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Yousuf Karsh | Perhaps the most iconic portrait photographer of all time?

By | 31 August, 2016|Cinematic Photography, Featured Photographers, Film Photography, Portrait Photography|

We show off 32 iconic portraits by the Master Photographer, Yousef Karsh. Which one is your favourite?

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: December 2015

By | 7 January, 2016|Hotshots, Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

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.

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: November 2015

By | 21 December, 2015|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!

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: October 2015

By | 8 November, 2015|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!

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: August 2015

By | 13 September, 2015|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!

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: June 2015

By | 7 July, 2015|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.

Photo Critic Shot of the Month: May 2015

By | 5 June, 2015|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!

Express your vision using Flash!

By | 15 March, 2015|Flash Photography, Photographic Equipment, Photography Lighting, Portrait Photography, Wedding Photography|

In the On-Location Lighting workshop I teach our students that one of the 7 reasons to use flash is to express your vision. As photographers, light is the notes we use to compose a song. If you only know half the notes the song you create will be pretty limited in tone and originality. If you however know the full range of notes you can create a masterpiece! If we are able to recognize and make use of natural light as well as incorporate artificial light where needed we can truly express our vision and create our own masterpieces!

Photographer and Shot of the Year 2014

By | 27 February, 2015|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

Shot of the Year 2013

By | 14 January, 2014|Action and Adventure Photography, Featured Photographers, Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

Photo Critic's 2013 Shot of the Year Coveted Photo Competition Winner is Matthew Copham with his image "Struggle for Life"

The Portrait as Fine Art. Learning from painters like Nelson Shanks

By | 9 January, 2013|Fine Art Photography, Portrait Photography|

I've come across this beautiful video by world renowned, realist painter and artist, Nelson Shanks. Nelson Shanks created paintings of some of the most important people in the world. I know this is not a painting website, but after all, the definition of photography is "to paint with light". I often teach that we learn to shoot better portraits by looking at the paintings of old and contemporary masters. Through their paintings, they often teach us how to capture light, emotion, drama, mood and atmosphere. As photographers, we should not shy away from finding inspiration by studying the work of other artists and see how we can mimic it by using our cameras creatively.

Shot of the Year 2012

By | 12 December, 2012|Action and Adventure Photography, Featured Photographers, Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

Photo Critic's 2012 Shot of the Year Photo Competition Winner is... Matthew Copham !!! Congratulations on capturing this outstanding photograph! This one-in-a-million moment you've photographed surely deserves the honor of being named Shot of the Year...

Steve McCurry Shoots Pirelli 2013 Calendar

By | 3 December, 2012|Fashion & Beauty Photography, Featured Photographers, Portrait Photography|

Steve McCurry has been appointed to shoot the 2013 Pirelli Calendar in Rio de Janeiro. Steve describes Rio as the best cityscape in the world. Traditionally, the Pirelli Calendar consists of nude photographs. He decided to bring something "new" and fresh to the franchise. This time shooting the gorgeous women in the normal hustle and bustle of Rio, with their clothes on! Check out the YouTube video below...

Joey L – Extraordinary Portraits

By | 30 November, 2012|Commercial Photography, Featured Photographers, Portrait Photography|

Joey L is an extraordinary Portrait Photographer who has made it as a top Commercial Photographer, Director and Published Author. Joey, a Cadian born photographer, is currently based in New York where he shoots for a number of international companies like Coca-Cola , National Geographic, JWT Doner, History Channel, FX Channel, Smirnoff, Pennzoil, Kawasaki and the list goes on... His style is cinematic and contemporary with a Fine Art finish. His photo-journalistic style is very unique and can be called his own, he brings a totally new and exquisite to the Portrait Photography genre. His subjects come from all walks of life, ranging from tribesmen in Ethiopia to superstars from Hollywood. Below, a few of his images...

Tribute to Master Photographer, August Sander

By | 17 October, 2012|Featured Photographers, Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography, Photography History, Portrait Photography|

Here's an impressive collection of some of Old Master Photographer, August Sander's lifelong photography project - The People In The Twentieth Century... "By sight and observation and thought, with the help of the camera, and the addition of the date of the year, we can hold fast the history of the world" August Sander

Featured Fashion & Beauty Photographer, Akif Hakan Celebi

By | 15 October, 2012|Fashion & Beauty Photography, Featured Photographers, Portrait Photography|

Akif Hakan Celebi is most certainly one of the world's top Fashion & Beauty Photographers, here's a compilation of some of his work and a small bio on his style and career so far as a photographer...