Irish Photographers Blog

An interview with Steve McCurry

Posted on Saturday, Mar 5th, 2011 in Photography News, The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

On thursday I had the great pleasure of chatting with photographer Steve McCurry. Steve was in Dublin to give a talk on his work at the Gallery of Photography where his current exhibition Worlds of Colour is running until the 24th of April. If you haven't already seen the exhibition do get to see it - shows like this don't come around too often. You can watch the video

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Pictures I’d rather not see this Polling Day

Posted on Thursday, Feb 24th, 2011 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

Dear picture editors, Here are three images I don't need to see this polling day. 1. Enda Voting. 2. Enclosed Carmelite Nuns coming out to vote 3 . A west of Ireland polling station with a young Garda and an old farmer.

An Interview with Barry McCall

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 22nd, 2011 in Photography News, The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 4 Comments

Barry McCall is one of the world's leading fashion and portrait photographers. After 20 years in business he decided to mark the event by publishing a book of his work. To date it has raised over 250,000 euro. I recently caught up with him to record an interview. Watch it here. Buy Barry's PHO2OGRAPHY book here - all the money goes directly to the charity.

Horse outside – thoughts on the PPAI Awards

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 22nd, 2011 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 1 Comment

I must start by stating that all the images individually are worthy winners and the photographers who collected an award at the AIB PPAI Photojournalism Awards are excellent photographers - but I do question the range of images that were selected for the travelling exhibition. Many of the image subjects were repeated - while worthy on their own collectively there was a sameness about the images. To illustrate my ...

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Meet Stewart Photo Supplies

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 18th, 2011 in Meet the Suppliers, Photography News by Alan Murphy

Today took a trip to Stewart Photo Supplies in the Centrepoint Business Park. The purpose of the visit was to record the first in our series - Meet the suppliers. We hope that the series allows you to get to know the main photographic suppliers and what they do.

The Perfect Picture – Digital retouching.

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 11th, 2011 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

Retouching images has been performed since the early days of photography but now digital retouching is an important tool to the professional photographer. While many undertake their own retouching work there are a growing number of specialist retouching artists who are happy to undertake the work. I recently came across a sample showreel of the work of retouching artist Radka Zelmanova, based in Dublin, who works her magic under the trading ...

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Pose early for Christmas.

Posted on Monday, Dec 6th, 2010 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

As everyone in Ireland will know we have been suffering real wintery conditions throughout the island. This will of course cause disruption to delivery dates from processing labs and framers as they deal with a backlog of orders. If you want to get your recent portrait session returned for Christmas get your orders in now to avoid disappointment. But remember a voucher for a portrait session can be purchased right up ...

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Seeing in a different spectrum.

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 26th, 2010 in Photography News, The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 1 Comment

I like photographers who try different things so when I read that Bray based photographer Mark Harrison was shooting images on a Canon digital camera that he had converted to photograph in the Infra Red Spectrum I had to met him, look at the camera and see some of the images he was producing. Mark was first attracted to IR by the cover of Unforgettable Fire which U2 released in ...

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Civil Partnership weddings – Are you prepared?

Posted on Thursday, Oct 21st, 2010 in The IPWS Blog, Wedding Photography in Ireland by Alan Murphy

Although the Civil Partnership Act has been passed it has not yet been enacted into law. This is likely to happen in 2011. There are many couples here and overseas planning their civil ceremony in Ireland in anticipation of the enactment of the Law. Many others gave up waiting and pressed ahead with their civil ceremonies. So are you prepared for an enquiry from a same sex couple? What do ...

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Inspirational Arts Photography Award Winner Named

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 28th, 2010 in Photography News, The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 1 Comment

Last Friday I went into the premises of Inspirational Arts for the announcement of the winner of the 2010 Inspirational Arts Photography Award. Unfortunately I couldn't stay till all the formalities were completed but I gathered enough to make this short little video which will introduce the new premises, the shortlisted artists and the winner. I hope you enjoy.

iPad used to showcase Photographers work.

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 22nd, 2010 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 1 Comment

I was at the recent PhotoVision show in Dublin when I got talking with Brian from First Property Photography about the iPad and how photographers use it. While he was showing me his Portfolio Slideshow I took a video of it.  This is the result.

Wedding Industry Federation

Posted on Saturday, Sep 11th, 2010 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy

Not sure how many of you are aware of these conversations- they are news to me. It is likely that they are just discussions but it is important that wedding photographers, as an important supplier group, make themselves aware of what is happening. If anyone has more information we would love to hear.

When copyright is enough.

Posted on Sunday, Aug 29th, 2010 in The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 3 Comments

I recently blogged about how sometimes ownership isn't the only factor photographers must consider when selling images to media groups. I have just heard of a case taken by a Dublin photographer against a Sunday newspaper which used his work without clearing it with him first. In this case the issue of copyright was the important factor in the photographer's case against the newspaper. The client's expectancy for ...

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Tom Lawlor – wedding tips

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 24th, 2010 in The IPWS Blog, Wedding Photography in Ireland, Your Wedding by Alan Murphy

Here is another in our series of leading photographers giving tips to brides - this time it is Tom Lawlor. Tom is an acclaimed Irish photographer and broadcaster who works out of the Red Stable, St Annes Park in Raheny, Dublin.

A life in images

Posted on Thursday, Aug 19th, 2010 in Photography News, The IPWS Blog by Alan Murphy | 4 Comments

Recently I took a trip to Louth to meet with retired photographer Paul Kavanagh.  Paul has had his work recognised by Louth County Council who now have it on permanent display in the county museum. Paul started in local newspapers as a cub reporter. He spent some time in Dublin with Independent Newspapers but moved back in the mid fifties to work solely as a photographer and opened a ...

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