McFade Photography Blog Posts

September 24, 2018 / / Blog

3 Weeks with a Drone….  So I got one – I saw just how small the “mavic air” is on Youtube and thought the time had come!  Reasons why I got one…  It really does fit in your hand Has a 12Megapixel camera which shoots RAW 4K movies Simple to use for a beginner  Masses of functionality – things like following a moving object, or “tap fly” means the drone takes great footage without you driving! Manual camera settings – you set the exposure Panoramic photos – it can do…

August 31, 2018 / / Blog

Copyright tracking just got easier How sure are you that your website images are all legal to use?  By that, did you buy a licence or hire a photographer – or did you just pop on to Google to get a few shots, assuming no one would ever know.  And the chances WERE that you’d be very unlucky to be found out.    Copytrack and Pixsy These 2 businesses have found a way to help photographers both find copyright infringements and also pursue compensation.  It’s very simple..  Photographers upload their portfolio  The software…

August 28, 2018 / / Blog

Mean, Moody and Mono Sometimes you don’t get that perfect light – the colours are missing and you’re tempted to get back in the car and drive home.  But so long as you’ve got a little definition in the sky and it’s not pouring down, then stick around – get some shots with the intention of going “black and white” in processing.  I usually switch the camera to Monochrome when shooting – just so the preview on camera looks black and white – remember that the RAW file always contains colour…

August 23, 2018 / / Blog

When you’ve done a shoot and have hundreds of shots to trawl through, you need a quick way to get the skin tone the right brighness on your subject. It’s not straightforward enough to use Auto Settings – that will take account of the background as well as the foreground and skin – so you can end up with all kinds of problems! Here’s an unedited shot of Brad – the lighting’s pretty cool, but I’m, not sure whether his skin’s right or not.  In general, Caucasian skin will be…

August 14, 2018 / / Blog

One of the most common issues we get are people asking to cancel (or come on a different workshop for no extra cost) – it could be work related, or a sick pet or anything life throws up. We have to say no in order to stay in business – hope this explains why!  We love running workshops at McFade – it’s our way of doing photography we love AND sharing our passion for all things camera related. But for our workshops to be worthwhile, we need to keep an…

August 5, 2018 / / Blog

It’d been on the cards for months but just hadn’t got round to doing this shoot with Brad. So on Weds, we met up at The Tetley in Leeds and got some great images around the Dock Street and Brewery Wharf areas.  Dock Street Great for headshots as it has these converging walls behind you, and cobbled streets. Just 2 lights on these. By the River Aire Calls Landing in the background, a half decent sky and a cigar! Under the bridge There’s a decent graphic quality under the bridge down…

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…

July 17, 2018 / / Blog

Can mixing a holiday and photography ever work? So you’re off somewhere amazing for your holiday, with friends or family who probably are not photographers – or at least not as serious as you are. Can you really make this work?   The dream holiday photography…  For the die-hard-photographer who wants photography perfection, you really need to be up before dawn to capture the sunrise, in the best possible location which you have carefully researched! Then again in the evening, you need a couple of hours to get into position for…

June 5, 2018 / / Blog

7 – License to use the images And finally, the one no-one considers. When you commission a photographer, you are paying for them to create images, edit them and a license for you to use them in your business. You don’t own the images – the photographer retains the copyright unless otherwise agreed. It’s a bit like commissioning a musician to write music. Paul McCartney wrote “live and let die” for a bond film. We assume he was paid for it, and that he still gets royalties from it being…