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August 2017 newsletter
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Hi and welcome to the DPC Newsletter for August 2017.

The final course dates for 2017 are now on the website.

For those seeking picture ideas this month’s project is  “The Golden Hour” and I’ve included some sample images and tips below below for  inspiration. I've just added extra Intermediate Courses on Sunday 3rd September and Sunday 12th November 2017 as the August one sold out in a few days. You can book online here -

October is Flash Month
We have a Studio Portrait Course on Sunday 1st October and a Flash Photography Course on Saturday 7th October 2017.

Studio Flash Portrait Course
Both courses cover portrait photography but the studio course uses various coloured backgrounds with mains powered 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.

Speedlight Flash Course
The speedlight flash course is for people that have a speedlight and would like to know how to get the best from it. This is useful for those who like to travel light. This course does include portrait photography, both indoors and outside, plus some creating lighting techniques and I’ll show you how I set up the Water Melon shot. You will require some method to fire the flash off camera but I can advise if required.

Water Melon

Midweek 221 day at £199

If there are any courses that you would like attend as a midweek 221 day at £199 please let me know by email to or on the FB group.

The August Project is - "The Golden Hour"

The Golden Hour is generally recognised as the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. It is a favourite time for photographers as the quality of light takes on a warm glow. It’s liked especially by landscape photographers as this warmth is accompanied by long shadows and improved textures and by the deeper shadows.  A good tip is to try the Daylight and Cloudy white balances to maintain the warmth which the Auto White Balance (AWB) might remove.

I've included sample images below but you are encouraged to be as diverse as possible and remember to upload to the DPC Facebook Group.

Golden Hour

Extra Intermediate Courses on Sunday 3rd September and Sunday 12th November 2017

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 back in stock

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. 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 -

What's Covered

  1. The Exposure Triangle - Understand the reciprocal relationship between aperture, shutter speed & ISO
  2. See how the different metering modes change the exposure
  3. Understand how the Histogram & Highlight Warnings work
  4. Understand the different focus modes and when to use them
  5. See how different ISO sensitivities affect picture quality
  6. See how different Colour Balances affect the picture
  7. See how different Apertures alter the Depth of Field.
  8. See how different Shutter Speeds show movement
  9. Use a polariser to darken blues skies & minimise reflections
  10. Use the zoom lens to show compression or W/A perspective

Studio Portait Course Sunday 1st October 2017- £135

Please Note: The Portrait Photography Course on Sunday 1st October 2017 is a special course dealing exclusively with using Studio Flash Lighting with a variety of coloured backgrounds, soft boxes and umbrellas. This differs from the normal portrait course which also deals with available light and speedlight portraits.

This course covers:

  • Understand the settings, menus and controls required for good portrait photography using studio flash.
  • Set up a low cost Home Photography Studio
  • Shoot portraits with 1,2, and 3 studio flashguns
  • Gain an understanding of different light modifiers.
  • Gain an understanding of different lighting set-ups.
  • Choosing which lighting and background system will suit your budget and requirements.
  • High key portraits using studio flash with a white background.
  • Low key portraits using studio flash with a black background.
  • Edit portraits to obtain a clean white or black background.
  • Using reflectors and coloured gels with portraits
  • Look at a wide selction of different lighting styles including:
  • Rembrant Lighting, Side Lighting, Hard & Soft Light & Beauty Lighting.

Studio Portrait Course

Speedlight Flash Photography Course on Saturday 7th October 2017

On the beginners course we discussed how using the camera's built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. This can be improved hugely by using a seperate speedlight flash to produce professional looking results.

The Flash Photography Course aims to change this pop-up scenario and will give you a good understanding of how to use a separate flashgun away from the camera to provide more exciting portraits and creative lighting techniques.

Flash Course

This is a Level Two course so you will need to have attended a beginners course first. During this photography course you will learn about :

  • 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 with wireless triggers
  • 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 exciting portraits using flash

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

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


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