March 2020 Newsletter

Hi and welcome to DPC Newsletter for March 2020

After a very wet and stormy start to the year hopefully better weather and a nice Spring is on the way. To welcome in the warmer days the March Newsletter project is Spring. The obvious thought is Spring flowers but there should also be some new baby animals apprearing in the fields.

Extra Lightroom Courses - Sun 15th March 2020 -Spaces

Since the sad demise of the excellent Picasa I’ve been at a lost to find another photo editing program that works on the PC and Mac but is free and easy to use. Picasa has been getting increasingly unstable on Window 10 and I understand that it no longer works on the latest Macs at all.

As pointed out on the Beginners Course RAW files contain a lot more information than a jpg files and this can help extract extra detail in the highlights and shadows. This is especially useful for Landscape Photography where it may be possible to recover detail in the clouds that would otherwise be lost in the jpg.

These RAW files need editing in specialist software like Lightroom or Photoshop I know the prospect of paying £10 a month for software puts some people off so I suggest you take out the free 7 day trial for the course and then make an educated decision on whether it’s worth spending the money.  If you don’t have a laptop for the course I have a spare one someone can borrow.

Included in your Lightroom subscription is 20GB of online storage and Photoshop.
I mainly run Lightroom Courses as 221s during the week at £199 so this is a chance to save some pennies at the weekend. For more details and samples images see here -

This Month

  • March Newsletter Project – “Spring has Sprung”
  • Next Courses for Apri,l May and June 2020.
  • Extra Lightroom Course on Sunday 15th March 2020 - RIP Picasa
  • Bird & Landscape Course confirmed for Sunday 31st May 2020

2020 Photography Courses

Winter 221 Courses

March Newsletter Project – “Spring”

Don’t just think of spring lambs and crocus but consider Springer Spaniels, bouncy springs or water springs. As always use you imagination and remember to upload your pix to the DPC Facebook Group.

If you do photograph flowers remember to get down low and close. I often take a rubber back mat to lay on or you could use a bin liner. Also consider having the light shine through the petals. I've used the same technique with this lamb.

Portrait Photography Course - Sunday 19th April 2020- £135

We covered basic portraits outdoors on the Beginners Course but this Portrait Course goes into much greater detail shooting portraits in different scenarios. 

We’ll shoot portraits outdoors in shade and bright sun (hopefully) using reflectors and fill in flash. We will also look at posing techniques and explain how to capture natural and relaxed looking portraits.

The indoor session includes how to shoot low key portraits using window light and use on camera bounce flash. Throughout the day I’ll show you how to create a low cost studio with various backgrounds.

Flash Photography Course - Sunday 14th June 2020 - £135

Following feedback from past students we are now running a dedicated Flash Photography Course. This course with teach you everything you need to know about using a Speedlight flash both on and off the camera with wireless remote releases. It will cover portraits, both indoors and outside, plus how to use slow flash and rear curtain flash techniques.

Using the camera’s built in flash can result in pictures which are flat and uninteresting. The Flash Photography Course aims to change this scenario and will give you a good understanding of how to use a separate flashgun away from the camera to provide more creative and interesting lighting.

You will require a camera and a separate flashgun for the shoot but all other equipment is provided. /
25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA 0116 2796906


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