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Thank you for an amazing course. I learnt so much, and feel very inspired. The passion and care with which you treat your students is fabulous. I did and do feel that you want us to succeed. The time you take to help us with Photo Critic, your Blog, Facebook etc, is most appreciated. This is truly your calling. I hope to have a long association with you as a student
Karyn Taylor Poole
I have come to a place in my photography where I was not feeling like I was achieving what I set out to do. The ideas are there, but pulling off the final product wasn’t showing it. You are helping us to be more creative and really understanding to feel the emotion beyond the shutter button.I cant wait to start a project or two, and use the knowledge you have passed over
Natasha Booysen
Once again the inexpensive course was detailed and covered systematically, allowing for questions and comments. As always a highlight with DPC is the practical shoot after the theory is learnt, giving us students the chance to test out our new skills and leave with some additions to our portfolios
Keith Engelbrecht
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both. The basic photography course I gave Richard as a Christmas present was the best gift ever! He thoroughly enjoyed the class and is sooo enthused [it’s driving us mad], but hey that was the main aim. Thank you to you both for the best Christmas present I could ever have given my husband
Denise Stanley
I see so many training workshops pop up daily with sub-par work and experience from the teachers and then I am so glad about the product we deliver to our students. For us it is more than about the money, it is also a passion and a responsibility we do not take lightly. Our students become part of a family, they get value for money and the teachers truly are masters in their respective fields
Trompie van der Berg
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Mike Tagg

PHOTOGRAPHY ARTICLES

Recent photography articles and tutorials developed by DPC to take your photography to the next level…

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: January 2016

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition for January was indeed a tough one. Our judges couldn't decide and we decided, what the heck, let's share it between all three finalists who were in contention! Looking at these great shots we are sure than non one would blame us for not being able to decide. The SOTM award goes to Nadia de Lange with "A man and his dog", Leon Pelser with "The story of my life" and Amy McGinley with "That Look".

Newsflash | Canon announces the 1DX Mark II!

Canon has declared their new pro-flagship DSLR. The new EOS-1D X Mark II is a replacement for the original 1D X and the EOS-1D C movie model. In certain aspects, the upgrade is marginal, but groundbreaking in other areas. Read more about it...

The power of colour to enhance mood | Mini–Tutorial

Nolan Lister shares a tip on how to use the power of colour to enhance mood in your portraits | Mini Tutorial

Newsflash | Nikon’s new D5, D500, SB-5000!

Nikon has started the year off with a bang with the official release of the much anticipated full frame flagship D5, the flagship crop-sensor D500 and the new SB-5000 flash!

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: December 2015

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition for December goes to Danie Coetzee with his black and white photo, titled "Young Dreams". His honest image tells such an intimate story, which bagged him the coveted SOTM award. Well done Danie! Danie gets a R600 discount for any of DPC's photography courses and stand in contention for the Shot of the Year competition.

Unexpected fortune | Sandton Fine Art Architectural Photography

Sunday afternoon I went out to Sandton to do long exposure, minimalist architectural photography. Unfortunately it was just too bright overcast when we started out, but later on the clouds became quite dramatic. I decided that instead of doing long exposures to capture some of the buildings with the aggressive skies as backdrops.

Duplicity | Featured Photo by Danie Bester

Danie discusses how he shot this impressionist image of two religious women walking passed a crimson coloured wall

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: November 2015

TThe Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition for November is shared by two photographers, Nadia de Lange with "Walking to the Light", and Coenraad Albertyn with "Barbed Wire of Death". Both images are high impact, black and white "travel photographs" and both images have great compositional impact. Nadia's image is a good example of how contrast and scale can be used. What we liked about Coenraad's very simple, yet emotive photo is a suitable title and the use of shallow depth of field, texture, line, shape and form. Both, Nadia and Coenraad, each receives a R600 discount for any of DPC's photography courses and stand in contention for the Shot of the Year competition. Congratulations!

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: October 2015

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition for September 2015 goes to Jenay Jordaan with her portrait "Offering". Jenay's unconventional portrait is a good example of how dynamic tension and negative space can be used to create interesting and striking images. Jenay receives a R600 discount on any DPC Photography Course. Congratulations Jenay!