This week at the club

This week at the club

This week, 13th September, is the hand-in for our first monthly competition. The theme is Biodiversity – Flora & Fauna of Kilkenny, People of Kilkenny and Landscapes/Cityscapes of Kilkenny. It’s a print competition and prints should be mounted 20″x16″. Members may enter 3 prints if they wish for this competition. For other competitions you may enter just 2 prints or files.

We will also have a portrait night so bring your camera and props along to the meeting.

October’s competition is “OPEN” projected and the closing date is 21st October. You will get instructions on where to upload or send your files later on.

Post Processing Workshop with Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP

Post Processing Workshop with Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP

Kilkenny Photographic Society will host a workshop on post processing with Barry Walsh LIPF, AFIAP from the Wexford Camera Club. Barry’s area of interest is seascapes and architectural photography. He recently visited the club to judge the “Architecture” themed competition and was very generous in sharing some post processing tips and techniques. He will cover beginner and intermediate level processing both in Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.

The workshop will take place in the Berkeley Room, Pembroke Hotel on Saturday, 4th November from 09.30 to 13.00. The cost is €20. If you’re interested please contact Derville Conroy to book or get further details –

You will need to bring your own laptop with Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC


Water Drop Macro Workshop

Water Drop Macro Workshop

This week at Kilkenny Photographic Society we will have a tabletop workshop presented by Derville Conroy. The workshop will contain three sections:
1. Water-drops.
2. Water-drops with RainX
3. Water and oils.

Please bring a tripod and either a macro lens or a close up lens.

Studio lights will also be available if members wish to do some portrait sessions or still life setups. Don’t forget to bring some props!

Kilkenny Photographic Society would also like to arrange at the start of the meeting for members to gather outside in the courtyard of the Pembroke Hotel for a members group shot.

This week in the club

This week in the club

This week we will have a workshop on NIK Software. This is editing software and is still available for free from Google. It’s called Google Nik Collection and can be downloaded for free.

As it’s a plug-in, it’s not stand alone so, you will need to have either Lightroom or Photoshop installed on your computer. All those things done ( Nik Collection and Lightroom/ or Photoshop already installed) you can bring along your laptop to the meeting and follow the instructions, tips and tutorials on the night.

Please have your laptop fully powered as there may not be sufficient power sockets available on the night.

Upcoming Events and News

Upcoming Events and News

KPS Events

On Thursday, 19th January, club member Derville Conroy LIPF will conduct a workshop on Macro Photography – Things to photograph on a dark winter’s evening. Participants should bring a camera, macro lens (not necessary), tripod and flash. You also need to bring your own props to photograph.

On Thursday, 26th January we will have the results of our December Monthly Competition – Window Light. Chairman, John Hughes will conduct a workshop on Monochrome Printing from an old 35mm film negative on Thursday, 2nd February. This is also the closing date for the January Monthly Competition – Creative. This is a projected competition and images should be uploaded to Picturk. Don’t forget to include your membership number. The rules for this competition are as per IPF rules for CREATIVE photography which state:

terms that cover this genre include abstract, altered reality, contemporary, creative, surreal, experimental. Images may be altered, either digitally or otherwise, by the maker, but all elements of the image must have been taken by the entrant (clip art, stock, licensed or copyright free ingredients are not allowed). Photographic content should predominate. The original image content may be changed with adjustments, scenes altered, elements added, removed or replaced. The only limit is your imagination.

Don’t forget the Mayor’s Cup Competition. The closing date is 31/1/2017. Details of this competition can be found on the website here > MEMBERS AREA > DOWNLOADS > MAYOR’S CUP


SACC Nature Competition Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Venue: Cabragh Wetlands Centre

Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary


IPF Distinctions News

Saturday 4th March – Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

This session will be for Associate and Licentiate panels only. The session is fully booked and no more applications will be taken. Applicants should bring their panels to Dunamaise Arts Centre for registration between 9.00am and 9.30am on 4th March. Assessing will begin at 10.00am, starting with Associate panels and then Licentiate panels. If you are booked to put forward an Associate or Licentiate panel in May, attending the March session is an excellent way of getting a sense of what is required for successful panels.

Saturday 13th May – Mullingar Arts Centre

As for the past several years this will take place in conjunction with the IPF National Club Championships, which will be held next door to the Arts Centre in County Buildings’ excellent Atrium. Once again, the session is booked out for all applications, Fellowship, Associate and Licentiate applications. More details of the schedule closer to the date.

The March and May sittings are fully booked. Limited availability for the other sittings. Check for availability and closing dates.

Saturday 30th September – Venue to be confirmed

The third sitting in 2017 will take place on Saturday 30th of September. We will confirm the venue closer to the date. This session will cater for all levels and we will open for applications at noon on January 10th 2017.

Saturday 25th November – LIT Thurles

The final sitting of 2017 is scheduled for Saturday 25th of November at LIT Thurles, Co.Tipperary. This session will cater for all levels and we will open for applications at noon on January 10th 2017.

Annual Fees

For those who have already successfully gained an IPF Distinction, did you know that payment is due on an annual basis in order to allow you to use your distinction letters i.e. LIPF, AIPF, FIPF? Without making this annual payment, which is due on the 1st of January each year, you do not have permission to use them.  Your annual fee helps the Irish Photographic Federation to continue to expand and to provide a great service for photographers to learn, grow, compete and enjoy socialising with other photographers at events throughout the year.  Due to an investment in technology, from 2017 onwards, automated reminder emails will be sent at the start of each year. Please note, regardless of when you pay your renewal fee, our year runs from Jan 1st to December 31st.  Those who gained their distinction at the November 2016 sitting are exempt from the 2017 fee.


Information on future assessment dates will be published in the months IPF newsletter and posted on the IPF website (

The team of assessors engaged for any session is planned well in advance based on the subjects to be presented in Fellowship, Associateship and in many cases Licentiateship applications. Given this, and the added administrative burden to maintain a waiting list, please be advised that there are no waiting lists, no standby lists etc.


Applicants must proceed with the assessment date they applied for and changes of date are no longer allowed. If an applicant does not fulfil the date applied for, the application is regarded as cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.

All of this means that prospective applicants should give careful consideration to whether or not their panels are at least substantially ready before applying for assessment. If in doubt seek advice from others, particularly those who have been successful in getting distinctions. Better still, go to a distinctions advisory day when one is organised by your Region.

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