street photography
• Explore the use of various visual elements to enhance images
• Practical camera techniques to apply in street photography
• Use varying speeds to freeze or exaggerate movement
• Use depth of field for different effects
• Learn composition styles that work in street photography
• Evaluate your photographs – what worked and what didn’t

For full details, to book your space on the workshop, and take your street photography to the next level in 2018, please visit my workshop booking website.

British Life Photography Awards 2017 - Exhibition & Book
09th January 2018 - 0 comments
I attended the British Life Photography Awards ceremony and awards event last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I got a preview of the exhibition which opens to the public for month then tours around the UK (see more details below).

My Ed's Diner image got commended in the Street Life category and was also selected as the cover image for the accompanying book which is available on the BLPA website. The book quality is exceptional and it features all the winners and commended photos.

For full details of the winners and their photos visit:

The exhibition will be on tour around the UK at the following venues:
Royal Albert hall
The exhibition will be on display in the Royal Albert Hall’s Amphi Corridor, between Friday 5 January and Monday 5 February on the following free open days:

Friday 5 January 2018: 9am – 5pm
Saturday 6 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 7 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Saturday 13 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 14 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Saturday 20 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 21 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Saturday 27 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 28 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Monday 5 February 2018: 9am – 5pm
(These times could be subject to change so please check first with the Royal Albert Hall website:…/british-life-photography…/

The exhibition will then tour around the UK to the following locations. Please check with venue for more information on times:
Redbrick Building, Glastonbury, Somerset. 12th February to 25th March 2018
Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar,Yorkshire. Early April to early June. 2018. (Dates to be confirmed)
The Auction Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. 28th July to 9th September. 2018
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. 13th October to 17th November. 2018

4-day London Street Photo Tour completed
02nd January 2018 - 0 comments

Shot on iPhone at Liverpool Street Station, London

4 days x 4 hours = my London street photo tour completed for my visiting guest from Cairo, Egypt.

The up-side to starting a photo walk in London at around 8.00am, in the holiday season between Christmas and New Years, is that the usually super busy tourist locations were more or less deserted, apart from a handful of early risers and work commuters passing through. So it felt quite magical and peaceful at famous London locations like Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and St. Pauls.

It was also a great opportunity to explore and research some new side streets and passages, as well as visit some old haunts I haven't been for ages. We met a lot of interesting and cool people along the way and creatively we found some great scenes to photograph. I will revisit some newly discovered cool locations and see if I can nail the ideal shot in the process.

I will review the photos I took over this four-day street photo tour and post any favourites I find on here soon. It was really great fun to do, but also challenging, seeing as I am not your typical early-riser, morning person who gets up at 6.00am! So now I must sleep, with this job done with hopefully no more super early starts for me, for a while at least!

New street art near Brick Lane, London
Happy New Year!
31st December 2017 - 0 comments

I'm hosting a guest visiting from Cairo, Egypt. A private 4-day street photography tour around London starting today. Day 1 completed!

This is probably my first ever NYE & New Years Day that I am/will be 'working'. I say working, but photography doesn't really feel like work when it's your passion. So not complaining! Let's see what 2018 brings.

Have a happy, healthy and creative New Year!
British Life Photography Awards - Commended photo
21st December 2017 - 0 comments

Ooh, some good news to end the year on... My Ed's Diner photo got commended by the British Life Photography Awards. This means it will be a part of the big exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall for a month from January and will be in the accompanying 2017 winners book! Congrats to all the BLPA Winners 2017

I will blog further updates closer to the time of the exhibition launch night in early January 2018!
Seasons Greetings / 2017 Overview
19th December 2017 - 0 comments

Taken on a recent Soho workshop with a guest from Israel who booked me through Airbnb Experiences. Got another workshop this week and a private 4-day photo tour with another guest flying into London a week after Christmas into New Year! I'm usually winding down, taking it easy, ready for the New Year around about now!

It has been a busy and successful year for me, what with hosting workshops in collaboration with Airbnb Experiences, meeting some amazing guests from around the world, 1-2-1 photography workshops, really interesting photography commissions, a group exhibition at St. Paul's, Paternoster Square in the summer with HIP Gallery, FujiFilm and Matt Hart, having my work permanently displayed in a 5-star London hotel, being asked to be one of the panel judges for the British Photography Awards, growing my photography print Etsy Shop and so much more!

As off tomorrow afternoon though, I plan to take the next couple of weeks off, to enjoy the Christmas holidays. I'm already preparing for what's ahead in 2018 though, as its going to be another busy year, with some new and exciting news and projects already in the pipeline. I'm really looking forward to sharing these plans with you, so stay tuned to this blog space for updates!

Of course, in the meantime, if you are interested in booking a workshop or photo tours, working with me on an upcoming project, you need a photographer for an urban / street style commission, you are looking for some new wall art for your home, anything else in 2018, all you need to do as always is drop me a line!

So, it finally leaves me to say thank you to everyone who made my 2017 special and to wish you a very very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Have a good one and see you in 2018 :-D

Steamy windows - Chinatown, London
02nd December 2017 - 0 comments

Taken in Chinatown, London during a recent night street photography workshop with a student guest from Mexico, who wanted an alternative, non-touristy photo tour.

I'm discovering again during this cold spell, that numb painful fingers do not always do what you want them to do when you are trying to press your shutter button at the right moment. Luckily I was able to produce this shot under those challenging conditions. What's that saying about 'suffering for your art'?! Yep!

This image is available as a new fine art print in my Etsy shop.
Black Friday Sale - 20% off
24th November 2017 - 0 comments
Meh, forget Black Friday, receive 20% off your photography prints order in my shop until the end of November!
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UK: 18th December
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