Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Most frequent questions and answers

Covid Update 16/08/2021

We are finally able to resume photography courses in line with the easing of pandemic restrictions on 19th July 2021.

These courses will 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 both jabs and following a poll of DPC students we would prefer that any attendees have been vaccinated or can provide proof of a negative test. Please call me on 0116 2796906 or email me if you have any questions glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk.

Most courses start at 9.45am and run through to 5pm and include a light buffet lunch. The Night Photography Course starts at 1.30pm and runs until about 9pm and includes a light supper.

We are situated in the heart of picturesque rural Leicestershire at 25 Westerby Lane Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire, LE8 0RA.
Tel 0116 279 6906. email glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk

The course are suitable for Digital SLR, Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Cameras, Bridge Camers and high end compacts. The main thing is that they have a PASM or Av and Tv dial.

Yes, please. The beginners course is about so much more than “How to use your camera” and is the backbone of all our courses and we constantly refer back to this day during most other courses. You will enjoy the Level 2 courses a lot more with this knowledge.

Yes. We keep two spare cameras with zoom lenses available to hire at £25 per day. We recommend this option if you are planning to buy a camera and want to make an informed decision.

Beginners Photography Course Camera Hire

Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided on arrival and there is water and squash available throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch as there are no shops in the village.

No! 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 offer 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.

I’m happy to teach youngsters but I also have to think of my adult attendees who might not feel it is appropriate to have a minor in the group. Our company insurance policy is that 16-18-year-olds can attend with parental consent and below 16 with a chaperone on a 221 day.

My recommendation in this situation is to suggest a chaperoned 121 day with a parent or guardian. Normally private tuition days cost £350, but I appreciate that this is an increase over the group course price of £150.

I do like to encourage young photographers because I started at age 15, so I can offer you the weekday 221 private tuition option for £400, rather than the usual £450.  I will also loan the chaperone a camera, at no extra charge, so that they can also pick up useful knowledge from the course.

This is a little more than the £300 cost for two people to attend a six-person group course but offers excellent value as you will effectively be getting 221
private tuition. It needs to be taken during the week as weekends are reserved for group courses with six students.

The bonus is that I can include a spare camera hire in this cost, normally £25, so you can join in too. It’s always nice when families can enjoy photography together. If you add all this up as a normal group source price then it adds up to £325 so you can see it offers excellent value for a 221 private tuition day.

I have taught many young people this way and it means we can cover everything from the group beginners course but during a slightly shorter day as I don’t need to share my time between six students. This tends to work better for younger people who are used to finishing school around 4.30pm

We can also aim for a midweek course during a school break.