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Hi Everyone and welcome to the DPC newsletter for October 2016.

The October Project is - The Dark Side.

October is the month of Halloween, darker nights and the clocks going back so this month’s project is “The Dark Side”. This could be a night time cityscape, or maybe a picture of the moon or stars, an indoor shot without flash, or maybe a Halloween pumpkin picture taken by candlelight.

As the nights are drawing in and the weather is generally cooler and damper we are running more indoor courses. This starts on Sunday 2nd October with the Studio Portrait Course. The good thing about this course is everything is provided so you only need your camera with a normal lens or telephoto lens. This course will show you how to shoot first class family portraits in the comfort of your own home for less than the cost of a professional shoot.

Our final Intermediate Course for 2016 will be on Saturday 8th October and you will require a tripod and set of filters but we do keep spares.

Sunday 30th October is our Night Photography Course where we will show you how to photograph: the moon and stars, the northern lights, car light trails and much more.


Our final course for 2016 will be our Creative Lighting Course on Sunday 20th November. This fun course will show you how to use lots of different light sources, like candle light, torches, Christmas lights and flash to shoot a wide variety of things including water droplets and pepper splashes.


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Start voting for your 2017 Calendar Pictures

We had over 200 images submitted for the 2017 DPC Student calendar and the standard this year is even higher than previous years, which is something I wouldn't have thought possible.

Entry for the DPC 2017 Student Calendar is now closed and you can now vote for your favourite images by clicking “Like” on the Facebook Album. I know I say this every year but the standard just keeps getting higher and higher. Everyone who submitted an image will have at least one image published.

You can like as many of your images as you wish but keep in mind I do need to cover the four seasons. The top voted images will go into a shortlist and Jacqui and I will choose the 12 main images we feel will look best in the final calendar. Others pictures will surround these as in previous years.

The main images may not be t he top voted images but our decision is final as we need to have a calendar which flows nicely. No voting for your own images please.

The closing date for voting is Sunday 2nd October 2016.

2015 Calendar

The closing date for voting is midnight on Sunday 2nd October 2016. After this date I’ll design the 2017 DPC calendar and put sample pages up on the website to take pre-orders.
The cost should be the same as last year at £10 plus £2.00 P&P per calendar. There will be discounts for larger orders.
Happy Voting.
Cheers

Glen

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Dedicated Studio Portrait Photography Course

This course on Sunday 2nd October is a special course dealing exclusively with using Studio Flash Lighting with a variety of backgrounds, snoots, barn doors, soft boxes and umbrellas.

This is similar to the course I normally run for my pro students so we'll be able to go into much more depth and look at many different lighting set ups from using a single light to 3 or 4 lights in several configurations. Even if you do not own a set of lights, or you have already done the normal portrait course, you will still learn a lot on this day.

This differs from the normal portrait course which also deals with available light and speedlight portraits.

Studio Portrait

http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/studio-portrait-photography-course.html

Intermediate Course

Intermediate Course on Saturday 8th October

This is the ideal course for anyone who has completed the Beginners Course or who plans to attend any other Level Two Courses. It's not essential to attend this course first, as all the Level Two courses are self contained, but the techniques taught are usefull on other courses.

http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/photography-course-intermediate.html

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.

Canon or Nikon Flash Course - Sun 9th October


During this photography course you will learn all about:

  • The menus, settings & 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
  • How to use the Nikon Creative Lighting System
  • How to use the Nikon Creative Lighting System
  • How to use flashguns for more creative lighting
  • How to use your flash outdoors for fill-in flash
  • How to take great portraits using flash
  • How to use rear curtain sync
  • How to use slow exposure sync
  • How to balance flash and ambient light.
Flash Course

Milky Way

The Night Photography Course will be on Sunday 30th October This very popular course will show you how to take pictures at night without using your flash. The course starts at 2pm and ends about 9pm. It includes a light supper. Your own tripod would be helpful but we do have a couple of spares.

The course includes: portraits by candle light, buildings at night, car light trails, writing with light, painting with light, the northern lights and lightning plus some trick photography.

Weather permitting, we should also be able to photograph an almost full moon and maybe even some stars.

The Level Two Creative Lighting Course will be on Sunday 20th November 2016

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.

Splash

http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/creative-lighting-photography-course.html

The Night Photography Course will be on Sunday 30th October This very popular course will show you how to take pictures at night without using your flash. The course starts at 2pm and ends about 9pm. It includes a light supper. Your own tripod would be helpful but we do have a couple of spares.

The course includes: portraits by candle light, buildings at night, car light trails, writing with light, painting with light, the northern lights and lightning plus some trick photography.

Weather permitting, we should also be able to photograph an almost full moon and maybe even some stars.

Milky Way

http://www.digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/night-photography-course.html


Intermediate Course on Sunday 8th October 2016
The final Intermediate Course for 2016 is on Sunday 8th October 2016. You will need a tripod, cable release and the DPC filter kit or similar. http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/photography-course-intermediate.html

DPC Filter Kit - http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/Universal-Filter-Kit.html


Flash Photography Sunday 9th October 2016
Using the camera's built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. The Flash Photography Course aims to change this scenario and will give you a good understanding of how to use a separate flashgun away from the camera to provide more creative and interesting lighting.

  • 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
  • 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 great portraits using flash

http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/flash-photography-course.html


Big Cat Course on Sunday 23rd October 2016.
I’ve been in touch with the zoo and we can now fit in an extra couple of spaces on the Big Cat Course on Sunday 23rd October 2016. http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/big-cat-photography-course.html


The Five Day Advanced Course
I’ve just finished one of these and it was a great success. I’ve enjoy the challenge of training students at this higher level and it’s the perfect opportunity for someone who has already completed several group courses to push themselves to achieve a more professional looking images. I’ll also consider running this course as a 221 for two students who would like to work together and attend the same courses at the same time.
http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/five-day-advanced-photography-course.html


Is it worth upgrading to Lightroom CC?

So you have reached the end of your 7 Day Lightroom Trial and the question is “ is it worth upgrading to LRCC?” Short answer - Yes!

LR3 to LR4 was a major upgrade, and well worth the update, but since then the extra features have been less important. The main improvements with LR6 are the abilities to do HDR and panoramas from within Lightroom plus face recognition has also been added. If you think you will use these features then it’s definitely worth moving up to Lightroom 6.

Adobe are claiming that LR6 runs quicker on some machines by using the graphic processor but I didn’t really notice any real difference. I haven’t done a scientific test but overall it feels like LR6 runs slower than previous versions.

If you do decide to upgrade then these are your options.

  • 1/ if you already have Lightroom 4 or 5 you can upgrade to LR6 for £60 and continue to use it for as long as you like.

  • 2/ if you don’t have Lightroom 4 or 5 you can buy LR6 for £102 and continue to use it for as long as you like.

  • 3/ You can also rent Lightroom CC (same as LR6 at the moment) for £8.57 per month (total £102.84 pa.) and get Photoshop CC effectively for free.

  • 4/ LRCC also includes LR Mobile and will be updated with extra features, like the DeHaze slider, as they become available.

I know a lot of people are uncomfortable about renting software, me included, but if you tend to upgrade Lightroom every year then it will probably be as well to rent LR and effectively get Photoshop CC for £40 per year or even free if you not upgrading.

Personally, because I always need the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom for training purposes I’ll be taking out an annual subscription, even though it pains me to do so.


Advanced Lightroom Course

I’ve been asked to run an Advanced Lightroom Course and also a Photoshop Course during the winter months. If this something you would like drop me an email so I can start planning.

The course will have a quick recap on the beginners LR course then continue from there with time spent on advanced editing, collections, the book, slideshow and print modules, plus using the free Nix Collection plugins. I’m also open to other suggestions including a bit of Photoshop if that’s what the group would like and time allows.

Lightroom is the best option for anyone whose main interest is Landscape Photography as it’s possible to recover much more detail in the clouds from a RAW file edited correctly in LR. You will require a laptop but we do keep a couple of spares.

Book here - http://digitalphotographycourses.co.uk/lightroom-course.html

Beginners Photoshop Course

As Photoshop is now bundled with Lightroom I’ve been asked to run an Beginners Photoshop Course too. If this something you would like drop me an email so I can start planning.

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

Glen & Jacqui

www.DigitalPhotographyCourses.co.uk / www.digitalcameracourses.co.uk
25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA 0116 2796906

email glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk

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