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Hi Folks and welcome to the DPC Newsletter for October 2019.

So it's October already and we are coming to the end of our training year. I have just a few spaces left for the final group courses of Studio Portrait, Flash and Creative Lighting.

Some course will still be available as midweek 221s at £199 each. Contact me with your preferred course and availability and I'll try to find a 2nd person.

Upcoming Courses

Night Photography Course 221 or Private Tuition.

The group Night Photography Course has sold out and the next one will be in February 2020. I do have a few people wanting a night course this year so I have a couple of options. This course is available as a midweek 221 at just £175 per person rather than the normal £199 for 221. This is because the training time is slightly less but we still cover all the same topics quicker as there are only two students. The course is also available as a 221. Contact me if interested.

Milky Way Photography Course

On the subject of night photography I’ve been asked about a Milky Way Photography Course during the winter.

This would be an advanced course showing you how to shoot the Milky Way then edit the images in Lightroom and Photoshop. I’ll also include some exposure and focus stacking techniques, to reduce noise, plus some light painting to add light to foreground objects.

I can only take a maximum of four students who will need to have attended the Lightroom and standard Night Courses as I will not have time to cover the basics again.

This would be a midweek group course, at £135 per person, and it’s likely to run from about 5-10pm with a light snack and hot drinks.

Depending on the weather we’ll either do the editing techniques first then the stars or switch that around. Obviously I can’t guarantee clear skies so I will provide Milky Way files you can use with your images if needed.

Let me know if you fancy this.

Milky Way

Submit your calendar images.
There’s no picture theme this month as I would like you to sort out your images for the DPC 2020 calendar. All students are encouraged to submit their four best images from the last 12 months to the DPC Facebook Group with the caption 2020 CALENDAR in capitals so I can spot them easily.

You can seek help from fellow members of the group if needed.  I’ve included a few tips below to help you decide and you can find details and inspiration here -

How to submit your entries for the 2020 DPC Student Calendar.

  1.  This follows the same format as previous years and you need to submit four images.
  2. Please use the word CALENDAR 2020 – in capitals so I know this is your final four selection.
  3. DO NOT include a copyright as this will be removed and you are just giving me more work to do.
  4. You can post images and ask for advice but the final choice of four needs to be yours.
  5. Try to include all the seasons as 60 pictures of sunsets in August will not work.
  6. Closing date for entries will be midnight on Sunday 20th October 2019.
  7. I will then post the pictures into Facebook album for members to vote on.
  8. A selection of the top 20-30 images will be used as the main images for each season.
  9. I will do my best to include an image from every person who enters but I can’t promise this.
  10. Due to the design template limitations upright, square or panorama images will not be considered for the main images. Upright images may be used in the side panel. See last year’s calendar for reference.
  11. The vote will give us a shortlist but Jacqui and I will choose the 12 main images.
  12. Our decision is final and we should have copies available by mid-November.

Which courses would you like for November and December 2019-2020? 

I have a poll on the DPC Facebook page with a list of potential courses so it would really help me plan things if you can add your choices. 

See here -

I’m trying to plan a composition and Seeing the Picture Course for a week day in September so contact me if interested -

One of the planned courses is the Studio Portrait Course which, at the moment could be on the 3rd or 17th November 2019 - Please contact me with your preferred date.

I also have lots of people wanting Lightroom and Photoshop courses during the winter months but, as I have limited weekends, anyone who can attend midweek get preference. Contact me for possible dates.


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Night Photography Course - Sunday 27th October 2019 Full

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 if needed.

The course includes: portraits by candle light, buildings at night, car light trails, writing with light, painting with light. I also cover the techniques for northern lights, lightning, meteors plus some trick photography. Weather permitting, we should also be able to photograph the moon and maybe even some stars.

Creative Lighting Course Sun 1st December

This is a great fun course for those dark winter months. We take pictures of water droplets, peppers splashing into water, smoke trails and any other silliness we can think of on the day.

We also show you how to use other light sources, like candles, torches and Christmas Lights, to create bokeh effects. It's the ideal course if you would like to know how to use your shiny new flashgun or just fancy some nice pictures for your kitchen wall.

A flash extension cable or remote release for your flashgun is very useful for this course and you will also require a tripod but we do keep a couple of spares.


Midweek Lightroom 221s during Winter 2019/20

I have lots of people

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.


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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Find Us on Facebook.

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.

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 -

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

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

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


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