11 Apr

Photos of County Wicklow

We had a great week of weather this week and we were sent some excellent photos from all around the country but we got a lot of photos from around the county Wicklow area so we decided to write a little post and put up some of the great photos that were sent in.

One of our friends Jenny sent us in some great pictures of the sugar loaf. The sugar loaf is a great day out and it’s so close to Dublin that we think it is still very much under used! There are actually some great areas to visit within an hour of Dublin such as Glendalough, Powerscourt , the sugar loaf (obviously!) and Avoca.

These pictures were taken on her iPhone 5 and the quality is really good. Although embarrassed to say it Jenny recently got a selfie stick and used that to get some of these pictures. We have been meaning to post about the selfie stick as it is the new trend in picture taking.

For those of you who live under a rock a selfie stick is an extendable stick that allows you to attach your camera or phone to the top via a clip. Most of them are bluetooth and come with a remote control which makes it easy to take pictures. I got one a few weeks ago and find it great. At first I thought it was just a bit of a fad but I find myself using it fairly often these days..much more than I would have thought!

For those of you who are interested they are about €20.00 so not going to break the bank by any means. I got mine from a UK website http://www.shopselfiestick.co.uk/and delivery took a few days but was free :).

Anyway that’s probably another posts work to be honest but said I would mention it here anyway. Enjoy the pics!

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23 Apr

iPhone 5 VS The Tefal Actifry Fryer

Right so long story short I managed to drop my iPhone 5 into my new Tefal Actifry machine!!! I ordered this new fryer from the Tefal Actifry Shop 2 days ago and it arrived this morning and been the kid I am I was taking photos of it to send around a snap chat (yeah I am crazy like that!) and I dropped it in and broke the screen. I am now off to get it repaired down the local repair shop.

I use my iPhone for most basic photography so everything is on hold until I get this fixed. I think the local repair shop advertise a same day repair so hopefully it is not too busy. In the mean time I will continue to test out the Tefal Actifry fryer I got. It’s supposed to be a much healthier option than my old fryer which just cooked everything in a lake of grease so I would be surprised if it wasn’t healthier to be honest.

I am not much of a cook at all so I just got it to make chicken and chips which I pretty much have every second night and then I get my girlfriend to do the heavy lifting such as lasagna, curry’s, shepards pie and anything that require more than throwing something in and pressing a button.

I hope to be back in action in a few days when I get my phone back repaired (hopefully) so hang on till then I will upload some new pics. We have had great weather the last few days so it is a shame!

9 Apr

Tips for hiring a photographer

We often hear horror stories of people hiring photographers and not being happy with them. Unfortunately anyone can call themselves a photographer but not anyone can be a professional photographer. It takes years of experience and a passion for the art.

Obviously there are several things to consider such as costs, time frame, availability and quality of past work. There are several associations for Irish photographers which can be helpful when hiring.

Some things to look out for when hiring a photographer:

1. Experience levels:

We understand that new photographers have to start somewhere but they should also be honest about their experience levels. Ask the photographer for past work and if they can’t produce any but claim they are experienced then alarm bells should be ringing. If they are honest and telling you they are only starting out then see if you can get them to send on some samples.

2. Price

Obviously a very important point here. Pay peanuts and get monkeys so if a photographer is quoting way below the norm then something is wrong. Don’t shop on price alone but try to get the best deal you can.

3. Personality of the Photographer

Meet up with any potential photographers and talk about other things than just photography to see if you can build a rap ore with him/her.  If you don’t get on with the photographer then move on to the next one.

4. Timeframe and Delivery

Get a clear time frame for delivery of the end product. A good photographer will be able to give you a more precise time frame for having your photos ready and may offer different options such as various framing.

5. Payments

Most photographers will take a percentage up front in order to guarantee the slot. Some will ask you to sign a contract which is a good thing in case they don’t turn up!

Some of these points might seem obvious but you would be surprised about the amount of horror stories we hear so use your common sense and follow the above :).