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Bulbs, Lights & Greystones Camera Club

  • October 28, 2015
Bulbs, Lights & Greystones Camera Club

We recently visited Greystones Camera Club in Wicklow for a demonstration and practical workshop on photographing burning bulbs and light painting.

We had an excellent time and would like to thank them all for having us – we hope that they learned something and of course, had as much fun as we did.

Our Light Painting Kit includes (but is not limited to) some of the following items:

  • LED Lenser Torch
  • EL Wire
  • Pixel Stick
  • Sparklers (careful now…)
  • Wire Wool (fine grade), Whisk, Dog Chain (lead), 6V Battery (keep this away from your wire wool at all costs!)
  • Lasers (do NOT point directly at your camera)
  • Small round-topped torch for creating orbs
  • Battery operated Fairy Lights of various colours & lengths

Pretty much anything that emits light, even your phone, can be used for light painting. 30 seconds is usually enough to do what you need to do and remember, if you can’t write backwards, try writing the right way and flipping your image.

If any members of the club would like to have their work included on this post, send a watermarked version to info@mianphotography.com or send them to us on our Facebook Page.

Regarding the burning bulbs – as we said on the night, we use a dimmer switch to control the burn and use standard bulbs (not the eco friendly ones!) to get the desired result, however we do NOT recommend that you try it at home, nor do we take responsibility for any damage or injury should you take it upon yourself to do so.

If you would like us to visit your club for a talk, workshop or demonstration, simply click here to contact us!

Digital Photography & Development for Beginners

  • October 17, 2015

On Thursday evening, we finished our first Digital Photography course for beginners in Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.

With a little theory, some handouts and plenty of practical work, we started with composition and then worked our way through the exposure triangle controlling ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed in Manual mode. We teach our students that putting your camera on ‘Auto’ or other program modes, means that your image is courtesy of your camera manufacturer, not you. Take control, switch to M and take your own images your way!

Following on from that, we will be starting our Digital Darkroom (Introduction to Photoshop & Camera RAW) course on October 29th. We were asked by our students if this is ‘Photoshop’. Yes and no.

Digital Darkroom PosterWhen one takes a photo with a film camera, the film needs to be brought into a darkroom and developed with chemicals in order to achieve the correct exposure, tones etc. according to how you saw the scene. When you shoot in RAW (digital form of a film negative) on your camera, you must then take that file into the digital darkroom e.g. Adobe Camera RAW (a part of Photoshop) in order to tweak the highlights, shadows, colours etc. in order to give the image the life that you saw in front of you when you were taking the picture in the first place.

Our practical, affordable, simple 3 evening mini-course will help you to learn how to process your images once you have taken them. Learn how to improve colour balance, tones, exposure, sharpen, adjust specific areas, use gradients and much more. Handouts will help you to practice at home and you will see big improvements in your photographs after just a few short lessons.

Rather than running a complete set of digital photography courses from beginners to advanced and then running the same for image development and Photoshop, we like to keep our students’ skills with their cameras on-par with their skills in post processing on the computer. This is why we are running alternate digital photography and post processing courses.

If you are interested in attending any of our courses or workshops, please do not hesitate to send us an email on info@mianphotography.com or click here to contact us.