Beginners Photography Course

Virtual Online Training – Corvid-19 Policy

Sadly, we are only able to run 121 or Virtual Courses during the Pandemic

As we don’t know how long this Corvid-19 situation will last we are now including Virtual Photography Training Sessions.

To start with these will be Lightroom, Photoshop and Luminar Photography Courses. You will learn from home with all the benefits of being here in person to ask me questions just as you would on a normal group course. If you would like to take part in this virtual training drop me an email to

Reserve Your Beginners Photography Course Today- £135

Get your camera off of Full Auto and learn how to take stunning photographs in just one day on our inspiring Beginners Photography Course in rural Leicestershire.

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. Our jargon free Beginners Photography Course will show you how to take stunning pictures in the shortest possible time and with the least amount of fuss and effort. The course also includes a free cheat sheet to help you remember the techniques easily.

After the course you can join our exclusive Facebook Group and attend any of our other 20 plus level two courses covering a huge range of skills.

Our courses have a maximum of 6 students and take place between 9.30am-5pm in the picturesque village of Smeeton Westerby in rural South Leicestershire. We are 10 miles from Leicester and 6 miles from Mkt Harborough. 

This course is suitable for Digital SLR, Mirrorless EVF and Bridge or Compact type cameras with the PASM or Av and Tv dial. If you are not sure which camera you have see here

Please choose a course date at the checkout or contact me with your chosen date if you have a Gift Voucher.
If you want to hire the camera please check first the choose the Course and Camera option.

Is this better than an 8 week college photography course?

Easily-Yes!  Ask yourself “How many good pictures are you going to take in a classroom at night in the dark on a college course?”

Book a Beginners & Level 2 courses over the same weekend and save £20. email for details.

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Corvid-19 Update – 24/03/2020

With everyone being asked to stay at home now is a great time to learn a new skill so we have decided to start running our Beginners Photography Course as virtual online courses until things improve.  You will get the same great content, and face to face help, so you can ask me questions just as you would on a normal group course. You will still be able to interact with other members on the course and I will give you practical projects you can do in your garden to avoid going out in public.

I will send you the course handouts and you will be able to follow along with the course slides and ask questions in exactly the same way as you would on a normal Beginners group course. As an added bonus you have the choice of either a free one hour online 121 call after the course or a free half day group course of practical photography session when things improve.

Option One.
I will give you practical projects to complete after the course based on the course content. This is followed by a free one hour 121 online chat so I can look at your images, resolve any problems and offer constructive feedback. 

Option Two.
There will be a free half day on a group course, once things settle down, for us to get together and run through the outdoor practical sessions we would have done on the original course. This would be followed by a constructive feedback session.

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Brilliant Course! Initial tuition on understanding the camera made a complex subject very simple. I now understand my camera rather than being frustrated by it. Thank you. Andrew Burgess.

Excellent Course & well worth the trip up from London. Dr Nick Cheese.

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.

During the Beginners Photography Course you will learn:

    • How to get off the Fully Auto snapshot setting
    • When to use the Auto, P, S, TV,A, AV or Manual settings
    • How to get the pictures you visualize.
    • How to get everything in all your picture sharp
    • How to deliberately get a blurry background
    • How to get the correct exposure in difficult lighting
    • How to take photo in low light or at night without flash
    • All about ISO and which setting to use in which lighting
    • Which camera kit to buy and how to save money
    • The difference between image size and image quality
    • The different White Balance settings
    • The Motor Drive and Self Timer
    • How to use the flash settings and fill in flash.
    • How to avoid out of focus or blurry pictures
    • An explanation of how different lenses work
    • Composition & the correct use of the zoom lens
    • How to use the very special universal zoom
    • Photo-editing – improve, crop, resize & email images
    • All courses also include a free step by step pocket guide to action, landscape & portrait photography

Thank you for booking a Digital Photography Course

Thank you for booking a Digital Photography Course. I’m really looking forward to helping you to understand your camera and take even better photographs.

Please arrive for registration and refreshments between 9.30am and 9.45am.The course starts at 10am prompt and runs through until about 5pm.

There are a few things you can do before the course to ensure your experience runs smoothly

  1. We do have limited parking for six cars so if you have the choice of a smaller car it really is helpful and less of a squeeze.
  2. Please ensure you have fully charged batteries as we will be using your cameras a lot and someone’s battery nearly always runs out.
  3. Please arrive with an empty memory card
  4. A free buffet lunch is included and there will be a vegetarian option. If you have any allergies or special requirements it may be better to bring a packed lunch. Coffee & biscuits are provided on arrival.
  5. Bring warm clothes and a change of shoes as the practical sessions do take place outside.
  6. Our address is 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire. LE8 0RA. Tel 0116 279 6906
  7. You can find a map and directions here –
  8. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit the FAQ’s page at
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  10. Full T&Cs including our Cancellation Policy see here –


Beginners Course With Camera Hire

The aim of these courses is to teach you how to use your own Digital SLR, Mirrorless 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 combination costs about £600 so there is a small charge of £25 to hire it for the course.

We only keep one spare camera and lens so please contact us first to ensure it’s available then choose the £160 Course & Camera Hire option at checkout.


I’m delighted to have attended this course which met all my objectives and even added some things I had never considered. I thoroughly recommend this as both accessible and enjoyable. This course was excellent and I learnt an enormous amount. I now feel really confident and cannot wait to go out with my camera and really enjoy it. No more auto settings for me. Jonathan Clarke.

“A wonderful photography course with excellent one to one tuition to help me pursue my personnel aims of moving subjects and focusing on difficult objects like flowers and getting the background blurry. I feel much more confident using a wide variety of settings on my camera and I’m very pleased with my pictures. Thank you!”

I love the way Glen gives clear, easily understood guidelines. I feel ready to go out equipped with more knowledge on how to use the camera more effectively plus I will never use Full Auto ever again. Jan Knox.

Glen made the subject easy to understand and I started to feel more confident with the camera immediately. Now to start taking good photos. Dave Bason

I’m delighted to have attended this course which met all my objectives and even added some things I had never considered. I thoroughly recommend this as both accessible and enjoyable. This course was excellent and I learnt an enormous amount. I now feel really confident and cannot wait to go out with my camera and really enjoy it. No more auto settings for me. Jonathan Clarke.

Excellent introduction and clearly explained. Good balance of theory and practical. The sensible sized group allowed for individual attention for all the participants questions in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Very Good. Gordon Warren.

Fantastic day. Lots of useful information presented in an easily understood way. Not only did I learn how to use my camera but also take great pictures. Lesya Sturman.

Glen’s beginners course was absolutely at the right pace, extremely informative, very clear and made simple for the novice. I feel so much more confident and comfortable experimenting with my camera and look forward to the next course. Wendy Robbins

Glen’s informal and simple way of explaining things was very refreshing. I really did learn a lot and this course has improved my photography already. Highly recommended. Neil Mascall.

Made to feel welcome and comfortable. Very informative at a good speed to learn and retain the information. I will definitely be back for more courses. Thank you.  Carrie Short

Excellent course. Nothing is too much trouble for Glen to explain. Lesley Tailby

Fantastic course. Glen was extremely knowledgeable and delivered everything amazingly well. Very friendly atmosphere and setting. Dean Kendall.

Very good and I now understand how I was using my lenses incorrectly. Nick Ford.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best photography course for beginners?

The best photographer course for a beginner would be our Beginners Photography Course. This course would suit for someone who wants to get their camera off the full auto settings or intermediate photographers who want to learn how to take better pictures in just one day.

What’s the difference between a DSLR and Bridge Camera?

A Digital SLR (DSLR) uses a mirror and a prism to show an optical image in the viewfinder. Imagine a periscope. Lenses can be changed to suit different subjects like macro, portraits or landscape photography. A bridge camera, sometimes called a hybrid camera, does not have a mirror or prism so the image in the viewfinder is not an optical image. Like an Electronic Viewfinder camera the image in the viewfinder is displayed on a mini TV screen or on the back LCD display. Bridge cameras do not have interchangeable lessons and they usually have smaller sensors than DSLRs or Mirrorless EVF cameras.

What’s the difference between a DSLR and Mirrorless EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) Camera?

Unlike Digital SLRs (DSLR) Electronic Viewfinder cameras do not have a mirror to reflect the light up to a prism and then viewfinder. The light through the lens hits the sensor and this is shown on a mini TV screen in the viewfinder or display on the back of the camera. Like a DSLR lenses can usually by changed to suit different subjects.

Which is the best camera for a Beginners Photography Course?

You can attend a Beginners Photography Course with a Digital SLR, A Mirrorless EVF or Bridge or high end compact camera providing it has the P,A,S,M or P, Av,Tv,M exposure mode dial.  Learning to use different cameras is like driving various makes of a car. The controls may be in various places but once you get used to one you can normally drive a different car with a little practice.