How to choose a wedding photographer is without doubt a well worn topic within the many bridal and wedding photography magazines. There is certainly some variance when it comes to the quality of the advice offered and I believe that a common sense approach is always best. I’m not a wedding photographer, but as an […]

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  • Mag D - February 15, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    “How to Choose Wedding Photographer”….. brilliant write-up Lindsay. I can think of quite a few people I know that will benefit from your advice and utter dedication to, what is for some people, a once in a lifetime session. Thank you, really enjoyed reading through your ‘special’ notes, all gained from your years of study and experience.

Have you ever worked so hard for something, only to find that when you achieve it the feeling is somehow surreal? Because that’s how I’m feeling today …… I’ve realised my biggest ambition – I’ve gained my BIPP Fellowship distinction (British Institute of Professional Photography).  I think any photographer who has been through the distinction […]

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  • Mag D - February 12, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    What a fantastic achievement Lindsay. Reading your write-up was amazing, so full of vigour, enthusiasm, dedication and absolute stamina. Words fail me. Remarkable results, thank you again for many, many hours of sheer bliss spent looking at your work.

  • Lindsay - February 12, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    Thank you Mag. As I think any photographer would agree, it means a great deal to us when our images give others some pleasure or perhaps some inspiration if they are keen photographers.

  • Michelle Whitmore - February 13, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    The best news I’ve heard in a long time and so justly deserved – congratulations xx

  • Lindsay - February 13, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Thank you Michelle – praise indeed from one of my favourite photographers! xx

  • Nat - February 15, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Hardly a surprise Lindsay given the vast number of awards youve won for your amazing photography. But I know what you mean about the vindication side of things, like you I’m hypercritical of my own work and photography is a form of art so it goes with the territory that not everyone will understand what we do why we do it. Yep – my family don’t “get” what I do so I’m with you on that one!

    As you know you’ve inspired me massively over the years and your help and advice has made a big difference to me. You’ve always been accessible and so helpful whenever I’ve needed a sounding board. This has prompted me to go back to the Licentiate panel I started putting together a year ago, but gave up on! Don’t ever change. Nat xx

  • John Barnes - February 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Lindsay, I have just read this blog post of yours. This is fantastic news, I am so so pleased for you. As a follower of your work, all the blog entries you post and how much you give back to the industry and inspire others, this is so richly deserved. I say this alongside the amazing imagery you produce and kindly share with us. You are deservedly recognised as being at the top of your profession. All the very best and very well done ! John.

  • Maria Michael - February 15, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Your words were so moving Lindsay, more so for the little that I have come to know of you. But you have reached out and touched me in a way you possible did not expect.

    Your images were the ones that caught my eye when I first joined The Societies. They took my passion for capturing the unique personality of each animal and catapulted them into something truly remarkable.

    Through your emails you inspired me, giving me the push I needed to start to believe in myself and my images.

    Sometimes in life we almost begin to behave as though our circumstances, physical differences or emotional challenges, deny us the right to believe in ourselves and our ability to achieve our dreams. We want others to believe in us and travel by ourside, sharing every step with encouragement, as if somehow that protects us from the fall we have already prophesied.

    The truth is, only once we commit ourselves to take that journey alone, with a determination that is almost as instinctive as the taking of a breath, do we realise that we cannot ask others to believe in our dream, if we do not yet even believe in ourselves.

    However, once you are able to find the confidence and inner strength, suddenly everyone around you can feel the change and it liberates you, empowering you to seek new challenges with positivity and success – and look at what you have achieved already!

    As I have said before, let this fellowship be your shield to protect you from any negativity and doubt, and your inner voice that reminds you everyday, how remarkable you are.

  • Lindsay - February 15, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    John and Nat, thank you very much indeed for the kind comments. John, I’ve seen your work could grow over the last couple of years and I look forward to seeing more of your images this year.

    Nat, when I last saw your prospective Licentiate panel I felt you were very close to having a good submission. I’m sure now you’re even closer.

  • Lindsay - February 15, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    What lovely words, Maria. I do try very hard to capture the spirit of my subjects, no matter how simple the animal. The key to this is observation and timing, we need to react very quickly. I’m quite sure you’ll reach your goals, the passion you have for your subject is undeniable. As you say, we have to believe in ourselves, rather than worrying about the extent to which others may believe in us. Yes, confidence is a great motivator and we all find confidence in different ways. I tend to need black and white documentary evidence of my achievements, perhaps due to my former academic life in the scientific field. I’ll look forward to watching you grow and develop over the coming year Maria.

  • steve murray - February 28, 2013 - 12:31 am

    A beautiful collection of work, Lindsay, immaculately presented and framed with an artists eye for detail. Congratulations on gaining a richly deserved distinction in photography.

  • Lindsay - February 28, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Thank you for the kind comment Steve, it’s much appreciated.

As a portrait photographer I enjoy creating portraits of all living things, not just human beings. The animal world is so diverse and so fascinating that I find such photography utterly compelling. Precisely for that reason I also have a separate pet and animal photography area to the website, which can be accessed via the […]

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  • Stephen Scharf - February 11, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    I remember this photo in color, Lindsay, but it certainly works beautifully in monochrome.

    Cheers,
    Stephen

In my previous post which is here: Butterflies at Wisley  I talked about my visit to the butterfly exhibition at Wisley Gardens in Surrey. On that occasion I was equipped with my Olympus OMD and the only Micro 4/3 lens which I currently possess with close-up capability, the 12-50 kit lens. Many of you will […]

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  • Mag D - February 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    Absolutely stunning photographs. The Butterflies look so true to life, I felt they would fly away !!!! Ducks are stunning, happy and healthy, and obviously liked being photographed. Some really beautiful flowers, Orchids that I have never seen before. I will look at all of the photos again, an absolute joy.

  • Stephen Scharf - February 11, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    Mag D is right, stunning photos, Lindsay! The X10 is struttin’ it’s stuff…what a wonderful camera. I find the Macro and Super Macro funtions work really well, too.

    Abosutely love the duck photo….

    Best,
    Stephen

  • Lindsay - February 12, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Thank you both for the kind comments. Stephen – the X10 always makes me smile, I’m so fond of that little camera!

  • Jamie - February 19, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Lovely photos! Are these jpegs straight out of the camera? If post-processed, would you mind sharing what you did? I too have an x10 & love it to bits.

  • Lindsay - February 20, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Hi Jamie, I always shoot JPEG with the X 10, mainstream RAW support is inadequate however this is not a problem because the JPEGs are exceptional with a lot of latitude for processing. Having said that, I have done very little to these, just a minor Curves adjustment for contrast in Lightroom 4. I too love my X 10!

I’m building up a really fantastic lineup of lenses for the OMD system which I’ve now fully integrated into the business, and I’ve enjoyed a couple of outings with the Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 and 100-300 f4-5.6. I’m a full-time professional portrait photographer, but my portraiture extends well beyond human beings. And if I’m lucky, I get […]

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  • Barry Page - February 4, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Lindsey your photography is a delight. I was searching around for info on the Olympus OMD EM-5 and found myself here enjoying your artistry.
    Are you using the OMD for your portraiture and if so,how are you finding it for skin tones?

  • Lindsay - February 4, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    Barry, what a wonderful surprise! It’s great to hear from you, you and I briefly spoke via e-mail several years back and your work remains as beautiful as ever. I have looked at your website many times over the years. Olympus colour is superb in my opinion and I suspect very well suited to your particular colour output. I certainly have no reservations whatsoever in using my OMD for people photography. The OMD white balance is very good indeed, it runs slightly cooler in the shade but it is also the easiest to adjust out of all of my cameras and never fails to give me a very pleasing result. It’s hard to find fault with it. And the lenses, superb for portraiture and wedding photography, particularly the PL25 f1.4, the 45 f1.8 and the 35-100 f2.8. If you’re daring the 75 f1.8 is a cracker. I look forward to hearing your opinion should you go ahead with your purchase.

  • Barry Page - February 5, 2013 - 12:26 am

    Well, well, how interesting Lindsay; what a coincidence!

    I’ve had an OMD for about three weeks. Last week I added the Panasonic 12-35 f2.8. So far I haven’t quite achieved the look I want, hence my searching around the Internet for insight. Three weeks with a new camera is no time at all for me really, so it’s very early days. More familiarity is required and I need to fine tune the post production. I’ve been using Olympus Viewer but I’m thinking ACR is giving better results.
    The OMD probably won’t rival my D3s for high ISO so it may not be a wedding camera for me but certainly the lightweight, size, portability and image quality of this camera system is very appealing. Thank you for the heads up on the lenses and for sharing your thoughts on the OMD, it’s been very helpful.

  • Lindsay - February 5, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Hi Barry, I do all my processing through Adobe Lightroom 4.3 and I find I can use all of my existing presets with the OMD. I quite often shoot JPEG with the OMD since the files are malleable with none of the highlights issues previously associated with first generation Micro 4/3 sensors. Adjusting the RAW files to taste is very easy but on the occasions you shoot JPEG I would recommend turning off the warming option in the menus. You can of course do further colour fine tuning in camera if you want to. I agree the OMD probably won’t be on par with a D3s on high ISO but using the Micro 4/3 fast primes will mitigate that somewhat and of course you have the advantage of having a bit of extra depth of field even at very wide apertures.

  • Helena - June 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    Dear Lindsay,

    I love your work. Your style is fresh and stylish. I was wondering for weddings, do you use the Olympush flash like the FL-600R? I heard that overheating can be the problem with it? What is your experience with this?

    Regards from Holland.

  • Lindsay - June 27, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    Hi Helena, lovely to hear from you. I haven’t used any of the Olympus flashes, I use the Metz 44 which is very good and has TTL. The Nissin flashes are also very good and are less likely to overheat.

As many of you know I am currently, and very successfully, transferring most of our DSLR inventory to compact mirrorless systems, most notably the excellent Olympus OMD. Choosing a competent camera which suits your own individual needs is one thing, but I think we all know that what matters more is the availability and choice […]

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  • Jeffrey - November 22, 2013 - 3:32 am

    Hi Lindsay!
    Just a quick question if that’s OK. I know you were quite happy with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens. While you get a bit more range on this one on the long end, I would imagine you would concur that overall the Panasonic is a better lens? Thanks so much!

  • Lindsay Dobson - November 22, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Hi Jeffrey, the kit lens and the Pana 12-35 are very different. The kit lens is a jack of all trades, optically acceptable, but slow at the long end. A key benefit is the weather sealing and the light weight. On the other hand the 12-35 is a superb fast professional zoom which replicates the traditional 24-70 field of view favoured by many 35mm photographers.

  • Jeffrey - November 23, 2013 - 2:46 am

    Thanks Lindsay, I’d be curious what your thoughts are comparing the Pana 12-35mm if and when you get a chance to shoot the new Oly 12-40mm.

  • Lindsay Dobson - November 23, 2013 - 9:40 am

    Hi Jeffrey, Since I own the (excellent) 12-15 f2.8 there would be no benefit in getting the 12-40 f2.8. There are quite a lot of comparisons online, and on the forums, but generally speaking the Olympus lens is bigger and heavier, but has good close focusing abilities. It’s also a little cheaper (I think). Whether or not the Oly lens correction characteristics (on an Oly body, if you’re a JPEG shooter) will be worthwhile is an individual thing (not of any particular interest to me however).

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