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Hi and welcome to the June 2016 newsletter

I’m sorry this edition is a few days late but we’ve just returned from a two week Baltic cruise visiting: Belgium, Warnemunde, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen, aboard the Celebrity Eclipse. This was an excellent trip and I took literally 1000s of images which could take a while to wade through. 

My apologies to those people who contacted me on Facebook or by email but unfortunately the internet access aboard ship was ludicrously priced at $299 which is why I disappeared of the FB group for days at a time.  I did get occasional wi-fi at some internet cafes on route but I don’t like to advertise the fact that I’m away from home on social media for obvious reasons.

Regarding courses we have a space available for a £75 Beginner's refresher Course on the Sunday 12th for previous attendees.

Landscape Photography Course at Bradgate Park on Wednesday 6th June 2016

I'm looking at adding extra Landscape Photography Course at Bradgate Park during the Spring and Summer months. These will mainly be held during the week as Bradgate tends to be too busy at the weekends. Provisonal dates for the next one is on Wednesday 8th June 2016. Book here -

June Project – Churches. Inside or out.

The June project is inspired by my trip to St Petersburg where we visited the Church of the Spilled Blood.

This spectacular building, which is highly decorated with gold and intricate mosaics, was very nearly demolished when churches were banned by the Russian government. Amazing it was saved by the start of WWII and managed to survive the war with minimal structural damage. 

The churches don’t need to be as grand as this but could easily feature a single piece of stained glass window or maybe there is a modern church nearby you could shoot from an unusual angle. For those people that have already attending the HDR and RAW Course this is a great opportunity to try out those HDR techniques to keep detail in the windows and in the church interior.

Don’t forget to upload your pictures to the DPC Facebook Group


Extra Bird and Landscape Course Sunday 17th July 2016

The last Bird and Landscape Photography Course sold out so quickly that I’ve added an extra course for Sunday 17th July.

This course takes place at Rutland Water and one of the goals is to get a picture of a bird in flight. So far no-one has failed to achieve this aim.

Though mainly about using the best techniques to get images of birds this course also gives you some great hints and tips on how to compose a great landscape photograph.

You require at least a 200mm lens along with a tripod and remote release. I do keep a couple of spare tripods and cable remotes are available on ebay for about £5

Book here

Bird Course


No More Picasa - Could this be your time to switch to Lightroom?

Google has also decided to drop the FREE Picasa photo editing program. This new development has changed the way I’m looking at my editing courses. For those that mainly shoot in JPG, and are comfortable using Picasa, then feeling free to continue as normal. If you don’t already have Picasa then I suggest you download it while you still can from here

Extra Lightroom Courses to help people make the transition to Lightroom.

If you are an established photographer then I recommending making the switch to using the RAW file format and Lightroom for your editing.  To help you in this transition I’ll be adding some extra midweek HDR & RAW Courses plus some extra Lightroom Courses incorporating the Nix Collection plug-ins.

This edit shows what can be achieved by editing in Lightroom.

Please contact me if you would like a midweek Lightroom Course

Lightroom Edit

Big Cat Course on Sunday 23rd October 2016

This course will show you how to take great images of a variety of wild animals including cheetahs, foxes, maned wolfs and tigers. The day will take place at Hamerton Zoo, near Huntingdon so you can either travel there directly, if it's easier for you or meet at my house and car share. You will need to let me know which option you choose when booking.

Big Cats

Midweek 221 Courses

I'm getting an increasing number of people appreciating the extra tuition available on a 221 courses during the week. These cost £199 but obviously it means we can spend a lot more time on subjects than we can on a normal group course with six students. Think of it s private tuition for not much more than the price of a group course. Drop me an email saying which course you would like and when.

Five Day Advanced or Intensive Courses
This course is proving popular so it full for April and May but I will have availability for the Five Day Intensive or Advanced Course after June. This can be taken as five consecutive days or the preferred method of one day per week over five weeks.

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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.

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

Talking of lenses. 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

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

NEW! Five Day Advanced Photography Course available in April 2016

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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