“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 multi-award winning AIPP Master Photographer. I’ve been guiding photography workshops and teaching photographers since 2004 after graduating from an Visual Arts – Applied Photography course in Melbourne, Australia where I lived for 12 years.
I’m also passionate about travel, wild places and creating great photographs. .
Now based in my native Scotland I also operate Lightstalkers Scotland which specialises in guiding, photo retreats and workshops in the magnificent Highlands and other Scottish locations. I was one of the first providers of comprehensive photographic workshops in the Scottish Highlands.
You can follow our adventures here on Instagram@lightstalker_adventures or search for some of my work on 500px as Glen Campbell – @glenphoto1.
Lightstalker Adventures also provides you with the same dedicated attention to detail at locations outwith 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. once there I share insights and technical help so you can create great images at inspiring locations.
Presently I run tours in Scotland , Europe, Africa and occasionally Australia with other locations on my radar. So this is your chance to embark on your own photography adventure with me, your professional and friendly guide. During g that trip I can offer you a professional service, creative advice and support.
I create varied and well organised photography trips for small, intimate groups of around 4 – 6 like minded individuals. Clients 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 prior to arriving.
I’ve already made the mistakes so this this enables you to get the benefit of hindsight that ensures we to the right place at the right time without wasting time.
I hope you can join me.
As travel has become more accessible, more people are getting out there and exploring the natural world, which is great. However, this can as we know create a negative impact. So I try and tread lightly and visit more out of the way places when I can.
Some locations are getting crazy busy with tourists , Instagramers, large groups and photogaphers descending on popular places.
Again, I’m trying to avoid diluting the experience by having small groups and visiting more out of the way places when I can. I’m also looking into offsetting the emmisons of the vehicles I drive on tour, stopping the use of plastic bottles and other unnecessary packaging. We also eat out in places that use local produce as much as possible. Every little helps.
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. I am very proud of my 70% client repeat rate and I invite you to book a trip online and create your own Lightstalkers experience. So join me to explore and photograph 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
The Little Sherpa Foundation
Back in 2015 I was fortunate to visit Nepal and trek to Tengboche Monastery to photograph the Solokhumu and Mount Everest. During that time I was guided by a Buddest Monk, Tashi Lama and my good friend James Lamb from Scotland.
After an avalanche and earthquake struck the region in 2014 and 2015 they set up a charity to help the children that had lost their parents either guiding on Everest or through the devastation of the earthquake.
Since then the charity has raised money and done a huge amount of work for the region, rebuilding schools, providing equipment and many of the basics we take for granted. This caught the attention of BAFTA winning filmmaker Richard Else which led him to produce a documentary on both James, Tashi and the lives of the Sherpa people that live in the region.
If you’d like to support this charity and the work they do you can visit their website for more information by clicking here .
Why choose Lightstalkers ?
As mentioned I’ve been guiding and operating workshops and phototours for over 15 years, in the end there is no substitute for knowledge and experience.
Many of my clients have returned time after time completing half a dozen trips or more which speaks for itself. I invite you to check out our testimonials page for some client comments.
Keeping it simple. I like to keep my photo tour groups small, sociable, informative and fun. Many other operators run trips with 8 – 20 participants, that’s great for them but not for you. This dilutes the experience on location and can get frustrating with too many competing photographers overcrowding a location. This is something you won’t have to contend with as I believe it defeats the purpose of experiencing wild places. 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.
If you wish to view our Ts & C’s just click any “Book Now” button on any of the featured photo tours and you’ll see a terms and conditions link, don’t worry you won’t be committing to anything.
Camera skills and principles of exposure and light are key.
For a successful image the combination of quality of light and the subject that is in front you is more important than what abilities you have in Photoshop or Lightroom.
“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
My Camera bag
I like to keep it simple and light with minimal fuss and gadgets. I usually work switching between a wide angle (16-35) and telephoto lense (70-200), 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 also use a Nikon 105mm Macro and a Sigma 150-600mm for wild life and occasional landscape work.
I use two kits, two full frame Nikon SLRs and an Olympus four thirds, mirrorless system for researching new locations and travelling light. Both are capable of producing great images.
Cameras: Nikon D850 / D810e SLR with Nikon lenses
Olympus OMD EM1 Mkiii with Olympus lenses
Mavik Pro 2 Drone for aerial work.
A Sony Rx100 Mk3 in my pocket or car just in case .
Filters systems: Lee filters and Grads and Hoya Pro1 polarisers.
Tripods: Gitzo Signature and two Manfrottos
Camera bags: Big and small – Low Pro, Manfrotto and Mindshift
Post production: Adobe Photoshop CC for 80% of editing and some Lightroom Classic
Hardware: Macbook Pro 13 inch and a Samsung T3 back up in the field. An iMac with western digital back ups back home. Canon Pro 100s printer for creating hard prints.
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 creating image portfolios for 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 once 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 again where I live with my partner Lynne and three children Kira, Tomas and Lewis.
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.