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Why Photography is a Game of 2 Halves

Can we have all the RAW files, we don’t need anything editing… I’ve been asked this from time to time, most recently on a job to capture the “essence of Sheffield’s shopping experience”. It had to be on a certain day and time due to some portraits we had to…

15 Essential Stone Circle Photography Tips

15 Essential Stone Circle Photography Tips

Photo by David Clapp 1. Lens Choice Use a wider angle lens 16-20mm (about 24-30mm in 35mm terms) 2. Focus On Parts Of The Circle Try isolating two or three of the stones and shoot from a low angle. 3. Get Up High Find a vantage point at a […]…


Photos of Bristol

Bristol Photos… from day 3 of a Rock N Roll weekend…. This weekend, The Chicago Blues Brothers, for whom I play keyboards, gigged in Crawley, Wimbledon and finally hit the biggest theatre of the weekend in Bristol. The Hippodrome. Blues Brothers Website Review of the show we did We arrived pretty early,…


An Hour in Inverness

Its not often we get time to walk around the towns and cities we visit with the Blues Brothers band, but I got an hour in Inverness this Saturday. It’s a lovely city, large fast flowing river, castle looming over the banks, highland architecture everywhere and a friendly vibe to…

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Why I Bought the Canon 16-35 F4L

[message type=”info”]….this thing isn’t just a “settle for lens” for those who can’t afford the 2.8, but a real contender.[/message] Just invested in the new canon 16-35 F4 – part of the new range of canon F4 L lenses, as opposed to the F2.8 L range, with new generation Image Stabilisation. These…

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HDR Photography is DEAD!

Is HDR Photography Dead? In many situations, new cameras do indeed render HDR Photography redundant. We use HDR to increase the “dymanic range” of our work – capturing extra detail in the highlights and shadows. Older cameras had a limited range, was was proved by lightening an under exposed shot.…

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St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay

Landscapes in Bright Sunshine You can’t shoot landscapes in the afternoon, you have to wait for sunset  –  right? Well it’s certainly easier to get great shots when the favourable low, warm sunset light is making the sky glow orange, but you can still create something usable when the sun…

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Photos of Newcastle

Back to Newcastle…. Before moving to Leeds, I lived in Newcastle – great city, bit nippy though! I was shooting some hotels for a client who needed some evening and day shots of their property, so had a while to kill before it went dark. Here’s what I got up…

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5 Essential Questions for Aspiring Pro Photographers

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Pro I’m sure many pro photographers get asked “How do I become a professional photographer?“. I have and it’s never a straight forward answer – in fact, the answer would be unique for each person. Every photographer is different (personality, experience, confidence, business savvy,…

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A Souvenir of Sunderland

So we set off early for a gig at Sunderland Empire – with the intention of enjoying the beach, maybe popping to the Angel of the North or Penshaw Monument. The weather had different ideas – it was grim, cold and grey. So we did a pub lunch instead –…


Ten Top Macro Photography Tips

Here are some tips from EPHOTOZINE on how to take better Macro photos… 1. Make Sure Your Subject Is Perfect 2. Get Up Early 3. Try Backlighting 4. Switch To Manual Focus 5. Try Pre-Focusing 6. Pack A Polarising Filter 7. Avoid Shake 8. Windy Days Are Your Enemy 9.…

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Bookings “go though the roof” with McFade Photos

A New Look Pays Off!   Having recently opened an events space in Leeds, our client needed some fresh shots to promote it. So we created some of our “special HDR images” of Lambert’s Yard – using a mix of angles and styles to show the features, and sell the place as a modern, warm, fun,…

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Why you should “Shoot to the Right”

Shoot to the right… what’s that then? It’s a technique to get better image quality… simple as that really. Why does the “shoot to the right” technique give you better image quality? Well the science is pretty complicated and all to do with how a sensor captures light. Digital cameras sensors are more…


5 Tips to Capture Beautiful Candid Wedding Photos

Video of 5 Tips for Perfect Journalistic Wedding Photos Through the years shooting weddings, I have found that my favorite photos always tend to be those charming candid moments that last ever so briefly. In this video and article I wanted to talk about my technique in how I set up […]…

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Tips On Photographing Statues

I learned about flash by using statues as models… they’re more patient than real people, don’t get cold and available 24/7! Just spotted this article about it here so thought I’d share Click here to view original web page at www.ephotozine.com Gear Suggestions: Unless you’re a particular fan of the…


HDR Without Using HDR?

Photography’s Most Divisive Technique Go on any photography forum or facebook group and you’ll get a vocal majority who are not HDR fans. They may have a point in many cases as HDR can turn normal photographers into creatures who love “eye-popping” saturation and massive detail in every nook and cranny. The…


Why Use Long Shutter Speeds?

Enjoyed this article on EPHOTOZINE so thought I’d some of my Long Shutter Speed shots to illustrate it’s key points! For full details, click on this next link… Click here to view original web page at www.ephotozine.com   Blurry Water Spooky, Atmospheric Shots Northern Lights I’ve not got any of these…

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Sopot, Poland

Poland’s Blackpool? Sopot is a resort in Poland with a pier, sand and seagulls – yes, it’s just like Blackpool! Actually, it’s more like Penarth in Wales – a more subdued, classy affair than the coastal towns of northern England. Its centre street is spotlessly clean, lots of bars and…


Free Lightroom Tips, Tricks and Photo Critique – Episode 12

Lightroom Tips Episode 12 Architecture, Landscape and a Cyclist This week we’ve got a first – more black and white than colour shots! We have some great shots from Hull, Malham and a desert somewhere – with weird plants! Main tips this week are on cropping, reducing “clarity issues” and…

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Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 8

Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 8 This weeks Lightroom tips…. This week we have 5 shots and lots of lightroom tips, including white balance, cropping and using the “whites” slider to correct levels. Free, anonymous Lightroom Tips – Submit now for next week This is currently a free service for…

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Drive-by Shooting in India and Why I Love It

Use Your Time – Don’t Let it Pass You By… Inevitably, you will spend a lot of time in cabs if you’re travelling around (or between) cities in India. The roads are horrendously packed and going 10 miles can take 2 hours if you’re unlucky. So as a photographer you…


5 Tips on Photography in India

Photography in India…. Got a trip to India Planned? Well here are 5 tips for photographing a most wonderful country for photography…. Take as little kit as you can Its the “people” not the “places” which count Don’t bother taking a tripod Don’t go for the obvious shots Be prepared for…


BiY Inspired Awards 2014

The Inaugural BiY Awards 2 years ago, Louise Turner had an idea – to recognise small and micro businesses working in Yorkshire, on Friday 3rd October it became a reality. You can read all about it on her blog     Solopreneur Award   Rather delighted to announce that McFade won…


Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 5

Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 5 This weeks Lightroom tips…. Week 5 – Elephant, Dogs, church and a huge fountain This week we have a great mix where we see some ideas on:- burning to reduce background distractions alternative crops ideas on processing/sharpness/noise reduction discussion on composition And…

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The “X-Factor” Problem

“False Praise” on Social Media I joined my first online community in 2004 – it’s called EPhotozine – and since then I’ve learned an incredible amount from the site, lots of useful tips from more advanced photographers guided me away from common mistakes. However, what has been a perpetual gripe…


Editing Yorkshire Landscape Photos in Lightroom

Here are some great tips on editing a yourkshire landscape shots, just using Lightroom. It’s a tree near Airton. There are before and after shots of the scene – plus a YOUTUBE video showing how it’s done! http://www.mcfade.co.uk/training/lightroom-landscape-lesson/  


Get Me to the Shoot On Time!

The Problem… [message type=”info”]If you have a meeting at 11, say, at a place 15 miles away – what time should you set off to get there on time? [/message] Hard to say isn’t it – what are the roads like, is there traffic? Anything else? The “Geeky” Solution… Here’s what…

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