Digital Photography Courses. Intermediate Digital Photography Courses for DSLR & Bridge Cameras - email

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


AWBC Landscape & Bird Photography Course is at Rutland Water. Oakham


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.


We understand 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, without using jargon, in a way you can understand.


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,
Glen Tillyard



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.




Intermediate Course-Sunday 28th July 2019 - Spaces.

The Intermediate Course is the natural progression to your Beginners Course for those who want to better understand exposure and how their camera works. It is a Level 2 Course so you will need to attend a Beginners Course first.

On the beginners course I aim to show you “how to get your camera off the fully auto setting and start shooting excellent pictures in just one day”. The Beginners Ccourse offers so much more than just how to use your camera and it is the foundation for all our other courses. For this reason we now insist that everyone attends a beginners course first.

The Intermediate Course aims to give you a greater understanding of the different camera setting covered on the beginners day plus many more camera operations.

Most importantly I will cover the " Exposure Triangle" which is the relationship between ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed in great depth. This knowledge will help improve your chances of getting “the shot” under many different lighting conditions. After attending this course you should find your success rate for good pictures increases a lot but if you do make a mistake you should be able to figure out why.

The course also includes a short compositional guided tour where I will show you how I choose locations and angles for pictures that stand out from the crowd.

This course is aimed at someone who has attended our beginners course who wants to improve their photography and camera handling skills even more. We go into much more depth on camera settings and controls than on the beginners course. Places are limited to six students and it's highly recommended you have already attended one of our Beginner's Photography Courses,

If booking the Beginners / Intermediate Weekend please ensure there are spaces available on that weekend's Beginners Course.

** Please contact me to be placed on the reserve list for this course. **

Intermediate Course-Sunday 28th July 2019 - Spaces.

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Filters and kit required for the Intermediate Course

The DPC Filter Kit - From £45 - Buy Here

I’m constantly being asked to recommend filters for various courses so I decided to finally source my own set. I usually suggest buying filters from Amazon but some of their filters of variable quality and the sellers fluctuate so it's difficult to provide consistent links. Several students have suggested I should sell a filter kit and so that's what I've done.

The “DPC Universal Filter Kit” consists of a UV, a Polariser, an ND8, an ND64 and a close up +2. To keep things simple I’m initially only buying these in a 62mm filter size, to suit my recommended Tamron18-270mm, but the cunning plan is to also include a 52-62mm stepping ring, for Nikon users, and a 58-62mm stepping ring, for Canon users. We also have a 82-77mm Kit.

Stepping Rings allow each filter to be used on a wide variety of lenses and save money in the long run by not having to buy multiple filter sizes. The UV filter is there for protection while the ND8 and Polariser is required for the Intermediate Course. The Close-up filter will help to prepare people for the Macro Course. The ND64 can also be used on the Intermediate Course and is a six stop filter which will allow you to get great pictures of flowing water. (See below for seaside example)

There is also a 82-77mm option for people with the 10-20mm (24mm) wide angle lenses at £60 which contains all the same filters except the Close-up.

NEW! There is also a 58-67mm option, at £45, with the same filters as the 62mm kit, and a 67-62mm and 67-58mm stepping rings. This is useful for people with the new Tamron 16-300mm or any lenses with a 67mm filter thread.

We do carry some spares if you lack any of these. Contact me with your filter size if you want me to send a link.
62mm Filter Kit for the Tamron 18-270mm
If you have the Tamron 18-270mm lens then this set includes a 62mm UV,CPL, ND8,ND64 plus CU+2 Filters.

67mm Filter Kit for the Tamron 16-300mm
If you have the Tamron 16-300mm lens then this set includes a 67mm UV,CPL, ND8,ND64 plus CU+2 Filters.

72mm Filter Kit for the Tamron 18-400mm
If you have the Tamron 18-400mm lens then this set includes a 72mm UV,CPL, ND8 & ND64.

If you have attended a course elsewhere
Please contact us if you have attended a photography course with another provider. We get many students attending our beginner's courses, having already attended a college course or training with other establishments and these other courses rarely train you to our required standards.

Q- Do I need to do the Beginners Course first? - Yes, Please!

Digital Photography CoursesThis is a question I get asked a lot by ex-film photographers, camera club members college and university photography students.

The problem is I don’t know what you already know and you don’t know what you don’t know.

On the beginners course I aim to show you “how to get your camera off the fully auto setting and start shooting excellent pictures in just one day”. The Beginners Course offers so much more than just how to use your camera and it is the foundation for all our other courses. For this reason we now insist that everyone attends a beginners course first.

Q- Do I need to do the Beginners Course first?

"I have to be honest and say that I was a little reluctant to do the beginners course. Mainly because I had done one before (several years previously with someone else) and I thought I knew enough to qualify as a beginner.

However, I had to eat humble pie and admit I learnt enough for it to be worthwhile. A lot of it was refreshing my memory from things I knew but had forgotten and there were also several things that though basic, I just didn't know! I think the beginners should remain a mandatory requirement for anyone
. Paul Rose

I’m sorry if that sounds cryptic but I’ve had people miss the beginners course and go right to an intermediate, or other Level Two course, only to say they wished they had done the beginners course first.

The thing is the beginners course isn’t just about using the camera controls but it also explains my ethos on photography and demonstrates how to achieve great results of a wide variety of subjects including: portraits, landscapes, action and low light.

Obviously it doesn’t go into great detail on any of these subjects but that’s where the follow on Level Two courses come in. The beginners course is never a waste of time though as even people who think they know a lot are surprised just out much they get from the day.

If you are confident using you camera settings and you are happy with your composition and the correct use of your lenses then you probably don't need to do a beginners course first.

Hope that helps but give me a call on 0116 2796906 if you need to discuss further.

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Course Suitable for the Intermediate Photographers

Bamburgh Castle WavesThis course starts with a very quick recap on the basic settings and progresses, step by step, through to some of the more technical aspects. Each camera operation or photography lesson is followed by a demonstration then a practical session. This course includes about twice the hands on practical photography time of the beginners course.

Learn to use your camera on Full Manual Control
We will be mainly using the camera on the full manual setting so you gain a really good understanding of how the various aperture and shutter speed combinations effect your picture and how to visualise the picture before you take the shot.

After the camera and outdoor practical photography sessions we review the images and offer constructive feedback. This is followed by photo-editing tutorial where we will show you how to get the very best from your your photographs. Please visit the Student Photo Galleries from the left hand navigation column to see picture from previous photography course students on the beginners courses.

Nikon Camera Guide / Canon Camera Guide / Camera & Lens FAQs

Save £20 with the Two Courses in One Weekend Option

We usually run a beginner's course on the same weekend for people who would like to attend both the beginner's and intermediate courses during the same weekend. This is a useful option if you are travelling some distance and plan to stay over locally. There is a £20 discount per person for anyone booking both courses on this weekend subject to availability.  

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Paying by cheque -

Our preferred payment method is online by PayPal or Credit Card using the secure payment method above. We do understand that some people might like to pay by cheque in which case you can confirm a booking by email and we reserve a space for five days. If you could write the card guarantee number on the back of the cheque it would be appreciated.You can download a course booking form here PDF / Word Cheques should be made out to Glen Tillyard and posted to:

Glen Tillyard
25 Westerby Lane
Smeeton Westerby
Leicestershire , LE8 0RA
Tel 0116 2796906


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Student Testimonials

I was reluctant to do the beginners course, but extremely glad that I did. Even after taking photos for a lot of years it helped me to know the fundamentals and build on then. Getting off the 'auto setting' was crucial and gave control. The beginners course was the best money that I ever invested in photography. Jim Tyson.

This course was perfectly aimed at someone like me who wants to better understand their camera. I now feel equipped to take photos and understand why they haven’t worked out and be able to rectify them. There is a lot of content on the course but it is explained in a way that is easy to understand.
Jane Fallon.

I learnt a lot... again. Thanks Nick Garnham

Really good pace and everything very well explained. Chris Hobson

Brilliant day. I learnt a lot. Heather Marfleet. This course helped me to understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I’m going use the notes to fully get to grips with the process. Tony Rous

Another great course and I’ll be going home with lots more information to put into practice. At last I have more understanding on how to get the best from my camera. Thanks Glen. Julie Milne.

Another very informative and enjoyable course I’m happy that I know my way around my camera a little better and I feel more confident about going out and taking photographs. Sharon.

A great day. Lots of technical information to process but great course notes for me to refer back to. It’s great to have all the camera settings explained clearly so I can use them to improve my photography shots. James Wesson

Another great day with lots of useful info and a really good next step up from the Beginners Course. It’s given me another boost to get out and practice my new skills. I’m already looking forward to my next course. Joanna Boughy.

Very good explanations and I’ve found some useful new settings on my camera. Krista Wale.

Another very good day. A very informative course and I had a few “light bulb moments. I’ll be back again for another course.
Graham Townsend

This course was particularly good with regards to understanding the exposure triangle and I found this invaluable. It’s quite an intensive course but I feel a lot happier finding my way around the various camera settings. Now to start saving up for the next one. Karen Collinson

I really enjoyed the course and I finally understand the exposure triangle. Tara Lydon

I’ve just done the intermediate course. Very intense but enjoyed it. Thanks Glen for another excellent course. Thanks Jacqui for lovely food. Paul Yates

A detailed course helping to understand the reciprocal relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed. I’ve learnt lots again and I look forward to putting it into practice.
Becky Porter.

A very enjoyable course with lots to take in. I can’t wait to get out and start snapping.
Debbie Cherry

Another excellent course. Glen’s easy to understand explanations without technical jargon and great projects really bring home how to use the different functions. I look forward to the next course.
Christina Davey

“There is a lot to take in during one day and it’s a step up (in the right sense) compared to the beginners course. The theory side, although complicated, was very well explained, but there is no substitute for practical. Highly recommended.”
Damien Skinner

“Thoroughly enjoyed today’s course and have a better understanding of all the settings and how to maximise their use. Look forward to seeing you again.”
Anne Hartshorn

So much to learn, have taken it all on board now just need to go away and practice. Think photography and I do have a long and happy future ahead! Thanks Glen” Shan Swann

“I picked up so many tips today to make my photography more interesting. I will certainly be practicing, so that all the information becomes familiar. The handouts & project sheet will be my photography bible from now on! Thank You!” Sally Willcox

“Again this was such a fantastic day! My brain feels full to the brim with knowledge and all the ‘in between’ makes much more sense – thank you! Megan Gilbride

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Everything I wanted to know about the more advanced techniques was covered. I’m really looking forward to going out and trying what I’ve learnt, especially regarding shutter speeds combined with aperture settings. Margaret Rose

This was an absolutely brilliant course with an extremely informative with very practical hands on approach. Highly recommended and a great day out. Roger Batt