There’s no doubt that entering photography competitions can be a fantastic way of gauging your progress and can really help you to progress. Of course the term “photography competition” can cover anything from winning the wooden spoon at your local camera club right up to world-class competitions run by the established professional photographic institutions and […]

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  • Stephen Scharf - March 6, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    Great photos and illustrative images, Lindsay. As always, your posts for photographers are educational, thoughtful, and informative.


  • Mag D - March 11, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Brilliant write-up Lindsay, your explainations of the ‘pros and cons’ is a great help to novices like me, some of them I have never even thought about, now I am looking more carefully at photographs . .. making comments and of course picking out faults that I myself have made. Thank you.

Fellowship of The Societies Just a couple of weeks ago I was writing a slightly emotional blog post detailing a significant achievement and something of a milestone – a Fellowship in portraiture with the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography). There are four institutions which can award the recognised photographic distinctions of Licentiate, Associate, and […]

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  • Mag D - March 2, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    This really is a WOW write-up. Congratulations Lindsay fantastic result. Now a double Fellowship… I have watched your progress over the past few years, and marvelled at your dedication to photography, and have been overjoyed at your progress. Great News.

London Fashion Week 2013 is just coming to a close, with the spring and summer collections making their debut on the catwalk at Somerset House on the Strand. Once again, I took my place in the photographer’s pit to record the parade of bright colourful trends (a slightly incongruous sight given the Arctic weather we’re […]

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  • Nat - February 23, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Lindsey you are one of the most prolific and versatile photographers I’ve ever met! I suspect thats the key to success these days, to be very good at several things. I wonder how many photographers have your breadth of talent? I saw your recent BIPP Fellowship panel – in a word AMAZING. I knew you were going to do a portraiture panel but to choose animals as your subjects was risky to say the least, but your images were incredible. Love your catwalk stuff as well, I can’t imagine the credentials you must need to be one of the show photographers! Nat x

  • Lindsay - February 23, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    Thank you Nat, I think these days it pays to diversify, if you can. Of course it makes sense to be a specialist in something first.

  • Mag D - February 25, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Lindsay, brilliant account of the events leading up to the actual show, certainly need stamina and expertise. Photos are perfectly shot. This is where your experience and obvious love of photography comes into play. Thank you.

  • Stephen Scharf - February 25, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos, Lindsay. Impressed with your handling of the available light. Looks ike the 5D MKIII is certainly the tool for this job, it appears.

    Boy, I guess sunglasses are in this coming season!

  • Lindsay - February 25, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Thank you Stephen – the hair/sunglasses combo was a bit confusing, all the girls looked identical!

The European Eagle Owl was once fairly common in Britain. However, as is all too common, the birds became extinct in the wild thanks to human persecution. However this wonderful bird has started to reappear in parts of the UK. Eagle Owls are absolutely enormous, you really have to see one in the flesh to […]

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  • Mag D - February 24, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    What a beautiful portrait of Ethel the Eagle Owl, all fluffed up. I have never seen one of these Owls. Thank you.

  • Lindsay - February 24, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    There are some apparently in the wild now – that must be quite a sight if you happen upon one! Otherwise sanctuaries and bird of prey centres may have them. Ethel lives at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, along with several other beautiful native owls.

  • Stephen Scharf - February 27, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Wow! Ethel is gorgeous, stunning photo, Lindsay. I’ve never seen an eagle owl, either.

  • Lindsay - February 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Thank you Stephen, Ethel it is very beautiful and her talons are big enough and strong enough to crush the skull of a small deer!

  • Alpha Whiskey Photography - October 24, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Great B+W image.

    I’m a recent convert to the EM5 from my FX Nikon, and love the way it renders all subjects, especially wildlife. Some B+Ws of mine:


  • Lindsay Dobson - October 25, 2013 - 10:25 am

    AW – ovely wildlife shots on your Blog! The system is great for wildlife photography given the crop factor and therefore the reach of many of the available lenses, at a size which enables one to comfortably carry the equipment all day, something I could not do easily with large bodies and lenses.

The PZ 14-42 Pancake Zoom Lens is a fairly recent addition to my Micro 4/3 lens lineup and I have to say, the more I use this little lens, the more I love it. Owning anything which might be described as a “kit lens” usually comes with a series of compromises, such as a slow […]

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  • Paul Crouse - February 22, 2013 - 12:27 am

    Oh, Lindsay!
    Now you are making me miss London.
    I really want to spend the day wandering around the Tate Modern.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Paul Crouse
    Kyoto, Japan

  • Lindsay - February 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Paul, I will happily swap places with you! (-: I find London a tiring place, there are a few boltholes, but not quite in the same league as what you have in Kyoto!

  • Mag D - February 23, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Super write-up Lindsay. Photos are just great, a whole new insight to back streets of London. St. Paul’s magnificent building, photographed to perfection. Tate Modern very impressive. Loved them all. Thank you.

  • DRichards - March 21, 2013 - 11:16 pm

    Great pictures. I’ve just got the X100 and this inspires me to go an explore London. Thanks

  • Lindsay - March 22, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    DRichards – many thanks for the kind comment, I think you’ll have a lot of fun with your X100, it’s ideal for city photography.

  • Chris Kelly - March 23, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    I really like your work Lindsay – you see things in the same way as I try to.
    I bought an OM-D E5 in November and I’m still adjusting to it after many years using Nikon FF. Love the form factor. I have been using the 12-50 kit lens but seeing your results with the PZ14-42 I am seriously tempted! I have the 45 f1.8, which is a great little lens.

  • Lindsay - March 25, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Hi Chris, the 14-42 is a very useful little lens, making the OMD compact enough to carry under a coat or jacket. The copy I have is very sharp, in fact I was using it in the studio over the weekend and it was great. I agree the 45 is terrific, gorgeous for portraits.

  • Vito Bruschini - November 30, 2013 - 9:31 am

    I’d like me to take photos of Rome with love as you take photos of London.
    Sorry for my bad english.

  • Lindsay Dobson - November 30, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Thank you Vito, Rome is a wonderful place for photography!

I am now accumulating a really nice collection of Micro four thirds zoom lenses and I have to say I’m blown away by the optical quality of most of them. The Panasonic 100-300 is quite an extreme lens in many ways, since it offers a field of view equivalent to 200-600mm in general 35mm terms. […]

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  • Mag D - February 18, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Thank you, once again, for sharing your knowledge and expertise. As a very amateur photographer, I do enjoy your write-ups, quite fascinating, and also very helpful.

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.

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