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Hi and welcome to the DPC Newsletter for February 2016.

After a long and very wet winter things are starting to warm up and we already have daffodils appearing in the village. Before the nights start getting too light we have 1 space on our Night and Low Light Photography Course on Sunday 21st. The next one of these will be in October.

I also have a space on the Intermediate Course this Sunday 7th February. It’s not essential to attend the Intermediate course, before you attend any other Level Two courses, but does help you to understand the techniques better. You will require a tripod and filters ( see below) but I do have spares.

On Sunday 6th March we also have a Portrait Photography Course which will show you how to get great looking portraits outdoors, by window light and also by flash and studio flash. It's useful to have your own flashgun for this course but not essential as I'll be demonstrating with my kit.

I'll also be running another midweek Lightroom Course on Wednesday 16th March. This includes a small amount of Photoshop but I will also be running a dedicated Photoshop Course for those who have invested in LR and PS CC.

I'm busy planning courses for the next quarter so I there is any particular course you would like then drop me an email.

Finally contact me if anyone would like a 221 Midweek Beginners Course at £199 per person? This could be an upgrade from an existing gift voucher. Like Private Tuition for less cash. Great value!

2016 Courses and DatesBeginners Camera Courses & Dates

Fashion Blogger Emma Watts by Tara Lydon

During this photography course you will learn how to:

  • Shoot portraits outside without flash
  • Shoot portraits outside with fill in flash
  • Using reflectors with portraits
  • Shoot portraits indoors without flash
  • Shoot portraits indoors with flash
  • Shoot portraits indoors with off camera flash
  • Shoot portraits indoors using bounce flash
  • Shoot portraits indoors by window light
  • Set up a low cost Home Photography Studio
  • Shoot a moody low key portrait with a black background
  • Shoot a light high key portrait with a white background
  • Shoot a studio flash portrait with a white background
  • Shoot a studio flash portrait with a black background

Picture of DPC student and fashion blogger Emma Watts taken by Tara Lydon on a recent portrait course.

January Project is - Red Feb

February is still quite a dark month so this months project project is to add a splash of the colour red. Any image qualifies providing it contains the colour Red, which should brighten things up a bit.

February is also the month of love, with Valentines on sunday 14th, so this should give you lots of ideas. Maybe, buy a dozen red roses for your partner - but photograph them first, of course.

Remember to upload your pix to the DPC Facebook Group.

RedRed Cat

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD LD

It's well known that I'm a great fan of the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 superzoom and I use one myself since it was launched. This lens has now been replaced by the new Tamron 16-300mm so prices for the old model have been steadily falling.

Up until recently this lens was £270 and I've just noticed that there has been yet another price drop to £235 on Amazon. It was originally £499 when purchased it, and I suspect this is a stock sell off, so now might be an excellent time to buy before it's discontinued completely in favour of the new 16-300mm lens.

18-270mm Nikon Fit / 18-270mm Canon Fit / 16-300mm Nikon / 16-300mm Canon

Tamron 18-270mm

Intermediate Course on Sunday 7th February

This is the ideal course for anyone who has completed the Beginners Course or who plans to attend any other Level Two Courses. It's not essential to attend this course first, as all the Level Two courses are self contained, but the techniques taught are usefull on other courses.

Anyone attending the Intermediate Course in the future will require a a Polariser and a ND8 filter for the course. These can be purchased from Amazon at about £11 each or they are included in our exclusive DPC Filter Kit.

Universal Filter Kits now available

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.

You can order your 52 to 62mm or 77 to 82mm kits here -

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 £35 for a set of 5 quality filters plus 2 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.

PS. Email me if you would like a 67mm Kit

Filter Stack

The cost of the 52-62mm kit is £35 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 £45 which contains all the same filters except the Close-up. The individual cost would likely be about £85.

Travel Tripod & Monopod with Ball Head & Bag.

I'm often being asked if I can recommend a stable but lightweight travel tripod. This is a tricky one as the best tripods tend to be big and heavy.

Recently a student showed up on a course with one of these which seemed very good value, at £47. It was pretty stable, folded down very short but still extended to a reasonable height. It also becomes a monopod which could prove useful. Case included.

Amazon Link to tripod

Travel Tripod

Flickr 52 Week Project for 2016
After the success of last years 2014 project we are running the group again this year. All you need to do is to take one picture every week throughout 2016 and post in the group.

NEW! Five Day Advanced Photography Course

I’ve had several experienced DPC students contact me about the 3 month Professional Photography Course and the main questions I get asked are:

  1. If I’ve already done most of the group courses do I have to do them again if I do the 3 Month Pro Course?
    Quick answer – Yes!

  2. Is there a shorter, lower cost option for people who DON’T want to become a professional photographer but would like to take their photography to the next level?
    Maybe you’ve been asked to shoot a family portrait or you have agreed to photograph friend’s weddings?
    Quick answer – yes!

This new Five Day Advanced Photography Course is only available to DPC students who have attended at least five group courses including: the Beginners, Intermediate and Portrait courses. It is not intended as a replacement to the pro course and it does not include as many courses or the personal projects with critiques and goals.

This private tuition course continues from where the other group courses leave off and it includes more advanced versions of the Intermediate, Portrait, Flash, Lightroom & Photoshop courses as standard. The last day is reserved for a course to suit your specific requirements.

The Advanced Course differs from our Five Day Intensive which is intended for novices users and includes the Beginners and basic Intermediate Course. My next availability for the Advanced Course is March 2016.

You can find more details here -

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

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


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