Expanding your Vision 2018-01-15T09:44:58+00:00


About the Expanding your Vision Series

Looking through your camera’s viewfinder and snapping what’s in front of you is easy once you’ve mastered the technicalities of photography, but knowing how to creatively see the image you are about to capture is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to all aspirant photographers. The good news is that while photographic vision may not be an inherent ability, it is a skill that can be developed through studying visual principles and developing a visual vocabulary. 

During this 2-part series, Danie Bester covers the foundational aspects of photographic vision. He provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental aspects of learning to see photographically. Students are taught how to use the camera as an extension of their vision, through observation, insight and the development of a visual vocabulary. He utilises samples of his own work, as well as that of renowned international photographers, in order to demonstrate these aspects.  The course expounds on the various rules of composition, while quietly alluding to creative ways of breaking them to produce visual masterpieces that stand out among the clutter.

The series concludes with a practical exercise, which will solidify what you have learned. You will also receive a complete set of notes and visual design cheat-sheet for self-study afterwards. 

About Danie Bester

Danie is the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. He is a well-respected photography educator and accomplished fine art photographer. His work has been included in the recent Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa. Recently, he has been hailed by the Photo World Magazine, as a “Knight of photography as art”. His philosophy about photography is that the camera is just a tool; and that true creativity comes from inside and through studying and applying visual tools and principles.

” I have recently attended your Master Class: Expanding your Vision and it was incredible. You have given me more than you will realize.  I have come to a place in my photography where I was not feeling like I was achieving what I set out to do. The ideas are there, but pulling off the final product wasn’t showing it. You are helping us to be more creative and really understanding to feel the emotion beyond the shutter button. I can’t wait to start a project or two, and use the knowledge you have passed over. Thank you so much, I would recommend your photography courses far and wide. ” 

Natasha Booysen, 2015-11-28

” Thank you, Danie Bester, for an amazing presentation of the Expanding your Vision workshop! You made me realize just how much I can still improve my photography and this will certainly give me food for thought on how to up my game. This class is a must for any photographer that has lost inspiration and looking for that much-needed oomph. I said to my wife last night when I got home, I have known you for many many years and I am still astounded by your knowledge of the arts, it is a privilege to have you at the helm of DPC. It truly is one of those presentations that every photographer in this country should see, It should be a roadshow! “

Trompie Van Der Berg, 2016-06-16

“It is times like these when we need a boost, a leg up onto the next level and what better way to do this under the guidance of a team of professionals, surrounded by like-minded people, opening our minds to the vision and experience of the masters. 

This was my experience of the recent Expanding Your Vision sessions hosted by Danie Bester where he re-ignited my passion for artistic photography and gave me hand up to the next step in my journey up my own personal staircase. “

Kevin Richards, 2015-11-28


Key Aspects Covered

  • Inspiration from Master Photographers
  • A preview of some of the most powerful photos of our time
  • Foundational Aspects of Vision
  • The Camera as a Tool
  • Key aspects of Photographic Vision
  • Developing a Visual Vocabulary
  • Visual Design Elements and Visual Composition
  • Mood and emotion in Visual Storytelling
  • Tools over Rules (Breaking the Rules)
  • Photograph with the Heart
  • Barriers of Vision
  • Photo Critique (Practical)


R600 per person paid in advance (EFT) 

Snacks and Beverages included

Course Duration

2 Evening Classes (6 hours class time)

For whom is the course

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!

Payment Details

To book, complete the registration details below. Your registration will only be secured as soon as payment have been received. Payments to be made EFT or direct bank deposit. You are welcome to call us at 079 520-4436 for Payment Arrangements. Payments to be made out to: 

  • DPC & Photo Tours, Standard Bank Current Account
  • Account no… 021 454 884
  • Branch Code 012645

Email proof of payment to info@dpc.co.za. Please use your Name and the Course name as the reference.

Upcoming Expanding your Vision courses for 2018:


Please select one option below


MCademy Training Institute 

1034 Saxby Ave, Centurion

  • 19:00 – 22:00 

  • Part 1: 12 March

  • Part 2: 19 March


The Campus

57 Sloan Street, Bryanston

  • Time: 19:00 – 22:00

  • Part 1: 16 April

  • Part 2: 23 April

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