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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.

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.

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.
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
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!

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 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.
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!
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.
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, a sweltering 32C!!

Seen in Soho, London. 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!
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:
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:
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:
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