Waterford’s stunning Copper Coast – A Photographers Playground!


Just 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 & spectacular photographic opportunities that only Ireland can provide.


So what types of photography will you learn?

Each location is designed to give you the challenge of a different type of photography, from photographing waterfalls to long exposure seascapes at dusk, here is some of the major ones explained;


How to use filters; We will teach you how to use filters such as ND filters, ND grad filters and Circular polarizing filters to help you get the most out of your landscape photography.


Panorama Landscape Photography; we will teach you how to shoot and assemble panoramic images in Photoshop to allow you to capture the stunning vistas of the copper coast.


HDR Photography; High dynamic range(HDR) photography is something of the latest buzz in landscape photography we can show you how to shoot and process to get the most out of these types of images.


Long Exposure Photography: Misting water, streaking clouds, velvet blues and purples of twilight, one of the big parts of our photography holiday is how create these effects to make your landscapes pop out, we can show you all the tips and tricks you will need to create fantastic images, couple that with some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland and you have a recipes for stunning images.


Dublin photography school Ireland’s premier facilitator of photography holidays in Ireland have teamed up with Travel Department; Irelands leading provider of specialist holidays to bring you this photography tour. So why wait? Pop over to Dublin Photography school for more information on Photography holidays in Ireland or head straight to Travel Department here to book your place now.



A simple guide when & where to use ISO on your camera!.

A simple guide when & where to use ISO on your camera!

I could write a massive article detailing the effects of gain signal and noise distribution based on sensor type and size or instead I could just give you a cheat sheet and layman’s guide to what ISO should be used where.

Now before we begin, this article assumes a few things, first is that your camera is handheld and NOT on a tripod, the second thing is that you are using a compact camera or DSLR and not a camera phone.

So what is ISO?

ISO stands for International Standards Organisation; they basically certify that a measurement is within a certain tolerance. So what does that mean me to me? Well in photography terms it means two things;

  1. ISO effects how grainy or noisy your image is.
  2. How sensitive the camera is to light.

Does my camera have an ISO setting?

Yes, even the most basic camera including iphones and Smartphone’s allow you change the ISO level.

So what ISO should I use?

ISO settings vary from camera to camera, some cameras may only have 2 or 3 settings while some fancy DSLRs(Professional looking cameras with big lenses) may have many settings.

Is there a general guide?

Yes most cameras will work from;

100 ISO

200 ISO

400 ISO

800 ISO

1600 ISO

Your camera may be able to go higher or lower.

What does this mean?

High ISO: the more sensitive the camera is to light, but the more noise in your image.

Low ISO: the less sensitive the camera is to light, But you have much less noise in your image.Image

A rough guide to what ISO to select

100 ISO /200 ISO = outside on a sunny day


400 ISO Outside on a overcast day/ inside on a sunny day


800 ISO Indoors/churches/gallery/ sunset


1600+ ISO Concerts/indoor sports/ night

High iso is required for night shots













While not the be all or end all of ISO this is only intended to a rough guide for someone looking to improve their images, to get a real and in depth understanding I would recommend taking any of the photography courses in Dublin available with Dublin Photography School. From complete beginners to advanced courses we can take you where you want to be with your DSLR photography.

photography courses dublin

Photography Courses Dublin

a quick overview about dublin photography school, who we are and the photography courses we run in dublin.

Looking for information on Photography courses in Dublin & Ireland?.

photography courses dublin

photography courses dublin

So why Take a Photography Course in Dublin with DPS?

Dublin Photography School are one of Ireland Premier providers of digital photography courses. Since we opened our doors in 2010 we have had over 4000 students sit our various photography classes, courses and workshops. From a basic introduction to DSLR photography to studio and Photoshop workshops we do it all. Based in the centre of Dublin city only a short walk from bus stops and luas lines, we operate our classes from 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. With ample parking and public transport, it’s no wonder we choose such a great location for our base.

Dublin Photography schools photography course

Dublin Photography schools photography course


So what photography courses do we provide in Dublin?

Here is a list of the photography courses, classes and lessons we provide;

Our Night & Evening Photography Courses:
Digital SLR photography & an introduction to Photoshop
Improvers Digital SLR photography & advanced Photoshop

Weekend Photography Courses & Workshops:
1 Day Digital SLR photography course
1 Day Improvers Digital SLR photography course
Wedding photography workshop
Studio photography workshops
Flash photography workshop
Black & White photography workshop
Street photography workshop
Sports photography workshop
Creative landscape photography workshops

Photoshop for digital photographers workshop


Dublin Photography schools photography location shoot

Dublin Photography schools photography location shoot

I’m a complete beginner, I’m just looking to improve my photography not become a pro, are your courses for me?

In a word; ABSOULETLY! While we can cater for any level of student be they novice, improver or advanced, most of our courses are designed and aimed at beginners /novice. Most of the students that come through our doors have no previous experience our have been playing around with automatic modes for a while and what to get more out of there DSLR cameras. Our courses are delivered in friendly, relaxed atmosphere, with a realistic down to earth ethos. What is important to us is that our students come away feeling confident with their cameras and that they have a understanding of photography rather than reams and reams of technical information. Our bottom line is that we teach principals not technology. And we know that what most people want from a course is simple things like how to fix common problems like dark images, or blurry shots as well as simple guide on how to frame and compose better shots and capture the action, of course we have more advanced courses should you wish to progress.

What photography equipment do i need to sit a Dublin photography school class?

All you need to sit any of our courses is a DSLR or Bridge camera with full manual controls, and we recommend a tripod and a remote release. If your looking to pick one up we sell them here. We supply pens, pads, paper and any notes that you may require.

Do we provide photography training for staff or business?

We do indeed; we have worked with multiple businesses of all sizes all around Ireland, from small sole traders to international marketing businesses and everything in between. We can design and tailor any photography training you may require and can take classes in our premises or pop out to your place of work to provide photography training. We work closely with business to make sure that your employees get the most out of the training we provide.

Photography holidays ireland

Photography holidays ireland

Do you provide Photography holidays or photography tours in Ireland or Europe?

We have recently teamed up with Travel Department to offer our customers a range of photography holidays in Ireland and around the world see here for more details.


Photography courses ireland

Photography courses ireland

Do you provide workshops outside Dublin or in other parts of Ireland?

Yes we do, although we do not run them as often as we do in Dublin we run a serious of photography courses and workshops nationwide as well as offering outsourcing and lecturing services, to photography, camera, and work clubs all around Ireland.

Our ethos:

We are not techno-mad, pixel crazy photography nerds (ok maybe a little!) but we realise that most people want to come away from a photography course not the next Ansel Adams! but confident that with a little practice and luck that they can capture great images, of the family, the holidays, the dog, their best friend’s wedding, landscapes and a few street shots. And that’s what we aim to deliver. When people ask us, what the average student you cater for like? Its a very difficult question. Our students come from all walks of life, all ages from 17-70, male and female, techy and not so techy and all who sit our courses have one thing in common THEY LIKE PHOTOGRAPHY! And want to meet other people with a similar interest of all levels.

Dublin Photography schools one day wedding workshop sample image

Dublin Photography schools one day wedding workshop sample image


How do I sign up for a photography course with Dublin photography school?

Simple have a look through our site and decide which course is for you contact us here, or just click and pay with our PayPal option and we will send you a confirmation email with all relevant detail of the course etc.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Camera While Traveling..

Getting The Most Out Of Your Camera While Traveling.


Let’s face it; it’s not about masterpieces….. it’s about memories, the faces, the places. When we dig a dusty album out of the back of the book shelf in 10 years time it won’t be sharpness, noise or megapixels we will be worrying about. It will be the flood of recollections that coming rushing back to us. but it never hurts to get a better image! With that in mind I decided to write an article with simple tips to get the most out of whatever camera you have.



Typical Camera Mode Dial…These will vary from brand to Brand

Mode Dial: Your camera comes with many built in camera modes, essentially your camera is a fancy calculator, and can only make decisions based on its program like any computer, by changing the mode on your camera dial, you are giving your camera a heads up to the kind of scene your trying to photograph, while these will vary hugely from camera to camera most brands will have these settings:







Camera Modes

Landscape mode: this is designed for creating images with a large depth of field; depth of field is a fancy way of saying that everything in the front and the background of the image are sharp.

Portrait mode: this mode is designed for photographing people and will often try to give a small depth of field (a blurry background).

Flash Mode: this mode use the flash in the camera to light the scene automatically.

Sports Mode: this mode freezes the action so anything moving stays sharp. This can be used anywhere you need to freeze the action, not just sports.

Macro mode: this is used to photograph things close up, like flowers and insects.

While these settings will not do wonders for your photography they will help you get the best out of your cameras automatic functions.


Composition is king: Composition is a fancy way of saying how you frame your picture in camera, what you leave in and leave out. Even if a photo lacks sharpness, clarity or is noisy a good composition will go a long way to improving it. Here are some very basic tips on how to improve your Composition



Higher ISO lets you capture sharper images in low light.

ISO: Avoid blurry images by raising your ISO. Sharp photographs in low light is the holy grail of photography, thankfully most cameras even camera phones nowadays allow you to change your ISO. To get sharper shots in low light increase the ISO number in your camera menu. Now be aware as in most things in life it’s not for free, having a higher ISO setting in your camera will increase noise (coloured grainy dots in your image) so as soon as you don’t need it anymore lower it back to between 100-400 ISO for normal outdoor shooting. High ISO is used at night and indoor areas with few windows.






Use P mode Or Flash Mode when taking images of people or in dark places.

Using flash: when asked, most people will tell you that they do not like flash. The main reason for this is that it is used badly often. But with just some simple adjustments its very easy to get some very good results.


Step one: Set your camera mode on P or the flash symbol.

Step Two: Stand between 6 and 8 foot from your subject.

Step Three: Put your subject with their backs to the sun or Light source (doorway, window etc)

Step Four: Move your subject away from walls etc (this will eliminate flash shadows in the background)

Step Five: you’re ready to go……just take your shot

A lot of people don’t realise that flash on compact cameras and P mode is mostly a automatic process and requires you to pay attention to your distance from subject more than anything else.




A mini or table top tripod can be bought for as little as 5 euro and can be carried anywhere.

Use a Mini Tripod: a mini tripod is one of the best way to get sharp shots no matter the environment, these will set you back a only few euro at worst and can fit into pockets and bags very easily.


Print your images off: while this is not strictly a photography tip, it a great way to see your work. Ask yourself how many images have you lost because of damaged memory cards, lost phones, broken laptops etc, how many images do you have your device right now that you are meaning to print off but never get around to. So get them out of your camera and onto paper as soon as you come back.







Photo books are an ideal way to keep those memories of your trip together and easy to store place.

Bonus tip: photo books are a great way to create a log of your trip, they are easy to make and inexpensive and can be made in most photo labs within an hour. And will sit right on your book shelf instead of a dusty show book in your attic.












Stewart Kenny is a photography trainer and guide with Dublin Photography School, Stewart teaches photography students of all levels in Dublin and surrounding counties

Stewart Kenny is a photography trainer and guide with Dublin Photography School, Stewart teaches photography students of all levels in Dublin and surrounding counties as well as leading photography holidays in Ireland. To see more about his Photography courses in Dublin see here

Snapshot Dublin Photography School Magazine Launched.“Snapshot” is an FREE online downloadable magazine produced by the staff and trainers at the Dublin Photography School. In each issue we will bring you guest articles from photographers around the country

via Snapshot Dublin Photography School Magazine Launched..

Snapshot a free Irish online photography magazine

Snapshot Dublin Photography School Magazine Launched.

Snapshot” is an FREE online downloadable magazine produced by the staff and trainers at the Dublin Photography School. In each issue we will bring you guest articles from photographers around the country, we will showcase (over a eight page spread called “Through The Looking Glass”) submissions from our readers and we will let you know what’s going on in Dublin and around Ireland with photography events, seminars, competitions, exhibitions, talks and much more. We will discuss “what’s hot and what’s not” in the world of photography products, we will feature DSLR accessories and we will compare accessories as they go head to head. If you would like a chance to see your work displayed in the magazine or if you have an article for us that you feel would be of interest to our readers then drop us an email at info@dublinphotographyschool.ie. Please enjoy the read and thanks so much for joining. Snapshot magazine is a fully interactive PDF, which means all you need to do to visit a link is to click it. snapshot was designed to be viewed on iphones, ipads, tablets and android devices, in fact any portable device that supports a .pdf viewer, for more information or to download your free copy of snapshot Dublin photography school on line magazine click here. Please feel free to share with friends and family and no download restrictions apply.

Stewart Kenny is a photography trainer and guide with Dublin Photography School, Stewart teaches photography students of all levels in Dublin and surrounding counties as well as leading photography holidays in Ireland. To see more about his Photography courses in Dublin see here

Snapshot a free Irish online photography magazine

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