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Covent Garden Street Photography - London Meetup
18th November 2015 - 0 comments


I hosted another Wednesday Meetup event in central London with my amateur street photography group We Shoot People. This time we explored the areas around Seven Dials, Covent Garden, Leicester Square & Chinatown which are always full of night life subjects and great light.



It never fails to make me smile when new members, (who join one of my photo walks for the first time) ask me what they are meant to be visually looking out for and for creative ideas to start them off, and then watching them get so into 'the zone' that only a street photographer can, once they start to get it! I love seeing their confidence grow over a short space of time. Often even before the event is over they are asking "So, when's the next photo walk?!"
Soho Street Photography - We Shoot People Meetup
11th November 2015 - 0 comments


I arranged another Soho street photography session with We Shoot People Meetup members on Wednesday. For those who attend, unfamiliar with the concept of going out after dark to shoot street, I see the slight apprehension in their eyes when I explain what my night photo walks are about.

They have grasped day time shooting and their camera settings, but get them to see the world with low light and push their cameras to the max, work with just the natural lighting around (no flashes, no tripods), just a prime lens and you have a new way of thinking. Not only have you got to find interesting subjects or content, but you also have to be alert about the best way to capture your composition in terms of avoiding it being too dark, too blown out, too blurred because you have not had to push your camera that far before. I find it sharpens your photography skills, focuses your eyes and keeps you on your toes.
My Photography & Camera Technology | Light
10th November 2015 - 0 comments
Throughout my whole life I have had an interest in photography. I am the youngest and only girl in my family (I have three older brothers!); my youngest of my elder brothers teases me that there are no baby photos of him, yet tons of baby photos of me! I guess my parents decided that they wanted to document their one and only girl in photography. My dad owned a Polaroid Instant camera and my mum a Kodak film camera. I remember being taught how to load film and take photos from an early age.



I remember holiday snap shots and trips to the Margate and other seaside days out and excitedly handing over the roll of film to the pharmacy and the anticipation of getting the photos back a few days later.

As I got older I still enjoyed photography and started using those disposable film cameras or borrowing a compact digital camera to use, but it was just something I did on special occasions like birthdays, holidays, a music concert, etc. During this time my passion was music and I had various jobs and projects that meant I didn’t realise my passion for photography until summer 2009.





A friend of mine, Andreas Wheeler was already a photographer and I expressed an interest in learning to master the basics of a DSLR camera, from having used those small cameras for snapshot photos on automatic settings. Andreas loaned me a spare Sigma SD14 and a couple lenses and we would meet on weekends and go for photo walks around London as he taught me about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. I remember the Sigma being big, heavy and clunky, but the quality of images was decent. I remember walking for hours and hours, taking photos of everything that caught my eye on our walks. I guess at that stage of learning, I had no real idea what direction my photography would take. I was so hooked on taking photos that I was going out with the camera 3-4 times a week! Any opportunity I could get after work mid week and on weekends.





After about 3 months with the sigma, going out day and night, taking photos of anything and everything, architecture, scenery, objects, experimenting with slow shutter speed shots and different styles of photography. Looking back I can see my images definitely started to clearly focus more and more on people. I was already a ‘people watcher’ but the camera probably magnified this! Candid portraits and moments that I thought captured something interesting. Of course at the time of taking photos of random strangers in the street, I had not even heard of the term ‘street photography’. It was only after posting one particular photo on Flickr, that someone commented that the image reminded him of Henri Cartier-Bresson, and at the time I was thinking ‘who?’! So Googled the name, saw the photos Cartier-Bresson took and it was like I had just uncovered a gold mine of eye candy!! I think that was the day everything changed and I knew this was the genre I wanted to get into and learn more about.





Fast-forward about 6 months, I had since mastered my basic camera settings and had discovered street photography. The Sigma had done its job initially, but I guess I had outgrown it. For my street photography walks now, I knew I wanted a camera much smaller, lighter and faster to capture moments quicker and more discreetly, so I got myself a Canon Powershot G11, which at the time was great and helped me get many shots I am proud off.





About a year later, I decided that I needed something a bit more powerful and with better megapixels and opted for a Canon 60D DSLR with an EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens and a 50mm prime lens. Whilst it was a more modern DSLR than the Sigma and the image quality was great, it had its little flaws like being slow to auto focus in low light and a few other little niggles that didn’t make it the most enjoyable camera for street photography.





Around this time, I also just started to experiment with my new iPhone and liked the fact it was a lot more portable and I felt a lot more invisible to get even closer to my subjects. I knew that smaller bodied cameras that had the power and the qualities of that of a DSLR and lenses and was the way forward.

By around 2011, the ‘mirror-less’ camera new technology was available. I thought to myself I don’t want to have to keep changing cameras too frequently, so I made a list of all the features I wanted my next camera to have and from experience the flaws I wanted to avoid before I decided on my next camera purchase. At the time, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 ticked all the boxes and was like a godsend to me especially with 20mm, 25mm & 45mm Olympus M.Zuiko prime lenses that I have for it. So much so I still use it for most of my street photography, but also for any commissioned work or projects.





In 2013 I decided to go even smaller and acquired a Sony RX100 as a back up camera, which fits into the palm of my hand and easily slips into my pocket when I want to go for a wander with something lighter and even more portable.

Of course new technology is constantly evolving, and as you grow as a photographer, you will want to continually upgrade to newer cameras and features that meet your needs and demands. Whether in speed, ease of use, image quality and/or portability. The most recent new technology I’ve read about is the LIGHT L16, a NEW CAMERA TECHNOLOGY that integrates 16 lenses onto one slim, streamlined camera body that boasts DSLR quality. Imagine having a camera body, 3 fast prime lenses fit right into your pocket. With up to 52 megapixel resolution, this camera is going to be a game changer.





Brick Lane Meetup - London Street Photography
25th October 2015 - 0 comments
Brick Lane is always a popular East London destination with the We Shoot People Meetup Group. We were back this Sunday for another street photography walk and met some interesting people along the way.



I find when I'm in this part of town hosting an event, that street portraits are the most popular style of street photography that students concentrate on. On a Sunday, I'm sure people get dressed up especially just to be seen. I think subjects who frequent this area, know by now that street photographers hang out in Brick Lane and so you can usually get any shots you want without any hassle, especially if you are new to street photography and want to build your confidence in taking photos of strangers in public.

The Street Photographer Notebook
23rd October 2015 - 0 comments
I am featured in the latest issue 10 of The Street Photographer Notebook.

"The Street Photographer Notebook is the magazine for street photographers around the world. If you love street photography, you will love the magazine for street photographers created by street photographers. The magazine features the best and stunning contemporary street photographs from some of the finest names in street photography. As well as inspirational content every issue provides opportunities for street photographers around the world to have their work published and to benefit of international visibility and the attention of some worldwide famous brands of photography. The Street Photographer Notebook is already an inspiring reading for street photography lovers and enthusiasts."



I had a flick through the online copy sent to me and have to say, that I'm quite impressed with the quality of street photography images featured in this issue. Its quite a hefty publication to with 81 pages. Priced at 5 euros it's well worth it.

You may order this issue 10 and any of the previous 9 issues on the website of Alex Coghe, the publisher of this eBook (magazine) Click here.
Soho Street Photography - (Rain or Shine)
21st October 2015 - 0 comments
With our Great British unpredictable weather, any day is a new fresh canvas on which to paint with light, especially when pre-organising a street photography photo walk in London!


© Linda Wisdom (Prints available for purchase here)

I guess that's just part of fun of street photography - every moment, every second things are changing and moving, along with this you will compete with the lighting conditions, weather conditions which can and will change as you proceed. It is up to you to stay focused and grab these moments. The challenge is to make a image that gives the viewer something special to look at, knowing you nailed that shot the best you could.


© Linda Wisdom

Another Wednesday, another fun evening out with members of my Meetup group 'We Shoot People'. This time I took them to the heart of London, Soho. The title of this event was aptly called 'Soho Street Safari - Rain or Shine' (mainly just to cover all bases!), we got relatively lucky (depending on how you view rain and photography)... it HAD been raining all that day and had stopped by the time we started the walk, so the streets were still wet and glistening and with the neon and bright lights of Soho, made for some potential, great opportunities to get creative.


© Linda Wisdom

I always try and give new group members some creative ideas and inspiration as night photography is particularly challenging for beginners. I was chasing light as is my usual task... and Soho did not disappoint. I am sure I am not the only person who gets excited over puddles?! but this one was perfect! It was making some beautiful reflections of the Miss Saigon musical sign shining down from the theatre,and as soon as I showed everyone this puddle and what they could do with it composition wise, I could see their eyes light up.

After spending quite some time in this street, (I had to literally drag some of the members away from this puddle!). We ventured on exploring and capturing more moments and sights of Soho, before ending the evening walk in a cosy little pub for a social drink. By the sound of things, everyone had a fun night! :-)

It was good to try the "street at night" and I did enjoy the evening. Great to meet you all and thanks for the company! David McK

Had a great time, and it was a pleasure to meet you all... Ilyas A


© Linda Wisdom
Mayfair Light Chasing - London Street Photography
14th October 2015 - 0 comments
For the past few weeks, I have been organising a mid-week, after work photo walk with my Meetup group We Shoot People. Yesterday I took group members to Mayfair, central London to explore night street shooting. As you know if you follow my stuff, I am a 'light chaser' and so nighttime street photography is fun but challenging and I love to utilise the given light available to make creative street images. This style usually works best when the image is processed in black and white to give a noir feeling to a shot.


© Linda Wisdom

It was fun showing the attendees my favourite locations and inspiring them to experiment and opening their eyes just a little. Many first time street photographers are more used to holiday 'snap shot' type images or understand street photography to mean just getting street portraits during day light hours. A few of the attendees expressed that they had never come out for a night street photography event, so I felt like I was really showing them a whole new world. Once I gave them a few pointers and helped them optimise their camera settings to accommodate the lower light, they were off shooting enthusiastically with their newfound creative way of looking at the world at night.


© Katherine

Many thanks for a pleasant evening. Thanks for your tips and showing us around some great night time shooting spots. Angelo Gifford

During the walk through some back streets, I stopped to take some photos of a smooth concrete wall that immediately caught my attention because of the moving car lights reflecting shadows and silhouettes of people walking past and some stationary bicycles. One of the attendees said that they would have walked right past and wouldn't have thought to take a photo. Another member expressed frustration in not seeing 'interesting' stuff, which is a common query that I get enquiries about very often.

There are many tips and tricks that I teach through my 1-2-1 street photography workshops, which can help you train your eyes to start to see more opportunities, add dynamic to your compositions, help you think creatively and make stronger photos. The most important part of that tuition, is going out with your camera as often as possible and practicing as much as you can what you have learnt. Over a matter of time, trials and errors you WILL start to see things around you in a whole new light.
Large canvas commission for this London image
09th October 2015 - 0 comments
Great news! This London image of mine just got the go ahead to be made into a 52x100" canvas for a private art buyer. The Minnesota art consultancy firm who I've been in contact with said, "they want it to display in a corridor of an apartment building". How cool! :)



If you are interested in a fine art print or canvas of this image, it is available for purchase from my Etsy Shop

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Sold today on Etsy - London photography print
08th October 2015 - 0 comments
Sold today on Etsy - London photography prints

A 12x16" London photography print on Fuji lustre professional paper.
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An original fine art photograph print taken from my first floor apartment in West London. A best seller print ideal for home decor or any wall space decor

DID YOU KNOW! This photo came first in a photography contest. Winning at the most recent British Life Photography Awards competition, in the Street Life category. It was exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and is published & printed in the official British Life Photography Awards book volume one. Check out the BLPA Winner's Page

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Sold today on Etsy - Lisbon Photography Print
25th September 2015 - 0 comments
Sold today on ‪#‎Etsy‬!

A 16x24" photography print to a buyer in Brooklyn NY, USA.

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Covent Garden - London photography
23rd September 2015 - 0 comments
This Wednesday evening I took beginners from my We Shoot People photography Meetup group to Covent Garden . Lots of well lit areas around here so no real problems when the natural light starts to dip around 7pm. For some of the beginners it was their first time in a group shoot and weren't sure what they should be looking out for and were a little nervous about photographing strangers. After a little pep talk, come creative inspiration and a quick demonstration on how to get up close to subjects, off they went! I think they will be hooked on street photography from now on.

Really enjoyed the Meetup. Hope to make it for the 3rd October meeting. Jose Masana

Very friendly. Good fun Raymond







Covent Garden - London photography
Brick Lane / Shoreditch - London Street Photography
20th September 2015 - 0 comments
Due to popular demand by group members, this Sunday afternoon I took the We Shoot People photography Meetup back over to Brick Lane / Shoreditch for a photography walk. The sun was out and it was another glorious day in East London.

Great bunch of friendly people, helpful too so it's no problems for novice's .. Will shoot with you guys again Raja Khan

Thats for a great day Linda and it wad great to meet everyone. Bairbre Kennedy







Keep walking until your camera batteries die! - London photography
19th September 2015 - 0 comments
I woke up full of energy on Saturday morning and I decided was going to have one of those spontaneous photo walks where you just pack ALL your camera(s), zoom lenses, prime lens, tons of batteries and memory cards into your bag and just set off after breakfast. The sun was out, I had my headphones on, I was ready to go..

I hadn't been to Golborn Road/Portobello Road Market for ages, and being a local haunt, this is where my adventure began....after weaving up and down the many colourful side roads of Notting Hill Gate and exploring the market from head to toe, my work around here was done.



Next stop was unplanned... just got on at Notting Hill Gate tube and took the Central Line to Chancery Lane... wasn't really much going on here, so walked down to Holborn area and popped into the British Museum briefly as hadn't been in there for ages. Always love the light on a sunny day.



Took a shortcut over to Covent Garden. Mega busy as expected, I hadn't had time to see the new art 100,000 white balloons installation by French artist Charles Pétillon properly, so dropped by.



Next stop... Westminster via a walk over to Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall. Enroute I visited Horse Guard Parade. I hadn't been there for years. Amusing seeing the number of tourists queuing up to take selfies with the on guard trooper, who then walks off when he is scheduled to do so. The batteries on my Sony RX100 ran out, so was time to switch to my Panasonic Lumix camera.



Got to Westminster and milled around a bit, then headed across the Westminster Bridge down to Southbank/Waterloo area and hung around until the light started to dip.



Got a few shots of the dusk skyline including Big Ben, the London Eye and the Wonderground and then I decided to call it a day and head home with a bag of dead batteries and a memory card or two full of images :)

Beginner photo walk 2 - London Street Photography
16th September 2015 - 0 comments
Today was the 2nd of the set of four beginner London street photography walk events I announced on my We Shoot People Meetup group page.

The group now has over 2000 members. A small group of us met in Soho, London for my 'Street Safari 2'. Unfortunately for some (but not for me) it was p**ing down with rain all day and didn't stop. Those who know me know that I LOVE my rain and umbrella shots, so I waited in the assigned meeting point thinking that one no one would show up. Good on the guys who did, who saw the creative potential of rain to enhance their street photography images. Sticking to a route that included shelter points, and what looked like a river aka a giant puddle, we got the shots that we wanted and had a great evening shoot. No cameras were harmed in the making of this event.

The next mid week beginner photo walk event is next week. To RSVP, simply join group by clicking the link above and sign up to one of the forthcoming photo walk events.

There will also be some intermediate level street photography photo walks being announced too, including one that is already live and set for Sunday, 20th September in Brick Lane area.

For all enquiries including my 1-2-1 London street photography workshops, please get in touch via my contact page!

Giant Polar Bear in London - People vs Shell protest
11th September 2015 - 0 comments
Doing my small bit for ‪‎Greenpeace‬.

There's a giant mechanical polar bear named Aurora, stationed outside the ‪#Shell‬ HQ building, London, protesting against Artic drilling.

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Beginner photo walks - London street photography
09th September 2015 - 0 comments
Today was one of a set of four sets of beginner street photography walk events I have announced on my We Shoot People Meetup group page.

The group now has over 1950 members. A small group of us meet in Soho, London for 'Street Safari 1', this evening to shoot the Soho street life that is always great around the area.

The next 3 events will be based around Soho, Mayfair & Covent Garden, with future events in the City too.

To RSVP, simply join group by clicking the link above and sign up to one of the forthcoming photo walk events.

There will also be some intermediate level street photography photo walks being announced too, including one that is already live and set for Sunday, 20th September in Brick Lane area.

For all enquiries including 1-2-1 London street photography workshops, please get in touch via my contact page.

Photo-bombed in Shoreditch - London Street Photography
08th September 2015 - 0 comments
A mischievous police officer decided to photobomb this street portrait photography shoot I did in Shoreditch, East London. The funny thing is I didn't notice until I loaded my camera memory card into my computer and viewed the image!

Seen in Shoreditch - London Street Photography
07th September 2015 - 0 comments
Seen in Shoreditch - London Street Photography. East End Dog travelling in style, in his own 'pimp my ride' custom-made pram!

Seen in St. Paul's - London Street Photography
05th September 2015 - 0 comments
Seen written on the window of a barbershop near St. Paul's in London.

Street Photography - Limited Edition prints
04th September 2015 - 0 comments
So its coming up to my 6th year of what initially started as a hobby of street photography turning into a much bigger project, bigger than I expected, which has lead to some wonderful experiences and opportunities.
I thought I would commemorate my journey (so far) with some limited edition photography prints! I picked my favourite 20 images from my travels to London, Paris, Berlin & New York, each will have an edition of 50. I will hand sign, title & number each photo print on the mount and seal it in a protective cello bag as shown in my YouTube video below.

Each photo print is sized 9 x 6" on either matt or gloss Fuji archival professional photographic paper (which lasts a lifetime!), personally custom made by me with white, acid-free front mount & backboard. Complete item size is A4 (21.0 x 29.7cm, 8.27 x 11.69 inches)

These limited edition street photography prints are now available to order via my Etsy page. If you are interested in a purchase, please go direct to my Etsy shop page.

Check out my latest YouTube video to see what they finished item looks like.

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