Photograph Restoration Course in Dublin

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.

Check out our fun video here

 

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

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Macro Photography Shoot Dublin

Macro Photography Shoot Dublin

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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:  http://goo.gl/koqcNb

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.

 

 

New Photography Courses Announced For Dublin

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 .

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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.

2016 Calendar Photography Competition In Support Of Epilepsy Ireland

2016 Calendar Photography Competition In Support Of Epilepsy Ireland
(up to €3000 worth of prizes to be won)

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Travel Photography Competition In Support Of Epilepsy Ireland

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.

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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.

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Photography Competition Ireland

The Details:
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

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Photography Calanders 2016

Prizes:

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

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How To Enter:
Send a maximum of three, 12 inches x 8 inches, high resolution ‘landscape shaped’ images to dpscharitycalendar@gmail.com. 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

Joe.ie Showcase Some Of My Photography Work

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.

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Joe.ie Article Featuring Stewart Kenny

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

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.

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 http://goo.gl/jBEym9

DPS Snapshot Photography Magazine Issue 4 Free Download Online Now

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.

Using a graphics tablet for photo editing (a beginners guide.)

Using a graphics tablet for photo editing

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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.

If you enjoyed this article have a look at our free downloadable photography magazine Snapshot, for articles, tips, tricks and much more.

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.

Sicily’s Photographic Wild West – My Photography Travels

Sicily I will admit is not a destination that normally appears on too many photographers bucket lists. To be honest it’s probably better known for being a foodie’s haven or maybe even a history buffs playground. For me however Sicily was on my list and somewhere that I had wanted to visit for some time. I did my research, packed my photograpic equipment, booked my flights, learned a few much needed Italian everyday phrases, threw the essentials in a suitcase and my two week Sicilian adventure began.

I landed in Palermo airport, the regions capital. From here most tourists head east towards the resorts of Catania, Messina or Syracuse. These are part of Sicily’s most developed areas with all mod cons for the thirsty sun worshippers. But not me. I headed out to the rugged west, a terrain marked by hills, valleys, cliffs and quiet little fishing villages. My final destination and my home for the next few weeks was to be in San Vito Lo Capo.

Bay Of Macari sicily

Travelers heading west from Palermo are treated to this stunning vista.

As I left Palermo airport behind in the rear view mirror of my rental car, the roads started to become smaller and dustier. A word of warning for anyone looking to drive in Sicily, the locals don’t take prisoners, so drive with caution! I continued on to my destination, which was a small fishing village on Sicily’s most western headland called San Vito Lo Capo. I passed through Castlemarre Del Golfo and continued up a steep hill. I pulled over the car and caught a glimpse of something in my mirror. I killed the headlights and looked out over the bay of Macari. I was greeted by one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen and as a landscape photographer I have seen a few. The bay was bathed in the light of a full moon and was highlighted by the sparse lights of the Castlemarre. In the bay itself the tips of the waves glistened in the moonlight as they ebbed to and fro. I was hooked already and I couldn’t wait to start shooting.

After two hours of driving on dusty roads and passing through sleepy villages, I arrived at San Vito Lo Capo. San Vito Lo Capo is a small hamlet that is lit by the rotating light of a local granite lighthouse. The lighthouse stands guard over the headland. After I finally figured out where to park and exactly where I was staring, I grabbed a slice of pizza from a local vendor and shortly afterwards I hit the bed.

I was woken early the next morning by a stream of sunlight peeping through a gap in the so called ‘black out shutters’. I got myself up, grabbed a quick shower and opened the blinds. I was presented with the stunning vista that is the Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro. This is a giant rocky slab of limestone that sticks out of the surrounding hills like a monolith. In my two weeks in San Vito I only saw it’s cap clear of clouds once.

Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, from the olive groves taken from the olive groves in Macari

Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, from the olive groves taken from the olive groves in Macari

My first day was all about settling in. I had a lazy and leisurely breakfast followed by a walk around town in the stifling heat. Even though it was mid September during my visit, the temperature still reached 35 degrees during the day. From 10.30am – 5.30pm the light was far too harsh for any kind of outdoor photography, so I used this time to travel about and pin point where I wanted to come back to and shoot.

Sicily can be like a ghost town in the middle of the day, especially in the west where it is far from the main cities. Like most of the mediterranean, the place came alive at night. When the heat of the day passed, the street vendors, butchers and florists all come together to sell their wares. It was a cluster of colour, culture and traditions. Moving around the hustle and bustle of small towns in the evening is a must for any street photographer. There can be serious technical difficulties when it comes to shooting handheld at night, the rewards however are amazing. My advice here is to look for light and use it to set the stage for your subjects to walk onto.

Set Your Stage and let your actors walk onto it.

Set Your Stage and let your actors walk onto it.

Among novices and photographers that only dabble occasionally in street photography there is often a fear of using high ISO’s . In street photography not only is this acceptable but some photographers will even encourage it as an aesthetic choice. Just remember that street, reportage and documentary photography are not about technically perfect images but about moments or ideas and capturing something more than just an image. The local food markets and stalls are an ideal hunting ground and can be found everywhere, from the smallest fishing villages to the big cities.

So after settling into my now new home I started to venture outside the surroundings of the local village and move up into the hills around the Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro. This was a stunning piece of coastline where jagged limestone hills met the MediterraneanSea. When I looked around the beaches, inlets and harbours I was surrounded by gentle rolling warm waters. The battered lighthouses and jetties tell a different story however, one of wet, windy and violent storms during windy winters. I could have spent weeks along this stretch of coastline working on one of my many a photography project.

In the hills above Poggioreale

In the hills above Poggioreale

My journey continued and after many days and may miles on the clock, I found myself parked on the side of a dusty dry gravel road about 10 miles north in the hills above Poggioreale. Poggioreale is well marked on any map, but I wasn’t looking for the new Poggioreale. Although it is a beautiful town, laid out by social planners in the 1980’s, I was looking for old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake. In the aftermath of the earthquake the town had to be abandoned due to subsidence that continues today. After some choice language and almost giving up on my aging sat nav, I found myself going back to a ruler and OS map. One of the many skills One of the many skills I have picked up as a landscape photographer is navigation. Just give me a watch, a map and a ruler and I can put you within a few hundred yards of where it is that you want to go.

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Old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

I eventually arrived at my destination. As I got out of the car, two things took me aback. Sicily is an island roughly about the same size as Ulster with a population of 5 million, yet what I noticed firstly was the dead silence. Secondly I spotted a pack of wild dogs roaming throughout the town. When I first saw those skinny and none too friendly looking dogs, I thought twice about entering. However as many of you know, many scenes worth photographing don’t always come easy. So I picked up a branch of an olive tree (my insurance weapon!) and walked in the old town. The gate was locked and had a notice on the front. My Italian is poor but I was able to make out that it asked visitors to “respect the area and memory of the people who perished in the earthquake”. It then dawned on me, Poggioreale is a giant memorial to the people who died there and to those who had to flee from there in 1968. As I walked around the town, it was one of the most surreal moments of my life. While writing this I still remember it all vividly. It was like time had stopped for Poggioreale. It was a ghost town.

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old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

Walking around the buildings that were once people’s homes, I was constantly reminded that this place was abandoned, not out of want but out of necessity. From building to building I found the remnants of people’s lives, old paintings, cups, trophies and books. The place was littered with the fragments of shattered lives. I walked into the old town hall and up a grandiose marble staircase I was then suddenly snapped out of my romantic musings by the sound of crumbling plaster. I stopped in my tracks and tried to locate the sounds, I then heard an almighty bang. Part of the ceiling and outer wall started to give way and landed a few feet away from me. I moved back gently but swiftly to head down to the streets. Also here, are the ruins of an 18th century baroque church, a police station, a town hall, public fountains and post offices. This place is a must for anyone who is travelling around the area. After brushing away he crumbled plaster, I sat down on an old marble bench that overlooks the panoramic hills of the Belice valley. I stole a few moments to admire the sunset.

The silence was deafening and the cicadas seemed to fall silent in memory of better times. As I looked around I could almost hear the echoes of life that once rolled through these streets. I felt like a tourist in someone else’s reality. If I could recommend one place for photographers and non-photographers alike, then this is it.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

old Poggioreale which was destroyed and abandoned in 1968 during the Belice valley earthquake.

Segesta

With a thirst on me and made my way to the air-conditioned cafe in the Segesta visitor centre. With my limited Italian I tried to order a cup of tea. Unfortunately my broken vocabulary wasn’t translated as I had hoped so I settled for what I was given, a coke. Next I embarked on an extremely steep climb up to the amphitheater to take advantage of the stunning views. When I was at top I took a couple of minutes to regain my composure and really wished that I had brought water instead of a coke! I also think I should have sprang the few extra euro for the bus up there instead of the 40 minute walk! The views however were more than enough reward and they provided me with so many unique photographic opportunities.

In front of me was a vista that rolls for miles, as far away as Trapani. At the base of the hill was the Segesta temple, one of the most complete Hellenistic ruins in Europe. This is a stunning and imposing structure and a must for any photographer looking to capture famous landmarks on their Italian trip. The limestone pillars glowed in the warm sunlight of the evening and the crows circled menacingly around its peaks. The area had a majestic, almost epic quality that came across in all of my images.

 Segesta temple

Segesta temple

 Segesta temple,

Segesta temple

While I can only cover a small portion of my trip here, if asked, the two additional places that I would highly recommend are the Trapani saltpans and the medieval town of Erice. The saltpans are a flat rolling plain that have been used for salt production for centuries and are still a centreof industry. The pans are dotted with old Archimedes screws and quaint limestone brick windmills that glow every morning in the stunning Sicilian sunrise, and mountains of unrefined sea salt that lie strewn across the pans for miles.

Trapani saltpans

Trapani saltpans

Trapani saltpans

Trapani saltpans

Trapani saltpans

Trapani saltpans

salt pans

salt pans

Erice

Erice is a medieval city that lies perched on top of a mountain surrounded by plains. The city has not changed in hundreds of years. It’s polished cobblestones and winding streets house churches and museums that are hidden in clouds for most of the day due to its height. The city takes on an almost fairy tale quality and any photographer could spend a day here no matter what your photography style. Access can be achieved by road. I recommend taking the funvari cable car that leaves from Trapani. For a few euros you are treated to stunning scenes and a nerve-testing ride in even gentle winds.

Erice is a medieval city that lies perched on top of a mountain surrounded by plains

Erice is a medieval city that lies perched on top of a mountain surrounded by plains

Erice is a medieval city that lies perched on top of a mountain surrounded by plains

Erice is a medieval city that lies perched on top of a mountain surrounded by plains

Erice is a medieval city that lies perched on top of a mountain surrounded by plains

Erice is a medieval city that lies perched on top of a mountain surrounded by plains

When we think of Sicily it’s probably not photography that immediately springs to mind. I guess that’s what makes it such a stunning location to photograph. For most photographers it’s virgin ground where cliché shots are not a common thing. It’s wild and rolling west is undiscovered country and if you’re looking for a photographic adventure in the sun, then Sicily’s wild west is where it’s at.

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This article was recently published in “Snapshot Magazine” Ireland Only Free Photography Download. for your free copy have a look at the Dublin Photography School Website here. 

Irish Photography Magazine

Irish Photography Magazine