About the Visual Storytelling series

This creative workshop further elaborates on aspects briefly introduced in the “Developing a Visual Vocabulary” series. It will enable photographers to tell better stories through thoughtfully applying the principles of visual language and communication. This course takes its cues, from the world’s top cinematographers and movie directors; explaining how still photographers can effectively apply similar techniques than those used in cinema. It takes you beyond the mere aspects of visual composition and will help you get your intended message across to the viewer and create images with impact and feeling.

Interactive Online Sessions

The Developing a Visual Vocabulary series is presented online via Zoom, in real-time, and the classes are highly interactive. Students will also have access to a class recording, notes, and additional materials for self-study afterwards.

Presented by

The Visual Storytelling series 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.

Key aspects

The most important aspects covered in the Visual Storytelling series:

What is Visual Language and Communication?

The ten shots of Visual Storytelling

Introduction to scriptwriting.

Becoming better still photographers though studying motion picture.

Emotion as the key aspect of storytelling.

Conceptualising ideas.

Creating Mood through lighting and colour.

Compositional aspects of visual storytelling.

Character compositions; Primal vs. Artificial control.

Visual Weight (comprehensive).

Camera Lens and Perspective.

Balance and space, flow and direction

Time and energy.

Expression, pose, body language and gesture.

Book for the complete Creative Photography Programme

The “Visual Storytelling” series is one of four modules which can be completed separately or as part of the whole Creative Programme. Save 30% by registering for the complete programme in advance by following this link:

Click HERE to book for the full Creative Photography Programme

Who is the course for?

These creative sessions are for any photographer who wants to improve in the area of visual language and storytelling.

Collaborative Zoom sessions

The online classes are presented via the Zoom platform. These classes are collaborative and allow our instructors to do real-time demos or jump between class presentations, videos, software apps, etc. for a more comprehensive experience. Attendees can participate in discussions, ask questions, complete polls or even share their work for immediate feedback. Students will get access to class notes and a video recording via our online platform.

Course duration

3 Online evening Zoom classes (9 hours class time)


R1 200 per person paid in advance (EFT).


Attendees should have access to the Internet and the Zoom App, using a computer or tablet with sound and a microphone to participate in classes. To enjoy the interactive experience fully we suggest you use a webcam as well.

Payment details

To book, complete the registration details below. Your registration will be secured only once payment has been received. Payment to be made via EFT or direct bank deposit. You are welcome to call us on 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

Proof of payment to be emailed to info@dpc.co.za. Please use your name and the course name as the reference.

How to join the Zoom classes

We will send you a Zoom invitation link via email and WhatsApp at least one or two days before the course begins and your payment has been confirmed. Take note that if you have never used Zoom before, we will provide you with some basic training as soon as the class starts. Please download, install and test the Zoom app on your computer or tablet.

Classes will start strictly at the scheduled times, so please ensure that you join the class at least 15 minutes before to avoid missing out on any class time.