Category: Photography

June 5, 2011 / / Blog

How much difference does “location” make to your images? Obviously landscape and architecture are totally reliant on location, but with subjects such as portraits, products and cars, you can choose to shoot in the studio or choose a location to create something totally different. Getting outside with the camera and lights is definitely a technical challenge, and also a gamble with the weather conditions. But you can usually find something like a bridge to hide under when it’s raining, wind can had a dynamic feel to the shots and ideas…

May 13, 2011 / / Blog

What does social media profile shot really say about you? Does your business benefit from meeting new contacts and networking? McFade Media shoots combines networking with business people and creating fantastic profile shots for ALL your media use:- Twitter/LinkedIN/Facebook – your online presence your website your promo work – also send them to clients for use in their promo literature your PR – ideal for press releases print media – ideal for use in brochures and leaflets print and frame the photo for home or the office We are now creating…

May 12, 2011 / / Blog

Here’s a short film of the shots from Jason and Jo’s wedding consultation and engagement shoot. Jason and Jo\’s engagement shoot Everyone who books a wedding with me gets one of these shoots, they’re my chance to:- get to know the couple better, talk about the day and any special requirements the couple would like, check out the location for good vantage points to shoot from plan the time line for day so we all know where to be and when and get the couple comfortable in front of the camera. Most…

May 12, 2011 / / Blog

Here’s a really handy online tool to help you work out how things like Aperture, Shutter Speed, Focal Length and ISO all work http://camerasim.com/camera-simulator.html Well worth a look if you own a DSLR

May 9, 2011 / / Blog

Its that time of year again – the UK’s biggest business show the Apprentice takes to the air once more. Another batch of sugar-fodder comes forth for a summer of challenges, back stabbing, grilling and talking in cringe-clichés. As I’m going to be talking about the visual impact of the apprentice on the Apprentice Lover’s Blog I thought I’d kick off by taking a look at the profile shots on the BBC website and see what we can deduce from those. First off, they’ve all got the same background –…

May 9, 2011 / / Blog

With the dawn of the new “The Apprentice”, John Thompson of Metropolis NLP has started up a new BLOG to both learn from and sightly ridicule the new series. http://barraboybusiness.wordpress.com/ I’ll be making contributions to this with as the Visual Consultant, looking at how the photography and lighting are used in the series, seeing what effect that has on the teams – whether they use different lighting to influence our views on candidates, that kind of thing. Let the series begin!!! Cheers

May 3, 2011 / / Architecture

Just thought I’d share a review by Mark Carline, who attended my HDR workshop down at Salford Quays. http://www.markcarline.co.uk/2011/05/salford-quays-welshot-imaging-hdr.html

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 our Yorkshire landscape photography journey?  To help find the best places, and show you our favourite viewpoints, we regularly run Yorkshire landscape photography workshops in the Dales and the Yorkshire Coast, for more details of our…