Traffic Trails Tiramisu – The Photography CookbookThe second recipe in my new series “The Photography Cookbook” this week we are making “Traffic Trails Tiramisu” or as its know in photography circles “Long Exposure Light Trails”…Its very easy to do, its all about timing and Location! a Good Trails Tiramisu requires large amounts of Sugar (cars, traffic etc)! so find somewhere with a lot of moving traffic like a motorway overpass etc:)
2016 Calendar Photography Competition In Support Of Epilepsy Ireland
(up to €3000 worth of prizes to be won)
See one of your photographs make it into our 2016 calendar
It’s that time of the year again folks where we at Dublin Photography School run our annual calendar photography competition in support of Epilepsy Ireland. The competition runs from September 1st 2015 to midnight September 26th 2015. We are looking for 12
images in total. These images will represent the 12 months of the year in our 2016 calendar. The overall winning image will appear on the cover of the 2016 calendar.
The theme is ‘Travel Photography – Home & Away’
What do you feel uniquely represents the true meaning of travel photography? Is it a photograph that portrays a town, city or countries landscape, it’s people, customs or history? Let your creativity flow & capture what you feel is truely ‘Travel Photography’. Show us images that express the feeling of a time & place, portray a land, it’s people or a culture in it’s natural state. Allow your photograph tell a story & let it be the one that stands out from all the others. Think outside the box & look for an interesting & unique approach to what you what to photograph.
Entries can be in colour or black & white, they can be taken during the day or at night & can be taken with any kind of camera, from the smallest compact digital camera to the latest DSLR or even with your phone. The image can be of a person, a place or a thing and can be photographed ah home or away, the choice is yours. The judges will include a representative from Dublin Photography School & a representative from Epilepsy Ireland. The competition is not open to professional photographers but is open to everyone else & to anyone who is 16 years of age or older. The 2016 calendar will be available to purchase from late October. You
will be able to purchase the calendar from Dublin Photography School at http://www.dublinphotographyschool.ie or from Epilepsy Ireland at http://www.epilepsy.ie
1st Prize – 1 Year Membership to Dublin Photography School (value€800) – €200 Amplify Travel Voucher – Hahnel Triad 60 tripod – Remote Control
2nd Prize – €250 Dublin Photography School Voucher – €100 Amplify Travel Voucher – Hahnel Triad 60 Tripod – Remote Control
3rd Prize – €150 Dublin Photography School voucher – €75 Amplify Travel Voucher – Hahnel Triad 60 Tripod – Remote Control
Plus 10 runner up prizes
All winning photographs will be mounted and printed and put on display for exhibition before the end of the year
How To Enter:
Send a maximum of three, 12 inches x 8 inches, high resolution ‘landscape shaped’ images to firstname.lastname@example.org. The file must be renamed with your first & last name. In your entry include a few words about the story being told behind each photograph. State your full name, daytime telephone number & where & when the photograph was taken. Images which are considered to breach the entry conditions will not be accepted into the competition. Photographs must have been taken within the last 12 months either in Ireland or abroad. The deadline for all photographs to be received is midnight Saturday, September 26th 2015. All profits from the sale of the calendars go to Epilepsy Ireland, the national charity supporting &
representing people with epilepsy in Ireland.
For Full Details Seehttp://goo.gl/I59Di5
Treasure Ireland Featuring The Best Of Wexford
As a Photographer there is nothing better than seeing your images displayed. So when I was contacted by Eric Lalor from Joe.ie about putting together a feature for their “Treasure Ireland” section, I was happy to oblige.
Eric was looking for me to showcase 16 Images of Wexford, which would bring to life the best the county had to offer. This was a very tall order for such a beautiful part of Ireland. But I did my best and was delighted with the fantastic response it received on Facebook and Twitter. I was overwhelmed at the support I received from my students, colleges and friends as well as other photographers around Ireland.
Here is the link to the “Treasure Ireland Wexford” article here, please feel free to share and comment and thanks for the ongoing support.
Using Your DSLR Video 9 Tips
Altough video functionality on Digital SLR’s has been with us for a while now, many photographers were initially sceptical of it’s usefulness. However over the last number of years DSLR‘s have gained more ground and are being used by everyone from big budget productions like, House and The Tudors, to a generation of youtubers and vimeo users. While many of us have yet to dip our toes into any form of video production, those of us that have are often surprised by the attention to detail and intricate nuances that good production value requires.
Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of making videos on your DSLR camera, so you can avoid some of the common pitfalls that many novices coming from photography to film production often encounter. The best way to approach video shooting is to have the mantra – “similar but different”. Like with photography, get as much as possible right at point of shoot, this includes things that we often take for granted like, white balance and level horizons. These can be difficult to fix in post production.
1. Set Your Frame Rate
One of the first things to be done is to set the correct frame rate. The higher the frame rate the smoother your video will look. Set your camera to 24 FPS (frames per second) for a movie look, or 30 FPS for an HD look.
2. Get It Rght In Camera
As photographers we often have the luxury of changing information and cropping areas out in post production. Unfortunately this is not really an option with video without severely compromising the video quality. Make sure to double check your settings before you begin.
3. Similar Yet Different
Video and photography share many of the same principals; however they differ in areas like ISO and shutter speed. If you are filming handheld, make sure you keep your shutter speed double your frame rate as a rule of thumb. For example if shooting at 30fsp =1/60th of a second.
4. Turn off Autofocus
When moving around your camera will try to live focus and while this technology has improved in recent years, it is still a long way off perfect. Focus tracking will often go for a walk while filming busy scences so be sure to pop your camera into manual focus.
5. Purchase An External Mic
The audio that your camera records can be very poor quality. The microphone is too close to the internal workings of the camera and threfore also records the internal workings of the camera such as VR, AF , humming and button pressing noises. We recommend purchasing a zoom mic or a hot shoe mic.(see my blog about getting clean audio on a DSLR here)
6. Magic Latern
If you are serious about using your DSLR video function then take a look at ‘Magic Latern’. It will open up the firmware in your camera and will allow you many more options than your camera came with. Be warned however, this is open source firmware and loading it will void your warranty.
7. Use A Tripod/Monopod
If shooting a video handheld, your camera will record every bump, shake and rattle your hand makes. Invest in a good tripod or monopod and use it.
If you are doing a little bit more than some impromtu filming at an event, like making a short youtube video, then have a look a making a ’story board’. This means making some simple drawings of shoots, like a childs story book, so your scences make logical sense to your viewer.
9. Post production
This is where it all comes together. Final Cut, Premiere Pro and Avid are all common post production packages in the industry. If only dabbling in the area then consider looking at, iPhoto, Serif Video, Windows Movie Maker or even Picasa. Your storyboard will be an invaluable tool when editing.
Dublin Photography School Will be introducing a DSLR Video Course in Dublin In Late Summer 2015, And will teach beginners how to shoot better videos with there dslr cameras and will include techniques such as zooming, panning, pull focus, prefocus, framerates etc so keep an eye out.
Lightroom Courses in 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 http://goo.gl/jBEym9