Category: Video Tutorials

January 20, 2015 / / Composition

Last Ditch Pitstop! The Dales Experience workshop was somewhat spoiled by ice – the 3 roads to get to our favourite spots were impassible! So rather than panic, we grabbed loads of great shots elsewhere and on the way back to base, I remembered these trees on the side of the road near Airton I don’t think anyone else really saw the potential – the sunset had come and gone, very little light and the tree was in the wrong direction for the last light anyway. But the point of…

January 11, 2015 / / Landscapes

Landscape Video… If you’re into landscapes, here are some cool tips in a short video – well medium, it’s 8 minutes long.   Photographer Antony Spencer teamed up with Phase One last year to share inspirational tips on how to shoot better landscape images. But these aren’t necessarily any ordinary tips that you’ve heard before. While he mentions some of the essentials, he also lists some less noticeable and unheard tips. For example, he stresses that you remove the strap to prevent any sort of camera shake. This makes a…

December 2, 2014 / / Lightroom

Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 11 This weeks Lightroom tips…. This week we have a night photo, castle, lake and canal. Main tips are on composition, cropping and focussing. It’s not easy focussing on dark subjects at night – so there are a few tips on how to do this. Here’s the video ! Free, anonymous Lightroom Tips – Submit now for next week This is currently a free service for people wanting to improve their photography. To join in do the following:- email us at training@mcfade.co.uk tell us who you…

November 25, 2014 / / Lightroom

Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 10 This weeks Lightroom tips…. This week we’ve got Lindesfarne, a fountain, some cool shallow depth of field effects with a toy car and much more. If you want to join in – just send me your email address via any means you can, email to training@mcfade.co.uk works best, and you’ll get a link to Dropbox so you can add your shots   Free, anonymous Lightroom Tips – Submit now for next week This is currently a free service for people wanting to improve their…

November 17, 2014 / / Tips

This week’s selection are up and ready for you to enjoy. We have a mix from a US mountain to a Lancaster Bomber

November 12, 2014 / / Lightroom

Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 7 This weeks Lightroom tips…. Welcome to the 7th instalment of video critique – this week we have a set of 7, from a TVR to portraits, beach huts to classic architecture. As ever, these are uploaded to DROPBOX anonymously and imported into Lightroom so we can talk about AND illustrate ideas for edits we’d make Here’s the video – enjoy! Free, anonymous Lightroom Tips – Submit now for next week This is currently a free service for people wanting to improve their photography. To join…

October 6, 2014 / / Composition

Free Lightroom Tips and Photo Critique – Week 6 This weeks Lightroom tips…. This week we had 5 photos uploaded, a nice mix of subjects including a lancaster bomber, river and York scene. Main tips are on image editing and losing quality through excessive noise reduction, cropping and vignetting. Free, anonymous Lightroom Tips – Submit now for next week This is currently a free service for people wanting to improve their photography. To join in do the following:- email us at training@mcfade.co.uk tell us who you are (if we don’t know) let…

September 12, 2014 / / Blog

NIK EFEX VIVEZA – it’s just curves, right? NIK EFEX Viveza is, on the surface, a very simple NIK EFEX plugin, and when compared to Silver EFEX, it looks trivial! But with its 4 sliders and curves control, it is extremely powerful! Add to that the ability to create as many “control points” as you like, you can get very selective with your editing – for example, add a NIK EFEX control point to your sky and make it dark and brooding. Or maybe add a control point to a stream…

September 12, 2014 / / Blog

NIK EFEX Define – the best Noise Reduction Software Available? There are a lot out there, Lightroom and Photoshop have filters to do this for you, so why use NIK EFEX version? One reason I use NIK EFEX it is the extra control you have in choosing “noise”. On the screen shot above, you’ll see a little box on the left – I’ve “selected” that area with my mouse as it was noisy – then told DEfine that it was noise. This allows the program to learn what is noise and what…

September 12, 2014 / / Lightroom

Sharpening with GOOGLE NIK EFEX Google Nik has to be one of the best suites of plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop available. Many of our McFade Training customers use it, so in this mini series, we’ll introduce the workflow NIK recommend, showing you how we’d use it on a Landscape photo of the lake district. The photo at the head of the page is a close up of a brocade waistcoat and pocket watch. The left is the RAW file opened in NIK EFEX with no sharpening, the right is the…