Month: August 2018

August 31, 2018 / / Blog

Copyright tracking just got easier How sure are you that your website images are all legal to use?  By that, did you buy a licence or hire a photographer – or did you just pop on to Google to get a few shots, assuming no one would ever know.  And the chances WERE that you’d be very unlucky to be found out.    Copytrack and Pixsy These 2 businesses have found a way to help photographers both find copyright infringements and also pursue compensation.  It’s very simple..  Photographers upload their portfolio  The software…

August 28, 2018 / / Blog

Mean, Moody and Mono Sometimes you don’t get that perfect light – the colours are missing and you’re tempted to get back in the car and drive home.  But so long as you’ve got a little definition in the sky and it’s not pouring down, then stick around – get some shots with the intention of going “black and white” in processing.  I usually switch the camera to Monochrome when shooting – just so the preview on camera looks black and white – remember that the RAW file always contains colour…

August 23, 2018 / / Blog

When you’ve done a shoot and have hundreds of shots to trawl through, you need a quick way to get the skin tone the right brighness on your subject. It’s not straightforward enough to use Auto Settings – that will take account of the background as well as the foreground and skin – so you can end up with all kinds of problems! Here’s an unedited shot of Brad – the lighting’s pretty cool, but I’m, not sure whether his skin’s right or not.  In general, Caucasian skin will be…

August 14, 2018 / / Blog

One of the most common issues we get are people asking to cancel (or come on a different workshop for no extra cost) – it could be work related, or a sick pet or anything life throws up. We have to say no in order to stay in business – hope this explains why!  We love running workshops at McFade – it’s our way of doing photography we love AND sharing our passion for all things camera related. But for our workshops to be worthwhile, we need to keep an…

August 5, 2018 / / Blog

It’d been on the cards for months but just hadn’t got round to doing this shoot with Brad. So on Weds, we met up at The Tetley in Leeds and got some great images around the Dock Street and Brewery Wharf areas.  Dock Street Great for headshots as it has these converging walls behind you, and cobbled streets. Just 2 lights on these. By the River Aire Calls Landing in the background, a half decent sky and a cigar! Under the bridge There’s a decent graphic quality under the bridge down…

August 5, 2018 / / Lightroom

Our second portrait workshop the summer was with Nicola Papperazzo, Chloe Mason and Andy Blue McLaren. We split it into a couple of locations on the west end of Leeds city centre. Starting in the flowery Park Square, where I showed people how to use flowers in the foreground to add blurry texture – like this one of Nicola The sun light was low and warm, so we also made use of that with shots like this one of Chloe, where she’s looking straight towards the sun The sun soon left the…