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Hi and welcome to the DPC Newsletter for September 2017.

The final course dates for 2017 are now on the website and we only have a few spaces left for:

For those seeking picture ideas this month’s project is  “The Blue Hour” and I’ve included some sample images and tips below below for  inspiration. I've just added extra Intermediate Courses on Sunday 12th November. You can book online here -

Seeing the Picture and Compostion Course - £135- TBA.

I would like to fit in another Seeing the Picture and Compostion Course before the end of the Summer.

Many of my students tell me that they understand the techniques and how to set up the camera but lack inspiration while they are wandering around “Looking for the Picture.”.

This one day course is aimed at DSLR user who are confident using their cameras but feel they struggle to "See a Picture". We will have a series of exercises aimed at encouraging you to spot photographs in areas where you might normally walk on by. The plan is to travel light so something like the Tamron 18-270mm lens would be ideal.

Course Outline
One of the questions I’ve been asked all my career is “How do I see a picture?”. The Simple answer is “I don’t know. I just see the final image in my mind’s eye complete with any edits.”

The next question is “Can this be taught?” We’re about to find out. My mission on this new course is to hopefully inspire and guide you in this quest. Contact me if you want to attend and we'll sort out a date.

October is Flash Month
We have a Studio Portrait Course on Sunday 1st October and a Flash Photography Course on Saturday 7th October 2017.

Studio Flash Portrait Course
Both courses cover portrait photography but the studio course uses various coloured backgrounds with mains powered flashes on light stands with softboxes and umbrellas. This day will show you how to get professional looking portrait in your own home. Everything is provided on the day and I'll make suggestions for kit a different price points.

Speedlight Flash Course
The speedlight flash course is for people that have a speedlight and would like to know how to get the best from it. This is useful for those who like to travel light. This course does include portrait photography, both indoors and outside, plus some creating lighting techniques and I’ll show you how I set up the Water Melon shot. You will require some method to fire the flash off camera but I can advise if required.

Flash Portrait

The September Project is - "The Blue Hour"

The August Project was “The Golden Hour”.  For September we are taking the next step and moving on to “The Blue Hour”. This is generally recognised as the hour before sunrise and the hour after sunset when the light takes on a blue hue.  If you are out photographing a sunset then just stay a little longer for those cool blue photographs at twilight but before it gets fully dark.
Use a Daylight White Balance to prevent the AWB trying to warm the picture up. Also try experimenting with the Exposure Compensation button to alter the brightness of the image.

I've included sample images below but you are encouraged to be as diverse as possible and remember to upload to the DPC Facebook Group.

The Blue Hour

Studio Portait Course Sunday 1st October 2017- £135

Please Note: The Portrait Photography Course on Sunday 1st October 2017 is a special course dealing exclusively with using Studio Flash Lighting with a variety of coloured backgrounds, soft boxes and umbrellas. This differs from the normal portrait course which also deals with available light and speedlight portraits.

This course covers:

  • Understand the settings, menus and controls required for good portrait photography using studio flash.
  • Set up a low cost Home Photography Studio
  • Shoot portraits with 1,2, and 3 studio flashguns
  • Gain an understanding of different light modifiers.
  • Gain an understanding of different lighting set-ups.
  • Choosing which lighting and background system will suit your budget and requirements.
  • High key portraits using studio flash with a white background.
  • Low key portraits using studio flash with a black background.
  • Edit portraits to obtain a clean white or black background.
  • Using reflectors and coloured gels with portraits
  • Look at a wide selction of different lighting styles including:
  • Rembrant Lighting, Side Lighting, Hard & Soft Light & Beauty Lighting.

Studio Portrait Course

Speedlight Flash Photography Course on Saturday 7th October 2017

On the beginners course we discussed how using the camera's built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. This can be improved hugely by using a seperate speedlight flash to produce professional looking results.

The Flash Photography Course aims to change this pop-up scenario and will give you a good understanding of how to use a separate flashgun away from the camera to provide more exciting portraits and creative lighting techniques.

Flash Course

This is a Level Two course so you will need to have attended a beginners course first. During this photography course you will learn about :

  • The menus, settings and controls of your flashgun
  • How to use the flash on camera for bounce flash
  • How to use the flash off the camera with a cable
  • How to use the flash remotely off the camera with wireless triggers
  • How to use the Nikon or Canon Creative Lighting Systems
  • How to use flashguns for more creative lighting
  • How to use your flash outdoors for fill-in flash
  • How to take exciting portraits using flash

Final Intermediate Courses for 2017 is on Sunday 12th November.

Anyone attending the Intermediate Course in the future will require a a Polariser and a ND8 filter for the course. These can be purchased from Amazon at about £11 each or they are included in our exclusive DPC Filter Kit.

Universal Filter Kits now back in stock

These kits were made especially for us so they are not available on eBay or Amazon. They have been put together to cover a wide range of photography skills and they will be required for the Intermediate Course. If you were to buy these filters individually they would cost over £80 but they are now available from just £35 for the 52-62mm set or £48 for the 77-82mm set.

You can order your 52 to 62mm or 77 to 82mm kits here -

What's Covered

  1. The Exposure Triangle - Understand the reciprocal relationship between aperture, shutter speed & ISO
  2. See how the different metering modes change the exposure
  3. Understand how the Histogram & Highlight Warnings work
  4. Understand the different focus modes and when to use them
  5. See how different ISO sensitivities affect picture quality
  6. See how different Colour Balances affect the picture
  7. See how different Apertures alter the Depth of Field.
  8. See how different Shutter Speeds show movement
  9. Use a polariser to darken blues skies & minimise reflections
  10. Use the zoom lens to show compression or W/A perspective

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

Glen & Jacqui /
25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA 0116 2796906


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