DPS Bites: 5 Tips For Better Wedding Photography

5 Tips For Better Wedding Photography

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With the summer months upon us & the wedding season fast approaching, many of you out there may have been asked to photograph a family member or friend’s wedding. Saying ‘no thanks’ may not be an option, even though this may not be an area of photography that you are used to & you don’t really know where to start.

Wedding images should reflect the atmosphere, spirit & beauty of the occasion & as either a newbee wedding photographer or someone who has been asked to do a ‘favour’ for  a  family member or friend, these tips should get you going in the right direction.  Each wedding is unique & different in it’s own way, so for each one  go above & beyond & capture the warmth, emotion, beauty & romance of the day.

Create Your Shot List:wedding shot list - dublin photography school

 

Get  the  bride  &  groom to have a good think about the type of shots they want on their big day. Create a comprehensive shot list with everything included, from the preparations, through the wedding ceremony & onwards throughout the rest of the day.

Details, Details, Details:

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Many couples will want everything photographed throughout the wedding day, a story from start to finish. Details make up this story. The dress, shoes, veil, button holes, mass booklets, flowers, menus, table settings & so on.

Shoot In Burst/Continuous Mode:

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When it comes to those reportage/candid style shots you will need to think & act fast. If shooting with two cameras, switch one to continuous shooting mode so no opportunity is missed. Sometimes it’s the shot after the shot you meant to take that captures the moment beautifully.

Add Some Variety:

It is not always about showing the newly married couple kissing or in a loving embrace. Sometimes just connecting to each other by chatting, laughing or walking in the distance can itself be enough & can create a beautiful image.

Stay Out Of The Pros Way:

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It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of the day, however with that in mind if you are not the official or designated photographer on the day, try to stay out of the way. The main photographer has been hired for a reason & should have priority. If you want to give the couple a fantastic array of images, let the professionals do their job & you can present a collection of images from different subjects & angles, documenting the day from a whole new perspective.

Bonus tip:

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Why not come along to our  Wedding photography workshop on the stunning grounds of Russbourgh House. Although it’s not exactly a tip, it will teach you all the skills to start capturing the big day like a pro!

 

DPS Bites: 5 Tips For Better Travel Photography

5 Tips For Better Travel Photography

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When we think of travel photography we often think of the famous landmarks, monuments & attractions of the city or country we plan to visit. However for many people these famous sites are just the tip of the iceberg when visiting a new destination. To us here at DPS travel photography is so much more than just landmarks. To us it is a sub-genre of documentary & reportage photography that involves looking at landscapes, cultures, customs, people & their history. It conveys in an image a feeling that expresses the feeling of a particular time and place.
When we return from a holiday often it’s not the big things e.g. the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa that stick out in our mind but the smaller things. Details & quirks of the trip that spring to mind are e.g. small coffee shops, local markets or the artisans that ply their trade on the roadside. Food & art are things that make a culture unique. When we go away what we are looking to find is not what is similar to our own culture, but what is different. With all of this in mind, here are a few simple tips on what to look for when photographing on your adventures & travels.

Plan Your Kit:

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This is one of the most important considerations and one of the first things we teach on our travel photography workshop. Think about what kind of shots you want & make a list. If it’s mostly scenic landscapes then pack a wide angle lens, if it’s people a 50mm fixed or if it’s a mix of both, consider a zoom lens. Remember that it’s not always about what is in your kit bag!, a good compostiion can be achieved on a camera phone or a compact camera, will still look great on a web album or e.g. Instragram.

Be Prepared For Low Light:

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A lot of the action takes place in the evening, especially in hotter climates where the heat of the day can be a little over whelming. Be prepared for shooting in low light & carry something portable that you can use as a tripod to create slow exposure effects. A mini gorilla pod or a table top tripod are small & portable & they will fold up neatly into your kit bag. They are ideal for use anywhere. However if you are stuck, then you can use a bean bag, a wall or a rolled up t-shirt.

The 1/640th Rule:

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When travelling we are often looking for a shutter speed that will freeze about 90% of everyday action. Try setting your camera to 1/640th of a second, while this will not freeze every scene, it will freeze most day to day scenes that you will come across where people & moving subjects are part of it.
Start walking around with your camera in TV or S mode. This will allow you to focus on framing & composing your image.

Buy Something For A Portrait:

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A great way to break the ice with a local trader for example is to buy something small from them, then ask if you can take their portrait! Get chatting to them. Even if language is a barrier they will see from your body language that you have no alterior motive & they will often allow you to take their photograph. Stall holders, shop keepers & street musicians are often asked by travellers for photographs & will generally be willing to have their portrait taken. If fact many of them often play up for the camera.

Get Up High:

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High vantage points can be found almost everywhere. Even if your only photographing down-hill, it will make a massive difference to your images.
Get great scenes by getting up high, this can be as simple as photographing from your hotel window or by hiking up a hill, or even taking a drive into the mountains. Try to a have a point of interest in the foreground as a focus point so as to make the shot more interesting.

Bonus Tip:

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Why not Take a travel photography workshop or photography holiday with DPS. While it is  not exactly a tip, it will teach you all the skills you need to know to capture that trip of a lifetime!

 

NEW DATE ADDED! DPS & TDactive Holidays Trip To Transylvania OCT 2017

photography trips to TransylvaniaWe here at DPS are delighted and wowed to announce that we have added a new October 2017 date to our  Romania Photography trip, our new date will see DPS in Transylvania from October 11th-15th 2017. This fantastic four night photographic holiday adventure has limited numbers with hand picked destinations by the team at Dublin Photography School  and all logistics, bookings, accommodations, traveling and transfers handled by our partners at TDactive holidays.

So, if you are looking for an unforgettable photographic adventure, with on location tuition from two DPS trainers, stunning vistas and all the reportage and landscape photography you can shake a stick at, then why not join us, with full details here.

If Romania and Transylvania is not far flung and exotic enough, then why not take a look at our fantastic nine night holiday to amazing India which will be lead by DPS trainers Stewart Kenny & Steven Maybury in February 2018. Full details can be found here.

 

Congratulations to Stewart Kenny & Kim Lynch On Their Recent Exhibition

The crew here at DPS are delighted to offer their congratulations to Stewart Kenny and Kim Lynch on their recent exhibition in Steam Box in Dublin. There was an amazing turn out on the night with a fantastic atmosphere. The work displayed was well received by everyone who saw it and a great night was had by all in attended. Stewart was invited to exhibit in collaboration with Kim Lynch as part of the Saint Kevin’s Photography Graduate Show. Stewart, being part of the Kevin’s Alumni for some ten years now, was honoured and delighted to take part. We at DPS would like to extend our congratulations to all of the staff and students at Saint Kevins College for a successful show, and we wish them well for all future events.

(See Stewart’s Original Blog Here)

stewart kenny Our relationship with Saint Kevin’s College has been a fruitful one as we have provided many photographers with their introduction to the world of professional photography training. Before preparing them to apply to Kevin’s college they can start with us on the path for full accreditation as graduate photographers.

Saint Kevins College have recognized and accredited several of DUBLIN PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL courses with APL and RPL accreditation when applying for there Full Time FETAC/QQI Level 5 and 6 courses; namely our

  • 7 Week DSLR photography Course
  • 5 Week DSLR Follow On Course
  • 5 Week Studio Course
  • Flash Workshop
  • 1 Day Photoshop Course
  • Wedding Portfolio Workshop
  • Monochrome Workshop
  • Street Workshop
  • 1 Day Studio Course

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FULLY BOOKED! DPS & TDactive Holidays Photography Trip To Transylvania Sept 2017

photography trips to TransylvaniaWe here at DPS are delighted and wowed to announce that our  Romania Photography trip is now fully booked due to phenomenal demand since it’s launch in early February 2017. This fantastic four night photographic holiday adventure had limited numbers with hand picked destinations by the team at Dublin Photography School  and all logistics, bookings, accommodations, travelling and transfers handled by our partners at TDactive holidays.

So, if you are looking for an unforgettable photographic adventure, with on location tuition from two DPS trainers, stunning vistas and all the reportage and landscape photography you can shake a stick at, then why not join us, with full details here.

For those of you who are unable to join us this time, fear not, we will be announcing a new Romanian photography holiday 2018 date very soon.

If Romania and Transylvania is not far flung and exotic enough, then why not take a look at our fantastic nine night holiday to amazing India which will be lead by DPS trainers Stewart Kenny & Steven Maybury in February 2018. Full details can be found here.