Join Glen in his native Scotland where he’s been guiding and tutoring photographers since 2009.  Thoroughly researched locations all over the Highlands and Islands, Edinburgh and out of the way places.

Get off the tourist trails and  join AIPP Master Photographer Glen to experience the best of Scotland.

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

ONE TO ONE PHOTO WORKSHOPS AND TUITION IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

ONE TO ONE PHOTO WORKSHOPS IN SCOTLAND A half-day or single days practical tuition or multiple days guidance in the field with expert tuition and support. One to one photo workshops in Scotland offer the most basic introductions into photography or if you’re more advanced,  sessions that explore more contemporary techniques and challenging locations.   Each session includes a retrospective  critique and review of your own recent work. All one to one  workshops are tailored to your individual requirements and a brief chat at the start will give Glen an insight into where your at. Customised Gift Certificates are now available. So whether you wish to learn the basics, improve your skills, or just take a tour to simply capture the wild natural beauty of Scotland, you’ll always receive a warm welcome and have an excellent and memorable experience. – Contact me now here. One to one options at a glance:  Master Your Camera £175 – half day Creative Landscape & Travel Photography Tuition from £295  – single day (8hrs) Custom tour or Solo sessions  from  £595* – minimum 2 days  (8hr sessions) *Multiple day rates do not included accommodation. Master your Camera (MYC) Half day one to one photo workshops are a great introduction for getting started or for those trying to refresh their skills. We cover the basics of digital camera controls, shooting in manual mode, histograms and composition while  having all your questions answered and  capturing some great images. Half Day fee: £165.00 per person (approx 4.5hrs duration, additional participants £35.00 p/p – max 4) Basic equipment use and advice ( tripods, lenses, filters etc) what you need and what you don’t Shooting in manual and mastering exposure Optimising camera functions, Using histograms Simplifying composition Location options  The Kingdom of Fife  – St Andrews and Fife’s East Neuk coastline (pick up from St Andrews or Kirkcaldy station) Edinburgh – Capital city sessions – meet in Edinburgh Creative Landscape and Travel photography day sessions These sessions are more focused on the “creative side” of your photography. Single day £295.00* /  (approx 8hrs duration*) Additional participants £95.00 (max 3 participants) Some topics covered include: Equipment advice – having the right gear for the job Simplifying creative composition Focal length and aperture Long exposure and bracketing / ND Filters Neutral density and graduated filters – the do’s and don’ts Light quality – Light is King – when its good and when its not.. Q&A sessions all your question’s answered.. write them down and bring them .. Image workflow in Photoshop or Lightroom – some time to edit two of the days images..* You’re also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images in digital format for review and assessment, a valueable learning experience in itself. *Time permitting. Day Session Locations  I’ve created several itineraries that offer some visual variety. From classic Scottish mountain scenery, natural landscapes, evocative woodlands, seascapes, historic villages, monuments, sculpture to modern city life in the ancient setting of Edinburgh’s old town. The Kingdom’s  Coast – Fife St Andrews & the fishing villages and seascapes of the East Neuk of Fife. – Pick up in St Andrews or Kirkcaldy train station, a short train ride from Edinburgh’s centre. Central Highlands – The Heart of Scotland  Perthshire and Stirlingshire are wonderful at anytime of year and you’ll venture into a land of woodlands, waterfalls, rivers and burn. From the Hermitage and Birks of Aberfeldy to remote Glen Lyon with hidden gorges and dramatic peaks. Meander  through the Mountains and Glens in the majestic central Highlands to create simple, evocative scenes – Pick up in Perth  Myths and Monuments – Fife, Stirlingshire and West Lothian Delve into Scotland’s history in the coastal village of Culross (Outlander and Kidnapped), Stirling Castle, the Mythical Kelpies, Linlithgow Palace and the Forth Bridges – Pick up in Dunfermline or North Queensferry stations Classic Edinburgh Prepare for some wandering as we take to the streets, lanes and viewpoints of “Auld Reekie” and explore a range of natural and historic locations in Scotland’s wonderful capital city – Meet in Edinburgh The Wild West Scottish Highlands* (2 day minimum) A land of jaw dropping romantic and often raw landscapes, mountains, lochs and glens. Options include the Cairngorm National Park with old Scot’s pine forests and hidden lochs to  the majestic peaks and lochs of Torridon, or northwards to remote and wild Inverpolly and Assynt and remote Sutherland. Once visited, The Scottish Highlands will never leave you.   Starts and ends Inverness – contact me directly* Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park** Featuring  Forests, mountains, villages,  misty Lochs and Glens. This is a location,  popularised and romanticised by Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth and roamed by Rob Roy this is a beautiful and accessible part of Scotland that’s close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. – Pick up North Queensferry station / Stirling / Dunfermline  *West Highland locations have a £30 supplement per day and a 2 day minimum. Accommodation for either party is not included and will be additional cost based on preferences. Usual pick up is in Inverness  each day where you’ll be picked up and dropped off Day sessions around 8 hours in total. All one to one sessions are ran on demand and subject to availability. They include  tuition, guiding, transport to locations, and tea and coffee. Custom Photo Tours  & Solo Sessions 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 Custom Photo Tour in Scotland with tuition to suit your preferences. Not sure where you want go ? Guided and fully escorted Solo sessions are also available  with set itineraries to the Isle of Skye, Glencoe and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are available for up to 3 days click here to view options. Custom Tour and Solo Sessions From £595.00  2 days – single participant From £895.00 3 days – single participant Based on 8hr sessions longer sessions may be available and certain times of year and quoted for on request. Includes most mainland locations and Skye. Inner and Outer Hebridean islands will have additional costs. With over 12 years of experience guiding photographers here in Scotland you’ll be in good hands. Additional participants £95.00 each for 2 day itineraries and £125.00 for 3 day itineraries – (max 3 participants). 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 North West 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*  – Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, the Isle of Skye, Inverpolly and Assynt – North west Sutherland The Isle of Mull. 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. Extra Info Custom and Solo Sessions are subject to availability  and some locations are better suited to certain times of the year. Additional  fees for overnight accommodation depending upon your requirements will apply. Please bring a selection of previous images on USB stick or laptop for review and assessment if you can. Custom and Solo Sessions do not include accommodation, transport to pick point or meals. Gift vouchers available. Safety first  During one to one photo workshops you’ll have the option to travel in safety and comfort  or tag along in your own vehicle with plenty stops along the way. We’ll be following best hygiene and social distancing practices measures where appropriate.  

GLENCOE WORKSHOP – SOLO SESSIONS SCOTLAND

January 14, 2021 12:02 pm Published by

Destination summary One of the most stunning and  infamous Glen’s in Scotland and one that’s become a mecca for photographers, climbers and hikers that roam its peaks, valleys and trails. For me Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mist around mountain peaks caught in the clouds. With nearby Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive also offering evocative Highland scenes, these also deserve to be explored and photographed. During  your two days on this Glencoe workshop you’ll be taken to some of the best spots and advised how to maximise the potential at each location. At the end of the first day’s sessions we’ll visit a local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink and review your days work. Glencoe workshop group size  Solo or with a couple of friends, associates or partners – max 3 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to  availability for your preferred dates – please contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 2 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location in Glencoe and surrounding area Longer sessions are available with applicable fees At the end of the first days sessions we’ll visit  local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink and review your days work. Pick up day 1 – Perth at 8am or your Glencoe accommodation at 9:30** Drop off day 2 – Perth 18:30 or your Glencoe accommodation at 16:30 Start / end times may vary depending on the time of year. ** later in spring / summer to accommodate a dusk shoot on day 1. Sessions can also be split into two when the days are longer in summer to offer better conditions at dusk. Experience level  Each solo session can be tailored to each participant – Beginners learning the ropes and finding their way around their camera Photographers with experience and a good understanding  wishing to increase their skillset and capture great images Advanced and seasoned photographers seeking out the optimum from their equipment and each location Partners are also welcome to join as additional participants, just bring your walking boots and and outdoor clothing. Accommodation You may already be based in Glencoe and have accommodation and if thats the case you’ll be picked up and dropped off there. If not we’ll need accommodation for the night, this is additional and can be from as little as £25 p/p for shared bunk house accommodation or £75 – £125 p/p (single occupancy)  for hotel accommodation with breakfast. Full details and costs based on your requirements are available on request. The Learning We never stop learning. On this Glencoe workshop being on location is a refreshing and  practical way to dramatically  increase your skills whether your gaining confidence with your camera and equipment or mastering creative competitions  or  subtle use of filer systems. In outdoor photography reading the conditions and anticipating what might happen next are all important decsions. Matching the right location to the elements and light quality are key to creating successful images in camera. Not only that its great fun enjoying and taking in the wild surroundings and adapting to new skills learnt. Whatever your needs Glen is more than prepared to assist you and guide you through your on personal photography  journey. If possible please bring some of your recent images for retrospective critique and review. Deposit £150.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.

SKYE WORKSHOP – SOLO SESSIONS SCOTLAND

January 14, 2021 1:30 pm Published by

Destination summary The Isle of Skye needs little introduction to landscape and adventure photographers. The iconic images of the Old Man of Storr, the Cuillin Mountains and the Quiraing are all iconic landmarks that have received global recognition from photographers around  the world. During  your time on this Skye workshop you’ll be taken to some of the best locations plus a few others off the beaten track  and advised how to maximise the potential of each session at each location. Skye workshop group size  Solo or with a couple of friends, associates or partners – max 3 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to  availability for your preferred dates – please contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions:  3 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location on the Isle of Skye Longer day sessions are available with applicable fees at certain times of year. At the end of the first days sessions we’ll visit  local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink and review your days work. Pick up day 1 – Inverness at 8am or your Skye accommodation at 9:30 On location: explore and photograph a range of Skye locations Drop off day day 3 – Inverness 18:30 or your Skye accommodation at 16:30 Start / end times may vary depending on the time of year – * full day sessions can be split into two when the days are longer in summer to offer better conditions at dusk. Experience level  Each solo session can be tailored to each participant – Beginners learning the ropes and finding their way around their camera Photographers with experience and a good understanding  wishing to increase their skillset and capture great images Advanced and seasoned photographers seeking out the optimum from their equipment and each location Partners are also welcome to join as additional participants, just bring your walking boots and perhaps a good book for longer sessions. Accommodation You may already be based on Skye or nearby and have accommodation and if thats the case you’ll be picked up and dropped off there. If not we’ll need accommodation for the night, this is additional and can be from as little as £25 p/p for shared bunk house accommodation or £80 – £110 p/p (single occupancy)  for hotel accommodation with breakfast. Full details and costs based on your requirements are available on request. The Learning We never stop learning. On this Isle of Skye workshop being on location is a refreshing and  practical way to dramatically  increase your skills whether your gaining confidence with your camera and equipment or mastering creative competitions  or  subtle use of filer systems. In outdoor photography reading the conditions and anticipating what might happen next are all important decisions. Matching the right location to the elements and light quality are key to creating successful images in camera. Not only that its great fun enjoying and taking in the wild surroundings and adapting to new skills learnt. Whatever your needs Glen is more than prepared to assist you and guide you through your on personal photography  journey. If possible please bring some of your recent images for retrospective critique and review. Deposit £150.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.

LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS – SOLO SESSIONS SCOTLAND

March 4, 2021 6:53 pm Published by

Destination summary Loch Lomond and the Trossachs was designated  as Scotland’s first National Park.  It lies in the western part of the Southern Highlands just an hour drive north of Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow. It’s famously packed full of mountain peaks,  often misty lochs and forest parks that illusive wildlife call home. This is romantic Scotland where legends such as Rob Roy Macgregor  wandered its loch-side shores, forested hills and open moors.   There’s an abundance of history and myth to go with the landscapes that Sir Walter Scott and Ossian used as romantic backdrops for their world famous stories and poems. As we head west towards the National Park we’ll pass by Stirling castle and The Wallace Monument for an introduction into Scotland’s history and our first photo opportunity. Once into the glens and mountains you’ll explore some of more evocative loch-side locations then take to the hills for short walks to view some of its  best known vistas of the surrounding mountains, lochs and glens. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs group size Solo or with a couple of friends, associates or partners – max 3 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to  availability for your preferred dates – please contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 2 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location in The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Longer day sessions are available with applicable fees. (**1 day sessions may also be available on request) At the end of the first days sessions we’ll visit  local pub for a bite to eat and drink and review your days work. Pick up day 1 – Dalmeny Station (from Edinburgh)  at 8:30am or Stirling station (from Glasgow) at 9:15 ( or meet at location) Drop off day 2 – Stirling 16:30 or Dalmeny Station 17:15 Start / end times may vary depending on the time of year – * the first day session can be split into two when the days are longer in summer to offer better conditions at dusk. Experience level  Each solo session can be tailored to each participant – Beginners learning the ropes and finding their way around their camera Photographers with experience and a good understanding  wishing to increase their skillset and capture great images Advanced and seasoned photographers seeking out the optimum from their equipment and each location Partners are also welcome to join as additional participants, just bring your walking boots and and outdoor clothing. Accommodation You may already be based in Loch Lomond area and have accommodation and if thats the case you’ll be picked up and dropped off there. If not we’ll need accommodation for the night, this is additional to the trip fee and can be from as little as £25 p/p for shared bunk house accommodation or £80 – £110 p/p (single occupancy)  for hotel accommodation with breakfast. Full details and costs based on your requirements are available on request. Deposit £150.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.

EDINBURGH PHOTO TOUR – SOLO SESSIONS SCOTLAND

August 17, 2019 1:02 pm Published by

Destination summary This one to one or small group Edinburgh Photo Tour unlocks the secrets and best photography spots in Scotland’s  captivating capital city. You’ll be accompanied on foot by professional, award-winning Master Photographer, Glen Campbell. Known as the “Athens of the North” or “Auld Reekie”, Edinburgh’s  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 (other times on request) 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. Group size  Solo or with a couple of friends, associates or partners – max 4 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to  availability for your preferred dates – please contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Edinburgh Photo Tour – The Sessions Beginners with a camera or an IPhone Intermediate – improve your current skills Advanced – let’s gets technical – from abstract to minimal – long exposure and low light 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. 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. £175.00 The Full day Edinburgh Photo Tour (7.5 hrs  )  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 or two –  a coffee stop  / typical pub /  lunch stop and covers up to 5 miles. £295.00 Technical help If you need help – we are all on different points on the learning curve so if you’d like to learn some new skills thats ok. 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. 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. Locations are weather dependant and itineraries may vary. 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. Safety first There will be plenty stops along the way and we’ll be following best hygiene and social distancing practices measures where appropriate. Deposit £95.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.

THE HIGHLANDS NORTHERN EXPOSURE MAY 2022 Sold Out

February 2, 2021 12:05 pm Published by

Wild Light Scotland , Northern Exposure The Highlands – Destination summary Main Features: Puffins, wild and empty Highland Landscapes,  stunning beaches, castle ruins, remote villages. The Highlands of the far north feature some of the finest and most dramatic beaches and mountain scenery in the whole of the United Kingdom. You’ll have 6 days to explore and photograph some of the remotest and wildest corners of the Highlands as we travel over the top of the UK mainland.   From Inverness west to the village of Beauly and Torridon  then up through  Ullapool through Inverpolly  and up to the Kyle’s of Durness and Tongue. Taking the most northerly road  across the top to John O’ Groats in Caithness and back through east Sutherland back to Inverness. Torridon Torridon feature sone famous Scottish peaks in a chain  that runs north along Glen Torridon. Ben Eighe, Ben Alligin and Liathach will provide a back drop for a session amongst the mountains offering majestic vistas and Highland scenes. Loch Maree shimmers at the foot of Slioch and we’ll spend dusk capturing some beautiful scenes along its western shore. Inverpolly and Assynt The Highlands north of Ullapool have been described as Scotland for the connoisseur. One of Scotland’s best loved peaks Stac Pollaidh,  sits proudly above the rocky loch strewn landscapes, hemmed in by other classic peaks.  We’ll explore this ancient landscapes as we travel up to Sutherland along the single track roads that hug the coast. Sandwood Bay & Oldshoremore Beach Sandwood Bay is remote and along with its famous sea stack Am Buachaille is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in Scotland. It’s also said to be the finest beach in Sutherland if not Britain. We’ll be hoping for some wild sunsets to complement this wild and evocative part of Scotland. Handa Island Handa Island is home to a colony of seabirds including Puffin, high cliffs, sea stacks and the remains of a 19th century village. You’ll take a short boat trip over to the island to explore its coastline  and cliff top trails on foot, while catching sight of the birdlife and puffins that nest on the Island. The Northern Beaches & Kyles The remote Highland villages of Durness and Talmine provide a quiet setting to relax and explore before we photograph a duo of  stunning beaches; Sango and Rispond. Beautiful Sea Loch, Loch Eriboll’s shores are lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Views from its eastern shore reveal dramatic views back towards the peaks of Cranstackie and Foinaven. The Kyle’s of Durness and Tongue make for striking abstracts at low tide as we  make our way east. Ben Loyal and Ben Hope We’ll have the opportunity to photograph two of the regions favourite peaks in Ben Hope and Queen of the Highlands Ben Loyal over a remote Lochan. Caithness and East Sutherland Scotland’s most northerly point is Dunnet Head  and it’s Lighthouse  offers great views to Orkney and the sea birds nesting in the adjacent cliffs. From our comfortable base near John O’Groats you’ll also  explore the village, Dunnet Distillery ( Rock Rose) in Castletown and the nearby cliff tops that offer great views out over  the Duncansby Sea Stacks. South of the former  Herring boomtown town of Wick are  two castle ruins that sit on the cliff tops and we’ll take our time to explore and photography both these sites. On our final day we’ll make our way south to the old Whaligoe steps that desend to an ancient harbour, explore the beach at Berridale and take a detour to my ancestral home through the Strath of Kildonan and Glen Loth prior to arriving back in the Highland capital. Extra information Start time 10:45 – 11:00 pick up Inverness 16th May End time 17:00 drop off Inverness 21st May 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 Lovat Arms Hotel,  Beauly 1 night –  The Old School House Inshegra, Sutherland – Castletown Hotel, Castletown  – 2 nights. All single occupancy rooms. * * subject to availability Meals – packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. 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. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. 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 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. Walking – A few walks and hikes up to around 90 mins each way  will be part of the itinerary. The terrain can be boggy and rocky in places. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather The Highland’s 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.  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 muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one 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.

HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND GRAND TOUR AUGUST 2022

August 22, 2018 8:57 pm Published by

New – Highlands of Scotland Grand Tour  Destination summary Scotland Grand Tour This high season Scotland Grand Tour focuses on some hand picked locations that will introduce you to four very distinctive, less visited, but no less dramatic parts of the Highlands. As a result, you the Highland guest will have a much more rewarding experience while photographing some of the beautiful locations that majority of visitors miss or don’t even know exist. Your first experience will be to capture the raw beauty of the Cairngorm mountains, forests and lochs around Rothiemurchas. Following this you’ll head over the Dava to explore the character and seascapes of the Moray Coast around Cullen and Portsoy.  Then we head west via one of Scotland’s most infamous locations , Culloden Battlefield and down to the shores of Loch Ness. From the third base in village of Beauly near Inverness we travel north west and into the grandeur of the North West Highlands. Torridon’s high peaks and shimmering lochs will provide enough drama to fill our full day on location. Our final day will explore Scotland’s most beautiful Glen , Glen Affric before returning to the Highland capital Inverness . This is a Scotland photo tour that is full of variety , drama and history – Book your spot now. Locations The Cairngorm National Park The Cairngorm National Park is the UK’s largest and lies to the east of the Great Glen in the Scottish Highlands south of Inverness. You’ll experience and photograph  various aspects within its western boundary including the massive mountain plateau itself from Loch Morlich, which dominates the area. From several vantage points we’ll capture its  deep glacier carved glens and high summits. Most of the UK’s highest mountains exist in the park which is dotted with  pine and deciduous woodland where some elusive wildlife such as pine martin and mountain hare call home. The Heather clad hills will also be in full bloom at this time of year which adds to the spectacle. The Moray Coast A total contrast to the Cairngorm mountains lies a short drive north over the remote heather clad Dava Moor. The Moray coastline was recently listed by National Geographic as “one of the worlds top coastlines”. This is where where the famous River Spey empties into the Moray Firth. Along this stretch of coast you’ll  focus your attention on the villages and seascapes of Cullen, Portsoy, Crovie and Pennan,  the latter famous for its role in the 1980’s movie Local Hero. Some of the main features include a dramatic sea stack, the Bow Fiddle Rock and hidden beaches and colourful stony bays dotted along the coast. You’ll spend the day exploring these seascapes and maybe  sample a local favourite that’s popular all over Scotland, Cullen Skink a smoking, creamy fished based soup and a Speyside whiskey or two. Cawder Castle, Culloden and Loch Ness  A little bit of culture is in the mix as we head back towards Inverness. We’ll take an hour or two to visit the village of  Cawder and the grounds of Cawder Castle before experiencing Culloden visitor centre and the famous Battlefield. The visitor centre tells the story of how the last battle came to be and its consequences for the Highland clans. It was the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746 between the Bonnie Prince Charlie Jacobites and Britsh Government forces. Finally we’ll decend from the moor to the Great Glen and Loch Ness to capture the loch from  the shoreline. Torridon Torridon, one of the big hitters among landscape photographers in the UK. The Torridon mountains sit to the north west of Inverness and pack a real punch. Quintessentially Highland, the lochs, rivers, mountains and glens that hold pockets of old Scots pine  all combine to present both a romantic  and wild narrative to the photographer’s “Highland” portfolio. Most visitors drive on through without taking a moments pause, but we’ll take our time with a full day and evening session, soaking up the atmosphere.  The peaks of Ben Eighe, Liathach, Slioch and Ben Alligin all rise high above the tumbling rivers and glittering lochs below and will offer a classic backdrop to your photographs. Glen Affric Our final day back in Beauly and we’ll take a drive up through nearby Glen Affric which many say is Scotland’s most beautiful Glen. The dark lochs, Scots Pine and a truly stunning vista all compete for our attention. From here we return to Inverness where you’ll be dropped of at your chosen point at around 4pm Extra information Based in Inverness I’ve been guiding workshops and photo tours in the Scottish Highlands for over 11 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 This Scotland Grand Tour starts at 10:30am on the 11th August in Inverness, Scotland. You’ll be picked up  at your chosen Hotel or the Railway station – drop off in Inverness on the 16th August around 4pm. 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. *The dates have now been amended for this trip and are as follows. Pick up on the 15th August at 10:30 in Inverness* Drop off on the 20th August at 1700 – 1800hrs in Inverness. Location will be your Inverness hotel or Main Railway station .   Your accommodation – All single occupancy with ensuite and full Scottish breakfast. 15th – 16th The Park Guest House Aviemore – comfortable guest house in the town centre 1 night 16th – 18th  Cullen Bay Hotel on the Moray Coast – 2 nights 18th – 20th The Lovat Arms Hotel Beauly – A  family owned hotel in an historical Highland village with ancient priory – 2 nights, What to expect This Scotland Grand Tour 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 in the Highlands. 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.

ISLAY AND JURA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2022

January 20, 2022 1:38 pm Published by

NEW Islay and Jura – A walk on the wild side Destination summary  This exciting new Islay and Jura photography workshop is another in the Wild Light series of small group Lightstalker photography retreats. Wild Light sessions bring you into the wild heart of the Highlands and Islands in the quieter seasons. With Northern Ireland to her west, Islay the Queen of the Hebrides sits around 2.5 hours by ferry off the  Mull of Kintyre coast in in the region of Argyll and Bute. Kennacraig on the peninsula will be our departure point for the  ferry crossing to these glorious Scottish Islands. Mention Islay to “folk in the know” and they’ll  instantly think of clear Atlantic waters lapping onto quiet, pristine sandy beaches. Iconic white washed distilleries and of course uisce beatha, the water of life – Whisky. Islay  produces some of Scotland’s most famous and distinctive (peaty) varieties. There are currently 9 distilleries dotted around the islands producing some of the finest single malt whistles in Scotland including Bowmore, Ardbeg and Laphroaig. The picturesque distilleries adorned with their names proudly painted in black on the white walls date from as far back as the 18th century. Most sit perched on the seashore, providing fantastic photogenic material to  complement the beaches, blue – green bays, white washed villages and vistas that give Islay its own distinctive character. Across the sound of Islay nearby Jura has its own claims to fame.  The towering Paps of Jura rise up out of the centre of the island and have a commanding presence, it also has a wilder, remoter  feel than Jura, perhaps that’s why George Orwell chose to make Jura’s  northern tip his bolt hole when writing his novel 1984. You’ll take the small ferry across to Jura to spend the best part of a day exploring and walking its coastline, lower slopes of the Paps, Jura distillery and finally returning to Islay to capture the island from the Bunnahabhain distillery. These are two of the lesser visited and explored Islands due to their more inaccessible nature. That makes them even more appealing as places to photograph, relax and contemplate – book your place now Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 3 participants on this Islay and Jura photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from many of the busy tourist locations to seek out  wild and remote places to explore and photograph. 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 3/4 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 Island 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. You may need additional nights either side of pick up in Glasgow. A 2 hour starter dusk/blue hour evening  session is included on the 1st October Islay Jura Photography workshop – Extra information Start time  Depart from the  Hilton Garden Inn Finneston Quay,  Glasgow at 08:45 ( By the river ) close to the city centre  on the 2nd October 2022 (you will most likely need accommodation the night prior ) End time 18:00 -18:30* drop off in Glasgow 6th October 2022 *approximate time and dependant on ferry and traffic times. Getting there  Glasgow  is serviced by bus, rail  and air major UK airports and European airports Accommodation 4 nights single occupancy room with breakfast at a 4 bedroom self catering house for our exclusive use location on the Island of Islay 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 12 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 3 participants – it may vary on occasion, if this changes you will be notified. ** accommodation options will vary depending on availability  

CAIRNGORM PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCOTLAND JANUARY 2023

May 13, 2020 12:34 pm Published by

Destination summary The Cairngorm National Park is the UK’s largest, and lies to the east of the Great Glen in the Scottish Highlands south of Inverness. This Cairngorm photography workshop will focus on a range of features that exist within it’s boundaries. The main feature is  the massive mountain plateau that dominates the park with deep glacier carved valleys and high peaks. Most of the UK’s highest mountains exist in the park that encounter almost tundra like conditions on the high plateau in the winter months. Pine forest clad hills and straths with pockets of iconic Scots Pine litter the landscape as do glacial lochs. There is an abundance of wildlife too with Red Squiral, Red Deer  and the more illusive Pine Martin, Osprey and even Wild Cats are known to wander the frequent the Park. We’ll be searching out the best locations in the best light and if cold conditions prevail this will allow us to capture frost, ice and snow over the landscape in this unique part of Scotland and the UK. A trip highlight is  3hr return  walk up into one of the northern Corries with spectacular views up onto the high ridge and strath below. Subject to availability we’ll also spend a session at a Squirrel hide in the Rothiuemurchas forest to capture Red Squirrels going about their daily routine. You can read more about the park through this link Cairngorm National Park Extra information This is a Wild Light workshop which means we will be staying as close to our main locations as possible whilst off the beaten track with as minimal contact with other people as possible. Start time pick up Inverness – 10am – 27th January End time – drop off Inverness  4pm – 30th January Accommodation – single occupancy, private accommodation with our own facilities on location. Meals – Pizza and salad first at the venue and then visit the Old Bridge Inn restaurant, Aviemore. Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Cairngorm photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from most of the well trodden tourist locations to seek out  wild, remote and unique Highland landscapes. 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 18 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 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.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals.  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.

WILD LIGHT GLENCOE , SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2023

January 21, 2016 11:56 am Published by

Glencoe, Glen Etive and Glen Nevis Destination summary  Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mists and mountain peaks caught in the clouds.  Glen Etive contours up tumbling rivers and burns cascading down mountain sides and plunging into deep peaty coloured pools.  It’s a place that quintessentially wraps up all that is “Highland” and captures photographer’s imaginations the world over. Glen Nevis  is less well known but has a wonderful walk up into a meadow that features a cascading waterfall and the water of Nevis that cuts through the gorge. On this photo retreat you’ll be one of just 4 other participants and  you’ll really get a chance to immerse yourself in some truly spectacular Scottish landscapes, from the remote Steall falls at the foot of Ben Nevis and  some harder to reach hidden spots in Glencoe. The best way to capture and experience our locations  is to park up and wander its paths and trails. Some meander deep into the Glen where the River Coe navigates its course around giant glacial boulders and plunges down into narrow gorges disappearing into blackness. Others paths traverse the northern side along the old military road with stunning vistas of the Glen’s three sisters and River Coe and small Highland lochans. The rivers, waterfalls, mountains and history of this corner of Scotland will provide you with plenty of dramatic and romantic winter imagery to complement your portfolio. Glencoe with its nearby neighbours are some of the most evocative parts of Scotland and a workshop and location that has to be experienced. Book your place online. Extra information Start time 09:30 17th February  –  pick up in Perth, before travelling up to Glencoe. End time 17:30 20th February  drop off Perth Essential equipment camera, range of lenses, waterproof camera backpack, outdoor clothing waterproof and good quality tripod. 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. Skill level beginners to advanced Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Three Glens retreat. You’ll be breaking away from most of the well trodden tourist locations to seek out  wild, remote and unique Highland landscapes in Glencoe. 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 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.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals when possible.  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. 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 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 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.