Category: Workshop

November 13, 2013 / / Blog

Here’s a selection of photos from Leeds’ Roundhay Park firework display on 5th December 2013, and a few tips on how we did them. Get a good place to watch them A good clear view is best, you get to watch the entire journey of all the fireworks. Too close and you may end up with some great explosion shots, but getting further away allows more options. Don’t expose for too long You need a long exposure, but not hugely long, because the additive effect of lots of explosions will…

August 15, 2013 / / Blog

Coming from Ribblesdale, this is one I’d been looking forward to leading. The Ribble is around 70 miles long – we were at the source, I’m from about 35 miles downstream… so it wasn’t really “my hood” – but I’ve been around Horton, Settle and Ribblehead many times so knew a few gems to show the delegates. 1 – Catrigg Force – Starting at Stainforth Stainforth is about 3 miles out of Settle and has a handy car park in the village – you have a 1 mile walk up…

May 27, 2013 / / Landscapes

Where in the Yorkshire Dales is Ribblesdale? It’s one of the major ones, with a west watershed, that starts at Ribblehead then goes via Settle into East Lancashire – ending up at Preston where it enters the Irish Sea. Most people think of Ribblesdale as a limestone heavy location, with the 3 Peaks all around – Ingleborough to the west, Whernside to the north, and Pen Y Gent to the east. What’s it like? It’s one of the big ones really – the most scenic part is between the staggering…

May 15, 2013 / / Blog

Grim Day… Day 1 of the summer series of workshops and we get a winter night…. in may…. It wasn’t raining too much when  we got to the reservoir, so I showed a couple of new people how to expose using a meter. Here’s the shot I got – 4 seconds, histogram told me that the sky had not burned (I’d metered from the sky, so was expecting that!). It was also to show the effect of a polariser on the water and long exposures on the water surface. So you’d usually…

April 16, 2013 / / Blog

McFade Training hits Wensleydale Our 2013 Landscape trips have been a cold affair so far – wensleydale was no exception with show and ice in just about every shot. Meeting near Skipton then traversing Wharfdale via Kilnsey Cragg and the waterfalls near Cray, we started at West Burton Force.  Its setting is as beautiful as the water itself – a small cliff with jewel like icicles all over it. From here we went to the main attraction – Aysgarth, where we enjoyed the lower falls – from all angles. They…

January 24, 2013 / / Landscapes

The cold doesn’t stop us. We wrapped up warm and forged our way to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales and created great images anyway. Our group of 5 intrepid explorers on the McFade Training “Discover Malham” workshop visited the full range of highlights the area has on offer – Scalebar Force, Highland Cattle, Janet’s Foss, Gordale scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Rakes – with opportunities to shoot the colossal Cove from afar. Flexibility and variety is made possible with a people carrier – courtesy of Suki, who drove us around the slights…

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 9, 2012 / / Blog

As part of the Lightroom 4 exploration, we’ve been editing our student’s shots for fun – using just Lightroom 4, no plugins or photoshop. Here’s one from the Lyric of Sam chilling on the stair with his sax… Original Shot Lift shadows with Tone sliders slight toning with duotone sliders vignette to add atmosphere selective brushwork on Sam’s Face and slight darkening around him on the walls etc.

May 9, 2012 / / Lightroom

As part of the Lightroom 4 exploration, we’ve been editing our student’s shots for fun – using just Lightroom 4, no plugins or photoshop. Here’s one from the Lyric of Chris with his trombone on the stairs. Original Shot This shot seemed to suit mono, so started off with a black and white pre-set – went through a few till I got one which looked nice. Selective brush work to bring out detail and add light to interesting areas of the shot Added vignette to see whether it worked… down to personal…

May 9, 2012 / / Lightroom

As part of the Lightroom 4 exploration, we’ve been editing our student’s shots for fun – using just Lightroom 4, no plugins or photoshop. Here’s one from the Lyric of Chris playing his trombone. The gallery feature isn’t in the right order, but each shot has a number after it;s name “brass-band-119-3” – that number is sequential :- Original Bleach bypass preset Crop, rotate a bit and some vignette Selective darken with brush tool Alternative crop to 4