PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES OVERVIEW

overview of courses presented by digital photography courses

FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE FOR YOU

  • We focus on practical training, rather than just theory

  • We believe in small group dynamics and personal interaction

  • Cutting edge material and techniques by top professional photographers

  • Continue learning through our Photo Critic student network

  • Free ongoing photo critiques on our Photo Critic network

  • Where students become family…

DPC offers students the opportunity to learn photography under some of the most talented photographers in South Africa. Our curriculum covers many genres; from basic to advanced, fine art, and commercial photography courses. We only work with small groups and emphasize practical learning, rather than just theory. Our commitment to our students reaches beyond the classroom through our Photo Critic student network, where students keep on learning, even after they have finished their courses.

FUNDAMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES

Master the fundamental aspects of photography and so much more. Learn how to see with a camera and use the advanced program modes to creatively capture photos. Take part in three practical outings where we shoot Portraits, Landscapes and Nightscapes.

7 weeks evening and weekend classes

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Learn how to use Lightroom, top to bottom. Covering all the most important aspects of digital workflow and image management; from importing, sorting, managing, retouching, to exporting your images for print and online sharing. Retouch different types of images, from portraits, landscapes, architecture, wildlife etc.

2-day weekend workshop

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Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop for photographers. Covering all the most important aspects for creative retouching; from basic retouching tools to advanced retouching tools; including working with selections, layers and masks.

2-day weekend workshop

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This course is ideal if you already understand the basic aspects of your camera and want to step up your technical skills and master your camera completely.  We go beyond the basics; focus on complex camera techniques and processes, as well as creative and visual aspects. 

8 weeks evening and weekend classes

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PORTRAITS AND FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

Step up your portrait photography to the next level. A professional photographer spends the day with you; shooting models on location.

1-day weekend workshop.

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Learn how to use reflectors, Speedlights and portable strobes as an extension to your camera and eye when shooting portraits on location. Covering all the aspects pertaining to Speedlights like TTL, Manual flash for on-camera and off-camera shooting.

2-day weekend workshop

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This practical hands-on course is ideal for photographers who would like to learn how to shoot portraits in the studio. Covering all the most important aspects of the studio environment, camera settings and lighting equipment. You will personally get the opportunity to set up the lights, direct, and shoot a model under the guidance of a pro! 

2-day weekend workshop

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Posing is perhaps one of the most neglected and challenging skills any portrait photographer could have. Improving your posing skills and finding a posing system that works will improve your self-confidence dramatically when directing a model, or a couple.

1-day weekend workshop

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COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

This extensive and practical course is presented by two of SA’s top wedding photographers. Focusing on the business, creative, and digital aspects of wedding photography to set you on the way to becoming a successful wedding photographer. We cover all the aspects pertaining to wedding photography, like branding, marketing, developing your personal style with a strong emphasis on digital workflow. 

5-day weekend workshop

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Learn to shoot Commercial Properties and Real Estate. Covering all the important aspects from planning your shoots, specialist equipment, lighting techniques, composition, digital workflow, and retouching. The highlight of the course is two days on location, shooting Architecture and Interior Spaces.

4-day weekend workshop

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TRAVEL AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

We will help you understand the terminology, equipment and accessories involved in shooting macro and close-up images. We cover everything from advanced shooting techniques and lighting through to post-processing including a practical session at the end of the day.

1-day weekend workshop

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Learn how to create fantastic Travel and Landscapes Photos; from shooting it right to retouching and exporting your work for print. We cover various industry leading software suites to help you create breathtaking images in accordance with your preferred style; from artistic colour to black and white, and natural looking HDR images. We will instill sound habits that will enable you to produce high quality and large format prints.

2-day weekend workshop

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The wildlife photography course is for the wildlife enthusiasts who would like to make the most of their time in the wild and turning their Snapshots into Great Shots. We offer tips and techniques on photographing wildlife / avian, supported with practical sessions.

Main Facilitator: Bruna Mentrup-Nortje

1-day weekend workshop

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We focus on all the most important aspects of wildlife photography including intelligent use of gear and camera equipment, shooting techniques and basic workflow issues related to wildlife photography. You will get ample opportunity to practise what you have learned with personal feedback and advice from the instructors. 

2-day weekend workshop

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CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES

This 2-part creative course by Danie Bester, serves as a solid foundation for the rest of DPC’s creative photography programme.

In this 6-hours class, Danie covers the foundational aspects of Vision, Visual Composition, and Developing a Visual Vocabulary. Through dissecting a series of mind-blowing photos, taken by some of the best photographers ever; he shows how we can drastically improve our photos, by following similar principles and processes.

The series conclude with a practical class discussion and photo critiques, which will solidify what you have learned. This course is for anyone who is remotely interested in photography and visual design. It will benefit novice, experienced, and professional photographers alike. If you would like to step up your creativity or rekindle your passion for photography, then this is for you!

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DEVELOPING A STYLE AND PORTFOLIO

2-part creative photography series, titled “Developing a Personal Photography Style | Creating and Presenting your Portfolio”

Photography has progressed dramatically since the advent of digital photography. With cutting-edge cameras and digital technologies available to everyone, it has become increasingly harder to stand out among the visual clutter. It is clear, that the only photographers who still stand out, are the ones who has developed and maintained an authentic style of photography.

Through this 6-hours course, Danie Bester covers, step-by-step, the aspects of creating and conceptualising a Personal Photography Style. He teaches about photography Projects as the vehicle to tweak and perfect your unique style. He also intensively covers the Photography Portfolio as a means to sell, and show-off your personal style and brand. The course concludes with Danie showing off actual sample portfolios, both in print and in digital format. 

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INDIVIDUAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES

We offer tailor-made photography classes for individuals and groups

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