Beginner's Digital SLR Photography Courses, Leicester, Leicestershire -Tel 0116 279 6906 email

Camera Course Timings


9.30 -9.45am 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

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




Beginner's Photography Courses £135 Courses

If you would like to "Get your camera off Full Auto and learn how to take stunning photographs in just one day" then our beginners photography course is perfect for you.

Many photographers tend to use their expensive Digital SLR or Bridge camera on the Fully Auto Setting and are disappointed by the average results this achieves. If you intend to use your camera like this you may as well stick with a compact camera or use our phone.

Our One Day Camera Courses will explain, in simple terms, when to use all the other settings and we'll show you how to take amazing pictures you will be proud to hang on your wall.

All our Photography Courses are limited to six students and will suit anyone from the complete beginner to the intermediate DSLR photographer.

During these photography courses you will learn:

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Beginners DSLR Course
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Please see below for our Cancellations Policy 

Course with Camera & Lens Hire - Nikon & 18-200mm - £160

Nikon D5000The 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 £700 so there is a small charge of £25 to hire it for the course. We only have one spare camera and lens so please contact us first to ensure it is available then choose the Course and Camera option below.

Please email me at if you would like to attend a weekday Beginners Course.  

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Camera Course Suitable for the Complete Beginner

student CollageAll our Digital SLR photography courses start off with the absolute basics and progress, 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.

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 to see picture from previous photography course students.

This Photography Course Will Show You How To:

Nikon Camera Guide / Canon Camera Guide / Camera & Lens FAQs


Book a Digital SLR Photography Course £135

There is an option to save money by paying for a Beginners Photography Course followed by a Level Two 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. If choosing this option below please contact us first to confirm availability of your chosen Level 2 course.

Paying by cheque

CollageOur 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:

Glen Tillyard
25 Westerby Lane
Smeeton Westerby
Leicestershire , LE8 0RA
Tel 0116 2796906


Paying by BACS transfer - Contact us for details.

Hybrid or Bridge Photography Course

Photograpgraphy Course CollageMost courses are mainly intended for Digital SLR users but we do sometimes get asked if Bridge or Hybrid cameras users can attend the Digital SLR photography courses. The proviso is that some of the more technical aspects of Digital SLR photography might not apply to the bridge camera but you will still find the course beneficial and enjoyable. If you are happy to accept these conditions below then you are welcome to attend. You will be informed during the course of any items do not apply to your bridge camera.

Is this photography course suitable for you?

1. If you want to understand the setting and the more technical aspects of your camera, as well as learning how to take better photographs, then you will be OK on the DSLR course. The proviso is that a few aspects of the DSLR will not apply to your camera, removable lenses etc.

2. If you really just want to take better pictures without getting too technical then please attend a compact camera photography course. This was the previous method. See here.

If you are not sure if you have a bridge camera then click here

Camera & Lens Hire - Nikon with 18-270mm lens

Nikon D5000The aim of these courses is to teach you how to use your own DSLR or Bridge 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 18-270mm zoom lens for the course. This combintaion costs about £600 so there is a small charge of £25 to hire it for the course. We only have 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.

Please email me at if you would like to attend a weekday Beginners Course.

Photography Course Gift Voucher here.

Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom. One lens for every occasion

I'm a big fan of the Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom which will save you having to buy and carry two lenses plus save you money in the long run on additional camera bags and filters. There is also less chance of missing those important shots because you are changing lenses. At about £270 this often works out cheaper than buying several lenses.

Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom Nikon Fit

Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom Canon Fit

Cancellations Policy

Our photography courses do tend to sell out quite quickly and are usually full. If you cancel up to two weeks before the course we can probably resell your place and book you on a later course. If for some reason you fail to turn up on the day we will have lost the income from your booking so no refund, or re-attendance, will be given. If you cancel within 48 hours but we will offer to any re-arranged attendance on another course at our discretion and subject to availability.

We will always aim to provide you with an alternative course where possible but In extenuating circumstances we may offer a partial or full refund at our discretion. Cancellation within 48 days means that it is unlikely we will be able to re-allocate your space and as such no refund is available.

If you notify us in good time you can choose to transfer to another course with available spaces. In the unlikely event we need to cancel a course you will be offered a full refund or the chance to attend another course.


Student Testimonials

A great hands on course which was very informative in a friendly atmosphere. I would recommend this course. 10/10 Mark Brown

Nikon Camera Guide

Canon Camera Guide 

Lens Buying Guide

This course covered much more than I expected but it wasn't rushed. Glen has a relaxed teaching style and if your not sure about anything he's patient and happy to re-track until you understand.
Tommy Needham

Course very well paced and every subject explained clearly. Glen was happy to explain any questions even if they were slightly off topic. Off to practise now. Paul Scola

Glen Tillyard

A very lucid course which flowed well. I will remember to use the universal zoom.
Roger Phillips

Really useful. I feel much more confidant with the camera and it’s controls. I just have to work on the creative side. All together really enjoyable and informative.
Tony Byrne

This camera course made everything simple to understand and it makes you want to take the camera with you everywhere. I will look at landscape scenes from a totally different perspective now.
Norman Plummer

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

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and after four years of owning a digital camera I've learned more in one day than I had in the previous four years put together. At last I understand what I'm doing and I look forward to taking much better photographs.
Derek Welsh

A very informative and perfectly paced photography course. It absolutely met all my needs and requirement. Highly recommended. Trev Barton.

I'm an 18 year old student and I was worried about fitting in with the different age groups but everyone was very friendly and welcoming. This made me feel much more confident about taking photographs and I wasn't afraid to ask for any help. I loved my day and it was definitely worth flying over from Northern Ireland for the course.
Lydia Thomas


"Glen was very patient and nice to spend the day with. Thank you for an absolutely brilliant day and thanks to Jacqui for lunch." Greta Powell.

"I found this course thoroughly enjoyable and educating. I wasn't overwhelmed with technical jargon but Glen also didn't try to teach me to suck eggs. After some more practice with my new found skills I will booking on a more specialist course."
Kate Roberts

"I enjoyed this course very much and it was very well presented in lovely surroundings. I feel a lot more confident now."
Malc Mott.