PHOTO WORKSHOPS ONE TO ONE TUITION AND CUSTOMISED GUIDING IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

MASTER YOUR CAMERA WITH A MINI  PHOTO WORKSHOP Improve your photography skills with a ONE TO ONE practical private session at a great Highland location with Highland photographer and guide Glen Campbell. 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. Duration – 6 hours Tuition / session fees:  £295.00 per person. A deposit of £95.00 per booking is required. 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. 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.  

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.

HIGHLAND SPIRIT SCOTLAND SEPTEMBER 2018 – Book here

January 9, 2018 8:57 pm Published by

Highland Spirit, Photo tour Scotland Scotland – Destination summary In September the Highlands of Scotland are in their element as the colour palette of the landscape begins to introduce some warmer colours amongst the shades of summer greens. This exciting new 4 day photo tour begins by exploring the Highland mountains and lochsides of Torridon on Scotland’s north west coast. Further south you’ll encounter the Scots Pine clad hills around the Cairngorm massif before travelling through Speyside whisky country, and a visit to the Glenfiddich Distillery.  From here it’s on to the classic east coast seascapes and fishing villages of the Moray Coast. A great variety of photographic subjects to enjoy and challenge your skills.   West coast – Torridon To the north west of the Highland capital Inverness, lie the dramatic Torridon mountains, one of the most beautiful and lesser visited parts of Scotland. Ben Eighe, Liathach and Ben Alligin all rise high above the tumbling rivers and glittering lochs below, popular with climbers and hikers they’re great to both photograph and explore. At the end of Glen Torridon lies Scotlands 4th biggest loch, Loch Maree.  Its shores are dotted with stands of iconic Caledonian pine trees and the vistas here make for great dusk compositions as the sun sets over brooding Slioch, which sits on its northern shore. The Cairngorm  To the south of Inverness we meet the Cairngorm, Gaelic for ‘Blue Mountains’. The Cairngorm mountain (1245m) is the one that gives the whole massif its name. We’ll be based near the shores of Loch Morlich which are an excellent location to see the range at dusk. Hidden in a nearby forest is Loch an Eilean, home to a 13th century castle that seems to float on the surface of the Loch, another great photo opportunity.  Glenfeshie features a hidden set of waterfalls and cascades and is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and capture some wonderful images. East Coast – Speyside and The Moray Coast  The Moray Coast, recently added to the worlds top 12 coastlines list by a National Geographic panel is located to the east of Inverness on the Moray Firth. In the morning you’ll make your way from the  Cairngorm on a scenic road that follows the route of the River Spey. The third longest, and fastest flowing, river in Scotland usually crops up in conversations involving Single Malt Whisky and Salmon fishing. Your route onwards to the sea will cut through the Monadhliath and Cairngorm range, the journey dotted with pretty villages and distilleries. Around half way you’ll photograph the original Glenfiddich Distillery, world famous and still family owned, and sample its  Single Malts. At the coast you will explore and photograph a number of its key features, including the Bow Fiddle Rock, Portsoy harbour, Findlater castle and the small coastal village of Gardenstown. After a night in the Fife Lodge Hotel in Banff, your final day will feature several photo stops including Duffus castle and the beaches of Hopeman and Findhorn to create some seascape compositions. A packed 4 days with a variety of scenic photography locations that run from coast to coast – book your place now.   Extra information Pick up at 10:30am on the 9th September in Inverness at your chosen Hotel or the Railway station – drop off in Inverness on the 12th early evening around 6pm. Getting there  Inverness has flight connections with London, Dublin, Amsterdam and other regional UK airports. It’s 3hrs north  by bus or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Accommodation 9th – The Chieftain Hotel, Inverness – 1 night, 1oth – The Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel – 1 night ( with dinner included ) 11th- the Fife Lodge Hotel, Banff – 1 night. All single occupancy with ensuite. What to expect Photo Adventure  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 fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather  September can be a kind month which  sees settled mild weather but still that chance of rain, it’s Scotland after all. So be prepared for showers and wind, and sun. 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 slippy surfaces. This can involve short walks up  hills, along riversides and over uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to 30 minutes – 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 – Sold out

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 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.

SKYE HARRIS AND LEWIS, SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2018 – Sold out

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.  

ISLE OF SKYE SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2019

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 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.

SCOTLAND SEASCAPES – THE MORAY COAST MARCH 2019 – places available

May 18, 2017 9:56 am Published by

Destination summary Scotland’s Seascapes – The  Moray Coast 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.