Before and After: Students Becoming Better Photographers After 31 Days Course

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Remember when you first started taking photos? Feelings of excitement and hope being replaced by disappointment and confusion when you couldn’t figure out why you and your camera didn’t seem to be seeing the same thing? Or maybe that’s you right now?

We just had to share these ‘before and after’ photos taken by students of our course, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer, just to remind you of where we all start, and what is possible. If you’re a seasoned photographer, please jump in the comments and give these photographers the encouragement they deserve to continue their photography journey.

If you’re a beginner, take some inspiration by what is possible with the right support and guidance. We’re very proud of all of our students and thank the few below who have allowed us to share their progress with you.

Current course intake coming to a close soon

We open the doors to our most popular course just a few times a year so that instructor Jim Hamel can focus on his students and guide them through the course. He is the most attentive mentor we’ve seen, and our students love him. Doors close for the current class midnight (PDT) on the 18th of April so be quick and check out the details here.

Our students’ before and after photos

A big shoutout to our students below for letting us share these photos of their progress, and to all of our students who have taken up this course. We’re very proud of how far you’ve come!

Rebecca Garnett

Rebecca says, “I enjoy taking photos at the beach and was not happy with the way my photos were turning out.” The before photo was taken in 2017 at Pismo Beach when she had taken the camera off auto and used aperture and shutter speed priority.

Rebecca Garnett Beach Before the 31 Days Photography Course

Rebecca Garnett’s beach photo before taking 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer Course

 

Rebecca Garnett Beach Photo After the 31 Days Photography course

Rebecca Garnett’s beach photo after taking the 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer Course.

The after photo was taken in December 2018 at the same place but shot in Manual Mode.

“I never thought I would ever use manual mode as it was too confusing, until Jim’s course. The course was awesome! It helped me get to know more about my camera and improved the way I take photos and editing. The class was enjoyable, and it was great interacting with the other classmates on Facebook. Well worth it!!”

~ Rebecca Garnett

George Conant

George shares, “Before taking this course, I appreciated really good photos from others but found most of mine weren’t that good. This course improved my photography a lot.”

George Conant's landscape photo before taking Jim's course

George Conant’s landscape photo before taking Jim’s course

“This photo was taken (I think) in auto mode. Although the clouds look good there is no major point of focus, nor rule of thirds. I had no thought at the time of working on focus. The result is that the distance is not in focus, and the in-focus foreground is not very interesting,” says George.

George'a landscape after taking the 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer course.

George’a landscape after taking the 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer course.

In addition to the huge improvement in his photo, George’s commentary on his ‘after’ photo clearly demonstrates what he has learned from the course.

“This photo was better than the last for several reasons.

  1. There is a leading line with the road.
  2. The sun is at an angle coming from the left.
  3. There is interesting color contrast, particularly with the red in the bushes to the side of the road.
  4. While the foreground is not in great focus, much of the photo is from a point part way down the road, extending to the mountain.
  5. The composition is more interesting with the bushes forming a bit of a V with the mountain in the distance.”

“Jim is an excellent teacher. He provides both really good videos and documents that include what he discussed in the videos as well as providing homework for each day. He motivated us class members to post our ongoing work in a Facebook group for our class, where he and other class members provided praise as well as constructive criticism. He was very good at answering posted questions. Finally, even though the course I took finished in early 2018, Jim still participates in our group. I don’t know of any other course this good for people like me.”

Lorayne Hudson

“Prior to this course I took few photographs and when I did, the camera was always on Auto. My main issues were with my landscapes never looking like they’re in focus, and not being able to get close to flowers,” says Lorayne.

Check out her before and after photos which illustrate her continued improvement.

Lorayne Hudson's 'before' photo at the river

Lorayne Hudson’s ‘before’ photo was taken in 2010 at Fingle’s Glen, Dartmoor with no post-processing as she didn’t know it was possible.

 

Lorayne's 'after' photo at the river

Lorayne’s ‘after’ photo was taken this year one early morning whilst out for a walk. The sun was just coming up and there was a light mist on the ground.

 

Lorayne Hudson's photo of a flower before 31 Days course

Lorayne Hudson’s photo of a flower before taking the course

“This is a standard photo of a flower that I have very many of… it’s flat with no light. Taken in Auto, I had no idea about depth of field, but was quite impressed with the blur but didn’t think much further. I now strive for similar effects knowing how it’s done,” explains Lorayne.

Lorayne Hudson's flower photo after taking the 31 Days Course

Now Lorayne’s flower photos look like this, with minor adjustments to the highlights, shadows and clarity in Lightroom.

Lorayne shares what she has learned from the course:

  1. To use my camera with confidence and not be afraid of it or the subject.
  2. The right light can make such a difference to the subject.
  3. Rules are made to be broken.
  4. Don’t just stand, move around, up and down, change your perspective.
  5. Using post-processing tools is not cheating – they are your friend.
  6. Having a good group of like-minded people to share your photographic achievements – and woes with – makes photography more enjoyable.

Bob Truran

An example of Bob Truran's beach photos before the course

An example of Bob Truran’s beach photos before the course

 

Bob Truran's beach photos after the course

Bob Truran’s beach photos after the course

Bob is pleased with the many compliments he has received for his ‘after’ photo.

“I have seen a marked improvement in my photography and have even received many new followers on Instagram as well as added comments from my friends on Facebook. This course is great for beginners as well as those that may require a brush-up.”

Marie Costanza

Marie gets the unofficial dPS prize for best ‘duck transformation’!

Marie Costanza Duck Before

Marie Constanza’s ‘before’ photo of a duck

 

Marie Constanza's after photo of a duck

Marie’s photo of a duck after taking 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer Course

“When I began the course, I was a novice photographer who used Auto mode for all my images. I occasionally tried Aperture Priority, but I was totally intimidated by Manual. A year later, thanks to this course, I completely use and understand how to use Manual, but more importantly, I understand several techniques for composing an effective image.

Thanks to Jim’s excellent teaching style, and the effective resources that he provides, I now feel like a competent photographer. I have actually won several competitions, was asked to display an image in a local photography gallery and have been asked to show 8 images in an upcoming gallery show. A year ago, I never would have believed that I could do all of this. The pace of Jim’s course, his calm teaching style, the practice assignments, and the regular feedback provided by Jim make this the most effective photography course I have ever taken.”

~ Marie Costanza

Rick Willingham

Meet the once overwhelmed Rick – “How in the heck am I supposed to figure out how to use this thing?” His first ‘selfie’ image was taken in 2012 from his then brand new Canon T3i.

Rick Willingham's 'before' selfie

Rick Willingham’s Selfie on his new camera, before taking the course.

Rick Willingham's 'after' selfie

Rick’s ‘selfie’ after taking the 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer course – ISO 100 or 100 proof?

The latter was shot almost one year after purchasing the 31-days course, with a Canon T3i and a nifty-fifty EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Rick's before shot of the ocean in 2012

Rick’s before shot of the ocean in 2012

Rick Willingham Beach photo after the 31 Days Course

Rick’s ‘after’ beach photo shot shot with a recently purchased refurbished Canon 6D and 24-105 f/4L II lens.

So, what does Rick see as changes or improvements to his photography?
  1. Shooting earlier/later in the day
  2. Using post-processing to get the visual “mood” I want
  3. Getting lower to get the shot
  4. Using lighting to my advantage
  5. Composing shots more carefully than before
  6. Controlling the depth of field to match the composition
  7. Conscientiously selecting the shooting position and focal length to match the desired composition

Shaun Bentley

Shaun Bentley's river photo before he took the 31 Days course

Shaun Bentley’s river photo before he took the course

 

Shaun Bentley's 'after' shot of the river

Shaun Bentley went back to the river to take this shot using what he had learned from the course

The first photo was taken back in 2017 as a standard jpg. Shaun returned earlier this year and got a similar shot but this time applied the camera and post techniques he learned from Jim Hamel.

Of the course he says, “Simple yet comprehensive instructional videos combined with sharing and learning groups made the course easy and enjoyable. I now have the knowledge and confidence to take my photography further.”

Kay Koufalakis

Kay says, “Apart from post processing, the biggest improvement I have made is looking at things from a different perspective and planning – when to go to get the best shots, for example. I still have a way to go, but I can see progress and it is getting easier.”

Kay Koufalakis' waterfall before the course

Kay Koufalakis’ waterfall before the course

Whilst she captured the water the way she wanted in this photo, she really wanted sky too and left side of the waterfall is overblown.

“I’ve learned that this is a difficult shot to get in one and now know how to take it bracketed,” says Kay. The following ‘after’ shot of a waterfall demonstrates her understanding of taking a different perspective. “Same waterfall, different perspective. I climbed higher which negated the overblown and shadows problem,” explains Kay.

Kay Koufalakis waterfall photo after the course

Same waterfall, different perspective!

Can you become a better photographer in 31 days?

Well, these students have proven that, yes, you can make some amazing progress in a short time. But the teaching (and learning) doesn’t just stop after 31 days! Access to the class Facebook group is for 3 months and many of our students then transfer to our Graduates group. Here they continue to learn and support each other with challenges and constructive feedback, and the instructor Jim Hamel still pops in to see how they’re all doing.

If you’d like to be in our next graduate group with your own before and after photos to share, sign up today before you miss the cutoff!

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Day 6: Take Your Photography to Expert Level with The Photography Express

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Day 6 The Photography Express

Ready to take things to expert level? Fittingly, this is the last stop for The Photography Express – two amazing deals from Josh Dunlop at Expert Photography.

Want to go straight to the deals?

Over 50,000 students in 138 countries have benefited from the passion Josh has for photography. And many dPS readers enjoyed the Milky Way Mastery course he presented with Casey Kiernan last year – and they’re back collaborating again in a new course (see the second of our deals below).

Deal #11 Learn 30 ‘Wow Factor Photography’ Shots for just $77 USD

Do you want to take the kinds of photos that make people say “Wow! How’d you take that?”

You can learn how to capture impressive creative and trick photography, with basic gear, all from the comfort of your own home. Josh Dunlop from Expert Photography is offering 40% off this amazing course exclusively for dPS. Some of the shots include:

  • Picasso Style Cross Section Portrait
  • Hidden Camera Mirror Trick
  • Water Splash Photography
  • Steel Wool Photography
  • Bubble Photography
  • Harris Shutter Effect

30 great shots in total, taught step-by-step in detail will keep your busy for weeks and your social media will never look the same again! Josh even shows you how to post your amazing photos to Facebook and Instagram so you can share your new skills.

Now only $77 USD (Save $120) for just 24 hours only!

Check out the deal and sample lesson now

Maybe you want some magic after the shot? Josh has you covered there too in this collaboration course with Casey Kiernan.

Deal #12 Effortless Editing with Lightroom for just $77 USD

Do you want to professionally edit hundreds of photos in minutes… not hours?

NEW course – Effortless Editing with Lightroom provides a simple way to edit your photos so quickly and beautifully that your friends beg you for prints. This always-up-to-date course is Josh Dunlop’s best selling course ever and he’s giving it to you for 40% off.

In addition to learning the exact workflow Josh and Casey use 100% of the time, they’ll also teach you:

  • The best way to fix skin blemishes in just a few clicks
  • Why most photographers skip the lens correction… and how you can use this tool to your advantage
  • The lazy way to create panoramas without exporting to Photoshop or cropping
  • Where and how to crop and straighten for maximum results (because YES, cropping is OK!)
  • The do’s and don’ts of vignetting and dehazing
  • The hidden preview for your sharpening sliders that professionals always use
  • How to transform the perspective of your photo with the click of a button
  • And much, much more…

How much is your time worth and how much would you rather be out shooting than burning hours at your screen?

Now only $77 USD (save $120) for just 24 hours only!

Check out the deal and stunning before and afters here

We hope you’ve enjoyed your visits from The Photography Express this year and that you’ve been able to pick up some great deals to keep your photography sharp going into 2019.

Josh offers a very generous 90-day money back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose and a whole lot of skill to gain. And he usually has more than a couple of surprise bonuses too – so it’s worth checking out the deals!

Disclosure: We receive a commission from our partners if you buy via our promotion, but it is at no cost to you. In fact, you’re getting an even better price than usual!

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Day 5: 24 Photography eBooks, $9 each, 24 hours only

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Day 5 The Photography Express

If you’ve been eyeing off some of our dPS titles, waiting for a sale, it’s time to make like a squirrel and go nuts! We’ve got the full Photo Nuts collection for 80% off and the rest of our eBooks just $9 USD.

We know that some of you may already have these titles. If so, please consider forwarding these offers to a friend who you’ve inspired with your own photography. We’d also love you to hit reply and tell us what topics you’d like covered in new eBooks or courses in 2019.

Deal #9 Learn the Nuts and Bolts of Photography with this Classic Collection 80% off

If you missed the recent 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer course, and you enjoy learning at your own convenience and pace, Neil Creek has covered all the fundamentals of photography in these Video Courses and Ebooks. You’ll be taking beautiful images in no time.

4 Photo Nuts eBooks

The collection includes:

  • Photo Nuts & Bolts Course – Normally $99
  • Photo Nuts & Shots Course – Normally $99
  • Photo Nuts & Bolts eBook – Normally $29
  • Photo Nuts & Shots eBook – Normally $29
  • Photo Nuts & Gear eBook – Normally $29
  • Photo Nuts & Post eBook – Normally $19

Pretty much everything you need to get off auto and confidently enjoy your photography.

Just $59 USD you save $245 (that’s 80% off) for just 24 hours only!

Take me to the deal

Looking to learn something new over the holidays? Browse our eBook titles and find something you can get started on this holiday season.

Deal #10 All dPS eBooks just $9 USD

With 24 titles in our eBook store there’s loads to choose from. If you see more than one that you like you can create your own little bundle of photography training and still not break the budget.

Includes our latest release Wedding Photography eBook and our most valuable title Going Pro (save 80% on this one). Other popular titles include:

All eBooks just $9 (save up to 80%) for just 24 hours only!

See all eBooks on sale

We hope you find a gem or two among our collection to learn something new for 2019.

We offer a 60-day money back guarantee, so you can easily buy now to secure the deal and if it’s not right for you, we’ll refund you.

Don’t miss the last two deals – sign up here for The Photography Express!

Disclosure: We receive a commission from our partners if you buy via our promotion, but it is at no cost to you. In fact, you’re getting an even better price than usual!

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Day 4 Delivery from The Photography Express

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Day 4 The Photography Express

Regardless how we celebrate this time of year, we generally want to spend time with the people we care about. Which makes for excellent, and sometimes rare, opportunities to capture those memories.

Today’s deals from The Photography Express will hopefully provide everything you need to learn about taking family photos (hold the awkward) and amazing portraits of friends and loved ones. Say no to poorly lit or composed shots that will never make it into a photo frame or quirky family calendar.

Want to go straight to the deals?

 

Deal #7 Massive dPS Portrait Photography Sale

 

Everything you need to take amazing portraits in the Holidays and New Year! Pick and choose to create your own Portrait Photography Bundle with up to 60% off our portrait collection. There’s a video course, presets, and eBooks from top professional photographers from just $9. Already have a few? Then just grab the ones you don’t!

Save 50- 60% for the next 24 hours only! Offer ends 03:00AM PST Friday 21st December.

Shop the collection now 

 

Deal #8 Dynamic Natural Light Set-Up Mini Course with Cole’s Classroom

The “missing link” to giving you jaw dropping, powerful natural light photos. Discover how Marissa transforms ordinary, flat and boring natural light indoors to powerful, flattering and beautiful light that anyone can learn how to set-up.

Dynamic Natural Light Set Up

Valued at $59 you can grab the Dynamic Natural Lighting Behind the Scenes + Complete Set-Up Video (Downloadable) + Quick Guide with Lighting Diagrams, Gear Used, How to Set-Up & More (PDF) for just $9.99.

Just $9.99 (Save 80%) for the next 24 hours only! Offer ends 03:00AM PST Friday 21st December.

Grab this deal now

Have fun implementing what you learn to take gorgeous portraits these holidays and beyond.

Both deals come with money back guarantees (dPS 60 days and our trusted partner Cole’s Classroom 30 days), so you can easily buy now to secure the deal and if you don’t think they’re for you, you’ll get refunded.

Don’t miss the next two deals – sign up here for The Photography Express!

Disclosure: We receive a commission from our partners if you buy via our promotion, but it is at no cost to you. In fact, you’re getting an even better price than usual!

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Day 3 delivery from The Photography Express

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Day 3 Photography Express

The difference in your photos could be like Night and Day after you’ve learned the secrets from the next two deals brought to you by The Photography Express.

Want to go straight to the deals?

When photography is all about capturing light it can be really frustrating to get an amazing photo when you’re shooting in almost no light, or directly at it! If blurry night photography and fuzzy sunrises and sunsets are your nemeses, then the next 24 hours is your chance to change that.

Deal #5 Our Stunning Night Photography Course re-launched with NEW Bonuses

Thousands of our readers have already taken this course to learn about taking breathtaking photos at night with Jim Hamel. And anyone who is doing (or completed) our 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer will know what a fantastic instructor he is.

This stunning (yes, it deserves repeating!) course includes 8 learning video modules and 11 practical “field work” videos that will show you exactly how to take beautiful night shots. And we’re re-launching it with a BONUS module that includes:

Night Photography

  • 54 page Guide to Shooting the Night Sky (downloadable PDF)
  • Bonus video on photographing Fireworks (just in time for New Year’s Eve!)
  • Bonus video on photographing the Milky Way

Now $49 USD (Save 50%) for the next 24 hours only!

Take me to the deal

If you’ve already done our Night Photography course make sure you revisit it for those new free bonuses in module 20!

Deal #6 The Recipe to Successful Sunrise and Sunset Photography

These shortcut secrets for 22 amazing sunrise and sunset scenes are brought to you by dPS partner Brent Mail Photography.  Get Brent’s proven, step-by-step recipes for 22 different types of sunrise & sunset photo opportunities, and you’ll also get his Amazing Sunset Photography course too.

printable Sunrise/Sunset Photo Recipe Cards

Carrying Brent’s printable Sunrise/Sunset Photo Recipe Cards in your camera bag (or on your phone), and following their easy instructions, is the surest way to get a perfect image. And it’s the quickest and easiest way to master sunrise and sunset photography once for all. PLUS you’ll also get 7 action-packed video lessons and the RAW images from Brent’s sunset shoots in his Amazing Sunset Photography course – completely free!

Now $39 USD (Save 75%) for the next 24 hours only!

Take me to the deal

We hope these two offers bring some new excitement and challenges to your photography in 2019!

Both deals come with money back guarantees (dPS 60 days and our trusted partner Brent Mail Photography 30 days), so you can easily buy now to secure the deal and if you don’t think they’re for you, you’ll get refunded.

Don’t miss the next two deals – sign up here for The Photography Express!

Disclosure: We receive a commission from our partners if you buy via our promotion, but it is at no cost to you. In fact, you’re getting an even better price than usual!

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Day 1 delivery from The Photography Express

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Day 1 of The Photography Express

Welcome to day 1 of The Photography Express where we have the first two of twelve amazing deals (delivered express over six days) that will help you to improve your photography.

Both deals come from our friends at Photozy who consistently create excellent training resources.

Deal 1 is the most popular deal from last year (with a special bonus) and deal 2 is brand new.

Deal #1 Snap! Cards

These printable Snap! Cards are like a “Training Boot Camp” in your Camera Bag (or on your smartphone!).

Photzy Snap! Cards

Easily stored in your camera bag, these printable cards help you quickly and easily recall photography techniques while out in the field.

There are 44 colour coded lessons in 9 main photography areas. Photzy offers a 100% money back guarantee, so there’s no risk in trying them out to see if they’re right for you.

PLUS this year the Snap! Cards come with a special bonus “Creativity Catalog” eBook worth $50 USD.

$270 total value for just $29 USD and for the next 24 hours only!

Learn More

Already have the Snap! Cards? Then check out this gorgeous new eBook . . .

Deal #2 NEW Photographing Fabulous Flowers eBook

THIS is how amazing flower photographs are created!

Check out Photzy’s brand-new eBook and ‘steal’ a step-by-step method for shooting delicate, gorgeous, & perfectly lit Flower Photographs!

This 156-page practical guide is packed with Assignments, Key Lessons, and Self-Check Quizzes! (15 assignments, 26 key lessons, & 70 self-check questions!)

Photographing Fabulous Flowers

Beautiful Flower Photography will be right at your fingertips, once you know the key secrets and professional techniques that are covered in this premium guide.

Just $50 $19 USD – save 62% for the next 24 hours only!

Learn More

We hope you enjoy your purchases from Photzy as much as thousands of other dPS readers have!

There really is no risk in snapping up these deals, as Photzy offers a 365-day risk-free money back policy!

Don’t miss the next two deals – sign up here for The Photography Express!

Disclosure: We receive a commission from our partners if you buy via our promotion, but it is at no cost to you. In fact, you’re getting an even better price than usual!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Photography Deals

Black Friday Cyber Monday Photography Deals

It's that time of the year - if you're looking for a good deal, then you're sure to be on alert for the next few days! We're taking the opportunity to re-launch two of our popular courses for the year with some big savings and great bonuses.

31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer Course - Save $200

This course only opens a few times a year and is currently our only instructor-supported course with a dedicated Facebook group. Students have direct access to photographer Jim Hamel for 3 months, and they love it!

I have taken other on-line courses and found them not to as comprehensive as 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer. Since I took this course may photography has reach a whole new level. I am more confident in my camera settings; I have learned how to look and analyze the scene before I take the shot and not to be afraid to experiment. The concept of doing a daily photo after each lesson helps to put into practice what you have just learned. Jim Hamel is a wonderful instructor and I like that he is available for questions and answers back quickly. I have recommended this course to others that are just beginning. I also love the Facebook Group. It is such a supportive place for not just beginners but for photographers of all levels as we can always learn from each other.

Bett Cox

Canada


Usually $199, we are repeating the original launch special of just $49. And, if you buy in the next few days you'll also get a $50 credit to spend on our Landscape & Nature Photography course below. But you don't have to spend it now, because we know you'll want to do the 31 Days course first - so we're letting you claim it up until the 31st of March 2019. 

Act quickly if you want to get into the next intake of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer because the will doors close for registration in less than two weeks. It's one of the best ways to get your photography kickstarted for 2019.

Ready for something a little more challenging now? 

Landcape & Nature Photography Course - $237 in Bonuses

This was another popular video course we launched earlier this year with some great bonuses offered by instructor Johny Spencer. 

Exactly what I was looking for. Johny has a unique Aussie way about him and his enthusiasm comes through. Easy to follow and I can take all the information in during my own time. Good length individual segments. My equipment and photographic knowledge is vastly improved now I’m ready to get out there and try with confidence. A very worthwhile investment.

Bill Vincent

Now the bonuses are even better with the addition of 15 landscape and nature video masterclasses worth $150 (previously only available via his community membership). But you'll need to be quick to grab this and two other bonuses during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. And if the bonuses were not enough, we've also taken $50 off the course fee too.

Looking for Photography Gear Deals?

We took a quick look at what Amazon is offering. We get a commission if you buy anything through our links below, at no extra cost to you.

There is a big sale happening in their Camera, Photo and Video section. Their specials are changing all the time so do check back later to see what else they’ve added. Or take a look at our most popular digital cameras and gear page for some hints as to what others are buying. Many of the cameras listed there are currently on sale at Amazon too.


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Introducing New dPS Managing Editor – Caz Nowaczyk

new dPS managing editor - Caz Nowaczyk

Caz Nowaczyk dPS Managing Editor

Some of our regular readers may have noticed a new byline on our Weekly Challenge posts recently, and the absence of Darlene Hildebrand. We announced a while back that after 5 years Darlene was moving on from dPS to focus on her own business – an exciting move for her.

From Darlene:

I’m honored to have been the Managing Editor at dPS for the last 5 years but now it’s time for me to move on to new ventures. It’s been a pleasure curating and publishing all the articles on dPS for you to enjoy and I hope you’ve learned a lot. You’ll be in good hands with the new editor and team of talented writers and photography educators.

Continue on your own photography journey, keep learning and shooting and you may even see my from time to time with a guest article right here on dPS.

Cheers, Darlene

Quietly and confidently slipping into her new role over the past few weeks is Caz (Carolyn) Nowaczyk (much to our General Manager Laney’s relief who got a crash course in editing whilst bridging the gap!).

About Caz Nowaczyk

Caz is a creative sponge and an excellent new asset to our team. As a practicing photographer, filmmaker, designer, songwriter, she follows the philosophy of practicing and sharing creativity to add to a balanced life.
Caz’s love of creativity led her to co-own and operate a community art gallery and performance space for 4 years. It included a photography club, many different creative workshops and hundreds of artists exhibitions. As an exhibiting artist herself (photography, painting, video and sound installation), supporting other artists is a right fit.
She currently has her own photography and digital media business, Exposure Arts and Media, working on projects for Government and commercial clients. One of her favorite things to do is photograph the community she is a part of; theatre, cabaret, circus and other areas of performance. She also loves nothing more than to get out into nature with her camera.
On the side, Caz writes and produces music under the pseudonym Dreamgirl and the Motorist, and plays with Sydney band Feick’s Device. She generally keeps this on the down-low though.
Caz is incredibly excited about being the new Managing Editor with Digital Photography School. She loves photography and the dPS business philosophy to help others learn, grow and make an income from doing something they love, is precisely what she believes in. It seems the stars aligned to bring the two of them together, and Caz can’t wait to share with and learn from the dPS community.

Moving Forward

As a fellow Aussie, we’re looking forward to being able to catch up with Caz in person again later this month, and planning exciting changes for dPS.

We hope you join us in welcoming Caz to the team.

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Halloween – Weekly Photography Challenge

It’s coming up to Halloween and it’s a tradition that is being observed more and more in the Southern Hemisphere, so we thought no matter where you are, you might be up to the challenge. And if there’s no Halloween where you are, just take a spooky photo and see if you can scare us silly!

Tips for Shooting at Night

If you’re heading out to snap some ‘trick or treaters’ check out these tips on night time street photography:

In the Dark: 10 Tips for Street Night Photography

Or this one for getting proper exposure at night:

Tips for Getting Proper Exposure for Night Photography

Looking for some spooky techniques?

Here are some techniques you can try to get a spooky feel in your images:

Light Painting Part One – the Photography

 

Stuck for inspiration?

Here are some previous posts with plenty of ideas to motivate you for the challenge:

Halloween Photography Tips

26 Spooky Images for Halloween Week

27 Sinister Images for the Week of Halloween

Some Halloween Projects

Can’t think of anything? Here’s a few project ideas:

How to Light Creepy Halloween Masks for Added Drama

Creating Ghostly Images for Halloween

Weekly Photography Challenge – Halloween

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge.

Share in the dPS Facebook Group

You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites – tag them as #DPSHALLOWEEN to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

 

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood to the viewers of your photos and often stand out in an album because of the combination of their simplicity but also the story that they convey. I love them because they don’t give the viewer of a clear picture of everything but leave part of the image up to their imagination to wonder about.

That’s an excerpt from a post I wrote quite some time ago, but remains one of our more popular posts on how to photograph silhouettes. Your challenge this week is to take a photograph of a silhouette and see if you can create a story that evokes imagination in the viewer. Here’s some tips to get you started:

How to Photograph Silhouettes in 8 Easy Steps

Silhouette Photography Technique

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these great shots:

12 Stunning Silhouette Shots

A Collection of Great Silhouette Photos

Or this post on how to use your silhouettes to tell a story will help you for this week’s challenge:

How to Create Powerful Silhouettes by Telling a Story

Weekly Photography Challenge – Silhouettes

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge.

Share in the dPS Facebook Group

You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites – tag them as #DPSSILHOUETTES to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

 

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