Highland Photo Tours
” Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away”.
Lightstalkers Scotland Photo Tours combine stunning scenery with the opportunity to create beautiful images and improve your skills. Slow down, live in the moment and experience a different pace of life. Learn to combine great light with creative compositions and master your camera.
Custom photography adventures to suit the individual or small group.
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 to suit your preferences.
Lightstalkers Scotland photography trips combine stunning scenery with the opportunity to learn about and master the art of landscape and travel photography. Take your time exploring stunning locations both in Scotland and further afield.
Live in the moment and experience a different pace of life, learning to combine great light with creative compositions at inspiring locations.
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Customised photography tours and one to one sessions 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 Highland location with Highland photographer and guide Glen Campbell.
MASTER YOUR CAMERA
A wonderful introduction to digital landscape and outdoor photography. These sessions are suitable for both beginners or those who are a little rusty and needing a refresher. Topics covered include – basic equipment use and advice, what you need and what you don't, optimising camera functions, mastering exposure and histograms, shooting in manual, depth of field and basic composition. After a session I guarantee that you will be shooting in manual mode and change the way to you think about taking photographs. Session fee £295.00 (6 hrs)Your also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images / your portfolio for review and assessment a valueable learning experience in itself.
Tuition / session fees:
Master Your Camera single day £295.00 per person. A deposit of £95.00 per booking is required (see below) with balance payable on the day.
CUSTOM ONE TO ONE OR GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURESI 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 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 from Inverness, per day (around 8 hrs). Contact me directly for group rates for longer periods.
These custom sessions offer a more tailored set of options and usually involve a dusk or dawn session depending on the time of year. They offer more location options plus more time for tuition and developing your skills. 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.
Location based options include Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Mull, Sutherland and Caithness. These also can be available but will have additional fees for accommodation and additional expenses.
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. The 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.
7th - 12th May 2018 6 days £1495.00 - 2 places left book now
Explore and photograph Caithness's Dunnet Head and the Duncansby sea stacks then board the ferry for the Orkney Islands for 5 days of great image making on its islands and coastline .
Photo adventure summary
Orkney is a fantastic archipelago of islands about 10 miles of the Caithness coast in the far North East of Scotland. We'll be focusing on the Main Island and the dramatic Island of Hoy which lies of it's west coast.Subject matter includes dynamic seascapes, neolithic ruins, soaring seastacks , rolling green hills and the possible chance encounter with the wonderful Puffin. a fantastic variety which always leads to a productive week of photography. Book you place online now.
Your first night will be spent in John O' Groats, Caithness at the stunning Natural Retreats Lodges. From here we'll photograph the Duncansby Sea Stacks in on the coast at dawn and dusk, the short walk back giving great view out to the Orkneys
It's blessed with rolling hills, coastal scenery, sea stacks as well as some of Britain's best neolithic sites. The Ring Brodgar ancient standing stones provide a great subject for one of our dusk shoots as will the dramatic Yesnaby sea stack on the main Island's west coast.
Rackwick Bay on the smaller but more mountainous island of Hoy will be our focus after a short ferry ride. The Old Man of Hoy is a pleasant 90 minute walk up onto a headland with stunning views and photo opportunities back down to Rackwick Bay, the Old Man itself and the surrounding high cliffs.
Other highlights that we will be photographing include Scapa Flow, the Italian Chapel, the Brough's of Birsay and Deerness, the old town of Stromness, St Magnus Cathedral and a tour of the Highland Park Single Malt Whisky Distillery, one of the finest whisky's on the planet. With long days at this time of year we will focus on afternoon, evening and dusk sessions with some free time in the morning to relax or edit images.
All in all, Orkney is a special place to photograph with a great variety of subject matter and a unique atmosphere. Book your place online .
Return transport to ferry ports and Inverness
5 nights single accommodation with breakfast
Return ferry tickets to Orkney and Hoy
Admission to Highland Park Whisky Distillery with tour - photography permissible.
Tuition, image review, post processing and field notes.
Guidance and expert photography tuition
Accommodation will be at the fantastic Natural Retreats in John O Groats with panoramic views over the sea and the wonderful Smithfield Hotel in Dounby conveniently located near our key locations in the centre of the Orkney main Island. Accommodation will be single occupancy where possible. Evening meals will be taken at the Seaview Hotel and the Smithfield hotel restaurant. Lunches at your own convenience and preference, please note that meals are at participants own expense but these are at a reasonable cost.Depart Inverness @ 11:30am on the 7th of May 2018. The meeting point is Eden Court Theatre by the river or pick up at your central Inverness accommodation. You will arrive back in Inverness between 4pm and 5pm on the Saturday.
Recommended equipmentWith the Orkney coastline playing a large part in the locations I would recommend using 10 stop ND filters and ND Grads (2 or 3 stop - hard ), Polarisers and of course Tripods.
Grade - mediumAverage fitness. Walks over uneven terrain and rocky beaches, some gradients - optional 2 hour return walk to the Old Man of Hoy Highlights include - Ring of Brodgar, Yesnaby sea stack, Highland Park single malt whisky distillery tour*, ferry trips to the island of Hoy*, Brough of Birsay, Stromness and Kirkwall plus many more great locations. *Admissions and ferries are all included.
19th to 23rd May 2018 5 days £1395.00 - sorry sold out
Photograph the drama and spirit of the wild Scottish Highlands amoungst the magnificent mountains and lochs of Torridon, the wild beauty of Glencoe and Glenfinnan, and iconic landscapes of Skye.
Highlights include Loch Maree and the mountains of Torridon in the north west highlands, Loch Ness and the Great Glen, Glen Etive, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Glen Nevis, Castle Stalker, Glenfinnan, Eileen Donan Castle and the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye.
"Thanks Glen, I had an incredible time. I’d highly recommend one of his tours or workshops to anyone interested in photography." West Highland tour 2013 - Travis Owney Virginia USA
Trip SummaryPhotograph the drama and spirit of the wild Scottish Highlands amoungst the magnificent mountains and lochs of Torridon, the wild beauty of Glencoe and Glenfinnan, locations rich in history and photographic opportunities.
You'll then take the Road to the Isles with stunning vistas out to the islands of Eigg and Rum before catching the ferry to the wonderful Isle of Skye. This is a photo tour packed full of wow factor locations.
12:00 - 12:30PM: Introduction and pick up. You'll be picked up in Inverness and introduced to your guide Glen, before heading out to the village of Muir of Ord. After dropping your off luggage at the hotel we'll head straight out to the wild mountains and lochs of Torridon
The Torridon area is famous for its outstanding natural beauty. Scots Pines and brooding Highland mountains including Ben Alligin, Liathach and Ben Eighe stand over the northern side of Upper Loch Torridon and beautiful Loch Maree sits 981 metre below the mountain Slioch where we will finish with a dusk shoot .
We head south down the Great Glen, hugging the western side of Loch Ness before passing through Scotland's adventure capital Fort William at the foot of the UK's biggest mountain Ben Nevis, taking a walk into wonderful Glen Nevis. We'll spend the rest of the day exploring and photographing Glencoe the "weeping Glen". A classic photography location and one of Scotland's most well known. Waterfalls, brooding mountains and majestic Buachaille Etive Mor, probably Scotland's most photographed mountain will be the main focus of our attention. Your second day here will consist of exploring some of the hidden treasures of the area, rivers, gorges and the beautiful barren highland landscape of Ranoch moor and the black mount before a dramatic dusk session at Castle Stalker.
Glenfinnan and the Isle of Skye
We'll check out around 10am and travel west through Fort William stopping in Glenfinnan and by the quiet beaches around Arisaig and Morar, amongst the finest in Scotland, with views to match. Glenfinnan has stunning views over the Highlander monument and Loch Sheil and the now famous viaduct ( yes the Harry Potter one) . The small isles of Eigg, Muck, Canna and Rum lie off shore from Arisaig and the jagged peaks of the Cuillin of Skye dominate the view to the North West, our next destination. From Mallaig we'll catch the late afternoon ferry to Armadale on the Sleat Peninsula of Skye. We'll check into our hotel, have dinner before traveling onto Elgol for our dusk session, one of Scotland's great panoramic vistas across Loch Scavaig to the Black Cuillin.
What's included - 4 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast - 1 night at the full of character Ord House Hotel, Muir of Ord ~ 2 nights at the classic Ballachulish Hotel, near Glencoe and 1 night on the Isle of Skye at the Old Inn Carbost. Ferry from Mallaig to Skye, guiding, transport to all photo locations and some refreshments.
Group Size - minimum 3 participants - max 7
Fitness level ** moderate - walking over rocks and slippy boggy ground and some short walks over low hills.
"The whole experience with stunning locations, good accommodation and good company is one I fully intend repeating in the very near future.” Janet Turnbull - Scotland
"Glen is an outstanding photographer but also a true Scottish Gentleman – flexible in his approach to teaching photography and sensitive to the needs of the group both for great locations places to eat and our desire to learn about Scottish culture – would recommend” October Highlander tour participant, Cornwall - UK 2011
Commences at 12:00 - 12:30PM on Saturday 19th in Inverness - ends in Inverness on the Wednesday 23rd around 5pm
Does not include evening meals, lunches or entry fees except where indicated.
*There will be various options available for meals so you can suit your own taste and budget. Clothing: Good quality walking boots and wet weather gear are also essential. If you're unsure or have any questions please contact me for more specific info. Days/sessions vary in length but can average between 8 -10 hours in duration.
Inverness is serviced by Easyjet and Flybe and has an airport with connections from most main UK airports including London and Birmingham. Flight times are around 55 minutes. Inverness flights are available through Amsterdam Schipol and Aberdeen from Frankfurt. Any questions or you need help getting here, just get in touch. Overnight trains are available from London Euston as are buses.
Contact Glen for more info.
From April to September the Scottish Highlands has very long hours of daylight. In these months sunrise can be as early as 04:45AM and dusk around 23:00hrs. These tours have been designed to offer free time in the morning* or evening and group contact time of around 8 - 12 hours per day. This is to ensure you get the most out of your photography and your Highland experience. Schedules, shoot times and locations may vary depending on weather and hours of daylight. *(Autumn tours have limited free time)
27th August to 1st September 2018 6 days £1595.00 - only 1 place left book now
This classic Scottish Highlands photography photo adventure offers a wonderful variety of locations amidst the Highland heather in full bloom from Torridon to Skye.
Trip Highlights From the shores of Torridon's Loch Maree to the Black Cuillin mountains of the Isle of Skye this is the wild Highlands in all it's splendour. You'll explore and photograph the best locations on Skye, highlights being the Quiraing on Totternish and stunning vistas from Elgol to the Cullin Hills. Eilean Donan castle, Wester Ross and the mountains and Glen's of Torridon and Loch Marree.
Client testimonial"This photo tour allowed me to meet some personally set objectives on key technical aspects as well as improving my level of confidence. This week was a great learning experience. Your professionalism at understanding the needs and providing appropriate examples and reacting to each participant was appreciated.The Photoshop session was an eye opener! Above all you kept it informal, fun and dynamic. Pascale Dominique - Montreal Canada, Highlander 2015 photo tour participant.
27th - 29th Lovat Arms Hotel, Beauly by InvernessDay one will see us go over some of the technical aspects of landscape photography on location. Locations will include classic West Highland Lochs and Glens including Glen Torridon, Loch Maree (Scotland's 4th biggest ) and ancient Scots pines, Glen Docherty, Cromarty village, Loch Ness, the Fairy Glen and waterfalls at Rosemarkie and Loch Clair.
29th - 1st September The Old Inn, Carbost Isle of SkyeIt's over to Skye via the Skye bridge after capturing Eilean Donan castle before photographing some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in Scotland. Including the red and black Cuillins hills, Neist Point, Elgol, the Quiraing and Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula and the beautiful black beach of Talisker bay at dusk. On our final day we'll depart from Skye on the old turntable ferry to the small village of Glenelg before continuing to the iron age brochs and Bernera barracks. We'll then make our way back to Inverness via Kintail and Glen Sheil in the afternoon arriving around 17:30pm.
5 nights Single occupancy - 2 nights at the Glasdair House Inverness & 3 nights at the Old Inn, Carbost on the Isle of Skye. All with full Scottish breakfast
Pick up and drop of in Inverness and transport to locations, and ferry from Skye
Photography tuition and guidance from award winning master photographer Glen Campbell
Refreshments and snacks
On hand at all times is practical help and advice from multi-award winning AIPP master photographer Glen C Campbell who's been providing expert photo tuition for the last 13 years.
Not includedFlights, Inverness accommodation prior to or after the tour, lunches or evening meals, these will be at nearby pubs and restaurants close to our final dusk locations.
Fitness level Moderate. Some low level hill walking ( up to 1 mile) terrain features beaches, rocks, uneven terrain and some hilly boggy ground.
Pick up commences on Monday at 12:00PM in Inverness, we'll then drop off luggage at the guest house before heading out to our locations.
Inverness is serviced by Easy jet and Flybe and has an airport with connections from most main UK airports including London and Birmingham and Amsterdam, Holland. Train and bus times from Edinburgh and Glasgow are around 3.5 hours.
Please contact Glen if you have any questions regarding your booking or this trip.
The price below is your deposit. You will be charged for the balance due before your tour.
NEW 9th - 12th September 2018 4 days - £1250.00 places available Book now
This new Scotland photo tour explores the Mountains and Glens of Torridon on Scotland's north west coast, the lochs and hills around the Cairngorm massif, Speyside whisky country and the East Coast seascapes and fishing villages along the Moray Coast.
This four day photo tour starts and ends in the Highland capital Inverness and is packed with classic handpicked photo locations that gives a unique overview of some of the Highland's finest landscapes. From Torridon on the Atlantic west coast to the Cairngorm National Park and onto the Moray Coast on the north east coast.
In September the Highlands of Scotland are in their element as the colour palette of the landscape introduces some warmer hues amongst the shades of green.
To north west of the Highland capital Inverness, lie the dramatic Torridon mountains, one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland and less visited. Ben Eighe, Liathach and Ben Alligin rise high above the tumbling rivers and glittering lochs below, popular with climbers and hikers they're great to both photograph and explore.
At the end of Glen Torridon lies Scotlands 4th biggest loch, Loch Maree, , it's shores dotted with stands of iconic Caledonian pine trees, the vistas here make for great dusk compositions as the sun sets over brooding Slioch, which sits on its northern shore. Accommodation The Chieftain Hotel, Inverness - 1 nightThe Cairngorm National Park
To the south of Inverness we meet the Blue Mountains or Cairngorm as they're called in Gaelic translation. Cairngorm mountain (1245m) is the one that gives the whole massif its name. We'll be based near the shores of Loch Morlich which are an excellent location to see the range at dusk.
Hidden in a nearby forest is Loch an Eilean, which is home to a 13th century castle that seems to float on the surface of the Loch, another great photo opportunity. Glenfeshie features a hidden set of waterfalls and cascades and is great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and capture some wonderful images. Accommodation The Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel - 1 night with dinner included.
Speyside and the Moray Coast
The Moray Coast, recently added to the world's top 12 coastlines list by a National Geographic panel is located to the east of Inverness on the Moray Firth. In the morning you'll make your way from the Cairngorms on a scenic road that follows the route of the River Spey.
The third longest and fastest flowing in Scotland, it's usually crops up in conversions involving Single Malt Whisky and Salmon fishing. Your route to the sea will cut through the Monadhliath and Cairngorm range, the journey dotted with villages and distilleries.
Once at the coast you'll explore and photograph a few of its key features, including the Bow Fiddle Rock, Portsoy harbour, Findlater castle and the small coastal village of Gardenstown.
From here on your final day, you'll travel back to Inverness, stopping at Duffus castle and beaches of Hopeman and Findhorn for some seascape photo sessions. Accommodation the Fife Lodge Hotel, Banff - 1 night.
A packed photo itinerary that takes in a variety of classic Scottish locations and subjects. Book your place online
3 nights single occupancy accommodation with ensuite and full Scottish Breakfast.
Full 4 day guided photography itinerary with refreshments on location
Pick up and drop off in Inverness and transport to all locations in a 9 seater van ( max 6 participants )
Limted edition Lightstalker's Beanie
Not included Flights, Inverness accommodation prior to or after the tour, lunches or evening meals ( except Hilton Colyumbridge ), these will be at nearby pubs and restaurants close to our final dusk locations.
Pick up at 10:30am on the 9th September at your chosen Hotel or the Railway station - drop off in Inverness on the 12th early evening around 6pm.
Suitable forPhotogtraghy beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.
Fitness levelIn order to get the best out of each location, some walking will be involved. Walks on gradients and uneven terrain will be encountered so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required.
The weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, although September can be one of the better months with settled conditions. All locations and sessions are subject to the conditions being favourable. Once booked, you will be contacted prior to the workshop and briefed on what you need to bring.
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. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
4th - 11th October 2018 8 days £1895.00 - Sold out
Slovenia might be small but its packed with more than its fair share of drama and beauty. This trip explores the jagged peaks of the Julian Alps, stunning lake Bled and lonely isolated churches. For a total contrast we'll capture the pastel colours of Venetian Piran, one of the old empires best preserved coastal towns.
Highlights include Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge, Julian Alps vistas and the dramatic Vrsic Pass, the Soca River valley, Bovec and Kobarid, Kozak falls, Lake Fusine and Mt Mangarta plus many more.
Trip summaryThis is one of the best times to visit this beautiful and surprising little country. We'll meet up in Slovenia's pretty capital Ljubljana, from where we'll make the short drive north to the wonderful town of Bled.
From our base in Bled
Jaw droppingly beautiful Bled lies at the southern foot of the Karawanks Mountains. The small town wraps itself around the stunning lake with mountain peaks and plateaus providing the back drop. Bled has it all, a castle perched upon a cliff top, the lake complete with an island that appears to float, along with it's atmospheric Baroque church, just for good measure.
Your 4 nights here will give us plenty time to explore both Bled and photograph it's surroundings including beautiful Lake Bohinj, Vintgar gorge, Radovljica town and the nearby mountains and iconic churches such as Jamnik that dot the region. Staying close to the shore of the lake, you'll be guided to the best positions at both dawn and dusk, maximising your chances of capturing the subtle moods and colours of this wonderful location.
On one of your days you'll head west, winding your way up and over the stunning Vrisc Pass, the highest in the Julian Alps. The vistas here are stunning and will linger long in your memory while offering some amazing photo opportunities. From the high pass you'll then desending down into the beautiful Soca valley. Here we'll capture its aquamarine river that tumbles from the mountains. For your dusk session we'll turn around and travel backup the Vrsic pass to photograph the panoramic views high across the Julian Alps.
From our base in BovecLeaving Bled we'll again travel north west and cross briefly into Italy, checking out the conditions at Lago di Fusine for a potential dusk session, then travel up the mountain road ( subject to conditions ) to Mt Mangart, a breathtaking road with views to match. The following morning you'll photograph Slap Virje a nearby Bovec waterfall, before stopping at Kobarid and Kozjak falls, one Slovenia's, most photogenic waterfalls. From there its down to the Adriatic Coast and Piran.
From our base in Piran
After Bovec and the Soca valley we'll leave the Julian Alps and travel south to the medieval coastal town of Piran which will offer a complete contrast to the high mountains.
Piran sits on the northern shores of the Adriatic Sea and it's here that we'll have our final sessions. Your base for two nights is the classic Hotel Piran right by the water. The old town is perched on a spit of land and with its Venetian gothic architecture is one of the most well preserved on the entire Adriatic coast. Our first dusk session will feature a classic seascape including old town before we sample some of the best seafood on the Adriatic.
After an optional morning session over looking the town and short guided tour of some of the best spots to photograph, the day is yours to do as you wish, Go for a stroll , relax at the hotel or explore the town. Our last session before a final dinner will take place above the town form the old walls with great views over the old town and out over the Adriatic,
On your last day we'll return to Ljubljana via both the Skocjan caves ( optional ) and Predjama castle both worthwhile additions to what is an action packed photo adventure. Join me to capture the Autumn colours and breathtaking mountain and coastal scenery of Slovenia.Book your place online.
Whats included7 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfasts, transport to all locations, dusk and dawn sessions, practical assistance and guidance, detailed itinerary, post trip image review, Lightstalker Adventures Beanie,
Not includedReturn flights to Slovenia, transfers, lunches or evening meals, entry fees to sights or gorges.
Fitness level Most people with reasonable fitness levels should be comfortable on this trip. Please note: not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort. Walking sometimes up steps, or hillside walks up to 30 minutes. Some paths are on gravel or can be muddy or stoney. All locations are always optional and you will be given an alternative where possible should you not wish to visit a particular 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.
Commences 15:30hrs 4thOctober in Ljubljana, ends 17:00 11th October in Ljubljana
Getting there At time of writing direct flights operate from London, Stanstead with Easyjet, flights also connect through Brussels and other European hubs.
Accommodation All accommodation is single occupancy with breakfast. Old Parish House in Bled - 4 nights , Hotel Alp, Bovec - 1 night, Hotel Piran - 2 nights
Essential equipment digital SLR or similar, good quality tripod, wide angle lenses through to telephoto, polariser. Recommended equipment - ND graduated filters, big and little stoppers.Skill level Ideally suited to intermediate to advanced although beginners are welcome if they are comfortable with their cameras.
If you require any further info please contact Glen directly.
22nd - 27th October 2018 - 6 days - £1495.00 - Sorry sold out
Locations - Inner and Outer Hebridean Islands of Skye, Lewis & Harris
Highlights include huge pristine beaches with pastel hues that compete with the aquamarine of the Atlantic Ocean, plus the mysterious 5000 year old Calanais standing stones. These are just a sample of what you'll photograph on this Hebridean photo adventure. This workshop focuses on two of Scotland''s most breathtakingly beautiful areas. The wild empty beaches, coastlines, seascapes and standing stones of the Outer Hebridean Islands of Harris and Lewis and the dramatic Trotternish landforms of the Quiraing and the classic Cullin views from Elgol on the Isle of Skye. This is a photo adventure not to be missed.
Isle of Skye - 1 night One of Scotland's most famous locations, Skye needs little introduction. We'll mainly be focusing on the views from Elgol on the first evening before spending the day on the Trotternish ridge photographing the other worldly views around the magnificent Quiraing.
Isles of Lewis and Harris - 4 nights On Tuesday we'll take the early evening ferry (1.5hrs) from Uig to the Outer Hebridean Island of Harris where we will be based for 4 nights at the wonderful Harris Hotel.
From here we will explore and photograph some of the finest beaches and wide open spaces in the British Isles including Scarasta, Seilabost and Luskentyre. Other locations will include hidden coves on the Golden Road, Huisinis Bay, Mangersta's stunning and dramatic sea stacks, the mountains of Harris and the Neolithic Calanais standing stones (built around 4000 years BC) on the Isle of Lewis.
5 nights' accommodation (single occupancy room with full Scottish breakfast) 1 night at the Tongadale Hotel on the Isle of Skye and 4 nights at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert.All ferry tickets, Snacks and refreshments, Expert photography tuition in the field. Photoshop session, image critique, field notes.
Suitable for - all skills levels. Fitness level - low to medium.
This is flexible but here's a general idea of what to expect during your workshop.
Monday pick up from your accommodation at 11am - depart Inverness for Skye
Evening shoot - Elgol
Evening introduction dinner and briefing with Glen.
Typical workshop day
Sunrise shoot followed by breakfast
Morning image review
Afternoon shoot on location until dusk
Dinner around 19:30* - Harris hotel / Old Inn Carbost/ serving excellent meals featuring local ingredients at reasonable prices (not included)
* Locations and times may vary depending on time of year, weather and general conditions.
After an early breakfast we'll head north, travelling up through Lewis with a couple of location stops en route.
We'll then catch the Stornoway to Ullapool ferry at 14:00 arriving at Ullapool at 17:15 where we well make our way back to Inverness for around 19:00.
Places are limited to 7 - book now.
11th - 15th November 2018 - 4 days £1195.00 - places available
There is nowhere quite like Venice. Every building, street and waterway has a photo opportunity waiting and I’ve hand picked a series of varied locations that will do this amazing part of the world justice.
Highlights include The best locations in Venice including , Grand Canal overview, Burano Island session, dusk and dawn from Accademia, Riva Degli Schiavoni and Punta Della Dogana. Plus we'll explore and photograph some of the lesser known parts of this unique city in the lagoon.
In November the days are a little shorter, streets are quieter and there's more time to look, savour and let the land in the lagoon permeate your senses. Every building, lane and waterway has a photo opportunity waiting and I’ve carefully hand picked a variety of locations that will do this wonderful part of the world justice.
Being creative is a priority here, so we’ll take our time to choose how we shoot each dawn and dusk session. As the city wakes up and life takes to the waterways, we’ll be there to witness and photograph it all.
There are also two planned walking sessions that we'll navigate together with me as your guide. Seeing life reflected in the canals and history etched into weathered pastel walls and walkways of this unique place, is a memorable experience.
We’ll photograph the classic locations from St Marks square, the San Giorgio Maggiore bell tower and the colourful houses that make up wonderful Burano Island. There really is a great photograph around every corner and you explore and soak up the everyday life and moods of this special city in between our featured dusk and dawn sessions.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Venice with a dedicated photo tour, then it should definitely be on your photography locations list.
The workshop will start around 15:30pm on the 11th November and end around 10:30 am on the 15th. If you have trouble arriving around that time due to later flights you can just check in early evening and you'll be briefed on the worshop over dinner.
4 nights accommodation in the central, 3 star Hotel San Gallo with breakfast ( a minutes walk from St Marks square).
Meet and greet in Venice tuition and guiding.
Image review and guidance from award winning master photographer Glen Campbell
Tailored itinerary and key locations
Dawn and dusk sessions
Essential equipment camera, lenses 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.
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.
Directions – getting to the hotel from the airport.
*Hotel subject to availability at time of booking or similar standard venue. - From Treviso airport: Take the ATVO bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma. Take the No 1 or No 2 Vaporetto water bus down the Grand Canal for about 1/2 hour. The Vaporetto stop to get off is San Marco Vallaresso on the left bank. Alight here and walk immediatly up Calle Vallaresso for 100m. You’ll come to a fork, go to the left momentarily then immediately go right up Calle Frezzaria for 100m, then turn right onto Calle Tron which becomes Campo San Gallo once over a small canal. The Hotel San Gallo is on your right. All up it’s a 5 minute walk from the Vaporetto stop.
From Marco Polo airport: There are four possibilities (1) private watertaxi from the airport to as close as possible to your hotel. These can be booked at the two desks in the Arrivals Hall and will cost c.€100 -129 for the whole launch, not per passenger. (2) a shared water taxi for c. €25 per person (see Venice link shared transfer) (3) Alilaguna ferry from the airport to a number of places in Venice (see www.alilaguna.it) for €15 per adult. (4) ATVO coach or ACTV bus or land taxi to Piazzale Roma. Same directions apply as above from here to the Hotel.
I will forward a map showing the short walking route from the San Marco Vallaresso stop to the hotel once booked. If your not confident with directions, I may be able to meet you at the Piazzale Roma and guide you. Don’t panic, everyone gets lost in Venice at some point.
1st - 4th February 2019 4 days £1050.00 - places available
If it's beautiful iconic Scottish landscapes your looking for then this is where to start. The drama and variety of photogenic Highland icons on Skye is hard to beat.
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.
Skye is getting so many visitors now that winter is one of the only times that you can wander its landscapes and not see another living sole. A much better experience in my opinion if your prepared to meet its challenges at this time of year.
On this winter workshop we'll shoot at both dawn and dusk, choosing our daily locations carefully to match the conditions. The weather can be unpredictable and Skye's a big Island, so we'll concentrate on some of the most photogenic locations that fit in with the conditions on the day that offer both drama and variety.
The landscapes around the Cuillin Hills like Sligachan or across Loch Scavaig by Elgol always offer some great compositions but can also be challenging at this time of year, but the rewards are there. The Fairy Pools where water, ice and rock combine to create stunning landscapes are also a wonderful place to while away a couple of hours with the high ridges of the Cuillin overhead.
So if thats not enough you then have the jewels on the Skye crown, the amazing Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr, both clinging on to the edges of the Trotternish peninsula. Both these Iconic places pack a punch and are two of Scotland's if not the UK's most dramatic landforms.
So pack your waterproofs and boots, dust of your camera gear and join me for this classic photography masterclass on the magnificent Isle of Skye.
4 day workshop tuition with 3 nights comfortable single occupancy accommodation with full breakfast at the Portree Hotel in the Islands capital.
Transport to and from locations with refreshments.
Expert "hands on" photography tuition (Photoshop Raw workflow session - creating the wow factor).
Dawn and dusk sessions
Image review and critiques
This is a popular workshop and places are limited - reserve your place asap.
(Minimum 3 participants, maximum 7 )
Suitable for - beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.
Fitness level - in order to get the best out of each location, some walking will be involved. Walks on gradients and uneven terrain will be encountered so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. The walk up to the Old Man of Storr can take up to 1 hour 15 mins. Please contact me if you would like to discuss anything.
Weather Weather at this time of year on the Inner Hebridean Islands can be unpredictable and all locations and sessions are subject to the conditions being favourable. Once booked, you will be contacted prior to the workshop and briefed on what you need to bring.
Skye is a wonderful photography location and great place to slow down, improve your skills and create a portfolio of magical moody landscapes, especially in winter. You'll be experiencing and photographing its most famous and dramatic locations including the Old man of Storr and exploring the Quiraing's weird and wonderful geological formations.
Having ran this workshop for many years I've learnt that its best to take each day as it comes, assessing the forecast each day and planning around that as we go. Having said that, usually we'll start the day with an early morning session on location before returning for a well earned Scottish Breakfast. Shortly after if conditions are favourable we'll then head out for a practical session, picking one of the featured locations thats suits the weather and light. Lunches are usually packed lunches that we can pick up in Portree and I'll have hot drinks in the van to keep us going through the day.
Once back from our sessions we can take an hour or so out to warm up and upload our images before dinner. This will be in the hotel or a nearby venue close by. Then if you wish you can spend an hour or so preparing some images or just relax in the bar or grab an early night
On the Sunday we'll make time for an image critique, this will be a short forum and review of some participants images and I'll run through a photoshop RAW workflow on some of them.
Practical topics covered on location include, what equipment you need, using manual exposure and histograms, lens / focal length choice and use of filters ( ND's and ND Graduated filters ), simplifying compositions, light theory, using and judging long exposures.
Essential equipment Camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Lens cloths and tissues, A laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software, Good quality and waterproof camera bag ( or rain cover ).
Non essential but recommended: Lenses down to 16mm wide angle lens or equivalent and telephoto up to 200mm ) Polariser filter for wide angle lens, Neutral density graduated Filters ( soft / hard or both ) and straight Neutral density filters would be useful (Big and Little stoppers). I use Lee ND filters but if your not sure just come with what you have and I can go over your options.
We depart Inverness for Skye at around 10:00am on Friday, its around a 2 hour drive. You just need to inform me if you are staying in Inverness the night before (most people do), I can then pick you and your bags up from your accommodation.
Once we've finished our final session late afternoon on Skye we will return to Inverness arriving around 1700hrs on Monday afternoon. This may vary depending on traffic etc. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation or the Inverness Train station. It's a quiet time of year and you should have no problem finding a central B&B or hotel, I recommend Booking.com for that purpose.