Digital Photography Courses. Portrait Photography Course Flash & Studio Lighting - Tel 0116 279 6906 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.

Which Photography Course Should I Choose Next?

The Beginners Photography Course

First of all, we like everyone to attend our Beginners Photography Course. This is because all the Level Two courses assume the knowledge gained on the beginner’s course and continue from that point. We constantly refer back to the techniques covered on this day so it’s unfair to the other attendees when I have to spend extra time recapping beginners course subjects.

Please be aware that the beginners course covers much more than how to use your camera and even very experienced photographers are amazed at how much they learn on this day.

The Intermediate Course.

All the level two courses are designed as self-contained courses so once you have done the Beginners Course you can attend them in any order that you like. This means you do not need to attend the Intermediate Course second and you can choose whichever topic suits you the best.

That said, the Intermediate Course is ideal for those students who like to know how things work. This course looks at a lot more camera settings and menus and goes into more depth into which settings to use in a wider variety of situation.  We also look at the exposure triangle, which is essential knowledge for those who want to use their cameras on manual. With the knowledge gained on this course you should be able to figure out which settings to use for yourself in a wide variety of situations.

Portrait Photography Course

Several of our courses include portrait and flash photography so there is a slight element of overlap. Generally, students find this overlap of topics a useful refresher and a chance to practise past techniques.

For instance, the Portrait Course and Flash Course both include some flash photography portraits but on the flash course we include how to use off camera flash with wireless triggers whereas we concentrate on the simpler on camera flash and bounced flash techniques on the Portrait Photography Course.

The Portrait Course also looks at portrait photography using available light indoors and outdoors using reflectors. Both courses include fill or balanced flash photography but in greater depth than that touched on in the Intermediate Course.
The Portrait Course also includes a basic introduction to Studio lighting as a taster for the Studio Portrait Course. You will require a speedlight flash with remote wireless triggers for the Flash and the Creative Lighting Courses but only a speedlight flashgun for the Portrait Course.

Studio Portrait Photography Course

The Studio Portrait Course is a full day dedicated to using mains powered studio flash. This covers several lighting set-ups on a variety of backgrounds including white and black. If time allows we can also introduce coloured gels for added effect. You do not need a flash for this course as everything is provided and I can supply a kit list on request.

The Flash Photography Course 

This course aims to teach you everything you want to know about using Speedlight flashguns. Depending on numbers it can be run either as separate Nikon and Canon Flash Course, on different days, or as a combined with all makes. It covers Portraits outdoors using fill flash, portraits indoors using bounced and off camera flash. It will also cover High Speed Sync if your camera supports it. We will also show you how to use rear curtain sync and also slow flash to show movement in a flash picture. If time allows we’ll include a taster session from the Creative Lighting Course of a freezing a water splash. 

The Creative Lighting Course

Photography is all about light so this course aims to use a variety of different light sources to achieve creative results.  We will be using off camera flash with wireless triggers to photograph an assortment of smoke, bubbles, pepper and freeze water splashes.  We also look at how to achieve bokeh with Christmas lights and paint with light.  You will require a speedlight flash with remote wireless triggers for this course.

Macro and Close-up Photography Course

Technically Macro means 1:1 but this course also includes close-up photography. Ideally you will have a macro lens but you will be able to manage perfectly well with the Tamron 18-270mm or 16-300mm superzooms and the close-up lens from the DPC Filter Kit. Macro photography can be tricky and there are many things that can lead to poor macro images. We’ll address each of the issues in turn and explain how to handle them. There are several exercises to help you master the techniques before having some free time to put it all in practise. I will obviously be on hand to help if needed. The day will include a session on using Focus Stacking. One of the biggest issues with macro photography is getting the whole image sharp throughout. Focus stacking is a method of using special software or Photoshop to blend multiple images to create an extended area of focus. You will not require your laptop for this demo.

Here are my recommended Macro Lenses

Tamron 90mm Macro
Sigma105mm Macro.

Note. The above macro lenses also make great indoor portrait lenses so please bring along if you attend any of the portrait courses.

The HDR and RAW Course

If you are a Landscape Photographer I’m sure you have experienced problems trying to keep detail in a bright sky especially if looking towards the light for a sunset. Often the land will be overly dark if you maintain detail in the sky. One way around this is to use HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. This technique involves taking multiple images at varying exposures and then blending these together in specialist software. This course is a 50/50 day with the morning concentrating on the photography techniques and the afternoon covering the software. Ideally you will have your own laptop with Lightroom and the HDR software but I do keep a couple of spares if needed. You will also require a tripod and cable or remote release. Again, I do have spare tripods.

Lightroom & Photoshop

This full day editing course uses mainly Lightroom but dips into Photoshop as needed. Over recent years Lightroom has become so powerful that it’s rarely necessary to drop into Photoshop as Lightroom will look after the vast majority of your editing needs. Photoshop is required for things like designing a logo, replacing skies or working with layers.  Ideally you will have your own laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop installed. The best way to get this is to subscribe to the Lightroom & Photoshop bundle for about £10 a month. I do keep a couple of spare laptops if needed.

The Five Day Intensive Photography Course.

You have two options for this course. You can either choose a free bonus course or receive project homework which you can submit for feedback prior to your next course. The feedback option is only possible on the day per week option. The homework option is the technique used on our professional course to ensure you fully grasp the techniques covered before moving on to your next course.
This five day bonus course option offers six courses over a five days or, preferably, one day a week for five weeks.  is ideally suited to those people who don’t want to wait a year to attend all their chosen courses so want to fast track. It’s all private tuition and the cost includes a free bonus course which saves the attendee at least £325. We are able to include the free bonus day as all the start of each course is similar and we only need to cover this once.

The Five Day Advanced Course

The Five Day Advanced Course is only available to students who have attended the Five Day Intensive or at least five group courses, including the Beginners, Intermediate, a Portrait or Flash course and an editing course. Due to time restraints, and the fact I was missing out on holidays, I’m running the two above courses in preference to the Professional Course for the foreseeable future.  Like the pro course every module includes homework which must be completed to my satisfaction. If you do not complete your tasks then we will either cover this at the start of your next course or I’ll refuse to continue until you complete the projects to my standard. This course must be completed within three months to maintain momentum. No refunds will be given if you fail to complete within that time or the five days. I’m sorry to be tough on this course but I’m only interested in people who are going to commit.

Seeing The Picture and Composition Course

As the weather is improving I would like to run some more "Seeing the Picture and Composition Courses” over the summer.

These courses have a maximum of 3-4 students as we will travel to several locations. They take place during the week, on a date to be arranged, and run from 9.30-5pm. Lunch is included. This one day course is aimed at DSLR user who are confident using their cameras but feel they struggle to "See a Picture".

We will have a series of exercises aimed at encouraging you to spot pictures in areas where you might normally walk on by. The plan is to travel light so something like the Tamron 18-270mm lens would be ideal.

If interested please let me know and we’ll sort out a suitable date. You can find details here -

Student Testimonials

Another tremendous day. Glen’s courses never cease to amaze and inspire me. It’s fun and easy learning but at a high level. The sense of achievement and WOW factor is there all day long. My future models will be delighted I’m sure. Thanks Glen.
Denise Reid.

Brilliant day! Learned lots and laughed lots too. Great teaching as usual from Glen. Thank you. I really enjoyed the split lighting photos and I’m going to practice this. Helen Bason

Such a good course. I had so many light bulb moments during the day and I can’t wait to try them all out. I finally feel able to get the more interesting portraits that I wanted to.
Sharon Harris

Great course again. The mystic of portrait photography explained in the most simplistic terms that everyone can understand.
Martin Ayling.

A great course covering the topics I was interested in and how to set up a studio without breaking the bank. I got to take portraits I didn’t think were possible at home. Suresh Thalange.

For me this is the best course I’ve done so far. I’ve learnt so much and had a great day. I just need to put it into practice. Paul Yates.

I really enjoyed this course and feel I got a huge amount from the day. I can’t wait to put it all into practice. A brilliant day and my favourite course so far. Debbie Cherry.

Everything is the opposite to what I had thought. I know to use a longer lens instead of a short one and I double my knowledge every time I come. One becomes two, two becomes four and I reckon I’m up to sixteen now. Thanks for a good course. Dave Allen.

An excellent fun course. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the different lighting techniques and I now feel confident in taking portrait photographs. Toby Maloy.

I’m Looking Forward to taking lots of photographs of my children that aren’t blurry, shadowy and poorly lit as before. Laura Griffiths

Glen covered everything I needed to know about setting up a studio at home and how to take portraits with confidence. Thank you. Nicola Blakeway

Excellent Day. I learnt more in 6 hours than in the last 3 months about how to use the flash and settings on my camera. I’m sure this new knowledge will enhance my photographs a great deal. Kev S.

Glen Tillyard Picture by Ian Price

The Portrait Course provided a good balance between theory and practice. We were shown how to select the correct camera settings to take good portraits in different environments and given advice on how to set up a home studio. Yet another excellent course in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I’m looking forward to my next one.
Kamila Marshall

As with the Beginners Course there were several lights on moments as both the theory and practical fell into place. You can’t possibly fail to learn a huge amount on these courses. Excellent!
David Griffin

This course was as insightful as ever. Having attended both the small group courses and now the one to one courses I can highly recommend the private tuition option for anyone wanting to take their portrait photography to the next level. Ian Price.

A fantastic addition to the standard photography course.
I wanted to know which settings to use for portraits photography and this course covered everything I needed.
Jill Porter

Brilliant Course as usual. I just need to go home and practice. Thanks to Jacqui for another lovely lunch. It’s also great to put faces to the names on the DPC Facebook Group. Elaine Argent.

A very good portrait photography course. I've learnt such a lot and had the chance to put it all in to practice today. Glen's courses are very well put together and I would certainly recommend them. - Thank you!
Rebecca Tompkins