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

Well done to everyone who submitted images for last months “Hot” theme. I was impressed by imaginative and varied interpretations appearing on the Facebook Group. The September theme is “Speed”.

Intermediate Course on Sunday 16th September 2018. - Book Here.
Due to a postponement I have one space for the next Intermediate Course on Sunday 16th September. This is a chance to take advantage of the warmer weather before the final course on 18th November 2018.

Extra Night Photography Course?
The 21st October Night Photography Course is full but I might add an extra one on Sunday 11th November. This course starts at 2pm and finesh about 9.30pm. Please drop me an email if you are interested in attending.

Courses and DatesBeginners Camera Courses & Dates

The September theme is “Speed”.

This could be slow, fast or maybe even a snail’s pace. As always, I would like you to think outside the box and come up with some creative ideas.

If you cast your minds back to your Beginners Course you may remember we used 1/500th to freeze movement and 1/30th to show movement. If photographing propeller aircraft, like Spitfires or the Air Ambulance, then consider using 1/125th.
This image was taken at about one second to add extra impact to a narrowboat journey.

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


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

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.

Creative Lighting

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 -

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

We now have an extra Intermediate Course on Sunday 18th November 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 -

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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.

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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