Camera 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 www.mymemory.co.uk
Glen was infinitely patient and clear. He showed absolutely no incredulity at how long it took me to grasp the subtleties of the different settings. Thank you for a very informative (and bracing) day. I've learnt such a lot about my camera. Nancy Parker
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.
This Photography course offered the perfect mix of theory and practical photography. It's a brilliant way to learn how to take perfect pictures. I would definitely recommend any amateurs wanting to learn how to use their cameras properly. Tom Pugh
Thoroughly enjoyable course with good slides which will help as an aid to going forward. Glen is obviously very knowledgeable but also patient and not at all patronising.
Fantastic, friendly and easy to understand. Hopefully with practice I can put all these new skills and tips to work. The group size was perfect and thanks to Jacqui for a great lunch. Kelly Dawe.
A really enjoyable day. I didn't know my camera could do so much. Glen explained everything in an easy to understand manner and I would recommend anybody to attend one of Glen's courses. Geoff Leigh
Intermediate Course-Sunday 23rd April 2017-£135- Full
Intermediate Course-Sunday 18th June 2017-£135- Full
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 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,
Kit Required for the Intermediate Course
The DPC Filter Kit
If booking the Beginners / Intermediate Weekend please ensure there are spaces available on that weekend's Beginners Course.
Intermediate Course-Sunday 23rd April 2017-£135- Full
Intermediate Course-Sunday 18th June 2017-£135- Full
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!
This 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.
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.
Course Suitable for the Intermediate Photographers
This 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.
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:
25 Westerby Lane
Leicestershire , LE8 0RA
Tel 0116 2796906
Paying by BACS transfer - Contact us for details.
During these photography courses you will learn:
Understand the ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed Triangle
How to get off the Fully Auto snapshot setting
How to use the full Manual settings
How to get the pictures you visualize.
Understanding Depth of Field
Understand the different Focusing Modes
Using Depth of Field creatively
Using Polarising Filters to darken blue skies
Using Polarising Filters to remove reflections
Using Neutral Density Filters
How to show water movement
How to freeze water movement
How to get the correct exposure in difficult lighting
All about ISO and which setting to use in which lighting
The different White Balance settings
How to make day time look like night time
How to avoid out of focus or blurry pictures
An explanation of how different lenses work
Composition - See how I approach a landscape shoot
How to use the very special universal zoom
During the course you will learn how to photograph:
Perfect portraits - with and without flash
Exciting Action Pictures
Please contact us if you have any questions
email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 279 6906
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.
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.
Our Intermediate Course and 121 days normally take place at Foxton Locks
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.
A very enjoyable course with lots to take in. I can’t wait to get out and start snapping.
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.
“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. The trip to Foxton was great, giving lots of opportunity to take lots of photos or use the theory that we learned. Highly recommended.”
“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.”
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