McFade Photography Blog Posts

May 3, 2011 / / Architecture

Just thought I’d share a review by Mark Carline, who attended my HDR workshop down at Salford Quays. http://www.markcarline.co.uk/2011/05/salford-quays-welshot-imaging-hdr.html

April 26, 2011 / / Blog

Portrait Photographers – Come Clean! The first time I ever took a portrait it was pretty awful – horrible confession there! How about yours? Actually, the first time I met a piano, I made a terrible din. I’ve got better at both I’m glad to say, and it’s all about practice. Natural Light If you want to be a great Portrait Photographer – here are 5 essentials 1 – Get Rid Of Excuses The first thing to do it get rid of your excuses, you don’t “need” expensive lights, a…

April 23, 2011 / / Blog

Bright days are great for many things, walks, days on the beach, beer gardens etc. but for Photography they cause a lot of issues:- very high contrast scenes too bright for flash to work washed out colours in landscape scenes etc. Here are a few ideas for these sunny days When shooting people in bright sun, get their back to the the sun to stop them squinting, and use “flash” to light their faces, as their faces will be in shadow Look  for shadows – in landscape, getting high up…

April 19, 2011 / / Blog

Such a HUGE National Park, where do you begin? Yorkshire is a huge county and is full of amazing photography locations. It has 300 feet tall coastal cliffs and craggy inland limestone edges, long stone walls and burbling waterfalls. It really is a dream for photographers of all kinds, but where do you start?  To help find the best places, and show you our favourite view points, we regularly run workshops in the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Coast, for more details of our days out in the dales, pop…

April 18, 2011 / / Blog

Man’s best friend… but not always the photographer’s easiest subject. Here are a few ideas for the dog owning photographer to play with . Get some assistance, 2 or more people are ideal – they can call the dog, get it running around in more predictable directions than just one person can. Get lots of treats – these are essential to lure the dog to the right area. Dog’s eye view – get down low, lie on the floor – so you see the world at its level, it makes…

April 12, 2011 / / Blog

When you start getting interested in photography and look to improve, there are a few “rules” which help – things like the Rule Of Thirds or ensuring you’ve got a Single Focal Point/Subject in shot are very useful. The rule I like best is “lead lines” – these are what they say on the tin really, lines that lead the viewer through the shot. They’re like “pointers” which we use to guide out viewers across the image. They can be subtle, like the imagined line of a couple looking into each others…

April 4, 2011 / / Blog

I used to work on dairy farms, so am pretty used to cows and their general demeanour – inquisitive, curious and usually pretty friendly. Just move slowly and they’ll hang around you for a while – feed them a bit of grass and you’ll get a nice tongue photo like this! Here’s a few shots a quartet of heifers I found on my travels – I can’t wait to show these to AIM Space clients, projected huge on their walls! Sure these would brighten any office walls!

March 30, 2011 / / Blog

F stops, shutter speeds and ISO can be confusing. I like to think in terms of things I understand when trying to explain difficult concepts, and it happens that beer can be roughly equated to exposure… F-Stops So the F stop relates to how fast a beer flows from the pump:- Guinness takes ages, that’s got a tiny flow – so that’s a small aperture, like F16, F22 or even F35 Hand pulled bitter comes out really fast – that’s like a fast aperture, say F1.4 or F2.8 Lagers and…

March 28, 2011 / / Blog

McFade photography are happy to announce that we will be putting on an exhibition at Abbot Hall in Kendal in November 2011. The Abbot Hall website is here http://www.abbothall.org.uk/coffee-shop-exhibitions for directions. The title of the exhibition is “North East-West”, taking photographs from the west coast to the east coast of northern England. These will include both landscape and urban scenes, coastal and countryside, giving a visual representation of the trip from the east to the west of the north. Expect to see images from the Lake District, Manchester, Leeds, The…

March 22, 2011 / / Blog

Out of your comfort zone Unless you are a model, you are completely out of your comfort zone. No one has a camera pointing at them, like a sniper, in normal life. You will be uncomfortable. So the photographers adds in all the lights flashing, other unfamiliar gizmos like reflectors, snoots and softboxes, and then puts you in odd positions; you really are in unfamiliar territory. Then if you’re on location, there will be people walking past and looking at you… that’s weird – they’ll be looking to see if you are famous! Relax…