Digital Photography Courses 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire. LE8 0RA
Tel 0116 279 6906

Course Timings & Location


Dates: February to November

Timings: 09.30am - 5.00pm

Registration - 9.30am-9.45am

Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: From £135

Lunch: Included


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Your Tutor - Glen Tillyard

Photography courses by Glen Tillyard


I'm an NCTJ qualified, award winning professional press photographer, with over 30 years experience in a vast range of photographic subjects.


I've also taught and lectured in photography and Photoshop at many adult colleges and schools throughout Leicestershire.We also run specialist courses for police forces, Corporates and charities, including the British Red Cross.


Please don't take my word for how good these photography courses are but take a few moments to read some of the many testimonials in the right hand column of each page and the student galleries over on the left hand navigation column.


If you have any questions about photography or buying a camera then I'm happy to answer them without obligation.

Very best wishes,
Glen Tillyard


College or Course?

Would this photography course be better for me than going to college evening classes?


Think about this. How many creative, exciting pictures do you think you will take indoors on a winter night in a classroom?


Our simply explained camera handling and photography composition training will help you use your Digital SLR camera to take great pictures in just a few hours. You will learn more in one day on these photography courses than you will in weeks of evening classroom sessions.


DSLR Photography Course Guide Timings


9.30 -9.45am Arrival, coffee & biscuits

9.45am - Registration

10.00am camera settings & theory

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-3pm Practical photography

3pm-4pm Review photographs

4pm-4.30pm Photo-editing - Close

5pm Questions & course feedback

Batteries & Cards

Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out. For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit


DSLR Course Requirements

Digital SLR Camera (or a bridge camera but see below)

Any extra lenses - optional

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card with space for at least 100 images

External flashgun - optional

Tripod - optional

Any other kit you need explaining

Change of shoes if wet.


Bridge/Hybrid Camera Users

Most courses are intended for Digital SLR users but we do sometimes get asked if Bridge or Hybrid cameras users can attend the Digital SLR photography courses. The proviso is that some of the more technical aspects of Digital SLR photography might not apply to the bridge camera but you will still find the course beneficial and enjoyable.

If you are happy to accept these conditions then you are very welcome to attend. You will be informed during the course of any items do not apply to your bridge camera.


Please contact us, without obligation, if you have any question.

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One Day Beginner's Photography Courses £135 Courses

If you would like to "Get your camera off Full Auto and learn how to take stunning photographs in just one day" then our beginners photography course is perfect for you.

Many novice photographers use their expensive Digital SLR Camera on the Fully Auto setting and are often disappointed by the results. Our jargon free Digital Photography Courses will explain in simple terms when to use all the other settings and we'll show you how to take stunning photographs, you will be proud to hang on your wall, in just one day.

Courses take place in the picturesque village of Smeeton Westerby, Near Kibworth, Leicestershire. and run from 9.30am-5pm.

Camera & Lens Hire - Nikon with 18-270mm lens

Nikon D5000The aim of these courses is to teach you how to use your own DSLR or Bridge camera. We appreciate that some students may not have a Digital SLR or want to upgrade from a bridge camera so we can loan you a Nikon with 18-270mm zoom lens for the course. This combintaion costs about £600 so there is a small charge of £25 to hire it for the course. We only have one spare camera and lens so please contact us first to ensure it is available then choose the Course and Camera Hire option below.

During these photography courses you will learn:

See the high standard of Student photographs in our 2018 Calendar here

"A Fantastic Photography Course"

"A fantastic photography course. Glen is a brilliant teacher and the course was not only hugely informative but great fun. I learnt so much about camera settings, including things I didn’t know existed. Excellent tuition which covered both technical and photographic aspects. Terrific value." Margo Leach

"A really great photography course. Enjoyable, fun, useful and easy to understand. Glen was fantastic! I learnt more in the first hour than I ever did during my two year Photography A Level Course. Highly Recommended." Sian Neale

Our Beginners Photography Course will show you how to:

Please email me if you would like to attend a weekday Beginners Course on a Monday.

Our Other Practical Hands On Photography Courses

Our professional photographer and trainer uses jargon free simple explanations, along with hands on practical exercises, to help you to understand your camera so you can start taking pictures better than you ever thought possible in just a few hours. We also have private tuition and specialist courses in:

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Take a look at our 2019 Student Calendar here

Beginners Digital SLR Photography Course £135

Photography Course LeicesterOur practical hands on one day Beginner's Digital SLR photography courses are limited to six students* and will suit anyone from the complete beginner to the intermediate Digital SLR photographer. Beware of some lesser camera courses who will happily take up to 40 students, in a lecture theatre, with very little hands on photography. * Very occasionally we will take 7 students if two attendees need to attend together and can arrive in one car.

"I’ve had a digital camera for years but Glen not only teaches you what the features do but also the best way to set them for different subjects. Highly recommended." Ed Spooner

This course is also suitable for Bridge cameras and Electronic Viewfinder cameras from Panosonic, Sony, Pentax and Fuji.

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Which Is The Best Photography Course For You?

We recommend everyone does our Beginners Photography Course first as we train you to a much higher standard than most other photography courses. We have students who have returned for up to 12 different and progressive courses so your photography skills can continue to grow as you become more confident. Each year I need to create a new course as some students have attended all of them.

Unlike some cheaper courses we offer continued support by email, phone or through our very active and helpful Facebook Group. We also have our own calendar and "Snap & Chat" Days out where students can meet each other. It's rather like a big, friendly camera club. If you like a challenge then students can also join the DPC 52 Week Project on Flickr.

Follow on Level Two Photography Courses
Many of our students return for many additional courses. Some student have done every course we offer so we are constantly adding new courses on request. We have a wide range of level two follow on courses to take you to the next level so your photography will continue to improve in the future. Our Photography Course Gift Vouchers also make and excellent birthday or special occasion present.

Course Requirement - a DSLR or Bridge Camera with PASM settings

Advice on which camera and lens to suit a beginner

Get your camera off the Full Auto Setting

Many novice photographers tend to use their expensive DSLR on the fully auto setting and are often unimpressed by the average results achieved. This one day photography course will demonstrate how and when to use the manual settings and how to take fantastic portrait, landscape or action photographs you would be proud to hang on your wall.

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About Your Tutor - Glen Tillyard


I’m an NCTJ qualified, award winning professional press photographer, with over 30 years experience with the Leicester Mercury newspaper. I also did 10 years as a college tutor and I’ve taught photography and Photoshop at many adult colleges throughout Leicestershire. I’ve also run specialist photography training courses for the police and charities like the British Red Cross.

After taking voluntary redundancy from the Mercury I now specialise in running photography courses helping beginners to get the very best from their digital camera. I’m passionate about helping you to get off the full auto setting and I’ll show you how to take stunning photographs in just one day. 
How it all started

How it started

I started photography as a hobby when I was just 15 years old. By aged 16 photography had become a bit of an addiction and I began taking pet portrait commissions to fund my growing film habit ( I started with Ilford FP4 but soon progressed to Kodak Tri-X, but I could handle it).

By age 17 I found I had “an eye for a photo” and I started submitting pictures to the Leicester Mercury on a regular basis.  Having images in print, with a by-line, was a huge buzz and I started sending in more and more pictures until one day I was offered a job as a trainee photographer. It took about 1/250th second to say yes and the journey had begun.

I started off in the darkroom where I had the enormous privilege to work with over a dozen talented photographers. My first job was to print the photographer’s films in the morning and this enabled me to cherry pick the top techniques from each photographer. This meant my “style” became an amalgam of the best bits of each snapper.

During my career I have photographed most of the Royal Family and numerous actors and politicians. I’ve photographed a vast range of professional and amateur sports including: football, rugby, tennis, marathons, hockey, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, volleyball, formula 1, go-karts, stock car racing, motor bikes and even soapbox racers. As a perk of the job I’ve been lucky enough to fly with several air display teams, shoot lots of concerts, tackle assault courses, climb tower cranes and abseil down buildings.  I’ve risked life and limb climbing tower cranes and colossal factory chimneys. I’ve experience explosive decompression in jet simulator and walk through sewers. I’ve been on the scene of horrific events but also shared incredible joyful moments. I’ve photographed babies, just a few minutes old, to a centenarian who still walked to the bus stop to visit his lady friend. I used to tell people I had the best job in the world and it’s a privilege to pass on my knowledge and experience to my new students.

After a fantastic time at the Mercury, where I progressed from darkroom technician to a spell as picture editor, I finally took voluntary redundancy and, called on my vast experience and teaching skills, to set up Digital Photography Courses in 2010.

About Digital Photography Courses

Originally, we started with just the Beginners Photography Course where I explain, in simple jargon free terms “How to get your camera of the Full Auto setting and learn how to take great pictures in just one day”.
Students learnt so much on these beginners course that they started asking for more training to expand their photography knowledge even more. Before long we had added; Intermediate, Night, Portrait, Macro, HDR & RAW, Lightroom and Photoshop. Once students had attended all these they still wanted more so then we started adding for niche subjects like Flash Photography, Studio Portraits and the Creative Lighting Courses. On request I’ve also run specialist courses in Action, Horses and Mermaid Photography plus advanced courses in most of the above. Many students have attended all the courses and some have even come back on refresher days just for the fun we have.

Teaching Styles
As a college tutor I learnt that different students have different learning styles so we use recognised teaching methods to ensure that whatever your needs we’ll aim to get the message across, simply, without using jargon and in a way you can understand. Please don’t take my word for how good these photography courses are but take a few moments to read some of the many testimonials throughout the site.
A recent student, who had been on several other beginners’ courses with other trainers, expressed it beautifully when he said “Your courses are like the fast track Formula 1 of courses rather than the go-karts of the other ones I’ve attended.
The great thing about being a press photographer is you are always working to a deadline. This means you have to get the best pictures, with the least amount of hassle in the shortest possible time. This is something I instil in my training courses today and when I asked students want they really want they say “ they just want to learn how to take great picture easily”.

If you have any questions about photography or buying a camera then I’m happy to answer them without obligation.

Student Testimonials 

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I'm on an Art Foundation course at Loughborough University and since attending Glen's beginners course I feel my photography has improved greatly and I am much more confident at altering my camera setting quickly.

My tutors said that my photographs were as good the third year fine art degree students!

I look forward to attending another one of your courses over the summer. Annie.

Fantastic photography course. Glen is a brilliant teacher and the course was not only hugely informative but great fun. I learnt so much about camera settings, including things I didn’t know existed. Excellent tuition which covered both technical and photographic aspects. Terrific value.
Margo Leach

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and after four years of owning a digital camera I've learned more in one day than I had in the previous four years put together. At last I understand what I'm doing and I look forward to taking much better photographs.
Derek Welsh

This course was excellent. I feel I will be able to use all the info to my advantage. I would like to attend more courses to improve my photography skills in the future. Many thanks. Wendy Deacon

Very informative and detailed explanations which made things easier to understand and put into practice. I can’t wait to go out and put my new found skills into practice. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you.
Wendy Burcham

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A very interesting and useful days course by a very knowledgable trainer. I learnt a lot. David Wilford

This course was excellent and I learnt an enormous amount. I now feel really confident and cannot wait to go out with my camera and really enjoy it. No more auto settings for me. Jon Mosely

A really excellent course that fully explained the fundamentals of DSLR photography which I had been previously unaware of. 
Steve Coates.

Very detailed and well presented course. Great explanations with good examples, demonstrations and practical exercises.
Toby Hegerty

This course was excellent. The techniques were clearly and simply explaned without jargon. A good balance between theory and practical sessions. Liz Clark.

A really fun day. I took some photos I was really happy with and I felt able to ask questions. I would recommend this course highly.
Claire Jackson

A great course really well explained. I was at a good easy pace for beginners who would like to know how to get their cameras of the Full Auto setting. I feel so much more confident using my camera. Thank you. Rose Rees

A very enjoyable day and I felt I've learnt a lot more than I expected in just one day. I will definitely be attending another course. S.F.

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I learnt more in 8 hours with Glen than I had in the previous four years of owning my Panosonic Lumix GH2.
Michael Leach.

A great introductory course. Excellent value. Ian Inglis

I learnt more in the first 30 minutes of this photography course than I had in the past year. Paul Houghton.

A great day with so much to digest. I’ve learnt more than I ever imagined and now to put it into practice. I will definitely be back again and recommend the courses to others. Thank you. Elaine McLean

A great course which was a good introduction to photography and my DSLR. I’m looking forward to using my new skills. Steve Bluett.

A very good course. Thank you for your help. Sujita Pankania Excellent course. Thanks Glen. Steve Allen

I've had a brilliant day. Glenda Mills

“An excellent day , excellent teaching and learning by an excellent tutor!” Denise Reid

“This course was brilliant and I would definitely come to more courses!” Callum Boulter

“Everything was explained clearly and in a practical way. The “fieldwork” was really useful and reinforced the techniques learnt during the day.” Richard Pateman

“Great value, will be attending another course” Richard Deacon

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Fantastic! I really enjoyed the day and it met all my objectives. I can now banish the auto setting forever. Thank you, Glen. Karl Watson.

A really great day in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Within an hour I had learnt so much and was able to apply it straight away in the practical sessions. I can’t wait to get out and start taking great pictures. Thank you. Mark Atkinson

A great course which was very well put across. I will be going home confident in how to use the P, A,and S settings. A fantastic day with so much knowledge gained. Thanks. Peter Dennis.

I was amazed at the quality and standard of the photographs I have taken from a single day course. Very clear instruction. Lots of information given and the practical sessions give you a chance to try it all out. Thank you very much. Toby Maloy

An excellent starter / refresher course that teaches you how to handle your camera without getting too technical or losing you in the menus. The practical session and photo review leaves you wanting to take photos even more. David Orme.

From zero to confident in just one day!
Paul Woolley .