Course Location & Timings
Dates: February to November
Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm
Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA
Telephone. 0116 2796906
Nature = Nature & Bird Photography Course held at Rutland Water. Oakham
DSLR Course Requirements
Digital SLR Camera
Extra lenses - optional
External flashgun - optional
Tripod and or monopod
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
Portrait Course Sunday Sunday 9th April 2017-£135 Full
During this photography course you will learn how to:
- Set up a low cost Home Photography Studio
- Shoot portraits outside without flash
- Shoot portraits outside with fill in flash
- Using reflectors with portraits
- Shoot portraits indoors without flash
- Shoot portraits indoors with flash
- Shoot portraits indoors with off camera flash
- Shoot portraits indoors using bounce flash
- Shoot portraits indoors by window light
- Shoot a moody low key portrait with a black background
- Shoot a light high key portrait with a white background
- Shoot a studio flash portrait with a white background
- Shoot a studio flash portrait with a black background
This course will show you how to create Low and High Key Portraits plus there will also be a demonstration on how to use a single speedlight flash to create several creative portrait lighting styles.
There is an option to save money by paying for a Beginners Photography Course followed by a Portrait Photography Course in advance. Individual courses are £135 but two courses cost £250 which is a saving of £20.
Most Saturday Beginners Photography courses are followed by a Level Two course the following day. This is helpful for people who may be travelling some distance or who would like to attend both courses during the same weekend. You can, of course attend on a later date if you prefer.
Portrait Course Sunday Sunday 9th April 2017-£135 Full
High & Low Key Portrait Photography Session
This session will show you how to take well lit and attractive portrait photographs by available light and flash indoors. We will show you how to create a home studio setup using inexpensive accessories for that professional look. You will be advised on which lens to use, the best camera settings and have the opportunity to try additional flashguns. We'll even show you how to add character to a portrait or produce that romantic soft lighting look. The portrait session blends into the low light course with the chance to take photographs by candlelight.
Who can attend?
This intensive course is mainly aimed at students who have attended one of our previous beginners courses but novices can also join.
Many photographers tend to use their camera on the full auto setting and want to learn how to get much better pictures from their new camera by using the other settings.
All the courses start off with the absolute basics and progress, step by step, through to some of the more technical aspects. Each theoretical lesson is followed by a demonstration then a practical session.
Flash photography with the built in flash
The flash built into amateur cameras is of very low power so I have also suggested suitable flashguns which can be purchased when funds allow. These units all have swivel heads which will allow you to bounce the light off a ceiling or wall for a softer light. This subject is covered in great depth on the Portrait Photography Course
Private Tuition Option £325
If you would like to learn how to use studio flash lighting to a semi-professional standard we suggest a One to One Private Tuition day for £325. This tuition includes many more studio lighting techniques plus Photoshop tuition on background clean up for that super bright white background look. This is also available as a 221 "Bring a Friend" option for £450. Please call or email for details.
Separate Bounce Head Flashgun
A separate flashgun with a flash extension lead is a really useful accessory for this course but not essential as we will be able to demonstrate using our equipment. I also recommend a tripod and remote cable release if possible. See MyMemory for details.
Try doing a search for flash extension cord on eBay or visit a your local camera store.
Which is the best Nikon flash gun to buy?
I'm only going to comment on the dedicated Nikon flashguns as I have never used the other brands.
Nikon SB700 Speedlite About About £230.00
This Speedlite uses Nikons latest i-TTL metering technology for spot on exposures, It's a powerful but sensible priced main flash for general photography. The SB-700 also offers fully automatic exposure control when used in groups with other SB-700 Speedlites, controlled either by a Master SB-800 or the new Commander function of the new DSLRs like the D300, D700,D7000, D90 and D3s.
NIKON SB900 Speedlite
The powerful and versatile Nikon SB900 Speedlite is a professional i-TTL Speedlite compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (NCLS). These means it can be used in a multiple flash set up with other SB900s or SB600 to allow for several creative lighting scenarios for portrait or product photography. The power output and exposure can be controlled through the pop up flash and CLS menu on the Nikon D300 and D700 or by another SB900 or transmitter on the D3s.
Which is the best Canon flash gun to buy?
I'm only going to comment on the dedicated Canon flashguns as I have never used the other brands.
CANON Speedlite 580EX II about £375.00
This professional level speedlite is powerful and versatile with a bounce head and the ability to be a master or slave flash in a multiple lighting set-up. It's the ideal companion to any of the enthusiast through to pro cameras.
The Canon Speedlite 430EX II £199.99 is the baby brother to the 580 EX and as such is slightly less powerful. It can be used as a slave unit when used in conjunction with a 580 EXll or a transmitter. This flash would be a good choice for one of the amateur systems.
Can I use these flashguns remotely?
The speedlite can be used with a remote wireless transmitter which will fire several flash guns. This is useful for multiple flash lighting set-ups for portraits and product photography.
Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions
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A very good course and I’ve learnt loads today so I’m very pleased.
I particularly wanted to learn more about fill in flash and I feel much more confident now. Becky Porter
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.
Good course as always. I had a great day and I learnt a lot. Paul Stanley
Excellent course with everything explained thoroughly. Jonathan Hagen Another brilliant day. What to do next? Robin Elms
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.
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
Another excellent course once again. I felt comfortable with the level of information and Glen covered all the points I wanted.
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.
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.
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!
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.
An excellent course once again. I’m really excited to do more portraits work now. Thank you for making photography so accessible. PS. I love the Digital Photography Courses Facebook Group.
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.
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.
Hopefully I can now go away and use these flash techniques to take ‘Pro-esque’ studio portraits at the events I frequent. Now I can use the fill in flash correctly too which will help with my walkabout photography. Mike Wigfull
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!