Learn to use your camera to better tell your intended story through exploring more complex camera techniques and thinking processes

  • Take a massive leap forward regarding the quality and creativity of your work

  • Gain a fuller understanding of how advanced camera techniques should be applied for maximum creative and artistic effect

  • Consist of 13 classes; seven face to face classes and five home-study videos

  • Discover a new and fresh approach to shooting and thinking about your photography

  • Improve your visual intelligence dramatically through learning advanced composition and lighting techniques

  • Discover a perfect balance between the technical and creative aspects of photography

About the Advanced Photography Course

After shooting for a while, many photographers feel their growth plateaus. If you want to progress in your work, stop stagnating and take a massive leap forward by considering the advanced course. We will help you understand how to use your camera to better tell your intended story by exploring more complex camera techniques and applying new thinking to your photographic processes.

Course details

  • Focus beyond the basics and delve into advanced technical aspects, such as advanced camera settings and lens techniques. Enhance your photographic knowledge and mastery of subjects such as visual language, advanced composition and lighting.
  • Utilise digital workflow processes to ensure maximum accuracy and output quality.
  • The course is outcome-based; you will have class lectures as well as practical assignments with feedback to implement theories learnt in class.

Presented by

The Advanced Photography Course is presented by fine-art and macro photographer John Fox. He is one of the most detailed and technically apt photographers in South Africa. John’s drive to uplift the standard and appreciation of photography as a credible art form in South Africa has led him to lecture on the subject. He works with DPC to develop and present course material on some of the more specialist subject matter. You can learn more about John by visiting his website at http://johnfox.co.za/

I would like to give a huge shout out to DPC, Danie and John Fox. I have done almost every course DPC had to offer and just finished the advanced course. WOW! This was by far the best and most inspiring, laugh till you cry, fun and interesting course I have ever done.

Nicolene Theunissen

Key aspects

The most important aspects covered in the Advanced Photography Course:

  • Advanced camera settings and shoot preparation.
  • Advanced exposure, shooting in manual-mode, zone system, multiple exposures.
  • Advanced exposure time, creative blur, long exposures, time-lapse, double exposures.
  • Advanced focus techniques, such as hyperfocal distance, back-button focusing, focus stacking, panoramas, the Brenizer method.
  • Lens aspects, understanding lens compression, minimising distortion.
  • Developing as a photographer, purpose, planning and intention.
  • Creative lighting, chiaroscuro vs. high-key lighting.
  • Creative composition and visual weight.
  • Colour management and theory.
  • RAW Workflow.
  • Image preparation for best quality and output.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course you will have a full comprehension of the following techniques and aspects of photography:

Shooting in Manual Mode, Zone System, Multiple Exposures, HDR, Bulb Exposures, Hyperfocal Distance, Depth of Field Preview, Lens Compression, Avoiding Lens Distortion, Panoramas, the Brenizer Method, Panning, Back Focus Button, Chiaroscuro Lighting, High-Key Lighting, Rule of Visual Weight, Visual Composition Tools, Colour Management, RAW Workflow, Advanced Camera Settings, Dust Specks, Noise, Lens Corrections, Chromatic Aberration, Sharpening, Printing.


R5 100 per person.
R4 100 per person for couples and family members joining.

Who is this course for?

If you already understand the basic aspects of photography and are familiar with the capabilities of your camera but you want to bridge the gap to advanced techniques and creativity, then the DPC Advanced Photography Course will get you there. This course takes you beyond the basics and shows you how to focus on more complex camera techniques and thinking processes. It will help you achieve a much higher quality output.

Course duration

A total of 13 sessions; the course runs over seven weeks with six evening classes, five home-study videos, and a full day practical excursion on a weekend day.


You will need a Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera with manual controls and a tripod. You will also need a computer with Lightroom and a basic working knowledge of Lightroom, or Camera RAW. Internet access at home is essential to view additional course material, trial software and upload assignments.

Upcoming Advanced Photography Courses for 2020

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30 June – 11 August

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