“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” Mark Twain
Your Guide – Glen Campbell m.photog
Thanks for visiting and welcome to the Lightstalker Adventures website. My names Glen Campbell, I’m a AIPP multi award winning master photographer. I’ve been guiding photography workshops and teaching enthusiastic and passionate photographers since 2004. I’d be delighted to personally welcome you as your guide and tutor on any of the trips I offer.
I also operate Lightstalkers Scotland and was one of the first providers of comprehensive photographic workshops in the Scottish Highlands.
Lightstalker Adventures now provides you with the same dedicated attention to detail as Lightstalkers Scotland. My photography trips have always been client focused and I work hard to get you to the best locations at just the right time. So you can create great images at inspiring locations, not just here in Scotland but in Europe, Australia and beyond. This is your chance to embark on a photography adventure with professional, friendly guidance, creative advice and support.
I create varied and well organised photography trips for small, intimate groups of around six like minded individuals. They usually all share common goals, to create great images, improve skills, explore stunning locations and share a great social experience making new friends along the way. All our featured locations are thoroughly researched by myself, an experienced, multi-award winning AIPP Master Photographer. This enables you to get to the right place at the right time without wasting time.
My key aim is to create a friendly, supportive, informative, memorable and fun experience for all my valued clients, regardless of their of level of experience. We are very proud of our 70% client repeat rate and I invite you to book a trip online and create your own Lightstalker experience that many others have enjoyed over the years. So join us to explore and photograph amongst some of the most inspiring locations out there and create a personal portfolio of stunning photography.
“By reducing the art of photography to its essence, and explaining in simple English how my digital camera could best be taken advantage of, I found myself looking through the lens with a new found inspiration and the confidence to nail the images I dream of capturing. Glen powerfully demonstrated that even the most advanced equipment is just a tool that will only work with sound knowledge of the basic principles of photography.” Tim Cope – National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007 – Australian Adventurer of the year 2006
Why choose Lightstalkers ?
As mentioned I’ve been guiding and operating workshops and phototours for over 12 years. Many of our clients have returned time after time completing half a dozen trips or more which speaks for itself. There is no substitute for experience. I invite you to check out our testimonials page for some client comments.
Keeping it simple. We like keep our groups small, friendly and fun, some other operators run trips with 8 – 20 participants, that’s great for them but not for you. Getting frustrated at a location due to too many competing photographers overcrowding a location is something you won’t have to contend with. It defeats the purpose, our small groups consist of up to 6 photographers max. This creates a good social environment as well as a more practical one, so you can get the images you want without feeling rushed.
We keep our fees as low as possible to offer you the valued client the best deal while maintaining a high level of quality. The locations are the same but our level of service and commitment to our clients is second to none.
There’s no ego here, these trips are all about you, getting “you” to the right locations at the right time and working hard to ensure you get the very best photographic experience possible.
Friendly technical advice and assistance is always on hand as well as pointing out where and how to capture key shots and suggestions on how to improve every aspect of you photography.
“The type of camera you have isn’t that important, it’s what you do with it that counts”. It’s a well used comment, and it’s totally true.
Sure a great camera with great lenses will produce a better quality final image and we all the want the best. However it’s knowledge, practice and creativity that contribute to bring success.
If it’s not a well chosen subject taken in good light, or a cleverly thought out and well exposed composition, then it doesn’t matter how good the camera is. Yes a knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is important too, but its photographic knowledge and camera skills that count.
So get the best out of what you have. You don’t need the best kit to join me on a trip. It’s attitude that matters along with the desire to learn, experience and try different things. Being able to suffer failure and frustration, then learn from it is key. Practice, passion and persistence, this is how you become a good photographer.
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment” Ansel Adams
For whats its worth, I like to keep it simple and light. I switch between wide angle and telephoto lenses, with a F1.8 50mm prime to plug the gap, I let my feet do the zooming here. All lenses are capable of holding Lee neutral density graduated filters and polarisers.
I use two kits, a full frame Nikon SLR and an Olympus four thirds, mirrorless system for researching new locations and travelling light. Both are capable of producing great images along with some help from me.
Cameras: Nikon D800 SLR, 16-35mm f4, 50mm f1.8, 70-200mm f2.8
Olympus OMD EM1 9-18mm, 20-40mm f2.8, 45mm f1.8, 40-150mm f2.8
Tripods: Gitzos mainly, but I also own two Manfrottos
Camera bags: Big and small – Low Pro, Manfrotto and Mindshift Rotation 180
Post production: Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud for 80% of editing and some Lightroom
Hardware: At home a 27 inch iMac with 5k screen. On the road a 13 inch Macbook Pro
My photographic background
Back in the mid 90’s I had a dream of becoming a professional photographer. I emigrated to Australia to realise that dream in 1997 and lived there until to 2009. During that time I studied Visual Art – Applied Photography in Melbourne at NMIT. Upon Graduating I received the Folio of the Year award from the institute. I joined the AIPP (Australia’s professional photography institute) and went on to win the landscape, industrial and architecture categories in the state of Victoria student awards run by the professional body in 2003.
I then embarked on a freelance photography career. This included working for Astir Images, being mentored by both Andrew Esposito and Rocco Ancora, two of Australia’s most innovative and creative wedding photographers. Working with Astir sharpened my camera skill’s, my understanding of light and developed my creative eye which would push my photography across all disciplines to a new level.
However weddings weren’t where my true passion lay and I eventually moved onto creating commercial image portfolios for the State Government of Victoria. This included infrastructure, transport, information technology and major construction projects. I also worked for newspaper groups photographing everything from devastating bush fire disasters, sport, human interest and even the Australian Prime Minister.
During this time I was still following my true passion – Landscape photography. I explored the numerous National Parks of Victoria and Australia at very opportunity on both 4 and 2 wheels. I honed my skills on transparency film with my Xpan and Nikon film cameras while building a body of images and knowledge of the landscape and light. In 2004 I was awarded the AIPP Epson Victorian Landscape Photographer of the Year for a portfolio of work and went onto win the same award again in 2005.
I also became an Associate of the AIPP and in 2007 received the honour of AIPP – Master of Photography a distinguished award in the Australian professional photography industry.
I’m now based in Scotland where I live with my two children Kira and Tomas.
Photography workshops and tuition
In 2004 I met and teamed up with fellow landscape photographer Tom Putt. Together we co led a series of landscape photography workshops in Australia. These included Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and the vibrant Red Centre of the Northern Territory. In 2009 I made the move back to my native Scotland, the die being cast and Lighstalkers Scotland was born.
Lighstalker Adventures is the latest chapter in my story, photographing locations outwith Scotland and as far as Australia. I’m really looking forward to continuing the adventure, creating great images with you, sharing my knowledge and passion for photography with my current clients and meeting new ones from around the globe. I hope you take the opportunity to book one of our trips and join me on location soon.
Photography awards and achievements
Silver award AIPP Canon Australian Professional Photographer Awards 2008
Honour – Master of Photography – AIPP 2007
Silver, silver distncn and gold awards Canon Australian Professional Photographer Awards 2007
Multiple silver and silver distinctions Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2007
Multiple silver / silver distinction awards Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2006
Gold and multiple silver awards – Canon Australian Professional Photographer Awards 2006
AIPP Victorian Epson Landscape Photographer of the Year 2005
Multiple silver / silver distinction awards Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2005
Gold and silver awards – Canon Australian Professional Photographer Awards 2005
AIPP Victorian Epson Landscape Photographer of the Year 2004
Multiple silver and one gold award – Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2004
Honour – Associate member – Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) 2004
Gold and multiple silver awards – Canon Australian Professional Photographer Awards 2004
Landscape / Architecture / Industrial category winner – Victorian Student of the
Year Awards 2003
2 silver awards, Canon Australian Institute of Professional Photographer Awards 2003
Member – Australian Institute of Professional Photography 2003
NMIT – folio of the year 2003
Diploma – Visual Arts / Applied Photography 2003
Fuji scholarship recipient 2003