Digital Photography Private Tuition Photography Courses, Leicester, Leicestershire, Panasonic G1, G2, Bridge, Hybrid, Compact Cameras

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.



Private 121 Photography Tuition £325 > Book Now

Digital Photography CoursesMost of our One Day Photography courses have six students using a variety of Digital SLR cameras. As we need to cater for a range of different cameras and abilities these courses need to be more generic and structured so we can fit everything into the day. Private tuition is also better if you prefer to learn at a slower pace, or you like to ask a lot of questions, as we do need to keep to a strict schedule on the group courses to get through everything in one day.

On a group course we cover the basic functions and menus, common to most makes and models of camera, but if you would like to delve deeper in to the controls and settings of your particular camera then a private tuition day would probably be better for you. The other main difference is that you with have at least twice the practical photography time plus more individual project tuition than is possible on a group course.

These courses are run during the week from 9.30 to 5pm and include a light lunch. The cost is £325 per person ( or £398 for a 221 Day) . You can pay by bank transfer, credit card or PayPal below. Please contact us first to book a suitable date. or call 0116 279 6906

Private 221 Photography Tuition - £199 per person> Book Now

A lower cost option to a 121 Private Tuition day is our Two to One option. This option is ideal for a couples, friends or collegues who prefer private tuition but would like to share the cost. These courses are run during the week and run from 9.30 to 5pm and include a light lunch. The cost is £199 per person or £398 per couple. You can pay by bank transfer, credit card or PayPal below. Please contact us first to book a suitable or call 0116 279 6906

Book a Private Tuition Photography Course from £325

Private Tuition days normally take place Monday to Friday as the weekends are generally reserved for group courses with six students. We do have very occasional Saturdays and Sundays available for private tuition at £499 for up two students. If you would like to book a Private Tuition or 221 Photography Course on a Saturday or Sunday please contact us first so to fix a suitable date. or call 0116 279 6906

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Beginners Photography Course - Private Tuition

Private one to one photography tuition is just you, me and your camera. These courses are specially tailored to your personal requirements and specific digital camera. We recommend the private tuition option if you prefer the 121 option or you feel you may not keep up with the other members of a group (probably not true), like to ask lots of questions as the day progresses, or you have a specific interest which may not be covered on the group course.

More Training & Photography Time than a Group Course
Everything from the normal beginners photography course, and some of the intermediate one day group photography courses, is covered plus the practical photography sessions are about twice as long. You can see some picture from previous students here.

Intermediate Photography Tuition & Level Two Courses

If you have already attended one of our Beginners Photography Courses, or you are a more experienced photographer, then we have a wide range of Intermediate and Level Two Photography Courses including: Macro Photography, Portrait Photography, Night Photography, RAW and HDR, Flash Photography, Creative Lighting Courses, Landscape Photography, Bird Photography and a Professional Photography Course for those who would like to earn an income from their photography.

Photography Private Tuition on Saturday or Sunday £450

Please Note: Saturdays & Sundays are generally reserved for the group photography courses, with six students, or my professional photography assignments. Private tuition days generally take place during the week but I do occasionally run private tuition courses on a Saturday or Sunday. The cost for this exclusive training is £450 for one person or £500 for two people. If you do wish to attend on a Saturday or Sunday then please email me first or call 0116 2796906 to see if we can arrange a suitable private tuition photography weekend course date.

Photography Private Tuition Half Day Refresher £175

If you have attended a previous group course or a Private Tuition day we offer a half day refresher course for £175. This can be useful if you have purchased a new camera or just feel the need to brush up on your photography skills. These days usually run from 9.30am to 1pm or 1.30pm until 5pm but these times can be flexible.

We also run a short Night Photography Course, that runs from dusk for 3 hours at the same price, during the darker evenings.

One to One Courses have twice the photography time

The group Digital SLR photography courses take place in the village of Smeeton Westerby wheras the private tuition photography courses usually take place at the nearby tourist attraction of Foxton Locks. As I don't have to split my time between six students, all with different cameras, the actual photography time is about twice that of the group courses and includes everything in our beginners & some of the intermediate course. These camera courses will suit anyone from the complete beginner to the intermediate DSLR photographer.

Private Photography Tuition

Book a Private Tuition Photography Course from £325

silhouettePrivate Tuition Courses are also available with a "bring a friend" option so two students can attend for £450 during the week or £650 at the weekend. Please choose the two person option above. Private Tuition Courses can include some Photoshop as part of the course at the loss of some photography time. This can be replaced with Picasa training if you would like to simply learn how to file,save, email and print your pictures.

Get your camera off the full auto setting

red sign 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 when to use all the other settings and how to take fantastic photographs you would be proud to hang on your wall. During these courses we will encourage you to break a few photography stereotypes and look at the world slightly differently so you will take pictures that grab peoples attention..

photography tuitionAll our Digital SLR photography courses start off with the absolute basics and progress, 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.

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.

During these courses you will learn:

During the course you will learn how to photograph:


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 attended the 121 Beginner’s Course with Glen at the end of February and was a little sceptical that I would really come away understanding all those areas he listed under course content – surely I would never learn all those things, in one day?

But wow, I was very, very impressed. Glen is a great photographer, and a great teacher - the two don’t always go hand in hand. I haven’t been on Auto since and now for the first time in seriously years, I feel I know my camera and at last can enjoy taking it out!

Needless to say, I’ve since booked the 4-course-package deal and can’t wait to learn more. If in doubt, book your course now – you can only regret what you don’t do rather than what you do!
Liz Staveley

A really wonderful photography course with excellent one to one tuition. I feel much more confident using my camera & I'm very pleased with all my photographs.

Many Thanks
Karen Kirk

This was a really great day. I became aware of photographs I had never seen before and I started exploring the photographers view of the world by finding newer and better viewpoints.
Nitesh Painuly

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 and I'm so pleased I did.

This photography course explained all the settings and 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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Hi Glen.
I'm just dropping you this note to say how much I enjoyed today. The course answered all my questions and has given 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 photographs instead of just snaps. Highly Recommended.

Ivan Last 

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

Iain Carpenter

I've really enjoyed this course and I look forward to putting it into practice. I'm not scared to use my camera anymore. Glen explained everything very well - even to such a non technical person like myself.

Julia Worthy 

I knew some of the technical side of photography, having had a camera for a while, but I wanted to know about composition and how to frame a photograph. I've had an excellent day and learnt a lot. It will certainly make a difference to my photography.

Les Baker

This day has made me so much more aware of the points I need to think about when taking pictures. The theory was well explained with a good combination of techniques , examples and trouble shooting tips. The course maintained a good pace with just the right amount of information and practical exercises.

Caroline Berry