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

Course Location & Timings


Dates: February to November 2010

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

Gift Vouchers


Gift Vouchers are available for any Digital Photography or Photoshop course. They can be booked for a certain date or be left open for the recipient to book a course themselves - subject to availability. All photography course Gift Vouchers are valid for a full 12 months.

Photography Course Gift Vouchers are available for:




or Just Plain.

Simply contact us with recipients name and email address and we'll send them or you a personalised gift voucher, in the Adobe PDF format, for you to print out and pop in their card.


Students Photo Galleries

Top Five Holiday Photography Tips


Most people's holiday pictures can be improved with a few simple tips so we've included the five most important ones below

We hope you find these free holiday tips useful and they help you to get the best possible pictures from your vacation. If you have any other questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us here. If you really want to improve your photography then why not join one of of Beginners Photography Courses.

1/ Get in Closer for More Dramatic Pictures


When you look at a scene in front of you your brain with pick out individual details and make them appear more prominent. Unfortunately when you see the prints the subject can appear a lot smaller in the frame than you remember.  It is possible to crop the image on the computer but this results in a lower quality image.

A much better idea is to take a few steps closer or bring your subject forward. Most amateur photographers tend to include far too much in the photograph whereas a professional photographer will isolate the best part of the scene and concentrate the viewer’s eye on just that. A professional photographer will tend to walk forward while most novices will keep stepping back to get even more in the picture.

2/ Put Yourself in the Picture With the Self Timer

Small Tripod

If you are the main photographer it can sometimes look the family went on holiday without you. Buy a small lightweight tripod for less than a tenner and learn how to set the self timer on your camera. Try not to stand in front of the lens as you press the shutter as this can cause the picture to out of focus. Leave yourself a space in the group and you will have about ten seconds to join the family in the picture. Many modern cameras also have the option of using a remote control which means you can take several shots without returning to the camera each time.

3/ Compose a Better Picture With The Rule of Thirds.

Rule of Thirds

Because most cameras have a focus point dot in the middle of the viewfinder there is a great temptation to always put the subject in the centre of the frame. Compositionally it is better divide the viewfinder image into nine squares and place the horizon or subject on one of these intersections. This is such a recognised compositional aid that your camera may even be able to display a visible grid to help you. Check out your instruction book for details.

4/ Use Focus Lock To Get Your Subject Sharp

Focus Lock

Most compact cameras have dot in the centre of the screen which represents the focus point. If the is subject off centre or you have two people separated by a gap then the main subject can be out of focus. This common problem can be solved by using the focus lock. You will need to place the focus point on the subject and then press the shutter release halfway to lock the focus. You may hear a beep and the dot will probably turn green to confirm the lock. Do not release pressure on the shutter but keep it half pressed while you recompose the picture.

5/ Try Using Flash Outdoors


If you are on a sun drenched holiday sometimes the strong sunlight can lead to harsh unflattering shadows. Providing your subject is within a range of 2-3 metres trying using forced flash to soften and lighten the harsh shadows. This is also a great technique for including people in a stunning sunset photograph.

Take Advice & Invest in Your Photography

How many photographs to you think you will take in a lifetime? -

1000, 10,000, 50,000. Even a conservative estimate of 250 per year - that's less than one a day on average- will return a figure of 20,000 over a lifetime.

Investing in your photography skills early on could save you 1000's of badly exposed, un-sharp or poorly composed pictures. Instead of your friends resigning themselves to looking at your holiday snaps they'll be impressed and pleased to look at your stunning, well composed landscapes and sunsets that capture the feel and excitement of an expensive and memorable vacation.

You could start by reading your instruction manual or buying a book or tutorial DVD. Better still attend a digital photography course and learn from the professionals. A one day group course is a great fun way to learn and the skills gained will improve your photography for a lifetime.

Visit for details of our compact digital camera and digital SLR photography courses.

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Digital SLR Beginners Photography Courses

Our one day Digital SLR photography courses are limited to six students and will suit anyone from the complete beginner to the intermediate Digital SLR photographer.

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 how and when to use all the other settings and how to take fantastic photographs you would be proud to hang on your wall. More Info about our DSLR courses>

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

About the Tutor - Glen Tillyard

Photography courses by Glen TillyardMy 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 website 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

PS. All our one day camera courses now include a free pocket sized guide to landscape, action & portrait photography.

Photography Course Gift Vouchers from £25 >more

We have a selection of Photoshop & photography courses gift vouchers ranging from £25 up to the full course price.They are valid for 12 months and can be customised for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, a special occasion or just plain. The recipient and purchaser will be added to our mailing list and kept informed of any upcoming photography course dates. They can be booked for a certain date or be left open for the recipient to book the course themselves - subject to availability.

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Student Testimonials

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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 

Visit the DPC52 week Project on Flickr

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

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Congratulation go to DPC student Annabell Ison for winning 1st Prize in the Leicester Mercury Photography Competition with this flower spiral picture. This image was also a winning entry in our 2012 Student Calendar

Annabell Ison Spiral

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

Tossed Salad
Di Norwood
The Ice Pack
I got two trophies tonight in the Club Photography Competition along with two Highly commended for The ice Pack & the Guitarist.

Congratulation go to Digital Photography Courses student Annabell Ison

Annabell Ison

Got a highly commended and 1st place in my group at the first photo competition I've ever entered. I'm over the moon, but none of it would have happened without Glens excellent tuition and guidance. Thanks Glen :o)

Annabell Ison
Annabells feet

An exceptional course which was excellent value. I now have a much clearer idea of how to use my DSLR in a variety of circumstances which will benefit both my professional & social photography. The training was clear and concise with a good balance between practical photography and theory. Thanks J.D.

Hi Glen,I just wanted to say thanks for the course, it was a great day, worth every penny. It's a great relief to now know that the expensive camera I have purchased and the new Nikon 18-200 zoom will be now be used correctly & hopefully I will be able to produce some fantastic picture in Borneo. I've recommended you to a lots of people, and I intend to see you for one of the wildlife courses in the future. Thanks again for superb day.

Craig Rogers

I just wanted to thank you again for the photography course today. I thought that it was going in way over my head but you made it seem so much easier. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be booking other courses. Excellent course full of useful information. I was thrilled with the amount I learned. Thank you. - Becky Holmes

Glen really tries hard to avoid the jargon and keep the instructions simple and understandable. His tuition focuses on getting the basic building blocks in place. He is definitely knowledgeable and he has certainly inspired me to practice my new skills and learn more. An excellent photography course. David John