Irish Photographers Blog

What’s happening with the Gallery…..

Posted on Monday, Jan 12th, 2009 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

I used to love the Irish Times. The paper has good writers but, more importantly to me, good photographers and picture editors. They know how to make images and more importantly how to use them. When they launched the Gallery I was delighted. At last a weekly review of the best images from around the world. What a disappointment when I looked at it today. ...

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How Much is Enough – Managing Expectations

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 6th, 2009 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

Yesterday a Dublin photographer who has a listing with me emailed. He was writing to say he wasn't sure if he wanted to continue his listing as the responses weren't really coming in. I checked our stats (we are the only site I know that lets you see all your click throughs - LIVE) and in approximately a two and a half month period IPWS had delivered over ...

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Don’t forget to avail of our offer!!

Posted on Friday, Jan 2nd, 2009 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

Most of you by now will have seen the huge improvements we have made to our Directory of Photographers in 2008. With images, Google Maps, search by category and Favourite Folder it is by far the most useful powerful resource available to Irish photgraphers to advertise their business. The public can search by county, Dublin, Cork or Galway, they can immediately assess the return using sample images and can ...

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Merry Christmas – Take time and smell the flowers

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 24th, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

With shares tumbling, banks being recapitalised and budgets running over forecast it is easy to get bogged down and feel depressed about work and the economy. But as photographers we are privileged. We get to meet people - the great and the good, the famous and the infamous. We capture memories and despite what people think we have a special skill that everyone recognises but few can ...

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Posted on Monday, Dec 22nd, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 1 Comment

I just want to share my experience of Every year my lovely mother in law expects a photograph of her gran children - not much to ask for I know - after all I am a photographer. For as long as I have had children this has always been a last minute scramble - after all I had paying clients to attend to first. Well last year ...

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Commercial picture of the year NOT

Posted on Thursday, Oct 30th, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

I spotted this picture in today's independent. Pretty scarey alright but not for the right reasons. From iphone

Irish photographers shine at MPA Awards.

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

The combined photography award winners from the Master Photographers Association (MPA) and the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) have been unveiled during a glittering awards ceremony in Newcastle. Lisa Visser was awarded the coveted title of British Professional Photographer of the Year 2008, while Mark Nixon, scooped the title of Overseas Professional Photographer of the Year 2008. A packed audience of professional photographers and trade representatives attended the prestigious ...

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IPPA New President and Council

Posted on Thursday, Oct 9th, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

The IPPA Conference took place in Kilkenny last weekend. Unfortunately I couldn't attend due to family commitments but I am sure all the delegates had an enjoyable and interesting weekend. I am grateful to Ger McCarthy who forwarded me this image from the weekend. Caption: Photographers Paul Callaghan Kingscourt Co Cavan, out going IPPA President Gerry O'Leary Dublin, New IPPA President Paddy ...

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Hard Times by Dominic Lee, Priory Studios

Posted on Monday, Sep 1st, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Dominic Lee | 4 Comments

Already we are hearing of photographers being laid off, staff wages being cut and studios not renewing their lease.As ever in hard times the weak photographers will be bullied into submission by customers who sense their desperation for business. More & more photographers are giving away their images on DVD which makes them no better than a fast food take-away where you couldn't spend more than 10 Euro a head ...

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The Price of Ink by Dominic Lee

Posted on Thursday, Jul 31st, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Dominic Lee | 1 Comment

Petrol may be expensive @ over 1.30 Euro per litre Red Bull/Bottled Water is over 5 Euro per litre Perfume/Face Cream is over 350 Euro per litre But Ink for your inkjet printer tops the chart at over 600 Euro per litre. These prices are based on buying small bottles/cartridges. Dominic

From iPhone

Posted on Sunday, Jul 13th, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

This is my first post from iPhone. It means I can post blogs on the run. Expect more

The 10 Commandments of a successful wedding photographer by Dominic Lee, AMPA

Posted on Thursday, Jun 5th, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Dominic Lee | 5 Comments

(1) Never ever take a booking without a booking fee, (average 10%, a deposit is refundable while a booking fee is non refundable). (2) Never ever smoke or drink alcohol while working and always dress as if you are a guest at the wedding (if you want to dress like “an artist” then take up wild life photography). (3) Never ever give the client printable files on DVD, (unless ...

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IPWS – Sneak Preview

Posted on Monday, Apr 21st, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 2 Comments

We are currently working on a new and even stronger website which will serve you better. The upgrade will feature many new and innovative features which will maintain our position as Ireland's premier source of news for professional photographers. The introduction of the new site will involve a "little" work but we hope that you will see the gain out weighs the ...

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How much are you worth?

Posted on Thursday, Apr 17th, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

The PA make no apologies for charging for photographers - why do we. This website sets out clearly rates for photographers (in sterling) Too often I hear of photographers doing jobs for crazy prices. Get to know your costs and expenses, figure out a respectible fee which will give you a decent living and stick to your guns. Regards Alan M

The Good Ol’ Days by Dominic Lee

Posted on Saturday, Mar 29th, 2008 in The IPWS Blog by Dominic Lee | 1 Comment

My Aunt nabbed me at a wedding recently and complained that I never sent her the photos from the last family event as promised. I told her I had emailed them to her son but his mailbox was full so they bounced back to me. To which she replied: “well send them to me; if my mail box is full the Postman will just knock at door”. So it’s little wonder that ...

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