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I’ve moved the Interesting Places page from the Members’ Menu to the renamed How and Where to do stuff Menu (it was simply Education – not terribly eye catching), changing its name in the process to Some Photogenic places. It is a map with about a dozen markers, showing places that photographers visiting Carlow might like to visit for a few photographs.

But there are probably another dozen or so other places that might be added to the map, so please take a look, and if you don’t see one that you think you should, add a comment on the page and I’ll update the map.


All members have access to the CPS website’s albums, where they can post their photos for others to see. Those who also use facebook can post their pictures in the CPS Group there, so which to use? Both have advantages and disadvantages.

  • Ease of Posting: It is probably a bit easier to put a picture on our website, as you can upload up to 20 pictures at a time
  • Visibility: Only CPS members can see pictures posted in our group on facebook, while anyone can see pictures posted in the albums, unless you (or the administrator) specifically restricts them
  • Discussion: With the latest album system, it is easy for members to rate or comment on a photo, and if you have several you would like opinions on, the website is easier. There is, or will be, a mechanism for exchange of comments between the website and facebook
  • Picture quality: You will generally get higher quality results in pictures on the website
  • Organisation: Everyone gets their own album in the gallery and there are generally separate albums for various projects. Within their album members can create sub-albums, so pictures can be organised into various categories. In the facebook group all the pictures go into one big album (generally).
  • Permanence: Facebook isn’t. The webpage is.

If you had pictures in our previous Gallery system and would like them transferred to your new album, let me (Austin) know. It is a simple operation but does require admin rights.

Lots have things have changed with facebook since we first set up so that posts here would be echoed to our facebook group, and various settings had fallen into disrepair. To get it going, it seemed simplest to start from scratch, so today’s question is – are we there yet, Sabrina?

Man with Bottle

Man with Bottle

A few years ago I was given an old suitcase, full of old photographs. The suitcase had come from my wife's grandmother's flat, when it was being cleared out after her death, and it was given to me as I am the designated family historian and keeper of old photos. There were hundreds of them in the suitcase, along with a couple of books and some holy pictures. Do you remember holy pictures? Well, the great thing about these holy pictures was that they had dedications on the back, with dates and "love and kisses from Alice".

The photos were a different matter. In all, I think only two had any form of identification, and all the people who might have known those pictured were themselves dead. What is the poor designated family historian to do with them? Sensibly, the only thing is to bin them, but as I am also the designated keeper of old photos, I have put them all carefully back in the box, for some future keeper of old photos to worry about.

Nowadays of course we have thousands of photos – I average 2,000 a year, after deleting rubbish and duplicates – and few of them get printed, so there can be no writing on the back. But they are digital! Your camera will have recorded the date and time that you pressed the shutter, along with all the camera settings that you used, and some cameras will even have recorded the GPS co-ordinates. So all you have to do, to be able to answer "Who is that?" as your memory fades, is use your software to add a caption, which will be stored in the EXIF data with all the other details. You owe it to posterity to do it.

Have you thought about your personal project? Bring in the form tomorrow – get a copy if you need one. And don't forget to email us ( with suggestions for classes that you'ld like.

The main topic for the evening will be a workshop on split toning /duo toning – so bring your laptop if convenient, so that you can work through the examples.

See you!