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New Photography Courses Announced For Dublin

It’s been a busy few weeks here in Dublin Photography School or as a lot of our guys have taken to calling us “DPS”. Over the last six weeks we have announced 3 new courses, workshops and shoots .

photography course dublin

I am hoping to write 3 separate blogs for each just outlining and describing the course content and locations.

We here at Dublin Photography school in Dublin are excited to announce a new venture coming soon. In the last few years we have seen a massive demand for “photography training” for business, everything from “one to one photography training” to team building days to event shooting and in house photography needs. With this in mind we will be launching “photography Course Ireland” which will be found at www.photographycourseireland.ie. This will be a branch of Dublin Photography School which will cater for the needs of Corporate and Business customers that will offer bespoke and custom photography training on a per client basis. More Details to Follow as we have them. But watch this space.

Using a graphics tablet for photo editing

graphics tablet for editing photos

graphics tablet for editing photos

Something that a lot of digital imaging enthusiasts and professionals recommend is if you are getting more serious about your post processing then you will benefit hugely from picking up a graphics tablet. I must say I’m inclined to agree with that advice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to rush out and buy one the first day you sit your Photoshop course, but it is something that you should have a look at as you move from the beginner’s phase of learning into the intermediate and advanced stage.

Trying to figure out what tablet to buy can be an absolute nightmare for somebody who is new to digital imaging and post processing, so here is a quick guide set out in a FAQ format that will help you. I’m also going to offer my advice for the best tablet on a budget, for anybody looking to buy their first tablet and stylus.

 

Graphic Tablet & Stylus FAQs.

How does a graphic tablet differ from a mouse?

This is the most common question and the simple answer is two areas, the first one is accuracy, the pen offers the ability for much more finer control when making local adjustments in Photoshop such as air brushing, painting, history brush, dodging and burning etc, the second area is the stylus can be set to be pressure sensitive so the strokes you use are much more natural looking creating a smoother looking effect.

What are good brands of graphic tablets and styluses?

Hands down the industry leader in graphic tablets is Wacom, but other quality brands include Huion, VT, and Ugee, however support for these other brands can be hit and miss depending on where you live. Other computer component manufacturers like trust and advent make tablets, but are not flagship products and replacement stylus’s etc can be hard to come by.

How much do tablets cost?

This is where most people trip up, the price of tablets range from about €50 to €2500, and most people have no idea how much to be spending on a tablet that will give them good quality and value for money without massively under or over spending.

How much should i spend on a graphics tablet?

For the average amateur or semi professional photographer it’s my opinion that you should be spending somewhere between €90 – €200, without buying a lemon or massively over spending, you may be tempted to spend much more, but may not get the use out of the features are these may be geared towards professional animators or digital artists.

Do I need to take a course to use a graphics tablet?

Not at all, essentially your just replacing your mouse with a much more accurate pointer, however your Photoshop skills will need to be in place first to get the most out of the stylus, my advice would be to focus on learning local adjustment techniques like portrait retouching and learning shortcut commands that allow you to scoot around the screen like the spacebar and ctrl + 0 ctrl + and ctrl -, to help you get the most out of your tablet.

Are they difficult to get used to?

For the first half hour using it you will find it tricky as you get used to such a sensitive tool, after that you will not notice that you’re using it at all. My advice is because when we use a pen we are used to looking at what we are writing. With that in mind, when you start using one your instinct will be to look at the track pad or tablet instead of the screen, don’t ! Just keep looking at the screen and it will become second nature in no time. Also don’t worry about setting pressure sensitivity straight out of the box, spend a week or two just using the basic functions and when you’re ready just do a quick Google search on setting up the advanced features. It’s really very simple.

What do I recommend to my students?

The tablet I recommend to my students is the Wacom Intuos Manga, it costs about €120 depending on where you buy.

Wacom Intous Manga for editing photos

Wacom Intous Manga for editing photos

It’s just over the size of an A5 page and is light and compact

 

Wacom Intous Manga is just over half an a4 page in size

Wacom Intous Manga is just over half an a4 page in size

It’s thin and slim so easy to carry around in a camera bag or laptop case.

It’s thin and slim so easy to carry around in a camera bag or laptop case.

 

 

Has quick access buttons to the modify keys like alt, control and shift.

Has quick access buttons to the modify keys like alt, control and shift.

Has quick access buttons to the modify keys like alt, control and shift.

 

Can be easily upgraded to a wireless device with wireless add on kit.

Can be easily upgraded to a wireless device with wireless add on kit.

Can be easily upgraded to a wireless device with wireless add on kit.

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Stewart Kenny is a Photographer, educator and photography tour guide living in Dublin, Ireland. When not on the internet pretending to be a blogger, enjoys drinking tea and martial arts and zombie flicks! See more of his work on his photography site here.

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.