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The Opportunities and Challenges awaiting us photographers in 2017!

~ By Danie Bester

Fine Art Photography

From myself, and the DPC Team, we would like to wish you a new year filled with prosperity, joy, and breath-taking photography!

You will be ecstatic to hear, that after a short break, our student network, Photo Critic, is up and running again, and you can start uploading your photos straightaway! I am sure, that some of you have taken amazing holiday photos, and we’re looking forward to see them! At the same time, I would like to remind you, that the coveted Photo Critic Shot-of-the-Year and Photographer-of-the-Year competitions will be decided this month. We will announce the winners on 1 February and we will keep you posted! 


Opportunities and Challenges! 

The year 2017, holds a lot of opportunities and challenges. With the enormous growth in mobile and digital camera technologies, we can expect even more people to take up photography. The era of the mobile camera, has changed photography forever; we can expect to see millions of images, posted on social media platforms and reaching uncountable viewers throughout the world. Unfortunately, most of these images will be pure junk. Nevertheless, despite all the junk and visual clutter, the standard of photography has improved drastically over the last few years. Between all the clutter, and the top work out there, it has become increasingly more difficult to stand out as a photographer.


Finding your own voice as a photographer is not easy. Especially seeing that some people out there, who never invested time, in studying even the foundational aspects of visual language, think that having a camera in their hands, qualify them as photographers and artists. On the other hand, even seasoned photographers, blame digital advances as the reason they no longer produce, new and exciting work; because “everybody think they are photographers now”.


The aforementioned notion is just not true! We now, more than ever, have the opportunity to raise our games! Among all the wannabes and clutter, you can still stand out! You can still make a name for yourself. You can still find your own voice! With so many historical, and contemporary masters’ work out there on the Internet, we have sufficient substance to develop and hone our own skill-sets. With digital advances, we can now duplicate and replicate the old masters, while adding our own personal touch to our images. Photoshop and Lightroom are not the enemies of growth. It is us! The world’s our oyster. We can do whatever we imagine. The tools are there and ready to use. If we lack creativity, we should rather look inward and blame ourselves. Maybe, we’re no longer investing time in studying the art of composition and visual storytelling. Maybe, we lack creative backbone because we’re so full of ourselves that we don’t think anybody else can teach us anything. Stop blaming the digital age, accept that we are the masters of our own growth. Let us all remain students at heart. Let’s embrace the digital advances, the year 2017, will offer us!


Feedback on the new Photo Critic Website

In my previous post, I’ve given feedback on our new Photo Critic network. Liam Beeton, who is partnering with me on the new Photo Critic website, unselfishly worked on the new site throughout the holidays; and in his own words, have done some “horrible leg work”. The horrible leg work he referred to, is the stuff you don’t see on the front-end, but would make all the difference at the end. We are still months away from launching the new website, but we will keep you posted. In the meantime, please continue sharing your photos and posts on the current Photo Critic website!


Let’s dedicate ourselves

I hope that you embrace my new year message, and the opportunities that 2017 will offer. It is important that we all stay motivated, active, and positive. Keep on learning, read interesting books, and get out and shoot more. Let’s leave the mediocrity behind and get ahead of the pack. Let’s create photos like never before!

If you’re up for the challenge, I as the leader of DPC, dedicate myself to assist you, in your quest to step up your photography to a higher level. I promise to keep on improving our courses, while developing new and exciting programmes.


If you would like to be part of this, then keep on interacting with us, and share your best work on Photo Critic, while joining our Facebook Group, and following our Facebook Page.

2017-07-14T09:41:40+00:00 By |A Photographer's Attitude|9 Comments

About the Author:

Danie Bester
I am the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. I am married to Jenna, my high-school sweetheart for over two decades now and have two adult children, Mia-Daniel and Minnette. We live in Centurion, Pretoria. I am proud, yet humbled by how far we have come and what we have achieved in such a short time. Today DPC ranks under the foremost photography schools in South Africa and we've build a healthy community of photographers. The road has not always been easy but through a leap of faith and the grace of God, we have grown a small photography business to a successful training institute. Working as a commercial photographer and teaching a wide range of photography subjects, including; Portraiture, Studio lighting, Fine-art, Architecture and Food Photography has kept me fairly versatile. On a personal level, I pursue fine-art, travel, and landscape photography. I have recently been honoured, with my work being included in the Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa.


  1. Shawn Marran
    Shawn Marran 2017/02/09 at 09:34

    Hi, Attie
    Membership to our Photo Critic community requires that you have registered for, or completed a course with us.

  2. Attie Claassens 2017/02/08 at 19:01

    Do I need to be a student to participate on your website?

  3. Susan van Wyk 2017/01/03 at 17:49

    Thank you Danie and your team. I look forward to 2017.

  4. Danie Bester
    Danie Bester 2017/01/03 at 17:29

    Thanks for the kind words, Nadia. Your inputs and participation on our social media platforms is the reason why the community work! Looking forward to see some amazing shots from you in 2017!

  5. Danie Bester
    Danie Bester 2017/01/03 at 17:27

    Thanks Glen. Great to have you onboard!

  6. Glen Fouché 2017/01/03 at 12:35

    Danie, I have completed numerous photography courses over the last 30 years since my first Nikon camera, and even spend a good few months at Wits Tech doing photography ( good old film days). I agree that Digital has brought new opportunities and challenges, and the biggest challenge I have found is that the clients choose photographers based on price and their perception of good photos. It’s not the photographers we need to educate but the Clients….
    To stand out as a photographer is the big challenge…
    I would like to thank you and DPC for offering the best courses and support structure for not only beginners, training photographers, but also semi & Pro Photohraphers alike.
    I look forward to a year of great images…

  7. Nadia De Lange 2017/01/03 at 11:00

    Now I’m amped to go!! Bring on 2017! Thanks Danie for all you do, for the time and energy and dedication you put into DPC and Photocritic. I can truly say I am the photographer I am because of you. Thank you!

  8. Danie Bester
    Danie Bester 2017/01/03 at 09:05

    Thanks for the kind words and your feedback Luke!

  9. Luke Brouwers 2017/01/03 at 08:56

    Thanks for the great article Danie, with all the social media around us like you said at times it is quite frustrating to be bombarded with pictures the whole time from so called “photographers”. What DPC has done for me personally, in the last couple of years, has really taught me to appreciate the art of photography. I am looking forward to doing more courses at DPC and developing myself more as a photographer. With regard to Photo Critic, it is a fantastic platform for one to improve their photography. I urge all the students from DPC to put themselves out there, and learn from their peers.

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