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) Please note sessions run from late August to early June to avoid the busier tourist season.  *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.  

EDINBURGH GLENCOE AND SKYE, ICONIC SCOTLAND – SOLO SESSIONS

March 4, 2021 6:53 pm Published by

Destination summary Edinburgh Glencoe and Skye – Explore, capture and create at three of Scotland’s most iconic locations including the capital  Edinburgh, magnificent Glencoe and the dramatic Isle of Skye and all points in-between. This Iconic Scotland Solo session is ideal for photographers that are short on time but still want have the opportunity to experience and photograph some of the most well known and dramatic locations in Scotland. The Iconic Scotland sessions start with an afternoon/evening guided walking photo tour with Glen in the nations capital  Edinburgh. You’ll then  travel across the Firth of Forth to photograph the World Heritage listed Forth Rail Bridge, then onto mythical Kelpies before a brief stop to capture the Wallace monument in Stirling. We then continue  North into the Scottish Highlands with a night in Glencoe and then crossing the Skye bridge to explore the  Isle of Skye to photograph some of the finest landscapes in Europe. All with expert guidance, support and info on hand to make this tour the complete experience. At the end of your solo session you’ll have to option to remain on Skye or travel onwards to Inverness ( via Loch Ness ) where you’ll be dropped off late afternoon or early evening. Iconic Scotland  group size Solo session means the focus is on you, with time taken to make sure you get the shots you want. Or if you prefer you can bring a partner or a couple of friends or associates for an additional fee – max 3 participants Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to availability for your preferred dates – Please note sessions run from late August to early June only, contact Glen here with your request or enquiry. Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 1 x 4.5 hr session in Edinburgh and 3 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location in Glencoe and the Isle of Skye Starts in Edinburgh – ends in Inverness  Day 1 Meet up in central Edinburgh 4.5 hrs prior to sunset* for a photo walking tour around the city ( *start times may vary depending on the time of year) you’ll overnight in Edinburgh. Day 2 From central Edinburgh you’ll take the short train ride out to North Queensferry (20mins) where you’ll be met and guided to locations around the Forth Bridges. From here we travel to the Kelpies for  short session before and brief stopover in Stirling to capture the Wallace monument. We then travel up into the Highlands for an afternoon session around Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, traveling through the Glen we’ll pick out the best locations and shoot until dusk to make the most of our time. Day 3  After breakfast we’ll continue north and if its in view, we’ll capture the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis from the shores of Loch Eil complete with ship wreck to add a little mystery and drama. A little later we’ll arrive on the Isle of Skye and head west out through Strathaird and along the shores of Loch Torrin to capture a range of subjects including an old chapel, ruins, waterfalls, the red and black Cuillin hills  and one of the most iconic viewpoints in Scotland from Elgol at dusk. We  then make our way back to our accommodation in Broadford. Day 4  After and early breakfast we head up to Trotternish via Portree , one of Skye’s most location packed and accessible peninsulas to photograph the Old Man of Storr over Loch Leathan. We’ll  then take a short hike below the Quiraing for another incredible vista, one of the best in Scotland. We’ll explore Staffin beach and the views  back across to the Quiraing and then make our way back down to Sligachan where the Red and Black Cuillins need to photograph the river, old bridge and mountain peaks. From Sligachan you can choose to remain on Skye and be dropped off at the capital Portree ( bus connections to all major points or there is a  rail link in the Kyle of Lochalsh) or onwards to the highland capital Inverness where you’ll be dropped early evening. 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 So you can suit your own budget and taste Solo Sessions don’t include participant accommodation in Edinburgh, Glencoe or Skye. For Glencoe suitable, practical accommodation is available in Ballachuilsh, Glencoe, Kinlochleven, Kings house – there are also campsites and bunkhouses available. For Skye, suitable, practical accommodation is available in the village of Broadford, Harrapool and Lower Breakish. If you need any help or advice just ask. Deposit £200.00 – please contact Glen directly confirm date availability and other preferences.

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. Please note sessions run from late August to early June only to avoid the peak tourist times, 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.  Please note sessions run from late August to early June only. The Island gets too busy over the summer period. 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 late spring or late 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.

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 note sessions run from September to early June only, 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.

ISLAY AND JURA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2022 sold out

January 20, 2022 1:38 pm Published by

NEW Islay and Jura – A walk on the wild side Islay and Jura – 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.  

ISLES OF MULL COLONSAY & ISLAY SCOTLAND APRIL 2023

April 21, 2022 1:23 pm Published by

Wild Light Hebridean Island Odyssey Destination summary  Isle of Mull This Epic photo adventure sees the return of a classic inner Hebridean Island and favourite of mine,  The Isle of Mull. But magnificent Mull is  just the beginning of this island odyssey as we aim to visit and photograph 7 island’s in total. The other main bases you’ll  experience are the Isle of  Colonsay named after St Columba and the Jewel of the Hebrides,  Islay. All a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland  these beautiful island’s sit just off Scotland’s west coast in the North Atlantic. Our first sessions capture some of Mull’s best locations including the old boats at Salen, Loch Na Keal, the Sound of Mull and Eos Fors falls . You’ll also be visiting the islands of Iona, Staffa ( Fingal’s Cave ) and Lunga to photograph the visiting Puffins that land here to nest every spring. Isle of Colonsay From Mull we return to Oban for the ferry ride out to remote little Colonsay . Two miles wide and about nine miles long, it’s populated with about 130 hardy souls and really is quite the world apart. Colonsay is where St Columba is said to have first landed on his mission from Ireland to introduce Christianity to Britain. So we’ll take in the what he must have seen while we explore some of its rugged coastline, climb to one of its best viewpoints, and set up for a dusk photo session over beautiful Kiloran Bay. We can then refresh ourselves that evening having stocked up at the Wild Island Gin Distillery and Brewery. Colonsay is the smallest island in the world to have one ! There’s a visit to  the old settlement ruins of Riasg Buidhe and pretty Cable bay which could both provide an evocative setting for our other evening  sessions. Just off shore to the south lies the small tide isle of Oronsay with its ancient priory and subject to tide times we could take the walk over the tidal strand to experience and capture this remotest of settings. Islay and Jura 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. I have fond but vague memories of visits to Islay’s early whisky festivals in the 1990’s and she   produces some of Scotland’s most famous and distinctive (peaty) varieties of whisky including Bowmore, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain (my favourite) and Lagavulin which we might just pay a visit to with its most photogenic of locations. Islay’s nine 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 looms and 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 Islay, perhaps that’s why George Orwell chose to make Jura’s  northern tip his bolt hole when writing his novel 1984. From Islay after a couple of nights we return to the mainland and the drive back up the Kintyre peninsula through Inveraray ( the seat of Clan Campbell) down by the western shore of  Loch Lomond and into Glasgow where you’ll be dropped of early evening. A true island Odyssey which promises to leave a lasting impression and rich photographic folio of wild Hebridean light. You can read some of trip positive feedback reviews here Isles of Mull and Eigg Accommodation  All rooms will be single occupancy when available with breakfast* Isle of Mull – 3 nights Isle of Colonsay – 3 nights Islay – 2 nights As these islands offer limited options  some room share may be necessary for some nights. Details of venues available soon. More details coming soon Check out some of our client reviews here

ARRAN PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT, SCOTLAND MAY 2023

January 19, 2021 11:16 am Published by

Wild Light – Isle of Arran Photography Retreat –  A walk on the wild side Destination summary The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde and is the most southerly of Scotlands Islands, it’s also the seventh biggest.  Just an hours ferry crossing from the mainland takes us to the small coastal town of Brodick where we disembark and start our adventure. Known as Scotland in miniature the north of the island features high peaks, remote Glen’s, wild Atlantic coastline and picturesque villages.  You could be forgiven you were in the remote north west Highlands at times. The Islands highest peak is Goatfell (873m) and the drama of the  mountain range  is the backdrop for several of our locations. To the south of the Island lie lower lands with little of it rising above 350m but still has plenty to offer the photographer. Geography ranges from open pasture, moorland with Celtic standing stones, woodlands, sandy beaches and coves. Our itinerary will see us explore and circumnavigate the whole island, we may even capture sight of a Dolphin pod that regularly  patrols it’s shores. Not your usual Arran photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Arran photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations as much as possible to seek out  wild, remote and unique Island 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 and Island 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 and Islands 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 17 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. Arran Photography workshop – Extra information Start time  10:30 pick up in Halbeath park and ride*, Fife / North Queensferry station** End time 18:00 drop off in Edinburgh / Halbeath *You can leave your car at this big park and ride for free or ** small station 15 minutes out of Edinburgh Accommodation 3 nights single occupancy room at a remote island  location close to some of 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 and Islands for over 11 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 Arran Photography locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy surfaces for up to 1hr. 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