Month: March 2011

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…

March 17, 2011 / / Blog

Chris Rae is a multi-musician, playing jazz on both Piano and Guitar with equal skill and dexterity. As with many areas of life, the internet has come to the musician’s aid and Chris is now partnering up with people across the world to create new and exciting tunes. There are many of Chris’ tunes on Sound Cloud, which you can find here. http://soundcloud.com/chrisrae As with “social media”, your on-line personality is largely dictated by what you say (and play, in the case of the musician) , but your profile image is also…

March 15, 2011 / / Architecture

HDR’s (High Dynamic Range) a very much maligned and misunderstood beast, most people associating it with eye popping colours and cartoon like portraits. Well yes, you can very easily end up with images just like Loony Tunes if you want, but there’s not much use for them out there in the big wide world, so I’ll take you through a few of the steps I use to create HDR images like this shot of Lendal Bridge in York. HDR requires 2 or more images to be truly “H” DR. The Dynamic range of a…

March 11, 2011 / / Photography

It may be heading towards Spring now, but there’s still time to make the most of the dark evenings with you camera. Here are a few ideas and tips…. You really need a tripod for all but the most creative “camera moving” shots – this is because the low light means you need long shutter speeds, often up to 30 seconds or more. There’s no way you can hold the camera still that long and not move it – giving blurred shots. Try to include moving lights in the shots…

March 4, 2011 / / Blog

LINKED IN – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – all need a great profile photo We all social media – we’re all on Linked IN, Facebook and Twitter, they all use profile photograph to identify us. In most cases, this photo is the first impression people have of you! So what impression is your profile photo giving? Recognise Yourself – The 10 Profile Photo Types? 1 Egghead – No Picture Some have no profile picture, this leaves the picture holder empty or with a default grey silhouette. What does this say about you? Having no avatar can give…

March 3, 2011 / / Blog

Flash is often seen as a necessary evil by many photographers, and when the flash is “on camera” (like most are) it can be a bit bland and create “bunny in the headlight” portraits. However, get the flash (speedlite) on a stand and trigger it remotely,  you’ll see the true creative power of flash. Here are a few starter tips. Take note of your camera’s “synch speed” – it’s usually around 1/20oth second. If you go faster than this, you’ll get dark areas on your photos Learn how to use…