North Meath Photographic Society to Launch their 2nd Annual Exhibition

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Photo Antonia Hanley

The exhibition entitled “Meath Framed” is a timeless collection of 50 iconic images of county Meath. The work is a collection of member’s interpretation of how they visualise Meath and a celebration of the knowledge, passion of photography and friendship cultivated by the society.

The exhibition will be launched at Rockfield House Friday 25th July at 8pm. Rockfield House is one of Kells most historical homes and owner and restorer Trevor Fitzherbert will give a brief history on the house to the invitees. The invitees range from friends and supporters of the society to representatives of local organizations and businesses to representatives of the IDA, the OPW, foreign direct investment companies such as Google, Ebay, and Facebook to name but a few!
Following on from the launch at Rockfield House the exhibition will hang at Kells Library and members of the public are welcome to call in and view the impressive collection of work.

“Members have again surpassed our expectations in producing a breathtaking range of images; we are astounded by the level of talent in the society. Since the society was established in 2012 our member’s skills and abilities have been continually growing and evolving and we are delighted to celebrate the work of our members” said newly elected Chairperson Monica Pierce Anderson.

The North Meath Photographic Society is specifically devoted to the interests of amateur photographers. Members range from complete beginners to advanced masters of the art of photography, and the society provides members many opportunities to improve their photographic skills, learn new digital techniques, and to participate in fun activities.
If you would like to purchase any of the images from the exhibition or if you have an interest in photography and would like to join the society in September you can contact the society on 086-4514740 or email

A message from our Chairperson


Dear friends,

It gives me a great pleasure to accept the position of Chairperson of the North Meath Photographic Society 14/15.

I have been an active member of the society since it was established in 2012, the accomplishments of the founder members; John Robinson, Leo Murphy, Carol Geraghty and Marie Lynch in creating the society are the cornerstones in which we continue to build such a successful club.

Since the society was established we have achieved numerous successes and Meath’s first ever wedding photography workshop had to have been the highlight of our last season’s calendar!
Next season we plan to develop our strengths and focus on our members skills, instilling the passion of photography which has brought a wonderful gathering of people from all walks of life to our society.

We look forward to welcoming members back to the society in September and welcome new faces too. The committee is working hard putting a calendar of events in place and it promises to cater for all members with something for everyone!

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members who elected me to the position of chairperson and wish everyone great success for the coming season.




It’s our final night members and you are asked to let your imaginations take flight and fill the room with love… All you need is love and maybe your cameras! But you may have guessed the theme for the night is LOVE, PASSION AND ROMANCE. The society was created from a love of photography and sharing our knowledge so now we want to share this explosive night with you.

This will not be the usually “you need to be here request” it’s entirely up to you if you are interested in photography and the society you will come along but we are not forcing members to leave their warm fires to come to our final night of the season, but it would be nice because after this, this night this event we will never be reproduced, staged or recreated again.

A MEMBERS ONLY NIGHT It’s a one-time only offer. We simply request everyone to meet Leo Murphy at the main gate of the Iona Hall at 8.15 please do not come late, if you intend on being late you will miss the shoot. We won’t be suggesting what equipment you bring it’s up to you there will be lighting! Heat! Passion! And Romance!!

Photography Project with Steel Wool


Once you’ve reached an age where sparklers are no longer fun, it’s time to upgrade to science and steel wool. It may be basic chemistry, but as you’ll see in the video, simplicity can amaze more than complexity, as well as create some really impressive fireworks that are perfect for that special occasion.

A fire wire makes use of the rapid oxidation of iron and carbon that is possible within the fine strands of steel wool. As the strands are so thin, there is a massive surface area of exposed metal. When initiated with the energy of a lighter or 9-volt battery, the steel begins to react with the oxygen in the air to form Fe2O3 and Fe3O4, commonly known as rust. The reaction produces enough energy to heat neighboring strands of steel wool to the point where they also begin to react. The steel will then continue to oxidize until it has all been changed to rust, or has collapsed into a mass that no longer allows enough air in for a reaction.

This process is rapidly accelerated when the steel wool is spun by a wire because more oxygen is forced into the reaction. At the same time, pieces of burning steel break away as it burns, creating the effect seen in the video.


A fire wire throws off thousands of very hot sparks, so it should absolutely not be used in dry areas or where fires are likely. A wide brimmed hat or hood should also be worn to lessen the risk of burns, and safety glasses are necessary to protect the eyes. Only cotton or wool clothing should be worn when using a fire wire or any other fireworks, as synthetic fibers are flammable and can melt to the skin.

“Wedding & Romance” Competition scheduled for March 19th 2014

Following on from Meath’s first wedding photography workshop, the theme of our league competition for this month of course is “Wedding & Romance” Based on the workshop members are asked to submit two images for the competition one colour and one monochrome reminder to put your competition number on the back.

We are delighted to welcome Martin Devlin on the night whom is our independent IPF affiliated Judge.  Martin who is a lifelong photographer and journalist will judge the three categories on the night.  Novice, Intermediate and Advanced entries are to have competition numbers on the back of the image.  For further details on rules visit our competition page.


With this ring…

Ring heart shadow and how to make fine art photos you’ll love!

Ring heart shadow pictures are some of the most commonly bought stock photos and a staple of greeting cards. In this simple still life photography tutorial we show you how to set up and light your own ring heart shadows from the comfort of your living room.
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Clever lighting will make your images stand out as fine art photography. Using shadows to create pleasing shapes and tones is an exciting form of fine art expression. Here we’ve managed to reproduce a classic heart shadow effect by placing a ring between the pages of an open book.
How does the heart shadow effect work? Well, using a single desk-lamp to light the ring from behind results in the shadow forming a heart shape as it falls on the curved pages in the fold of the pages.
Normally, on a flat surface the ring would cast an oval shape depending on where the lamp was positioned – a long oval from a low angle and a smaller squat oval from a high angle.
In itself this can be a great standalone shot, but we’ve taken it one step further to create real fine art.
Experimentation with different shaped objects and various backdrops with irregular shapes can throw up some very artistic shadows.
The bonus of this still life photography technique is that using lighting this way doesn’t require as much post processing using toning and texture Layers, as the impact is provided by the atmospheric and moody lighting.
Setting up your ring heart shadow still life
To get the best shadow possible use a powerful bulb and place it more than a few feet away from the ring. Darken the room by drawing the curtains.

(Right) Elevate the lamp slightly by placing it on something to enable the shadow to form a tight heart shape.
(Left) Shoot the ring and shadow from slightly above and at a shallow angle so the shadow is well defined.

Get the best composition

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Wrong ring
although it still makes a heart shadow, keep the ring upright for the best effect.

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Too tight
Make sure you leave plenty of space around the ring and shadow to allow for various crops.
Square crop
Don’t forget to crop square (as we’ve done in our final image at the top of this page) or try to balance the image symmetrically using the crop marks in Photoshop.

Ring heart shadows: how to make fine art photos you’ll love

Convert your heart shadow still life to black & white
Taking the colour out of a shot will add the fine art feel that you’re looking for

1 Exposure
We used Adobe Camera Raw, but any photo editing software will do if you didn’t shoot raw format files. First open the image and make exposure adjustments to get the best overall exposure. Pay attention to the white balance and give the image a warm feel by increasing the colour temperature.


2 Greyscale
Click the HSL/Greyscale tab and click the Convert to Greyscale checkbox to convert the image to mono. In the Greyscale Mix tab, click on Default to return the sliders to the centre so there’s no adverse effects of colour cast.

3 Mix it up
Click each of the small triangles at the top of the Histogram box to show shadow and highlight clipping. Now adjust the Greyscale Mix sliders to clip the shadows (pixels turn blue) but avoid clipping highlights.


Red Carpet Event Announced, Wedding Workshop Planned For 1st March 2014

The North Meath Photographic Society to host Meath’s first wedding photography workshop


The North Meath Photographic society will host Meath’s first wedding photography workshop on Saturday 1st March 2014. The workshop will provide a bride and groom, a church, flowers a vintage wedding car and a stately home “reception” with lavish gardens. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to photograph the arrival of the bride to the church, the different shots achieved at different stages of the ceremony from the father of the bride giving the bride away, placing of the rings on fingers to the signing of the register.

Participants will get the opportunity to practice different shots and gain confidence in directing poses in a calm and staged atmosphere, under the tutelage of one of the society’s professional wedding & portrait photographers.
If you have an interest in attending this workshop you can contact the society on 086-4514740 or email

The North Meath Photographic Society is specifically devoted to the interests of amateur photographers. Members range from complete beginners to advanced masters of the art of photography, and the society provides members many opportunities to improve their photographic skills, learn new digital techniques, and to participate in fun activities.

Strike a Pose Workshop Wednesday 19th February 2014


This workshop with our professional portrait and wedding photographer will teach you everything you will ever need to know about posing.  

In a studio setting you will learn photographing people with natural and artificial light.

Set the Scene – all about locations and backgrounds.

Posing – EVERYTHING you need to know about posing your models.

How to prepare your family/model/client and set to create beautiful inspired photographs.
Playing with composition and shooting angles
Connecting and working with people and how to make them feel relaxed and comfortable!
And much more…

New members welcome to attend this fun and friendly workshop.

Wednesday 19th February, 8pm at the Iona Hall, Bective Street, Kells.

North Meath Photographic Society is a breath of fresh air

The North Meath Photographic Society is specifically devoted to the interests of amateur photographers. Our members range from complete beginners to advanced masters of the art of photography, and the society provides everyone many opportunities to improve their photographic skills, learn new digital techniques, and to participate in fun activities. Our aim is to encourage all members to achieve great photography through friendship with like-minded photographers but most of all to get out and about to great locations and meet with other photographers who can share the benefit of their experience.