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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.

Shot of the Month: August 2012

2017-08-14T15:34:24+00:00 By |Hotshots, Macro Photography, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions|

August month’s, Photo Critic, shot of the month competition, goes to Leon Pelser for his photograph titled “Lanterns“. This image wins him a free (1) one-day workshop with DPC!


Shot of the Month: July 2012

2016-10-24T11:08:41+00:00 By |Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions|

July month’s, Photo Critic, shot of the month competition, goes to Matthew Copham for his wonderful capture of two young male lions playing in the floodplains of the Okavango Delta; “Lions at Play“. This image wins him a free (1) one-day workshop with DPC!


Bernard Pieterse wins the Environment Category in the Youth Competition of the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards

2016-11-06T01:31:43+00:00 By |Featured Photographers, Hotshots, Photography Competitions, Reader and Student Articles|

Congratulations to 16 year old Bernard Pieterse who came on tops in the environment category in the youth competition of the Sony World Photography Awards! His image of Deadvlei, Sossusvlei won him the first place in this category! Bernard did a basic photography course with DPC in 2010 and from there on it seems no one can stop him. We are extremely proud. He works really hard and take his photography serious. Bernard's image will be shown as part of the winners book and in the exhibition at Somerset House, London from 27th April - 20th May, 2012. As a winner he also receive two free tickets to the Awards ceremony on Thursday 26th April.


Featured Photographer: Bernard Pieterse

2016-10-24T11:08:47+00:00 By |Featured Photographers, Hotshots, Nature and Wildlife Photography, Photography Competitions, Reader and Student Articles, Travel & Landscape Photography|

Bernard Pieterse and his friend Herly Greeff did a photography course with me just about a year back. He was barely 15 years old at the time. Over the past year we got used to amazing images by this talented young photographer. Bernard recently won the Visual School's award for "Upcoming Photographer of the Year". Five of his eight images came on tops in various categories...


Shot of the Month: October 2011

2016-10-24T11:08:47+00:00 By |Informal and Street Photography, Photography Competitions, Portrait Photography|

October month’s Photo Critic photography competition is shared between two winners; Peter John Martin with his image "Planted Alley Wall", and Deirdre Botha with her image “Don't like this weather!".


Shot of the Year 2011

2016-10-24T11:08:47+00:00 By |Action and Adventure Photography, Featured Photographers, Hotshots, Macro Photography, Nature and Wildlife Photography|

We got to Photo Critic's first Shot of the Year Competition. The winning shot went to Pietman Muller with his image "Klikbek". This was really an outstanding shot; a once in a lifetime moment captured by him. Elsje Wiid, one of the five judges, wrote, "Incomparable moment! There is a great amount of different textures with different focuses in the picture and this creates and interesting effect on the eye with a lot of focused detail, especially on the squirrel. The picture silently whispers an atmosphere of ‘awe.’ Perfect timing of capturing both animals in the right place - the space between the two contributes to the composition. The bug is amazingly frozen in the most perfect spot in the picture plane, with a fast shutter speed – the effect on the wings adds a bit of blur to the picture. Words can’t describe it. People have to view it to believe it" ~ Elsje Wiid.


Photoshop Elements 10

2016-10-24T11:08:48+00:00 By |Photography Software, Retouching, Editing and Workflow|

Elements is a "cut down" version of proper Photoshop. Even though Elements lacks a few features, it does not come with the insane price-tag of Photoshop CS5. Even though it is cheaper (Far Cheaper), Elements still has enough tools and power to satisfy most photographers needs. That is, if you're not running a large commercial studio etc...


Shot of the Month: July 2011

2016-10-24T11:08:48+00:00 By |Hotshots, Macro Photography, Photography Competitions|

July month’s Photo Critic photography competition goes to Leon Pelser for his image “Dancing Ladybird". Leon is a master photographer when it comes to macro and close-up photography and has won many photo competitions and his work published in several magazines.


10 macro and close-up images by Leon Pelser

2016-10-24T11:08:49+00:00 By |Hotshots, Macro Photography, Reader and Student Articles|

Today, we are featuring ten close-up and macro images of one of our top Photo Critic members, Leon Pelser. Leon excels in this type of photography, but is also quite versatile in other forms of photography. You can check out his Bio on the bottom of the page. In the meantime; here's some eye candy produced by him... Click on the titles if you would like to view each shot, with description on the Photo Critic network...