Digital Photography Courses. Become a Professional Photographer with our Intensive Photography Course. email

DSLR Course Requirements


DSLR Camera with Standard lens

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



We at Digital Photography Courses are very proud of our training record and we will do everything possible on this course to help you to start earning money with your photography as soon as possible.


We must point out however that this is a photography course and not a franchise. We can make no claims for any future earnings or employment you may or may not gain as a result of this course. Joining this course means you have read and agreed to these terms and conditions.


About the tutor


Photography courses by Glen Tillyard


My name is Glen Tillyard and I'm an award winning professional press photographer and trainer with over 30 years experience.


I now specialise in running photography courses helping novice photographers to get the very best from their digital camera by taking them off the full auto setting and showing them how to take exciting, creative photographs in just one day.


This is achieved using the Universal Zoom System which will improve your photography in five simple steps. You can see some of my pictures as the headers on this web site or better still take a look at some of the excellent photograph galleries of previous students.


I look forward to seeing you on one of our small and friendly courses very soon.

Regards, Glen


6 Photography Courses over 5 Days £1500 ( Value £1900)

We have introduced this course as an alternative to the Three Month Professional Photography Course for people want to learn a lot about photography in a short time without necessarily aiming to pursue a career as a professional photographer.

It's ideal for the keen amateur, who wants to hone their skills quickly, prefers private tuition, or who would like to attend several courses at a discounted rate.

Unlike the Professional Photography Courses it does not include the 10 days of private tuition, personal practical projects with feedback, or the business and marketing advice.

Six Courses over 5 Days including a free bonus course*

This Intensive Five Day Private Tuition Photography Course is designed to teach you a lot in a very short period.

  1. The reason we are able to offer you six courses over five days, with a saving of over £400, is because each course is a stand alone module and the first section covers many of the same topics. This means the time we save each day allows us to offer you an extra free course within the five days.

  2. Option One. Six 121 private tuition course over five consecutive days. This is the best option if your are attending the course as a photographic holiday or you live some distance away and prefer not to travel each day. We can suggest local accommodation.

  3. Option Two. (Recommended) Six 121 private tuition courses over five non-consecutive days, usually one day per week. These courses are all quite intensive and you will learn a lot in one day. If time allows it's beneficial to practice what you have learnt before attending the next course. It needs to be completed within three months to maintain momentum.

  4. Summer or Winter Bonus. We suggest the Night Photography Course as the sixth bonus course during the Winter months, as it get dark earlier, and the Macro Photography Course as the bonus course during the Summer, as there are more flowers and insects.

  5. *Home Projects and Feedback Option
    If you opt for the Business Option then you can choose to receive home projects and image feedback as your bonus. This is especially useful as it gives you the confidence to work alone without supervision.
    You will not be eligible for the Night or Macro courses unless you include this as one of your five courses.

  6. If you choose the Night Photography option this involves an extended day running into the evening with a slightly later start time.

FAQ. Why is the course run over five days

The reason we aim to run the course over a five day period is to allow you to complete the training during a one week holiday. This is especially useful if you do not live locally or wish to commute. Accommodation isn't included but we can suggest a accommodation nearby to suit a range of budgets. If you do live locally, prefer to spread the training over several weeks, you can attend for 2 or 3 days per week. The Intensive Courses must to be completed within three months to maintain momentum. No refunds are allowed for uncompleted courses..

Below are suggested guidelines depending on what you like to photograph and whether you wish to use the your photography for business or pleasure .These are just suggestions so feel free to mix and match. During the Spring and Summer months you get the Macro Photography Course as your free bonus rather than the Night Photography Course for obvious reasons.

Suggested Photography Courses - Hobbyist

  1. Beginners Photography Course
  2. Intermediate Photography Course
  3. HDR and RAW Photography Course
  4. Creative Lighting Photography Course
  5. Lightroom and Photoshop
  6. Macro (Summer) or Night Course (Winter) - Free Bonus

Suggested Photography Courses - Business

  1. Beginners Photography Course
  2. Intermediate Photography Course
  3. Portrait & Home Studio Photography Course
  4. Product Photography Course
  5. Lightroom and Photoshop
  6. Business and Marketing Advice

Intensive Photography Course Induction Day Option £325

pigWe understand that £1500 may be a big outlay and you might want decide if this is the right course for you before you fully commit.

For this reason you can attend our Induction Day for the normal private tuition price of just £325. This is basically the beginners course with the option to discuss which of the other five courses would fit your needs best.

Should you wish to continue with the course then we take the £325 off the full course price so you pay the £1175 balance.

If you were to pay for the six courses individually then the total cost would be over £1900 but we throw in the Night or the Macro Course as a free bonus.

Five Day Advanced Photography Course

Note: we also have a Five Day Advanced Course for existing students who have attended at least five group courses. See here

Choose Any Six Photography Course From Below:

  1. Beginners Photography Course - normally £325*
  2. Intermediate Photography Course - normally £325*
  3. Portrait Photography Course - normally £325
  4. Bird & Landscape Photography Course - normally £325
  5. Pictures for Publication Course – Normally £325
  6. Photoshop Basics course - normally £325
  7. Photoshop Intermediate course - normally £325
  8. Lightroom 4 or 5. Laptop with Lightroom required
  9. HDR & RAW Photography Course - normally £325
  10. Creative Lighting Course - normally £325
  11. Flash Photography Courses (Flash Required) - normally £325
  12. Product Photography Course - normally £399
  13. Night Photography Course (Winter Only) - normally £325
  14. Macro Photography Course (Summer Only) - normally £325

* The Beginners and Intermediate Courses need to be included in any packages.

BeerThink about this, " What would you be prepared to invest to train with a top award winning photographer who will share his considerable knowledge with you to enable you to change your career at last?" If you attended these private tuition courses individually for they would cost you over £5000.

£325 Deposit Payment by PayPal or Credit Card

A £325 deposit secures your place with the balance of £1175 being payable in full before the course by Cash, BACS, cheque made out to Glen Tillyard and posted to 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby. Leicestershire, LE8 0RA.

Brief comments or questions?

This course price includes lunch and refreshments but does not include accommodation. We can suggest quality affordable hotels or B&Bs locally if required.

Paying by Credit Card or Instalments

If you wish to pay over £325 by credit card or PayPal then there is an approximately 3% surcharge to cover additional fees. There's is no charge for bank transfers or cheques at least 7 days in advance.


Which Are The Best Photography Course For You?


Beginners Digital SLR Photography Course £325

If your just starting out with a new Digital SLR camera or you mainly use it on the Full Auto setting then you need our Beginners DSLR Photography Course.

Intermediate DSLR Course £325

This one to one training is aimed at photographers who want to go beyond the skills in the beginners camera course.

Macro Photography Course £325

Macro waspThis One Day Macro & Close-up Photography Course is suitable for the experienced novice or intermediate photographer .Ideally you will have attended one of our Beginners Photography Courses as a good understanding of the menus and various camera settings will be required.

Low Light & Night Photography Course £325

This combined low-light & Night photography course will show you how to take great shots indoors by candle light or at concerts, car light trails, writing with light, buildings at night , firework and Halloween pictures.

Home Studio Portrait Photography Course £325

Studio Portrait KitStudents are increasingly asking how to take portraits using studio flash with white or black backgrounds so we are adding this to the course itinerary. There will also be the chance to try out various professional flash techniques using bounced and direct flash. Your own dedicated flashgun with a bounce head and a tripod are really useful additions for this course.

HDR sunrise by Digital Camera CoursesRaw & HDR Photography Course £325

The best photography course if you like taking stunning landscape photographs or you have already attended our beginners course.

Creative Lighting Photography Course £325

The best photography course if you like taking photographs water splashes, smoke, bokah photography or want to better understand how light really works.

Product Photography Course from £399

The product photography course is aimed at businesses who need to take their own product photography shots for catalogues or web sites.

Pictures for Publication Photography Course £325

This is the best photography course if you need to take pictures for publication in newsletters, magazines or web-sites. It includes sample press assignments and caption writing. 

Photoshop Courses from £325

We offer Private Tuition One to One Photography & Photoshop courses . which are ideal if you prefer to specialise in a particular type of photography such as portraits or landscape photography

Choosing the Best Lenses

See our camera buying guide for more details.

Snow PixChoosing the best lenses really comes down to what you want them for. If you are serious about your photography you need to be looking at wide aperture f2.8 and f4 lenses. These will allow you to take pictures in lower light conditions indoors without using flash. Remember to choose the correct lens for the DX or FX format you are using. You can generally save about 30% of the cost of a Nikon or Canon lens by choosing a lens by Pro Series range from either Tamron or Sigma. As a staring point you will need something in the 18-50mm f2.8 range and a 70-200mm f2.8 or f4 telephoto zoom.


For some of the course you will need a separate flashgun with a bounce head. These cost about £350 each (Sorry, but photography is expensive which is why professional photographers need to charge a lot) and a couple of reflectors are useful.

This is a basic starter kit and once you have chosen your main camera, lenses and flashguns you will need a spare. I wouldn't dream of photographing a wedding or professional assignment without two cameras. Remember this is someone's special day and if your camera breaks down half way through the ceremony you could be in a fix.

See our camera buying guide for more details.


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Frequent Questions.

FAQ. Is this an O Level, A Level or Degree Course?

None of the above!
This Intensive photography course is not education authority accredited but you do receive a certificate at the end when you have completed all the assignments to my satisfaction & not until that point. My standards are high but if you fully commit then you will pass.

This is not an academic photography course, as in an O, A Level, or degree, but it is a 3 month intensive practical professional course aimed at giving you the skills required to produce professional images and start earning from your photography.

We do not look at the history of photography and you will not be asked to produce any essays. If you want a piece of paper saying you can write a thesis on 20th Century fashion photographers then I suggest you go to college or university for 2 or 3 years and then try and find someone to employ you. Considering most University students are being asked to pay £9,000 a year and many can not get a job when then leave I know which route I would take. Most pro photographers are freelance and self employed, which is why our course also includes business advice from a Sfedi Qualified Business Advisor. If you think about it people do not ask for qualifications when they choose a wedding or commercial photographer they simply choose them on personality and the standard of their work. We aim to get you to this standard. Everyone who has completed this course is already earning from their photography and I can put you in touch with them if required. See The course is fully booked until at least Feb 2012 but I am taking applications now for after that time. Acceptance on the course is not guaranteed as we will only take students who we believe will complete it successfully. It isn’t in the students interest to waste their time and money, or my time, unless they are going to commit 100%. The purpose of the induction day, which needs taking at least two weeks before your start date, is to establish your standard of photography and commitment. 

FAQ. Will I be able to set up as a wedding photographer after this course?

We do not run a dedicated Wedding Photography Course.

Wedding photography is a highly developed skill which involves a great deal of photographic knowledge and personality. It requires the ability to work quickly & unobtrusively but most of all it requires confidence & great people skills.

The wedding party will look to the photography to organise the groups and set up the pictures quickly, efficiently and creatively in whatever surroundings or weather conditions prevail. This expertise only comes from experience and good training.

To run a wedding photography course properly we would need to hire a venue, a bride and groom, a best man, a maid of honour, two sets of parents, bridesmaids and a page boy. Unless we had a dozen students this would be viable so it is for this reason we do not market this as a wedding photography course.

We strongly believe that you need to handle your camera with complete confidence before you should attempt wedding photography. The fully auto approach is fine on a nice sunny day outside but what happens if it rains and you have to shoot indoors? For a start the range of a built in flash is only about 3 metres so it’s unlikely to cover a large group shot indoors.

Once you feel totally confident in your camera handling abilities you should be able to tackle any situation as it arises. Our individually designed courses will allow you to tackle a wide range of subjects which in turn will allow you to tackle a variety of subjects.

Being more flexible has got to make you more versatile when it comes to finding customers and earning money from your photography.