January 5, 2016 12:15 pm
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 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 (7hrs ) Custom tour or Solo sessions from £795.00 for up to 2 days on location* Please note sessions run from late August to late May only, this is to avoid the busier tourist season and harsh light. *Multiple day rates do not included accommodation for guests. 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: £175.00 per person (4hrs 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 or convenient location if your driving) Edinburgh – Capital city sessions and the Bridges – 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* / (up to 7hrs 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 Broxden P&R 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 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. 7 hour session – Pick up North Queensferry station / Stirling / Dunfermline or meet in Aberfoyle . ** location has a £45 supplement per day. Multiple day custom sessions include Skye, Glencoe, Torridon and Inverpolly / Assynt. Participant accommodation is additional and based on your preferences . All one to one sessions are ran on demand and subject to availability. They include tuition, guiding, transport to locations and refreshments. 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 £795.00 2 days – single participant From £995.00 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.
January 14, 2021 12:02 pm
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 you will need accommodation for the night, this is additional and can be from as little as £25 p/p for shared bunk house accommodation or venues to suit your preference. 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.
March 4, 2021 6:53 pm
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.
August 17, 2019 1:02 pm
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.
August 1, 2022 5:00 pm
Destination summary This years Capture and Create location will feature Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park at the peak of the regions Autumn colour. Designated as Scotland’s first National Park, it will provide the inspiration, locations and photographic content for our editing and printing sessions. This is romantic Scotland where legends like Rob Roy Macgregor wandered its loch-side shores, forested hills and open moors. There’s an abundance of history and myth to go with the landscapes that Sir Walter Scott and Ossian used as their romantic backdrops for many a famous stories and poem. Locations Finnich Glen and the Devils Pulpit Just south of Loch Lomond hidden in a small woodland, a natural labyrinth has been carved by a small river and provides some extremely photogenic results. Loch Lomond Taking the prize for the biggest body of water in the UK, Loch Lomond is just beautiful. Knowing how to capture it isn’t easy but a few locations offer some creative options combined with interesting elements to create some iconic imagery. Surrounded by autumn colour we’ll climb to one of the lower hills to capture the Loch and its islands in all their splendour. The Trossachs The area known as the Trossachs forms part of the National Park and its natural beauty has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We’ll focus on a chain of lochs that run through the wooded Glens that lie to the east of Ben Lomond that towers over Loch Lomond. Small hamlets, old boat sheds and rocky outcrops and misty vistas over the hills. The Sessions After practical sessions on location you’ll then have the opportunity to download and edit a selection of your images, watch some tutorials and then share some of your work on a large screen via high resolution projector for critique and review. I’ll also demonstrate some of the editing techniques I use with RAW workflow, non-destructive dodging and burning, subtle use of vignettes, the Orton effect, layer masks, luminosity masks and other helpful tips. While you’ll pick up some basic and advanced editing techniques in Photoshop, this workshop focuses on improving your skills through review, critique and by example. Some previous knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is desirable, but I can also run through a tutorial of RAW workflow if you need some help with the basics. Finally you’ll have the opportunity with Glen to create two A3 prints on high quality Fine Art Rag paper. You can take these home rolled into a hard tube to keep them safe in transit. At the end of the workshop you’ll have some new ideas, techniques and a better understanding of the image editing and creative process. Capture and create places are limited to 4 so book your spot now. Extra information Based in Fife, Scotland I’ve been guiding workshops and photo tours in Scotland for over 14 years and 5 years in Australia before that. 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 Meet up – Glasgow, Milngavie (pronounced Milgai) Station Railway station 12:30 3rd November 2023 Drop off – Glasgow Milngavie Station Railway station 13:30 6th November 2023 Experience level 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 Accommodation Self contained house in the pretty village of Drymen ideally placed between to the Trossachs / National Park and Loch Lomond – Single occupancy rooms. Meals – breakfast provisions are provided and the the nearby Clachan Inn ( oldest pub in Scotland ) and Winnock Hotel. Both offer restaurants meals and drinks after our sessions . Deposit £200.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.
May 13, 2020 12:34 pm
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 the western Cairngorm and its natural features. It includes a Red Squirral session in its natural habitat and the slower slopes around the mountain plateau that dominates the park. Deep glacier carved valleys, jagged peaks waterfalls and pine glad hills all coming to make this a rich photographic experience. Most of the UK’s highest mountains exist in the park and they are under almost tundra like conditions on the high plateau in the winter months. Pine tree forests cover many of the hills and straths with pockets of iconic Scots Pine adjacent to beautiful glacial lochs. Wildlife can be illusive with Red Squirral, Red Deer, Pine Martin, Osprey and even Wild Cats known to call the Park home. During this Cairngorm photography workshop you’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. We’ll also spend a morning session at a dedicated Squirrel and bird hide in the Rothiuemurchas forest to capture Red Squirrelsgoing about their daily routineas well as some birds like Crested Tit and Woodpecker. A recommended focal length of 400-600mm is best to make the most from this session. 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 – 09:30 – 26th January End time – drop off Inverness 4pm – 29th January Accommodation – single occupancy, private accommodation with our own facilities on location. Fitness level This workshop can be subject to cold and wintery conditions and a reasonable level of fitness is required. There are two walks at of up to 3 to 4 miles ( return – 3hrs in total ) one of which is into the northern Corries were the paths can be wintery and slippery in places. If you have any questions the just ask Glen directly. 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 On this Cairngorm Photography workshop 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.
July 20, 2016 3:44 pm
Isle of Skye Masterclass workshop Destination summary It’s back , the Isle of Skye winter masterclass. Welcome to the Cloud Island as the Vikings used to call the Isle of Skye. If it’s stunning Scottish landscapes you’re looking for then this is where to start. Skye has been listed as one of Europe’s top ten Islands to visit and there are plenty good reasons to back that up. The island sees hoards of visitors in the spring and summer months but in winter you’ll get to experience the islands quieter side during this Scotland photography workshop. Skye’s sea cliffs, breathtaking vistas, jagged Gabbro mountains that vanish into the swirling mists, shimmering lochs, streams and pockets of quiet and calm that seem a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life. This trip will focus on getting some creative compositions of The Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing, Elgol and the Cuillin and the Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle from dawn until dusk. Since the late 90’s The Isle of Skye has been connected to the mainland by the Skye bridge but it still keeps its remote island and edge of the world charm. Its dramatic peninsulas, mountains, wild and romantic history have all been well documented over the years. You’ll be getting a great introduction to this wild Atlantic island in winter as you photograph some of its most celebrated places, editing your images in comfortable accommodation then reviewing our portfolio’s from our 4 days on Skye. I’ve been photographing and guiding photographers on Skye since 2009 and if the conditions are right winter offers wonderful Highland landscapes scenes. So book your place, catch the wind and take on the sheer beauty of the Misty Isle of Skye this Winter. Extra information Start time pick up Inverness – 09:15 am – 16th February End time – drop off Inverness 5:30pm – 19th February Accommodation – Tianavaig View Apartments, single occupancy accommodation in Portree with breakfast. Essential equipment sturdy tripod, your camera with lenses ( ultra wide to telephoto recommended). Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight Neutral Density filters would be useful but not essential. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag and outdoor clothing. Skill level – Suitable for beginners, intermediate and more advanced photographers What to expect This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills. The conditions can be changeable at anytime of year especially in winter but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact. We’ll explore the use of filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction, learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program. As with Photo Adventures participants will be invited to share their final 6 image folio online with their fellow participants and Glen via a secure online link after the trip. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be misty and wet at times but it’s not unusual to get cold snaps with frost snow or ice . This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach and some can involve short hill walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy muddy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way up hill ( Old man of Storr), however participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.
September 30, 2022 4:54 pm
Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Scottish Highlands Highlands Photo Tour Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Destination summary This years Grand Tour explores three of the West Highlands most visually dramatic locations; Glencoe, the Isle of Skye and the mountains and lochs of Torridon with all points in-between. You’ll also travel up through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus travelling up the eastern shore of Loch Ness, back to Inverness on the final day. You’ll be accompanied by myself, an award winning pro photographer and seasoned guide all the way. I’ll be assisting you, providing insights into each location and offering support throughout the week. We’ve plenty hours of daylight in August with the sun setting around 20:30hrs each evening which gives us loads of time to get to each location and explore throughout the day. With a small group and a local guide operating in Scotland since 2009 you’re guaranteed not to miss out on anything during your time. The photo tour features world class locations plus some hidden ones in and around Glencoe, Skye or Torridon. Torridon After pick up in Inverness this Highland Photo tour begins in dramatic Torridon which features some famous Scottish peaks, in a mountain chain that runs north west along Glen Torridon. Ben Eighe, Ben Alligin and Liathach will provide a back drop for a session amongst the mountains offering majestic vistas and Highland scenes. Loch Maree shimmers at dusk at the foot of Slioch with silhouetted Scot’s pine and ragged peaks and you’ll spend dusk capturing some beautiful images along its southern shore. At the end of the day’s sessions we’ll all relax with a tasty meal and drink in the nearby Kinlochewe hotel. Isle of Skye From Torridon we make the drive west with stops along the way to where the Atlantic meets the Kyle of Lochalsh and take the bridge over to the misty Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye needs little introduction to landscape and adventure photographers. The iconic images of the Old Man of Storr over Loch Fada, the Cuillin Mountains and the Quiraing are all iconic landmarks that have received global recognition from photographers around the world. During your time on Skye 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. Our base for two nights will be the comfortable Uig Hotel on the Trotternish peninsula , again close to our favoured locations. Glencoe and Loch Leven After a couple of days photographing Skye we head to the south of the island to catch the ferry to the fishing port of Mallaig on the mainland. We’ll travel along the road to the isles, with tales of Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie, past Glenfinnan, with views of the Jacobite Highland soldier monument and the famous viaduct from Harry Potter fame but with a slightly longer history. From here we finally reach one of the most infamous Glen’s in Scotland and one that’s become a mecca for photographers and hikers that traverse its peaks, valleys and trails. For me Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mist around mountain peaks caught in the clouds. With nearby Loch Leven, Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive also offering evocative Highland scenes, these also deserve to be explored and photographed. Again you’ll be encouraged to create evocative images with Glen handpicking the best locations to suit the conditions during your time in Glencoe. At the end of the day’s sessions we’ll all relax in a local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink. Here we can review some of the weeks work before a final dusk session and then head back to our Guest house in the nearby village of Kinlochleven where you’ll be based for 2 nights. Loch Ness On our final day we’ll spend a session in a nearby woodland photographing the Grey Mare’s Tail, a waterfall that plunges into a rocky cauldron surrounded by picturesque woodland ferns and tumbling burn. From here we go north to Fort Augustus and the southern scenes of the Scotland’s deepest loch and travel up the quieter and more scenic eastern short back to Inverness. I’m fortunate but have worked hard to achieve over a 75% client return rate and you’re invited to check out some of my previous clients testimonials here Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Extra information Start time 10:30 pick up Inverness 18th August End time 17:00 drop off Inverness 23rd August Venues We spend most of our time in the thick of it, photographing and exploring the outdoors on our adventures but its nice to come back too great meal and a comfy bed and start each day with the option of a traditional Scottish Breakfast. All the venues I choose provide this but most importantly are convenient to our locations. Kinlochewe Hotel – 1 night near Torridon, a classic Highland hotel surrounded by Highland mountains with huge range of single malt whiskys and great food. Uig Hotel – 2 nights on Trotternish, northern Skye, recently renovated hotel with fantastic food, views and comfortable rooms close to the Quiraing and other key locations. Tigb Na Cheo – 2 nights in privately owned guest house in the village of Kinlochleven, surrounded by dramatic scenes and close to our locations. Getting there Inverness is serviced by bus and rail from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Meals – packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule. Essential equipment camera, ( the best camera is the one you have) lenses with a recommended focal length from 16mm ( wide angle ) to 200mm (telephoto) and good quality sturdy tripod. I carry a 16-35 / 24-70 / 70-200. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters can be useful a 6 stop little stopper to 10 stop, big stopper. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft, the drop in type rather than screw in. If you can a laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software might be useful if the weather gets the better of us on some days.. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on location going over basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment 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 45 – 60 mins each way but nothing to steep or strenuous will be part of the itinerary. The terrain can also be boggy and rocky in places. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images in a online gallery 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 (waterproof jackets and over trousers) including good waterproof hiking boots that are properly 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.
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Destination Summary Outer Hebrides Photo Tour Scotland – Vatersay, Barra and the Uists. 16th – 22nd September* This week long photo adventure is set to explore and capture the wild autumn light of the southern part of the Outer Hebridean archipelago from the Island of Vatersay in the south to Berneray to the north. Tags; Outer Hebrides Photo Tour Scotland Vatersay, Barra and Eriskay These three little islands could easily offer a week’s worth of photography and exploration in themselves. Barra is often referred to as the “Hebrides in miniature” or “Barrabados,” Barra boasts crystal-clear aqua blue seas and unspoiled silver-golden sands. Its main settlement, as the name suggests, features the photogenic Kisimul Castle, sitting just 100 meters offshore and dating back to the 16th century. The rugged west coast, buffeted by the Atlantic Ocean’s waves, presents numerous intriguing rocky inlets and bays for dynamic seascape photography. Heading north, a short isthmus extends into the sea, revealing breathtaking vistas over beautiful Traigh Eas beach. This stunning beach is framed by some of the tallest sand dunes in the British Isles. It’s also worth noting that it overlooks the former residence of Compton Mackenzie in the 1930s, the renowned author of “Whiskey Galore,” which was set on nearby Eriskay. Another highlight is the magic of Traigh Mor, East Beach, a vast tidal expanse that transforms with the ebb and flow of the sea. At low tide, this unique stretch of sand becomes Barra’s one-of-a-kind airport, where scheduled flights from Glasgow land right on the beach. Barra is connected to Vatersay by a short causeway and boasts three magnificent beaches, all linked by a breathtaking coastal walk that unveil the island’s natural beauty. As you stroll along, you’ll discover the west beach, adorned with intriguing relics like old boats, weathered tractors, and lobster pots, each telling their own story of island life. Just a 40-minute ferry ride to the north lies Eriskay, a small island with a big history and unparalleled natural beauty. The Prince’s Beach marks the historic spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil, igniting the 1745 Jacobite uprising. Here, you’ll also encounter the Eriskay Ponies, a precious remnant of Scotland’s native horse, with fewer than 300 remaining. Eriskay is not only steeped in history but is also the setting of the famous novel “Whiskey Galore.” During our visit, we’ll drop by the beachside pub that bears the name of the cargo ship SS Politician, which famously ran aground, leaving its precious cargo of whisky at the mercy of the island’s inhabitants. South Uist and Benbecula South Uist is the second-largest island in the Outer Hebrides, connected to Eriskay by a causeway. As you journey through South Uist, you’ll be greeted by numerous lochans and, in the distance, the striking peaks of Ben Mhor and Thacla to the northeast. North of these peaks lies Loch Druidbeg, a sanctuary for birdlife, with the single-track road offering picturesque views of the mountains. This loch is a haven for birds and is managed by the RSPB. Continuing on the single-track road, you’ll come across Loch Skipport and the 19th-century pier, once the main hub for cargo and shipping on the island. Venture to the Machair-covered west coast, where you can glimpse golden sands meeting the untamed Atlantic. Dive into history at the Kildonan Museum, which boasts a collection of captivating black and white photographs depicting island life, nearby ruined blackhouses, and the birthplace of Highland heroine Flora Macdonald. Crossing another causeway over a sandy expanse, you’ll arrive at Benbecula, a place that truly feels like it’s perched at the edge of the world. This low-lying island is mostly inaccessible in the east, home to wild lochs and peaty pools, often frequented by adventurous trout fishermen, like my father in the 1970s. To the west, follow the coastal road, seizing photography opportunities as the ever-changing weather and light paint a mesmerizing canvas over the sea, and perhaps catch a glimpse of distant, rocky St Kilda on the horizon. North Uist and Berneray When gazing upon a map of North Uist, one might easily mistake it for a place dominated by water rather than land – a notion not too far from reality. The tranquil North Uist is, once again, embraced by numerous small lochs, creating an ideal canvas for captivating aerial photography. During low tide, the nearby Baleshare Island appears to levitate in the distance, encircled by pristine white sands that glisten with each ebbing tide. Here, the interplay of tidal currents forms mesmerizing abstract patterns as they gracefully flow out to sea. On the western front, facing the vast Atlantic, North Uist offers an abundance of splendid beaches, breathtaking vistas, and ancient ruins that beckon exploration. Our journey will take us on a circuit around the island, where we’ll seek out the untamed beauty of natural light and compose our shots with simplicity in mind. Our next destination, accessed by yet another causeway, is the charming little Berneray. The western coastline of Little Berneray unfolds as an immense stretch of pristine beach, complemented by towering dunes that seemingly stretch to infinity. To the east, the island’s primary settlement provides a diverse range of subjects for leisurely strolls along the shore, from the bustling harbor to the serene bay. Keep your eyes peeled, as grey seals often make appearances, and on the far side of the bay, you’ll discover deserted houses, further along revealing the inviting expanse of the east beach, adorned with its powdery white sands. There is nowhere quite like the Outer Hebrides so if you’d like to be part of this Autumn photo adventure please register you interest with Glen early so you don’t miss out. Additional Info Getting There: Staring location – Glasgow (for Oban departure ) on the morning of the 16th September Ending Location – Glasgow (from Mallaig return) early evening of 22nd September *You will most likely need an additional night either side of the start and end dates in Glasgow. Tags: Outer Hebrides Photo Tour Scotland (There is also the option to fly to Barra from Glasgow with Logan air. Times vary but this could be an option for those shorter on time and then meet up in Castlebay on the evening of the 16th) Accommodation 3 nights single occupancy accommodations on the island of Barra – venue to be confirmed 3 nights single occupancy accommodation at the comfortable, privately owned Temple View Hotel on the island of North Uist Meals lunches -packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule. Essential equipment camera, ( the best camera is the one you have) lenses with a recommended focal length from 16mm ( wide angle ) to 200mm (telephoto) and good quality sturdy tripod. I carry a 16-35 / 24-70 / 70-200. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters can be useful a 6 stop little stopper to 10 stop, big stopper. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft, the drop in type rather than screw in. If you can bring laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software might be useful if the weather gets the better of us on some days.. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect Outer Hebrides Photo tour Scotland – includes an initial practical tutorial on location going over basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment 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 45 – 60 mins each way but nothing to steep or strenuous will be part of the itinerary. The terrain can also be boggy and rocky in places. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images in a online gallery 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 (waterproof jackets and over trousers) including good waterproof hiking boots that are properly 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. You can read some of Glen’s testimonials here