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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12 May

Time to get your selfie stick

Unless you have been living under a rock then you will have come across the now famous selfie stick. In case you have been living under a rock then a selfie stick is the new “hip” term for what used to be called a monopod by photographers. A monopod was traditionally a one legged tripod use to take pictures. The selfie stick is basically an extendible pole that allows you to clip your phone to end in order to take pictures.

What is the point of this you ask? Well, they allow you to get really cool photos and better selfies. Even though a lot of people are on a crusade against selfies the selfie stick do allow you to get great pictures. The extendible length means you can get much more background in the shot or an extra few friends in the photo.

So how do they work? Well most of the latest ones are bluetooth which mean that you can pair the selfie stick with your phone. There are then two options when buying a selfie stick. There is the stick with bluetooth remote and there is the stick with the built in bluetooth button which is a bit better but also usually more expensive.

The sticks first became popular in South East Asia before spreading to western countries at a rate of knots. In the last 6 months there has been a huge surge in the number of selfie stick sales even here in Ireland. If you are looking for selfie stick Ireland then we see the new store went online not too long ago. We are always looking to support Irish companies so if you are based in Ireland we recommend checking them out, plus they have the same sticks that everyone else seems to be selling!

11 May

How to setup an Android TV Box

I am not the most technical person when it comes to setting up new pieces of technology that come out, especially over the last few years but the new android TV boxes on the market and pretty straight forward to use. I have read that I am able to watch live TV, sports, movies and TV shows on demand and have been putting those claims to the test.

I read online that the minimum internet connection I needed was 3mbs and as far as I am aware I have about 25mbs so that should not be a problem. When I got the box I was surprised at how compact it was. I was expecting something similar to a UPC tv box or a sky box but instead it is smaller than my internet router that sits beside it. To get started all I had to do was plug it in and connect the TV to the android TV box via a cable.android tv box

The android tv box came with several apps that are needed including netflix which is always a great one to have but the subscription is still needed. I have also noticed that it is possible to cast from my android phone to the android tv box. Once setup you can download any android app just as if you were using your phone or tablet. I already had apple tv even though I am not really an apple guy and I guess that this is the android answer to the apple TV. Apple TV is a bit easier to use but you also have to pay for the movies as you watch them which is quite expensive. I will continue to play around on the TV box and see if I can figure out more tips and tricks.

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 :).