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.

ISLES OF MULL COLONSAY & ISLAY SCOTLAND APRIL 2023

April 21, 2022 1:23 pm Published by

Wild Light Hebridean Island Odyssey Destination summary  Isle of Mull This Epic photo adventure sees the return of a classic inner Hebridean Island and favourite of mine,  The Isle of Mull. But magnificent Mull is  just the beginning of this island odyssey as we aim to visit and photograph 7 island’s in total. The other main bases you’ll  experience are the Isle of  Colonsay named after St Columba and the Jewel of the Hebrides,  Islay. All a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland  these beautiful island’s sit just off Scotland’s west coast in the North Atlantic. Our first sessions capture some of Mull’s best locations including the old boats at Salen, Loch Na Keal, the Sound of Mull and Eos Fors falls . You’ll also be visiting the islands of Iona, Staffa ( Fingal’s Cave ) and Lunga to photograph the visiting Puffins that land here to nest every spring. Isle of Colonsay From Mull we return to Oban for the ferry ride out to remote little Colonsay . Two miles wide and about nine miles long, it’s populated with about 130 hardy souls and really is quite the world apart. Colonsay is where St Columba is said to have first landed on his mission from Ireland to introduce Christianity to Britain. So we’ll take in the what he must have seen while we explore some of its rugged coastline, climb to one of its best viewpoints, and set up for a dusk photo session over beautiful Kiloran Bay. We can then refresh ourselves that evening having stocked up at the Wild Island Gin Distillery and Brewery. Colonsay is the smallest island in the world to have one ! There’s a visit to  the old settlement ruins of Riasg Buidhe and pretty Cable bay which could both provide an evocative setting for our other evening  sessions. Just off shore to the south lies the small tide isle of Oronsay with its ancient priory and subject to tide times we could take the walk over the tidal strand to experience and capture this remotest of settings. Islay and Jura Mention Islay to “folk in the know” and they’ll  instantly think of clear Atlantic waters lapping onto quiet, pristine sandy beaches. Iconic white washed distilleries and of course uisce beatha, the water of life – Whisky. I have fond but vague memories of visits to Islay’s early whisky festivals in the 1990’s and she   produces some of Scotland’s most famous and distinctive (peaty) varieties of whisky including Bowmore, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain (my favourite) and Lagavulin which we might just pay a visit to with its most photogenic of locations. Islay’s nine picturesque distilleries adorned with their names proudly painted in black on the white walls date from as far back as the 18th century. Most sit perched on the seashore, providing fantastic photogenic material to  complement the beaches, blue – green bays, white washed villages and vistas that give Islay its own distinctive character. Across the sound of Islay nearby Jura looms and has its own claims to fame. The towering Paps of Jura rise up out of the centre of the island and have a commanding presence, it also has a wilder, remoter  feel than Islay, perhaps that’s why George Orwell chose to make Jura’s  northern tip his bolt hole when writing his novel 1984. From Islay after a couple of nights we return to the mainland and the drive back up the Kintyre peninsula through Inveraray ( the seat of Clan Campbell) down by the western shore of  Loch Lomond and into Glasgow where you’ll be dropped of early evening. A true island Odyssey which promises to leave a lasting impression and rich photographic folio of wild Hebridean light. Register your interest for this trip now with Glen directly. You can read some of trip positive feedback reviews here Isles of Mull and Eigg Accommodation  All rooms will be single occupancy when available with breakfast* Isle of Mull – 3 nights Isle of Colonsay – 3 nights Islay – 2 nights As these islands offer limited options  some room share may be necessary for some nights. Details of venues available soon. More details coming soon Check out some of our client reviews here

ARRAN PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT, SCOTLAND MAY 2023

January 19, 2021 11:16 am Published by

Wild Light – Isle of Arran Photography Retreat –  A walk on the wild side Destination summary The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde and is the most southerly of Scotlands Islands, it’s also the seventh biggest.  Just an hours ferry crossing from the mainland takes us to the small coastal town of Brodick where we disembark and start our adventure. Known as Scotland in miniature the north of the island features high peaks, remote Glen’s, wild Atlantic coastline and picturesque villages.  You could be forgiven you were in the remote north west Highlands at times. The Islands highest peak is Goatfell (873m) and the drama of the  mountain range  is the backdrop for several of our locations. To the south of the Island lie lower lands with little of it rising above 350m but still has plenty to offer the photographer. Geography ranges from open pasture, moorland with Celtic standing stones, woodlands, sandy beaches and coves. Our itinerary will see us explore and circumnavigate the whole island, we may even capture sight of a Dolphin pod that regularly  patrols it’s shores. Not your usual Arran photography workshop You’ll be one of only 4 participants on this Arran photography workshop. You’ll be breaking away from many of the well trodden tourist locations as much as possible to seek out  wild, remote and unique Island landscapes,  and getting far away from the selfie sticks and tour buses. By taking a walk on the wild side you’ll be staying in remote retreats such as Highland cottages and small guest houses that we’ll have exclusive use of for all our workshop needs. This means you’ll have better access to photograph the wildest and most isolated Highland and Island locations. Plus as mentioned there are  only 4 places available for each trip, making them a more  intimate learning experience*. Less is more We have less participants crowding out locations and therefore you’ll gain a better insight into overcoming the challenges of photographing   wild places like the Highlands. Challenging maybe, but with expert help and guidance from your guide and award winning photographer Glen Campbell M.Photog  find your way to creating great images . In the Wild Highlands and Islands there will be more time to enjoy the space, peace and sanctuary that one of Europe’s last wilderness areas can still offer. The Learning Your guide Glen has 17 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture. It can be challenging photographing  in tough conditions but this can also yield some dramatic imagery when the light is at its most dynamic as the weather changes rapidly. You can read some testimonials from previous participants here You’ll learn how to adapt and capture transient moments of wonderful light as they happen.  An introduction to aerial photography can be part of the program too if you wish to learn or are interested.    Finally in the evening we will review some of days images with the use of a high resolution projector over a dram or glass of wine . The Accommodation Self-catering rural Highland cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we make the most of our time and create a sociable and fun environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room.  For meals we self-cater for evening meals or on occasion venture to local pubs  that dot the region when available. You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a dram or two. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions. Arran Photography workshop – Extra information Start time  10:30 pick up in Halbeath park and ride*, Fife / North Queensferry station** End time 18:00 drop off in Edinburgh / Halbeath *You can leave your car at this big park and ride for free or ** small station 15 minutes out of Edinburgh Accommodation 3 nights single occupancy room at a remote island  location close to some of our featured  locations Essential camera equipment  SLR or Mirrorless camera systems that can take a filter system are ideal. Lenses – ultra wide angle to telephoto lenses – 16 mm full frame to 200mm ( or DX equivalent) , good quality solid tripod that is easy to use and a waterproof camera bag. Lens clothes and lens issue. Clothing Good quality waterproof and wind proof jacket and over trousers, gloves / hat. Hiking boots that are waterproof / watertight – Gortex etc. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. Weather I’ve been photographing the Highlands and Islands for over 11 years and one thing I’ve learnt is to be prepared to be working on all condtions. Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Fitness and mobility Not all Arran Photography locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy surfaces for up to 1hr. This can involve  short walks across rocky and uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to an hour, however  participation is optional at every location. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly. *Wild Light workshops  will be limited to 4 participants – it may vary on occasion, if this changes you will be notified. ** accommodation options will vary depending on availability