Kieran Hayes Photography, Photographer Clonakilty, West Cork, Cork | Photography Workshops in Ireland

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Hello and welcome to my photography workshop page.


Before you pick one of the workshop options at the bottom I have a few blog post that may be of interest to you.


Depending on your interests and your current position on your photography journey I have a few blog post links below that might help to explain some of the basics as well as the more advanced aspects of photography.



I have a comprehensive guide to  Seascape photography here.



or a blog on how I captured this shot here.



A blog post on exposing a photograph, showing two different results from the same location and position.



My top 10 photography tips.




I have a few dedicated pages to each element of my workshops.


Upcoming photography workshops


One to one photography workshops


Group workshops


Photography basics


Copper Coast, photography workshops


Kerry workshops


Online lessons via Skype


Long exposure photography workshops


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My Workshops

On my workshops or one to one sessions, I explain how to capture photographs like the above and below consistently, the thought process involved, the settings and finally the results with minimal editing involved. 


I have a very simple approach that I use on every Landscape and seascape photography shoot, something I have slowly developed over the years, during the workshops I talk you through my approach and how you can use it to enjoy and help improve your images. There is no greater feeling than capturing a beautiful photograph something you get to relive every time you look at it.


Having a deep appreciation of the beauty of this country, I try to concentrate as much as I can on being in the moment as well as capturing it. The confidence you get from knowing your equipment and how to use it correctly lets you enjoy the views that bit more and take a breath and watch it all unfold before you.


One thing I have always noticed over the years is photographers really enjoy nature and I feel its half the attraction of actually taking photographs in the first place.

Yes, that's not exactly a groundbreaking idea but to me this part is...


Ok, picture this.


You are at a stunning location and let's say the sun is setting giving this amazing glow to the sky. It's lighting up beautifully and there is some lovely soft sea spray drifting into the shot to soften and spread the light or lets just simply say it couldn't get any better for us photographers.


I have been in situations like this on workshops with people and the one thing I have noticed is photographers panic, they work furiously to counteract the changing light and busy themselves with camera settings. Missing the scene and struggling to capture the moment.


Now there are two ways to look at this.

1.- The experienced photographer takes a few shots and then you will notice its all just calm and relaxed after that but also they enjoy the process of capturing the image. End result = Captures the desired image and enjoys the moment immersed in Nature.

2.- The inexperienced photographer struggles to capture the image and tries to battle light and unfortunately misses the whole experience. End result = An image that for some reason or another doesn't work out due to exposure or composition misses the moment and returns home semi-frustrated.


Which one would you prefer to be?

Well that's an easy question to answer, isn't it?


What gives the Photographer the ability to relax?  

Confidence that's the difference in my mind.

They know their equipment but more importantly how to use it. This is where workshops and tuition come in, they can give you the control and confidence to relax and settle into the moment while capturing its beauty.


Nobody can make you a world class photographer but there are ways to destress the experience and achieve the results you want while you enjoy the scenery. It may take a bit of time but with a bit of help, you will at least be on the right road.


Oh and we also get to see some amazing places and create some great shots. 


In the workshops, you get a chance to use one of my professional tripods and a number of different filters and filter holders.


I can also supply equipment, camera's, tripod's and filters for only your use on the day click here for more details.



The details of the one to one sessions are entirely up to you and your knowledge or skill level.




Workshops available in Landscape, Seascape, Portraiture and Flash Photography.

Group rates and day-long workshops also available around Ireland from Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Clare, Galway, Donegal etc... (see below for more details) for my 2018/2019 upcoming workshops click here for dates.


For details on my night photography courses click Here



Full day Photography workshops (6hrs) for one to one tuition from €300.00

For groups of 2 its €150.00 each

For Groups of 3 its €140.00 each

For Groups of 4 its €130.00 each

For groups of 5 its €100.00 each

To book or enquire about availability click here


The typical full-day workshops are relaxed and very much hands-on, no point in knowing the technical aspects if you can't put it into action. As a passionate Photographer personally I find photography is a combination of vision and technical knowledge and one is no good without the other. The normal workshop involves the following elements but it can also be more specific to your individual needs.


1.- We all take a photograph that's very important as from that image I can tell a lot about your particular style of photography and also the control you have over your equipment. There is no right or wrong way of doing this it's just your way and it won't be shown to the group.


2.- I will explain briefly how the exposure triangle works, not the maths or complications just how you should use the simpler parts to take a photo in manual mode. Shooting in Auto mode is like physically throwing paint at a canvas, shooting in manual mode is using a paintbrush instead, the control and delicacy is all under your own control.


3.- One of the more important parts an explanation on the effect shutter speed and Aperture have on your images. How you can be creative with these two cornerstones of photography and bend them to your will in an image.


4.- Why shoot Raw or Jpeg, what is dynamic range? Sounds complicated, doesn't it? Well, it's really quite simple.  


5.- We all take a few photographs again this time I go around and help explain what is going right and what is going wrong. How to improve the image if possible and why these changes work.


6.- An explanation of how I personally take a photograph and set up my equipment. It's always important to think outside the box, don't just see whats before you and capture it.


7.- How filters work and their uses in modern photography. I usually shoot this part tethered to a laptop so we can all see the results on a larger screen.


8.- How to focus, this may seem simple but it's amazing how many people get it wrong in Landscape photography. From single point focusing to back button focusing, continuous and single Focus modes and how depth of field can be your enemy or best friend.


9.- What to buy and what not to buy in photography, I have purchased numerous systems lenses and filter sets as well as tripods over the years, this is the part where you could save a bit of money.


10.- Now the fun begins and we immerse ourselves in the surrounds and find specific points to photograph, Composition is, without a doubt, the main part or the backbone of an image. You can take the most technically perfect photograph but if it's from the wrong angle or of a boring subject that is where it will fail. 


11.- Is the choice of lens and focal length for specific photographs, how it impacts an image and why a different lens can completely transform an image.


12.- Editing an image, at the end of the day I will run you through one of the simpler ways to edit a photograph. I am a huge fan of Adobe Lightroom and that's nearly all I ever use. 



Landscape photography is usually along the coastline, Portraiture Can be anywhere at all from in studio to open air (It's only limited by your imagination), I can also arrange for a professional model for the shoots (extra cost involved).


The Workshops can cover the absolute basics to the more advanced aspects of photography, you decide.



I can also train you to use your equipment more effectively.

A normal one to one session involves going to an area you would like to photograph, once there I will help you to understand the best way to capture the image you want and afterwards show you how to process that very same image either on-site, at your home or at my studio.


I can provide a professional tripod and various filters if needed and explain their specific uses.


I am a firm believer in "doing is learning" so its a very practical tuition session with as much plain English as possible. Keeping things simple and learning by doing.


After the session, you will have a clearer understanding of the process involved in taking a good photograph consistently.


Making it the ideal present for someone with an interest in photography.


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