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Danie Bester

About Danie Bester

I am the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. I am married to Jenna, my high-school sweetheart for over two decades now and have two adult children, Mia-Daniel and Minnette. We live in Centurion, Pretoria. I am proud, yet humbled by how far we have come and what we have achieved in such a short time. Today DPC ranks under the foremost photography schools in South Africa and we've build a healthy community of photographers. The road has not always been easy but through a leap of faith and the grace of God, we have grown a small photography business to a successful training institute. Working as a commercial photographer and teaching a wide range of photography subjects, including; Portraiture, Studio lighting, Fine-art, Architecture and Food Photography has kept me fairly versatile. On a personal level, I pursue fine-art, travel, and landscape photography. I have recently been honoured, with my work being included in the Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa.

Simply Beautiful Photographs

2017-07-17T15:39:23+00:00 By |Featured Photographers, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Books, Seascapes, Travel & Landscape Photography|

Today, I am featuring a video by National Geographic about the book "Simply Beautiful Photographs". I've personally bought the book a few years ago and it is available for reading and viewing at the DPC Campus and Studio. It contains high impact photographs by National Geographic photographers. The book is a "must-have" for anyone who are interested in travel photography, or simply beautiful photographs (pun intended).


Photo Critic Shot of the Month: June 2013

2017-07-17T15:44:07+00:00 By |Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions, Travel & Landscape Photography|

Photo Critic's Shot of the Month Competition for June has been won by Sandra Van Heerden for her fantastic landscape "Morning Mist".


Canon 70D launches with revolutionary autofocus system

2017-07-17T15:47:00+00:00 By |Cameras, Photographic Equipment|

In the morning hours of South African time the Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera was launched with much hype. The EOS 70D succeeds the rather "ordinary" 60D and it does so with an explosion of new features. From the specs, it will be a worthy rival to Nikon's D7100, but I would have to get my hand on one in order to prevent unfair assumptions.


Photo Critic Shot of the Month: May 2013

2017-07-17T15:50:36+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions, Travel & Landscape Photography|

This month's Photo Critic Shot of the Month goes to Tiaan Reyneke for his image "The day after tomorrow". Winning the Shot of the Month, he receives a 1-Day Photography Workshop of his choice from DPC.


The Last Roll of Kodachrome

2017-08-08T14:18:24+00:00 By |Film Photography, Photography History|

Steve MCurry shoots the last Roll of Kodachrome... For some, including legendary National Geographic photographer, Steve McCurry, this marks the end of an era and the memory is bittersweet. He loads the film into his 35mm camera and takes it out on a trip, halfway around the world...


Adobe Photoshop CS2 is Free for download!

2017-08-08T15:32:29+00:00 By |Photography Software, Retouching, Editing and Workflow|

This is one of those BIG surprises. Adobe decided to roll back a few years and offer Photoshop CS2 again. The catch is.... This time it is FOR FREE! If you're not using a newer generation of Photoshop, or still complaining that Adobe Photoshop Elements don't offer a patch tool; then this is your chance. Head over to Adobe's website and download CS2. In fact, the whole Photoshop CS2 Creative Suite is available including serial numbers, for both for Windows and Mac. Eat your heart out!


The Portrait as Fine Art. Learning from painters like Nelson Shanks

2017-08-08T15:58:49+00:00 By |Fine Art Photography, Portrait Photography|

I've come across this beautiful video by world renowned, realist painter and artist, Nelson Shanks. Nelson Shanks created paintings of some of the most important people in the world. I know this is not a painting website, but after all, the definition of photography is "to paint with light". I often teach that we learn to shoot better portraits by looking at the paintings of old and contemporary masters. Through their paintings, they often teach us how to capture light, emotion, drama, mood and atmosphere. As photographers, we should not shy away from finding inspiration by studying the work of other artists and see how we can mimic it by using our cameras creatively.


Shot of the Month: December 2012

2017-08-08T15:36:02+00:00 By |Hotshots, Photography Competitions|

December month’s, Photo Critic, shot of the month competition, goes to shared winners Mike Tagg for his photograph titled “Boy At Religious Festival In Kathmandu“ and Tinus Beyers for his photograph titled "B-Fly" . These images win them a free (1) one-day photography workshop with DPC!


Shot of the Year 2012

2017-08-08T12:16:15+00:00 By |Action and Adventure Photography, Featured Photographers, Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

Photo Critic's 2012 Shot of the Year Photo Competition Winner is... Matthew Copham !!! Congratulations on capturing this outstanding photograph! This one-in-a-million moment you've photographed surely deserves the honor of being named Shot of the Year...


Steve McCurry Shoots Pirelli 2013 Calendar

2016-10-24T11:08:38+00:00 By |Fashion & Beauty Photography, Featured Photographers, Portrait Photography|

Steve McCurry has been appointed to shoot the 2013 Pirelli Calendar in Rio de Janeiro. Steve describes Rio as the best cityscape in the world. Traditionally, the Pirelli Calendar consists of nude photographs. He decided to bring something "new" and fresh to the franchise. This time shooting the gorgeous women in the normal hustle and bustle of Rio, with their clothes on! Check out the YouTube video below...


Featured Photographer: Zena Holloway

2017-08-14T15:33:36+00:00 By |Fashion & Beauty Photography, Featured Photographers|

Zena Holloway is an underwater photographer, boasting with a number of fantastic photo collections for clients such as Dazed & Confused, FT, GQ, Schon, Tatler, 125, Sunday Times, Nike, George Jensen, Sony, Elle Style Awards, Herbal Essences and Kylie Minogue. Here's a few samples of her fashion and beauty photographs: