Macro Photography Shoot Dublin

Macro Photography Shoot Dublin

Macro photography courses Ireland

Join DPS (Dublin Photography School) and other photographers for a morning of Macro photography in the National Botanical Gardens. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects (insects, plants, flowers & so on). With that in mind the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin are an ideal shooting ground and will provide you with everything that you need to achieve some amazing pictures. Learn how to achieve the results by slowing down your work and come away knowing what equipment is needed and the finer points of nailing down your techniques. There will be two DPS tutors on hand and demos with tips and techniques will be given throughout.

We are also offering the option to purchase macro rings from our website and have them brought to you at the shoot. Just look for the option when paying by paypal.

See the Macro Photography Course on The Dublin Photography School Website Here:

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” and we hope to launch new programmes over the spring and summer 2016, These Beginner Photography Courses will take Place in Dublin but we are hoping to roll a few Photography Courses around Ireland soon.




Lightroom Courses in Dublin Annouced By Dublin Photography School

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

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.

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Photography Courses Dublin

“My Photographs would be better if I knew how to use Photoshop”; Here is my two cents!

“My Photographs would be better if I knew how to use Photoshop”; Here is my two cents!


Often in my photography classes,  at some stage I encounter this statement or something similar from an apologetic student, or my other favourite “how much photo shopping do you do to your images?” it’s almost spoken in hush tones like photography’s dirty secret, its soft under belly that everybody knows about but nobody wants to talk about.
So here’s my two cents, I presume you want to hear it because your still reading this:)  I’m going to pop this into some very simple questions and answers and try to answer as simply and frankly as possible.
Before I start please be aware, that like all things in photography that this is just one man and his dogs opinion and is not the bottom line by any means, different photographers will have differing opinions, and that’s okay too!

Q. Will my photography improve if I learn Photoshop?
A. Short answer is no! Photoshop will not improve your images; Photoshop will make a good image great but cannot make a poor image good. Every hour spent getting your right images in camera is worth a hundred hours in front of the screen post processing. If you are spending hours trying to “fix” or “improve” your images in Photoshop, then the problem does not lie with your computer skills, but more in your photography basics. Work hard on composition, exposure, white balance, etc, and the image will only require a small amount of polishing and cleaning up in Photoshop.

Q. So if my photography basics are good, I don’t need Photoshop?
A. Yes and no, photography has always been a two step process, even in the good old days of the darkroom, it was a two separate operations that came together to get a great picture, the first stage was getting a great negative or getting the image right in camera, and second was how you developed  your print . Nowadays the darkroom has gone digital, heck even half the processes in Photoshop are named after old darkroom techniques, unsharp mask, split toning, dodging and burning would all be run of the mill techniques  for any darkroom worker, so what’s with the spiel? Well the point is that photography has always required two parts. So in principal with digital, you do not need to know Photoshop to get an image out of the camera, but it really helps get the image you “want” out of your camera.

Q. Do I need adobe Photoshop?
A. Nope, even though Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are the industry standard, most people don’t start their post processing on Photoshop, most people start on something simple like Picasa, a free program from Google or programs like Aperture, picture manager, but sooner or later, they find that these programs are limited or do not offer the precision changes that are often needed. Also Photoshop is expensive so a lot of people use a lighter version of the program called Photoshop elements. This is a little bit easier on the pocket and is not as intimidating to use.

Q. So how much Photoshop do I need to know?
A. This is very subjective for most people they will be content with curves, levels, black and white conversions etc, what we call in the business a basic “workflow” but for others it will be about advanced masking, dropping in skies, and advanced layer work. But no matter how shoppie you like your Photoshop you need to start with the basics.

Q. What’s digital Imaging?
A. Photoshop is a hugely versatile program and a lot of media professionals will use it. From web and graphic designers, to animators and architects. But even though these professionals will have training in Photoshop the techniques they use may not be suitable for image processing, learning tolerances for things like printing, and removing colour casts etc. Digital imaging teaches you how to process an image that will print well, of look well on screen and is an education around digital images and a lot of the jargon and lingo used. Any good Photoshop course will have this at the heart of its syllabus.

Q. where can I get a Photoshop course in Dublin?
A. Here comes the plug:) if you’re looking for a Photoshop course in Dublin or Ireland, have a peak a Dublin photography school Photoshop courses, the courses are held in RUA RED in Tallaght, and is on all the major bus and Luas routes for Dublin. See Dublin photography school Photoshop courses here.