[June 24th 2023] Workshop in Outdoor Videography – Dublin & Wicklow Mountains
This full-day workshop in the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains (Fairy Castle & Tibradden Mountain) will introduce you to the world of outdoor video productions and photography. Mark Flagler will share his 20+ years experience and knowledge and offer many tricks of the trade. Throughout the day Mark will discuss possible shooting scenarios, explain in detail his thought process, work through foreseen challenges/obstacles, show its execution and answer the many questions that may arise. This is a “hands-on” workshop full of practice and discussions so come prepared to take part and learn from someone who has “been there and done that” in the industry. This workshop will help attendees improve their production skills and knowledge of working in the great outdoors.
Mark is also a professional outdoor photographer. The primary focus of these workshops is videography but photography will be discussed for those who are interested.
Some topics that will be discussed during the workshop include:
- Planning and preparing for the shoot
- Physical fitness
- Research production locations
- Shot lists
- Weather Apps, preparing for ever-changing weather
- Packing video production equipment for backcountry travel
- Types of cameras for different shoots (video and photography)
- Using tripods, gimbals, drones, sliders, jibs
- Recording audio, boom microphones, lavalier mics, audio recorders
- Batteries and charging in the field
- Video angles, shot selection
- Camera media, backing up files in the field
- Discuss clothing for outdoor productions (gloves for camera work, rain gear, footwear, etc)
- Leave No Trace Ethics
- And much, much more…
The route and what to expect
The group will meet up at the Zipit Forest Adventures car park (location on Google Maps
) at 9am sharp. There will be a 10-15 minute introduction and a brief explanation of what the day entails then we are off into the backcountry.
The group will follow the Tibradden Mountain Trail through the beautiful pine forest up to the summit of Tibradden Mountain. We will stop to admire the archaeological feature, an open cairn, and kist burial site and take a short break to experience impressive views of Dublin below. The group will continue to the junction with the Wicklow Way, we will follow the route north climbing towards Fairy Castle. Stunning views of Sugarloaf, Djouce and the Irish Sea come in to view. We reach another trail junction and take a right on the Dublin Mountains Way following this trail to the summit of of Two Rock Mountain. The summit has a per-historic cairn, a collapsed passage tomb, know as “Fairy Castle” marking the summit. At 536m it’s the highest point in the Dublin Mountains. 360-degree panoramic views offer the perfect spot to discuss filming at a busy and popular location. We continue southeast on a trail heading towards a group of large rocks where we will have our lunch and take a well-deserved break. We will slowly retrace our steps heading back to the car park.
Important to know
Plan to be out in the field for up to six hours. You will need to be physically fit enough to walk comfortably on trails for 10 kilometers carrying your camera gear, additional clothing, food/snacks and water. Pay attention to the weather for that day and dress appropriately.
All skill levels welcome! Having video production gear for the workshop isn’t mandatory. I’ll have my camera kit with me and will discuss shot lists, camera angles, shooting in difficult weather conditions, etc. This is not a “teach you how to film or photograph” workshop but a course to help individuals improve their knowledge and skills in the outdoors.
Once you sign up and pay for a workshop you will receive a phone call from Mark Flagler to discuss the workshop and answer any questions you have. If you have any additional questions about the workshop you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at +353 85 8423970.
*Private workshops and school group sessions are available with flexible dates. Get in touch to discuss.
Mark Flagler will keep an eye on the weather for the workshop. If the weather is too bad (heavy rains and/or dangerously strong winds) the workshop may be changed to another date. Mark will be in communication with all those who have signed up for the workshop.
I look forward to seeing you out in the mountains!
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