The Hebrides – Skye, Harris and Lewis photo workshop
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, 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 – instructional advice on finding compositions, shot selections and lens choice are always on hand to get you up and running.
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.
A photo trip packed with great subjects and all in the wonderful isolation of the Outer Hebrides.
An editing masterclass and image critiques will also take place, allowing us to review our work from the trip.
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.
Start time 10:30 pick up in Inverness on the 20th October 2020
End time 19:00 drop off Inverness 25th October 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 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, wide angle to telephoto lenses, 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.
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.
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20th - 25th October 2020 - 6 days
Places available: yes
Trip fee: £1795.00
Booking deposit: £200
Starts / ends: Inverness
- 6 day workshop with 5 nights single occupancy accommodation
- Full Scottish breakfasts
- Pick up and drop off in Inverness
- Return Ferry to Harris and Lewis
- Practical guidance and tuition on location
- Dawn, day and dusk sessions
- Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie
- Transport to / from Inverness
- Lunch or evening meals
- Alcoholic beverages
- Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance
- The best hand picked locations
- Isle of Skye
- Fairy pools and the Quiriang
- Harris and Lewis
- Calanish neolithic stones
- Luskentyre and Seilabost beaches
- The Golden Road
- Mangersta sea stacks
- Huisinis Bay
- Dun Carloway Broch
- Harris Mountains and Glens
- Deserted crofts
- Uig Sands
- On location image reviews
- Plenty creative shooting time on location
- Highland guide with expert tailored tuition
- Outer Hebridean hospitality
- Small groups ( max 7 ) for maximum freedom to photograph with One to One advice
Meticulously planned the days were full but never felt militant with flexibility to join as you wanted. Glen was always on hand to give helpful tuition, tips and critique whilst also giving us time to find our way ourselves.
Stunning locations and thanks to Glen I have some images that managed to capture the beauty of the place.
An excellent trip that I would recommend to novices and experts alike. Thanks for a great few days and your patience. Karen Drummond - UK