Camera Course Timings
9.30 -10am Arrival, coffee & biscuits 10.00am camera settings & theory
12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)
1pm-2pm Practical photography
2pm-3pm Review photographs
3pm-4pm Caption Writing
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
I would like to buy a Digital SLR but I’m confused which one to buy.
Buying a digital SLR is an expensive commitment and it can be difficult to choose one. The main players are Canon and Nikon with Pentax, Sony and Olympus all offering good value alternatives.
If extra lenses are important then there are a greater choice of Canon and Nikon branded and compatible options from Tamron and Sigma.
A very popular camera at the moment is the Nikon D5000 because of it's adjustable LCD live view screen which makes low angle photography much easier. This coupled with the excellent 18-200mm VR wide range Nikon zoom, or one of the less expensive options from Tamron or Sigma, should keep most amateurs photographers happy for a very long time. If you prefer a Canon camera then the EOS 500D is very well regarded. Whichever camera you opt for seriously consider one of the 18-200mm wide range zooms.
Which lens should I choose?
Personally I’m a great fan of the 18-200mm wide range zoom lens. My recommendation is to buy a camera body only and invest in one of the Canon, Nikon, Tamron or Sigma wide range zooms. Your initial outlay will be greater but in the long run you will save money, weight and a huge amount of time swapping lenses.
Pictures for Publication Photography Course
Avoid The Firing Squad
The Pictures for Publication Photography Course is aimed at individuals and organisations who would like take portraits, groups, or news pictures suitable for inclusion in magazines, newspapers, newsletters, online resources, intranet's or radio websites. This course will not turn you into a press photographer overnight but it should give you the confidence and skills required to produce photographs which will look good in your chosen publication. You will be shown how to avoid the "firing squad" type of picture that often finds it's way into newsletters or local publications.
During this course you will learn how to:
- Understand the settings & menus of your digital camera
- How to arrange a photoshoot / picture request
- Compose a group picture suitable for publication
- Compose a portrait picture suitable for publication
- How to write concise and informative captions
- How to submit a picture for publication
- On Site Live News Practical Photography Session (EXTRA)
Private Tuition or Team Building Photography Course
Leicester Writing School
This proven photography course has been part of the Writing School curriculum at the Leicester Writing School for several years and previous students have gone on to have work published world wide.
The course can be run as an individual private tuition course or in small group course for organisations, magazines or charities. We can take up to six students at a time so it can also make a great team building day with practical benefits. Previous courses have worked with the Leicester Adult Education College, The British Red Cross and the emergency services.
Pictures for Publication Course from £399 for Two
This day is basically two courses in one. We start with the Beginners Course in the morning, where we show you how to use your camera settings, menus and controls. This is followed by the Pictures for Publication course in the afternoon where we show you how to take great portrait, presentations and group pictures.
It's actually beneficially to have two students on this course as there is a lot to take in and it gives use more people to photograph. For this reason one or two people can attend for the standard price of £399 so bring a friend.
Pictures for Publication Course Price List
Our preferred payment option for this course is by bank transfer. Training can take place on location for an extra charge to cover mileage and travel time. Contact us for details.
- Pictures for Publication- Here - Weekdays - 121 or 221 £399
- P4P W/D on site- within 40 miles or 1 hour -121 or 221 £499
- Pictures for Publication - Here - Sat or Sun - 121 or 221 £599
- P4P W/E on site- within 40 miles or 1 hour -121 or 221 £699
- P4P - Team Building Day - Weekdays - Max 6 Students - £1000
- P4P - Team Building 2 Days - Weekday - Max 6 Students - £2000
- P4P - Team Building Day - Sat or Sun - Max 6 - £1500
- P4P - Team Building Weekend - Sat & Sun - Max 6 - £2500*
- * The Team Building Weekend, or 2 Day Course, means we can take a more leisurely pace and include more photography exercises.
It includes the Beginners Course on Day 1 and the Pictures for Publication course on Day 2.
- On site courses are plus expenses for travel and hotel expenses as required. Contact us for details.
- Please contact us for Payment Options Tel 0116 279 6906 or
Camera & Lens Hire - Nikon with 18-200mm lens £25 per course.
The aim of these courses is to teach you how to use your own camera. We appreciate that some students may not have a Digital SLR or want to upgrade from a bridge camera so we can loan you a Nikon with 18-200mm zoom lens for the course. This combintaion costs about £800 so there is a small charge of £25 to hire it for the course. We only keep one spare camera and lens so please contact us first to ensure it is available then choose the Course and Camera Hire option below.
"Buying an expensive camera is a hard choice and I wasn't sure what to look for. Hiring a camera from Glen meant I could spend a whole day working out what I really wanted from my camera. It was really worthwhile to do this, and after the day Glen answered several questions, and helped me find a camera I wanted within the price range I could afford. Thanks so much!" Sarah Seaton.
Your Tutor - Glen Tillyard
I'm an award winning NCTJ qualified press photographer with over 30 years experience in press and magazine photography.
Before setting up as an independent trainer I was also a college tutor teaching at several adult education colleges including, Beauchamp College, Leicester Adult Education College, Regent College, Stamford College and the Rural Training Centre. My many corporate clients include Leicestershire Police and the British Red Cross.
I've also worked with the armed forces and several of my students have set up their own photography business after leaving the forces and retraining on our Professional Photography Course as part of their resettlement.
Digital SLR or Compact Camera Courses
Digital SLRs or Compact
It is better for the attendees if we can stick with one type of camera, either Digital SLRs or Compacts, but we can mix and match if required. A DSLR with a separate flashgun with a swivel head is the ideal combination. You will not need a lot of equipment to get started and the standard wide angle zoom lens that come with most DSLR's will be fine. If you also have a telephoto zoom then this will give you extra scope and will enable you to take better portraits. If you only have the built in flash and do not have a separate flash gun then don't worry as we'll bring our kit and demonstrate the differences. You will require a fully charged battery and an empty memory card with enough space for 50 images. Visit MyMemory for low cost cards and batteries before the course.
During these courses you will learn:
Correct Camera Handling & Settings
The photography course starts with camera handling skills and you will be shown the best settings to use in a variety of situations.
Once you are confident with the camera menus and settings we will move on to taking a selection of group pictures and portraits.
During these sessions you will be shown how to interpret a picture request or memo, so you understand what the picture editor or magazine is looking for, and how to record the necessary information required for the caption.
Practical Press Scenarios
Your Press Assignments
Using the provided picture requests you will be given a practical press assignment scenario where you will be guided towards producing a sharp, well exposed and creative image suitable for press or PR publication.
After the practical sessions the images are put onto a PC for viewing, constructive criticism and feedback. You will also be shown how to enhance, crop and resize them for either print web or email use.
Constructive Feedback, Saving & Caption Writing
Finally we will use some free imaging software to view your images and choose the best shots. We'll then look at saving, filing and retrieving the image before showing you how to reduce it in size for sending in an email. We will then write short concise caption to go with the picture which can either be embedded in the image or included in an email.
Topics Covered During This Photography Course
- How to get off the Fully Auto snapshot setting
- When to use the Auto, P, S, TV,A, AV or Manual settings
- How to get the picture you see in you visualise.
- How to get all your pictures sharp
- How to deliberately get a blurry background
- How to get the correct exposure in difficult lighting
- All about ISO and which setting to use in which lighting
- Which camera kit to buy and how to save money
- The difference between image size and image quality
- The different White Balance settings
- The Motor Drive and Self Timer
- How to use the flash settings and fill in flash.
- How to avoid out of focus or blurry pictures
- An explanation of how different lenses work
- Composition & the correct use of the zoom lens.
- How to use the very special universal zoom
- Photo-editing - improve, crop, resize & email images
- What to include in a Picture Requests
- How to write concise and informative captions
On Site Live News Photography Session (EXTRA)
For an extra charge, and allowing for extra time, we are also able to offer an on site practical press photography session.
This is where I will accompany your reporter on a real live event and guide them towards taking creative, lively pictures from any press assignment. These extra sessions are charged at £100 for the first hour then £75 per hour or £450 per day during the week or £600 per day at the weekend.
Book a Pictures for Publication Photography Course
These courses are tailor made for your organisation so prices do vary. To give you a guide a midweek one day private tuition course for one or two students at our location running from 10am - 5pm costs £399. The reason the cost is the same for a 221 as a 121 is because this is better with two students as you have more photo opportunities. The second person isn't compulsory and doesn't have to be a photographer but it's a bonus and even better value if they join in.
Group Courses & Team Building Days
Group courses are usually run on location and require a suitable training room. These photography courses make excellent team building days with each learner taking the part of the photographer and then the subject. The scenarios are matched as closely as possible to real live situations so the group gain the maximum benefit. A midweek course of up to six learners within Leicestershire running from 9.30am - 5pm costs £1500. Courses outside Leicestershire are by arrangement.
Paying by cheque
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.
Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions
email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 279 6906
I wanted to be able to take better pictures at visits and events and this was a great course. The trainer was excellent. Really enthusiastic and knowledgeable
Glen is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a genuinely good teacher. The practical workshops were excellent. I've learnt lots of useful techniques for when I need to take photographs for the British Red Cross.
I now have much more confidence in taking portraits and pictures for case studies to illustrate stories. It will be good to start taking my own photos on press trips.
This was a really interesting subject and it was great fun taking pictures for the practical projects.
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
A very enjoyable course and approachable trainer. It would be great if this photography course could be delivered to British Red Cross field delegates on actual projects.
Glen is a really good trainer whose very patient and knows his stuff. A well paced photography course.
I've learnt a lot and I will enjoy experimenting with my photography. The captioning and editing skills were also useful. Glen's a really good trainer with a well designed course.
I think this course is very useful for anyone who has to go out into the field and take pictures for documentation or for use in press publications. A shorter one for in the field would be useful.
Many thanks to Jackie and yourself for your hospitality by opening your lovely home up for the brilliant course. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’ve learnt an awful lot. I just need to be able to apply it now with lots of practice! Hopefully see you again for another course!
Glen is extremely knowledgeable. There is an awful lot to take in and it's difficult to remember it all on the day but with extra practice and the provided notes your photography will surely improve. I feel much more confident as a result of this course. Steve Envis
As a complete beginner I found your course very informative, interesting and clearly explained from start to finish. I realise I have an awful lot to learn but I’m motivated to get out there and start practising. Many thanks. Jane Baker
Excellent tuition and well paced. I’m happy to be finally of the Full Auto setting. Thank you. CT
Excellent! I can't believe I got my camera off Full Auto. Annette Campbell.
Excellent! My Photos will never be the same again. I just need to get plenty of practice until it becomes 2nd nature. I shall be back.
Excellent! Keep up the good work.
This course was really useful and everything was explained very well. I would definitely do another course and recommend to a friend. Beth
'I’m going to be recommending Glen to the other members of my camera club. I’ve attended his Beginners DSLR course, and learnt a great deal about my camera. I came away happy with more than half of the shots I took on the day - I’ve never managed that before! I’ll be booking again soon.'
I really enjoyed this course. The Big & Blurry technique is a revelation and I will be using it a lot. My camera will never be on Full Auto again and once I’ve had the chance to practise my new skills I’ll be back to learn more.
A great course for understanding the setting up of the camera taught in a very understanding manner. I would have no reservations in recommending this course to others.