Members Portfolio Night , Monday March 23

Next Monday niight there will be a display of portfolios from club members  Valerie Walshe , Tom Cashman , Finbarr Murphy ,Paddy McCallaibh , Oliver Deady and Pat Kerrigan . Looking forward to a good night , please come along and support fellow members

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Outing to Cork

Club members are meeting tomorrow morning (Sat) at 11.00 outside Brown Thomas for a street shoot in Cork city. The forecast is good, should be a great day.

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Mon 16th Licentiateship (LIPF)

Next Monday night some time will be given to explain the process of preparing and presenting an LIPF panel. A sample panel will be displayed and there will be a general discussion on competition type photographs versus “pretty” or “Holiday snaps.

The Licentiateship of the Irish Photographic Federation is the basic level Distinction.
Applicants put forward a panel of ten images, which is assessed by a panel of experienced photographers.  Successful applicants are entitled to use the letters LIPF after their name.  More Info at 

Some Images from our very successful Macro / Still Life  night.

Jonnie Flynn off Facebook

Some Info On HDR Photography.

HDR Using Layer Masking In Photoshop.
Open Two images in Photoshop
Drag both onto screen
Use the move tool to drag the brightest image onto the darker image. Holding down shift key while dragging will auto align images or you can align them as below.
Select both layers .Go to Edit : Auto align layers.
Check layers for alignment by zooming in to the image and turning layers on and off.
Go to Layer : Layer mask : Reveal All. Click on mask in layers on right of screen.
Select soft brush : Set foreground color to white.
Reveal underlying dark image as required by painting with brush.
Set foreground color to black will allow you to undo what you have done.
The X key toggles the foreground from black to white.
When finished flatten image and save as jpg etc.

Two Utube links on HDR.                                                                            

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HDR Night 9th March

Next Monday night Sean Murphy will give a presentation on HDR or high dynamic range photography. This is a very useful method for photographing in bright or harsh light and it is not that difficult.

Ever tried to photograph a high-contrast scene, only to be frustrated when you find that
the pictures you snapped just don’t do it justice? Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Even
with the perfect exposure, there are certain scenes that will always tend to get blown-out
highlights, flat shadows, or both. But despite the fact that it’s nearly impossible to
find a happy medium in these types of situations, there is a solution. This age-old
dilemma can be solved through the magic of High Dynamic Range processing or “HDR”.
This is basically what HDR is: a specific style of photo with an unusually high dynamic
range that couldn’t otherwise be achieved in a single photograph.

You’ve probably seen these types of images scattered across the Web. Depending on how
they’re processed, HDR photos can be anything from stunningly accurate reproductions of
what your eyes see to mind-blowingly surreal works of art that transform reality into a
high-def dreamscape.

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Macro Night Monday 2nd March

This Monday 2nd March we’ll have a macro night in the arches so bring cameras, tripods,flash etc and also any small objects you’d like to photograph. Macro is normally small objects photographed up very very close, so with macro – size matters!!

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Members Excel at Print & Projected finals 2015

A very big congratulations goes out to Blackwater Photographic members Pakie O’Donoghue and Kieran O’Mahony on their recent achievements at the Irish photographic Federation – Print & Projected finals 2015. Pakie’s image (Gone from our shores) was awarded an honorable mention in the Monochrome print theme Seascape section, and Kieran was also awarded an honorable mention for his woodland images in the themed Landscape Projected Images section. Well done Kieran & Pakie for this fantastic achievement – well deserved.Pakie Gone from our shoresKieranOmahony

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Bridgetown Abbey Outing Cancelled

Tonight’s weather is looking too unfavorable for an outdoor shoot at Bridgetown Abbey so we’ll be going with plan B (the arches) instead, so bring in your laptops and photos from any recent outings and we’ll split up into small groups for one to one help on anything you’d like to do with your photos. Bring your camera too if you’ve anything you’d like help with on that side of things. See you later.

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