McFade Photography Blog Posts

February 16, 2020 / / Blog

Recommendations are King The best way to source most products and services these days is to ask for recommendations based on people’s experience. It can certainly filter out solutions, products and providers who have given a good experience. I’m pretty sure everybody who is buying a new pair of headphones will read the Amazon reviews or checkout What Hi-Fi reviews before buying them.  Photography Recommendations When hiring a photographer it can be a little bit different – what is a good result for one person may be entirely wrong for another…

February 15, 2020 / / Blog

A second shoot with this Morley based star of the future – a model and competition diver at 12! This was at a ruin in a Morley golf club on a cold January day…. It’s an exposed bit of land, the lights were blowing around, Jaeda had a cold starting – it had all the hall marks of a disaster But we battled on and created some great images – the dark, rainy skies created drama, the wind made her scarf blow horizontally… everything negative turned into a positive –…

January 6, 2020 / / Blog

Everything is video these days, we are all told to do Facebook lives or record things from the seats of our cars, in car parks, before meetings to engage with our audience. I’ve spent the last year creating video content, be that behind the scenes footage of a photoshoot, close-ups of food or even photoshop editing videos. It’s been great fun and amazing learning curve. I really enjoy going through YouTube’s free music library to find the right tune for my videos and synching the cuts in the video to fit music… I’m sure…

December 10, 2019 / / Blog

It’s the way that you do it… “It ain’t WHAT you do, it’s the WAY that you do it” – As the Bananarama song goes. That’s probably true in most businesses but it’s certainly the case with photography. It’s not just the end product which counts, but how you get to it. I’ve been shooting business folks for almost a decade now and with the odd exception, no one really likes the idea of it. We are second only to dental root canal work to many! It’s totally different from…

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…

August 30, 2019 / / Blog

We love working with creatives – one day after a fashion shoot in Leeds we discussed what we could do for our next project. I wanted to do it over in Liverpool for a change and to help Denise with travel, and it grew from there into a wedding. So the team on the day were:- Me – photographer, lighting, gofer and taxi driver Andy – Groom and gofer Andi – Vicar, lighting and gofer Denise – bride and gofer Rick – film maker and yes gofer! (gofer – someone…

August 30, 2019 / / Blog

HDR used to be painful in LIGHTROOM If you’d shot 300 shots of a house, you’d need to merge them down to 100 photos – that’d have you anchored to the computer manually selecting and merging photos for AGES. In fact, if I’d done more than 10 shots, I’d use something like PHOTOMATIX to blend instead, it was just too ineffieient in Lightoom to do when time is money. My Wish Came TRUE! This has all changed with the latest release of CC- something they just snook in without any…

August 12, 2019 / / Blog

1 Shot from 2 parts This is one of the many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland – not often seen as it’s on a 4×4 route and well-hidden. It’s called Fagrifoss – they’re all fosses! In this tutorial I show you how I took the shot with the 24mm TSe lens, taking 2 photos ready to blend This is the top half This is the bottom half These are the 2 merged and edited In the video I show the following:- How to use Panoramic merge and its options Dehaze Clarity…

June 25, 2019 / / Blog

Imposter syndrome, self doubt, feelings of doom, am I doing the right thing… everyone who has taken the plunge to leave employment and go it alone will have had all of these in varying degrees.  In 2010 when I finally got my redundancy from “the job” I hated, I just started telling everyone I was a photographer, no longer a software engineer. Nothing actually changed other than my job title in the first few weeks. That’s when you have all those doubts about whether you’re doing the right thing. I…