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. 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 £165 – half day Creative Landscape & Travel Photography Tuition from £295  – single day (8hrs) Custom tour or Solo sessions  from  £595 – minimum 2 days (plus accommodation) (8hr sessions) Master your Camera (MYC) Half day one to one photo workshops are a great introduction for getting started or those trying to refresh their skills. We cover the basics of digital camera controls, shooting in manual mode, composition and focus having all your questions answered while 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 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 port 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 is not included. Usual pick up is in Inverness  each day where you’ll be picked up and dropped off Day sessions around 8-9 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 £75.00 each for 2 day itineraries and £95.00 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 – * 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 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 £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 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: 2 or 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 2/3 – 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

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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 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 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. 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. £165.00 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 or two –  a coffee stop  / typical pub /  lunch stop and covers up to 5 miles. £275.00 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. ) 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.

SKYE HARRIS AND LEWIS WORKSHOP SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2021

October 31, 2015 9:12 am Published by

Scotland photography workshop –  Skye, Harris and Lewis Skye Harris and Lewis 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 27th October 2021 End time 19:00 drop off Inverness 1st November 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 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 SLR or whichever system of camera you use, wide angle to telephoto lenses (16 mm to 200mm focal length is ideal), good quality sturdy 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 Filters including Polariser, Neutral density 6 0r 10 stop and  graduated 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.  

CAIRNGORM PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCOTLAND JANUARY 2022

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. 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 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. 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 – 28th January End time – drop off Inverness 5pm – 31st January Accommodation – single occupancy, private accommodation with our own facilities on location. Meals – we will prepare our own group meals on location and your preferences will be noted prior to the trip 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 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.  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, SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2022

January 29, 2020 11:32 am Published by

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 2022 End time 17:00 drop off in Inverness 22th February 2022 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  

THE HIGHLANDS NORTHERN EXPOSURE MAY 2022

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 up towards Ullapool, and the Kyle’s of Durness and Tongue across the top to John O’ Groats in Caithness and back through east Sutherland back to Inverness. 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.  Wide open Achnahaird beach offers a wealth of beautiful seascape compositions  sitting  almost  at the tip of the Coigach peninsula. You’ll have a full day to explore these truly amazing landscapes, capturing a variety of scenes. 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, take a detour to my ancestral home through the Strath of Kildonan and Glen Loth and relax in the Gardens of Dunrobin Castle* prior to arriving back in the Highland capital. Extra information Booking Guarantee Start time 10:15 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 – 2 nights Luxury Lodges, John O’Groats* – 2 nights. All single occupancy rooms. * subject to Covid self catering restrictions an alternative may be required at Castletown Hotel – superior double. * subject to availability and additional entry charge Meals – packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule and possibly self catering one or two nights in Caithness. 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 * All Covid safety measures and protocols will be in place as required by law and within the current guidelines. By May restrictions will have hopefully eased but the safety of all participants is my priority. 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.