Experience the beauty and best of Scotland through the photography tours and workshops offered by Glen Campbell.

A world class photographer with a local perspective, explore and capture the Highlands from the Outer Hebrides to the Isle of Skye to its historic capital Edinburgh. Or if you prefer let Glen custom build an  itinerary for you or your group.

Here are the upcoming Scottish photography tours and workshops:

PHOTO WORKSHOPS ONE TO ONE TUITION AND CUSTOMISED GUIDING IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

ONE TO ONE WORKSHOPS One to one sessions and customised photography tours in Scotland Personalised one day or multiple day photography workshops and tuition to suit your individual requirements. Learn how to master your camera with a mini photo workshop. Improve your photography skills with a practical private session at a great Scottish location with photographer and guide Glen Campbell. MASTER YOUR CAMERA & CREATIVE LANDSCAPES   A wonderful introduction to digital landscape and outdoor photography, these sessions are both tuition based. Master your Camera (MYC)  half day sessions (4.5hrs) are a great introduction for beginners or those trying to find there feet with the basics. Creative Landscapes sessions are more focused on the “creative side”,  learning to see shots and experimenting with composition, long exposure techniques and a little editing workflow*. Some topics covered include: basic equipment use and advice, what you need and what you don’t (MYC) optimising camera functions, (MYC) shooting in manual and mastering exposure (MYC) using histograms (MYC) understanding depth of field Creative composition techniques long exposures neutral density and graduated filters and their use *basic raw image workflow in Photoshop or Lightroom Your also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images in digital format for review and assessment, a valueable learning experience in itself. Master Your Camera session Half Day fee: £165.00 per person (approx 4.5hrs duration). A deposit of £95.00 per booking is required with the balance payable on the day or by bank transfer. On location – options  Kingdom of Fife  – St Andrews and Fife’s East Neuk Coastline / Edinburgh – Capital city sessions Creative Landscapes  Single day £295.00* / two days £590.00 (approx 8hrs duration) Locations Edinburgh St Andrews & the Fife Coast. Highland Locations – Inverness & The Black Isle, Torridon and Loch Maree, Inverpolly and Assynt. We start and end in Inverness each day where you’ll be picked up and dropped off. (other locations available depending on availability – contact me directly)* Highland locations have a £25 supplement per day.   CUSTOM ONE TO ONE AND GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS I understand some people like to do their own thing and that’s great. So either on your own, with a group of friends or associates I can tailor a guided photography trip in the Highlands with tuition to suit your preferences. When, where and how long is entirely up to you. With nearly 10 years experience guiding photographers here in Scotland you’ll be in good hands. Custom itinerary Rates  325.00 p/p per day – single participant £275.00 p/p per day – multiple Participant ( max 4  ) These custom tours offer a more tailored set of options and usually involve a dusk or dawn session depending on the time of year. I’ll put together a varied itinerary with some fantastic Highland locations to develop your skills and create some memorable imagery. You’ll have all your questions answered and be given tips and ideas to increase your skill set. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to discuss your options. Inverness based locations include Loch Ness, the Black Isle, Torridon, Inverpolly, The Cairngorm National Park and the Moray Coast. You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel or accommodation each day. Location based options* This option may include an overnight stay at a hotel or guest house convenient to our location which means we have more time for photography – Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, the Isle of Skye, Inverpolly and Assynt – north west Sutherland. Extra Info *These may also be available at certain times of the year but will have additional fees for accommodation and additional expenses. One, two or three days may be available so you can add additional locations and tailor your tour. Contact me directly for group rates for longer periods. Please bring a selection of previous images on USB stick or laptop for review and assessment if you can. As well as Scotland, I can also offer custom group trips to Iceland, Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Slovenia and the Julian Alps, Venice and Tuscany. These are subject to availability and require a minimum of 4 participants. Please contact me directly for more info and details of fees. All of the above are ran on demand and subject to availability. Includes tuition, transport to locations, and some refreshments, *does not include accommodation or meals). Gift vouchers available.  

EDINBURGH PHOTO TOUR SESSIONS IN SCOTLAND

August 17, 2019 1:02 pm Published by

Destination summary This one to one or small group Edinburgh Old Town Photo Tour explores Scotland’s  captivating capital city with a professional, award-winning Master Photographer.  Known as the “Athens of the North” or “Auld Reekie”, its streets, lanes and closes are well worn with centuries of facinating history.  At its focal point sits  a fortress, Edinburgh Castle perched high on a volcanic rock above the city. Other highlights on the Edinburgh Photo Tour include  churches, old grave yards,  closes ( lanes), a hidden village, Unesco listed architecture,  parks and monuments, the Firth of Forth Bridges plus its often quirkier side. I lived in Edinburgh for 2 years and loved the freedom that the city offers. There is so much to explore in this compact city and its helps being able to explore most of it on foot. So whether you prefer a full or half day session you’ll be guided around some of the most interesting and photogenic locations in the city . As always there will be some technical help and assistance  from a master photographer along the way. All tours coincide to finish at a good vantage point at dusk  to capitalise on the golden hour over the city should the conditions be favourable. So the exact time start time will depend upon the time of year. The Sessions These are fun, friendly and informative so you’ll definitely pick up some new skills and insights along the way. There’s also a chance to submit some of your images via Dropbox for review and critique after the tour. Technical help We are all on different points on the learning curve. If you need help we can go over the following. Manual settings learn to take full control of exposure. Exposure modes and Histograms using exposure modes (Aperture & Shutter) creatively. Dynamic compositions   tips to tidy up and create more simplified and powerful compositions. Good Light  knowing what to look for and where to find it. Long exposure and low light working at dawn or dusk means theres less light around. We can use this to our creative advantage or just manage it correctly to achieve a positive outcome. The Half day Edinburgh Photo Tour (4.5hrs) starts in the west end of the city and finishes on the eastern end of Princes street at dusk covering around 4 miles. It features some of the most iconic sights in the city and some hidden corners. The Full day Edinburgh Photo Tour (7hrs)  starts at the west end of the city and can finish either in the city, Holyrood Park or the Forth Bridges. It can also include a walk around  some higher elevations for great city scape vistas. The tour will allow time for  a refreshment stop  and lunch stop and covers up to 6 miles. All tours are subject to availability – Please contact me as far in advance as possible to secure a date for a session. You’ll will be advised of the meet up point and instructions once booked. Suitable for beginners and advanced photographers. If you have any questions  please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Recommend equipment and clothing  Any type of camera that you are  familiar with. A tripod for dusk sessions if you have one if not let me know and I can provide one (and carry it) Waterproof / shower proof rain jacket and comfy shoes  / boots* – (*If you opt for the full day session you may need walking boots / shoes for Holyrood Park if its been wet. ) As mentioned Edinburgh is a fascinating city that’s compact enough to be explored on foot but a few steps and gradients will be encountered so comfortable  shoes are important.    

ISLE OF SKYE SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2020 – 4 places left

July 20, 2016 3:44 pm Published by

Classic Isle of Skye Masterclass workshop Destination summary Welcome to the Cloud Island as the Vikings used to call the Isle of Skye. If it’s stunning Scottish landscapes your looking for then this is where to start. Skye has been listed as one of Europe’s top ten Islands to visit and there are plenty good reasons to back that up. The island sees hoards of visitors in the spring and summer months but in winter you’ll get to experience the islands quieter side during this photo workshop. Skye’s sea cliffs, breathtaking vistas, jagged Gabbro mountains that vanish into the swirling mists, shimmering lochs, streams and pockets of quiet and calm that seem a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Since the late 90’s Skye’s been connected to the mainland by the Skye bridge but it still keeps its remote island and edge of the world charm. Its dramatic peninsulas, mountains, wild and romantic history  have all been well documented over the years. You’ll be getting a great introduction to this wild Atlantic island in winter as you photograph some of its most celebrated places, editing your images in the comfort of your hotel  then reviewing our portfolio’s from our 4 days on Skye. This will be my 11th year in succession photographing and guiding photographers to this wonderful Highland  landscape in winter, so book your place, catch the wind and take on the sheer beauty of the Misty Isle of Skye this Winter. Extra information Start time pick up Inverness – 10am 31st January End time – drop off Inverness 5pm – 3rd February Accommodation – single occupancy ensuite  room – Portree Hotel with full Scottish Breakfast Essential equipment  sturdy tripod, your camera with lenses ( ultra wide to telephoto recommended). Non essential but recommended  Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight Neutral Density filters would be useful but not essential.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Skill level – Suitable for beginners, intermediate and more advanced photographers What to expect This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  The conditions can be changeable at anytime of year especially in winter but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact. We’ll explore the use of filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction, learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. 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. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be misty and wet at times but it’s not unusual to get  cold snaps with frost snow or ice . 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 and some can involve short hill walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy muddy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way up hill ( Old man of Storr), 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.

THE MORAY COAST SEASCAPES, SCOTLAND MARCH 2020 limited places available

May 18, 2017 9:56 am Published by

Destination summary The  Moray Coast Seascapes Photo Workshop The Moray Coast is just one of many inspiring locations in the Lightstalker’s Scottish portfolio. This dramatic coastline was recently listed in the prestigious “world’s top 12 coastlines” by a National Geographic panel. The southern coastline of the Moray Firth extends from Inverness all the way east to Peterhead. During the 4 days you’ll be exploring and photographing a large part of it between Findhorn in the west and Pennan in the east. One of the main highlights is the Bow Fiddle Rock, a natural sea arch  just offshore from the village of Portknockie. This huge sea stack (formally a sea cave) is made up of ancient Cullen quartzite rock formed millions of years ago and sits just off shore by a sheltered cove. You’ll be photographing this dramatic seascape at dusk and dawn from various vantage points. During your workshop you’ll be staying at the Cullen Bay Hotel, conveniently perched above a long arc of sandy beach.  A good central base which  makes for easy access to this dramatic seascape at both dusk and dawn, enabling us to create some amazing images. During the workshop you’ll take a walk along a small part of the Moray Coast Trail. Photographing the colourful stoney beach at Clashach Cove, ending up on Hopeman beach to the west.  It has a contrasting scene to the rocky seascapes of Cullen. Hopeman’s sandy dunes, sculpted rock formations and  luminous green seaweed adorned rocks plus its quirky beach huts provide plenty options for strong compositions. Other highlights include the minimalist scenes at Findhorn, the old 17th century harbour of Portsoy and the simple but attractive fishing villages of Pennan ( Local Hero was filmed here in 1982), Crovie and Gardenstown. Perched right by the sea they are all incredibly atmospheric and photogenic. With image reviews and editing sessions this workshop is as educational as it is inspiring.  Book your place online. Extra information Start time  10:30 Inverness pick up on the 27th End time  17:00 Inverness drop off on the 30th Getting there Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports. Accommodation Single occupancy rooms at the Cullen Bay Hotel, Cullen. Essential equipment  tripod, your camera with range of lenses ideally from wide to telephoto lenses. Non essential but recommended  Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight Neutral Density filters would be useful but not essential.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Skill level beginners to advanced What to expect This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  The conditions can be challenging but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact. We’ll explore the use of ND filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program. Weather 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. Winter days can be mild and wet or cold and wintery, so pleas bring good gloves, a balaclava might be handy too. 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 and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 1/2 and hour – one way, 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, HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND PHOTO TOUR AUGUST 2020 – Book here

August 22, 2018 8:57 pm Published by

New – Scotland’s Wild Highland Light – The North West Highlands Scotland Photo Tour – Destination summary If you’d  like to experience and capture the raw beauty and wild light of the Scottish Highlands, then this is the Scotland photo tour that will meet those expectations. This Scotland photo tour is designed to guide you to some of the most dramatic and beautiful locations in the North West Highlands. Locations that lie well away from the well worn busy  tourist trails and hot spots that get crammed with tour buses in August. I’m from the Highlands and if I only had limited time to photograph them, then this is where I’d  go – hands down.  Just to mix it up a little you’ll also have a day along the Moray Coast which offers a day of contrasts from the west,  packed with drama and cultural interest. Torridon This Scotland photo tour starts of  north west of the Highland capital Inverness. The dramatic Torridon mountains are one of the most beautiful and lesser visited parts of Scotland. The peaks of Ben Eighe, Liathach and Ben Alligin all rise high above the tumbling rivers and glittering lochs below. Pockets of native Scots Pine give this area an ancient feel. So with my local knowledge, I’ll guide you to some of the most photogenic and out of the way places in the Highlands. The Moray Coast A total contrast to your day of photography in the Torridon mountains, we’ll focus our attention on the villages, sea stacks and hidden beaches that lie along the Moray coast. You’ll spend the day exploring seascape compositions and experimenting with long exposure. You’ll also get a sense of why this coastline was listed by National Geographic as “one of the worlds top coastlines”. Inverpolly, Assynt and Coigach After two nights in the village of Beauly you’ll head north to the fishing village of Ullapool.  From here we are in easy reach  of one of the Highlands best kept secrets with some of the finest scenery and mountains in the Highlands. The mountainous regions of Inverpolly and Assynt have  been described as “Scotland for the connoisseur” and the land where Viking gods practiced making mountains. Dotted with lochs and fringed by clean sandy beaches its my top pick for places to photograph in Scotland. It’s also quieter than some of Scotland’s better known locations. This gives it a sense of peace and wide open spaces.   This region is often a highlight for landscape  photographers that I’ve guided around Scotland.  I’m delighted to be able to share some of its hidden treasures with my guests. North West Sutherland From Ullapool we continue North until we run out of land. Tucked away in the most northerly corner of the British Isles lie some of its most evocative landscapes. After passing the mighty Quinag and crossing over the fantastic Kylesku bridge we head into the far North West Highlands. A land of empty golden sands and shimmery seascapes, charismatic peaks surrounded by remote, empty Glen’s home to herds  of roaming wild stags. We have lots of options here and the light will play a part on which locations we make our priority. Sandwoood Bay is an easy  hike over flat terrain and said to be the UK’s most beautiful ( and haunted) beach. From our base in the village of Tongue we’ll  venture out into one of the empty Glen’s to photograph one of the most beautiful mountains, the Queen of the Highlands, Ben Loyal. Other highlights include The Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboll, the coastal villages and the Kyle of Tongue. After our final night in Tongue we’ll explore a few more locations before returning to Inverness via Lairg and Bonar Bridge.   Extra information Based in Inverness I’ve been guiding workshops and photo tours in the Scottish Highlands for over 10 years. In that time I’ve guided  hundreds of satisfied clients from around the world. In the few days they’ve been with me they have improved their photography, mastered the basics and created some stunning images.   You can read testimonials from previous Lightstalker clients here Pick up at 10:30am on the 11th August in Inverness at your chosen Hotel or the Railway station – drop off in Inverness on the 15th August early evening around 6pm. Getting there  Inverness has flight connections with London, Dublin, Amsterdam and other regional UK airports. It’s 3hrs north  by bus or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Your accommodation – All single occupancy with ensuite and full Scottish breakfast. 11th – 12th The Lovat Arms Hotel Beauly – A  family owned hotel in an historical Highland village with ancient priory – 2 nights, 13th – The Arch Inn, Ullapool – cleverly converted from and old fish store in a picturesque fishing town surrounded by mountains –  1 night 14th- The Ben Loyal Hotel, Tongue. A traditional small Highland hotel with big views – 1 night   What to expect This Highland photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day (if you need it or are a little rusty).  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. Your sessions will start mid morning and continue until dusk which can be late into the evening at this time of year and being so far North. This allows us to pack as much into the day as possible, visiting and photographing a range of locations. Plus we’ll have plenty of time at each location to make sure we do them justice. There will be time for breaks for lunch on location, and dinner in local pub or restaurant featuring local produce each evening prior to our final dusk session. All of this will be managed by your guide Glen with help and suggestions available at any time. A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should ideally be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images with Glen and fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather  August can be great , warm and pleasant but it can also be unpredictable with showers through the day.    Along the coast it can also be breezy so we need to keep rainwear and outdoor clothing the van as well as waterproof boots/ hiking shoes.  So be prepared for showers and wind, and sun. Locations and fitness. Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on slippy rocky surfaces. This can involve short walks up  hills, along riversides and over uneven terrain. Walking times to Sandwood Bay can be just over an hour each way but there is plenty time and all locations are weather dependant. 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.

THE HEBRIDEAN WORKSHOP, SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2020 – places available

October 31, 2015 9:12 am Published by

The Hebrides – Skye, Harris and Lewis photo workshop Destination summary 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 and 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. 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. 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. Extra information 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. Weather 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.