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Course Location & Timings


Dates: February to November 2012

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: £135

Lunch: Included


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Photography 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

My Memory We recommend you have a spare battery for our photography courses as you will be using your camera a lot. Visit for low cost batteries & memory cards

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Free Top Ten Holiday Photography Tips


We hope you find these free top ten holiday tips useful and they help you to get the best possible pictures from your vacation. If you have any other questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us here.

1. Check your camera settings often

Did you know that most compact cameras fresh from the box are not set to deliver the best quality pictures they are capable of. Check that the image size is set to "Largest or Maximum" and the JPG quality is set to the highest setting. This is often called “Fine or Superfine". It's also a good idea to make sure the lens is cleaned with a soft cloth and lens cleaner .

2. Charge your batteries and carry a spare

All rechargeable batteries will lose charge over time so if you haven't used the camera for a while you need to check them. Charge your camera battery and consider buying a spare. Online stores like  will often sell replacement batteries considerably cheaper than the branded batteries from your manufacturer.

3. Take half your pictures on a second memory card

Save any images on the storage media cards to your computer and re-format the card. Buy a new spare card and take half of your holiday pictures on one card and the rest on the other card. Put the first card away somewhere safe but not in the camera bag. This way if you should lose your camera or have it stolen you will still have some precious pictures of your holiday on the first card. Remember, you can always buy another camera but you cannot replace your lost pictures.

4. Buy a mini tripod and use the self-timer.

How many holidays have you been on with a partner only to come home with pictures that make it look like you went by yourself. Invest in a mini tripod for a few £££s and learn how to use the self-timer. Set the camera up on the tripod and include yourself in the group pictures. Visit for a great range of mini tripods.

5. Don't just sit by the pool but tell a story in pictures

It's very easy to come home from holiday with a few photographs of the family sitting by the pool or drinking in a bar. Remember these images are reminders of memories. You probably paid a lot of money for your holiday so try to show the venue and views of the area. Sunsets are a great addition to any album so use your new tripod and switch of the flash for great sunset pictures.

6. Viewing your pictures on a TV

Digital Photography has many advantages over film and prints but it does have a downside. It is all too easy to leave 100s of images on the camera or save them to your computer never to be seen again. You could get all your best pictures printed or, better still, make a picture DVD for playing on a home DVD player.Your pictures will look fantastic on your High Definition TV so Windows users can use the excellent built in Movie Maker program to make a picture DVD complete with music. Mac users have iPhoto or iMovie to play with. On the subject of music beware of copyright restrictions if you intend to publish your work.

7. Saving and correcting your pictures

One of the problems with taking 100s of digital pictures and then storing them on your computer is they can be difficult to track down after a while. A good filing system is essential and I recommend the free Picasa program from Google. This awarding winning file management and editing software helps you to import and save your images as well as allowing you to view and search for them. It also has some tremendous editing tools for making your photographs  lighter or darker, cropping and much, much more. A tutorial DVD is available

8. A big canvas print looks great so don't give up on prints.

DVDs are great for viewing your pictures on a TV or PC but sometime there is no substitute for handing your best pictures around. Rather than just get your images printed straight from the card, which is the quick and easy option, I suggest you save them to your computer, choose the best ones, crop and improve them in Picasa, Photoshop Elements or some other editing program, then copy them back to a card. Take the card to your local print processor and have them printed as enlargements. This way your picture exposures and cropping  will all be spot on and you can wow your friends with your new found photography skills. If you do get a fantastic photograph have it enlarge to poster size and put it on your wall.

9. Back Up, Back Up, Back Up,

Your digital images are the equivalent to your negatives. If you lose them you have lost all those precious memories. Backing up your files is like storing your negatives in a safe place. The easiest option is to burn your pictures to a CD, which will hold about 700 MB of pictures, or to a DVD, which will hold 4.7GB, which is about five times more than a CD. If you have a 10-12 mega pixel camera set to the best quality each image will be about 4-5MB so you should be able to fit around 140 pictures on a CD or over 100 images on a DVD.

Other options are online storage or an external hard drive. It's also a good idea to back up all your data, not just pictures and store a copy away from your PC in case of theft or fire.

10. Take advice and invest in your photography

How many photographs to you think you will take in a lifetime? - 1000, 10,000, 1/2 million. Even a conservative estimate of 250 per year - that's less than one a day on average- will return a figure of 20,000 over a lifetime. Investing in your photography skills early on could save you 1000's of badly exposed, un-sharp or poorly composed pictures. Instead of your friends resigning themselves to looking at your holiday snaps they'll be impressed a pleased to look at your stunning, well composed landscapes and sunsets that capture the feel and excitement of an expensive and memorable vacation.

You could start by reading your instruction manual or buying a book or tutorial DVD. Better still attend a digital photography course and learn from the professionals. A one day group course is a great fun way to learn and the skills gained will improve your photography for a lifetime.

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Our one day Digital SLR photography courses are limited to six students and will suit anyone from the complete beginner to the intermediate Digital SLR photographer.

Many novice photographers tend to use their expensive DSLR on the fully auto setting and are often unimpressed by the average results achieved. This one day photography course will demonstrate how and when to use all the other settings and how to take fantastic photographs you would be proud to hang on your wall. More Info about our DSLR courses>

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About the tutor

Photography courses by Glen TillyardMy name is Glen Tillyard and I'm an award winning professional press photographer and trainer with over 30 years experience.

I now specialise in running photography courses helping novice photographers to get the very best from their digital camera by taking them off the full auto setting and showing them how to take exciting, creative photographs in just one day.

This is achieved using the Universal Zoom System which will improve your photography in five simple steps. You can see some of my pictures as the headers on this website or better still take a look at some of the excellent photograph galleries of previous students. I look forward to seeing you on one of our small and friendly courses very soon.

Regards, Glen

PS. All our one day camera courses now include a free pocket sized guide to landscape, action & portrait photography.

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Student Testimonials

Hi Glen,I just wanted to say thanks for the course, it was a great day, worth every penny. It's a great relief to now know that the expensive camera I have purchased and the new Nikon 18-200 zoom will be now be used correctly & hopefully I will be able to produce some fantastic picture in Borneo. I've recommended you to a lots of people, and I intend to see you for one of the wildlife courses in the future. Thanks again for superb day.

Craig Rogers

I just wanted to thank you again for the photography course today. I thought that it was going in way over my head but you made it seem so much easier. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be booking other courses. Excellent course full of useful information. I was thrilled with the amount I learned. Thank you. - Becky Holmes

I learnt more in the first 30 minutes of this camera course than I had in the last year.

Paul Houghton


Glen really tries hard to avoid the jargon and keep the instructions simple and understandable. His tuition focuses on getting the basic building blocks in place. He is definitely knowledgeable and he has certainly inspired me to practice my new skills and learn more. An excellent photography course.

David John

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.

I'm so pleased I did. This photography course explained all the settings and all the best picture composition tips I needed. Glen ensured no one left without all of their questions being answered- including me.

Laura Simpson 

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.

The course was very easy to understand and follow. Glen made you feel comfortable and confident at all times when using all the camera settings. Very enjoyable, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
No More Full Auto.
Clare Hartford.

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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."

David Stone

Hi Glen. I'm just dropping you a note to say how much I enjoyed the course today. You answered all my questions and gave 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!

Barry Cunliffe

Student Gallery June

This has been a great photography course and I know I can now take proper photographs instead of just snaps.
Highly Recommended.

Ivan Last

An excellent course. I now know how to use my camera correctly and I'm looking forward to attending my next course. I would definitely recommend this beginners course to anybody new to photography. - Gerry Mallaghan

A Fantastic Course. I now know how to use all the functions on the camera I didn't even know were there. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.

Karen Evans

Photoshop Elements 8 for PC   

Thoroughly enjoyable course. Everything was explained really well and the opportunity for one to one tuition during the practical sessions with things that I struggled on was welcome. Good mixture of information and practical guidance. - Sara Holland