Course Location & Timings
Dates: February to November
Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm
Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA
Telephone. 0116 2796906
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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
Is there anywhere to stay nearby.
If you would like to make a weekend of your visit there are a few B & Bs nearby with several hotels in nearby Market Harborough and lots more in Leicester city 20 minutes away.
The Shoulder of Mutton - Foxton
The Shoulder of Mutton is a traditional 18th century country inn and free house in the village of Foxton. This is a five minute drive from the Digital Camera Courses venue. En-suite rooms range from £35 to £55 including breakfast.
How to find the Digital Photography Courses Venue
Most photography & camera courses are run 9.45am to 5pm from the South Leicestershire village of Smeeton Westerby.
25 Westerby Lane
Tel. 0116 279 6906
Directions from Coventry, Northampton, Nottingham, Derby, Luton,Milton Keynes, London, Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge, Kettering, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Ashby, Coalville, Melton,Loughborough, Rempstone
Market Harborough to Smeeton Westerby
Smeeton Westerby is situated 10 south of Leicester just off the A6 at Kibworth. The village is 5 miles from the picturesque market town of Market Harborough, which also has the nearest BR station. There are buses from Market Harborough to Kibworth and the limited Number 44 service to Smeeton Westerby. We are only a 15 minute walk from Kibworth and we can arrange a pick up from there if required. A taxi from Market Harborough Railway Station to Smeeton Westerby is about £15.
Leicester to Kibworth
Travellers from Leicester can catch a bus from Leicester to Kibworth which runs every 30 -60 minutes. We are only a 15 minute walk from Kibworth and we can arrange a pick up from there if required. A taxi from Harborough to Smeeton Westerby is £15.
Travelling by Car
If traveling by car aim for Kibworth which is on the A6 10 miles from Leicester and 5 miles from Market Harborough. Follow signs for Kibworth Beauchamp and head for the centre of the village. If coming from Leicester you will be turn right of the A6. At the roundabout with the cherry tree turn right and first left onto the Smeeton Road at Threshers. This road is signposted Smeeton Westerby ( 1 mile ) and Saddington. Head for Smeeton Westerby and go past the church on the right. Westerby Lane is the very last road on the left just before you leave the village.
Do not turn left down Gumley Road or Pit Hill, which a lot of people do.
From the M1 Junction 21 or M69
Follow Ring Road South signs until you reach the A6 roundabout at Oadby ( next to Leicester Racecourse) Turn right uphill , past Asda on the left, and continue onto the Great Glen Bypass and on to Kibworth.Turn right at the Coach and Horses and follow signs for Kibworth Beauchamp and head for the centre of the village. If coming from Leicester you will be turn right of the A6. At the roundabout with the cherry tree turn right and first left onto the Smeeton Road. This road is signposted Smeeton Westerby ( 1 mile ) and Saddington. Head for Smeeton Westerby and go past the church on the right. Westerby Lane is the very last road on the left just before you leave the village.
Do not turn left down Gumley Road or Pit Hill, which a lot of people do.
Distances From Other Towns
Digital Photography Courses are located in rural South Leicestershire good links to the M1 and the M6 motorways. We get many visitors from London, Luton, Reading and the surrounding areas. London is just over an hour away by train to Market Harborough Station.
A few distances to our Photography Courses venue from:
- Coventry = 30 miles
- Birmingham = 50 miles
- Northampton = 25 miles
- Kettering = 20 miles
- Nottingham = 37 miles
- Derby = 45 miles
- London = 99 miles
- Reading = 101 miles
- Luton = 67 miles
- Milton Keynes = 55 miles
- Sheffield = 81 miles
The nearest airport is East Midlands but Birmingham and Coventry airports are within one hours drive. There is a bus shuttle service from EMIA to Leicester.
Several of our courses take place at the nearby Foxton Locks. This is one of Leicestershire premier tourist attractions and a fantastic place for photography.
There is plenty to see and do for all the family with several eateries, boat trips and a very interesting museum.
Local Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts Accommodation
Leicestershire is a beautiful part of England with lots of tourist attraction and scenery. If you would like to make a weekend of your visit there are a few friendly Bed Breakfasts nearby with several hotels in nearby Market Harborough and lots more in Leicester city 30 minutes away.
If your family would like to do something different while you attend the photography course the Leicester has a very modern lively shopping centre with several cinemas, lots of shops and restaurants and also the world famous Space Centre.
Sunnydale Farm - Saddington
Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast
Tel 0116 279 2042
The Sunnydale Farm Bed and Breakfast is situated mid way between the villages of Saddington and Smeeton Westerby in the beautiful rolling Leicestershire countryside. It has twin and family rooms from £35 per person per night.
This farmhouse bed and breakfast is only 1/2 mile from the Digital Camera Course venue.http://sunnydalefarmsaddington.co.uk
Premier Inn, Market Harborough
The Premier Inn, just outside Market Harbrough, is less than 5 mles from the Digital Photography Courses venue and within easy reach of the M1 and A14. It's also very close to the picturesque village of Foxton and Foxton Locks. There is also the Langton Inn bar and restaurant attached plus services. Room Only is available from £29 (if booked early enough) and they do also offer meal deals.
Knaptoft House Farm - Shearsby
The Knaptoft House Farm and Greenway Bed and Breakfast is set well back from the road in 135 acres of the beautiful Leicestershire countryside and offer a warm welcome throughout the year
Both the farmhouse and 'The Greenway' have comfortable sitting-rooms, with wood-burning stoves, and conservatories which catch the afternoon sun. Each include a wealth of books on tourist information, local interest, and Family History research. We have a collection of old family photographs and memorabilia.
Knaptoft House Farm,
Phone: 0116 2478 388
For a list of other nearby hotels and B & Bs click here
Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions
email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 279 6906
I was a complete novice but now I feel quite excited about experimenting with my photography.
I have attended several of Glen's courses and on every occasion I have found the sessions enjoyable and extremely informative.
I went on this HDR and RAW photography course with some trepidation, as I was concerned that it would be very technical, and be mostly about elaborate editing in Photoshop.
On both counts I was wrong. As usual Glen's calmly paced, easily understood tuition, followed by practicing the techniques, with a very useful review of the shots in their before and afterwards states.
In the most basic terms, I picked up invaluable tips on how to quickly improve the photos I've already taken. The terms "Bracketing"and "blending" sound very technical, but they are simple methods of accurately capturing the detail in a contrasting landscape shots (e.g. ground dark, sky light).
This training really helped with my understanding of the tonal range and contrast variations in a photograph , but more fundamentally, composition and the visualization of the finished picture before the shot was taken.
The session on RAW was excellent - this technique is simple, and relevant for those few 'special' landscape shots, that will benefit from some editing to bring out the contours of clouds, for example.
The editing in Photoshop was simple - the results from the session are images I would put on a wall!
I can't recommend this course highly enough, there really were some "eureka" moments, where all the knowledge I've picked up on Digital SLR photography all fell into place.
An easy to follow and understand course which covered all the aspects I wanted. The friendly group worked together well to make it a most enjoyable day and experience.
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!
A very good, well structured and very helpful course. I feel a lot more confident now and my pictures have improved.
Hi Glen "Thanks for a most enjoyable and informative day, It answered all my questioned plus many more. Considering lunch was included I thought it was really excellent value for money."
I had a load of questions and every one was answered. Really good examples on the course notes. Glen's a very patient teacher.
I learnt more in the first 30 minutes of this course than I had in the last year. - Paul Houghton
A very well prepared, interesting and well explained course. I had a great time. Glen's practical lessons and the chance to practice will give you a different view of your photography.
Objectives achieved. I now know how to take the kind of photographs I've always aspired to. Glen is patient and informative and I felt I got the right level of tuition without being to technical. I would definitely recommend this photography course to others. - Tina Cornah.