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Clare Workshop

Next workshop: TBC 2013

Stay in the charming lighthouse keepers cottage at the tip of Loop head in Co. Clare. Wild seas, rugged cliffs, dramatic seascapes all located closely to the Irish Landmarks Trust wonderful accomodation.

County Calre by Gerard McNaughton

This workshop is a 2 day residential stay in the quirky yet comfortable Loop Head Lighthouse Keepers cottage.

You could not ask for a more perfect location for photography. Dramatic coastline with seascapes, rockpools, vast skies with the added charm of staying in the lighthouse keepers cottage and eating quality home cooked food for 2 nights and 2 days.

Photography workshop on location

The main photographic focus will be on landscape photography but abstracts will also be looked at and other opportunistic options that present themselves. While an SLR camera and tripod are essential, all levels of photography are catered for taking you through the basics of exposure to advanced techniques. This is all made possible by the small group sizes. Max 5

Costs and What’s Included

The cost of the workshop is €550 for a twin room and €620 for a singe room. Accommodation is in the charming and comfortable Loop Head Lighthouse keepers cottage. Single rooms are limited so they will be on a first come first served basis. All food is included in the price. Home cooked quality food will be provided which has become a bit of a feature on Daragh’s workshops.

The workshop begins at about 6pm on Friday and finishes approx 3pm on Sunday.

All you need is your camera, tripod and yourself and enjoy the weekend while developing your photography skills further.


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What you will learn

Here are some of the topics around what the workshop will be based on. This is just a guide as the workshop will be more in depth as general discussion and individual stumbling blocks lead to a fuller and deeper understanding:

  • Understanding Exposure – Shooting in Manual - F stops and shutter speed explained
  • Understanding Depth of Field

What is ISO?

Aperture and Shutter Priority Explained

Why shoot RAW?

  • Understanding and choosing the Correct White Balance
  • Histograms Explained - Why exposing to the right of a histogram is important
  • Filters – Graduated Neutral Density/Polarisers
  • Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed - Make Waterfalls and Rivers silky, Seascapes look ethereal and misty
  • Compositional techniques - rule of thirds - strong foreground interest and how to optimise subject matter.
  • Connecting you to your subject matter so that you consider more deeply each shot before taking it.
  • Why research locations? Why is the direction of sunlight important? – Understanding Light and how your camera sees light.
  • Shooting Blind - A excercise to help you ‘feel’ light more. The display on your camera will be taped up allowing you only the tools of your light meter, shutter speed and aperture. This is an excellent excercise in not relying on the tools that are instantly available on the display of the camera. Take control back from the auto settings on your camera

Critique and Editing

This is extremely beneficial to participants as a selection of images from each person is examined and discussed. Good points and problems with each images are pointed out so that people learn from both their mistakes and what they got right. Some basic photoshop skills will be demonstrated and at least one image from each person will be processed and they can print this image for FREE using Daragh’s printers.


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