McFade Photography Blog Posts

November 28, 2018 / / Architecture

Give me grey and day There’s nothing more boring than a blue sky to us photographers!  So when we got this dramatic sky all day on my last trip to the northeast, it really was a gift.  Pinnacle Bridge, Sunderland First off we went south to see the new bridge in Sunderland. It’s the tallest thing in town and really is pretty huge – you can easily see it from the A19 as you pass the city.  These are all taken with the 5DIV and the 24mTS-e mark 2 with a…

November 28, 2018 / / Blog

Leafy November Shoot This November I did a shoot with young Jaeda, a star of the future who’s not only a great model but a competition diver too!  A portfolio shoot around our mutual hometown, Morley, hair and styling by her mum, makeup artist and skincare consultant, Michelle Sharman – who also did the art direction, helping Jeada with her poses. Dad  We started at Dartmouth Park, where we tried to blow some leaves into the photos with a leaf blower, but they were all too wet and sticky to move…

November 7, 2018 / / Landscapes

NIGHTSCAPES 2018/2019 Begins! It all started last night in Roundhay Park – our winter of light painting around Roundhay Park saw us using torches and gels to colour the world! New for 2018 is a “Manker MK 35” torch – this claims to have a 1.4Km beam – it does shine a hell of a long way, and with its very narrow beam, its great for detail work. Think of it as a fine brush, whereas other torches are more like thicker airbrushes.  This photo was just the MK35 torch…

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…

October 2, 2018 / / Blog

Another series of Photography Workshops drew to an end in Manchester on the 26th September. It seems like ages since we started on our beginners evening in Leeds, which turned out to be the only evening where it rained! 2018 was amazingly dry and hot – it made the whole 10 workshops a joy.  So here’s a quick review of what we covered in our Photography Workshops – I’d designed them for absolute beginners to gradually learn technical and creative skills over the months.  Photography Workshop 1 – Leeds “Creative…

September 24, 2018 / / Blog

3 Weeks with a Drone….  So I got one – I saw just how small the “mavic air” is on Youtube and thought the time had come!  Reasons why I got one…  It really does fit in your hand Has a 12Megapixel camera which shoots RAW 4K movies Simple to use for a beginner  Masses of functionality – things like following a moving object, or “tap fly” means the drone takes great footage without you driving! Manual camera settings – you set the exposure Panoramic photos – it can do…

August 31, 2018 / / Blog

Copyright tracking just got easier How sure are you that your website images are all legal to use?  By that, did you buy a licence or hire a photographer – or did you just pop on to Google to get a few shots, assuming no one would ever know.  And the chances WERE that you’d be very unlucky to be found out.    Copytrack and Pixsy These 2 businesses have found a way to help photographers both find copyright infringements and also pursue compensation.  It’s very simple..  Photographers upload their portfolio  The software…

August 28, 2018 / / Blog

Mean, Moody and Mono Sometimes you don’t get that perfect light – the colours are missing and you’re tempted to get back in the car and drive home.  But so long as you’ve got a little definition in the sky and it’s not pouring down, then stick around – get some shots with the intention of going “black and white” in processing.  I usually switch the camera to Monochrome when shooting – just so the preview on camera looks black and white – remember that the RAW file always contains colour…

August 23, 2018 / / Blog

When you’ve done a shoot and have hundreds of shots to trawl through, you need a quick way to get the skin tone the right brighness on your subject. It’s not straightforward enough to use Auto Settings – that will take account of the background as well as the foreground and skin – so you can end up with all kinds of problems! Here’s an unedited shot of Brad – the lighting’s pretty cool, but I’m, not sure whether his skin’s right or not.  In general, Caucasian skin will be…

August 14, 2018 / / Blog

One of the most common issues we get are people asking to cancel (or come on a different workshop for no extra cost) – it could be work related, or a sick pet or anything life throws up. We have to say no in order to stay in business – hope this explains why!  We love running workshops at McFade – it’s our way of doing photography we love AND sharing our passion for all things camera related. But for our workshops to be worthwhile, we need to keep an…