travel blogger irelandIt’s always nice to get good reviews, but its even nicer to see them published. 2017 saw Myself, Dublin Photography School, and TDactive take two photography holidays to Transylvania and Brasov, and on the back of the success of these we have planned some more photography trips to Romania  in 2018.

On our October trip, I was delighted to meet and get to know journalist and travel blogger Nadia El Ferdaoussi. Pop over to her website here.

Nadia wrote a fantastic article for reviewing her experiences on the our Transylvanian photography trip.


dublin photography school reviewsIf you like what you read why not have a look at our other fantastic photo holiday destinations planned in 2018 including India, Croatia, Transylvania and Morocco to name but a few, Why not pop over to Dublin Photography school and or TDactive and see out full range of amazing destinations.





photography holidays stewart kennyStewart Kenny Photography is delighted to announce that a new date had been added in October due to popular demand for our  Romania Photography trip and will take place from October 11th – 15th 2017, This fantastic photographic holiday adventure has limited numbers with hand picked destinations with the team in DPS and all logistics, accommodations, traveling and transfers handled by out partners in TDactive holidays.

So if your looking for a unforgettable photographic adventure, with on location tuition from two DPS trainers, stunning vistas, and all the reportage and landscape photography you can shake a stick at, then why not join us, with full details here.

If Romania and Transylvania is not far flung and exotic enough, then why not take a look at our fantastic 9 day holiday to amazing India which will be lead by DPS trainers Stewart Kenny & Steven Maybury in February 2018, see full details here.

STEWART KENNY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERStewart Kenny Photography is delighted to announce that our  Romania Photography trip is fully booked due to phenomenal demand since its launch in February 2017, This fantastic photographic holiday adventure had limited numbers with hand picked destinations with the team in DPS and all logistics, accommodations, traveling and transfers handled by out partners in TDactive holidays.

So if your looking for a unforgettable photographic adventure, with on location tuition from two DPS trainers, stunning vistas, and all the reportage and landscape photography you can shake a stick at, then why not join us, with full details here.

For those of you who are unable to join us this time, fear not, we are hoping to announce a new Romanian photography holiday 2018 date very shortly.

If Romania and Transylvania is not far flung and exotic enough, then why not take a look at our fantastic 9 day holiday to amazing India which will be lead by DPS trainers Stewart Kenny & Steven Maybury in February 2018, see full details here.

Lightroom Courses in Dublin

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lightroom course dublin

Dublin photography school are delighted to announce that we will be launching Adobe Lightroom Courses in Dublin starting in August of this year. Expanding out on our portfolio of courses that already include, Adobe Photoshop as well as DSLR Courses, Basic Photography Courses, Studio Courses and much more. This comes as demand for lightroom courses has increased in recent years and is rivaling if not replacing photoshop as the go to program for most amateur and beginner photographers. While photoshop remains king in the manipulation and retouching game it struggles to keep up with Lightrooms impressive workflow and keywording options. Our Lightroom course will teach a “as well as” and not an “instead of” ethos, that will show you what program to use where and making sure your getting the most out of the right tools for the right jobs. The course is very  reasonably priced coming in at just €135.

The overview of the course is as follows

‘Adobe Lightroom’ is a photo processor & image organizer. Some amount of post-processing is an unavoidable part of our professional photography & with all/any genre of photography we need to choose the right software for our needs. Lightroom is very much geared towards photography, as opposed to it’s older brother Photoshop, which has a wider appeal across all different platforms of digital design. With it’s no nonsense user interface & simple stripped down retouching tools, it makes it quick & easy to post-process multiple images in one easy environment. It’s focus is on speed & organization & non destructive manipulation. On this workshop we will show you the skills needed to post-process your images & make the best use out of ‘Adobe Lightroom’.

  • On this Lightroom workshop learn:
  • Common corrections
  • Cropping & resizing
  • Correcting exposure/adjustments & levels
  • Retouching portraits & landscapes
  • Graduated filters
  • Black & white conversion techniques
  • Patching & Cloning
  • Sharpening techniques
  • Cross processing
  • Watermark Editing
  • Import & exporting files

    See Full Details Here


Free Photography Talks Dublin

Free Photography Talks Dublin

We are delighted to bring you an evening of ‘Composition & Visual Theory’ presented by Stewart Kenny

Stewart is an award winning fine art landscape photographer based in Dublin. Stewart’s main areas of expertise are black and white photography, landscape photography, night and low light photography. After graduating from college he began work in several areas of the photography industry from retail and printing to consulting and lecturing.

Time: 7.45pm
Date: Thursday June 25th 2015
Venue: The Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Stewart has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has a huge passion for photography and loves nothing more than to teach others how to achieve the perfect image. He is the head of training here at the Dublin Photography School and gives talks and seminars about about various genres of photography around Ireland. You can visit his website at

R.S.V.P by emailing to secure your place
Please book early as places are limited & it will fill up fast

A beginners guide to photographing Geysers

While geysers and hot springs may not top everyone’s list when they go to Iceland, New Zealand, or Yellowstone, once you catch a glimpse of these magnificent phenomenon you would be hard pressed to put your camera down.

So here is a complete beginner’s guide to how to photograph geysers and hot springs.

I was recently lucky enough to be leading a photography holiday through Iceland in conjunction with Travel Department and Dublin Photography School and had an opportunity to teach the group some of the most common ways to photograph these wonders.

1. Shoot in burst mode
Shoot in burst mode

Shoot in burst mode to take multiple shoots in a row

2. Turn Auto Focus to manual and Pre-focus your camera or turn on af-c, ai servo mode.
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prefocus on the base of the geyser as this will stop shutter lag when the action happens

3. Stand upwind of the geysers as all you will photograph is steam downwind and if too close to the geyser may actually get a soaking.
Stand upwind of the geysers as all you will photograph is steam downwind.

Stand upwind of the geysers as all you will photograph is steam downwind.

4. To freeze motion you will need to set your camera to at least 400 ISO
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use a high iso about 400-800 depending on the light to allow higher shutter speeds

5. Shoot in TV or S mode and set a Shutter speed of at least 1/1500 or faster

set camera dial to TV for Canon or S mode for Nikon

6. Try to compose your shoot with something to demonstrate scale

use objects such as signs and boulders to add a sense of scale

6. Water can be very bright and can fool your light meter so be prepared to review you histogram and slightly under exposure your shoot by up to a stop by using EV Compensation

Exposure compensation allows you to override the camera metering and adjust the exposure.

7. You can also add a Circ Pol filter to enhance definition by reducing glare and removing reflections and boosting colors. see a Dublin photography school video here on how to use them
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A Circ Pol Filter reduces glare and saturates colors

8. There are many ways to photography these wonders of nature; this is just one simple way, once you got your safe shoots move on to experimenting with long exposures and bracketing or multiple exposures.

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Should you have enjoyed this Photography Article, feel free to nip over to our website which specializes in photography courses. Here you can find a free copy of Snapshot Photography magazine, as well as information on photography holidays in Ireland, Iceland and Europe.

Stewart Kenny is a fine art landscape photographer and is head of training at Dublin Photography School. Stewart’s passion is black and white and regularly leads tours and lectures around Ireland when not providing photography courses with Dublin Photography School.

More Travel Photography Tips

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See Dublin Photography School For More Information On Taking A Travel Photography Course In Dublin.








  1. Air Travel Considerations







When traveling by air, please remember that this can have massive implications on the amount of gear that you can carry, first off if your carrying your photography gear in your carry-on luggage , some airport security may ask you to power it on to prove that it’s not been tampered with or that you have taken no images of the security point, so make sure your batteries are charged. Two if you are putting your camera in your check in luggage, please be aware that most airlines will not accept any responsibility for damage during transit. Also if your cases go missing, you are only insured for a certain amount, so make sure your gear is within the limit.


  1. Set a Theme

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Setting a theme for your travels has two fantastic benefits, first is that after your done getting the safe shots you wanted to allows you to see new shots and keeps you inspired to keep shooting and the second benefit is that, it will look fantastic if you compile a photo book of your travels when you’re at home.


  1. Shoot the signs








With all the hussle and bustle of being in a new country, with the sights, sounds and smells, it’s easy to forget where you took a particular shoot. This comes in very handy for websites like flickr and 500px when tagging your images. It will also help you if you return back to the area in future.


  1. Bracketing

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When away on holidays, make sure you get the shot you want by bracketing your shots, this means that your camera will take several exposures of the same image, turn on AEB (auto exposure bracketing) to make sure you get the shot right and that you are not disappointed later.


  1. Get up high








Get off the tourist trail and get high to get the best possible vantage point, this can be a balcony in a church, a rooftop restaurant, top of a landmark, the options are there if you look for them.


  1. Shoot in shutter priority mode








When going walkabout in a city, make sure your shooting in TV, S, SP mode and try set your shutter speed to about 1/640 this will insure that you will be able to freeze about 95% of your shots, and catch them sharp.


  1. Saving your battery

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It’s only when we are using our cameras all day that we realise, how short the battery life can seem sometimes, so here are a few tips to help you extend your battery life, 1. Don’t review your screen to often only when you need to, turn off automatic flash, turn your focus mode to one shot when not shooting movement, don’t turn off your camera, put it into sleep mode where possible, as constantly powering on and off the camera can require a lot of energy depending on the model. Think about turning off your VR/IS/OS when not needed (marginal savings)


  1. Hotel room window

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Your hotel window is a great opportunity to do overnight timelapses and night cityscapes, just make sure the lights are off in the room so there are no reflections in the window.


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Travel Photography Courses Dublin & Ireland

Why not check out the upcoming Travel Photography Course that will be taking place in Dublin Photography School Later this year, to help you capture and record the trips of a lifetime. For all and any photography courses in Dublin and Ireland ….have a look here.

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one of the most important aspects of landscape photography is keeping as many details as possible within the sky. Often in my classes , I am asked a reoccuring question by my students, “when I take a picture of a lovely sunset, my camera dosen’t seem to record the clouds, why does this happen”? Most cameras have a very limited dynamic range, this means how much detail they can record from the darkest part, to the brightest part of a scene. A normal scene can have up to 20 stops of dynamic range. Most cameras will and can only record around 8-10 stops of detail. This means that anything that does not fit into this range will be represented as a ‘blown out highlight or a clipped shadow’. To answer this dilemma and improve the range of details recorded in each image, it’s very simple.When out and about shooting, all you need is a Neutral Density G radiated Filter or an ND Grad Filter.


So What Is An ND Grad Filter?


An ND Grad Filter is used to compress the dynamic range of a scene. The top half is dark , and the bottom half is clear, with the dark half slowly blending (gradiating) into the clear area. This will darken down the sky part of your scene keeping your cloud and sky details from blowing out. The results can give you fantastic colours and depth to your image.


Are All ND Grad Filters The Same?


Not at all. They come in all shapes and sizes, as well as part of different filter kits. They can also come in a variety of different densities (how dark they are), with a range of different blends (how fast they transition from dark to clear). The quality of the filter can differ massiviely depending on the brand or system that you purchase.


Can You Recommend A Good Filter For A Beginner?


If you are not using very expensive and high end lenses, for example, Canon L Series or Nikon Gold Rings, then I would recommend the ‘Cokin System’. The Cokin System comes in three parts, the ring, the holder and the filter itself. The entire set will set you back in or around €50. The set is ideal for beginners, or for casual landscape photographers. However if you are using expensive glass then you might want to consider upgrading to the Lee System. This system can cost you up to €300, depending on the option you go for.


Parts of ND Grad Filter

Have A Look at the image below that was part of Snapshot online magazine free from Dublin photography school, that will show you the anatomy of a ND grad filter. you can also download the entire magazine here for free:)

Have a in depth look at the anatomy of a ND Grad filter see the full article at


If used correctly, the ND Grad Filter is one of the most useful and versatile filters you will ever use. If you are serious about your landscape photography then they are an absolute must. Some of the most stunning and creative images are created with using these filters. Learning to use them is one of the key steps to becoming a good landscape photographer.

If you interested in learning to use these filters on a hands on trip as well as a ton more about landscape photography in Ireland then why not join us on our Kilfane glen and waterfall landscape photography excursion. here you will learn all the hands on practical techniques to get the most out of your filters and when, how, and where to use them.


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Load up your photography kit bag and your comfy walking shoes and join us as we head down the country to Kilfane Glen and Waterfall. Kilfane is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling it’s way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné. It is made up of tiny bridges, which sit among ancient trees, wild fox-gloves, ferns and other historically correct 18th century planting. To capture the true essence of the place, you have the gardens, which cover about 15 acres of easily accessible natural landscape. These will offer you varied and fantastic photographic opportunities throughout. On route home we will make a stop in the village of Leighlinbridge (meaning ‘half glen of the bridge) on the river barrow, and on Mount Leinster (the highest of the Blackstairs Mountains) for more unique photographic opportunities and panoramic views. This excursion is designed for digital SLR or bridge SLR users.

Detailed information, pricing and booking are all attached in the link Here.

See the Dublin photography school photography course promo video on youtube here

Waterford’s stunning Copper Coast – A Photographers Playground!ImageJust east of Dungarvin, lies one of the most spectacular coastline in Ireland known as the Copper Coast. It comprises some 20 miles of stunning coastline, and it will give you a fantastic opportunity to photograph scenes consisting of sandy beaches and coves which are enclosed by rocky headlands. The combining of oceans, volcanoes, deserts and ice sheets has created these rocks. The coastal stretch passes through five small villages and will offer you, cliffs, panoramic views, woodlands and clear waters and copper sands. Continuing along the coast road, we will eventually reach the bustling coastal town of Tramore. We will escort you on this two night photography tour which will offer many unique

via Photography Holidays Ireland – Cooper Coast Tour.