PHOTO WORKSHOPS ONE TO ONE TUITION AND CUSTOMISED GUIDING IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

One to One photo workshop Master your camera photo workshop  A wonderful introduction to outdoor digital photography. These photo workshop sessions are suitable for both beginners and those who are a little rusty and needing a refresher. Topics covered include – getting the equipment, mastering shooting in manual, understanding exposure and histograms, depth of field and focal length and the need to know about your digital camera. Your also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images / your portfolio for workshop review and assessment a valueable learning experience in itself. These sessions are guaranteed to get you shooting in manual and changing the way you take photos. Creative Landscapes workshop This workshop is suitable for intermediate or advanced participants: we’ll talk about light quality and why it matters so much, building creative compositions, matching weather and light with subject and location, advanced exposure techniques such as long exposure and using neutral density filters. You’ll also get to experience a great Highland location with tips on capturing great landscape images. As with master your camera sessions your also encouraged to bring selection of previous images / your portfolio for review and assessment. Custom guiding and custom made photo tours I understand some people prefer to do their own thing and that’s great. So either on your own, with a group of friends or associates, I can put together a guided custom photography trip ( with tuition if required ) to suit your preferences in Scotland or any of the other locations we offer. When, where we go and how long for is your decision and I’d be more than happy to advise you of potential options. These custom sessions offer a more tailored set of options with longer days of around 8+ hours duration, depending on the time of year. You’ll have  more location options plus more time for individual tuition and working on and developing your skills. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to discuss your options. All Scotland trips currently depart from Inverness or I can meet you at a chosen location.  Please note there is a two day minimum booking for custom guiding. One to one tuition sessions and  multi day guiding around Scotland is usually available all year and is subject to availability.

GLENCOE SCOTLAND JANUARY 2018 – Book here

January 21, 2016 11:56 am Published by

Glencoe Photo Workshop Destination summary Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mists and mountain peaks caught in the clouds.  Tumbling Highland rivers and burns cascading over rocks and plunging into deep peaty coloured pools.  It’s a place that quintessentially wraps up all that is “Highland” and captures photographer’s imaginations the world over. On this workshop you’ll really get a chance to immerse yourself in some truly spectacular Scottish landscapes, from the Majestic Buachaille Etive Mòr guarding the entrances to both Glen Etive and Glencoe to the wild open Rannoch Moor and the distant Black Mount. The best way to capture and experience Glencoe is to park up and wander its paths and trails. Some meander deep into the Glen where the River Coe navigates its course around giant glacial boulders and plunges down into narrow gorges disappearing into blackness. Others paths traverse the northern side along the old military road with stunning vistas of the Glen’s three sisters and River Coe and small Highland lochans. Other locations include a trip down the shores of  Loch Linnhe to Castle Stalker for a dusk session. Not as well know as its famous neighbour, beautiful Glen Etive and the River Etive feel remoter and quieter but still full of drama. The rivers, waterfalls, mountains and history of this corner of Scotland will provide you with plenty of dramatic and romantic winter imagery to complement your portfolio. It’s one of the most evocative parts of Scotland and a workshop and location that has to be experienced. Book your place online. Extra information Start time 10:30 pick up Inverness End time 17:30 (approx ) drop off Inverness Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Accommodation single occupancy ensuite room at the Tigh Na Cheo Hotel, Kinlochleven with full Scottish Breakfast. Packed lunches will be supplied and we’ll grab an evening meal at one of the pubs convenient to our locations at the end of each day Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Skill level beginners to advanced What to expect This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  The conditions can be challenging but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact. We’ll explore the use of filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program. As with Photo Adventures participants will be invited to share their final 6 image folio online with their fellow participants and Glen via a secure online link after the trip. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. Winter days can be mild and wet or cold and wintery, so pleas bring good gloves, a balaclava might be handy too. Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure  or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.  

ISLE OF SKYE SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2018 – Book here

July 20, 2016 3:44 pm Published by

Classic Isle of Skye  Workshop Destination summary Welcome to the Cloud Island as the Vikings used to call the Isle of Skye. If it’s stunning Scottish landscapes your looking for then this is where to start. Skye has been listed as one of Europe’s top ten Islands to visit and there are plenty good reasons to back that up. Sea cliffs, breathtaking vistas, jagged Gabbro mountains that vanish into the swirling mists, shimmering lochs, streams and pockets of quiet and calm that seem a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Now connected to the mainland by a bridge it still has the charm, drama and a wild and romantic history that has been well documented. It’s also packed full of amazing landscapes , from the tip of Trotternish to the tumbling Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle. You’ll be getting a great introduction to this wild Atlantic island in winter as you photograph some of its most celebrated places, editing your images in the comfort of your hotel  then reviewing our portfolio’s from our 4 days on Skye. This will be my 7th year in succession photographing and guiding photographers to this wonderful Highland  landscape, so book your place, catch the wind and take on the sheer beauty of the Misty Isle of Skye this Winter. Extra information Start time pick up Inverness – 10am 16th February End time – drop off Inverness 5pm – 19th February Accommodation – single occupancy room – Portree Hotel Essential equipment  tripod, your camera with lenses. Non essential but recommended  Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight Neutral Density filters would be useful but not essential.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Skill level – Suitable for intermediate to more advanced photographers What to expect This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  The conditions can be changeable at anytime of year especially in winter but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact. We’ll explore the use of filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction, learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program. As with Photo Adventures participants will be invited to share their final 6 image folio online with their fellow participants and Glen via a secure online link after the trip. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be misty and wet at times but it’s not unusual to get  cold snaps with frost snow or ice . This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way up hill ( Old man of Storr), however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure  or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

ORKNEY ISLANDS SCOTLAND MAY 2018 – Book here

November 2, 2015 11:29 am Published by

Orkney Islands Photo Adventure Destination summary This Orkney Islands Photo Adventure featuresa fantastic archipelago of islands about 10 miles off the Caithness coast in the far North East of Scotland. On Orkney you’ll be photographing the dramatic seascapes  around the Main Island and the dramatic Island of Hoy which lies of it’s west coast. There is a very different feel to Orkney compared to Scotland’s western Hebridean islands. The Orkney Islands were once part of the  Norse and later Danish Earldoms and you’ll certainly get a sense of that. Orkney features rolling hills, coastal scenery, dramatic sea stacks, nesting Puffins, ancient standing stones and the beautiful 12th century St Magnus Cathedral. All of these compete for the photographers attention and  provide a varied and rich set of subjects to complement your portfolio. With long days at this time of year we will focus on afternoon, evening and dusk sessions with some free time in the morning to edit your images. You’ll also get to experience and photograph  Highland Park Distillery,  Scotland’s most northerly and one of it’s best Single Malt whiskies. Extra information Start time  11:00 – 11:30am Inverness pick up on the 7th End time  16:30 – 1700 Inverness drop off on the 12th Getting there Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports. Accommodation Single occupancy rooms at Natural Retreats in John O Groats and Smithfield Hotel in Dounby, Orkney. Essential equipment  tripod, your camera with lenses. Non essential but recommended  Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight Neutral Density filters would be useful but not essential.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms.  A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

WILD SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS MAY 2018 – Sold Out

October 19, 2015 12:37 pm Published by

Wild Scottish Highlands Photo Adventure Destination Summary Photograph the unique drama and spirit of the Wild Scottish Highlands. This trip features the iconic mountains and lochs of Torridon  dotted with stands of charismatic Scots pine below the lofty peaks of Slioch and Liathach. Further south the wild beauty of Glencoe and Glenfinnan are bursting with photo opportunities. Both these locations are rich in history and drama. Further west  along the “Road to the Isles” we’ll capture seascape views over to Eigg and Rum before catching the ferry to the wonderful Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s best photography destinations. Elgol on Skye’s west coast offers one of the finest photographic locations in Scotland. The Elgol views to the Cullin mountains and crashing waves of loch Scavaig are a highlight at any time of year. We’ll also take in a wonderful  session at Sligachan on the northern side of the hills to capture the Glen and it’s wild river as it tumbles and cascades down the hillside.  This is a photo tour that explores the best of the Wild Scottish Highlands full of wow factor locations. Not to be missed. Extra information Start time 12:00 – 12:30 pick up in Inverness 0n 19th May End time 17:00 drop off Inverness on. 23rd May Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Accommodation  4 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast – 1 nights  Ord House Hotel in Muir of Ord ~ 2 nights at the Ballachulish Hotel, near Glencoe and 1 night on the Isle of Skye at the Old Inn, Carbost. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Skill level beginners to advanced. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Locations and fitness. Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

ISLE OF SKYE AND THE WEST HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND AUGUST 2018 – Book here

November 2, 2015 2:46 pm Published by

Isle of Skye and the West Highlands Destination summary The Isle of Skye and the West Highlands is our longest running Photo Adventure and it’s a classic, with the first day session featuring the former herring fishing village of Cromarty on the Black Isle and  the tumbling cascades and waterfalls of the Fairy Glen where we’ll focus on some technical aspects of photography. Your first day will finish with a dusk session on the northern shore of legendary Loch Ness. Day two will see us take to the mountains, hills and lochs of Torridon where you’ll explore and photograph beautiful Glen Torridon and the shoreline of Loch Maree, Scotland’s 4th biggest, dotted with ancient Scots Pine and enjoy a evening meal in a great Highland pub. Then you’ll head south west along the shores of Loch Ness and over to the Isle of Skye. After capturing Eilean Donan castle we take the bridge over to Skye for some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in Scotland. Locations include the Red and Black Cuillins hills, Neist Point, Glen Sligachan, the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula. Magical dusk sessions at both remote Elgol and Talisker bay with is black boulder beach are a highlight of every Skye trip. On our final day we’ll depart from Skye on the old turntable ferry to the small village of Glenelg, capturing the nearby  Iron Age Brochs and 18 century Bernera Barracks. From here we’ll trace our way back through the five sisters of Kintail, Glen Sheil and finally back to Inverness. Extra Information Start time 12:00 – 12:30 pick up in Inverness End time 17:30 drop off Inverness on the 25th Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Accommodation 2 nights single occupancy room at the Glasdair  House, Inverness and 3 nights single occupancy room at the Old Inn Carbost on the Isle of Skye. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Recommended: Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters (6 and 10 stop) would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Locations and fitness. Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

SKYE HARRIS AND LEWIS, SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2018 – Book here

October 31, 2015 9:12 am Published by

Skye Harris and Lewis photo workshop Destination summary This Skye Harris and Lewis workshop focuses on two of  the most beautiful parts of Scotland. First up it’s the dramatic Trotternish landforms of the Quiraing and the classic Cullin views from Elgol on the Isle of Skye. Then over the Minch to the wild empty beaches, seascapes and standing stones of the Outer Hebridean Islands of Harris and Lewis. This is a photography workshop not to be missed. The Isle of Skye needs little introduction and is without doubt one of Scotland’s most dramatic locations. We’ll start our practical sessions in the small fishing community of Elgol on the first evening where you’ll have time to explore a  variety of classic compositions. We’ll experiment with long exposures and I’ll go over the use of graduated neutral density filters and creating dynamic wide angle compositions. The following day will be spent  on the Trotternish ridge photographing the other worldly views around the magnificent Quiraing. Later in the day we’ll board the car ferry to Outer Hebridean Isles of Lewis and Harris from Uig to to Tarbert on the Island of Harris . It’s here we’ll be based for 4 nights in the wonderful Harris Hotel. From our base we’ll explore and photograph some of the finest beaches and wide open spaces in the British Isles including Scarasta, Seilabost and Luskentyre.  Soft light and clean, minimal compositions work in harmony here and if we’re lucky we can complement this with pastel hues to create some uniquely Hebridean images. Other locations will include hidden coves on the Golden Road, Huisinis Bay, Mangersta’s wild and remote sea stacks, the mountains of Harris and the wonderful Neolithic Calanais standing stones (built around 4000 years BC) on the Isle of Lewis. A great location and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Plus a great place to improve your photography and learn from your guide and tutor Glen. Extra information Start time  11:00 pick up in Inverness End time 19:00 drop off Inverness Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Accommodation 1 nights single occupancy room at the Tongadale Hotel, Portree and 4 nights single occupancy room at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. *subject to availability What to expect This photography workshop  includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  This includes use of manual exposure, long exposures, use of Graduated and ND filters , landscape composition and light theory. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program. As with photo adventures participants will be invited to share their final 6 image folio online with their fellow participants and Glen via a secure online link after the trip. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy surfaces. This can involve  short walks across rocky and uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to an hour, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.