PHOTO WORKSHOPS ONE TO ONE TUITION AND CUSTOMISED GUIDING IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

One to One workshops – gift vouchers available One to one sessions and customised photography tours in Scotland Personalised one day or multiple day photography workshops and tuition to suit your individual requirements. Learn how to master your camera with a mini photo workshop. Improve your photography skills with a practical private session at a great Scottish location with photographer and guide Glen Campbell. MASTER YOUR CAMERA & CREATIVE LANDSCAPES   A wonderful introduction to digital landscape and outdoor photography, these sessions are both tuition based. Master your Camera sessions are a great introduction for beginners or those trying to find there feet with the basics. Creative Landscapes sessions are more focused on the “creative side”,  learning to see shots and experimenting with composition, long exposure techniques and a little editing workflow*. Some topics covered include: basic equipment use and advice, what you need and what you don’t optimising camera functions, shooting in manual and mastering exposure using histograms understanding depth of field composition techniques long exposure neutral density graduated filters and their use *basic raw image workflow in Photoshop or Lightroom Your also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images in digital format for review and assessment, a valueable learning experience in itself. Master Your Camera session Day fee: £265.00 per person (approx 7hrs duration). A deposit of £95.00 per booking is required with the balance payable on the day or by bank transfer. Locations Kingdom of Fife  – St Andrews and Fife’s East Neuk Edinburgh – Capital city sessions Creative landscapes in the Scottish Highlands session  Single day £325.00 / two days £495.00 (approx 8hrs duration) Locations The Black Isle, Torridon and Loch Maree, Inverpolly and Assynt (other locations available depending on availability – contact me directly). We start and end in Inverness each day where you’ll be picked up and dropped off. CUSTOM ONE TO ONE AND GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS I understand some people like to do their own thing and that’s great. So either on your own, with a group of friends or associates I can tailor a guided photography trip with tuition to suit your preferences. When, where and how long is entirely up to you. With nearly 10 years experience guiding photographers here in Scotland you’ll be in good hands. Custom itinerary rates start at £325.00* per person, per day from Inverness. These custom tours offer a more tailored set of options and usually involve a dusk or dawn session depending on the time of year. They offer more location options plus more time for tuition and developing your skills. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to discuss your options. Inverness based locations include Loch Ness, the Black Isle, Torridon, Inverpolly, The Cairngorm National Park and the Moray Coast.  You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel or accommodation each day. Location based options* include St Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife, Edinburgh, Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Mull, Sutherland and Caithness plus many more.   Extra Info *These may also be available at certain times of the year but will have additional fees for accommodation and additional expenses. One, two or three days may be available so you can add additional locations and tailor your tour. Contact me directly for group rates for longer periods. Please bring a selection of previous images on USB stick or laptop for review and assessment if you can. As well as Scotland, I can also offer custom group trips to Iceland, Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Slovenia and the Julian Alps, Venice and Tuscany. These are subject to availability and require a minimum of 4 participants. Please contact me directly for more info and details of fees. All of the above are ran on demand and subject to availability. Includes tuition, transport to locations, and some refreshments, *does not include accommodation or meals). Gift vouchers available.  

ISLE OF SKYE SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2019 – 1 place available

July 20, 2016 3:44 pm Published by

Classic Isle of Skye photo 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 10th year in succession photographing and guiding photographers to this wonderful Highland  landscape in winter, 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 1st February End time – drop off Inverness 5pm – 4th February Accommodation – single occupancy ensuite  room – Portree Hotel with full Scottish Breakfast 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 beginners, intermediate and 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 and some can involve short hill walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy muddy 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.

THE MORAY COAST SEASCAPES, SCOTLAND MARCH 2019 – 4 places left

May 18, 2017 9:56 am Published by

Destination summary The  Moray Coast Seascapes Photo Workshop The Moray Coast is just one of many inspiring locations in the Lightstalker’s Scottish portfolio. This dramatic coastline was recently listed in the prestigious “world’s top 12 coastlines” by a National Geographic panel. The southern coastline of the Moray Firth extends from Inverness all the way east to Peterhead. During the 4 days you’ll be exploring and photographing a large part of it between Findhorn in the west and Pennan in the east. One of the main highlights is the Bow Fiddle Rock, a natural sea arch  just offshore from the village of Portknockie. This huge sea stack (formally a sea cave) is made up of ancient Cullen quartzite rock formed millions of years ago and sits just off shore by a sheltered cove. You’ll be photographing this dramatic seascape at dusk and dawn from various vantage points. During your workshop you’ll be staying at the Cullen Bay Hotel, conveniently perched above a long arc of sandy beach.  A good central base which  makes for easy access to this dramatic seascape at both dusk and dawn, enabling us to create some amazing images. During the workshop you’ll take a walk along a small part of the Moray Coast Trail. Photographing the colourful stoney beach at Clashach Cove, ending up on Hopeman beach to the west.  It has a contrasting scene to the rocky seascapes of Cullen. Hopeman’s sandy dunes, sculpted rock formations and  luminous green seaweed adorned rocks plus its quirky beach huts provide plenty options for strong compositions. Other highlights include the minimalist scenes at Findhorn, the old 17th century harbour of Portsoy and the simple but attractive fishing villages of Pennan ( Local Hero was filmed here in 1982), Crovie and Gardenstown. Perched right by the sea they are all incredibly atmospheric and photogenic. With image reviews and editing sessions this workshop is as educational as it is inspiring.  Book your place online. Extra information Start time  10:30 Inverness pick up on the 23rd End time  17:00 Inverness drop off on the 26th 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 the Cullen Bay Hotel, Cullen. Essential equipment  tripod, your camera with range of lenses ideally from wide to telephoto 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 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. 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 1/2 and 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 2019 – book here

October 19, 2015 12:37 pm Published by

Wild Scottish Highlands Photo Adventure Destination Summary – Wild Scottish Highlands Photograph the unique drama and spirit of the wild  Scottish Highlands. This photo adventure features the iconic mountains and lochs of Torridon  dotted with stands of charismatic Scots pine below the lofty peaks of Slioch and Liathach. There’s also the opportunity to photograph and tour the Singleton single malt whisky distillery  which is adjacent to our hotel on the second day. Heading south after a couple of stops along the north side of Loch Ness,  the wild beauty of Glencoe and Glenfinnan are bursting with photo opportunities. Both these locations are rich in history and drama. You’ll capture the waterfalls and rivers that meander through then Glen, take a walk  along the old road to photograph the old bridges and  capture one of the  most iconic of Glencoe views. Further west  along the “road to the isles” after a session by Loch Linnie and views of Ben Nevis you’ll photograph the Glenfinnan viaduct (also of Harry Potter fame), have lunch in a restored railway car and take in the majestic views around Loch Shiel. Back on the road, the  seascape views over to the isles of Eigg and Rum give you a preview of the inner Hebrides 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 capture this evocative and classic scene at dusk before finally heading to our Hotel /Inn late evening. The following and final day  takes in a wonderful  session at Glen Sligachan on the northern side of the Cuilin hills to capture the Glen and it’s wild river as it tumbles and cascades down the hillside. Sessions at Eilean Donan Castle and Ratagan and the 5 sisters of Kintail will be our final stops before returning to Inverness by way of Loch Ness.  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 11:00 – 11:30 pick up in Inverness on the 20th May End time 17:00 drop off Inverness on the 24th 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 2019 – 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  11:30  pick up in Inverness End time 17:30 drop off Inverness on the 1st September 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 Lovat Arms Hotel, Beauly 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.

THE HEBRIDEAN WORKSHOP, SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2019 – Book here

October 31, 2015 9:12 am Published by

The Hebrides – Skye, Harris and Lewis photo workshop Destination summary This Skye, Harris and Lewis workshop focuses on two of  the most beautiful parts of Scotland’s inner and outer Hebrides.  Skye needs little introduction and our first location takes us to the magical inner Hebridean Isle with the big reputation for landscape photography. Big on drama   the Trotternish landforms of the Quiraing and the classic Cullin waterfalls and cascades of Glen Brittle will be the key focus of our attention. After a comfortable night in Portree and an early session in Sligachan we then take the Calmac ferry over the Minch from Uig  to the wild empty and pastel hued beaches and seascapes of Harris. This is a place where time slows down, space opens up and you have a feeling of peace and being in the moment. Soft white sand, aquamarine seas and pastel green hues of the Machair grass combine to add a unique flavour  to our photography. On the beaches of Luskentyre, Seilebost and Rosomal, you’ll be able to experiment with soft minimal compositions working at times with low light and water movement. Help and advise will always be on hand from your tuitor and guide Glen. Staying in the central comfortable and family owned Harris hotel makes this the ideal base to explore and photograph some of the jewels that exist a short distance away. We’ll return here after each dusk session to a sociable and delicious evening meal and maybe one of the many single malts in the well stocked cosy bar. Later in the week we’ll venture north over the Harris mountains to Lewis, the bigger off the two joined islands, to the 5000 year old Callanish standings stones. We’ll have two sessions here, one in the afternoon and one at dusk to make the most of this fascinating location. En route we’ll capture some truly spectacular scenes around the Harris mountains , Mangersta sea stacks and wild open Lewis landscapes. Then is a unique part of the British Isles  a world away from the hustle and bustle of busy modern life where Gaelic is still widley spoken and the weather and light is a constant theatre of change. This really is a photography workshop not to be missed so join your Highland guide Glen and challenge your photography in the Scottish Hebrides. Extra information Start time  11:00 pick up in Inverness on the 22nd October 2019 End time 19:00 drop off Inverness 27th October 2019 Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3hrs approx ) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Accommodation 1 nights single occupancy room at the Portree Hotel on Skye and 4 nights single occupancy room at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert with Scottish breakfasts. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod and waterproof camera bag. Good quality waterproof and wind proof jacket and over trousers, gloves / hat. Hiking boots that are waterproof / watertight – Gortex etc. 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.