Learn how to use your camera intelligently and creatively

  • Small, informal and friendly classes ensure that we focus on your individual needs

  • Get off your camera’s automatic modes and learn to use the creative modes intelligently and purposefully

  • This course is ideal for beginner and enthusiast photographers who would like to step it up to the next level

  • Take part in three practical shoots under the guidance of a professional photographer

  • Master the fundamental aspects of Visual Composition and Lighting

  • Exclusive access to our Online Student Network to ensure you keep on learning, even after you have completed your course

About the Basic to Intermediate Photography Course

The course takes you from learning how to use your camera to understanding what makes a good photo through to advanced creative techniques.

To ensure you get the most out of the course, you will have three practical shoots with an instructor. Even when the course ends your learning does not. You will enjoy free ongoing critiques from our professional photographers through our Online Student Social Network. No other photography school offers the depth of content plus the ongoing support that you will get from us. Whether you just want to do photography for fun, or you want to get on the path to becoming a professional photographer, our Basic Photography Course is for you.

Presented by

The Basic Photography Course is presented by the founder of DPC and Photo Critic, Danie Bester. He is a well-respected photography educator and accomplished fine art photographer who has been hailed by Photo World Magazine, as a “Knight of Photography as Art”. His philosophy about photography is that a camera is just a tool, and that true creativity comes from inside and through studying and applying visual tools and principles.

Covid-19 Measures

We pledge commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. All applicable health and safety protocols will be adhered to and strictly applied. Protocols will be communicated before your classes start.

Click here to find out more about which health and safety measures have been implemented.

I highly recommend DPC. Had the best learning sessions with them. Easy to learn and so much fun!

Deane Walker

Key aspects

The most important aspects covered in the Basic Photography Course:

Fundamental aspects of good photography (what makes a good photo).

Camera layout, controls and lens aspects.

Key Elements of Exposure (How ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed work together).

Automatic vs. Manual camera modes.

Advanced Exposure Control.

White Balance and Colour.

Focusing and Depth of Field.

Portraits: Basic Aspects, Natural Lighting, Equipment, Composition and Posing.

Portraits | Practical Shoot.

Travel and Landscape Photography:  Creative Techniques, Lighting, Composition and Equipment.

Visual Composition | Practical Shoot.

Sunset and Night Photography | Practical Shoot.

Introduction to Digital Workflow and Retouching.

Handouts: Printed quick-guide and an e-guide covering the course content.


R4 900 per person.
Couples or friends joining pay only R4 100 per person.

Course duration

The course is run over 7 weeks and 10 sessions, of which 7 are evening classes and 3 are practical shoots on weekends.


We are flexible and should you need to miss a class or practical shoot, you can always arrange an alternative date.

Who is this course for?

Beginner and enthusiast photographers who would like to learn how to use their cameras intelligently and creatively.


You will need a Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR, Mirrorless or Compact camera, with manual settings). You will also need a computer for access to our online student network and course material.

If you’re in the process of buying a camera we strongly recommend that you read the following article, “Camera Equipment, A Buyer’s Mini Guide“.  If, after reading the article you’re still not sure, we recommend you contact us on 079 520-4436 (Office hours). We will gladly assist.

Upcoming Basic Photography Courses in your Area

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02 Sept – 14 Oct

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