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Street Photography Composition

Composition and the Urban Life

You see the shot, you fill the frame and then…..


Street Photography

Urban Photography by Lou Smith Fine Art Photographer

The location was packed, lots of people milling around – some talking, some eating taking time out from work.  In the midst of this there were 2 people, not connected, sitting separately from each other.  The crowds melt away and quietly there is an essence of isolation and foreboding in the scene. Continue reading »

Rain Photography in Urban London

Rain Photography in London

See a line of umbrellas when it rains in London

Head for the streets when it rains and see light bounce off the pavements creating illumination.  At any time of the year rain is always a welcome aspect for photographers as it helps us to capture very different types of shots.  Continue reading »

Street Photography, At The Heart of London’s Dynamic Diversity

 London Street Photography

Urban Photography

Street Photography in London. Pausing in Piccadilly.

Take a walk with your camera and discover street photography in London.  Street photography is at the heart of understanding the every day flow in a major capital like London.  Continue reading »

The Mystery of the Street Entertainer

Street Entertainers

The Mystery of the Street Entertainer from Lou Smith Fine Art Photography

London is full of Street Entertainers – all dressed up ready to entertain the London public as they walk by.  If you like an entertainer you can pay by throwing a coin into a hat or Continue reading »

London Marathon 2013

London Marathon 2013 Gets Off  To A Great Start at Blackheath


London Marathon 2013

London Marathon Gets Off To A Great Start From Blackheath

It’s Sunday 21st April and the runners are picking up an amazing pace right at the start of the London Marathon.  Crowds pack the pavements, and even some of the runners leave the road to overtake using the pavement.  Watch out!  Photographer in the way!  Bash, bump right into Continue reading »

St George’s Day Celebrations London 2013

The Feast of St George!  Live in Trafalgar Square

Expect dragon slaying, entertainers, musicians, stalls and people dressed up having a good time on St George’s Day London 2013.  Location Trafalgar Square.  Lou Smith, camera in hand was there to capture the liveliness of this annual event.


Street Photography Portrait

Street Portrait – Cool Dude Enjoying St George’s Day London 2013


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London Celebrates the Colourful and Exciting Chinese New Year 2013

The Year of the Snake – Chinese New Year 2013


Chinese New Year London 2013

Colourful processions parade through London celebrating the Year of the Snake

The Chinese New Year is a fantastic display of colour.  Chinese dragons, dancers, firecrackers and music are all part of this visually rich display.  An amazing opportunity to experience this cultural event without even leaving the country!  London popped with colour and Continue reading »

The Edge of Chinatown

Street Photography in China Town

The Edge of Chinatown


Chinatown is a heady place for photographers as it is bustling with activity and everything seems to happen at once.  Sounds, voices, people, textures, colours, shop fronts, lanterns and amazing shaped foods and smells all rush at you.  It is a real squeeze on the senses.  In locations like this I usually look for elements which are isolated from the main burst of activity.  In The Edge of Chinatown a young women looks out from a shop window, waiting to go home.  It’s only 3.00 pm and the shop closes at 4.00 am – long way to go.

In this shot I used my 50mm lens, which is just great in the low light of Winter.  No problems here as its nice and fast, quick to focus and click the shutter – job done.  The shot is complete.  I give the woman the thumbs up and she smiles as I walk away.


Street Portraiture in China Town
Looking at Me in Chinatown


Getting close again with the 50mm lens I want my subjects to look right into the camera lens.  Looking at Me in Chinatown is a street portrait in which the subject challenges the viewer with her stare.  I am only a few feet away and I know she sees me.  This is exactly what I want in this series of street photography shots, direct visual contact with the subject.

Another day is over in Chinatown.

Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts and delivers street photography workshops in London. Check out our photography courses page and learn creative street photography.

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2012, All Rights Reserved

Street Vibe with Lou Smith

Street Photography Courses in London with Lou Smith

Street Photography as Stalls Sizzle and Buzz with Christmas Vibe


As London gears up for Christmas Street Photography is at its best.  Stalls sizzle, pop and burn as smoke fills the air.  Revellers come in close to the stalls to warm and fill themselves with Christmas cheer.  It’s getting cold in London and the icy North wind just blows in.  The cold blow never stops Christmas – it just makes it even more awsesome to take in the London Street Vibe.  Here a touch of tinsel is the icing on the cake!

Lou Smith is a Fine Art Photographer with over 25 years experience in the visual arts and teaches street photography in London. Check out our photography courses page.

See you soon…

Photographs and content may not be used without permission.

© Lou Smith 2012, All Rights Reserved

William Klein | Great Photographer and Filmaker

William Klein: Creator of Iconic Images

‘I was an outsider, following my instincts’

An exclusive interview with photographer William Klein and a first-ever glimpse behind the scenes at his Paris studio. Continue reading »