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. Sam Rodgers
"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 Reading
"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 Millar
"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" Helen
What topics are covered in a workshop?
After an initial chat with you via email or phone, we can establish what topics we can focus on that will help your street photography. This could be anything from optimising your camera settings and gear, candid camera techniques, confidence building in the street, training your eyes to see creative photo opportunities, image composition, post editing to anything else you want guidance with or improving on.
What camera equipment do I need to bring?
Bring any camera and/or smartphone you are most comfortable using. It is what you see with your eyes and develop in creativity that is more important. Thus, it doesn't always matter what device you use as long as it does what you want it to do when you want it to. I am happy to suggest gear I use or have found useful for street photography.
What is the agenda of a 1-2-1 street photography workshop?
1-2-1 workshops tailored to your needs, but in general we would meet in a cafe or venue we can set and discuss the day ahead, I answer any pre-photo walk questions you may have, offer you useful tips and advice around the chosen topics. For creative fun I may offer you some challenges so you have something to focus on. We then head out for a photo walk where I will guide you every step of the way. Depending on how long the session is, we can stop for a break and then carry on. The last part of the workshop is a short sit down briefing and review of photos. Once the workshop is over, you can also keep in touch via email to share a handful of photos for critic if you wish to.
How long are 1-2-1 workshops?
I would advise a minimum of 3 hours up to a full day (6 hours), as all workshops commence with a cafe/sit-down tuition session to discuss the plans for the day.
I will answer any questions, offer tips, advice including some creative inspiration, and guidance on kit and techniques, etc. When this part is completed, we will hit the streets with our cameras. I will guide you as much as you want, helping you to spot photo opportunities or improve your composition.
Just before the workshop is completed, some students opt for a quick post-work overview & review of photos taken to end the day. This is optional and time permitting.
Do you offer post workshop guidance?
Yes. Students may share me a handful of their favourite photos taken during the workshop, for critique or for general advice on editing. I am also happy to answer any additional questions if advice is needed.