Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dublin Photo Tours

Dublin photo tours by Panoramic Ireland are comprised of photography tuition, photo walks, photo workshops, courses and tours of Ireland's capital city, Dublin. We tailor each tour to your specific requirements. If you want a day sightseeing in Dublin city centre with the opportunity to improve your travel photography, we can do that. If you want to get up before dawn and be taken straight to the very scenic Dublin Bay for sunrise images, we can do that too.

Looking for something to do when you visit Dublin? A one-to-one photo workshop makes the perfect gift for your other half, for yourself or for both of you. Take a sightseeing tour of Dublin with a difference, and take home better images.

We prefer to call it a photography experience - the word tour often conjures up an image of a several-dozen seater bus, of being herded and moved along at a large group pace. But our tours are really designed by us for you, tell us what you want and we will make an itinerary (from half day to several days). Early morning at the coast, a trip on the train, street photography, pubs, architectural photography. If you want to see it we can organise it. All from €135 plus only €20 for your friend/partner/wife/husband, take your children along for free. We like to make our tours family friendly.

We guarantee that you will be given full attention during your time with us- we only organise one-to-one and small group workshops. Got a friend who wants to improve their photography while visiting the best places in Ireland? Bring them along! With just you and your friends you can control the pace, the route and ask as many questions as you like.

This article is really quite long so if you like here is a simple thing to do, send me an email with your query, what dates you are interested in, places you want to visit and any other information. I will get back to you with options. 

Whatever your reason for visiting Ireland make the most of it with a unique and locally-run photo tour of the city, learn a new technique or just see the main sights in a different way. Our tours and workshops of Dublin and Dublin Bay are suitable for locals, tourists, beginners, intermediate-level and advanced photographers alike. Read on for more information..

 

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About Dublin Photo Tours

Dublin Photo Tours are run by Irish professional photographer Darren McLoughlin.

After graduating in 1998 with a BSc Hons in Geography, Darren went on to work in the archaeology industry in Ireland. In 2006 he left to work as a photographer. With a successful architectural and commercial photography career underway he become more interested in sharing his enthusiasm for photography.

Since 2009 he has run one-to-one photography workshops in Ireland and Dublin Photo Tours.

2009 also saw the publication of his first book Portrait of Armagh, published by Halsgrove. He is currently working on several more titles including Dublin, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Galway.

Preferring to lead one-to-one and small group workshops, Darren can quickly assess your skill level and help you to improve by removing all of the confusing clutter that surrounds photography. So whether it is on a 4-hour photo tour of Dublin during the day, or an early morning start further afield, Darren is ready to give you the best value for your money. Our personal guided tours are uniquely tailored to your interests and needs and are especially suitable for the independent traveller.

Panoramic Ireland's Dublin Photo Tours are listed on the Discover Ireland website at: http://www.ireland.com/en-no/what-is-available/touring-holidays/day-tours/destinations/republic-of-ireland/dublin/dublin-city/all/1-85861

Darren also writes and photographs for Untapped Cities and The Culture Trip.

 

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FAQ

How many people are on each tour?

Just you, should you want it that way. We only book a maximum of six people, you and up to five friends. There won't be any strangers on the tour so you can ask as many questions and get maximum attention. We find that smaller numbers are best if your attention is on improving your photography.

How long does a tour last?

Tours are usually 4-hours in length. We do provide longer tours from day to week-long around Ireland, on request.

I am a beginner, what can I expect from a photo tour?

We ask that you send us a sample of your images to let us assess your abilities and tailor the day perfectly for you prior to your arrival.

At the beginning of your tour/workshop, you will have the chance to ask any questions. We will then head off for some initial shooting and if you're shooting digitally Darren will provide instant feedback. Depending on your level, your equipment and the weather, Darren will tailor the instruction to suit.

I am an advanced photographer, what will I gain from a photo tour?

Again, we ask that you send us some of your images to let us assess your abilities and tailor the day perfectly for you prior to your arrival.

Depending on your level, you may want to focus on a specific aspect of your photographic technique, learning to use a new lens or you may just want to spend the day getting an insider's perspective on Dublin.

Street Photography on a Dublin Photo Tour

What equipment do I need?

You can use any camera be it digital, film, SLR or compact. You don't need to buy any special equipment for the tours but we ask you to provide brief details of your camera equipment to let us work on the best itinerary for you. Some prefer to work using compact digital cameras with creative controls, while others want the ability to change lenses to suit subject matter. Good comfortable footwear is a must and a light rainjacket should be seriously considered.

We can provide one tripod for the duration, at no extra cost as we are aware of the high cost of carrying extra equipment on many airlines. This is particularly suitable for early morning or late evening workshops.

How far in advance do I need to book a tour?

Ideally two weeks minimum notice, as you can see in the price section below we have priced our tours to encourage early booking. For a 4-hour dublin tour, booked 21 days in advance then the price is €135 for one person, but if that same tour is booked less than 7 days in advance the price is €160.

The reason we try to encourage early booking is to make sure everyone has a chance to get one-to-one tuition, it is easier to plan our schedule and it helps to keep prices down.

Remember, not only is early booking cheaper, it is also easier to book your preferred date and time. We can't guarantee availability on short notice bookings.

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How do I book and pay for a tour?

Finally the booking system is now ready for use! To check availability and make a booking follow the link here or use the menu above by navigating to Photo Workshops then choose Book a Dublin Tour. Use the calendar to check for available days then choose a time of day that you prefer, after that you can add to cart and confirm before proceeding to PayPal to pay and book. As always, if you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us.

Where do we meet?

We can meet at the entrance to St. Stephen's Green opposite Grafton Street, or we can meet at your hotel. Just let us know where you are staying and we can meet you there (certain restrictions apply).

What is the price for a photo tour?

For a standard 4-hour tour in Dublin or along the coast [during the day, early morning for sunrise or late evening around sunset] the prices are as follows:

Booking DatePrice €Extra Person €
+21 Days
135
20
+14 Days
145
20
+7 Days
155
20
Less than 7 Days
160
20

 

It pays to book early! Prices for longer tours begin from €160.00 - Contact us for more information.

Are there cancellation charges?

Yes, due to the time commitment of organising and running a tour only a partial refund will be given:

Notice Given% Refund
+21 Days 90%
+14 Days 60%
+7 Days 15%
Less than 7 Days 5%

 

What about bad weather?

Bad weather is unfortunately a fact of life but we can run a tour in most weather conditions and a bit of rain can always force us indoors into one of Dublin's famous pubs for a bit of photography. If the weather is exceptionally bad then we may cancel [with full refund] or postpone the tour. It may also be possible to reschedule by starting later or earlier in the day or on a following day, we will be as flexible as possible.

Here's an image that was taken just after an exceptionally heavy downpour, it's a link to a post on our Facebook page.  The three of us sheltered under the arch at Christchurch Cathedral, although we all had umbrellas it made sense to stop for a few moments and wait. Rather than cancelling or curtailing the tour we made the most of it.

In fact we had been due to start the tour in the morning, but the weather was dismal and it suited all of us to postpone until the afternoon and hope for better conditions. I'm glad we did, and it exemplifies the individual nature of what we provide. We want to help you get the best out of your visit and whatever we can do to help we will!

Can I choose a longer tour and make my own itinerary?

Absolutely, Darren has a lot of expertise in locations all over Ireland and can design a bespoke tour featuring all of the popular sights, the hidden Ireland or a mixture of both. Please use the form on the Contact Us page to inform us of your requirements.

Do I get feedback

Yes, on the day Darren assesses your abilities in order to suggest ways to improve your photography. After you go home, contact Darren with a few of your images to get a critique. For a fee we can make further suggestions for improving your photography and Darren will answer questions on your digital workflow including Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

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Can you give me some advice on where to stay and where to eat?

Dublin is a big city in terms of its geographical size, even if it only has a small population by international standards. That means there are a lot of hotels spread over a large area; we don't ever get any chance to stay in hotels in Dublin - it wouldn't make much sense to! But we have started photo tours and workshops from most of the city centre hotels and if we could give one piece of advice, it is to think about how close your hotel will be to what you want to see and do.

Oh, and book in advance! Sometimes hotels fill up quickly when big events are on, Dublin is home to a thriving sports scene with Leinster Rugby, the all-island Irish Rugby team and the Republic of Ireland soccer team playing in the city's stadia. Then there are the dozens of big events at Croke Park, an 82,300 seater stadium that is home to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) including the all-ireland finals in hurling and rugby. Add to this the fact that Dublin sees a lot of big name performing artists, sometimes at the same time as sports events so availability becomes scarce.

As is usual for a city with lots of international visitors, from Britain, Europe and the USA, Dublin has a huge range of places to stay, from hostels for the young, energetic or more adventurous travellers, guesthouses or chain hotels for the business traveller, boutique hotels for couples and quite a few five star hotels capable of looking after visiting dignitaries - Dublin hosted the EU presidency for the first six months of 2013. Film stars have been coming to Dublin for years and Grace Kelly had a particular fondness for a particular room in one city centre hotel, overlooking St. Stephen's Green. You don't actually need to have starred in a blockbuster or been elected as Prime Minister or President to stay in these hotels though!

Because each traveller has his or her personal preferences for where they like to stay we would advise you to check out some hotels in Dublin by searching on this site.

Don't forget that we can meet you at your hotel and start your photography experience in Dublin from there. We can finish our itinerary in the city centre or return again to your hotel. We love Dublin and we want you to enjoy your time in our city!

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Eating in Dublin has become a much better experience in recent years, there have always been good restaurants but today there are so many different types of cuisine, it's hard to give recommendations in general but I do like the George's Street / Drury Street area for the range of food on offer.

Ask me when you are here and I can point you in the direction of a good vegan / vegetarian / burger joint / Michelin starred restaurant. In general the food is good enough to Instagram it, if you like that kind of photography!

You've made it to the bottom of the article! If it was a lot to take in don't worry - here is a simple thing to do, send me an email with your query, what dates you are interested in, places you want to visit and any other information. I will get back to you with options. Find my listing on Visit Dublin.

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