January 5, 2016 12:15 pm
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:
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. August 17, 2019 1:02 pm
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. August 22, 2018 8:57 pm
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 and weather conditions will play a part on which locations we make our priority. Oldshoremore beach or Sandwoood Bay are both great options, one being a short stroll and the latter a decent hike over flat terrain both beautiful examples of wild empty Highland beaches. 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 and coastline along by the remote village of Talmine. Other highlights include The Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboll, 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. October 31, 2015 9:12 am
Scotland photography workshop – Skye, Harris and Lewis Scotland photography workshop – Destination summary A classic Scotland photography workshop on Skye, Harris and Lewis. This trip 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. 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 wonderful and new Skye Inn 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. Check out the short preview below – recommended for viewing in laptop or iPad devices. July 20, 2016 3:44 pm
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 Scotland photography 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 The Isle of Skye has 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 – 29th January End time – drop off Inverness 5pm – 1st February Accommodation – single occupancy accommodation on location 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. January 29, 2020 11:32 am
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