Digital Photography Courses. Become a Professional Photographer with our Intensive Photography Course. email

DSLR Course Requirements


DSLR Camera with Standard lens

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



We at Digital Photography Course are very proud of our training record and we will do everything possible on this course to help you to start earning money with your photography as soon as possible.


We must point out however that this is a photography course and not a franchise. We can make no claims for any future earnings or employment you may or may not gain as a result of this course. Joining this course means you have read and agreed to these terms and conditions.


Have You Got What It Takes?


The photography marketplace is very crowded with “photographers” of varying abilities and equipment trying to earn a decent living. Unfortunately, due to the advent of cheap digital cameras, there are far too many untrained amateurs setting themselves as wedding photographers and flooding the marketplace. Generally these people are under cutting the established professional photographers while producing inferior results and in some cases ruining a couple’s special day.


Many of these "photographers " believe they can buy an amateur DSLR camera one day, plonk it on the fully auto setting, use the tiny inbuilt flash, and then market themselves as a professional the next day. This is completely the wrong way to go about a professional photography business so we have produced this course as a means of keeping the standards of photography as high as possible.


Be a Professional Photographer


We believe that anyone should have the opportunity to pursue a career they can get enthusiastic about so we have put this intensive photography course together to train anyone who want a career in photography to a high level.


About the tutor


Photography courses by Glen Tillyard


My 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


Three Month Intensive Pro Photography Course £3000


If you would like to be book for 2012 then please contact us here

Camera CoursesThink about this!

What would you be prepared to invest to become a professional photographer. During this three month intensive photography course you will be trained by an award winning professional photographer. Glen will share his considerable knowledge with you to enable you to change your career to something you love to do at last?"

Testimonial from Jim Muller Photography

"Having just completed the Intensive Photography Training Course I can highly recommend this approach for anyone interested in becoming a professional or semi-professional photographer.  The balance of theory and practical work, in the one-to-one sessions under Glen's expert guidance, combined with the practical exercises and critical feedback has given me the grounding and the confidence to launch a new career as a professional photographer.  A great experience and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish  -  Jim Muller"

Jim is creating a new website at the moment but you can see some of his work here

Web sites from a couple of the other photographers who have successfully completed this course recently. and

Become a professional or semi pro-photographer

This special intensive three month photography and marketing course includes eight days private tuition plus practical assignments with feedback.It also includes business and marketing advice from a professionally accredited business mentor specializing in start-up businesses. You also have the option to learn how to build and maintain your own web site. The total value of this course if you were to book each module separately would be over £5000. Acceptance on this course is not guaranteed as we only except students if we believe they will fully commit to the training and successfully complete the course.

Physics DepartmentIf you fancy a career as a semi professional photographer then this is the ideal starter course for you. You will require a minimum level of equipment including a Digital SLR camera and separate flashgun with a swivel head. You can borrow some of our camera and flash kit during the course but you will require your own equipment for the ongoing practical exercises. If you have purchased a camera or flash yet you might want to talk to use for advice on what to buy. This could save you making an expensive mistake.

Amateur to Professional Photographer

Building ReflectionThis intensive private tuition photography course is aimed at training the novice or intermediate photographer to a level where they should be able to tackle a variety of semi-professional or freelance photographic assignments.

The plan is to enable you to start earning money from your photography, within three months, providing you attend all the sessions and follow our advice. To give your new photography business the best possible start the course includes a day spent with our qualified business mentor who will help you to sell properly, find clients and market your business. Starting any new business is hard work and takes commitment and focus. Photography is a highly competitive market but probably also one of the most enjoyable professions you can train for.

Three Months of Intensive 121 Photography Training

This intensive photography course is designed to teach you to become a professional photographer within three months.

  1. Option One. (recommended) Eight individual days of intensive 121 private tuition plus practical assignments with critique and feedback over a three month period. It also includes one day of professional business mentoringand there is also an option to attend our web design training course afterwards.


  2. Option Two. Eight days of intensive 121 private tuition over a two week period. This is followed by 20 practical assignments with critique and feedback. It also includes one day of professional business mentoring all to be completed over a 3 month period. There is also an option to attend our web design training course.

FAQ. Why is the course run over three months

The reason we aim to run the course over a three month period is to deliberately put you under pressure and make you use your camera every single day. This is the only way you will become totally comfortable and proficient in it's controls and settings. Wherever possible we will aim to fit your training in with your schedule so this could be anything from 1 or 2 days per week to a block booking over two weeks. Which ever option you choose you will need to complete your training within 90 days as we do have a waiting list.

Intensive Photography Course Induction Day £325

pigWe understand that this is a big outlay and you we need to find out if this is the right course for you before you commit. For this reason you will need to first attend our Pro-Courses Induction Day for £325. This is basically the beginners course with a discussion and questionaire explaining the pro courses. This will ensure that both parties are happy to go ahead with the course for before making a final decision. It also allows us to judge whether we think you can complete the course successfully.

If you opt for the intensive two weeks of consecutive days option we can suggest a bed and breakfast or hotel locally. Lunch is provided every day as is supper on the night time and low light course. Coffee and biscuits are provided on arrival and throughout the day. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements when booking.

It may be possible to pay on a per course per day basis but this will not include the proficiency test day, the business advice day or the photography proficiency certificate until the full payment is paid.

This 121 Intensive Photography Course Includes:

* The beginners course is part of the Induction Day and must be completed before attending the Full Professional Course.

BeerThink about this, " What would you be prepared to invest to train with a top award winning photographer who will share his considerable knowledge with you to enable you to change your career at last?" If you attended these private tuition courses individually for they would cost you over £5000.

£325 Deposit Payment by PayPal or Credit Card

A £325 deposit secures your place with the balance of £2700 being payable either in full or with three further monthly installments of £900 by cash or cheque made out to Glen Tillyard and posted to 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby. Leicestershire, LE8 0RA.

Brief comments or questions?

This course price includes lunch and refreshments but does not include accommodation. We can recommend quality affordable hotels or B&Bs locally if required.

What Photography Equipment Will You Need?

Choosing The Right Digital SLR - Pro Camera Kit

BeerChoosing camera kit is a very personal thing and it really depends what you want to specialise in.

If you are looking at sport or photography outdoors you will need a camera with a fast motor drive and a certain amount of weatherproofing. Cameras like the professional Nikon D3 and Canon EOS1 series are very expensive at about £3-4000. Semi-Pro cameras, like the Nikon D700, the D300s or the D7000 or the Canon 5D cost about half that amount. These cameras are intended for every day use so they should survive a few knocks.

Semi-Pro Camera Kit

If you plan to mainly take shots indoors the a mid level Digital SLR such as the Nikon D300s, D7000 or the Canon 7D would probably be OK if funds are tight and you manage to keep them dry.

Full frame cameras, like the Nikon D700 & D3 and the Canon EOS 1D series or the Canon 5D generally offer better low light performance than their smaller DX format siblings. This is useful for wedding photography indoors or sports events at night.

See our camera buying guide for more details.

Choosing the Best Lenses

Snow PixChoosing the best lenses really comes down to what you want them for. If you are serious about your photography you need to be looking at wide aperture f2.8 and f4 lenses. These will allow you to take pictures in lower light conditions indoors without using flash. Remember to choose the correct lens for the DX or FX format you are using. You can generally save about 30% of the cost of a Nikon or Canon lens by choosing a lens by Pro Series range from either Tamron or Sigma. As a staring point you will need something in the 18-50mm f2.8 range and a 70-200mm f2.8 or f4 telephoto zoom.


You will need a separate flashgun with a bounce head. These cost about £350 each (Sorry, but photography is expensive which is why professional photographers need to charge a lot) and a couple of reflectors are useful.

This is a basic starter kit and once you have chosen your main camera, lenses and flashguns you will need a spare. I wouldn't dream of photographing a wedding or professional assignment without two cameras. Remember this is someone's special day and if your camera breaks down half way through the ceremony you could be in a fix.

See our camera buying guide for more details.

Web Site & Web Design Tuition from £750*

After your photography training you also have the opportunity to design your own photography website using our design skills and photography experience. We offer a three day web design course, which normally costs £975, for only £750. This course includes a fully working, search engine optimized, website that you can update and host yourself.

* This is for a templated or simple table designed web site. The training for CSS designed web sites (which are more search engine friendly and quicker to update) takes longer and costs £999. You will need to be confindent in your computer skills for this course but we can advise you.

This, along with the marketing advice in the main course, will give your new career the best possible start and allow you to market your services to a much wider wider audience.

Continued Support, advice & Feedback

EngeOnce you have completed your private tuition training you will be given several projects which ideally need to be completed within a a month of the course.

Full instructions for these projects will be given and the resulting images need to be emailed back to me for constructive criticism and feedback. Once the projects are completed successfully, and not until we are happy with your work, the student will receive a Certificate from Digital Photography Courses to state you have completed all the tasks to our exacting standards. Think of this as passing your driving test.You can now continue to gain experience produce even better stunning images as your confidence grows.

Failure is not an option

There is no fail mark as, providing you keep attempting the projects and submit your images for judgment we will continue to help and work with you until you reach the required standard.

About the Business Mentor - Jacqui Tillyard

Jacqui TillyardJacqui Tillyard is a sales & marketing mindset expert. She has worked extensively with over 1000 small business owners to help them create successful businesses. She can enable you to identify and unearth hidden profits and potential for your business.

In particular, she works with self employed professionals and small businesses owners who struggle with marketing and selling their services. Many of them think they cannot achieve great profits (until they work with Jacqui!). They always seem to have difficulty finding and keeping clients and wish they had a method for selling their services without pushing their ‘stuff’ on prospects.

Jacqui offers approachable no nonsense mentoring and training. She takes the mystique out of sales and marketing to help you to think and behave like a more successful business person. She inspires excellence and potential in a warm and engaging way.

Accredited Sfedi Business Advisor

Jacqui is a nationally accredited Sfedi Business Advisor, Enterprise Trainer and a qualified High Growth and NLP Master Results Coach & Trainer. She has a background in sales and marketing, having worked with high profile brands, she can share over 13 years hands on experience with you showing you what worked to achieve those targets.

Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions

email - or call 0116 279 6906

Frequent Questions

Why is the course run over 3 months

The reason we aim to run the course over a three month period is to deliberately put you under pressure and make you use your camera every single day. This is the only way you will become totally comfortable and proficient in it's controls and settings. Wherever possible we will aim to fit your training in with your schedule so this could be anything from 1 or 2 days per week to a block booking over two weeks. Which ever option you choose you will need to complete your training within 90 days as we do have a waiting list.

FAQ. Is this an O Level, A Level or Degree Course?

None of the above!
This Intensive photography course is not education authority accredited but you do receive a certificate at the end when you have completed all the assignments to my satisfaction & not until that point. My standards are high but if you fully commit then you will pass.

This is not an academic photography course, as in an O, A Level, or degree, but it is a 3 month intensive practical professional course aimed at giving you the skills required to produce professional images and start earning from your photography.

We do not look at the history of photography and you will not be asked to produce any essays. If you want a piece of paper saying you can write a thesis on 20th Century fashion photographers then I suggest you go to college or university for 2 or 3 years and then try and find someone to employ you. Considering most University students are being asked to pay £9,000 a year and many can not get a job when then leave I know which route I would take. Most pro photographers are freelance and self employed, which is why our course also includes business advice from a Sfedi Qualified Business Advisor. If you think about it people do not ask for qualifications when they choose a wedding or commercial photographer they simply choose them on personality and the standard of their work. We aim to get you to this standard. Everyone who has completed this course is already earning from their photography and I can put you in touch with them if required. See The course is fully booked until at least Feb 2012 but I am taking applications now for after that time. Acceptance on the course is not guaranteed as we will only take students who we believe will complete it successfully. It isn’t in the students interest to waste their time and money, or my time, unless they are going to commit 100%. The purpose of the induction day, which needs taking at least two weeks before your start date, is to establish your standard of photography and commitment. 

FAQ. Will I be able to set up as a wedding photographer after this course?

Wedding photography is a highly developed skill which involves a great deal of photographic knowledge and personality. It requires the ability to work quickly & unobtrusively but most of all it requires confidence & great people skills.

The wedding party will look to the photography to organise the groups and set up the pictures quickly, efficiently and creatively in whatever surroundings or weather conditions prevail. This expertise only comes from experience and good training.

To run a wedding photography course properly we would need to hire a venue, a bride and groom, a best man, a maid of honour, two sets of parents, bridesmaids and a page boy. Unless we had a dozen students this would be viable so it is for this reason we do not market this as a wedding photography course.

We strongly believe that you need to handle your camera with complete confidence before you should attempt wedding photography. The fully auto approach is fine on a nice sunny day outside but what happens if it rains and you have to shoot indoors? For a start the range of a built in flash is only about 3 metres so it’s unlikely to cover a large group shot indoors.

Once you feel totally confident in your camera handling abilities you should be able to tackle any situation as it arises. Our individually designed courses will allow you to tackle a wide range of subjects which in turn will allow you to tackle a variety of subjects.

Being more flexible has got to make you more versatile when it comes to finding customers and earning money from your photography.

Each of our courses is designed to give you a good understanding of all the techniques you are likely to require if you do decide to tackle wedding photography.

For instance the: Portrait photography course will show you how to get stunning pictures of the bride.

The Low light photography course will show you how to get great pictures indoors and at the church without using flash.

The Product photography course will show you how to master the flash and photograph the venue, the dress, the shoes, and accessories.

The HDR & RAW photography course will show you how to get the best possible quality from your images

The Photoshop basics course will show you how to get crop, edit and print your images Marketing course will show you how to promote your business and price your services & products.