The Lightstalker’s experience –   sociable, fun, smaller groups catering for everyone, expertly organised and productive photography tours.

Join Glen at an inspiring and thoroughly researched location at one of  England’s most beautiful locations.


April 20, 2022 12:18 pm Published by

THE PEAK DISTRICT CAPTURE AND CREATE WORKSHOP The Capture and Create location for this year’s Autumn workshop will feature the drama of  the Peak District in central England. The valleys, villages, rocky ledges  and edges will be provide the inspiration, locations and photographic content for our editing sessions. I spent four years living near Sheffield on the edge of the Peaks in the late 1970’s. Although young, I experienced  and enjoyed my first freedoms here, walking and cycling around the moors and villages of Hathersage and Dore  in the  east of the National Park. So after a recent recce and trip down memory lane I’m really looking forward to getting back there this year. Lightstalker’s Capture and Create sessions are split into three parts, image capture, image editing and producing a  final A3 print. They are designed to allow you time to edit and process your images from each practical session on location with help and support. During the editing sessions you can experiment, share ideas, gain new knowledge and tips from your guide and tutor Glen, who’s been using  Adobe Photoshop  for over 20 years. It’s a social and informal setting where you can finally share your results with your folio reviewed on the big screen with Glen and the rest of the group. The Sessions Practical sessions at some great locations will include Stanage Edge, Mam Torr, Padley Gorge, Higger Torr, Curbar Edge and the Pinnacle and dusk and dawn.  You’ll then download and edit a selection of your images, catch some tutorials and then share the results on a large screen and high resolution projector. I’ll also  demonstrate some of the techniques I use  including Raw workflow,  non-destructive dodging and burning, subtle use of vignettes, the Orton effect, layer masks, luminosity masks and other helpful tips. While you will pick up some basic and advanced editing techniques in Photoshop, this workshop focuses on improving your skills through review, critique and by example. So some previous knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is required, but I can also run through a tutorial of RAW workflow if you need some help with the basics. At the end of the workshop you’ll have some new ideas, techniques and a better understanding of the image editing and creative process. Find out how employing a “less is more” philosophy can produce a more polished result.  Subtle colour, tonal adjustments and sharpening all combining to give your images a professional edge that take them to the next level. Finally you’ll have to opportunity to create an A3 print of one of your images to take home. Limited places are available so book now. Accommodation We’ll be staying in accommodation in the east of the National Park near the village of Hathersage, which provides a rich collection of varied and convenient locations for us to photograph nearby. The details of the venue will be posted in due course. As with most of my trips everyone gets their own room and a mix of self-catering and cosy pubs will keep us going for evening meals. While  self catering all breakfast provisions will be supplied as well as daytime refreshments. We can pick up lunches from the village nearby. The Peak District – Extra information Meet up The current option is to meet in the town of Glossop  just east of Manchester. You can travel  either by car or public transport which ever is convenient. Meet at Glossop railway station at 12:30 Trains from Manchester to Glossop take around 30 minutes and run every 30 – 60 mins depending on the time of day. Once we are all together we will travel over the Snake Pass to Ladybower reservoir, Bamford Edge and Stanage Edges for our first sessions before arriving at our accommodation after dark. Drop off Hathersage station at   12:30 (trains into Sheffield or Manchester ) or  Glossop @  13:30  for trains to Manchester on the 17th. If you need any further information on pick up or drop off please just ask.


March 18, 2019 5:01 pm Published by

Wild Light Retreat – The Lake District, England Lake District Trip summary  I first visited the  Lake District with camera in hand in 2020 and instantly fell in love. Compact, timeless and packed full of interest there’s nowhere else like it. After running a Photoshop retreat last year I’ve decided to run a dedicated Photo workshop to dig a little deeper and devote more time capturing this beautiful little corner of England. So join me this Autumn in the stunningly beautiful Lake District in the north of England, which  will provide plenty inspiration, fresh air and stunning imagery. This trip runs through the week to avoid the busier weekends. This Lake District photo retreat will combine evening and days session with a couple of early sessions (if your an early riser) around the central and quieter Western Lakes with a session or two at Derwent water to the north also in the mix The featured practical sessions will also feature  Grassmere, Rydal, Waswater, the Langdales and Coniston water. During the evening  we’ll take some  time to edit and review our work, get creative with Photoshop and Lightroom. We’ll also explore some of the classic village locations that are full of interest, colour and texture, such as Conistion, Ambleside and Grassmere. Accommodation Your base for four nights and five days will be comfortable self catering house located as conveniently as possible to our locations. Single occupancy rooms will be the norm unless stated with our own shared facilities. Meals – for ultimate flexibility while in the field we will prepare our own group meals  and your preferences will be noted prior to the trip, we may also nip out to a local restaurant or pub for a meal. Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Lake District photo retreat spending our time in the central and quieter spots where possible. Its a popular place but post Easter holidays and with some weekdays scheduled it should be a little quieter. Some low grade walking and a few short hill walks will be required but these are optional.  Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making it a more  intimate learning experience. 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 cold beer or glass of wine. The Accommodation Self-catering semi – rural cottages, retreats  or small guest houses close by to our locations will ensure we can stay safe and make the most of our time whilst creating a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room. Fell free to  check out some recent trip testimonials here Getting there Pick up options exact details will added shortly A.  Under your own steam – Meet at Penrith station at 12:30 – 13:00 2nd October 2023 B. Need lift* – Halbeath Park and Ride near Dunfermline or Edinburgh South Gyle station located between Edinburgh  Airport and Edinburgh Haymarket station. 10:00am *max 2 Trams – every 7 mins and takes 7 mins from airport or city Trains from Edinburgh Haymarket /Waverley stn frequent and takes around 10 mins*  Workshop ends Penrith station  13:30 6th October 2023 Edinburgh Gateway / South Gyle stations 15:30*   * AlL Penrith times are flexible to a degree let me know your transport availability and eta. If you need any further information on pick up or drop off please just ask.