PHOTO WORKSHOPS ONE TO ONE TUITION AND CUSTOMISED GUIDING IN SCOTLAND

January 5, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

ONE TO ONE WORKSHOPS One to one sessions and customised photography tours in Scotland Personalised one day or multiple day photography workshops and tuition to suit your individual requirements. Learn how to master your camera with a mini photo workshop. Improve your photography skills with a practical private session at a great Scottish location with photographer and guide Glen Campbell. MASTER YOUR CAMERA & CREATIVE LANDSCAPES   A wonderful introduction to digital landscape and outdoor photography, these sessions are both tuition based. Master your Camera (MYC)  half day sessions (4.5hrs) are a great introduction for beginners or those trying to find there feet with the basics. Creative Landscapes sessions are more focused on the “creative side”,  learning to see shots and experimenting with composition, long exposure techniques 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). A deposit of £95.00 per booking is required with the balance payable on the day or by bank transfer. On location – options  Kingdom of Fife  – St Andrews and Fife’s East Neuk Coastline / Edinburgh – Capital city sessions Creative Landscapes  Single day £295.00* / two days £590.00 (approx 8hrs duration) Locations Edinburgh St Andrews & the Fife Coast. Highland Locations – Inverness & The Black Isle, Torridon and Loch Maree, Inverpolly and Assynt. We start and end in Inverness each day where you’ll be picked up and dropped off. (other locations available depending on availability – contact me directly)* Highland locations have a £25 supplement per day.   CUSTOM ONE TO ONE AND GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS I understand some people like to do their own thing and that’s great. So either on your own, with a group of friends or associates I can tailor a guided photography trip in the Highlands with tuition to suit your preferences. When, where and how long is entirely up to you. With nearly 10 years experience guiding photographers here in Scotland you’ll be in good hands. Custom itinerary rates start at £325.00* per person, per day. 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 of the above are ran on demand and subject to availability. Includes tuition, transport to locations, and some refreshments, *does not include accommodation or meals). Gift vouchers available.  

EDINBURGH PHOTO TOUR SESSIONS IN SCOTLAND – ON DEMAND

August 17, 2019 1:02 pm Published by

Destination summary This private or small group Edinburgh Photo Tour explores Scotland’s  captivating capital city with a professional, award-winning 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, a hidden village, architecture, the Firth of Forth Bridges, parks and monuments 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. 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.    

ISLE OF SKYE AND THE WEST HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND AUGUST 2019 – Sold out

November 2, 2015 2:46 pm Published by

Isle of Skye and the West Highlands Destination summary The Isle of Skye and the West Highlands is our longest running Photo Adventure and it’s a classic, with the first day session featuring the former herring fishing village of Cromarty on the Black Isle and  the tumbling cascades and waterfalls of the Fairy Glen where we’ll focus on some technical aspects of photography. Your first day will finish with a dusk session on the northern shore of legendary Loch Ness. Day two will see us take to the mountains, hills and lochs of Torridon where you’ll explore and photograph beautiful Glen Torridon and the shoreline of Loch Maree, Scotland’s 4th biggest, dotted with ancient Scots Pine and enjoy a evening meal in a great Highland pub. Then you’ll head south west along the shores of Loch Ness and over to the Isle of Skye. After capturing Eilean Donan castle we take the bridge over to Skye for some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in Scotland. Locations include the Red and Black Cuillins hills, Neist Point, Glen Sligachan, the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula. Magical dusk sessions at both remote Elgol and Talisker bay with is black boulder beach are a highlight of every Skye trip. On our final day we’ll depart from Skye on the old turntable ferry to the small village of Glenelg, capturing the nearby  Iron Age Brochs and 18 century Bernera Barracks. From here we’ll trace our way back through the five sisters of Kintail, Glen Sheil and finally back to Inverness. Extra Information Start time  11:30  pick up in Inverness 19th August End time 17:30 drop off Inverness on the 24th August Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports Accommodation 2 nights single occupancy room at the Lovat Arms Hotel, Beauly and 3 nights single occupancy room at the Old Inn Carbost on the Isle of Skye. Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Recommended: Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters (6 and 10 stop) would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Locations and fitness. Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

THE HEBRIDEAN WORKSHOP, SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2019 – sold out

October 31, 2015 9:12 am Published by

The Hebrides – Skye, Harris and Lewis photo workshop Destination summary This Skye, Harris and Lewis workshop 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 and 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. 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. 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 22nd October 2019 End time 19:00 drop off Inverness 27th October 2019 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 Portree Hotel on Skye and 4 nights single occupancy room at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert with Scottish breakfasts. Essential equipment camera, lenses and 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.  

ISLE OF SKYE SCOTLAND FEBRUARY 2020 – Places available

July 20, 2016 3:44 pm Published by

Classic Isle of Skye photo workshop Destination summary Welcome to the Cloud Island as the Vikings used to call the Isle of Skye. If it’s stunning Scottish landscapes your 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. 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. Now connected to the mainland by a bridge it still has the charm, drama and a wild and romantic history that has been well documented. It’s also packed full of amazing landscapes , from the tip of Trotternish to the tumbling Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle. 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 the comfort of your hotel  then reviewing our portfolio’s from our 4 days on Skye. This will be my 10th year in succession photographing and guiding photographers to this wonderful Highland  landscape in winter, 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 – 10am 31st January End time – drop off Inverness 5pm – 3rd February Accommodation – single occupancy ensuite  room – Portree Hotel with full Scottish Breakfast Essential equipment  tripod, your camera with lenses. 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. 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.