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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
New Street Photography Airbnb Experience
17th May 2017 - 0 comments

Group selfie with my two Mumbai guests after a fun workshop in Soho today!

I launched a brand new Airbnb Single Day experience for my London street photography workshops called Capture The Moment just over a fortnight ago now, and I've been pleasantly surprised by the number I've bookings I've received already!

'Airbnb experiences'?! I hear you cry! What the darn are those? Well in August 2016 Airbnb (more famous of course for their hosted travel accommodation services) launched Airbnb 'Experiences' and 'Trips' which essentially are tailored activities hosted by city hosts around the world like myself. Whatever your passion, there is likely to be a host in your travel (or local) destination city running an experience to suit your interest! So far, I've hosted my street photography experience for guests from Australia, USA, India, Japan, UK and all over Europe!

I actually now have two Airbnb experiences, a 3-day street photography workshop called Always Look Twice, and this new one-day (3 hours) workshop called Capture The Moment, which is more of a condensed version for guests on a tighter schedule in London.

If you are interested in booking a workshop with me, whether through the Airbnb platform or would like a more tailored workshop to suit your photography learning needs, please contact me and I will reply promptly!

3 Hour Photo Tour Workshops start from just £60.00 GBP per person.


New reviews from guests who attended my Airbnb experience!
Airbnb Trips Workshop - Day 3 Shoreditch, London
30th November 2016 - 0 comments
Day 3 of 3 Airbnb street photography workshops. Street portrait in shadows & light.


© Linda Wisdom 2016

Shoreditch, London

For more info on my 3-day London workshops, please visit my official Airbnb trips page: http://bit.ly/2ge87ak
Airbnb Trips Workshop - Day 2 Soho, London
29th November 2016 - 0 comments
Day 2 of 3 Airbnb street photography workshops. Black Friday sales day.


© Linda Wisdom 2016

Soho, London

For more info on my 3-day London workshops, please visit my official Airbnb trips page: http://bit.ly/2ge87ak
Airbnb Trips Workshop - Day 1 Portobello Road
28th November 2016 - 0 comments
Day 1 of 3 Airbnb street photography workshops. We got lucky with some afternoon sun and light play shots.


© Linda Wisdom 2016


Taken in Portobello Road Market - Notting Hill, London

For more info on my 3 day London workshops, please visit my official Airbnb trips page: http://bit.ly/2ge87ak
I am an official AirBnB Trip Host - London street photography
21st November 2016 - 0 comments
I am pleased to announce that I am now an official AirBnB Trip Experience Host! :-) This basically means I get to do what I already love to do - street photography! I have already started hosting these workshop experiences around my favourite locations of London for guests and they have gone very well!



With my AirBnB photography experience entitled 'Always Look Twice' you’ll explore some of the the best spots in London for street photography and urban landscapes. I'll show you how to get the best out of your camera, boost your confidence photographing strangers, help you improve your compositions and guide you to seek out creative images!

AirBnB asked me back in August to be one of the pioneer city hosts for their new feature called 'Experiences' which went live last Thursday after a keynote by the CEO from L.A.


Taken on a recent workshop experience in Notting Hill © Fenglin Liao

If you are interested in booking my London 3 day trip experience, you can do so via my AirBnB page. All available dates are listed December 2016 through to April 2017.

You can check it AirBnB's exciting new experience and places feature here or download & access it via the AirBnB app.
1-2-1 Street Photography Tuition review
07th November 2016 - 0 comments

© Sam Rodgers


I had a fun full-day workshop teaching a lovely chap called Sam on the weekend. Sam got in touch recently, interested in getting some tuition to help him with his street photography. His main goal was to build his confidence in getting closer to people and develop his composition. I was more than happy to oblige.

We started the day at The Photographers Gallery cafe for a more in-depth pre-walk chat on Sam's goals, some theory and techniques to help him master his fear of shooting strangers at close range. We then set out on a photo walk around the streets of central London, guiding him along the way.

It was a very productive day, especially seeing Sam's confidence increase in leaps & bounds. To watch him get closer and closer to his subjects, without fear or hesitation through the advice and techniques I taught him was very rewarding indeed! Read Sam's review below...

Linda is a great teacher, an inspiring photographer and great fun to spend time wandering London with. I was lucky enough to have a full day’s tuition with her. She was brilliant at listening to the areas that I find difficult and structured her tuition and the day to overcoming these. My main issue was a fear of being seen, and specifically of getting close to / in front of subjects as I photographed them. She shared some really useful strategies to overcome these, and was great at giving me the support I needed to implement them on the street. I finished the day feeling that I had grown as a photographer, feeling more confident and spotting opportunities for photos that would previously have passed me by.

Check out Sam's Flickr page for more of his great street photography.


© Sam Rodgers
Street Photography Workshop Student Review
05th November 2016 - 0 comments

© Mark Olsen 2016

Recent workshop review from a student who visited from the States...

Linda was a wonderful guide and a great teacher; she was very receptive to what I wanted to get out of the course and tailored the material to accommodate. She's got a wealth of knowledge to tap in to; tips from how to use your camera, how to spot interesting scenes before they're taking place, to dealing with ways of capturing intimate moments without being invasive. The trip description was very accurate; Linda will show you around some cute neighbourhoods in London and ask you to take pictures along the way. Linda knows her stuff! I come from a photography background and still came away with a number of great pointers. She's also very personable, easy to talk to, and clearly has a passion for street photography.
Mark From Indianapolis, IN · October 2016

1-2-1 & Group Street Photography Workshops in London
  • Do you want to conquer your fear of shooting strangers in public?
  • Do you want to up your composition game to the next level?
  • Do you want to develop your skills of observation and learn the art of story telling through photos?

    I can customise a beginner or intermediate workshop just for you and help you get the street photography shots you aspire to!

    Get in touch to book a date!
Day 3 of 3 street photography workshops - Shoreditch, London
01st October 2016 - 0 comments
Day 3 of 3 street photography workshops - Shoreditch, London

Day 2 of 3 street photography workshops - Soho, London
30th September 2016 - 0 comments
Day 2 of 3 street photography workshops - Soho, London

Day 1 of 3 street photography workshops - Notting Hill Gate, London
29th September 2016 - 0 comments
Day 1 of 3 street photography workshops - Notting Hill Gate, London

Full day street photography workshop
22nd July 2016 - 0 comments


This week I had another 1-2-1 street photography workshop booked with a student who contacted me a couple months ago. Laudo advised that he was pretty open to learning new things, such as making better creative photos, improve his compositions and thus making stronger photos, but his main concern was that he was a bit scared about getting too close to subjects in order to get a good shot. The result is that he would end up just getting shots of back's of heads or just play things too safe which left him a bit frustrated with his images.



So we scheduled a full day workshop in central London. We met in the very cool chilled out space inside the Holborn hotel where he was staying and with my personalised notes & example images on my iPad took him through some basic theory on content, composition, some camera techniques and a bit about psychology (like body language), that may help him get closer and shoot with less fear. We then hit the streets to continue the workshop.

Laudo was using a Sony RX100 III, which is a very small, portable but high quality camera, and ideal for street photography. When I first meet with a student, I like to observe his or her initial way of shooting, style and technique as everyone has a different approach. I can then highlight anything I can see to help improve their success right. I could see that he was quite hesitant when he saw a street photo opportunity, so I encouraged him on many occasions to take the shot without thinking too long, and/or I would take the shot myself without issue, so he could change his negative fear to positive productivity. Also, when he was using his flip screen, he was using the widest default range so everything looked too far away, which would end up with him having to crop to enlarge the image later and possibly diminish the overall quality and the original frame.



As the workshop went on, and guiding him through some of the techniques I was teaching him, I would encourage him to get a bit closer and think about his compositions more, instead of the 'shoot n' run' technique he was using before which wasn't doing him any good.

I took him through many different styles of street from street portraits, decisive moments, to geometrical, light-play creative style shots so he had a variety of shots to take away with him and learn from. By the mid to end of the workshop, I was joking with him without him realising that he had gone from 'I'm afraid to get too close' to actually almost being in people's faces with his camera which he didn't even realise he was doing! He was so busy focusing on trying to perfect his photos in camera as I taught him, that I could see that he almost forgot to be afraid more times than not!

Baring in mind, it was the second hottest day of the year, we had lunch and about 5-6 rehydration breaks! Still we managed to wander around most of Holborn, Covent Garden, Soho, Chinatown, Leicester Square, Mayfair and finally Carnaby Street. Just as well both our camera batteries had drained and we were also physically exhausted from walking several miles all day in the hot London sun!

As we said our goodbyes, Laudo thanked me and said he was extremely happy with the many photographs he had taken, that he had learnt a lot from spending the day walking around with me and that he felt a lot more confident than he did before the workshop. An extremely fun and productive day overall!
1-2-1 Street Photography Workshop Review
11th March 2016 - 0 comments


Mark, a member of We Shoot People, came along to my Brixton Meetup group event about a month ago, I remember distinctly because it was the first time I had been to Brixton as a street photographer (and coincidentally the same morning I went to visit the David Bowie fan memorial in the area). Mark expressed some interest in a 1-2-1 street photography session with me and we kept in touch via emails so I could get a better idea of what he was looking to learn and how I could mentor his street photography. I typed up a customised agenda of street photography topics and areas I knew Mark specifically wanted to work through, and we scheduled to have half an afternoon of daylight / half night photo shoot around central London on a weekend.



Needless to say, Mark was the model student, very inquisitive, enthusiastic, had a good eye for street moments, and luckily as I do a lot of talking as I walk, soaked up everything I was saying. Overall, it was a very fun afternoon for me and he made my task as a tutor very easy to do. I asked Mark if he wouldn't mind sharing a few of his favourite pics from the day.



I’m a novice photographer with a little under 3 years experience. I met Linda through her ‘We Shoot People’ street photography meet up group after accidentally stumbling on her images online about ‘active street photographers in the UK’.

This was an absolutely nerve-wracking experience for me but Linda made me feel at ease over a coffee and ran through a list of small initial tips to help me get started. We walked and talked around areas of Seven Dials, Soho, Park Lane, Mayfair and Oxford Circus, finding countless interesting areas and listening to her talk about her ‘process’ of looking for opportunities. It was a very rewarding experience and I felt I learnt a great deal about everything from composition to processing.

I can’t recommend this 1-2-1 session highly enough, nor the meet-up group for those eager to learn the basics of street or candid photography. On top of a great day’s tutoring, I also had Linda look at a few of my favourite shots and give her opinion on my thought process in the capture and also of my image itself. I won’t win any prizes for the overall images I took but it was a vast improvement on everything I had attempted beforehand and look forward to repeating this lesson in a few months time.

Great company and a great day’s photography. Mark
1-2-1 street photography vs group workshops
10th March 2016 - 0 comments


I recently had a 1-2-1 street photography workshop session booked with Mark, a member of my We Shoot People Meetup group recently. I started a beginner group because at a time when there were no other similar London street photography groups offering that service to beginner photographers interested in street photography, to meet their peers in a social way for photo walks around the city.

People ask me why I teach 1-2-1 street photography workshops, and not group sessions? The answer I give, is purely down to my own experience, as I HAVE done small group sessions before in the past. Is mainly down to the simple fact of knowing that most, if not all the students who attend, are at different levels when it comes to street photography, both technically and creatively.

I have taught group workshops, which were fine, but I had to teach it in a more generic way, where it was more like 'one size fits all teaching. In contrast, when someone approaches me about street photography tuition, I have to work a little harder and I am challenged (in a good way), as I get to tailor a workshop just for that one student. I start by getting to know them personally in terms of a photographer, try to understand what specific topics they hope to get out of tuition with me, their tastes and influences in photography and art, their current level of experience, and where they want to be, in say a year from now, etc.



If I asked 10 different beginners these types of questions, I would typically get 10 different answers, because photography is not generic, it is subjective and personal. There is no one size fits all when it comes to art & photography. So why teach that way? Based on your personal influences, who inspires you, why you started photography and why you want to creatively pursue it, plus many other factors will change your answers. By customising a workshop based around a student, it makes a session much more fun and productive.

So, when a keen novice photographer like Mark approaches me for mentoring, tips, tricks, advice. I explain to them that I will teach them all that I know in techniques and training, how I approach taking a street photo in the best composition, dealing with tricky subjects, technically taking the shot, post processing, etc. but once the session is over it is the ongoing practice and training of the eye thereafter that they will need to keep up to improve their photos.

I get more satisfaction from helping a student 1-2-1, to bring out their strongest qualities, improving on any weak spots I can spot whether creatively or technically, push them to find their own creative identity in their journey, and discovering their own style.

My mentoring continues post 1-2-1 session. I ask students to email me their favourite shots from our workshop. I then give 'constructive' feedback and any post editing tips they need. During and at least by the end of a session, I can usually see a marked improvement on not only a student's confidence but also in their photos!
1-2-1 London Street Photography Walk / Workshop
02nd December 2014 - 0 comments
This evening I did a 1-2-1 street photography walk / workshop with an US visitor called Brian from Ohio, who had booked a session with me back in the Summer. Brian knew the styles he was looking to achieve and so it made my job easier teaching and taking him to the locations where I knew we could get some cool shots. I decided a night tour through the City of London areas, weaving the maze of back streets and the tube network would be our best bet and our 4-hour photo walk was very productive. We had great fun and it was a pleasure hanging out with you!

"I had a great time this evening! It was even better than I hoped. I felt comfortable with you right away - in addition to being a great photographer, you're very funny! Thanks for a memorable evening and the street photography tips!" Brian Miller

Reluctant to show off some of his own fine work, I thought I would do it on his behalf, because I think they're great! Here are some of his favourites....





1-2-1 Street Photography Workshop
05th October 2014 - 0 comments
Street Photography workshop



I spent the afternoon with a new student teaching them some street photography. For my tuition workshops I prefer 1-2-1 photo walks as I can really personalise the workshop to their exact wants and needs in learning. Helen was a great student - asking lots of questions and getting stuck in. We covered many areas of learning from overcoming her fear of getting shouted at, getting people to identify with her photos, improving her compositions to the varying styles of street such as portraiture to more compositional shots and making stronger images overall.

Its always good to see a student improve within a workshop. Helen got closer to subjects with each image and her confidence grew as the workshop went on.

I spent the afternoon with the immensely talented, award winning street photographer Linda Wisdom. We talked about everything from overcoming your fear of being shouted at, to getting others to identify with your images, to geometry in your scene.

I've not taken much street photography in my time but it appeals to me, perhaps because as a psychology grad I've always been interested in human behaviour.

Today has reinvigorated me to pound the street's at lunchtime scanning the scene for potential street blips. Who know's, I might even be brave enough to get in close.

Thanks for a fabulous afternoon shooting street Linda. Lots of fun


Want to schedule a 1-2-1 Street photography workshop? You can book here. There is a 15% discount for first time students!