TORRIDON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2021

Wild Light – Torridon photography workshop –  A walk on the wild side

Destination summary

This Torridon photography workshop is  another in the Wild Light series of  Lightstalkers workshops that bring you into the wild heart of the Highlands and Islands in the quieter seasons.

Torridon lies to the north west of the Highland capital Inverness. It’s a  land of majestic  mountains, ancient rocks, still standing Scots Pines and vistas that can render you  speechless.

Remote and  unspoilt it’s that vision of  classic Scotland that you imagine when you close your eyes. During this Torridon Photography workshop we’ll be shooting from the shores of  pine clad Loch Maree and brooding Slioch, through Glen Torridon below the high peaks of Ben Eighe, Liathach, Ben Alligin and onto the world away Peninsula of Applecross and its wonderful  views over to Skye.

We’ll be tucked away in our base in the heart of it all, making use of dawn and dusk light and seeking out wild light, the odd wild Stag and drama by day. There may even snow on the peaks, frosts and ice around the loch shores to aid our compositions and set the late winter scenes. Torridon is truly one of the UK’s most beautiful mountain regions – Book your place online.

 

Not your usual photography workshop

You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Torridon 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 can read some testimonials from previous participants here

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.

Torridon Photography workshop – Extra information

Start time  10:00 pick up in Inverness on the 19th February 2021

End time 17:00 drop off in Inverness 22nd February 2021

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 - Torridon
19th -22nd February 2021
Places available - 4
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

  • Loch Maree and Slioch
  • Glen Torridon & Loch Clair
  • Loch Coulin
  • Ben Eighe and
  • Coire Mhic Nobuil
  • Applecross Peninsula
  • The Bealach na Ba and Russell Burn
  • Local meals / local produce
  • Guiding and tuition
  • Evening images reviews
  • Lightstalkers Beanie