Find Digital Photography Courses on Facebook

November Newsletter
Problems viewing this email visit -

Hi Everyone and welcome to the DPC newsletter for December 2016.

Can you believe it December already and Christmas is just a few weeks away. This year has flown by and Jacqui and I would like to thank everyone all for your support in 2016. All the courses have now sold out for 2016 and we're now taking bookings for 2017.

If you are one of those people who struggles to think of Christmas gift ideas then we do have Digital Photography Course Gift Vouchers, from £25, which are valid for the whole of 2017. I also have a few 62mm filter kits left.

2017 DPC Student 52 Week Project

Well done to everyone who completed the 2016 Flickr 52 Week project and here is the link for 2017

The December Project is Festive Lights.

This should be an easy one but you will need a tripod and a remote release for the best results. If you use AV or A with the biggest aperture you have and use the "Big 'n' Blurry" technique you should be able to get some interesting Bokeh images, like the one here.

Your other option is to use TV or S with a shutter speed of 1/15th or slower to show movement.

We are fully booked for the Snap and Chat on Tuesday 6th December in Leicester Town Hall Square at 6pm

Festive Lights

Courses and DatesBeginners Camera Courses & Dates

Gift Voucher

Photography Courses Gift Vouchers from £25

Our Photography Course Gift Vouchers start from £25 through to the full group price of £135. We also vouchers for Private Tuition days at £325.

They are also available for any occasion including birthdays, retirements and anniversaries.

This year you also have the option of Filter Kits which make great stocking fillers. See below.

I know a lot of people will be looking at a new tripod for Christmas so these are the best deals I can find at the moment. I'll keep an eye open for any better deals and post them on the FB Group.

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminium Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head - £149

Manfrotto MK190XPRO4 Tripod + X-Pro 3-Way Head- £219

Lightroom Course on Sunday 8th January 2017.

If anyone is thinking of upgrading to Lightroom and Photoshop we have a combined course on Sunday 8th January 2017. You can get a trial or buy here through my affiliate link. It doesn't cost you any more but I get a small commission.

Book here -

Is it worth upgrading to Lightroom CC?

So you have reached the end of your 7 Day Lightroom Trial and the question is “ is it worth upgrading to LRCC?” Short answer - Yes!

LR3 to LR4 was a major upgrade, and well worth the update, but since then the extra features have been less important. The main improvements with LR6 are the abilities to do HDR and panoramas from within Lightroom plus face recognition has also been added. If you think you will use these features then it’s definitely worth moving up to Lightroom 6.

Adobe are claiming that LR6 runs quicker on some machines by using the graphic processor but I didn’t really notice any real difference. I haven’t done a scientific test but overall it feels like LR6 runs slower than previous versions.

If you do decide to upgrade then these are your options.

  • 1/ if you already have Lightroom 4 or 5 you can upgrade to LR6 for £60 and continue to use it for as long as you like.

  • 2/ if you don’t have Lightroom 4 or 5 you can buy LR6 for £102 and continue to use it for as long as you like.

  • 3/ You can also rent Lightroom CC (same as LR6 at the moment) for £8.57 per month (total £102.84 pa.) and get Photoshop CC effectively for free.

  • 4/ LRCC also includes LR Mobile and will be updated with extra features, like the DeHaze slider, as they become available.

I know a lot of people are uncomfortable about renting software, me included, but if you tend to upgrade Lightroom every year then it will probably be as well to rent LR and effectively get Photoshop CC for £40 per year or even free if you not upgrading.

Personally, because I always need the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom for training purposes I’ll be taking out an annual subscription, even though it pains me to do so.

Universal Filter Kits now available and they make a great Christmas present.

These kits were made especially for us so they are not available on eBay or Amazon. They have been put together to cover a wide range of photography skills and they will be required for the Intermediate Course and the new Filters for Landscape Photography Course. If you were to buy these filters individually they would cost over £80 but they are now available from just £35 for the 52-62mm set or £48 for the 77-82mm set.

These kits make a great Christmas pressie and you can order your 52 to 62mm or 77 to 82mm kits here -

I’m constantly being asked to recommend filters so I've decided to finally source my own set. I usually suggest buying filters from Amazon but the problem is some of the filters on Amazon are of variable quality and the sellers fluctuate so it's difficult to provide consistent links.

Several students have suggested I should sell a filter kit and so that's what I'm going to trial. The 52-62mm set costs £40 for a set of 5 quality filters plus 2 stepping rings which would normally cost about £80.

The “Universal Filter Kit” consist of a UV, a Polariser, an ND8, an ND64 and a close up +2. To keep things simple I’m initially only buying these in a 62mm filter size, to suit my recommended Tamron18-270mm, but the cunning plan is to also include a 52-62mm stepping ring, for Nikon users, and a 58-62mm stepping ring, for Canon users.

Stepping Rings allow each filter to be used on a wide variety of lenses and save money in the long run by not having to buy multiple filter sizes. The UV filter is there for protection while the ND8 and Polariser is required for the Intermediate Course. The Close-up filter will help to prepare people for the Macro Course. The ND64 can also be used on the Intermediate Course and is a six stop filter which will allow you to get great pictures of flowing water. (See below for seaside example)

You can find more details and order your kit below.

The 67mm and 77mm kits have sold out but I will be ordering more in the new year.

Filter Stack

The cost of the 52-62mm kit is £40 and the individual costs would likely to be about £80.

There is also a 82-77mm option for use with the 10-20mm (or 24mm) wide angle lenses. This costs £50 which contains all the same filters except the Close-up. The individual cost would likely be about £90.

Filter Wallet

New Course for 2017 - Composition and Seeing the Picture
I’m just planning the dates for courses for 2017 and I would like to know which courses you would like.

I am planning a new course called something like “Composition and Seeing the Picture”. I need to work out the fine details but this is a response to all the students who have told me they understand the techniques but have trouble spotting the image in the first place. Watch this space.

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

Glen & Jacqui /
25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA 0116 2796906


Find Digital Photography Courses on Facebook

Join the DPC Group