I joined The Societies four years ago and I have to say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in terms of progressing the depth of my photography and the efficiency of my business. Like the Royal Photographic Society, The Societies (which encompasses well-known sub societies such as the SWPP – the […]

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  • Mag D - July 13, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Brilliant write-up. Very interesting to read about your past and present achievements. The photos are brilliant. The longer I look at them, I pick up more and more notable points. Thank you Lindsay.

Baby and Family Photography West Sussex and Hampshire In the post just beneath this one I talked about a recent shoot in the New Forest, co-ordinated by leading newborn and baby photographer Tracy Willis. To learn more about Tracy and the team please see our Wood Nymphs post, which will take you to their various […]

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  • Helena - June 29, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Dear Lindsay,

    Very stylish an beautiful baby portraits you have made. I like the vignettes in the corners (looks a bit like pinhole-photography, but then very sharp). As far as lighting is concerned, did you here use video-light? As I read somewhere in your blog that you sometimes use this type of light. If so, there are so many types of video-light, which one do you use?


  • Lindsay - June 29, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Hi Helena, we had originally intended to use strobe but the day was quite damp which ruled out this kind lighting. Instead, we found areas of soft light and placed our subjects accordingly, using large reflectors to bounce light onto them. I do use video light, I use LED panels which can be bought fairly cheaply from eBay and Amazon. However video lighting has little use during the day because the power output is so much lower than strobe – therefore I tend to use video lights indoors or when the light is dim.

  • Helena - June 29, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    shooting Thank you Lindsay for your comment, the result of this (and many others of yours) is absolutely gorgeous.


  • Wolfgang Lonien - June 29, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    Very interesting Lindsay, and great photos as always.

    First I thought I liked the first one better, but after looking again, that second one is really nice. The focused parts of the tree may be the reason, cannot point at it exactly right now.

    All in all, a very nice work which reminds a bit of the old school classical portraits from a century ago. Except that these here are lots sharper, like Helena said already.

    What I really like about that first photo is how Jasmine seems to sit in front of the scene – and that isn’t only the result of that gorgeous 3D-like output from the Leica-branded lens, but it’s your processing and style which are cool.

    Good work indeed. I wouldn’t hesitate a single moment to recommend you for jobs like these (but then again, I’m not in England of course).

  • Lindsay - June 29, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    Hi Wolfgang, thank you very much for the lovely comment. It was really nice to have the chance to create a calm and classic portrait and I know exactly what you mean about the depth in these images. I think you’re right in that the relative positioning of the tree branches brings out the three-dimensional aspect. And there is definitely an “it” quality to that lens which is hard to describe.

  • Mag D - July 2, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Lovely photos Lindsay, full of depth, character. Lighting is great, shows Jasmine to perfection. Background very impressive, the way you have cleared trees and branches etc. it all looks so very attractive, a real work of art. Thank you.

  • Lindsay - July 2, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    Thank you Mag, Jasmine is certainly very photogenic. The background did need some tidying, as is often the case when you’re on location. Being able to do that is one of the many factors which will separate a snapshot from a professionally crafted portrait. But it’s surprising how many members of the public (and publishing profession) feel that we should not be paid for our time and skill set.

Outdoor Portrait Photography Hampshire – Woodland Every so often I have the opportunity to meet up with fellow photographers, models, and stylists. In fact putting together a styled or themed shoot is common practice amongst professional photographers, particularly when we want to explore new locations or ideas, and of course build relationships with each other […]

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  • Gianluca - June 25, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    You are such a great photographer!…I always admired your work and you inspire me a lot…Bravissima! Ciao from Italy! Gianluca

  • Lindsay - June 25, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    Hi Gianluca, lovely to hear from you and thank you so much for the kind words. It’s nice to have a reader in Italy!

outdoor portrait photography west sussex The beauty of location photography is quite simply the fact that the world (or whatever environment you find yourself in) becomes your studio. This is far more interesting than always confining yourself or your subjects to a white room. Without doubt we can create the look and feel of a […]

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  • Stephen Scharf - May 24, 2013 - 9:19 pm

    Wow. Amazing set of images, Linds!

    Wonderful control and mix of ambient and strobe/fill light.

    They’re all beautiful but my favorites are 7 and 9 on the beach, and the high key one where Nikki has her arm over her head. Stunning.


  • Don - May 25, 2013 - 5:33 am

    1043, 2029, 2104 are my favorites.
    A very beautiful series of outdoor portraits.

  • Lindsay - May 25, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Stephen and Don, thank you both for the kind comment. I have to admit that Nikki makes a photographer’s life very easy!

Location Portrait Photography Hampshire I have just spent the most wonderfully inspirational weekend attending photographer John Denton‘s lighting masterclass in Hampshire. On Saturday our theme was location portraiture and location lighting, moving from natural light and natural backdrops to the more atmospheric multi-light setups. Progression is (or should be) vital to any progressive modern photography […]

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  • Maria Michael - March 26, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Beautiful images Lindsay. x

  • Mark Feldman - March 26, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Hi Lindsay – wonderful pictures – Please can you share with us which lenses and cameras you were using for the individual pictures , thanks

  • Lindsay - March 26, 2013 - 7:27 pm

    Hi Mark, the vast majority of the outdoor images were taken with the OMD and 35-100 f2.8 lens, this is a real portrait workhorse just as my Canon 70-200 f2.8 used to be – but thankfully the OMD kit is so much lighter! The outdoor studio light images were captured with the Fuji X100. The image of Jennie inside the boat house, sitting on the side of the boat, was also taken with the X100 since it affords a perfect wide field of view without distortion. The Hollywood hard light headshot was captured with the OMD and 35-100.

  • Stephen Scharf - March 26, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    Hi Lindsay.

    Wow! Absolutely stunning photos. Everything, the lighting, model, photography, post, all the production values are off the charts. Thanks for posting what camera was used for which sessions, I had those questions, too!

    Terrific work; must have been a lot of fun.

    Thanks for posting this blog entry, I learn a lot from looking at your work…


  • Lindsay - March 26, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    So pleased you enjoyed the images Stephen, it certainly was enjoyable. I’m sitting here free from the aches I would normally have endured for a week back in the days of hoisting around my big DSLRs and lenses!

  • Nat - March 26, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    Lindsay, these are gorgeous as ever. Please can you say a few words about your post production routine? This is often the hardest step for me yet you seem to maintain a natural look which is what I want. I met John at the Convention a couple of years back and I am so envious you got to spend a weekend with him!

  • Lindsay - March 26, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Hi Nat, I keep my workflow as simple as possible sticking to just one or two colour processes per set and one or two monochrome processes. I download everything into Lightroom then cull any images I don’t intend to show, mostly these would-be test shots, duplicates, or blinks. Starting with a well exposed RAW file there isn’t much to do, I apply a simple Curve which sorts out contrast and density (make sure you’re not blowing any highlights or blocking any important shadow areas). I shoot with a fixed white balance setting for continuity, this also makes batch adjustments much easier afterwards should you need to tweak however I will say that the white balance on the OMD and the X-100 is usually spot on and I have not needed to make any adjustments. The last few images in this set are slightly warmer than the rest, deliberately so, since I decided to use a Cloudy white balance setting as opposed to my usual Daylight preference which is not as punchy. I rarely need to go into Photoshop these days unless there are specific distractions which need to be removed from the shot. If any skin smoothing is needed, or eye wightening, the adjustment brushes in Lightroom are very useful.

  • Wolfgang Lonien - March 27, 2013 - 6:08 am

    … and after that last article I already thought she’d never look into the camera 😉

  • Lindsay - March 27, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Indeed – you’ve picked up on a very good point Wolfgang – many nude photographers feel that eye contact should be avoided. Smiling is also mostly to be avoided.

  • Hai-Ho Tran - April 4, 2013 - 1:02 am

    Dear Lindsay,

    These are the amazing portraits. I am impressed with the image quality that comes out of the OMD-5. Is this the Panasonic lens 35-100 f2.8 or is it Olympus’s? I am glad you did a review of the XE-1 and the OMD-5 because both are in the same class I have the same debate: image quality vs. performance.

    Since the image quality as exhibit in this post convince me that I’ll have to with the OMD-5 for the following reasons: weather seal, flip screen(for street photography and gives me another tool for creativity. I don’t care what the other stuck up pros say: ‘oh those are for the amateurs. Us pros don’t need flip screen), AF speed, lens line up.

    Do you know if it has an HDR mode? Since it doesn’t have as good as a DNR as Fuji X series.

    What lens would you recommend for landscape and street photography?

    Thanks a bunch & lovely work.

    Hai-Ho Tran
    Fremont, California

  • Lindsay - April 4, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Dear Hai-Ho, thank you for your comment and the kind words. Given that the OMD generally exceeds the quality of most modern APS-C cameras, the excellent output will be no surprise. As far as a comparison between the OMD and the XE1 goes, there are both actual and subjective differences in how the images render and I personally do not like the output from the X Trans sensor. However as you rightly say the features and performance of the OMD does put it in a different class and this is very much why it appeals more and more to professionals. And it is also wonderful as a personal use camera as well, given its small size. One of its greatest strengths is of course the wonderful array of Micro 4/3 lenses. I don’t really to landscape work and lens choices are very personal indeed – what might suit me may not be right that the next person. There are quite a few articles here on the Blog where I use different lenses, but generally speaking for Street and walkabout photography I tend to reach for the 14-42 pancake zoom or the PL25.

  • Mag D - April 5, 2013 - 10:00 am

    Brilliant photography Lindsay. You were obviously enjoying every minute of it. The model looks stunning, showing every detail to perfection. Thank you Lindsay.

  • Lindsay - April 5, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Thank you Mag. It should be said that working with a professional model is very different to a normal client. A trained model will work quickly through the concepts and will understand the finer details of posing, expression, styling etc. One of the biggest challenges of photographing normal members of the public is helping them to relax and interpret what you would like them to do. Amazingly, some people come alive and really sparkle in front of the lens, whilst others are understandably more shy and reserved. This is what makes location portraiture so challenging and so interesting.

  • eddie wadeson - September 20, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    queston, am i wrong in thinking you use fill in flash for a lot of your outdoor work? this is just a question, no wish to offend.
    don’t know if you remember me. ? i am the ancient one who started patheticaly in 1941. my self, i use quite a lot of fill outdoors.although people have been quite happy with my work over the years,wish it was as good as yours.not much chance now, so will carry on enjoying your work, especialy portraits.kind regards Ed. ps excuse spelling, left school at 14 years of age.necasery qualifications it the time, were the ability to count to ten, and ride a bike.

  • Lindsay Dobson - September 20, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Hi Eddie, I think fill flash (on camera) is great for wedding photography and similar events outdoors because it’s so useful for evening out harsh lighting on bright days, or dealing with backlit subjects. However with model portfolios or fashion photography we would normally want the lighting to be more controlled – on this shoot the light was either entirely natural light (a couple of the images involved the use of a white reflector just in front of the model to push back some of the overhead light) and the lighting in the more dramatic photographs required quite powerful heads to give the ratio between the ambient section of the image and the light on the subject. As you will no doubt remember from your own photography work, overpowering bright ambient light to create a workable ratio can be impossible unless we have very powerful strobe heads (in this case Quadra Rangers) because the combination of bright ambient light and a sync speed of around 1/250 will force us into a very tight aperture. And at very tight apertures we need an awful lot of Watts/sec in order to get enough power output to light the subject. This is where a camera with a leaf shutter can be very handy – because it will enable you to work through a range of faster shutter speeds thereby knocking back the ambient light effectively, which in turn will help your aperture to stay wider, which in turn will reduce the power needed from your strobes (to the point where you might even get away with using speed lights).

    The lights were placed at around 45° to the model, usually with another light on the other side and just behind the subject to act as a kicker (and occasionally a third light acting as another separator). The ambient light (the Sun) then acts as your fill light.

    Eddie, it’s never too late to keep enjoying your photography, or to keep studying and improving. Some of my favourite photographers are probably around your age!

    I think the education system has almost come full circle – I meet far too many school leavers these days who can barely count to 10 …

    Kind regards, Lindsay

Fine art nude photography is an exacting discipline and one where expert training and direction really matters. Irrespective of where we sit on the photographic learning curve, we should always strive to move forward. I believe this should be the case for all of us, whether or not we are new to the profession or […]

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  • don - March 26, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    This is real fine art. Even if it’s not my domain (I’m a landscape, nature and street ( enthusiast ) photographer ), I can appreciate the beauty, the expressivity and the good taste.
    A magnificent series.

  • Lindsay - March 26, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Thank you for the kind comment Don, figure studies certainly take you out of your comfort zone and force you to think in different ways!

  • Mag D - March 27, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Stunningly beautiful photography Lindsay, the ghost-like figures really set-off the imagination. Brilliant and very educational write-up, I shall look at these again and again. Thank you.

  • Paul Johnson - April 13, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    Very beautiful photography. Those last few I can’t quite work out if they are studio shots or on a beach. Would love to know.

  • Lindsay - April 15, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Hi Paul, they’re in the studio – there were a couple of ‘flour throwers’ just out of frame. As you can imagine, we had a lot of fun timing the shots with the throws! The problem with being on a beach would be health and safety – throwing sand could be harmful and the weather on the day of the shoot was below freezing outdoors.

  • Sean - May 24, 2013 - 3:58 pm


    Did you mean panny 14-42 pancake?

    Really enjoy your blog.

  • Lindsay - May 24, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    Hi Sean. Yes, the 14-42 pancake zoom – I find this to be a really useful little lens. I use it most out on the street but it’s also handy for studio work. Outdoors for portraiture the 35-100 f2.8 is my ‘go to’ lens.

Copyright for Photographers | Why do we Retain Copyright? There is no doubt that the topic of copyright for photographers is and will continue to be a subject which causes us to grind our teeth on a weekly if not daily basis. Quite simply the public at large either have little knowledge of how it […]

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  • Mag D - March 25, 2013 - 10:53 am

    Your write-up is mind blowing. So many Laws that the ordinary layman does not understand or has even given thought to. I am certainly not a professional photographer, but having read your details, the road is very complicated for anyone contemplating a career in photography. Apart from my brief summary, Lindsay, I certainly enjoyed reading through your very complex details. Thank you.

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

    Hi Mag, yes, it’s vitally important that anybody who is offering their photographs to any third party (be they professional or amateur) has at least a basic understanding of Copyright and image usage. The terms of use should always be set in writing whenever photographs are handed over, to anyone, including friends!

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.

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