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Danie Bester

About Danie Bester

I am the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. I am married to Jenna, my high-school sweetheart for over two decades now and have two adult children, Mia-Daniel and Minnette. We live in Centurion, Pretoria. I am proud, yet humbled by how far we have come and what we have achieved in such a short time. Today DPC ranks under the foremost photography schools in South Africa and we've build a healthy community of photographers. The road has not always been easy but through a leap of faith and the grace of God, we have grown a small photography business to a successful training institute. Working as a commercial photographer and teaching a wide range of photography subjects, including; Portraiture, Studio lighting, Fine-art, Architecture and Food Photography has kept me fairly versatile. On a personal level, I pursue fine-art, travel, and landscape photography. I have recently been honoured, with my work being included in the Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa.

The Opportunities and Challenges awaiting us photographers in 2017!

2017-07-14T09:41:40+00:00 By |A Photographer's Attitude|

Danie Bester's new year message to DPC Students and Photo Critic members speaking of the opportunities and challenges we have as photographers in the Digital Era, while sharing DPC's programme for 2017.

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Unexpected fortune | Sandton Fine Art Architectural Photography

2017-07-14T14:39:11+00:00 By |Architectural Photography, Fine Art 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.

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: November 2015

2017-07-14T14:42:20+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

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!

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: October 2015

2017-07-14T14:43:13+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

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!

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: September 2015

2017-07-14T14:44:26+00:00 By |Action and Adventure Photography, Hotshots, Photography Competitions|

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition for September 2015 goes to Caleb Dredge with “The Heat of the Competition” a slow shutter, impressionist image depicting the action and energy of swimmers fighting it out in the pool. His image reminded us of Ernst Haas’ work and especially liked the three primary colours of red, blue and yellow that keeps the eye jumping between the different markers. Well done Caleb, you walk away with a R600 discount on any DPC photography course.

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: August 2015

2017-07-14T14:48:20+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition winner for a second time in a row, is Koos Fourie with his landscape photo "The backroads of the Overberg". Koos receives a discount of R600 for any photography course with DPC for his winning image. Congratulations Koos. Let's see if you can do it again next month!

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: July 2015

2017-07-14T14:53:32+00:00 By |Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography|

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month is awarded to two winners, Luke Brouwers with his quirky street photo "Dreams", and Koos Fourie with his fantastic action wildlife photograph "Fight for Life". Congratulations to both Luke and Koos, who each receive a R600 discount on any DPC Course, or Workshop. Well deserved gentlemen!

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: June 2015

2017-07-14T14:54:53+00:00 By |Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography, Travel & Landscape Photography|

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition winner for June 2015 is shared by two photographers, Luke Brouwers with his photo "Trees in the Mist" (Nature) and Marethe Grobler with her portrait "Old Soul Young Girl" (People). Both Luke and Marethe receives a discount of R600 for any photography courses with DPC. They were not the only winners though! Ken Jennings impressionist landscape, "Gansbaai" will also be included for the Shot of the Year competition as a wildcard entry.

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: May 2015

2017-07-14T15:01:52+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition winner for May 2015 is: Izak Van Heerden with his portrait "Keep Clean". Izak receives a discount of R600 for any photography course with DPC for his winning image. Congratulations Izak!

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: April 2015

2017-07-14T14:56:01+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions|

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition for April 2015 is shared by two photographers; Amy Mcginley with her self-portrait titled "Shadowed Soul" and Luke Brouwers with "Early Morning Clouds". Both photographers receive a discount of R600 for any photography courses with DPC for their winning photos! Congratulations to both of you!

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Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 is Here! Read all about the new features

2017-07-14T15:01:11+00:00 By |Photography Software|

With great fanfare, we can announce that... Adobe has finally released the much anticipated Lightroom 6 as the new standalone version, and a Cloud version for online subscribers, Lightroom CC (2015)! It has taken Adobe about 22 months to introduce their latest flagship image management and RAW software, and the wait was worth it! The new version of Lightroom has a lot of new and improved features under the hood:

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Travel and Landscape Photography | Mega Tutorial

2017-07-14T15:16:21+00:00 By |Photographic Equipment, Travel & Landscape Photography|

Learn all the important aspects of shooting Travel, Landscapes and Seascapes! This Mega Tutorial is derived from a series of articles I have written for PiX Magazine in 2013. Covering technical and creative aspects of travel and landscape photography; from choosing the best locations and finding the best light, to camera gear, settings and creative techniques...

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: March 2015

2017-07-14T15:17:04+00:00 By |Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions|

Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition winner for February 2015 is: Kobus Eksteen with "Starry Sky". Kobus' image was taken in the Richtersveld with a Canon 5D Mark III and Samyang 24 mm f1.4 lens. He used a small torch to provide the side-lighting on the quiver tree. Exposure time was 20 seconds at ISO-1600. He used a the "DSLR Controller" app on his android tablet to focus.

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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: February 2015

2017-07-14T15:29:52+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions|

Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition winner for February 2015 is: Kobus Eksteen with "Starry Sky". Kobus' image was taken in the Richtersveld with a Canon 5D Mark III and Samyang 24 mm f1.4 lens. He used a small torch to provide the side-lighting on the quiver tree. Exposure time was 20 seconds at ISO-1600. He used a the "DSLR Controller" app on his android tablet to focus.

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Photographer and Shot of the Year 2014

2017-07-14T15:31:09+00:00 By |Action and Adventure Photography, Featured Photographers, Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

This is the big day, we all waited for! The Photo Critic Shot of the Year and the Photographer of the Year Competitions for 2014 has finally been decided by our panel of 6 judges. Here they are

Standard Print Sizes

2017-07-14T15:34:20+00:00 By |Basic Photography Aspects, Printing & Output, Retouching, Editing and Workflow|

Photographers are often confused when it come to standard paper sizes. Few people know that we are using two different systems. Firstly, the standard print lab sizes provided by local print shops i.e. the local Fujifilm, Kodak, Foto First etc. Then there is the standard iso sizes offered by modern ink-jet printers. Here's a breakdown of the various print sizes available

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