Category: HDR

November 5, 2018 / / DRONE

Getting used to a noisy sensor again! Drones have tiny noisy sensors compared to your DSLR – if you’re used to brightening up shadows on an underexposed shot with your camera, you’ll be shocked how bad this is on a drone RAW file.  So what can you do? Bracketing and HDR is the answer.  Bracket photos for HDR is rarely needed with modern camera sensors, but it’s back with DRONE photography. With the DJI Mavic Air I use, you have the option of taking 3 or 5 photos, each 1-stop…

March 3, 2017 / / Architecture

Water and Rail Meet at Castlefield Manchester Castlefield is incredibly central in Manchester, a stone’s throw away from the massive Beetham Tower and Deansgate Station. It’s a stunning place for every photographer to enjoy, be that shooting the architecture reflected in still waters, taking a model down there and using the industrial backdrops or shooting a car down there – with girders and bricks reflected in its shiny bodywork. Great on a Dull Day Castlefield Manchester is one of those places where you don’t really need bright sun to enjoy it…

October 3, 2016 / / Architecture

Manchester Looking Fantastic Manchester, the UK’s second city, is famous for its rain, grey skies and grim climate! I should know, I lived there for 4 years in 1990’s and rarely saw the sun. You just needed some waterproof clothes and boots – it wasn’t a problem, but the buildings never really looked great. Roll on 25 years and I was back to photograph my old University for a job – after which I popped into the centre for a stroll. Here is a set of images from that walk:-…

April 14, 2016 / / Architecture

The McFade York Photography Workshop 2016 With its walls, river, minister and castle as highlights – and hundreds of other things to discover, I’ve always loved running Photography workshops in York. It was drizzling, then fine, then raining… and that only adds to the scene. The watery pavements reflecting colourful light into the camera adds to the magic. York Photography Ideas The gallery before contains a few highlights from the workshop – these include:- Minster and walls Northern Europe’s biggest cathedral, a gothic masterpiece which dominates the city. The walls are…

January 27, 2015 / / Business

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, city centre venue to hold your events. Since releasing the photos their hit-rate on google has “gone through the roof”, they have taken on an unprecedented 25 new bookings in a week. We’re obviously delighted to have such a great impact on…

July 24, 2014 / / Blog

The Perennial HDR Photography Debate As someone who’s used HDR Photography to make a living and been a fan since 2006, I often get involved HDR debates. Sigh… The usual comments would be around [notice]I don’t like HDR, it looks a bit weird[/notice] or maybe [notice]I like HDR when it’s done properly[/notice] and sometimes you get the odd concession… [notice]Well your HDR is ok because it looks natural[/notice] I know why people say they don’t like HDR – you can very quickly find thousands of images which make my mental pictures of Grimm Brothers…

April 12, 2014 / / Architecture

Leeds Shopping – Knightsbridge of the North? Leeds does seem to have its fair share of shops. Posh shops. Harvey Nichols. Designer stuff. I like the shop in the Victoria Quarter with Panerai watches best – often found lusting after the PAM 372, a huge watch which looks just about perfect on my wrist… shame it’s £6000. 20mm HDR So trialling my trusty new 20mm prime lens, I took the tripod around Briggate and the shopping area – weird light meant HDR, just to eek out a bit more detail…