Hi and welcome to the DPC Newsletter for January 2016.
Happy New Year and welcome to this Digital Photography Courses Newsletter for January 2016. We hope you all had wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Congratulations to everyone who received a Digital Photography Course Gift Voucher and we look forward to seeing you shortly. Our first beginners course is on Saturday 23rd January 2016 followed by the next on Saturday 6th February.
Flickr 52 Week Project for 2016
After the success of last years 2014 project we are running the group again this year. All you need to do is to take one picture every week throughout 2016 and post in the group.
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 - www.flickr.com/groups/dpc-2016
If you would like to see last years images for inspiration see here https://www.flickr.com/groups/dpc-2015
January Project is -
To celebrate the New Year this month's project is very open. I would like you to either take a photograph with something new or photograph a topic you have never tried before. This could be an action picture of your dog, maybe night photography or try your hand at close up photography using everyday objects around the house.
Your other option is to use any new camera kit you had for Christmas so this could be a new lens, tripod, flashgun or any other new plaything fresh out of the box.
Remember to upload your pix to the DPC Facebook Group.
|Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD LD
It's well known that I'm a great fan of the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 superzoom and I use one myself since it was launched. This lens has now been replaced by the new Tamron 16-300mm so prices for the old model have been steadily falling.
Up until recently this lens was £270 and I've just noticed that there has been yet another price drop to £235 on Amazon. It was originally £499 when purchased it, and I suspect this is a stock sell off, so now might be an excellent time to buy before it's discontinued completely in favour of the new 16-300mm lens.
18-270mm Nikon Fit / 18-270mm Canon Fit / 16-300mm Nikon / 16-300mm Canon
Intermediate Course on Sunday 7th February
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 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 new Filters for Landscape Photography 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 - http://www.digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/Universal-Filter-Kit.html
Several students have suggested I should sell a filter kit and so that's what I'm going to trial. The 52-62mm set costs £35 for a set of 5 quality filters plus 2 rings which would normally cost about £80.
The “Universal Filter Kit” consist of a UV, a Polariser, an ND8, an ND64 and a close up +2. To keep things simple I’m initially only buying these in a 62mm filter size, to suit my recommended Tamron18-270mm, but the cunning plan is to also include a 52-62mm stepping ring, for Nikon users, and a 58-62mm stepping ring, for Canon users.
Stepping Rings allow each filter to be used on a wide variety of lenses and save money in the long run by not having to buy multiple filter sizes. The UV filter is there for protection while the ND8 and Polariser is required for the Intermediate Course. The Close-up filter will help to prepare people for the Macro Course. The ND64 can also be used on the Intermediate Course and is a six stop filter which will allow you to get great pictures of flowing water. (See below for seaside example)
You can find more details and order your kit below.
PS. Email me if you would like a 67mm Kit
The cost of the 52-62mm kit is £35 and the individual costs would likely to be about £80.
There is also a 82-77mm option for use with the 10-20mm (or 24mm) wide angle lenses. This costs £45 which contains all the same filters except the Close-up. The individual cost would likely be about £85.
Travel Tripod & Monopod with Ball Head & Bag.
I'm often being asked if I can recommend a stable but lightweight travel tripod. This is a tricky one as the best tripods tend to be big and heavy.
Recently a student showed up on a course with one of these which seemed very good value, at £47. It was pretty stable, folded down very short but still extended to a reasonable height. It also becomes a monopod which could prove useful. Case included.
Amazon Link to tripod
NEW! Five Day Advanced Photography Course
I’ve had several experienced DPC students contact me about the 3 month Professional Photography Course and the main questions I get asked are:
- If I’ve already done most of the group courses do I have to do them again if I do the 3 Month Pro Course?
Quick answer – Yes!
- Is there a shorter, lower cost option for people who DON’T want to become a professional photographer but would like to take their photography to the next level?
Maybe you’ve been asked to shoot a family portrait or you have agreed to photograph friend’s weddings?
Quick answer – yes!
This new Five Day Advanced Photography Course is only available to DPC students who have attended at least five group courses including: the Beginners, Intermediate and Portrait courses. It is not intended as a replacement to the pro course and it does not include as many courses or the personal projects with critiques and goals.
This private tuition course continues from where the other group courses leave off and it includes more advanced versions of the Intermediate, Portrait, Flash, Lightroom & Photoshop courses as standard. The last day is reserved for a course to suit your specific requirements.
The Advanced Course differs from our Five Day Intensive which is intended for novices users and includes the Beginners and basic Intermediate Course. My next availability for the Advanced Course is March 2016.
You can find more details here -
We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.
Glen & Jacqui