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Goings-on during recent Portobello Road Market/Notting Hill workshop
18th November 2017 - 0 comments
Goings-on during recent Portobello Road/Notting Hill group workshop


Workshops start with confidence boosting tips and a theory session.


Portobello Road is always full of characters!...


....and dog owners!

Photos Copyright © Fenglin Liao 2016
Gift vouchers now available - photography Etsy shop
10th November 2017 - 0 comments
Buying photography or art for someone else can be tricky. Art is a very personal choice, so why not let the art lover in your life choose their own by buying them a gift voucher!



I have designed these gift vouchers as a convenient gift option. Perfect for a house warming gift, Christmas present, birthday treat or even a last minute gift idea to name a few.

My gift vouchers can be emailed direct to the recipient with a message from you, or you can download and print the voucher yourself and put them in a personal card.

Gift vouchers available in denominations of £5, £10, £25, £50, £75 or £100 for use towards any item in my online Etsy shop.
London Street Photography Workshops - New Dates Added
02nd November 2017 - 0 comments
I have added some new dates to my London workshop calendar between November and February 2018. All street photography workshops take place in and around the Soho area and are hosted in association with my Airbnb Experience 'Capture The Moment'.

Are you ready to see and capture the world around you in a new way? Click here to find out more about the street photography workshops I host.





Seen In London - Just a typical afternoon in Soho
01st November 2017 - 0 comments
Just a typical afternoon in Soho, London....

Street Photography Tips - Be your own worst critic!
25th October 2017 - 0 comments


When you come home from a photo walk, toss your memory card into your computer to review your shots, are you often disappointed with the final results? Maybe your photos are blurry, or maybe you wish you had taking a shot from a different angle because something in it is distracting, or the subjects eyes are closed in the one shot you rushed to take, or a special moment you saw just isn't coming through in your photos?

A big part of my role as street photography tutor is giving the student the confidence to take candid photos of strangers in the first place and not just snap a quick shot in a blind panic and run away! I initially lead by example and to demonstrate my techniques, I go shoot a scene at my preferred focal length (which is usually much closer than the students initially). Occasionally, a student is still on the other side of the road in fear. I give them the creative incentive to come closer and focus on the frame and not worry too much about who's looking at them. This usually encourages them to take their time and not rush the job. We then review the shot(s) as they are taken, and if necessary I suggest tips to make the photo better.

A good exercise for a street photographer is to work a scene with your own eyes or preferably through your camera's viewfinder. What I mean by that is to do a 180-360° on the scene. Two examples: Ask yourself does the shot work better from the left or the right side, from lower angle or from eye level? Is there anything distracting in the frame? Should i bokeh out the background or is the background adding context to my shot, etc.

I teach students not to rush a shot unnecessarily. Of course this is a little easier if; 1. the subject(s) are not on the move 2. The subject(s) are too occupied to notice you 3. The subject(s) are unaffected by you taking photos. In doing so, you are learning to think about your composition (which I explain in more detail in my workshops), but most importantly how and when to capture the most emotionally expressive or visually impactful moment from the subject/scene.

There's nothing wrong with taking a few shots of the same scene, going home and picking the best one to use. Many of the masters of street photography including; Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Martin Parr, etc did/do exactly that with analog cameras. Just google their names plus the words 'contact sheets' for a master class lesson in observation, timing, composition. The next job once you have the shots you want is being meticulous in your final image selection. Most of the iconic shots you see, went through through these processes and have stood the test of time as classic photographs.

In my workshops you will learn to train your eyes to notice more details, moods and emotions, I teach you how to start to see interesting scenes, the confidence to go and take the shot, how to creatively compose your images and when to take your shots to convey the most impact through timing and story telling and critic your work.

If you would like to book one of my workshops, you can either sign up to one of my next Airbnb Experiences or if you prefer a private 1-2-1 please email me for further details.
Seen in London - Orange sky c/o Hurricane Ophelia
17th October 2017 - 0 comments


Yesterday's surreal red sun and orange skies over the UK were quite amazing weren't they?! I put my camera white balance on 'daylight' and took a photo out of my window of the orangey sky around 3pm.

Weather experts say it is caused by ex-hurricane Ophelia pulling air and Sahara dust from southern Europe and Africa.

No Sepia was used in the making of this photo!
S7 Airlines inflight magazine - Street Photography feature
10th October 2017 - 0 comments
My 'Soho Night Rain' photograph (last page / bottom right) features in the October 2017 issue of S7 Airlines official inflight magazine. Its part of an article about an ongoing Henri Cartier-Bresson photography exhibition in Moscow.

Other photographers (who I'm humbled to be featured along-side) incl. Joel Meyerowitz, Trent Parke, Martin Parr and Ying Tang. Its published in Russian so I can't read it!

Download the full Magazine PDF here free

Yellow London - Street Photography
08th October 2017 - 0 comments
When you find out by accident that you have this thing for the colour yellow! 💛💛💛 All photographs below were taken in London.

Street Style Photoshoot - Veenus London Music (II)
21st September 2017 - 0 comments


Another shot from my street style photoshoot with the songwriting duo Veenus London Music.

One of my favourite things about doing photoshoots, is that moment when the clients, who are initially nervous/self conscience, start to gain your trust and relax into the shoot. It is the job of the photographer, to put them at ease, so that they become themselves and their personalities & chemistry comes through. I usually know that I'm doing a good job when they almost forget that I'm even there!

If you are interested in a private 'street style' photoshoot for yourself, band or business, please get in touch with me.
Street Style Photoshoot - Veenus London Music (I)
21st September 2017 - 0 comments


One of my favourite images from a recent photoshoot I did with the songwriting duo Veenus London Music. My brief was simply to capture their vibe in a urban street style. No fancy lights, reflectors or gimmicks. Just working with natural light, as I would do anyway, and a decent fixed lens is all I really need!

If you are interested in a private 'street style' photoshoot for yourself, band or business, please get in touch with me.
Seen in Soho, London 18/09/17
18th September 2017 - 0 comments

Seen in Soho, London 18/09/17
Londnr magazine Interview - Photographer in Residence
08th September 2017 - 0 comments


Check out an interview I did recently with Londnr Magazine, to coincide with my concurrent 3 month 'Photographer in Residence' feature on their Instagram & Facebook social media pages.
Soho, London - Give me shelter
22nd August 2017 - 0 comments

Soho, London

Most people know that I don't mind if it rains when I am out taking photos - i have a gallery dedicated to the cause! Instead of moaning (too much!) about our great British weather and being negative, I channel that energy into a positive, creative one and make the most of the situation. When its sunny I can get my light chaser shots, and when its rainy, I get my umbrella & moody light shots!

When I'm hosting guests on workshops or photo walks around London, I have to keep in mind that not all people will want to embrace walking in wet weather to get those moody, cool, rainy day shots like I do. However, when they see my enthusiasm and I point out photo moments to them, I see the positive change and the rain doesn't seem so wet!

I encourage workshop guests to experiment with subject matter, composition and be creative with the people and urban environment around them. Its that breakthrough from them seeing the world through 'tourist eyes' and taking holiday snaps, to them seeing the world through the eyes of street photographer, that is why I love what I do!
Seen in London - Seeing red in rainy Chinatown
16th August 2017 - 0 comments


Seeing red in rainy Chinatown, London. Don't be afraid to go out in the rain and take photos, you just never know what you may find! Taken during one of my recent Soho workshops.
Photo City London, Street Photography Exhibition
03rd August 2017 - 0 comments

What a great space for an exhibition!



What an amazing day in Paternoster Square! We had a successful first ever Photo City London 2017 exhibition! A whooping 7,000 of you came along to this one day special photography event which was situated in the heart of St. Paul's, City of London!

Thanks to my good friend Matt Hart for inviting me to take part in such a special exhibition event in the first place. A big thank you also to Alan Raw, a brilliant curator who organised the show so professionally. And great work from fellow exhibitors: Christian Cross, Robert Bentley, Matt Hart & Paul Sanders.


(left) Matt Hart, Paul Sanders, Linda Wisdom, Christian Cross, Robert Bentley

Christian Cross, Linda Wisdom, Matt Hart

Also thank you to the Fujifilm UK team, the Paternoster Square team, CameraWorld, Genesis Imaging, Snapperstuff to name but a few. Thank you also to all my friends, Twitter & Instagram fam and the lovely people who took time out to pop down to meet & chat with us and check out the photography on display! Cheers for your kind comments, see you again soon!


© Snapperstuff

© Özlem Mehmet

© John Hughes

Incase you were unfortunate to miss it, you can see a sample of the London street photos that were on display from this Evening Standard article about the exhibition.



© Matt Hart

© Matt Hart

#photocityLondon
Seen in Soho, London - Face Piercings
25th July 2017 - 0 comments


Seen in Soho, London - I had to get a candid close up, to highlight this interesting guy's face piercings. His whole outfit was quite unique.

Someone online asked me 'Why didn't you stop him and ask him to pose for you?' I'm not a 'stop and ask for a portrait' kind of street shooter. There are posed street portrait photographers already out there, that is their style and that's great. However, I prefer not to disturb people out in the street. Candid portraits shows someone's natural character and soul of a person, which can be lost when someone is conscious or shy in front of a camera.
Shooting at close range - Street Photography Workshops
20th July 2017 - 0 comments

Soho, London 2017

A part of my street photo workshops involves teaching covert techniques & confidence tips to shoot people at close range. Seeing as I have to lead by example, I end up taking 100s of close up pics so they can see me in action and to invite them out of their comfort zone, which for some, starts on the other side of the road. But towards the end of the workshop, they are so in the 'zone' they forget to be afraid and shoot at my distance or a much closer range then they did at the start.

This method allows you to take a better composed photo by putting your creativity and composition first, instead of any fear or doubt about taking the photo and missing the moment.

Not all street photography styles involves shooting at close range, but when you do, it can often make for a more compelling photo, especially street portraits or interactions between people expressing emotions, moods or other characteristics that would be hard to connect with if shoot from too far away.
PhotoCityExpo London Street Photography Exhibition
09th July 2017 - 0 comments

PhotoCityExpo London Street Photography Exhibition

One for your diaries! I am pleased to announce that I will be part of an amazing first in the City of London in Paternoster Square! I will be part of a street photography exhibition along with Matt Hart, Christian Cross, Paul Sanders & Robert Bentley. Curated by Alan Raw.

The date: 3rd August 2017
The place: Paternoster Square, St. Paul's London.

PhotoCity London will be free and in the main Square in the open air. We are very excited about this and will give you more information about the exhibition and events on the day in due course.

All at PhotoCity London is in association with Fujifilm. This is a free event supported by Genesis, Cameraworld, Paternoster Square, yesyesBD., HIP Gallery & The Creative and Cultural Company.
Seen in Soho, London - hot cat
22nd June 2017 - 0 comments


Another boiling hot day in London, another workshop! This cat just lay there chilling outside this convenience store in a really busy part of London. Loads of people were walking by, some even stopping to pet it. Kitty didn't even flinch or react like it was thinking 'I can't be bothered, its too hot!' of which it was - 32C!

Seen in Soho, London
Grenfell Tower - The aftermath of the fire tragedy
15th June 2017 - 0 comments


I went for stroll towards Grenfell Tower this afternoon. I live about 15 minutes walk from Ladbroke Grove/Latimer Road area. All you can smell even before you even reach the area is the stench of burning plastic, which I think is very odd after a major fire.

It was pretty sombre there as people who came to look, just stood in disbelief at not just the size of the building, but the black, charred shell that it is now. To think that the unfortunate souls who did not make it remain inside, whilst people on the streets were still putting up 'Missing' posters in the area just hoping and praying for a miracle.

I popped into a couple churches and charities to ask if they needed any help/items, but they have been so overwhelmed with the generosity of people that many are now turning people away. There was a huge sense of local community spirit which was really great to see.

No surprise that, that Theresa May went to visit and ONLY decided to speak to the firemen. Whilst in contrast Jeremy Corbyn also visited and went to chat and listen to the locals who are quite rightly angry at what happened. Actions speak louder than words.

Everyone is still waiting to hear from Kensington & Chelsea Council, who still have yet to make a statement.

Have to show huge respect to the fire fighters who risked their own lives to try and rescue residents and put the massive fire out. They are the real heroes.

The truth will come out and hopefully justice will prevail for those affected by this shocking tragedy, that probably could have been avoided.