After three years at university I’ve learnt more in 7 hours on Glen’s course than I did at university... It’s been a big help learning the tips and tricks of photography and I would highly recommend this course to anyone. Matt Letts

Photography Courses with Award Winning Leicester Mercury Press Photographer & College Tutor - Glen Tillyard.

Our jargon-free courses are limited to six students and will suit everyone from the complete novice to the intermediate photographer.  Training takes place in the picturesque village of Smeeton Westerby in beautiful rural Leicestershire and run from 9-30am to 5pm. They are suitable for Digital SLRs, Mirrorless EVF Cameras and Bridge or Hybrid Cameras.

As a professional press photographer, I have to get the best picture, in the shortest possible time, every time and this is what I will teach you on each of our 20 plus courses.  As a college tutor, I know that every student has a different learning style so our courses cater for every learning type.

The Beginners Photography Course includes a free pocket photography guide

  • Highly recommended. Glen's skill and experience is obvious and his passion is infectious. We went to learn product photography for work. I arrived with no interest in photography beyond the need to learn for work, and left with enthusiasm to continue learning. The course was exactly what we were looking for and had been tailored to our needs. We learned everything we needed to know and more. The teaching was delivered excellently and was paced well. The course was engaging and very enjoyable. We travelled from Devon to attend and plan to go back at some point in the future. It was well worth the trip.

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  • I bought a DSLR camera a few years ago, and like most people, believed all I need was to leave it on 'Auto' and snap away. Feeling I need more from this investment, I sought out some tuition and hit lucky. In a relaxed environment, and a well-placed and friendly style, Glen opened my eyes to a new world. That journey continues to this day, Glen has sought me how take photographs that I am proud of. Whatever you want from a photography cause, Glen will teach you so much more. Recommended without reservation.

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  • Well I started with Glen say about nearly 9 or 10 years ago with a new camera. Started with the basic course & yes he got me hooked. Changed to another camera, bought more lens. Also did many more of his courses. Loved the way he taught, easy & didn’t rush you through things. I have now so much enjoyment out of my camera & no more auto settings. Thanks Glen. X. Also thanks to Jacqui for lovely lunches & warm welcome from Misty.

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  • Having recently completed two of Glen's courses (beginner and lightroom) I can highly recommend any budding photographer to do the same. The courses are well run and at a pace and style that makes learning easy and fun. Glen has the patience of a saint and the ability to teach without feeling like you're being spoken down to or made to feel foolish in anyway. If you are looking to improve your photography, whether you're just starting out or looking to go professional this is the place to come.

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  • My wife bought me a beginner course as a birthday gift after I had bought a DSLR for our Skye holiday, where I pretty much just used the auto setting on the camera. I am now using all the settings except auto. Glen paced the course very well and established what the attendees wanted from the outset, so he had our objectives in mind when delivering the course. It was a good mix of theory and practical, putting into use what we had covered. The follow-up summary was very useful, including the advice on composition and shot selection. The after-course support is also top notch, providing a network to ensure the attendee can continue to develop and nurture their photography skills.

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  • I attended Glen's beginner's photography course earlier this year and it was truly inspirational! For the first time I was able to move from the automatic setting on my camera and have confidence in experimenting with my photo taking. I am definitely going to book onto more courses! Debbie Burke

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  • Had a fantastic weekend learning beginner and portrait photography with Glen. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of photography. He is also able to explain techniques and camera settings in very simple and memorable terms so at the end of the day you are producing professional looking photographs yourself. I really hope to do more courses with Glen in future. All other students on the portrait course were returning students that had done previous courses with Glen!

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  • I have completed four courses with Glen, two editing and two with the camera. At all times his approach has been friendly with clear explanation and endless patience. The days are interesting and fun and I shall certainly be doing some more, as well as recommending others to learn from him.

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  • Glen started me on the road with the beginners course. I have done several more courses since. They're fun and informative and have the right balance of practical work. Would highly recommend. I have attached some photos, my first attempts at new techniques, taken on some of the courses.

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  • Having now done several courses with Glen. I would highly recommend all his courses from beginners to the more advanced ones, they are all excellent and are taught at a pace that suits everyone. Glen is so knowledgeable with every course well-structured and interactive in an easy informal way.

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Beginners Photography Course

Please attend a Beginners Course before any Level Two Courses as this course is about so much more than how to use your camera. This day is the foundation for all our other training and we constantly refer back to it on other courses. You will be at a disadvantage without this knowledge.

121 Digital Photography Course Gift Vouchers

Photography Courses Gift Vouchers are available as full or part payment for any courses.They can be booked for a certain date or be left open for up to one year.
They are available in £25, £50, £75, £100, £150 and £325 options for Birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries or any occasion.

Intermediate Photography Course

We have over 25 Level 2 and Advanced Courses which can be attended in any order after the Beginners Course. We constantly refer back to the Beginners day during the follow on courses so you will enjoy these courses more with the knowledge gained from the first day.

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60 Minute 121 Zoom calls on any subject including – photo feedback,  Photoshop or Lightroom Tuition.

Drop me an email with your question and tell me what you would like before arranging the  session.

Covid Update 26/04/2022

We finally resumed photography courses in line with the easing of pandemic restrictions on 19th July 2021. These courses have reduced numbers and Covid precautions will be in place. Masks are not insisted on but you are welcome to wear one if you wish.
Jacqui and I have had all our jabs and we would prefer that all attendees have been vaccinated or can provide proof of a negative test but this is not insisted upon after April 1st 2022. Please contact or email me if you have any questions glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk