Category: Discussion

December 12, 2012 / / Blog

Photographers fall into many camps, but one that really stands out is the “kit obsessive”. These tend to:- Talk incessantly about kit – above anything else Buy novelty items they rarely use Are never happy with their current kit Motivated by numbers and specifications Can compare and quote reviews of competing kit items More interested in the tools than the photographic results Are first to hear “new kit speculation”  blogs and forums Always think “if only I had a….” rather than “what can I do with my….” I’m sure every…

September 23, 2012 / / Composition

The most complete night photography workshop series in Leeds today? Does your camera go into hibernation over winter? Join our Night Photography Workshops in Leeds. Embrace the dark to create amazing images! We’ve listened to your feedback from the recent survey. People wanted…. a “collaborative” approach, one where we learn from each other to know more about “processing”. an end-to-end process – from capturing the RAW file to final edit What you’ll learn in our Night Photography Workshops in Leeds We’ve developed a 5-month course which has fun evening shoots AND review evenings For the…

September 7, 2012 / / Blog

10 Similarities Between Chefs and Photographers Everyone cooks, and everyone takes photos – so there must be some similarities between Professional Chefs and Professional Photographers… here are a few:- 1 – Everyone can use the tools I’m not a professional chef, but I can use a hob, oven, knife and many other things you see in a professional kitchen…. I can cook a decent curry most days, lots of different thing with mince beef taste lovely…. Most people will have cooked – just as most people will have taken a…

August 9, 2012 / / Blog

Just been asked to do a piece for Ephotozine, on Landscape Photography. Thought it worth sharing on here with you all. It’s just 3 questions, with my ramblings on each. How did you get into landscape photography? I’m from the countryside originally, rural Lancashire by Pendle Hill, so was always at home there. When affordable digital came along around 10 years, and petrol was cheap, I used to spend most weekends in the car pottering around the dales and north York moors, places I’d been through but never really seen.…

July 25, 2012 / / Discussion

A few people mentioned to me that they’d like to know more about “posing” people, and in on of the McFade Training Taster workshops last year, I covered some ideas – maybe ones which surprised people. The “by the book” posing techniques will produce just that – by the book, traditional shots of people. They remind me of those Victorian family portraits, everyone looking stiff and uncomfortable. With creative photography, the McFade approach, we’re after something a bit more interesting – wanting to reveal something about the person rather than duplicating…

July 17, 2012 / / Business

What this Leeds Photographer does… Medding with smart phones takes you to some strange places…. ON this occasion I found an app which did little “mind map” type diagrams, which I thought would be fun for the website… I was white flag waving after 5 minutes of meddling on a little phone screen, so hit google and found “XMind”, a full blown program which does all this kind of thing. It’s free – give it a go… and quick to use. So started off by plotting out Mcfade Photography –…

June 1, 2012 / / Discussion

Off Camera Flash Essentials Off camera flash is a popular technique at the moment, taking speedlite flashes off the camera, onto light stands and using radio transmitters to trigger them. It’s getting easier and cheaper – with budget brands bringing flash to the masses Technically, there and awful lot to understand to get fantastic results – so here are 5 things you absolutely have to understand   1 – Understand manual exposure You need to understand how your camera works and “manual exposure”. A challenge in itself if you’re not used…

May 3, 2012 / / Blog

Gordale Scar…. Can you do it justice? Going around “that corner” for the first time and seeing inside Gordale Scar is breathtaking. It’s as near as we get to Yosemite Valley in Yorkshire! The pleasant, flat walk along side the burbling stream doesn’t really prepare you for cavernous geological marvel that awaits you. It’s a huge gouge in the landscape, some think it’s a collapsed cave, though that theory has been generally abandoned in favour of the land being carved open by millennia of water erosion. So as a photographer, you walk around the…

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…

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…