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 IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

ONE TO ONE PHOTO WORKSHOPS IN SCOTLAND Personal one day or multiple day photography workshops and tuition to suit your individual requirements. Whether you wish to improve your skills, just take a tour or simply capture the raw natural beauty of Scotland, you’ll always receive a warm welcome. A little background I’ve over 22 years experience in the field of photography and became an AIPP Master of Photography in 2007. I won the Epson AIPP Victorian Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2004 and 2005 while based in Australia for 12 years.  I studied Visual Arts – Applied Photography in Melbourne winning  Folio of the Year and a Fuji scholarship as well as many other awards over the years. I’ve worked as a photo educator and in a variety of photographic fields, sharing my knowledge and experiences in photography since 2004. Safety first  You’ll have the option to travel in safety and comfort  by SUV (complete with a panoramic sunroof)  or tag along in your own vehicle.  There will be plenty stops along the way and we’ll be following best hygiene and social distancing practices measures where appropriate. One to one single day options Master your Camera (MYC) Half day sessions (4.5hrs) 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.  Creative Landscape and Travel photography These sessions are more focused on the “creative side”. Creative composition, identifying and simplifying your subjects, learning to see, light quality, long exposure techniques, minimising and a little editing workflow*. Some topics covered include: basic equipment use and advice, what you need and what you don’t (MYC) optimising camera functions, (MYC) shooting in manual and mastering exposure (MYC) using histograms (MYC) understanding depth of field Creative composition techniques long exposures neutral density and graduated filters and their use *basic raw image workflow in Photoshop or Lightroom Your also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images in digital format for review and assessment, a valueable learning experience in itself. Master Your Camera session Half Day fee: £165.00 per person (approx 4.5hrs duration). 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 A deposit of £95.00 per booking is required with the balance payable on the day or by bank transfer. Creative Landscape and Travel Photography  Single day £295.00* / two days £590.00 (approx 8hrs duration*) 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. 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 The Highlands* A land of jaw dropping romantic and often raw landscapes, mountains, lochs and glens. From the Cairngorm massif,  west to majestic peaks and lochs of Torridon, northwards to remote and wild Inverpolly and Assynt and beyond. Once visited, The Scottish Highlands will never leave you.   Other Highland locations available depending on availability – contact me directly* 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.   CUSTOM ONE TO ONE AND GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS – Multiple day options 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 10 years of experience guiding photographers here in Scotland you’ll be in good hands. Custom itinerary Rates  325.00 p/p per day – single participant £175.00 p/p per day – additional Participant ( max 3 ) 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 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* 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 – Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, the Isle of Skye, Inverpolly and Assynt – north west Sutherland. Extra Info *These 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, 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, transport to locations, and tea and coffee. They do do not include accommodation, transport to pick point or meals. Gift vouchers available.  

EDINBURGH PHOTO TOUR SESSIONS IN SCOTLAND

August 17, 2019 1:02 pm Published by

Destination summary This one to one or small group Edinburgh Old Town Photo Tour explores Scotland’s  captivating capital city with a professional, award-winning Master Photographer.  Known as the “Athens of the North” or “Auld Reekie”, its 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  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. The Sessions 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. Safety first There will be plenty stops along the way and we’ll be following best hygiene and social distancing practices measures where appropriate. Technical help We are all on different points on the learning curve. If you need help we can go over the following. 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. 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. 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 stop  and lunch stop and covers up to 6 miles. 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.    

SCOTLAND PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, SKYE HARRIS & LEWIS OCTOBER 2020

October 31, 2015 9:12 am Published by

Scotland photography workshop –  Skye, Harris and Lewis Scotland photography 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 20th October 2020 End time 19:00 drop off Inverness 25th October 2020 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 camera, wide angle to telephoto lenses, good quality 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 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. *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 2021

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 – 29th January End time – drop off Inverness 5pm – 1st February Accommodation – single occupancy, private accommodation with our own facilities on location. Meals – we will prepare our own group meals on location and your preferences will be noted prior to the trip Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Cairngorm photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from most of the well trodden tourist locations to seek out  wild, remote and unique Highland landscapes. By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs. This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland locations. Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more  intimate learning experience*. Less is more We have less participants crowding out locations and therefore you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing   wild places like the Highlands. Challenging maybe, but with expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog  find your way to creating great images . In the Wild Highlands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer. The Learning Your guide Glen has 16 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly. You can read some testimonials from previous participants here You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a dram or glass of wine . The Accommodation Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we can stay safe and make the most of our time whilst creating a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals.  You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions.

TORRIDON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2021

January 29, 2020 11:32 am Published by

Wild Light – Torridon photography workshop –  A walk on the wild side – sorry sold out Destination summary This Torridon photography workshop is  another in the Wild Light series of  Lightstalkers workshops that bring you into the wild heart of the Highlands and Islands in the quieter seasons. Torridon lies to the north west of the Highland capital Inverness. It’s a  land of majestic  mountains, ancient rocks, still standing Scots Pines and vistas that can render you  speechless. Remote and  unspoilt it’s that vision of  classic Scotland that you imagine when you close your eyes. During this Torridon Photography workshop we’ll be shooting from the shores of  pine clad Loch Maree and brooding Slioch, through Glen Torridon below the high peaks of Ben Eighe, Liathach, Ben Alligin and onto the world away Peninsula of Applecross and its wonderful  views over to Skye. We’ll be tucked away in our base in the heart of it all, making use of dawn and dusk light and seeking out wild light, the odd wild Stag and drama by day. There may even snow on the peaks, frosts and ice around the loch shores to aid our compositions and set the late winter scenes. Torridon is truly one of the UK’s most beautiful mountain regions – Book your place online.   Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Torridon photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations to seek out  wild, remote and unique Highland landscapes,  and getting far away from the selfie sticks and tour buses. By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs. This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland locations. Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more  intimate learning experience*. Less is more We have less participants crowding out locations and therefore you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing   wild places like the Highlands. Challenging maybe, but with expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog  find your way to creating great images . In the Wild Highlands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer. The Learning Your guide Glen has 16 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly. You can read some testimonials from previous participants here You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a dram or glass of wine . The Accommodation Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we make the most of our time and create a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals or on occasion venture to local pubs  that dot the region when available. You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions. Torridon Photography workshop – Extra information Start time  10:00 pick up in Inverness on the 19th February 2021 End time 17:00 drop off in Inverness 22nd February 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 3 nights single occupancy room at a remote Highland location close to our featured  locations Essential camera equipment  SLR or Mirrorless camera systems that can take a filter system are ideal. Lenses – ultra wide angle to telephoto lenses – 16 mm full frame to 200mm ( or DX equivalent) , good quality solid tripod that is easy to use and a waterproof camera bag. Lens clothes and lens issue. Clothing Good quality waterproof and wind proof jacket and over trousers, gloves / hat. Hiking boots that are waterproof / watertight – Gortex etc. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Weather I’ve been photographing the Highlands for over 10 years and one thing I’ve learnt is to be prepared to be working on all condtions. Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy surfaces. This can involve  short walks across rocky and uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to an hour, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly. *Wild Light workshops  will be limited to 4 participants – it may vary on occasion, if this changes you will be notified. ** accommodation options will vary depending on availability  

THREE GLENS PHOTO RETREAT, SCOTLAND MARCH 2021

January 21, 2016 11:56 am Published by

Three Glens Photo Retreat – Glencoe, Glen Etive and Glen Nevis Destination summary Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mists and mountain peaks caught in the clouds.  Glen Etive contours up tumbling rivers and burns cascading down mountain sides and plunging into deep peaty coloured pools.  It’s a place that quintessentially wraps up all that is “Highland” and captures photographer’s imaginations the world over. Glen Nevis  is less well known but has a wonderful walk up into a meadow that features a cascading waterfall and the water of Nevis that cuts through the gorge. On this photo retreat you’ll be one of just 4 other participants and  you’ll really get a chance to immerse yourself in some truly spectacular Scottish landscapes, from the remote Steall falls at the foot of Ben Nevis and  some harder to reach hidden spots in Glencoe. The best way to capture and experience our locations  is to park up and wander its paths and trails. Some meander deep into the Glen where the River Coe navigates its course around giant glacial boulders and plunges down into narrow gorges disappearing into blackness. Others paths traverse the northern side along the old military road with stunning vistas of the Glen’s three sisters and River Coe and small Highland lochans. The rivers, waterfalls, mountains and history of this corner of Scotland will provide you with plenty of dramatic and romantic winter imagery to complement your portfolio. Glencoe with its nearby neighbours are some of the most evocative parts of Scotland and a workshop and location that has to be experienced. Book your place online. Extra information Start time 10:00 Saturday 20th March –  pick up in Perth or meet at Bridge of Orchy if you wish to bring your own vehicle at 12:30, before travelling up to Glencoe. End time 17:30 Tuesday 23rd March drop off Perth or Bridge of Orchy Essential equipment camera, range of lenses, waterproof camera backpack, outdoor clothing waterproof and good quality tripod. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Skill level beginners to advanced Not your usual photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Three Glens retreat. You’ll be breaking away from most of the well trodden tourist locations to seek out  wild, remote and unique Highland landscapes in Glencoe. By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs. This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland locations. Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more  intimate learning experience*. Less is more We have less participants crowding out locations and therefore you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing   wild places like the Highlands. Challenging maybe, but with expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog  find your way to creating great images In the Wild Highlands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer. The Learning Your guide Glen has 16 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly. You can read some testimonials from previous participants here You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a dram or glass of wine . The Accommodation Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we can stay safe and make the most of our time whilst creating a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals when possible.  You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions. What to expect This photo workshop includes daily practical tutorials and more support on location to help you obtain the best image capture results and improve your skills.  The conditions can be challenging but you’ll learn to beat the elements and hone your skills to get the results that have impact. We’ll explore the use of filters, creating awareness of weather, light quality and direction learning to use this to our advantage. Picking out the subject elements to leave in and leave out of our compositions. An image review, critique session and creative Adobe Photoshop image editing session will also form part of the program. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. Winter days can be mild and wet or cold and wintery, so pleas bring good gloves, a balaclava might be handy too. Fitness and mobility All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure  or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.  

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, 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.