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Course Location & Timings


Dates: February to November 2012

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

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

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: £135

Lunch: Included


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Photography Course Timings


9.30 -10am Arrival, coffee & biscuits 10.00am camera settings & theory

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-3pm Practical photography

3pm-4pm Review photographs

4pm-5pm Photo-editing Demonstration

5pm Questions & course feedback


DSLR Course Requirements


Digital SLR Camera

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining

change of shoes if wet.


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


Photography Course - Frequently Asked Questions

What is HDR Photography?

HDR stands for Higher Dynamic Range. The human eye is great at seeing a very wide contrast range but unfortunately digital cameras record a much more limited tonal range. HDR is a method of taking several images and combining them in Photoshop to give a much truer representation of what the eye actually sees. If you find the landscape images your camera takes don't actually look like what you think you saw then this is the best photography course for you. A tripod and a laptop PC with Photoshop installed would be very useful for this course but we do have spares if required.

Is RAW the same as HDR?

Not really. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. RAW files do indeed tend to have a wider dynamic range than the normal JPG file format. This extra dynamic range means you can often get more detail in the shadows and the highlights from a RAW image than a JPG by using special RAW editing software. A RAW image will also allow you to change the colour balance of the picture after it is taken so if you make a mistake on the day then all is not lost. This topic is covered in great depth on the RAW and HDR Photography Course.

Isn't HDR cheating?

I personally don't think so as sometimes the camera cannot record the images you saw when you took the picture. This is a limitation of the JPG file format and no fault of yours. HDR is simply a means of trying to get a more "realistic" representation. If you believe that photography is a creative art, as I do, then HDR photography is simply away of using your creativity to enhance a picture.

The three pictures below demonstrate how two, or more, images of different exposures can be edited using HDR software to create one image with a higher dynamic range than is possible with a single shot. I don't see this is cheating as the final image is probably nearer to what I actually saw at the time than either the light or dark picture.
HDR light
This shot was exposed for the shadows (the land)

HDR Dark
This shot was exposed for the highlights (the sky)

HDR Corrected
This HDR shot has details in both the land and sky.

But don't some HDR pictures just look "wrong"

I do agree that some HDR techniques can be a bit obvious and just look "over processed" but as with any art form it's the skill of the artist which governs the final output. For general landscape photography I actually prefer to use RAW and various blending techniques to get the best possible amount of image detail. For more details see our RAW and HDR Photography Course.

Do you offer Private HDR & RAW Photography Tuition?

Yes! We appreciate that you may some times have a particular digital photography interest or you may be going on a special holiday, such as a Safari or maybe photographing the northern lights. These techniques would be touched on during the normal one day course but we would not have the time to go into great depths. One to one digital SLR, compact camera or private Photoshop tuition courses are usually run during the week from 10-5pm and include a light lunch. If you would like a private night time photography course these are run during the winter time only.

I only use my camera on Auto. What do the other settings do?

OK! This is a big question and far to long an an answer for this page. Basically this is what the beginners photography courses are all about. In a nutshell - and this isn't set in stone.

Full Auto is really snapshot mode for if you don't want to think about your photography. If you are going to use auto you may as well buy a compact.

Program Mode. This is better than Full Auto as it does allow some user control for better pictures. It's a good general purpose setting which also possible to change how pictures look a bit.

AV or Aperture Priority tends to be used for landscape photography as it gives you control over the depth of field (amount in focus) so you can get most of the picture sharp. It also a useful mode if you want to get a blurry background.

Shutter Priority This is the best setting for sports photography as it allows you to either choose a fast shutter speed to freeze movement or use slow shutter speed , and a technique called panning, to give a feeling of movement.

Manual Exposure. This is the best setting if you are using studio flash, have a difficult lighting situation, are photographing fireworks or a panorama. You need a good understanding of aperture and shutter speeds to use the correct setting.

Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions

email - or call 0116 279 6906

Student Testimonials

Having spent over a year using my camera only on full auto to take photos I decided I needed help to figure out all the settings I should be using.

I'm so pleased I did. This photography course explained all the settings and all the best picture composition tips I needed. Glen ensured no one left without all of their questions being answered- including me.

Laura Simpson


Hi Glen "Thanks for a most enjoyable and informative day, It answered all my questioned plus many more. Considering lunch was included I thought it was really excellent value for money."

David Stone

Hi Glen. I'm just dropping you a note to say how much I enjoyed the course today. You answered all my questions and gave me the confidence to go out and use my camera properly. Today has turned my box of expensive gadgets into top class photography equipment. Thanks!

Barry Cunliffe

This has been a great photography course and I know I can now take proper photographs instead of just snaps.

Highly Recommended.

Ivan Last

A good balance of technical & practical information with enough detail for the more experienced camera user without losing the beginners interest. A great course for getting the best out of my DSLR.

Iain Carpenter

A Fantastic Course. I now know how to use all the functions on the camera I didn't even know were there. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.

Karen Evans

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I have enjoyed the day. I need to get out now and take hundreds of pictures to get it to stay with me.

Rosemarie Redfern.

I was a complete novice but now I feel quite excited about experimenting with my photography.

Carol Aries.

A great introduction to DSLR photography. Many thanks.

Phil Harrisonwild.

I had a load of questions and every one was answered. Really good examples on the course notes. Glen's a very patient teacher.

Helen Jones