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Hi and welcome to the Digital Photography Courses monthly newsletter for August 2018.

Remaining Level Two Courses.
All the remaining courses for 2018 are now on the website. The Big Cats and Night course are both full and we only have one or two spaces left for the Macro Course, Studio Portrait and the Creative Lighting Courses.  After these are full I’ll only be running midweek 221 or private tuition days until 2019.

Courses and DatesBeginners Camera Courses & Dates

How to Photograph Lightning at Night.
July was an amazing month for record breaking hot weather. This has led to thunderstorms which prompted several people to ask "How to photograph lightning at night". Fork lightning works better than sheet lightning and most importantly do not put yourself in any danger. Standing on top of a hill with a metal tripod in a thunderstorm is extremely dangerous so I prefer to shoot through an open window. This way you can stay safe and dry while watching the storm with a cuppa.

What you cannot do is wait for the flash and then press the shutter button as you will have missed it. The trick is to have several long exposures and hope that the lightning flashes happen during one of these exposures. If you have a cable release you can lock these so the camera will keep shooting until the card is full or the battery runs out.

As we are using long exposures at night you will require a tripod. Settings vary but a good starting point would be 30 seconds at f11 at 400 ISO on manual exposure. If you do not have a cable release you may be able to set your self timer to take several pictures in succession and then start again. A bonus tip is to use Tungsten WB to help avoid orange light pollution and give the night sky a blue tint.


Which Course Should You Do Next

I'm in the process of added a page to the website explaining the differences between the various courses. This will be updated over time but if you wish to see which courses will suit you the best then click here

Photography Course Check List.
Anyone who has attended a course in the last couple of months will have a course checklist included in their handouts. This list all the different courses plus includes a handy project guide so you can tick of the various techniques as you master them. You can download a PDF copy here.

DPC Checklist

Seeing the Picture and Composition Course
As the weather is improving I would like to run some more "Seeing the Picture and Composition Courses” over the summer.

These courses have a maximum of 3-4 students as we will travel to several locations. They take place during the week, on a date to be arranged, and run from 9.30-5pm. Lunch is included. This one day course is aimed at DSLR user who are confident using their cameras but feel they struggle to "See a Picture" or need help with their composition..

We will have a series of exercises aimed at encouraging you to spot pictures 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.

If interested please let me know and we’ll sort out a suitable date. You can find details here -

The August project is “Hot”

According to the weather forecasters this hot spell is due to continue so this month’s project is “Hot”.

By all means this can be a weather picture but also try to think outside the box so maybe a steaming cup of coffee or people or pets trying to keep cool in the heat.

As always let you imagination run free and don’t forget to upload your images to the DPC Facebook Group.


Extra Macro Course Space on Sunday 12th August 2018


Studio Flash Portrait Course Sunday 2nd September

We also have a Studio Portrait Course on Sunday 2nd September 2018. Both courses cover portrait photography but the studio course uses various coloured backgrounds with mains powered studio 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.

Studio Portrait Course

We have an extra Intermediate Course on Sunday 16th September 2018

Anyone attending the Intermediate Course will require a a Polariser and a ND8 filter for the course. These can be purchased from Amazon at about £12-15 each or they are included in our exclusive DPC Filter Kit.

DPC Filter Kits now available

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 and the Filters for Landscape Photography Course.

If you were to buy these filters individually they would cost over £90 but they are now available from just £40 for the 52-62mm set or £50 for the 77-82mm set. I've also just added a 72mm set.

You can order your kits here -

Creative Lighting Course Sun 13th October

This is a great fun course where we take pictures of water droplets, peppers splashing into water, smoke trails and any other silliness we can think of on the day.

We also show you how to use other light sources, like candles, torches and Christmas Lights, to create bokeh effects. It's the ideal course if you would like to know how to use your shiny new flashgun or just fancy some nice pictures for your kitchen wall.

A flash extension cable or remote release for your flashgun is very useful for this course and you will also require a tripod but we do keep a couple of spares.


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If you haven't joined the DPC Facebook Group then you can still do so by following the links below. This is a closed group for DPC students only.

New course dates are announced first on the Facebook Group and sometimes sell out before they get into this newsletter. A good example is the Big Cat Course which sold out within 24 hours of being announced. Let me know if this is a course you would like to attend as I might try and add an extra date.

Join the Flickr 52 Week Project here.

Flickr 52 Week Project for 2018
After the continued success of last years project we are running the group again this year. All you need to do is to take one picture each week throughout 2018 and post in the Flickr group.

Group Rules

1, Only DPC students are allowed to join so you need to have attended or booked a course.
2, Please include exif data to ensure photos are taken during the correct week
3, Post 1 photo per week - running from Monday to Sunday
4, You don't have to post every week as long as the photo is taken in the correct week
5, Maximum of 5 photo's per month catch-up allowed.
6, If you miss a week, please don't give up, but continue ASAP
7, Upload a link from the Facebook Group to your Flickr post

You can join the group here -

Some people have been able to join right away but others have had a message to say they need to be invited. If you do struggle to join just drop me an email and I'll invite you.

If you would like to see last years images for inspiration see here

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

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


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