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 the 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.

Pretoria Photography Course Schedule

Introduction to Photography 19:00 – 22:00 Monday, 07 September
Exposure: ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed 19:00 – 22:00 Monday, 14 September
Advanced Exposure Control 19:00 – 22:00 Monday, 21 September
White Balance, Focusing and Depth of Field 19:00 – 22:00 Monday, 28 September
Creative Landscapes and Night Photography 19:00 – 22:00 Monday, 05 October
Practical Shoot: Visual Composition 08:00 – 11:00 Saturday, 10 October
Practical Shoot: Sunset and Nightscapes 17:00 – 20:00 Sunday, 11 October
Creative People Photography and Portraits 19:00 – 22:00 Monday, 12 October
Practical Shoot: Portraits on Location 15:00 – 18:00 Sunday, 17 October
Introduction to Digital Workflow 19:00 – 22:00 Monday, 19 October

* 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.


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

Course duration

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


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 are 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.