SCOTLAND PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INVERPOLLY AND ASSYNT MARCH 2020

Wild Light – Inverpolly and Assynt, – “a walk on the wild side”

Destination Summary

This Wild Light Inverpolly and Assynt workshop is  the first in a new series of  Lightstalkers trips. Wild Light workshops now bring you into the wild heart of the Highlands and Islands in the quieter seasons.

Inverpolly and Assynt are part of a remote area in the  North West Highlands straddling the counties of Wester Ross and Sutherland. Remote yes, but they are blessed with fine mountains, unspoilt coastline, rivers and lochs, and little tourists.

Legends say  this is where “the Viking gods practiced making mountains”. And it’s the charismatic peaks of Suilven, Stac Polly, Cul Mor and Quinag that will provide the backdrop for many of our compositions.

This is indeed Scotland for the connoisseur.

Not your usual photography workshop

You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Scotland photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations to seek out  wild, remote and unique Highland landscapes,  and getting far away from the selfie sticks and tour buses.

By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs.

This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland locations. Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more  intimate learning experience*.

Less is more

We have less participants crowding out locations and therefore you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing   wild places like the Highlands. Challenging maybe, but with expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog  find your way to creating great images .

In the Wild Highlands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer.

The Learning

Your guide Glen has 16 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly.

You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a dram or glass of wine .

The Accommodation

Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we make the most of our time and create a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals or on occasion venture to local pubs  that dot the region when available. You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions.

Extra information

Start time  10:00 pick up in Inverness on the 20th March 2020

End time 17:00 drop off in Inverness 23rd March 2020

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 3 nights single occupancy room at a remote Highland location close to our featured  locations

Essential camera equipment  SLR or Mirrorless camera systems that can take a filter system are ideal. Lenses – ultra wide angle to telephoto lenses – 16 mm full frame to 200mm ( or DX equivalent) , good quality solid tripod that is easy to use and a waterproof camera bag. Lens clothes and lens issue.

Clothing 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.

Weather
I’ve been photographing the Highlands for over 10 years and one thing I’ve learnt is to be prepared to be working on all condtions.

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.

*Wild Light workshops  will be limited to 4 participants – it may vary on occasion, if this changes you will be notified.

** accommodation options will vary depending on availability

 

 

Wild Light Inverpolly and Assynt
20th - 23rd March 2020 - 4 days
Places available: yes
Trip fee: £1145.00
Booking deposit: £150.00
Starts / ends: Inverness

Includes

  • 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast
  • Fully guided itinerary
  • Hands on tuition in the field and feedback
  • Pick up and drop-off in Inverness

Not Included

  • Transport to or from pick up point - Inverness
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • You must have adequate travel insurance for this trip

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Wild and remote Highland locations
  • Small intimate groups
  • Comfortable Highland retreat accommodation
  • Stunning locations
  • Coigach Peninsula
  • Achnahaird beach
  • Stac Polly and Cul Mor
  • Suilven and Quinaig
  • Wailing widow falls
  • Loch Assynt and Kylesku
  • Clachtoll
  • Evening meals featuring Local produce.
"Thanks Glen, I had an incredible time. I’d highly recommend one of his tours or workshops to anyone interested in photography." Travis Owney - USA