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

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

Here are the upcoming Scottish photography tours and workshops:

ONE TO ONE 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 £295  – full day Custom One to One Guiding  £595 – 2 days 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). 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 Full day sessions are available at other locations on request. Creative Landscape and Travel photography sessions These sessions are more focused on the “creative side” of your photography. Single day £295.00* / two days £590.00 (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. The Wild Scottish Highlands* 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.   Other Highland locations available depending on availability – contact me directly* Heart of Scotland – Perthshire A wonderful autumn location we’ll wander into a land of woodlands, waterfalls rivers and burns in the Hermitage and Birks of Aberfeldy. Meander  through the Mountains and Glens of beautiful of Perthshire 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 Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park** Golden Forests,  misty Lochs and Glens this is a location best photographed in late Autumn and Winter. Popularised and romantasised 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 Stirling / Dunfirmline / Perth stations *Highland locations have a £30 supplement per day and normally a 2 day minimum. Accommodation is not included. Usual pick up is in Inverness ( but can vary)  each day where you’ll be picked up and dropped off ** Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are best visited and photographed in late Autumn. 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 one to one photo tours  I understand some people like to do their own thing and that’s great. So either on your own, with a group of friends or associates I can tailor a guided photography trip in the Highlands with tuition to suit your preferences. When, where and how long is entirely up to you. With over 10 years of experience guiding photographers here in Scotland you’ll be in good hands. Custom itinerary Rates* £595.00  2 days – single participant Add £295.00 for each extra day. Includes most mainland locations and Skye. Inner and Outer Hebridean islands will have additional costs. Additional participants £95.00 (max 3 participants) These custom tours offer a more tailored set of options and usually involve a dusk or dawn session depending on the time of year. I’ll put together a varied itinerary with some fantastic Highland locations to develop your skills and create some memorable imagery. You’ll have all your questions answered and be given tips and ideas to increase your skill set. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to discuss your options. Inverness based locations include Loch Ness, the Black Isle, Torridon, Inverpolly, The 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 *These one to one photo workshops may also be available at certain times of the year but will have additional fees for accommodation and additional expenses. One, two or three days may be available so you can add additional locations and tailor your tour. Contact me directly for group rates for longer periods. Please bring a selection of previous images on USB stick or laptop for review and assessment if you can. As well as Scotland, I can also offer custom group trips to Iceland, Namibia, Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Slovenia and the Julian Alps, Venice and Tuscany. These are subject to availability and require a minimum of 4 participants. Please contact me directly for more info and details of fees. All one to one sessions are ran on demand and subject to availability. They include  tuition, guiding and  transport to locations. They do 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 Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 2 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location in Glencoe and surrounding area 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. Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to Glen being available for your preferred dates – please contact Glen HERE with your request or enquiry.

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 Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 2 or 3 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location on the Isle of Skye 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. Booking These sessions are ran on demand and subject to Glen being available for your preferred dates – please contact Glen HERE with your request or enquiry.

LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS – SOLO SESSIONS

March 4, 2021 6:53 pm Published by

Destination summary Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park was Scotland’s first. It lies in the western part of the Southern Highlands just an hours drive north of Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow. It’s famously packed full of mountain peaks,  often misty lochs and forest parks where illusive wildlife call home. This is romantic Scotland where legends such as Rob Roy Macgregor  wandered its shores and hills.  Theres 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. You’ll explore some of more evocative loch side locations then take to the hills for one or two walks to two of its best known  peaks for amazing vistas of the surrounding mountains and Lochs. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs group size Solo or with a couple of friends, associates or partners – max 3 participants Itinerary  Guide: Pro Photographer, Glen Campbell Sessions: 2 x 8 hour photo sessions* on location in The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (**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.

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 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.

THE HIGHLANDS NORTHERN EXPOSURE MAY 2021

February 2, 2021 12:05 pm Published by

Wild Light Scotland , Northern Exposure The Highlands – Destination summary The Highlands of the far north  feature some of the finest and most dramatic beaches and 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 Durness and Cape Wrath , 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 Puffins and we’ll take a short boat trip over to the island to explore its coastline and  beaches 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 at John O’Groats you’ll also  explore the village and  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 10:00 pick up Inverness 17th May End time 17:00 drop off Inverness 22nd 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. 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.

INVERPOLLY ASSYNT & TORRIDON, SCOTLAND JUNE 2021

January 23, 2020 12:04 pm Published by

Wild Light Summer Solstice in Inverpolly Assynt & Torridon, –  “a walk on the wild side” Destination Summary  This Wild Light Inverpolly, Assynt and Torridon workshop features some  of the finest  locations in the quieter corner of the North West Highlands with great photography, short hikes and  time to relax. Inverpolly, Assynt are part of a remote area in the  North West Highlands straddling the counties of Wester Ross and Sutherland. Remote yes, but they are blessed with fine mountains, unspoilt coastline, rivers and lochs, and fewer tourists. Legends say  this is where “the Viking gods practiced making mountains”with the charismatic peaks of Suilven, Stac Polly, Cul Mor and Quinag  providing the backdrop for many of our compositions. This is indeed Scotland for the Connoisseur. Torridon has some of the the most famous of the Scottish peaks in a chain of peaks that run north along Glen Torridon. Ben Eighe, Ben Alligin and Liathach will provide a back drop for a day out in the mountains offering majestic vistas. The Glen then opens out to  shimmering loch Torridon which makes a great lunch spot among  the native Scots pines . We’ll also make a circuit of the Applecross  Peninsula and capture the views from the Bealach na Bà, out over to the Isle of Skye. Inverpolly Assynt & Torridon subject matter – Seascapes, Lochs, Rivers, mountain backdrops, Scots pine forest, open vistas, beaches, ruins, castles and Highland villages Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Scotland photography workshop, breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations to seek out  wild, remote and classic Highland landscapes. Escaping the selfie sticks and tour buses and ending our days with west coast dusk sessions out over the Atlantic and Highland Glens. 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’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 The Lovat Arms Hotel in the quiet village of Beauly will provide our base for 3 nights as we explore Torridon and Inverpolly. On our final night we will spend out in Assynt before making our way back to Inverness.  As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we  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. Extra information Start time  10:30 pick up in Inverness on the 21st June 2021 End time 17:30 drop off in Inverness 25th June 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 4 nights single occupancy room with Breakfast 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 Check out the testimonials pages here    

WILD LIGHT, HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND PHOTO TOUR AUGUST 2021

August 22, 2018 8:57 pm Published by

New – Scotland’s Wild Highland Light – The North West Highlands Scotland Photo Tour – Destination summary If you’d  like to experience and capture the raw beauty and wild light of the Scottish Highlands, then this is the Scotland photo tour that will meet those expectations. This Scotland photo tour is designed to guide you to some of the most dramatic and beautiful locations in the North West Highlands. Locations that lie well away from the well worn busy  tourist trails and hot spots that get crammed with tour buses in August. Locations I’m from the Highlands and if I only had limited time to photograph them, then these are the places  I’d  go – hands down.  Plus just to mix it up a little you’ll also have a day along the Moray Coast which offers a day of contrasts from the west,  packed with drama and cultural interest. Torridon This Scotland photo tour starts of  north west of the Highland capital Inverness. The dramatic Torridon mountains are one of the most beautiful and lesser visited parts of Scotland. The peaks of Ben Eighe, Liathach and Ben Alligin all rise high above the tumbling rivers and glittering lochs below. Pockets of native Scots Pine give this area an ancient feel. So with my local knowledge, I’ll guide you to some of the most photogenic and out of the way places in the Highlands. The Moray Coast A total contrast to your day of photography in the Torridon mountains, we’ll focus our attention on the villages, sea stacks and hidden beaches that lie along the Moray coast. You’ll spend the day exploring seascape compositions and experimenting with long exposure. You’ll also get a sense of why this coastline was listed by National Geographic as “one of the worlds top coastlines”. Inverpolly, Assynt and Coigach After two nights in the village of Beauly you’ll head north to the fishing village of Ullapool.  From here we are in easy reach  of one of the Highlands best kept secrets with some of the finest scenery and mountains in the Highlands. The mountainous regions of Inverpolly and Assynt have  been described as “Scotland for the connoisseur” and the land where Viking gods practiced making mountains. Dotted with lochs and fringed by clean sandy beaches its my top pick for places to photograph in Scotland. It’s also quieter than some of Scotland’s better known locations. This gives it a sense of peace and wide open spaces.   This region is often a highlight for landscape  photographers that I’ve guided around Scotland.  I’m delighted to be able to share some of its hidden treasures with my guests. North West Sutherland From Ullapool we continue North until we run out of land. Tucked away in the most northerly corner of the British Isles lie some of its most evocative landscapes. After passing the mighty Quinag and crossing over the fantastic Kylesku bridge we head into the far North West Highlands. A land of empty golden sands and shimmery seascapes, charismatic peaks surrounded by remote, empty Glen’s home to herds  of roaming wild stags. We have lots of options here and the light and weather conditions will play a part on which locations we make our priority. Oldshoremore beach or Sandwoood Bay are both great options, one being a short stroll and the latter  a decent  hike over flat terrain both beautiful examples of wild empty Highland beaches. From our base in the village of Tongue we’ll  venture out into one of the empty Glen’s to photograph one of the most beautiful mountains, the Queen of the Highlands, Ben Loyal and coastline along by the remote village of Talmine. Other highlights include The Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboll, coastal villages and the Kyle of Tongue. After our final night in Tongue we’ll explore a few more locations before returning to Inverness via Lairg and Bonar Bridge.   Extra information Based in Inverness I’ve been guiding workshops and photo tours in the Scottish Highlands for over 10 years. In that time I’ve guided  hundreds of satisfied clients from around the world. In the few days they’ve been with me they have improved their photography, mastered the basics and created some stunning images.   You can read testimonials from previous Lightstalker clients here Pick up at 10:30am on the 11th August in Inverness at your chosen Hotel or the Railway station – drop off in Inverness on the 15th August early evening around 6pm. Getting there  Inverness has flight connections with London, Dublin, Amsterdam and other regional UK airports. It’s 3hrs north  by bus or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Your accommodation – All single occupancy with ensuite and full Scottish breakfast. 11th – 12th The Lovat Arms Hotel Beauly – A  family owned hotel in an historical Highland village with ancient priory – 2 nights, 13th – The Arch Inn or Lady Smith Guest House Ullapool – cleverly converted from and old fish store in a picturesque fishing town surrounded by mountains –  1 night 14th- The Ben Loyal Hotel, Tongue. A traditional small Highland hotel with big views – 1 night   What to expect This Highland photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day (if you need it or are a little rusty).  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. Your sessions will start mid morning and continue until dusk which can be late into the evening at this time of year and being so far North. This allows us to pack as much into the day as possible, visiting and photographing a range of locations. Plus we’ll have plenty of time at each location to make sure we do them justice. There will be time for breaks for lunch on location, and dinner in local pub or restaurant featuring local produce each evening prior to our final dusk session. All of this will be managed by your guide Glen with help and suggestions available at any time. A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should ideally be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images with Glen and fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather  August can be great , warm and pleasant but it can also be unpredictable with showers through the day.    Along the coast it can also be breezy so we need to keep rainwear and outdoor clothing the van as well as waterproof boots/ hiking shoes.  So be prepared for showers and wind, and sun. Locations and fitness. Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on slippy rocky surfaces. This can involve short walks up  hills, along riversides and over uneven terrain. Walking times to Sandwood Bay can be just over an hour each way but there is plenty time and all locations are weather dependant. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

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.