18th International Salon of Photographic Art

Tallaght photographic society are holding their 18th International photographic salon of photographic art this years event has approval from the Photographic Society o America this is the first salon in Ireland to have this kind of approval and it is well worth entering
You can get information and download an entry form from our web site at

Photography Ireland 2009 Year Book

Photography Ireland 2009

The closing date for Photography Ireland 2009 is 1st June 2008.

The 2008 yearbook was a great success with over 100 pages of photographs from amateur and professional photographers from Ireland and abroad. Photographers were delighted to see their work excellently reproduced in colour and monochrome.

This is your chance to be included in next years edition so get your entries to Seán Casey as soon as possible.

Go to IPF Downloads – Forms for a copy of the entry form, or alternatively click on the link below.

Photography Ireland 2009 Entry Form

Top Oil Photographic Competition

The TOP Oil National Amateur Photographic Competition is currently accepting entries. If you are an up and coming photographer we’d love to see your work.
Every year we print and distribute 35,000 TOP oil calendars nationwide. The 12 winning photos from this year’s competition will have pride of place in our 2009 Calendar, and each winner will receive a fantastic prize.
Please send your (High Resolution Digital only) photos to photo@top.ie. Closing date for entries is May 31st 2008. Make sure to include your name and address on the e-mail, along with details of the photo – where, when and why you took it.
For further details visit www.top.ie. Good luck!

IPF Newsletter May 2008


Newsletter of the Irish Photographic Federation
May 2008

In This Issue

EPSON 2008 National Club Finals

SACC Creative Digital Competition

Tony Dunne, RIP

Sponsor of the
IPF National Club Finals
The IPF wish to acknowledge the continuing support and sponsorship provided by EPSON for the National Club Finals.

Upcoming IPF Events
The summer months are upon us so there is a lull in the IPF calendar until the autumn.
The National Audio Visual Championships will take place in Shannon on the weekend of 18th & 19th October.
Distinctions Judging
(L and A distinctions panels) will take place during the National Shield Finals in Mullingar in November. Application forms are available for download from the IPF website. Completed application forms and fees must be with the Distinctions Secretary before 1st November.
Check the IPF website for further details on these and other upcoming events.

Photography Ireland 2009
Closing Date
Don’t forget the closing date for Photography Ireland 2009 is 1st June 2008. See the IPF Website for more details and entry forms.
Copies of Photography Ireland 2008 are still available from Seán Casey.

Audio Visual News
Congratulations to Kieran O’Loughlin, Shannon Camera Club, on winning the annual ‘battle’ between the IPF and the NIPA. Kieran won with his sequence ‘Where Poetic Champions Compose’ which won the IPF AV National Championships held in Collins Barracks last October.
The AV group hold workshops or a regular basis and often have guest speakers over from the UK.
If you are interested in Audio Visual send your details to Lillian Webb, AV Secretary, 66 Roseville, Naas, Co. Kildare, 045 866160, for inclusion on their mailing list.

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Dear Member,

Welcome to the May 2008 issue of the IPF Review. In this issue you will find the results of the National Club Finals held in Thurles in April. Well done to Dundalk Photogrphic Society, outright winners, and all clubs who participated in the competition.
At the distinctions judging the same weekend two thirds of the applicants were successful. Congratulations and well done to all.
A special word of thanks to Thurles Camera Club who hosted this years event. They did an excellent job, and ensured that a great photography weekend was had by all who attended.
Keep an eye on the IPF Website for up to date information on upcoming competitions, exhibitions, and lectures. If your club is running an event why not send details to the website or review for publication.

EPSON 2008 National Club Finals
A great weekend of photography was had by all at the EPSON National Club Finals hosted by Thurles Camera Club in the Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The competiton was judged by three renowned international judges and events over the weekend included distinctions judging and workshops.
The new format attracted a large attendence of photographers from all over the country.
The Best Club in the competition was Dundalk Photographic Society, who also won best monochrome panel. Drogheda Photography Club won the best colour panel.
Results (Overall)
Dundalk Photographic Society
Drogheda Photographic Club
Celbridge Camera Club
Monochrome Prints
Dundalk Photographic Society
Drogheda Photographic Club
Mallow Camera Club
Colour Prints
Drogheda Photographic Club
Dundalk Photographic Society
Dunamaise Photograpic Society
Click here to see full results.

SACC Creative Digital Competition
The 2008 SACC Creative Digital Competition will be hosted by Thurles Camera Club on Sunday, 11th May at the Community Hall, Ballycahill, Thurles. Although this competition is held under SACC auspices it is open to all members of IPF or SACC affiliated clubs. Competition rules can be found at
2008 Winner of SACC Creative Digital Competition, Seán O’Brien, Dungarvan Camera Club.

Tony Dunne RIP
The whole photographic community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Tony who was a lifelong member of Drogheda Photographic Club.
Tony was a great supporter of IPF events, and was alway busy working away in the background ensuring the smooth running of many competitons and distinctions judgings.
The Irish Photographic Federaton and its members clubs wish to extend their sympathy to Tony’s mother and father.
Click here to read more.

Don’t Forget: If you have any items for inclusion in the IPF Review or Website send me an email with the details. Don’t forget to include photographs.

John Doheny
Irish Photographic Federation
6th May 2008

Digital Photography Workshops

Two-Day Digital Photography Workshops in Ireland’s Beautiful West Cork

Schedule: No fixed schedule – pick the dates that suit you! Courses continue through the Winter months
Rates: €650 for a one-to-one photo workshop, or €1200 for two people.

NEW: One-day workshops are now on offer. Contact me for further details.

Gift Certificates Available! Makes for a wonderful gift for the person who has everything!

Thank you Peter for an excellent workshop experience! I never thought that I could learn so much in a 2 day time frame. You were very generous with your knowledge, extremely accommodating to the goals that I came with, and I will never forget the beauty of the Gougane Barra Valley!
— Jennifer Cobble, USA

St. Finbar’s Oratory, Gougane Barra

Are you new to photography? Do you have a digital SLR camera, and want to learn how to get the most from it? Or are you an accomplished amateur who wants to hone your skills in the heart of some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery?Join me for an unforgettable two-day photo workshop in the heart of West Cork. There you will receive intensive tuition while immersed in some of Ireland’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery. With the tranquil Gougane Barra valley a ten minute drive away and the wild coastline of the Mizen, Beara and Sheep’s Head peninsulas easily accessible, there’s no shortage of inspiration.

My ultimate goal is for you to have a great time, get some fantastic photographs and go home having learned how to make better images for yourself.

Skill Levels

These classes will cater to all skill levels. From someone who is just getting started with a new camera to the advanced amateur, everyone is welcome.

Just a short message to say how much I enjoyed the 2 day workshop this week. Your practical ideas were most beneficial and the field work proved to be invaluable. This, backed up with the studio exercises I believe will help me greatly to improve my camera skills.
— Ivan O’Riordan, Limerick

What You Will Learn

I teach everything from basic camera controls to composition and lighting through to advanced photoshop techniques.A typical day will begin with an early rise to catch the morning light, followed by a session in the studio, during which we’ll eat lunch. In the evening, we head out again for the sunset. After that, it’s back to the B&B for some much-deserved sleep.

A synopsis of the subjects on offer during the course:

Image copyright: Denise Lynch

In the Field:

  • How to make a good exposure
  • Understanding aperture and depth of field
  • Shooting technique and how to eliminate camera shake and vibration
  • Photographing panoramas with a view to digital stitching
  • How to use filters (polarizing and neutral density)
  • The basics of good composition, and when to break the rules
  • How to use a view camera to give you front-to-back focus and/or alter perspective
  • How to use RAW mode to maximise your image’s potential
  • Exposing to the right to capture maximum detail

In the Studio:

  • Optimising your image in Photoshop and Lightroom:
    • Curves
    • Local contrast enhancement
    • Contrast masking
    • Using a pen and tablet to ease your workflow
    • Eliminating colour fringing and halos
  • Understanding colour spaces
  • The importance of profiles, and how to create them
  • Understanding RAW capture and how to convert your images.
Accommodation and Food

Accommodation will be in a comfortable bed & breakfast near the studio. The price includes two nights’ accommodation – the night before we start and the night of the first day. We finish in the afternoon of the second day, so you would be home that evening.Minutes from Gougane Barra, and in the heart of the Gaelteacht, it is ideally suited to act as a base for photography. Some of the most spectacular coastline in Ireland is just an hour’s drive away and the mountains of the Beara and Iveragh peninsulas likewise.

Two breakfasts and one dinner are included in the price of the workshop, but you must provide your own beer and wine.

Really enjoyed the workshop, learned a lot. Impressed with your cooking and enjoyed your company.
— Michael Cummins, Dublin

Sunset, Ballingeary

What Dates are Available?

Whichever dates suit you! Just drop me an email, or call.

What Are the Rates?

Rates are €650 for a one-to-one workshop, or €1200 for two people.Thank you for your excellent course in digital SLR photography. I can’t wait to start using what I’ve learned!
— Anne Cardiff, Wexford

Sign Me Up!

If these photography classes sound like just the thing for you, simply send me an email, or telephone +353 (0) 1 685 3000 and let me know which dates you’re interested in.

Woods, Gougane Barra

The one-on-one workshop brought a lot of the problems that have frustrated me in the past clearly into focus. You were generous with your time and advice about how the camera works, how to compose the image and the use of Photoshop.
I will gladly recommend this workshop to everyone interested in improving their photography skills. Thank you! I am excited about photography again!

— Colleen, Dublin