May Photography Dash Starts on Thursday 1st May :: Digital Photo Secrets

May Photography Dash Starts on Thursday 1st May

by David Peterson 2 comments

What are you going to learn about your photography this month?

I've just opened registrations for the May Photography Dash, and I'm really excited about our topics for May - Post Processing and the Dash Blend.

What is the Photography Dash? The Dash is a month-long photography course designed to help you take much better photos with your camera. Twice a week, I'll send you new course material with a fun photographic challenge that helps you 'lock in' the knowledge in the course. Share your image with other Dash participants on our Dash community website, and receive feedback that will further help you improve your photography.

The May Dash follows on from the wildly popular Dashes I have held over the last three months. In the March Dash, over 700 participants together photographed and shared over 6,000 spectacular images during the month. At the same time as learning heaps about their camera.

I highly recommend this course. I have been taking pictures for years and this is the first time I have taken a photograph that looked as good if not better than the real thing! And this was in the first week!!

-- Peter Macready, Guadalajara, Mexico

All credit must go to David for his amazing course. There is absolutely no way that I would ever have even considered lying down in the field to try to capture a photograph of a tiny little dandylion, prior to taking part the dash. You have done an incredible job of making the tutorials simple to understand and exciting to try to achieve. I have learned so much and continue to do so. Thanks for this awesome experience.

-- Pat Kemp (who also took the wonderful dandelion image below)

There are two streams for the May Photography Dash: Dash Blend and Post Processing.

Stream 1: Dash Blend

The Dash Blend comprises a mix of topics designed to get you photographing in ways that you would not normally photograph. The challenges will have you using your camera in ways you hadn't previously imagined! For example, on one day, I'll show you how adding a frame can enhance your image by drawing your viewer's eye into the scene. And you'll have the opportunity to take your own photo with a frame. The next day, you'll be looking at light in a whole new way and using your knowledge to create stunning photos.

Stream 2: Post Processing

In the Image Editing and Post Production Dash, I'll show you how to enhance your photos from the dull, lifeless images your camera takes, into stunning photos with colors that that pop. I'll show you the workflow I (and most professional photographers) use after taking my photos, and I'll give you sample images you can experiment with yourself.

This is a full video course! I've created a separate video for each of the topics below for four of the most popular editors available today. You'll watch me transform lifeless photos into masterpieces that pop.

4 Editors Supported: I've created videos for the four most popular editors: Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Photoshop CC, and the free Picasa. Don't use one of these editors? No problems - the techniques can be easily adapted for whatever editor you use, and if you are stuck, you can ask our Dash community.

We'll also take the time to rescue images that are too bright; too dark; lifeless in color; or lacking in sharpness. For example, I'll show you how to brighten the dark and dreary gull image below to highlight the gull, but not to brighten the background too much:

Then I'll show you the best ways to crop to enhance your subject:

Thanks to Emilia Turkiewicz

Join the Photography Dash Today

I have been wanting to do a photography class for a long time but could not find the right one.I tried the Dash Class and found it very comfortable for me as a beginner. The pace was right and the content very comprehensive and easy to follow.Great for inexperienced folks like me.

-- Elizabeth Clarke

Easy and Gratifying Course Material

Twice a week, I'll send you new course material based around a central theme or topic. Along with the course material, I'll also set you a photographic task. The tasks are stimulating and enjoyable. And they will help you to learn how to use your camera (or editor).

The Dash will only take 30 minutes twice a week for a month; and is a bargain at only $25 (or even less if you register for more than one Dash).

The May Photography Dash starts on 1st May and as registrations close shortly thereafter, there is only a short time for you to get involved.

This course was definitely worth it. As a beginner in photography I have learnt a considerable amount about my camera and what it is capable of doing. I am definitely going to register for the other dashes.

-- Laura

Bring a Friend!

Participating in The Dash is more exciting and rewarding when you have someone to share it with. You can revel in each other’s successes, and help each other if you get stuck on a challenge. You and your friend can participate in ‘photo shoots’ together bounce ideas off each other.

Free Gifts for Participating with a Friend

Encourage a friend to participate in the Dash, and you will receive a free critique of one of your photos for each friend who participates with you – a $50 value (limited supply – be quick!). And in addition a free copy of Phil Hart’s “Shooting Stars” ebook. I’ll tell you more on the gifts, and how you can get your friends involved once you register for the Dash.

A great example of the types of images you can create in the Dash.
Photo by Dash participant Roberta Edwards

When I initially started this dash I never got out of Auto mode, never ventured to scene modes, never mind thinking of changing an ISO number. (Not that I knew what they were.) David has taken me slowly setting for setting through what each function does. I am absolutely amazed at how much more creative I have become. I am no longer in auto mode and loving it. I still make lots of mistakes, delete many pictures but I feel overall my photo's are far more balanced and pleasing on the eye. I have signed up for 6 months of dashes, cannot wait to see what I have achieved by then. I will be looking back and hiding all my old pictures. I highly recommend the course to anyone, but like everything what you put in is what you get out.

-- Bev Selkon

See the Celebrations

When the March dash finished, participants celebrated their participation in the March Dash by sharing their breakthroughs and best images. Some have started seeing the world in a new way; others now see patterns everywhere; and yet others are no longer scared of manual mode!

I opened the Celebrate the Dash area up to the public, so you too can see the great images. Take a look, and read through the breakthroughs some participants have had.

Join the Photography Dash Today

Take your own photography skills to new heights, have loads of fun, and have the opportunity to share your creations with fellow photographers from all around the world with the May Photography Dash.


  1. K Sampath says:

    Great pictures. Course should be very useful. I regret, I am in India and it is difficult to attend the course.

    • David Peterson says:

      The course is presented via Email and the Internet, so there is no need to 'attend' anything. It's available worldwide - and I have current Dash participants from all around the world including India.

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