Photographer of the​ Year

SACC Photographer of the Year Competition


This competition, (previously known as the SACC Print & Projected Image Competition), is the SACC regional qualifying round for the IPF Photographer of the Year Competition. It is usually held in November followed by the IPF national finals in February. The best overall image in SACC region is awarded the Seamus Scullane Memorial Trophy. This competition is open to individual members of all affiliated SACC clubs. There are 6 categories available to enter: 3 open and 3 themed. See link below for full details.

Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017

Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co.Tipperary

Click here for details and online application

Hyperfocal Distance

Calculating and applying the hyperfocal point sounds more complicated than it actually is. What is it? Well, a lens can only focus precisely on one plane – sharpness gradually decreases either side of this distance. Roughly speaking, depth of field extends one-third in front of this point and two-thirds beyond it. Therefore, if you focus too close or far away, you will waste some of the depth of field available to you.

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A handy diagram to illustrate hyperfocal distance.

However, for every focal length and aperture combination, there is one distance that will maximise depth of field – the hyperfocal distance. By carefully focusing on this point, you will take advantage of the full extent of the depth of field. There are hyperfocal charts and apps available (for different sensor sizes) to help you calculate this optimum point. An App like PhotoPills is a good choice. Just enter the selected focal length and aperture, and the app will calculate the distance you need to focus on and also show the near and far limits.


Bring your photography to the next level in Blarney Photography Club!

Open day on Thursday 14th Sept 2017 at 7.30pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney.

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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! Come along and see if we can help you, open for new members ( Over 18 ) of all standards, beginners class on photography for 8 weeks, competitions, outings, exhibitions a great learning experience and fun!!

If you’re on Facebook check out the open day event page and like our Facebook page to be kept informed of updates and activities.

Gunner’s Off Camera Flash

Those lucky few who attended on the eve of the long week-end were certainly very glad that they did and were treated to a really super presentation by the “Gunner”. The Gunner’s presentation introduced members to the concept of off camera flash, and using the Club’s new “tethered” system cable the audience were able to see at first hand the results literally straight out of the camera. Utilising a well-practiced “instructional technique” and a style all of his own the Gunner explained and demonstrated as he went along just what he was going to do, how he did it, and the resultant images were immediately available on the big screen for the audience to enjoy and appreciate just what had happened. Using 1, 2 then 3 light set ups then 3 light & projection. We got a superb overview of lighting concepts and techniques.

3 light set up – Photo: Henry O’Brien
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3 light set up and back projection: Photo Henry O’Brien

Famous Foto of the Month


Guerillero heroico by Alberto Korda 1960

The day before Alberto Korda took his iconic photograph of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, a ship had exploded in Havana Harbor, killing the crew and dozens of dockworkers. Covering the funeral for the newspaper Revolución, Korda focused on Fidel Castro, who in a fiery oration accused the U.S. of causing the explosion. The two frames he shot of Castro’s young ally were a seeming afterthought, and they went unpublished by the newspaper. But after Guevara was killed leading a guerrilla movement in Bolivia nearly seven years later, the Cuban regime embraced him as a martyr for the movement, and Korda’s image of the beret-clad revolutionary soon became its most enduring symbol. In short order, Guerrillero Heroico was appropriated by artists, causes and admen around the world, appearing on everything from protest art to underwear to soft drinks. It has become the cultural shorthand for rebellion and one of the most recognizable and reproduced images of all time, with its influence long since transcending its steely-eyed subject.

Millimetres V Pixels

When converting DPI/PPI to mm for printing purposes you should have a minimum of 12 pixels per mm. See the attached scale for printing the perfect image.PixelRatio This is just for reference against your own calculations. The left column follows the format and the mm size for your print and then you follow across the pixel dimensions to supply the printer. Most users/printers would prefer the size without bleed and they normally add 5 or 10 mm of paper/stock so that the print can be easily mounted. So For example I normally print 2:3 the ratio of my sensor with print size 37.5 x 25 ( 10 x 15 inches ) This means that according to the scale that at 300 dpi resolution I need pixel dimensions of 2953 x 4429. You can also use an online calculator like the one here PIXEL CALCULATOR

The Photography Táin

In the first century, a raid on the Cooley Peninsula was immortalised in a cycle of epic tales. That Táin by the tribes of Connaught was led by the wonderous Queen Medb. In the 21st century a similar Táin took place. A little further south from Cooley on a bend in the River Boyne a tribe from Munster led by their warrior hero chairman settled and stood to do battle! The photography world shook when the littlest big club in Ireland swept all before it in the raid North! In a weekend of unprecedented achievement at the IPF Photographer of the Year and the Nature Competitions several members received Medals, Honorary Mentions and the Club Chairman was elected Photographer of the Year.

The Results : Paul Reidy Advanced Gold Colour Print Open Theme,  Advanced Silver Colour Print Open Theme,  Mark Gorman Advanced Honourable Mention – Colour Print Themed. Charlie Lee Advanced Gold – Natural World Theme. Eddie Kelly Advanced Nature Honourable Mention-Colour Print Themed. Seamus Mulcahy – Nature Intermediate Gold – Projected Theme, Nature Intermediate Silver – Colour Print Open Theme, Nature Intermediate Bronze – Open Print Theme. Intermediate Honourable Mentions in Print Open and Themed as well as Projected.

Paul’s Gold Colour Open Print was also judged to achieve him the title Photographer of the Year. Congratulation to all who entered as well as the achievers on a great weekend that shines a spotlight on our terrific little club. A few of the pictures are below. gold-medals


Famous Foto of the Month




A portrait of Winston Churchill photographed by Yousuf Karsh during the darkest days of World War II reveals a leader resolute in the face of crisis. The year was 1941; Churchill was visiting Canada, and the Nazi puppet government in France had just sworn to wring the neck of Britain like a chicken. Staring straight into Karsh’s camera, Churchill’s eyes are steely, almost obstinate. Moments prior, he had stood in the Canadian parliament, hands on hips, and announced passionately: “Some chicken! Some neck!

When Karsh took the iconic photo—the one that would grace the cover of Life magazine and launch his international career—he was a young man, excited but nervous about photographing the historic figure. MacKenzie King, former prime minister of Canada, had first noticed Yousuf when he was photographing a meeting with FDR. King asked Karsh if he would photograph Churchill during the Canadian visit, and Karsh agreed.

To prepare, Karsh practiced with a subject similar in stature to Churchill from the waist down. He set up his equipment in the speaker’s chamber in the Canadian House of Parliament, a huge Tudor apartment that was used for the speaker to entertain guests. Wrangling hundreds of pounds of photography equipment, Karsh next waited patiently for the moment when Churchill would finish his speech and exit the House of Commons and enter the speaker’s chamber.

On the tail of his impassioned speech, Churchill came striding into the chamber, arms outstretch, hands open: in one, somebody placed a glass of brandy, in the other, a Havana cigar. It took a moment, but Churchill soon noticed the small, young photographer standing amid his mass of  equipment.

“What’s this? What’s this?” Churchill demanded.

Karsh realized, suddenly, that no one had told Churchill that he was to have his picture taken. “Sir, I hope I will be worthy enough to make a photography equal to this historic moment.”

Churchill, reluctantly, acquiesced—sort of. “You may take one.”

One picture, one chance.
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