One 2 One Photography Training In Dublin

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DPS (Dublin Photography School) have been long time providers of one to one photography training in Dublin. But we are delighted to announce that we are expanding our Photography training to include other areas of specialist photography such as;

Product photography training
Event photography training
Flash photography training
Studio photography training
Portfolio preparation training
Photo Restoration training
Photoshop training
Shooting video with a DSLR training

This on top of our already existing 1 2 1 photography training we provide. these new areas will be of great interest for corporate and business customers of all sizes from medium and large enterprises to small businesses and sole traders.  this kind of training is designed for any company that have the need to keep social media up to date or need to update product on their company websites can benefit massively from some time one to one with our photography trainers.

We can provide on location training or we can provide you training room in our Dublin Premises.

For more details on one 2 one photography training in dublin see here.

we also can provide tailor made  custom and bespoke packages to suit your training needs.

Steel Wool Photography Shoot Dublin

Steel Wool Photography Shoot Dublin

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Join DPS (Dublin Photography School) for an evening of light orbs, steel wool Photography Shoot with lasers on a small secluded beach in Bray near Dublin. This location shoot will allow you to bring out the more creative side of your photography. Learn how to capture and create fountains of fire and orbs of light and come away knowing the basic equipment needed and the finer points of nailing down your techniques. This is trick photography at its best. There will be two DPS tutors on hand and demos with tips and techniques will be given throughout.

We provide the Steel Wool, the fire and everything else you need for a great night of creative shooting.

 

See the Steel Wool Photography walk on The Dublin Photography School Website Here: http://goo.gl/BkrvY7

 

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:  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.

 

 

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

Joby Pro Sling Camera Strap Review

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DPS is a photography school based in Dublin specializing in Beginners DSLR Courses, But catering for all Levels From Studio to Photoshop and everything In between.

Joby Pro Sling Camera Strap Review

By Stewart Kenny

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Package

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Package

A few months ago, I wrote some travel photography tips. In this blog one of the pieces of advice I offered up was to think about buying a new camera strap. This is also something I teach in my Travel Photography course in Ireland, with Dublin Photography School.

When we think about camera accessories, I’ll admit that camera straps are not the first gadget that spring to mind, but there a couple of reasons I’m such a big advocate of aftermarket straps.

  1. Comfort: depending on the camera and lens you are carrying around, there could be some serious weight hanging around your neck, now if you have big shoulders like mine, then the out of the box camera straps just don’t fit securely over the shoulder. Also because after market straps like, Joby, Slingshot, Crumpler are much wider they do not cut into you.
  1. Security: because these straps are much longer, they allow you to wear your camera across your body, which make them much harder to snatch off you in an unguarded moment. Also they allow you to wear the camera under a jacket or open top, making it harder to spot.
  1. Walking Advert: because they are generic colours, they do not advertise the model camera you are carrying, which will hopefully deter steal to order thieves that operate in some cities.
  1. Look less like a tourist: a small one, but important to me, a lot of my travel photography is about fitting in and not drawing attention to myself, now if i could only get rid of my socks and sandals, bum bag, I would be setJ

So after losing my last crumpler strap a few months ago, I had no choice to pick up a new strap. I just happened to be in the Camera Centre in the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght, when I seen one for €79.99, now I know that I could get it online for cheaper on sites like Amazon and Ebay, but I’m a big believer in shopping local and keeping the high street open so it not bother me that I spent a few quid over the odds. Also the staffs there are really good at their jobs and are always nice to me.

The camera strap I bought was a Joby Pro Sling XXL

Things I liked about this strap:

Length: the strap length is designed for someone who is carrying a bit of relaxed muscle like myself so it’s quite comfortable.

Weight Distribution: the strap spreads the weight over the entire chest back and rests on the side of hip, making it quite comfortable to wear.

Strap Width: the width of strap is 50-60mm meaning that the weight of the camera does not cut into you. ( Big one for me.)

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXLWidth

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXLWidth

Anti Slip Covering: This stops the camera moving around too much, but if you’re wearing loose clothing can drag your clothes around a bit as the strap grips the loose fabric.

Swivel lock: the strap comes with a rotating base that allows the camera to move freely. This is easily screwed into any standard tripod socket.

joby pro sling sJoby Sling Professional Strap XXL Swivel Lock

joby pro sling sJoby Sling Professional Strap XXL Swivel Lock

Carbiner Clip: this attaches to the camera strap socket and the other part clips onto the clinch in the strap meaning if for some reason the swivel lock comes undone you will have a back up to stop the camera falling.

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Carbiner Clip

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Carbiner Clip

Cable tidies: these are a god send for tying of excess strap length you don’t want.

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Excess Clips

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Excess Clips

Things I did not like about this strap:

Cushion: there is no real padding in the strap meaning that it is not as comfortable as say a crumpler strap.

Anti slip Coating edge: in places the strap has a sharp edge from the plastic slip coating, not a bother except were the strap makes contact with the neck line, can be irritating.

Price: even online the price is a little steep for what essentially a glorified length of fabric.

Overall Score 90/100

Thanks for reading, have a look at some of my other photography tips or think about taking a beginner’s photography course in Dublin with us here.