Category: Landscapes

October 31, 2011 / / Landscapes

I’ve not done that much “landscape” photography for a few years, concentrating more on developing styles with flash, architecture and cars. However, with it being Autumn, I decided to invest a few days in the wonderful Lake district and recapture my love of the place. It’s certainly the highlight of England for my money, a mix of lakes and craggy mountains is hard to beat, even in the Dales. Last time I was in the lakes, I was fixed on a certain style – very wide angled lenses, low angles, dark skies,…

September 12, 2011 / / Automobiles

McFade Photography‘s friends down at Audi Bradford liked the A5 shots we took in August so much, they let us loose in a brand new, £60K A7! It’s one hell of a car to be fair – feels like you’re in a cockpit with all the controls around you… even the boot opens automatically! Again we took it to a moorland location to create that feeling of space and freedom around the car – also you get some amazing skies at up there at this time of year   We’re…

July 31, 2011 / / Automobiles

I’d finished creating my latest wedding book the other day so decided to get some fresh air by going for a shoot on the moors between Manchester and Huddersfield. It’s really gritty up there, not beautiful like the Dales, but more imposing, like a Gothic horror novel or some 80’s werewolf movie. Wandering down to Scammonden Dam, the biggest earth embankment dam there is apparently (check Wiki for that, may have changed – who knows) and found a lovely black Audi R8 parked up. Not one to miss an opportunity, I grabbed the…

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…

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…

February 27, 2011 / / Architecture