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Light Painting Portrait Photography
2015-03-11

While convincing the Archipelago gents to stand out in the Baltic night air out in Dollymount to catch the Pigeon Chimneys at night for this portrait, I took the oppurtunity to try some light painting. Its simply painting with light into a long exposed frame – think of writing your name with sparklers as a kid at Hallowe'en. So it was a popular thing online at the time, and it can be quite a cool effect. I suggested just doing a non-descript ball,...

Cocoa Bean
2015-03-11

This is chocolate. Well, no it's not. But it kinda is... Strangely enough, for something that is so familiar, so commonplace, so everyday or even twice a day, chocolate is a bit of a mystery. Any film clip you see of a master chocolatier making chocolate always starts with them making it from chocolate – albeit slightly smaller chocolate pieces. But still: "How do I make chocolate? Well, first I take some chocolate... " This is the cocoa...

Steven and John from Archipelago
2015-03-04

So I know Steven and John from various entrepreneur networking events around Dublin – there does seem to be a great swathe of events that we're blessed with here – and the time had come where they needed to push their fledgling Archipelago out into the water. I was delighted to be asked to be involved and given a pretty free reign to come up with some strong portrait photography that would help them get some press and help give them a little...

Dublin Bay Prawns
2015-03-02

Living in Dublin and loving pubs, you pretty much have to decide what pubs suit what occasion – otherwise you get overwhelmed with the choice. There's pubs for chats, pubs for the match, pubs for food. When the RBS 6 Nations rolls into town then there's a myriad of fine options – Slatterys, 51 on Haddington but one of my own favourites would be the Old School House on Mount Street Bridge. Watching Ireland beat England yesterday, I'm grinning...

SLX Cushions Product Photography
2015-02-27

I shot a Google Business View tour along with some portraits of the team at Kevin Dempsey Distributors last summer, and delighted to hear from them again recently. They've a slew of new designs as part of their SLX cushions range and needed to get them ready for their marketing collateral, as they've a scheduled newsletter, and website promo alongside some of the old fashioned real-life printed material. The pure white background is usually favoured...

TenderScout Corporate Portraits
2015-02-20

So Tony and his fledgling yet vastly impressive company TenderScout, had a sizeable launch this week. After comparing the flake of various croissants around Dublin he gave the nod to my old haunt at No.6 Kildare Street. I was in there last week shooting another event for press/PR, and before that was in shooting the interiors for the RCPI themselves. If i had to be familiar with a place this would be high on it. Pretty fine spot for seminars etc as...

David Carr
2015-02-13

RIP David Carr. Sad news this morning about this passing of David Carr, famed New York Times columnist and bullshit destroyer. I embarrassingly enough wasn't too familiar with his work, life and deserved notoriety before he dropped over to Dublin in November for and off-WebSummit talk courtesy of fine folk at Spiel. Briefly met him in Grogans, along with Shane Snow, and the man was utterly buzzing, teeming with energy, witticisms and ascerbic truth,...

Something from the Industrial World
2015-02-09

Function overrides form in this. You need to be able to see a fast moving sticker printing press with tack sharpness. And you need to be able to explain to the designer that you can modify to the die-cut without affecting the grid bleed on the printing press (or something technical about printing that makes a bit more sense than that). Sealpack make labels for a medical devices so accuracy, precision and consistency and key to their product. Each...

PhotoSphere on the Brooklyn Bridge
2015-02-06

I was lucky enough to have some down time on commission over in New York last spring. I was in the throes of a new found love and amazement with Android's Photosphere – it's a pretty amazing bit of software tacked onto the later native stock Android camera which allows you to create full 360s utilising the gyro, compass and processor of the device. After you finish shooting it takes a little while to crunch the images into a 2:1 (that's the flat...

Event Photography and Timelapse - LaRousse Foods
2015-01-26

LaRousse are the guys behind most of the great plates of food in Dublin, and Ireland. They supply most of the top Dublin restaurants with fantastic quality food from Ireland and beyond. With so much of the shift in dining being about the providence and the quality of the produce, they took it upon themselves to ferry up some really interesting artisan producers with their wares to introduce them to some of Dublin's chefs. Throw in some great tasting...

Satis Properties Google 360 Tour
2015-01-22

Satis Properties are based up on the Phoenix Park Racecourse, in Castleknock, Dublin 15. They're delighted with their new offices, and run a tight ship out of their with property sales and lettings. So they needed some headshots and some shots of their office for the new website and loved the idea of a full Google 360 tour – since they've a unique office setup, it really deserves getting shown off to the...

Event Photography in Dublin
2015-01-14

Each event I go to has a different tone, made up of some varying contributing factors like crowd, content, expectation, involvement, alcohol (!) and usually the weather outside. More importantly is what people want to do with the photographs after the event, be it PR release with media distribution, Facebook posting, website galleries or just attendee distribution. They've all got slightly different needs and requirements, it just a case of pinning...

Ice Ice Baby
2015-01-14

So the good folk at The Digital Hub managed to get themselves nominated and braved up to the daunting challenge of 2014's bucket of ice cold water. I was on hand doing some interiors and portrait photography around the campus in Dublin 8 on the day so managed to catch the glee of the ice water chuckers, and the horror of the recipients. Really phenomenally successful charity viral campaign so congrats to all...

Second blog post
2015-01-13

You know you're lucky in your job when the conversation steers around how to make it look like the dog is casually enjoying a whisky. I've never known a dog to have negative impact on a photo. When shooting this I had to laugh, as some days seem more ridiculous than others. Anyways I promised a posting on it quickly will return with the final shot complete with cigar and monocle and a better post...

First Blog Post
2015-01-13

Well let us get this new incarnation rolling with the inaugural blog posting! Welcome to the fourth, or quite possibly fifth incarnation of conphotography.com, and as technology rolls ever quicker, it is without a doubt the one with the most amount of bells and dynamic whistles. Some pretty sweet CSS and HTML5 under the bonnet here, all harnessed under the familiar, and near idiot-proof embrace of Wordpress. Thanks to all the wonderful instances of...

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