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December Newsletter
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Hi and welcome to the Digital Photography Courses monthly newsletter for December 2018.

All the group courses are now full for 2018 and we start again in mid- January 2019. If you have a specific course in mind then please let me know ASAP. I will still be running 221 days at £199 pp, providing we can get a 2nd person. Lightroom and Photoshop are both popular during the darker nights so let me know if you are interested.

The newsletter theme for December 2018 is "After Dark". See below.

The 2019 DPC Student Calendar has now sold out.

Join the 2019 DPC 52 Week Project here. https://www.flickr.com/groups/dpc-2019/


2019 Courses and Dates


The December theme is “Festive Fun”.

However you feel about Christmas it's difficult to avoid the tinsel and turkey so the December project is “Festive Fun”. As always I encourage you to think outside the box and use your imagination.

Technique.

  1. One of the technique you could try is bokeh.
  2. Find some Christmas lights and put your lens into manual focus.
  3. Use Aperture priority A or Av at 800 iso.
  4. With a telephoto lens at it's widest aperture use the “Big Hole Blurry” technique and turn the focus ring until the points of light go out of focus.
  5. The more out of focus they are then the larger the circles will be.
  6. You may need to use a tripod if you get a slow click.

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Iceland

The Night Photography Course will be on Sunday 10th February. This very popular course will show you how to take pictures at night without using your flash. The course starts at 2pm and ends about 9pm and includes a light supper. Your own tripod would be helpful but we do have a couple of spares.

The course includes: portraits by candle light, buildings at night, car light trails, writing with light, painting with light, the northern lights and lightning plus some trick photography.

Weather permitting, we should also be able to photograph the moon and maybe even some stars.


Studio Flash Portrait Course Sun 20th January 2019

It looks like we may have a Studio Portrait Course on Sunday 20th January 2019. This course uses various coloured backgrounds with mains powered studio flashes on light stands with softboxes and umbrellas. This day will show you how to get professional looking portrait in your own home. All lighting is provided on the day and I'll make suggestions for kit a different price points. Drop me an email if interested.

Studio Portrait Course



Lightroom Classic CC with Photoshop CC

As the days will soon be getting colder and darker I will be running more midweek Lightroom/Photoshop Courses.

These will mainly be 221 days at £199 but I might also run a group course at £135. Contact me for details.

Lightroom Course

I believe the best package to get is the £9.98 PCM Photography package which includes

  • Lightroom CC (Online version)
  • Lightroom Classic CC (Desktop version)
  • Photoshop CC
  • 20GB of cloud storage

Which Version of Lightroom & Photoshop ?

  • The new subscription versions of Lightroom and Photoshop can be confusing so hopefully this will make it clearer.

  • Up until version 6 you purchased Lightroom and Photoshop outright. Lightroom costs about £120 and Photoshop was about £600.

  • Lightroom CC is the slower online version of Lightroom which is not as powerful as Lightroom Classic CC and you require an internet connection.

  • Lightroom Classic and Photoshop are so well integrated that we us we use Include some Photoshop on the Lightroom Course.

  • Lightroom CC is really intended for people uploading and editing from their phone or iPads as these have limited storage.

  • I find 20GB is plenty as I only upload JPGs and store all my RAW files on external USB HDDs.

  • A couple of years ago Adobe went to a subscription model and called it the Creative Cloud (CC). Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC together now cost about £10 PCM which also includes 20GB of online storage.

  • Originally Lightroom CC was the same as Lightroom 6 but as Adobe added new features to Lightroom CC the CC version became more powerful than LR6 and included an online version of Lightroom called Lightroom Mobile.

  • Last year Adobe had a stupid Lightroom name rebranding which caused huge confusion to photographers everywhere. Lightroom CC was renamed Lightroom Classic CC (I will refer to this as Lightroom Desktop) and Lightroom Mobile became the online version of Lightroom CC.

LR Subscription

Please Contact us for Lightroom or Photoshop Courses

You will require a laptop with Lightroom CC installed but we do carry a couple of spare laptops. This course also includes the option to icorporate a small amount of Photoshop work. This usually involves creating a logo to add to your exported images for that professional look.

Learning Outcomes and Topics Covered

  1. Understanding the Lightroom Interface
  2. How to Import images into Lightroom
  3. Navigating the Library Module
  4. Choosing and Rating your images
  5. Basic corrections in the Library Module
  6. Making adjustments in the Develop Module
  7. Retouching using the Spot Removal Brush
  8. Straightening, Cropping and Image Ratios
  9. Adding Copyright Information
  10. Exporting to a Folder with Various Presets
  11. Overview of the Map, Photo Book, Slideshow & Print Modules
  12. NEW! How to use the Nik Collection plug-in

The day starts with the Lightroom interface and how to import images, choosing & rating images, editing, cropping and exporting. You are encouraged to bring some of your own images on a USB stick or SD Card but sample images will be provided.


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If you haven't joined the DPC Facebook Group then you can still do so by following the links below. This is a closed group for DPC students only.

New course dates are announced first on the Facebook Group and sometimes sell out before they get into this newsletter. A good example is the Big Cat Course which sold out within 24 hours of being announced. Let me know if this is a course you would like to attend as I might try and add an extra date.

Join the Flickr 52 Week Project here.


Which Course Should You Do Next

I'm in the process of added a page to the website explaining the differences between the various courses. This will be updated over time but if you wish to see which courses will suit you the best then click here

Photography Course Check List.
Anyone who has attended a course in the last couple of months will have a course checklist included in their handouts. This list all the different courses plus includes a handy project guide so you can tick of the various techniques as you master them. You can download a PDF copy here.

DPC Checklist

Flickr 52 Week Project for 2019
After the continued success of last years project we are running the group again this year. All you need to do is to take one picture each week throughout 2019 and post in the Flickr group.

Group Rules

1, Only DPC students are allowed to join so you need to have attended a course.
2, Please include exif data to ensure photos are taken during the correct week
3, Post 1 photo per week - running from Monday to Sunday
4, You don't have to post every week as long as the photo is taken in the correct week
5, Maximum of 5 photo's per month catch-up allowed.
6, If you miss a week, please don't give up, but continue ASAP
7, Upload a link from the Facebook Group to your Flickr post

You can join the group here - https://www.flickr.com/groups/dpc-2019/

Some people have been able to join right away but others have had a message to say they need to be invited. If you do struggle to join just drop me an email and I'll invite you.

If you would like to see last years images for inspiration see here www.flickr.com/groups/dpc-2018

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

Glen & Jacqui

www.DigitalPhotographyCourses.co.uk / www.digitalcameracourses.co.uk
25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA 0116 2796906

email glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk

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