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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....

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 - 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