McFade Photography Blog Posts

August 24, 2011 / / Blog

Had a trip out to shoot the stunning new Audi A5 Sportback yesterday. Must confess that I’ve never driven an automatic before, so I did hit the break thinking it was the clutch a few times – having massive brand new break discs, I can report that it does stop pretty darn fast! Lovely car and a lovely day – perfect for those moody mono photographs really. For colour photographs to really sing, you need to be going out later in the day, preferably around sunset. If you are in the…

August 16, 2011 / / Blog

Leeds Band Photography by McFade Photography!   As well as photographing  everything and anything, I also play piano and keyboards in 2 bands – one being the Blues Brother’s tribute band “Sweet Home Chicago”. The Band got a fantastic brass section comprising of Greg, Sam and Chris, and they seem to be in about 1000 bands between them. So they got most of the members together last week for a shoot with me. Where else but the darkest, moodiest place in Leeds – the Dark Arches… perfect. Was quite a windy day to say…

August 10, 2011 / / Blog

  Click here to see the McFade Training Promo   After teaching, coaching and running workshops on Photography for the last few years, we’ve created a new branch of the McFade Photography business called “McFade Training”. Our philosophy is that to become a “creative” photographer, you really need to understand how you camera works, how to get the correct “exposure” for your photos and the basics of “composition” – then from this base you can apply this knowledge to whatever you love photographing. We’ve got an open evening in Leeds on the…

August 4, 2011 / / Blog

There are some quite amusing things that people say to photographers from time to time, often when you show them their image on the back of the camera, or present a few prints or a recent book, or even just see the shots on the web. Things like :- “Wow – that camera’s awesome” or “I wish I had a camera like that so I could get great photos too” You just politely smile, or on occasion, give them the camera and say “have a go” (with a cheeky smile).…

July 31, 2011 / / Blog

Perspective and Lines….     I’ve always liked vanishing points and perspective, not only photography but in art, and just in life when you’re wandering around the countryside. You can find them in arable fields, where the farmers leave long rows of potatoes or lines in the wheat. If you have an old Roman road near you, that’s probably long and straight too. The above is a road on the moors near Scammonden which is effectively straight for 4 miles, with just a mild undulation here and there. So when…

July 31, 2011 / / Blog

Stylist and makeup artist Saadiya invited me to shoot a session with models Krishna and Mahera last week. Though I’ve not really had much chance to process the shots, I’ve edited a few of Krishna which I thought I’d share.        

July 31, 2011 / / Automobiles

I’d finished creating my latest wedding book the other day so decided to get some fresh air by going for a shoot on the moors between Manchester and Huddersfield. It’s really gritty up there, not beautiful like the Dales, but more imposing, like a Gothic horror novel or some 80’s werewolf movie. Wandering down to Scammonden Dam, the biggest earth embankment dam there is apparently (check Wiki for that, may have changed – who knows) and found a lovely black Audi R8 parked up. Not one to miss an opportunity, I grabbed the…

July 28, 2011 / / Automobiles

If you’re looking to get married you’ll no doubt be in the market for a photographer to cover some of or all of your big day. A little research will probably show you that there’s a huge range of prices, from the £250 “shoot and burn” type, to the £2000+ mega wedding packages. You’ll also see that there are all sorts of different styles of photography, off the top of my head there’s…. Reportage – usually black and white, candid photos where people don’t know they’re being photographed Traditional –…

June 28, 2011 / / Blog

I don’t usually just link to other people’s site in my blog, but I discovered this lovely set of 40 self portraits taken in the late 50’s and 60’s – shows a real sense of innovation and lateral thinking on the self-portrait genre. Most to the ones I like are where you see her and the camera reflected in things – this is something we photographers try to avoid like the  plague of course. The last thing you want to see is you. Well I may just start looking for…

June 27, 2011 / / Blog

My friend Hash Parmar recently started up a beauty treatments business in Leeds. We did a few shots of Kat, who’d had a Hash make over, down by the Aire at Kirkstall Abbey. A lovely location, leafy and green, with the added bonus of a 12th century abbey in the background. The shots here are just a few “experimentally processed” shots, to show a few different looks we can achieve from what was essentially the same looking shots.