McFade Photography Blog Posts

May 12, 2011 / / Blog

Here’s a short film of the shots from Jason and Jo’s wedding consultation and engagement shoot. Jason and Jo\’s engagement shoot Everyone who books a wedding with me gets one of these shoots, they’re my chance to:- get to know the couple better, talk about the day and any special requirements the couple would like, check out the location for good vantage points to shoot from plan the time line for day so we all know where to be and when and get the couple comfortable in front of the camera. Most…

May 12, 2011 / / Blog

Here’s a really handy online tool to help you work out how things like Aperture, Shutter Speed, Focal Length and ISO all work http://camerasim.com/camera-simulator.html Well worth a look if you own a DSLR

May 9, 2011 / / Blog

Its that time of year again – the UK’s biggest business show the Apprentice takes to the air once more. Another batch of sugar-fodder comes forth for a summer of challenges, back stabbing, grilling and talking in cringe-clichés. As I’m going to be talking about the visual impact of the apprentice on the Apprentice Lover’s Blog I thought I’d kick off by taking a look at the profile shots on the BBC website and see what we can deduce from those. First off, they’ve all got the same background –…

May 9, 2011 / / Blog

With the dawn of the new “The Apprentice”, John Thompson of Metropolis NLP has started up a new BLOG to both learn from and sightly ridicule the new series. http://barraboybusiness.wordpress.com/ I’ll be making contributions to this with as the Visual Consultant, looking at how the photography and lighting are used in the series, seeing what effect that has on the teams – whether they use different lighting to influence our views on candidates, that kind of thing. Let the series begin!!! Cheers

May 3, 2011 / / Architecture

Just thought I’d share a review by Mark Carline, who attended my HDR workshop down at Salford Quays. http://www.markcarline.co.uk/2011/05/salford-quays-welshot-imaging-hdr.html

April 26, 2011 / / Blog

Portrait Photographers – Come Clean! The first time I ever took a portrait it was pretty awful – horrible confession there! How about yours? Actually, the first time I met a piano, I made a terrible din. I’ve got better at both I’m glad to say, and it’s all about practice. Natural Light If you want to be a great Portrait Photographer – here are 5 essentials 1 – Get Rid Of Excuses The first thing to do it get rid of your excuses, you don’t “need” expensive lights, a…

April 23, 2011 / / Blog

Bright days are great for many things, walks, days on the beach, beer gardens etc. but for Photography they cause a lot of issues:- very high contrast scenes too bright for flash to work washed out colours in landscape scenes etc. Here are a few ideas for these sunny days When shooting people in bright sun, get their back to the the sun to stop them squinting, and use “flash” to light their faces, as their faces will be in shadow Look  for shadows – in landscape, getting high up…

April 19, 2011 / / Blog

Such a HUGE National Park, where do you begin? Yorkshire is a huge county and is full of amazing photography locations. It has 300 feet tall coastal cliffs and craggy inland limestone edges, long stone walls and burbling waterfalls. It really is a dream for photographers of all kinds, but where do you start?  To help find the best places, and show you our favourite view points, we regularly run workshops in the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Coast, for more details of our days out in the dales, pop…

April 18, 2011 / / Blog

Man’s best friend… but not always the photographer’s easiest subject. Here are a few ideas for the dog owning photographer to play with . Get some assistance, 2 or more people are ideal – they can call the dog, get it running around in more predictable directions than just one person can. Get lots of treats – these are essential to lure the dog to the right area. Dog’s eye view – get down low, lie on the floor – so you see the world at its level, it makes…

April 12, 2011 / / Blog

When you start getting interested in photography and look to improve, there are a few “rules” which help – things like the Rule Of Thirds or ensuring you’ve got a Single Focal Point/Subject in shot are very useful. The rule I like best is “lead lines” – these are what they say on the tin really, lines that lead the viewer through the shot. They’re like “pointers” which we use to guide out viewers across the image. They can be subtle, like the imagined line of a couple looking into each others…