Month: April 2012

April 29, 2012 / / Blog

So many landscapes have these amazing sunsets, nuclear red skies with amazing orange hues…. Do you think they “really” looked like that when the photographer was there? Here’s a demo of how easy they are to fake in Lightroom 4…. Original Look Tone and Saturation changes Tidy up dust and lift the dark areas Lens correction And that’s it really – just click on the photo to advance through the images

April 28, 2012 / / Blog

“Strobist” shot Rescue This is a shot from a test session – the aim was to try shooting wide open with the 85mm F1.8 to get blurry backgrounds and a sharp subject. Again, it’s not a prize winning photo we’re using, more one which you’d probably not bother with. Lets see what you can do with it in Lightroom… So the progression of these shots in Lightroom are… click on the photo to advance through the stages White balance and tone Clarity and vibrance Slight curves adjustment Colour changes Lens…

April 27, 2012 / / Blog

An example of workflow in Lightroom on a coastal shot. 5 shots here Unedited Tone to add contrast, slight rotation, dust removed Clarity added to boost detail/contrast Colour boost – more blues and orange Selective edits with the brush tool and final crop. To view each step, just click on the picture below

April 27, 2012 / / Blog

You can’t always win ūüôĀ Some days were just not made for¬†landscape¬†photography, unfortunately my recent Northumberland trip had 3 consecutive days…. Not one to be defeated, I did clamber onto some rocks and get a few wave shots, but as you can see here there was little help from the ambient light. Also, I’d found an old 3-stop ND filter that fitted my 28mm F1.8 lens, so used that – it gave a pretty horribly magenta cast…. The untouched RAW File So to rescue it in Lightroom… here’s a few…

April 25, 2012 / / Architecture

Sanctuary on a wet day When it rains in Newcastle, it’s time to head inside – and the Sage was perfect. A huge complex of¬†theatres, all under a curvy roof, designed by Norman Foster. They are fine with people taking photos here, which is refreshing as most places in Leeds chase you out the second you get an SLR camera out. They said they were “proud of the sage” and liked it being photographed! Tell that to the owners of The Light in Leeds! Anyway – here are a few…

April 24, 2012 / / Blog

McFade¬†Training’s Brass Night at the Lyric April’s taster session saw delegates return to the amazing venue that is the Lyric Cinema.¬†This¬†month we ventured away from the main¬†auditorium¬†into the more abandoned looking areas¬†around the¬†projector rooms – the prefect backdrop. Chris Colbran and Sam Houghton were the subjects this time, both professional musicians working in many bands in Yorkshire and beyond, so as well as looking very cool for the photos, they both entertained by playing their trombone and sax. We shot with both bare flash and soft light, to show the…

April 8, 2012 / / Blog

Leeds Training at the Lyric! Here’s a few shots from March’s McFade Training evening in the Lyric Theatre in Armley. The subject was “an introduction to Off Camera Flash” and had people using our speedlite system to capture Rocco, Salman and Eleni in the dramatic setting of an old, disused cinema. Have a go…… The idea of these evenings is less about “tuition” and more about “having a go” – and those wanting to know more can book onto a seminar or full workshop. Anyway – here are a selection…

April 4, 2012 / / Business

What’s Most Effective…. So many different websites¬†for photographers these days… There are many varieties¬†:- “Fun” social media – casual chat on facebook, twitter, foursquare etc. “Serious” social media – Facebook Business Pages and Linked IN Blogging – share your wisdom Website galleries – show those shots off! Photo community sites – 500px, ephotozine, flickr Youtube and video sites – moving piccies! Or maybe it’s better to go out there doing SEO for your website, forget all about your photos and get people to your site ? Social Media Well “Social…

April 2, 2012 / / Architecture

Promo videos for McFade Photography Just been putting together a few videos for use on the website – fast paced, lots of photos and a few key messages in each one. Here they are for you to have a look at Linked IN Shoots [tube]U_fVMCiJ0qc[/tube] 1-2-1 PR Business Shoots [tube]lk8w_xNHVmA[/tube] Business Property Shoots [tube]M4zyNXegG6g[/tube]