McFade Photography – Student Profiles

Christopher Field

A landscape photographer based in Selby

Meet Chris

Story so far

Now aged 70 I did not take up photography seriously until I retired. I now class myself as an enthusiast and find, even though retired, there is not enough hours in a day.  If not taking photographs I am processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop or learning about them on YouTube.

PHOTO – Lone Tree From the Kingsdale Workshop

Photography Goals

Initially I just wanted to be able to take reasonable ‘club’ standard images but how do you achieve this. Initially I joined my local camera club and started learning from other members.  However, after a while I got the bug to take better images to enter ‘club competitions’ so had to find ways to improve.  

Entering competitions is a way of getting critique on your images so you see what qualified external judges see in your images. As time as progressed and I want to improve my techniques more quickly I think the only real way to achieve this is to attend workshops with professional photographers.  

Professionals seem to have, at their fingertips, tricks and tips that make thew best use of your equipment. 

My aim now is to have proof of the standard I am achieving so my intention is to start with LRPS and maybe progress even further.  To this end I started looking at the availability of photographic workshops and this is when I came across Adrian Wilson.

PHOTO – Ribblehead Viaduct, Kingsdale Workshop

Favourite Workshops

I have now been on 3 of Adrian’s Workshops. If I was asked which one, I enjoyed the most (or learnt the most) It would be hard to say so I have added a few notes on the highlights of each workshop.

  • Kingsdale and Thornton Force – Thornton Force, Sunset over the River Twiss and the Milky way over the Ribblehead Viaduct 
  • Two Edges of Derbyshire and Padley Gorge – Curbar Edge including the pinnacle rock, Burbage Brook in Padley Gorge and the Millstones and rocks on Stanage Edge.
  • Arncliffe and Littondale – Arncliffe Church and Yard, Littondale, Scaleber Force and Janet’s Foss (for light painting).
PHOTO – Millstones on Stanage Edge, Peaks Workshop

What I’ve learned

There are two main areas of my photography that have improved:

Firstly, camera craft – On many cameras there is always more than one method to achieve a goal, Adrian demonstrated numerous quick ways of operation.  I learnt not to frightened to use the manual settings and take control of the camera and especially making full use of the histogram which I have tended to neglect.  I also gained a good knowledge of night photography how to tackle sunsets, star shots and the milky way.

Secondly, composition what makes an interesting image, looking for leading lines, ground shapes, angles etc.

Photo – Curbar Edge, Peak District Workshop

Advice to anyone reading this…

Adrian’s Workshops which are very well priced, in fact, I consider them good value for money when you realise you have had a full day out, tuition and found many new techniques.

Workshop days can be at the behest of the weather but I have always found that Adrian has, if necessary, adapted the day to suit. 

With Adrian, you always get a full day out and if possible, this ends with a sunset.

I would say go on give them a try.

PHOTO – Scalebar Force, Littondale Workshop (detour due to weather)
PHOTO – River Twiss at Sunset, Kingsdale Workshop
PHOTO – Snowdrops at Arncliffe Church, Littondale Workshop
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