“The great thing about a Glen Campbell session is the generosity in which he shares his thought processes”.
– Lorrelie Bow, feature writer/contributor – Better Photography Magazine.
Stalking the Light
Lightstalkers Scotland was established in 2009 but I have experience in running and leading photo workshops for over 14 years. Our valued participants come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, they vary in age, from mid twentys right up to their late seventies with differnet levels of experience and ability. Participants come with a view to increasing their photography skills and knowledge, experience fantastic photogenic locations. Which saves time when you can get to the best locations at the right times with an experienced guide. They also get to share the whole experience with like minded people often making new friends along the way. Here at Lightstalkers we our proud of our 70% participant return rate, so why not experience a Lightstalkers workshop or photo adventure for yourself.
There’s a lot packed into the largest region in the UK, which also has the smallest population, so there’s plenty space. The Highlands are wild, dramatic, accessible and all within easy reach of the Highland Capital Inverness, where I’m based. There are of course the classic usual suspects in Glencoe and the Isle of Skye as well as some other excellent locations that you may not be so familiar. These include Inverpolly, Assynt, Torridon, the Isle of Mull, the Cairngorm National Park and the Moray Coast, which was recently ranked amoung the world’s most breathtaking coastlines.
It’s not just the landscape that’s special either. The unpredictability of the weather can produce a wonderful quality of light in any season at anytime of day. I’m not going to try and discribe it, I couldn’t do it justice. So why not join me on location and experience the adventure of landscape photography in the Scottish Highlands for yourself, all you need is a camera, a little patience and a sense of adventure. You can book your place on any of the trips online through this site or contact me directly if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you. GC
Breakdown and main objectives of Lightstalkers Scotland workshops :
- Increase your knowledge of your camera and improve your photography skills
- Experience, explore and photograph a specific location, often with repeat visits from a single base
- Unlock your creativity and gain a better understanding of light
- Use Image reviews and critiques as feedback
- Learn better composition techniques
- Learn to create emotive landscapes at dusk and dawn
- Meet others that share a common interest and have a laugh along the way
Breakdown and main objectives of a Lightstalkers Scotland Photo Adventure :
- Help you increase your confidence and knowledge of you camera.
- Tour several different photographic locations both urban and natural that offer different challenges
- Offer photography guidance on composition, pointing out specific shots and getting the most out of each location.
- Meet others that share a common interest
- Experience and enjoy the Highlands and other great overseas locations.
On all trips we aim to create a fun, safe and enjoyable learning experience on location.
With a maximum of 6 participants on most trips, it makes for a more sociable learning environment: a smaller group means more individual attention. You’ll get more help with your camera and be introduced to my approach while sharing ideas and insights in the field. On workshops you’ll receive plenty of feedback on your images, ensuring you get the most out of the day. It doesn’t matter what type of camera you have, or whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned shooter. It’s never a competition and we work together.
We’ll be spending as much time as possible out shooting on location. If the weather makes things uncomfortable we’ll continue with indoor sessions and image critiques.
Photography workshops and tours are based in comfortable hotels and guest houses usually with single occupancy ensuite rooms whenever possible unless specified. I try to offer convenient hotels and inns that provide good atmosphere, locally produced food, a sociable friendly environment, and good value whenever possible.
Featured accommodation venues may vary depending on season, availability and late bookings. You will be notified of any changes in the first instance. Alternative, convenient, and comfortable accommodation will be offered if this occurs. I will endeavour to accommodate other requests and preferences. Participants’ partners are welcome* but your own transport arrangements to the workshops may be necessary if space is limited. , Please not that meals note are not normally included on the Workshop or Photo Adventure formats unless stated. These are usually taken at a differnet venue each night convenient to our photo shoot and organised by myslef. All trips include full Scottish breakfast breakfast.
You can make your own way to each venue and location if you wish or alternatvily I can offer a trasport to the venue and locations in a comfortable, spacious MPV or VW Transporter (vehicle type may vary).
Inverness is serviced by Inverness Airport . The rail and bus terminals are in the heart of the city and an easy walk to central accommodation. Let me know if you are stuck or need any advice.
Photography workshops – key Learnings
- Introduction to digital photography
- Getting the gear you need
- Image critiques
- Mastering camera controls
- Filter systems
- Planning a shoot
- Using histograms & mastering exposure
- Light theory
- Low light and long exposures
- Shooting using manual controls
- Creative compositions
- Photoshop and raw workflow
- Hyperfocal focusing
- Macro photography
- Q&A sessions and more!
If you have any questions please just ask.
Join us in 2017 for the photography experience of a lifetime.