Category Archives: Workshops

Online Mobile Photography Workshop

I had not thought you could transfer a photography workshop to an online setting, but the two online mobile photography workshops I did back in April in support of the ISPCC were such a huge success, raising over €5k for the charity, that in conjunction with the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, we are now planning a workshop for June 29th and July 4th.

Coming from an education background, I am very aware of the need to allow students put into practice what they are learning. These two 90-minute workshops are structured so that in the first week, I will walk you through how to get the most from your smartphone camera. Then in a series of easy exercises I will heighten your visual awareness equipping you to create more dynamic and creative compositions in your photography, all the time relating it back to your own personal style of photography.

We then have a week until the second of the workshops. In this time you have the opportunity to put into practice what you are learning. I will give you guidelines – according to your own photographic style –  of different types of photographs you can get and during the week we will connect and I will provide personalised and individual feedback on the photographs you create, helping you to further sharpen your photographic eye and create images to be proud of.

Jump forward to the second workshop and now the focus will be on editing your photographs to put your personal stamp on your images. I will show you how to use Snapseed (a free editing app) to make your images visually dynamic and captivating to the eye. I will continue to guide you and provide constructive criticism. There will then be the opportunity to share our photographs with the like-minded photography enthusiasts on the workshop.

By the end of the two sessions, you will have photos to be proud of and you will be seeing and thinking more photographically and have developed your own personal style and leave the sessions with a passion and excitement for photography.

Looking forward to seeing you online for a great mobile photography workshop!

To book your place on the course, click here.

We will Zoom for the delivery of the workshops. You can download it here.

All course materials will be delivered to participants electronically.

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Online Mobile Photography Workshop – Saturday, April 25th at 4pm

Really excited to announce that I will be doing my first Online Mobile Photography Workshop in conjunction with the Gallery of Photography in Dublin next Saturday, April 25th at 4 p.m. (note time change)

There had been a workshop planned for Saturday the 25th in the gallery, but with Ireland being in lockdown, there is no way it could have gone ahead. Instead when the gallery asked me if I could do something online, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do something good and I suggested we run the workshop for the Irish Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children, who really need help at this moment.

We may feel that we are stuck at home at the moment with the restrictions in place, but are we really? We can stay up and get up as late as we want, throw ourselves on the sofa and binge on boxsets, chat endlessly online with friends and family, eat our favourite food, have a few drinks, and when we want, we can slip outside to do a little exercise within the 2km radius. However, for some these restrictions actually do mean being stuck. Many children find themselves in scary situations at the moment stuck in homes suffering abuse in different forms. For them, this lockdown is a nightmare.

So, this online workshop is an opportunity to get creative at home and train your photographic eye as you learn how to get the most from your smartphone. I will show you some tips and tricks to improve your photography and to have fun shooting in and around your house. And some great news – I am really pleased that my friends in Huawei have offered a prize of their fabulous Watch GT2 (valued at €220) for the best photograph posted after the workshop.

How can you enrol: Please click here and follow the instructions on how to make your donation and take up your place on the workshop. The great thing about doing this online is that it does not matter where you are in the world, you can join in.

Looking forward to seeing you next week.

The workshop will be conducted on Zoom.

Saturday, April 25 at 4pm
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Upcoming photography workshops

Three photography workshops in the next two months.

First up is a Mobile Photography Workshop in the Gallery of Photography, Dublin on May 18th.

You can book a place here.

The last Street Photography workshop in Cork was nearly called off due to the bad weather, but we braved the torrential rain to get some good photographs and along the way we had great craic. The weather should be better on June 15th. Fingers crossed.

You can book a place here.

Then on June 29th I will be back in Dublin for another Mobile Photography Workshop. This coincides with one of the most colourful days in the year when the annual Pride Parade makes it way through the streets of Dublin. Last year it was a brilliant opportunity to hit the streets and make photos.

Check out my Instagram Story from last year.

You can book a place here.

Read more about the workshops here.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Today at Apple

Today at Apple. Well, last Saturday at Apple in their brand new Singapore store on Orchard Road for a photo talk and walk. It was great fun.

I got into Singapore on Friday morning and after a quick meeting with Apple staff, where I was told that the talk had reached maximum occupancy in 24 hours, my good friend Arik Chan – whose photos populate this post – and I hit the streets to scout for good photo opportunities.

Now in a big city on a busy Friday evening of course you are going to find them. I was looking for shots which could guide the participants the following day when we headed out as a group.

I have been on a new photographic path since I began to shoot in Portrait Mode. Why? Two reasons: 1. It slows me down – which is always a good thing to help you improve. And 2: it means I get to engage with people on the street. I get to talk to them as I shoot.

Singaporeans are a friendly bunch. Here are some of the portraits I shot.

iPhone Portrait Mode: Singapore

iPhone Portrait Mode: Singapore

iPhone Portrait Mode: Singapore

We had been worried that the weather might not be kind to us. The talk was scheduled was 5 p.m. At 3 p.m on our way to the store it was lashing, but I had a feeling this would not last.

The structure of the talk was to give a background to myself and my work and to guide and inspire them as to the type of shots we could get on the one-hour photo walk.

Here we go Reviewing some of my favourite photos Some of the participants

I love photo walks. Everyone walks the same route, passes the same things, but sees things so differently I am always amazed at the shots participants bring back; very often shots I wish I had gotten myself.

Shooting

With a group of 50 people it is not easy to give individual attention to each person. So with the help of some Apple staff we broke up into 3 groups and I spent 20 minutes with each.

Look up

It was a blast. Particularly seeing people putting what they had learnt into immediate practice.

Putting Olloclip into action

When we eventually got back to the Apple Store for a 30 minute review of each other’s shots I found myself exclaiming – “Wow!” – many’s the time. If you check the hashtag #todayatapple you can find some of their shots.

Reviewing photographs

I got to thank Monogramasia for their continuing support in all I do. Means a lot! Thanks to Olloclip also – really appreciate the backing. To Apple’s excellent staff in Singapore and of course, to the wonderful people who came to the event and made it such a fun experience for me.

With some of the participants

And last, but not least, to Arik Chan for these great photos of the event. Check Arik’s work here and here.

With my good friend, Arik Chan

Until the next time, Singapore…

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Rebel Street Photography

Met up with the good folk of Cork’s Rebel Street Photography group on Saturday to give a street photography workshop to their members.

In preparing for the workshop it was fun to look back through images I had made here in Cork. Made me think I need to get out more and shoot in my hometown.

CORK

CORK

I have given talks and workshops in various parts of the world and shared the stage with some big lights in street photography, but for some reason I was very nervous for this workshop. Maybe because it was in my own backyard. But like most things in life that you get worked up about, it never turns out to be as bad as you have made out in your head. 

Hitting the streets with Cork’s Rebel Street Photography group

I’ve been working on putting together a series of portraits shot on iPhone. This has led to a change in approach for me. Instead of looking for candid moments, I am now enjoying engaging with people, getting to know them a little as I make their portraits.

Linda and her dog Bud

A man from Tyrone

Kofi from Ghana

Andre from Italy

Cork

Cork

Nothing but the truth in this, boy

The People’s Paper

Bam Artist Artiste

Bam Artist Artiste

Bam Artist Artiste

You can learn more about Bam Artist Artiste here. 

Big thanks again to all in the Rebel Street Photography group, particularly Stela who was absolutely brilliant in making the workshop happen!

Rebel Street Photography Group

Kiss the future…

 

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Mobile Photography Workshop in Hong Kong

I am very excited to announce a Mobile Photography Workshop in Hong Kong in conjunction with the Maritime Museum on Saturday, August 26th from 1 to 5 p.m. You can register for it here.

Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities and I have loved shooting there over the years.

Mobile Photography Workshop – Maritime Museum – Hong Kong – August, 26th

Hong Kong street life is electric, be it during the day or at night. Such a wonderfully vibrant location. Here are a selection of my favourite photographs from Hong Kong over the years.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

You can register for it here.

Look forward to seeing you on the 26th August.

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