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The 2 Poles of Photography

Why McFade Splits Beginners Workshops To total beginners, photography is a new, exciting pastime – but with a learning-curve as steep as Hardknott Pass! Where do you start? You can boil photography down to 2 things:- Finding interesting stuff to photograph Using camera settings to get an interesting shot This…

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Claire’s Band Shoot…

Check out the amazing voice…. https://soundcloud.com/clairecolbran Had a fun shoot with Claire Colbran, jazz singer in these 2 bands, backing singer in the Chicago Blues Brothers and rather excellent on trombone too… a Colbran family thing apparently! The Photography Bit So we had 3 lights – 2 behind at 45 degrees, one…

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5 Fairground Photography Tips

Got a fair coming to town? They’re brilliant to shoot at night – all those moving lights create amazing patterns; so much for the eye to see. Here are 5 tips for making the most of your night there 1 Long exposures – so take a Tripod! Every night photographer…

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Sam’s Big Band!

Band leader, arranger and sax supremo (is that bigging you up enough Sam ?? lol) asked for some shots of his big band – so we got everyone into an empty office in Leeds and started creating some shots. Herding cats and musicians is never easy, though it didn’t stop…

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Malham Sneak Preview….

    Yorkshire photography - Wet, cold, miserable, overcast…. Today was all of the above, so time to head to a stream and make the most of the low light conditions. Luckily the river was abnormally high so lots of white water and unusual flow patterns. Ideal for creating a milky,…

5 Post Shoot Tips

After a shoot:- Get your photos off your card straight away – do not leave over many shoots! Cards corrupt… you may loose ALL YOUR WORK! Create a folder structure which is easily searchable – maybe with keywords and dates in the folder name Make a backup on a second…

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Photos from Durham

  After a week shooting Scotland and Northumberland, a trip into Durham was just a quick detour on the way home. The cathedral and castle are on top of a huge rocky crag, around which curves the river Wear. One of the UK’s most spectacular combinations of nature and man made beauty. The…

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Newcastle Revisited

The Return to Toon! Newcastle was home before Leeds – 16 months doing an MSc in computing science, then looking for a job. Always love going back and always seems to be really cold and over cast…. just how I remember it! Parked up at Eldon Gardens and had a…

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Austria Workshop 2012 – Bavarian Town

20 minutes before Minuch Airport is this little town – the name evades me sadly. We called in to capture the last shots of our weekend away. It’s got a delightful centre, lovely square, colourful houses and shops, stream and lots of sculptures. Also lots of shops for those last minute…

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Austrian Landscape Photography Workshop – Day 1 at The Gorge

Austrian Landscape Photography Holiday McFade Photography’s “Austrian Photography Holiday & Workshop” took 5 photographers over to the stunning Tirol area of Austria in the middle of October 2012, an area of outstanding mountains, lakes and gorges. A long weekend, from Thursday to Monday, with 3 full photography days in stunning locations, fantastic food…

Light Trail Photography

Light Trails I was looking for a few example light trail shots to promote the Night Photography Programme’s first session, which is on Tuesday 9th October. I ended up looking in my 2006 folders and got these shots from a bridge over the M621 between Morley and Gildersome. So for…

Cyclic Photography

Round and Round Surely even steak gets a bit dull if you have it every day for a year? I certainly found that with Photography, looking back over the last few years you see the gradual transition from a landcape to a people bias. Though on the way, there have been…

Landscape Interview….

Just been asked to do a piece for Ephotozine, on Landscape Photography. Thought it worth sharing on here with you all. It’s just 3 questions, with my ramblings on each. How did you get into landscape photography? I’m from the countryside originally, rural Lancashire by Pendle Hill, so was always…

Leeds Musician Photography Shoot

Leeds Musician Photography Wind Farms are popular locations for landscape photographers – the moving turbine blades offer a dynamic feel to the shot, the rigid towers stand out of the ground like huge white trees…. but I’ve not really seen many musician photography shoots at them. So we went up…

Manchestaaaaaaaaar!

20 years ago, I was a fresher at UMIST, the highly regarded science and technology uni in Manchester – so when I was invited back by Trish to shoot some photos of the new Student Council, I jumped at the chance. Proper nostalgia – I’d not actually stepped into the…

Getting Floral….

On the way back from my sight test today, I called into a park and grabbed a few floral shots – thought I’d give it a bash, they’re not really my thing to be honest but you never know who may need them…. The park’s usually full of all kinds…

Cars in The Park – Newby Hall May 13th

Photographing Cars in the Park Prints of some of the cars can be bought here – email info@mcfade.co.uk if yours is missing and you want a print. http://www.photoboxgallery.com/mcfadeAuto/collection?album_id=1270798377 The rain was happily absent at Newby Hall, near Ripon, today, so the Cars In The Park show was a great success.…

Strobist Portrait – LIGHTROOM 4 Edit

“Strobist” shot Rescue This is a shot from a test session – the aim was to try shooting wide open with the 85mm F1.8 to get blurry backgrounds and a sharp subject. Again, it’s not a prize winning photo we’re using, more one which you’d probably not bother with. Lets…

Lightroom 4 to the rescue!

You can’t always win Some days were just not made for landscape photography, unfortunately my recent Northumberland trip had 3 consecutive days…. Not one to be defeated, I did clamber onto some rocks and get a few wave shots, but as you can see here there was little help from the ambient…

Brass Musician – Training Shoot

McFade Training’s Brass Night at the Lyric April’s taster session saw delegates return to the amazing venue that is the Lyric Cinema. This month we ventured away from the main auditorium into the more abandoned looking areas around the projector rooms – the prefect backdrop. Chris Colbran and Sam Houghton were the subjects this time, both professional…

Light….

Photography, when roughly translated from the original Greek, means “writing with light”. You may have known that already, but when you think about it, it doesn’t really mention “subject” or “composition”, or anything technical about the camera. It’s just the recording of “light”. One of the points we make on…

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