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The Law as it pertains to Photographers in South Africa (Updated 2015-10-05)

By | 5 October, 2015|Advanced Photography Aspects, Legal Aspects of Photography|

There are very few laws in South Africa that pertain directly to photography. Most laws have to be interpreted to see how they impact on photography. There are three fields that a photographer is most likely to be confronted with, these are copyright, privacy and trespass laws.

Bionicle Apocalypse | Shooting a Cinematic and Narrative Project

By | 24 August, 2015|Advanced Photography Aspects, Cinematic Photography, Photography Lighting, Photography Projects, Product Photography, Retouching, Editing and Workflow|

Shooting a Cinematic and Narrative story using a Lego Bionicle | A quick photography project by John Fox...

A Guide to Colour Management for Photographers

By | 18 March, 2015|Advanced Photography Aspects, Colour Management|

When we start our journey as new photographers there is a lot of learning to be done. Strange new jargon words, rules and principles, equipment and settings to be mastered. Once we crest the peak most of us focus on shooting, and the development of knowledge concerning some of the more intricate, yet peripheral concerns, fall to the wayside. I believe one such example is the subject of colour management.

The Masks We Are

By | 26 February, 2015|Advanced Photography Aspects, Fine Art Photography, Hotshots, Reader and Student Articles, Studio Photography|

My idea for this project actually started out as a simple portrait shoot with some masks that I would source, but it slowly evolved as I planned it out. It became a little more personal as I tried to present little pieces of myself in each idea. This then evolved further when I realized through this process, that I often present myself to people in a manner which corresponds to the situation I am in and that I vary rarely show the real me. From this I decided to twist the mask idea a little, still showing these little bits of me, but in each shot, the mask reveals more than it hides.

How to Critique a Photo

By | 26 January, 2015|A Photographer's Attitude, Advanced Photography Aspects, Basic Photography Aspects, Photo Critique|

I would like to expand on the importance of giving people good, useful and most importantly honest feedback. As beginner photographers embark on their journey they amass a huge number of images. Generally they produce prolific quantities of work, which inevitably ends up on social network pages. When you upload to a site such as Facebook and tag friends and family members the comments start rolling in. These comments offer great self-esteem boosts causing us to add more images to get our fix of ego stroking.

Shoot with Intent: Why Kevin Richards Loves and Hates DPC!

By | 10 December, 2014|A Photographer's Attitude, Advanced Photography Aspects, Reader and Student Articles|

Those 3 little letters W-H-Y just about knocked me for a six and has made me re-evaluate what it actually is that I am doing with my camera. Naturally, this made me depressed as photography suddenly went from being fun to frustrating in no time at all. (Thanks ALOT DPC). When you start thinking about WHY you are taking a picture, it completely over shadows the what, how, who and where in an instant. The other questions, to a degree, all have tangible answers to them but the WHY leaves me floundering and is now forcing me to really think a lot harder about what it is I am trying to accomplish as a photographer and what it is that I what to communicate in my pictures.

Photo Critic Newsletter

By | 16 December, 2013|Advanced Photography Aspects, Competitions, Newsletter|

We're heading at a pretty frantic pace for the end of the year and I can scarcely believe that we're through 2013 and that I am yet another year older, and wiser, I hope. This has been an eventful year and we've seen some of our members' photography growing with leaps and bounds and I can proudly say, that we are probably one of the most successful and active photography communities out there! I would like to use this opportunity to break the latest news. Please read through to the end as the last paragraph provide some very important information that might just benefit you!

DPC Fine-Art / Intermediate Photography Course Exhibition

By | 12 February, 2013|Advanced Photography Aspects, Featured Photographers, Fine Art Photography|

What John, The Mentor & Chief Lecturer for the Fine-Art Photography Course had to say: Danie and I had been discussing the development of an Intermediate Photography Course for some time. We had discussed what it would include and how it should be presented, then out of the blue one day he said it should focus on, and be centered around, the concept of fine art photography. My initial reaction was one of panic and scepticism, I mean does anyone anywhere actually know what fine art really is? I went off and did masses of research to create the material, we had long debates, more research and reworked the material again and again. Eventually low and behold we had a definition and understanding of the concepts we were trying to communicate which I am really proud of. I believe we are now better able to communicate through our course the principles of fine art photography and creativity than most content on the subject available anywhere.

Accepting Criticism of your Photographs

By | 13 December, 2012|A Photographer's Attitude, Advanced Photography Aspects, Basic Photography Aspects, Photo Critique|

I often work with new photographers and when I ask to see their work they become shy and introverted “no, I’m not showing you that”. This is surprisingly common, and if you think about it, it is also a surprisingly counter intuitive stance. As an artist or a photographer specifically, you have chosen a solely visual medium and its very purpose is to be seen.

Stop Motion Photography

By | 28 August, 2010|Advanced Photography Aspects, Stop Motion & Time Lapse|

Stop motion photography has become very popular over the past few years and we can expect to see more and more fast action Stop Motion Movies and slideshow as camera manufacturers keep on pushing silly frame rates. Both Canon and Nikon have some serious contenders in terms of speed in the form of the Nikon D3X, Canon 1D Mark IV, and even the smaller siblings like the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D300S. With speeds thar range between 8 to 10 frames a second these cameras are equipped with high-end focusing systems to ensure sharp images, frame for frame.