Category: Lightroom

September 29, 2019 / / Blog

Finding old photos can be a pain – if someone asks if you’ve got photos of Liverpool (or something like that) in future, how quickly could you locate them in your file system? Or if you’re looking to create a print of Ingleborough, could you find all your photos of the hill and quickly make a decision on which to use? Well if you’re ever in this situation, this video may help. If not, it’s useful anyway to see how others work – and this is my workflow from getting…

September 5, 2019 / / Lightroom

I know – sometimes it’s too dark to shoot and you don’t have any off-camera kit, so you have to use your flash “on camera” But the light you get off a direct flash is horrible – there’s an example in the video below. It serves a purpose, but it creates a passport photo look rather than that creative look we’re all after as photographers So what can you do? Well with most Speedlites, you can point the head in almost any direction, so the light doesn’t go straight to…

February 24, 2019 / / Architecture

Winter’s a great time for architecture photography – the sun is low in the sky and sets around 5PM, so you’re not out waiting for ages in the evening. On the 7th February, I decided to capture the sunset in Leeds city centre – sadly the sky didn’t really go bright red, but we did get some clouds and a little texture to play with. All of these photos are taken with the :- 5D Mark 4 Canon 24mm TS-e F3.5 L lens Cokin Z-Pro polariser Manfrotto 055 tripod and…

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…

July 30, 2018 / / Lightroom

Our little secret! All photographers and designers know how to do this – and it is REALLY easy to do – and it really can leverage that photography investment to your advantage.  We use Adobe LIGHTROOM to do it at McFade, but there is a free tool called “IfranView” which does it as well.    Leverage your investment Get 30 for the price of 10 Imagine you’ve invested in a shoot and received 10 amazing edited photos. How do you make this into 20 or 30 photos without actually “editing”*** the image?  This…

June 4, 2018 / / Landscapes

Gone are the old days…  Stitching panoramic photos used to be a pain. you’d have to do all kinds of prep on each photo in LIGHTROOM first, then export them as high res files, then create a stack in PHOTOSHOP and merge them…. and it’d probably go wrong at some stage! The panoramic world has moved on Happily, this has all moved on and you can stitch photos in seconds using LIGHTROOM and no other program.  If you start off with 2 photos like these:- TOP PART OF PANORAMIC BOTTOM…

March 5, 2018 / / Landscapes

The bright sky problem… We’ve all done it – had a great scene to shoot but not got the right filters to balance the bright sky and land! We end up with a boring bright sky and really dark foreground – it’s not ideal, but with most camera RAW files you can now fix this quickly in Lightroom. The bright sky solution In a nutshell, you can only do this with files where the sky isn’t totally blown out – there has to be some detail in there or nothing…

February 26, 2018 / / Lightroom

Age your photos in seconds! I’ve tried using “bought” LIGHTROOM presets many times and they all seem to have one thing in common… This makes perfect sense to any seasoned Photoshopper or Lightroom expert – but I guessed that most photographers don’t know about this. So here’s a video explaining how you do it – a quick “how to” guide so you can start making your own toned presets for free!  

January 3, 2018 / / Discussion

Fed up with paying £10/month for Lightroom? Don’t get me wrong, I really like Lightroom – but I’m not a huge fan of paying a tenner each month to use it… I used to like buying something and then being able to use it as long as I liked. The new subscription model Adobe use is fine for businesses, but for many enthusiasts, it’s prohibitive to expect them to pay year on year for something they may use infrequently. What’s the alternative? There are probably many out there – I used…

December 4, 2017 / / Blog

Using LIGHTROOM to make a dreamy waterfall Here’s a shot from a recent workshop at Swaldale – it’s Crackpot Force, yes, that’s really a thing! The shot was underexposed, but I liked the shape – so gave it a go in Lightroom anyway. Things we explain:- black and white conversion basic controls like Highlights, Whites, Shadows  Clarity for a soft look vignetting cropping sharpening Kit Used   Canon 5D Mark 4 Canon 70-200 F2.8 L The video above shows what steps we did – and this is the before and after…