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Photograph Restoration Course in Dublin using Adobe Photoshop

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Are you Looking to take a course in Photograph Restoration? Then Check out Dublin Photography Schools latest workshop. Do you have a precious family photo which has been in your wallet for many years and is now full of marks, folds or scratches from wear and tear? Maybe you have found a box of old photographs in the attic which have fallen foul to some damp mould or water damage? With the photoshop skills that you already have, take them to the next level and learn a fantastic new practical skill with our photo restoration workshop. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to restore your precious memories to their former glory. Throughout the day you will be taken from preparation and scanning to cloning and patching. This practical workshop will be in the comfort of a dedicated computer, multi media lab room which provides everything that you need. A basic knowledge of photoshop is recommended for this worshop.

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See the Photograph Restoration Course in Dublin on The Dublin Photography School Website Here:  http://goo.gl/jLTTCa

Using Your DSLR Video 9 Tips

(See original Article that I wrote for Dublin Photography Schools Snapshot Magazine here)

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.

8. Storyboard
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.

Snapshot Magazine Issue 4

Snapshot  is a  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 let you know what’s going on in Dublin and around the country 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 as well as tips and techniques to help you improve your photography. Here it is guys, ISSUE 4 of Snapshot – the Dublin Photography School online interactive photography magazine. Once again we would like to thank all of our very talented contributors as without them it would not be possible. I am sure you will all agree with us that it is a beautiful visual display of imagery with so may great articles and tips included. Spread the word, pass it on, share it on your own pages and let’s get it out there! Available to download here: http://goo.gl/XvMFbT

Snapshot is Ireland only free online downloadable magazine produced by the staff and trainers at the Dublin Photography School.

Snapshot is Ireland only free online downloadable magazine produced by the staff and trainers at the Dublin Photography School.

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Iceland and The Northern lights

Dublin Photography School: Photography Holidays For All Levels From Beginners To Advanced

Dublin Photography School: Photography Holidays For All Levels From Beginners To Advanced

Dublin Photography School are happy to have teamed up again in 2015 with Travel Department who are one of Europe’s leading escorted holiday companies, to bring you many fantastic and once in a lifetime photographic holiday opportunities. Load up your photography kit bag with your DSLR camera and camera accessories, pack your warm clothing and good walking shoes and join us and other photographers on our Iceland guided location photography holidays. for details of our next trip in 2015 see here.

Heres a quick overview of the the trip to Iceland We took in October 2014.

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The guys from the Iceland Tour in 2014 strutting there stuff

Earlier this year we teamed up with Travel Department to bring you the first of our photography holidays abroad. On October 23rd a group of eager photographers boarded a 7.20am flight and were Iceland bound. Iceland is known as the ‘Land and Fire and Ice’ making it a perfect destination for a photography break. Once the wheels of the plane safely touched down on the runway, this mesmerizing country with spectacular photographic opportunities was waiting to be explored. Before all the ‘hard work’ began an early morning pit stop was made at the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating dip.

The Gulfoss Falls is our first photography stop

The Gulfoss Falls is our first photography stop

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Gulfoss falls from another angle

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

The next four days were filled with photographing some of the most breathtaking sights this planet has to offer. From the natural wonder of Reynisfar, the volcanic black sandy beach to photographing behind the falls and listening to the mighty roar of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. At night we travelled away from the glow of Reykjavik city in search of the Aurora Borealis. By day we explored the Golden Circle, passed through picturesque villages and countryside and were blown away ‘literally’ in the valley of Haukadalur by the spouting geothermal geysers.

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

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Reynisfjar, black sandy beach in the village of Vik, Iceland

Reynisfjar, black sandy beach in the village of Vik, Iceland

Reynisfjar beach, Iceland

Reynisfjar beach, Iceland

All these images are taken on the actual tour. for more information about Dublin Photography School and the hands on tuition, you will receive on this holiday see here, for booking information and itinerary see Travel Department here.

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Travel Photography Course in Dublin.

Dublin Photography School are hoping to announce a new Travel Photography Course in the last week of September, this course will take place in Dublin and will be aimed at all users and levels.

The Travel Photography Workshop is looking like it will take place in a one day format and will be run on Saturdays throughout the year.

Although the course has not been finalized here is a sneak peak at what we are hoping to include:

The course will take place from 10am – 4pm and will be split into three sections

Section one: Trip Preparation

This section will include things like planning your trip, making shot lists, what gear to bring, what lenses to pack, air travel considerations, luggage weight etc,

Section two: How and when to shoot

This section of the travel Photography Course deals with things like shutter priority, aperture priority, P mode, and how to shoot, how to compose travel shots, what to look for, how to photograph street portraits, reportage, documentary, setting a theme, shooting landmarks, getting off the beaten track and how to really get away from cliché shots and give your images more of a travel feel than a tourist feel. This section will make up the bulk of the day and will really show you how to get so much more from your images while travelling.

Section Three: Post Trip

Now that you have just had the trip of a life time are you just going to leave your images sitting on a hard drive, we will show you some great ideas for things like photo books, coffee table books, montages, collages and really bring your images out on display

Please note that the travel photography workshop has not been finalized and will be announced in the last week in September, when it is finalized you can book the Travel Photography course in Dublin here.

Thanks for taking the time to have a read, any suggestions or comments please feel free to add them below, it’s always great to have feedback.

A little about Dublin Photography School: Dublin photography school are one of Ireland’s leading photography course providers, we run photography courses and workshops all over Dublin and Ireland. Our trainers are all professional photographers and more importantly “trainers” we pride ourselves on our teaching abilities, we can cater for all levels, beginners, novice,  improver, intermediate and advanced. We are specialists in teaching Basic and introduction to DSLR photography and currently work with Travel Department in providing photography holidays in Ireland and Abroad. See more about us here.

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5 Inexpensive Accessories To Improve Your Photography

While you should never rely on gadgets and gizmos to help improve your photography, there are certain items that are a must to help you get certain types of shots. For anyone taking up photography they soon find that it is an expensive habit with a get what you pay for ethos. However here are a few simple bits and bobs that every photographer should have that won’t break the bank.

TripodsTripod: no matter what type of photography you do from landscape to travel a tripod is one of the handiest accessories you can own. They can start from large heavy tripods from hundreds of euro to simple table top tripods and monopods that will set you back 15-30euro. Tripods allow sharper shots in low light, slow down your work, and allow you to keep shooting long after its gotten dark.

Good Brands: Monfrotto, Slik, Hanhel, Velbon

Prices starting: € 15

remote releaseRemote Cable Release: a cable release is an absolute must if you a looking to any long exposure or night shots. While you can take shots at night without them, they will be much sharper if you use a remote release.  Also in order to use bulb mode (any exposure longer than 30 seconds) then you will need one. They come in major brands and come in wired and wireless versions, as well as models that can be used as interval meters (time-lapse photography) etc. My advices keep it simple.

Good Brands: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hanhel, Inov8te

Prices starting: € 10

CP FilterCircular Polarising Filter: no matter what type of photography you do, be it landscape or travel, there a few filters more versatile than a CP filter, these filters remove glare, from water, glass, and saturate colours. Depending on the light you are photographing they can have a massive effect on your image. they will help stop you getting bleached out skies, here is a handy place you can pick one up, and here is a very short once over on how to use them.  A top tip would be if you are using an expensive lense then spring the extra money on decent filter.

Good Brands: Cokin, Kenko, Hoya, Lee,   Prices starting: €20

camera strapDecent Camera Strap: A decent camera strap may come as a surprise, but I recommend them for a couple of reasons, firstly, if you’re travelling or doing street photography, you will soon find your camera strap cutting into your neck, two is that as a big man, I find that most camera straps are too short on me and I end up looking like a middle aged tourist. And three a lot of straps announce what camera you have on the strap, in a lot of cities around the world, there is a steal to order service and you’re basically advertising your stock. Finally if you’re more comfortable with your camera, you will carry it more often.

Good Brands: Joby, Blackrapid, Optech

Prices starting: € 10

50 mm 1.8A Nifty Fifty: photographers slang for a 50mm fixed lense, while  not exactly inexpensive compared to other items on the list, compared to other lenses you will not find another lens as sharp, as fast and versatile for the same money.  Because they are fixed (they don’t zoom in or out) they are able to open up to large aperture numbers like 1.8 – 2.8, which means that they are a god send when shooting in low light, they also are great for portraits because of the low depth of field they produce. They are the staple for any photography looking to start out in street or portrait photography.

Good Brands: Canon, Nikon, Sigma,

Prices starting: €100

While none of these items in themselves will make you a great photographer, they will help open up all kinds of shots to you that you would have a hard time creating without them. In order to get the most out of your photography and the equipment you have there is no substitute for photographic skill and technique. But in the mean time have fun and play around as much as possible.

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Learn all of this and more at our Photography courses in Dublin City Centre or see http://www.dublin-photography-school.com

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