McFade Photography Blog Posts

March 17, 2011 / / Blog

Chris Rae is a multi-musician, playing jazz on both Piano and Guitar with equal skill and dexterity. As with many areas of life, the internet has come to the musician’s aid and Chris is now partnering up with people across the world to create new and exciting tunes. There are many of Chris’ tunes on Sound Cloud, which you can find here. http://soundcloud.com/chrisrae As with “social media”, your on-line personality is largely dictated by what you say (and play, in the case of the musician) , but your profile image is also…

March 15, 2011 / / Architecture

HDR’s (High Dynamic Range) a very much maligned and misunderstood beast, most people associating it with eye popping colours and cartoon like portraits. Well yes, you can very easily end up with images just like Loony Tunes if you want, but there’s not much use for them out there in the big wide world, so I’ll take you through a few of the steps I use to create HDR images like this shot of Lendal Bridge in York. HDR requires 2 or more images to be truly “H” DR. The Dynamic range of a…

March 11, 2011 / / Photography

It may be heading towards Spring now, but there’s still time to make the most of the dark evenings with you camera. Here are a few ideas and tips…. You really need a tripod for all but the most creative “camera moving” shots – this is because the low light means you need long shutter speeds, often up to 30 seconds or more. There’s no way you can hold the camera still that long and not move it – giving blurred shots. Try to include moving lights in the shots…

March 4, 2011 / / Blog

LINKED IN – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – all need a great profile photo We all social media – we’re all on Linked IN, Facebook and Twitter, they all use profile photograph to identify us. In most cases, this photo is the first impression people have of you! So what impression is your profile photo giving? Recognise Yourself – The 10 Profile Photo Types? 1 Egghead – No Picture Some have no profile picture, this leaves the picture holder empty or with a default grey silhouette. What does this say about you? Having no avatar can give…

March 3, 2011 / / Blog

Flash is often seen as a necessary evil by many photographers, and when the flash is “on camera” (like most are) it can be a bit bland and create “bunny in the headlight” portraits. However, get the flash (speedlite) on a stand and trigger it remotely,  you’ll see the true creative power of flash. Here are a few starter tips. Take note of your camera’s “synch speed” – it’s usually around 1/20oth second. If you go faster than this, you’ll get dark areas on your photos Learn how to use…

February 28, 2011 / / Blog

I guess the traditional “Family portrait” is usually thought of as:- a visit to a shop on the high street where you sit in a little room with umbrellas, choose a slightly mottled blue background get posed in a traditional way feel awkward and have to calm the kids down get a few shots taken and then wait for ages to see the results. Studio based photography has of course moved on a lot since then, many people using white backgrounds or bold colours, getting you jumping around and lying…

February 27, 2011 / / Architecture
February 23, 2011 / / Blog

We all take photos of people these days, be it on the phone, a little camera or a £5000 pro camera. Here are a few ideas which apply to any camera and any skill level… 1 – Don’t put the person in the middle of the shot, but slightly to one side 2 – Get them to face “in to” the shot – if they’re on the left of the photo, get them facing to the right & vice versa 3 – Rather than getting them just to “smile”, get…

February 22, 2011 / / Architecture

I don’t know about you, but with the prices of parking in Leeds and Manchester going up and up, I always want to make the most of my daytime trips there. One of my favourite ways is to wander around the centres capturing life as it goes by. Both cities are in a state of flux, so a scene which seems trivial today may have huge significance 20 years hence, so it’s a worthwhile documentation exercise as well as an artistic challenge. I’d been doing my bit for charity and the amazing…

February 22, 2011 / / Blog

Here’s a video I created, with original music created on the Triton Extreme, to promote the Aim Space end of my business. Its a teaser… Aimspace teaser video