Digital Photography 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics. LE8 0RA Tel 0116 2796906 email

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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.

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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.

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Big Cat Photography Course Sun 29th September 2019 - £146*

*The £146 price Includes £14.99 entry fee to the zoo.

This course will show you how to take great images of a variety of wild animals including cheetahs, foxes and tigers.

Learn how to avoid this..........

Big Cat Photography Course

......and achieve this

The day will take place at Hamerton Zoo, near Huntingdon so you can either travel there directly, if it's easier for you, or meet at my house and car share. I may require volunteer drivers. You will need to let me know which option you choose when booking.

The distance from Smeeton Westerby is about 40 miles and the journey time from here is just over 1 hour so we will meet at 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, LE8 0RA at 8.15aam ready to leave at 8.30am prompt to arrive at the zoo for 9.30am. If travelling independently to the zoo please aim to arrive between 9.30am and9.45am.

2 Hamerton Rd  Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 5RE
Tel. 01832 293362
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Big Cat Photography Course Sun 29th September 2019 - £146*

The Zoo are obviously charging me for their facilities so we require a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 12.There will not be time for me to cover the absolute basics again so you need to have attended a Beginners Photography Course or the Bird and Landscape Photography Course before attending this course.

Hamerton Zoo

Photograph Cheetahs, Foxes, Wolves & Tigers

The park opens for normal day visitors from 10.30am but we all need to be there for 9.30am for your photography training until 11am. After a safety briefing we'll start the Big Cat and Foxes photographic sessions. There will then be a short break for lunch and some free time to visit the rest of the zoo to see some of the other animals. The racoons and meerkats are well worth a visit.

There will be a chance to review your images over lunch and correct any techniques you haven't mastered before we start again at 2pm with the maned wolfs and tigers until 3.30pm. There will be a chance to review your images and receive feedback before we finish at 4.30pm. If you don't need to review your images there are lots of other animals in the park to photograph.

There is a entry fee of £13.99 per person which is included in the £146 course fee. If this should increase between now and the course I will pay the difference.

Course Outline

The day will follow the normal format for our courses and start off with a quick recap of the basics including the best settings to use to photograph animals through wire mesh, and where to stand for the best shots. I'll also give you some tips for photographing animals through glass indoors.

We will be working with some very experienced animal keepers from the zoo to ensure we get up close and personal pictures of the different wildlife.

We will then do a final review with constructive feedback and help you choose your best pictures. This is followed by a short photo-editing demonstration before finishing about 4.30pm.

Beginners Digital SLR Photography Course £135

This is a Level Two course so it is highly recommended that you attend one of our Beginners Photography Courses first. If you have attended a beginner’s course elsewhere please contact us first as our courses train you to a much higher standard than most other photography courses.

About the Tutor - Glen Tillyard

Photography courses by Glen Tillyard I'm an NCTJ qualified, award winning professional press photographer, college tutor & trainer with over 30 years experience in a vast range of photographic subjects.

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.

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,



Student Testimonials 

“Outstanding day would recommend to any one. Cats fab, would go again thanks Glen and all of the team.” Barry Pickering

“Superb course with great tuition from Glen. Perfect place for big cat photography. Highly recommended course.” Andy Hibbs

“A fantastic day and especially great to spend time with such an enjoyable group of people. Thanks” Teresa Lardner

“Absolutely brilliant day. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Keeper also was fantastic in organising the animals for our photos.” Margaret Rose

“Clear, straightforward instructions both at the start and throughout the day. “Tony Meakin

“Fantastic course, great access to animals. Excellent feedback on photos and how to enhance and post process them.” Martin Saggers

“ I am an advocate of Glen’s courses, they are always informative. This course, without a doubt, was the best yet. The shots we managed to get were excellent – thoroughly recommended.“ Marc Darling

“Fabulous day, keepers excellent giving good access to cats. Great tutoring as always.” Christina Davey

“Fantastic course with Glen’s tuition I feel I have managed to get some great shots.”Alan Everitt

I've had a fantastic day. The course was very informative and I wish I had done it sooner. I now know how to use the ISO correctly, about composition and how to use the correct aperture. I couldn't believe some of the photos I took and I can't wait to go out and experiment. I just have to decide which course to do next.
Lunch was lovely too.
Sarah Barker.

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A really enjoyable course which I wish I had come on when I first purchased my camera.
I have learnt so much in one day, due to the good balance of practical and theory, and I'm looking forward to coming on another course soon.
Karen Miller.

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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 

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A very informative course delivered in a relaxed and friendly way. I'm sure I will be back for another class. It has increased my enthusiasm for taking photos. Rebecca Dockrell

Congratulation go to Digital Photography Courses student Di Norwood for her winning photographs in the Kettering Camera Club Competition.

This course is superb and refreshes your understanding in the photography basics. I feel inspired to use all the settings on my camera. This is my second course with Glen and I have no doubt it will not be my last. He is a very patient and excellent teacher. Siobhan Kemsley.

An excellent day. It really help to simplify what until now had been a complex subject. I now have the confidence to use to use my DSLR and I can't wait to get out there and start practicing.
Chris Marchant