Month: April 2013

April 29, 2013 / / Architecture

So you can do most things in Lightroom these days. I thought I’d meddle with this shot of the Royal Armouries to show a few things you can’t do in Lightroom…. yet! Start point   So to get to this point, you could probably have used Lightroom. Its been through these steps… Capture – 1 minute exposure RAW Conversion using ACR in Photoshop Vertical correction using Lens Correction Filter Conversion to black and white using Silver EFEX 2 Selective sharpen – High Pass Filter method, using masks Selective Contrast –…

April 29, 2013 / / Blog

Rocket Science? Commercial Photography quotes can often be more complex than quantum mechanics, with so many variables to consider and charges for all kinds of things. We decided to make things a lot easier for clients by creating lots of new “packages” which are clearly defined and priced. Personalise… Our 2013 offering is Personalising Business – transforming your online and print presence from “generic” i-Stock type images, to stunning shots of you, your colleagues, your location, your local area, Yorkshire…. Many of our packages are aimed at this, from the PR shoot…

April 29, 2013 / / Architecture

It’s been a few years in the creation – at last the Trinity Leeds centre is open, so here are a few shots of the place for those who’ve not been yet. It’s full of well known brands, so no huge surprises to shoppers, and the architecture of the huge glass roof is remarkable and well worth a look if you’re into impressive structures. The name comes from the adjacent Trinity Church, an impressive building around which the shopping centre was built. The tall tower can be seen through the…

April 29, 2013 / / Blog

McFade’s Photography Blog has been included in the top 100 photography blogs to read in 2013 Here’s the list – fantastic to be recognised amongst such great company!   An infographic by the team at CouponAudit .

April 23, 2013 / / Architecture

Get Surreal! Long exposures are common place in landscape photography, where the shots are usually taken in low light at sunrise or sunset. You normally get shots with lots of colour, milky water and foam like seascapes. So I thought I’d try this technique in Leeds – just after mid day on a bright, sunny day… with clouds blowing past. Here are some tips on how to do it… Get an ND Filter It’s sunny, to get a long exposure you need to stop the light flooding in so fast.…

April 19, 2013 / / Blog

Location, Lights & Action! Shooting with dancers is as creative as it gets – they spend hours training, perfecting moves and poses you can never get “normal” people to do. Spending the day with fellow lighting obsessive and photography trainer, Jayce Clarke, we took Shante and Daniella to an amazing derelict building to use the graffiti-rich walls as a backdrop. A little like being a kind in a sweet shop really – the perfect backdrop and the perfect models. KIT… Most of it was the basic strobist kit I use daily…

April 18, 2013 / / Blog

We captured the student exec a few weeks ago, it was now the turn of the entire staff of the union! It’s always nostalgic going to the Union – I first walked into this building in October 1991, a fresher looking around for beer (which was 85p back then) and glasses… those lecture theatres were huge and I couldn’t read anything on the blackboard. So my first “round john lennon style” glasses came from this exact building Anyway – when shooting the exec, we liked the colourful Union logo as…

April 18, 2013 / / Business

Telecoms expert, Phil Allum, helps people & business talk through his company TGE Solutions. An urgent need for some new PR profile shots arose, so we got together to shoot at his offices in West Yorkshire. We created a wide variety of looks for all kinds of uses – the obvious shots of Phil using the phones he supplies, and some more generic out door shots along with a few “working at the PC” type images. The opening to the shoot was “I hate having my photo taken!” It’s always a…

April 18, 2013 / / Business

Louise Lapish runs Gatewood Consulting, training UK-wide in all aspects business from CV writing to sales. We’d met through Yorkshire’s most exciting new business support network, BiY. She needed some great new shots for her personal PR, so we went to meet at Regus near Elland Road and used the building around there to capture some new shots. Using small flashes means you can quickly and easily move around the building to get a large variety of looks with minimum of fuss. Louise needed some colour and black and white, so…

April 16, 2013 / / Leeds

Brad Stanton…. At just 19, Brad has conquered the UK and Commonwealth – just turned 20, he’s now headlining stadiums with his amazing Thai Boxing skills. He’s based at Leeds premier gym, Edge (www.edgegyms.co.uk), and needed some great shots to help lift his profile – so we did a shoot in the actual gym. To say he’s quick is like saying the sun’s warm… I asked him to do some jumps and round house kicks – up he went, nearly hitting the cieling, then round he went – so fast I couldn’t…