McFade Photography Blog Posts

June 2, 2018 / / Blog

5 – Time to take the images So this IS the time we spend with you shooting, the contact time, the time on site – it’s where the magic is started, but by no means complete.  When people ask “what is your day rate”, I assume this is the thing they are expecting to pay for.  On the shoot day, it’s all systems go, you’ll see us:- Setting up lights and tripods if needed Hooking up a laptop Creating the look – so moving lights around, moving people around, adding…

June 1, 2018 / / Blog

4 – A 3rd Party view of your business Following closely from point 3 – business owners are often too close to the wood to see the trees… Getting someone from outside into bounce ideas off is a great experience. We “see” things differently, the yellow stripe on the carpet above actually isn’t that big, but with a photographer’s eye, a 16mm lens and low tripod, we created something which really jumps out of the screen and brochures it’s used in.  In fact, many things you walk past every day…

May 31, 2018 / / Blog

3 – Creative Mind and Ideas It’s often difficult for business owners to think of images to represent their business. If you’re an accountant and spend most of the day in Sage/Xero/Excel, how do you make that look unique and interesting?  We do this day in day out – meeting all kinds of businesses and looking for things to separate them from the competition. Everyone is unique and it’s our job to make you stand out.  We take time to talk about what you do, who you are, what your interests are…

May 30, 2018 / / Blog

2 – The Right Kit for the Job! They have invested in the right bits and pieces for the job. This really does vary on what subjects people cover and style they achieve. Portrait people will have the right flashes and backdrops, architecture photographers may have very expensive Tilt-Shift lenses, food photographers will have all kinds of gadgets and lights to create the right vibe. We turn up with bags brimming with shiny toys so we can get the job done for you – we’ll even show you how it all…

May 29, 2018 / / Blog

Most businesses need images for websites, brochures, press, adverts…. the list goes on. So when you hire a photographer, what are you actually getting? Good ones will be expensive, they may quote £1000-£1500 per day even in West Yorkshire – how on earth can this be justified. If you read most marketing copy, we would cover the benefits to your business, which include extra sales, great first impression and more website traffic – but in this mini blog series, lets look at what the photographer brings to the table and…

May 7, 2018 / / Blog

Blackpool – the beach, prom and Cleveleys Its got a bad press, Blackpool.  It’s glory years are long gone, there is a drug problem which I’ve never seen, for myself, but you hear about it…  But despite all that, you can get a great set of photos on the right day. We went over on a sunny winters day, so very few people around other than dog walkers and the occasional drunk.  Our main foci were the piers and a spiral thing at Cleveleys which we shot at sunset. There’s always…

May 7, 2018 / / Blog

A foggy day on the coast Driving up to the workshop I feared the worst – a day of rain and misery, with a group of photographers huddled together keeping dry It was grim…  But as Americans would say, when life gives you lemons, make a G&T…. or something like that! And that is just what we did – the fog gave us a completely different look to the previous workshops we’ve run on the coast. We got landscapes which faded to nothing in the distance. Perfect for the cliffs…

May 7, 2018 / / Fun

Night Photography at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Ok, we’re really lucky to have a ruined abbey right on the edge of our city – and it’s got lots of free parking! So each year I take a new group of photographers down there to light it up with powerful torches and sparks. Here’s what we got up to this year – this is Feb 2018. The group really enjoyed Light Graffiti – that’s drawing things with torches if you keep moving your body doesn’t appear in the photo, just the trace…

May 7, 2018 / / Blog

Ovenden Moor and Wind Farm Photographers have flocked to this wind farm over the years – the bright stone on the road really stand out from the darker heather moorland, the large turbines create fantastic subjects and if you can get some rotation on them, preferably 1/3 of a turn, they look magical.  I’d not been up since the old turbines were replaced, so popped up in Feb 2018 with my trusty 17mm TS lens and got a few images.  I also popped down to a viewpoint I really like – looking down…

April 6, 2018 / / Blog

Facebook Hates Portrait Professional 17!  The bottom of the internet, where people comment on things with impunity, is full of bile and anger whenever Portrait Professional is mentioned.  Portrait Professional kept popping up on my feed, so decided to try the Demo version – it seemed to be pretty quick and effective IF you didn’t go mad with the sliders. A bit like HDR programs…  So I bought the £49 version – what the hell! Here’s a video of me using Portrait Professional 17…  Here’s a shot of the lovely Emily, taken…