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

We are coming to the end of our training year so only have a few spaces left. These include the:

  • Creative Lighting Course on Saturday 13th October - 2 Spaces
  • Studio Portrait Course on Sunday 4th November - 1 Space
  • Midweek 221 Lightroom Courses - Call for details

The newsletter theme for October 2018 is "Autumn". See below.

Launch of the 2019 Student Calendar - See Below

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Launch of the 2019 Student Calendar

We are now looking for entries for the 2019 DPC Student Calendar. Past editions have been absolutely amazing and I’m sure this year we will give the Countryfile calendar a run for its money.

  1. It’s time to submit your entries for the 2019 DPC Student Calendar.
  2. This follows the same format as previous years and you need to submit four images.
  3. Please use the word CALENDAR 2019 – in capitals so I know this is your final four selection.
  4. DO NOT include a copyright as this will be removed and you are just giving me more work to do.
  5. You can post images and ask for advice, if you wish, but the final choice of four needs to be yours.
  6. Try to include all the seasons as 199 pictures of sunsets in August will not work.
  7. Closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday 16th October 2018 and I will then put up an album on FB.
  8. Voting will be open midnight on Friday 26th October and then the design work starts.
  9. I will do my best to include an image from every person who enters but I can’t promise this.
  10. Due to the design template limitations upright, square or panorama images will not be considered for the main images.
  11. The vote will give us a shortlist but Jacqui and I will choose the main images.
  12. Our decision is final and we should have a copies available by mid-November.
See here for more FAQs

Creative Lighting Course Sun 13th October

This is a great fun course for those dark winter months. 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.


The October theme is “Autumn”.

The leaves are changing colour and the nights are drawing in so the October theme is Autumn.

This could be a lovely warm landscape with long shadows taken during the golden hour or the veins of a single leaf highlighted against a dark background. The trick to photographing leaves is to ensure the light is shining from behind.

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

Red Leaf

Studio Flash Portrait Course Sunday 4th November

We also have a Studio Portrait Course on Sunday 4th November 2018. This 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. All lighting is provided on the day and I'll make suggestions for kit a different price points.

Studio Portrait Course

Lightroom Classic CC with Photoshop CC

As the days will soon be getting colder and darker I will be running more midweek Lightroom/Photoshop Courses.

These will mainly be 221 days at £199 but I might also run a group course at £135. Contact me for details.

Lightroom Course

I believe the best package to get is the £9.98 PCM Photography package which includes

  • Lightroom CC (Online version)
  • Lightroom Classic CC (Desktop version)
  • Photoshop CC
  • 20GB of cloud storage

Which Version of Lightroom & Photoshop ?

  • The new subscription versions of Lightroom and Photoshop can be confusing so hopefully this will make it clearer.

  • Up until version 6 you purchased Lightroom and Photoshop outright. Lightroom costs about £120 and Photoshop was about £600.

  • Lightroom CC is the slower online version of Lightroom which is not as powerful as Lightroom Classic CC and you require an internet connection.

  • Lightroom Classic and Photoshop are so well integrated that we us we use Include some Photoshop on the Lightroom Course.

  • Lightroom CC is really intended for people uploading and editing from their phone or iPads as these have limited storage.

  • I find 20GB is plenty as I only upload JPGs and store all my RAW files on external USB HDDs.

  • A couple of years ago Adobe went to a subscription model and called it the Creative Cloud (CC). Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC together now cost about £10 PCM which also includes 20GB of online storage.

  • Originally Lightroom CC was the same as Lightroom 6 but as Adobe added new features to Lightroom CC the CC version became more powerful than LR6 and included an online version of Lightroom called Lightroom Mobile.

  • Last year Adobe had a stupid Lightroom name rebranding which caused huge confusion to photographers everywhere. Lightroom CC was renamed Lightroom Classic CC (I will refer to this as Lightroom Desktop) and Lightroom Mobile became the online version of Lightroom CC.

LR Subscription

Please Contact us for Lightroom or Photoshop Courses

You will require a laptop with Lightroom CC installed but we do carry a couple of spare laptops. This course also includes the option to icorporate a small amount of Photoshop work. This usually involves creating a logo to add to your exported images for that professional look.

Learning Outcomes and Topics Covered

  1. Understanding the Lightroom Interface
  2. How to Import images into Lightroom
  3. Navigating the Library Module
  4. Choosing and Rating your images
  5. Basic corrections in the Library Module
  6. Making adjustments in the Develop Module
  7. Retouching using the Spot Removal Brush
  8. Straightening, Cropping and Image Ratios
  9. Adding Copyright Information
  10. Exporting to a Folder with Various Presets
  11. Overview of the Map, Photo Book, Slideshow & Print Modules
  12. NEW! How to use the Nik Collection plug-in

The day starts with the Lightroom interface and how to import images, choosing & rating images, editing, cropping and exporting. You are encouraged to bring some of your own images on a USB stick or SD Card but sample images will be provided.

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Find Us on Facebook.

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.

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

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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