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. The new Lightstalker Adventures website is now live and also features all the trips listed here..

One to One and Custom Guiding in Scotland

One to one sessions and guiding in Scotland

Personalised photography tuition and guiding to suit your individual requirements. Session fee £295 (deposit £95).

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Learn how to master your camera and improve your photography skills with a practical private session at a great Highland location. Master your camera key learnings: A wonderful introduction to digital landscape and travel 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, optimising camera functions, mastering exposure and histograms, depth of field, macro photography and basic composition. Your also encouraged to bring selection of your previous images / your portfolio for review and assessment a valueable learning experience in itself.

Creative Landscapes key learnings:

Suitable for intermediate or advanced: understanding light, creative compositions, matching weather and light with subject and location, advanced exposure and neutral density filters. Plus experience a great Highland location with tips on capturing great landscape images.

It's recommended that participants understand the basics or complete the Master Your Camera session before moving onto to Creative Landscapes. Location options: Glen Affric, Torridon, Inverpolly or Easter Ross. Other options on request.

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.

Creative Landscapes single day £295.00 per person. A deposit of £95.00 per booking is required (see below) with balance payable on the day.

CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES

Custom itinerary - multiple days (minimum 2 days): £325.00 * p/p per day.

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 with tuition to suit your preferences. When, where and how long is entirely up to you.

These custom sessions offer a more tailored set of options and usually involve a longer session (8 + hours) with more location options plus more time for tuition and working on developing your skills. Drop me a line and I'd be happy to discuss your options.

All trips depart from Inverness or I can meet you at a chosen location. Please bring a selection of previous images on USB stick or laptop for review and assessment.

Please visit the Workshops & Photo Tours section via the home page for a list of all the Custom Photo Adventure options and locations.

All of the above are ran on demand and subject to availability (includes tuition, transport to locations, field notes and refreshments, *does not include accommodation or meals).

Price: £95.00

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Glencoe and Rannoch Moor 2018

26th - 29th January 2018  4 days - £995.00 places available Book now

Glencoe is one of the most infamous, evocative and dramatic locations in Scotland. Explore and photograph the wild beauty of this legendary Highland Glen.

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Highlights include Glencoe Lochans, the River Coupall, Buachaille Etive Mòr, Rannoch Moor and Lochan na h-Achlaise, Castle Stalker and Loch Achtriochtan.

Trip summary

Glencoe constantly conjures up visions of swirling mist and mountain peaks caught in the clouds. Iconic scenes of tumbling Highland rivers and burns cascading over rocks and plunging into deep peaty coloured pools are wonderful subjects to experiment with allowing you to create a variety of interesting compositions.

It's a place that quintessentially wraps up all that is "Highland" and captures the imagination of photographer's the world over. On this Highland workshop you’ll really get a chance to immerse yourself in some truly spectacular Scottish landscapes, from the Majestic Buachaille Etive Mòr guarding the entrances to both Glen Etive and Glencoe to the wild open Rannoch Moor and the distant Black Mount.

The best way to capture and experience Glencoe is to leave the car behind and wander its paths and trails. Some meander deep into the Glen where the River Coe navigates its wild course around giant glacial boulders, plunging 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.

Other locations include a trip down the shores of Loch Linnhe to Castle Stalker for a dusk session. Not as well know as its famous neighbour, beautiful Glen Etive and the River Etive feel remoter and quieter but still full of drama.

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. It’s one of the most evocative parts of Scotland and a workshop and location that has to be experienced.

This workshop format will also allow us to take some time in the evening to edit and review our images from the days sessions.

Book your place online.

Whats included 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast, packed lunch supplies and refreshments, transport to and from Glencoe, dusk and dawn sessions, Practical field tuition and guidance, image review and critique session and photoshop image editing.

Fitness level 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.

Commences in Inverness Start time 10:30 pick up Inverness, end time 17:00 drop off Inverness

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 single occupancy ensuite room at the Tigh Na Cheo Hotel, Kinlochleven with full Scottish Breakfast. Evening meals will be at pubs / hotels convenient to our photo locations (own expense).

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.

Skill level beginners to advanced.

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Price: £150.00

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Isle of Skye Winter Workshop 2018

 16th - 19th February  2018  4 days £995.00 4 places left Book now

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.

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Workshop Summary

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.

In this winter workshop we'll shoot at both dawn and dusk, choosing our daily locations carefully to match the conditions. Skye's a big Island so we'll concentrate on some of the most photogenic locations that offer drama and variety. Areas around the Cuillin Hills, the Fairy Pools where water, ice and rock combine to create stunning landscapes. The amazing Trotternish peninsula packs some of Scotland's most dramatic landforms into small area. The Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr are two of the most memorable locations and we'll make the most of what they have to offer during the days sessions

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What's Included

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 )

Enjoy and experience Skye in winter - partner package available - contact me for details.

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.

Skye is a wonderful photography location and great place to slow down, improve tour 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 at dawn and exploring the Quiraing's weird and wonderful formations.

Daily schedule

Morning session on location

Breakfast

Review session / Day and dusk session on location

Dinner and image review.

Depart Inverness for Skye at around 10:00hrs on Friday or meet on Skye.

Return to Inverness on Monday arriving around 1700hrs.

Price: £150.00

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Lightstalking South Iceland March 2018

5th - 12th March  2018 - 8 days £2395.00  -   4 places left 

Experience Iceland, "the land of fire and ice". A visual playground of wild places, ever changing vistas, crazy landscapes, glacier capped volcanoes, hot bubbling mud and awe inspiring waterfalls that roar like thunder.

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Tour Summary

This photo adventure will cover some of Iceland's best locations along the South coast. It's bigger than you might think and we'll making the most of our time by packing in some of the best photogenic subjects in the area to the east of Reykjavik before heading east to photograph the drama all along the south coast.

Highlights will include Jokulsarlon Lagoon littered with Icebergs and its black sand beach, the southern glaciers near Skaftafell, dramatic seascapes around Dyrholaey and Vik, magnificent Gullfoss and the Golden Circle plus the far east coast around Vestrahorn.

We'll be searching for the Northern Lights and hopefully photographing them in the mid evening now that the days are getting longer. Rated as one of the best photographic locations on the planet. This tour is not to be missed.

Book your place today.

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Whats included

7 nights twin share* accommodation with breakfast.

Transport to locations

8 days practical field tuition and guidance

Pick up drop off in Reykjavik

Dusk and dawn sessions

Drop off and pick up at your Reykjavik Hotel on the 5th and 12th.

Please note: There is an optional single occupancy supplement of £650 ( subject to availability ) please let me know at time of booking. Venues are close by to our featured locations.

Itinerary

The itinerary is flexible and will adapt to the weather conditions at this time of year.

Day 1 March 5th - Pick in Reykjavik between 09:30 - 10:00am before departing for the Golden Circle (Thingvellir NP, Geysir and Gullfoss). Overnight Litli Geysir Hotel

Day 2 & 3 Leaving Geysir after breakfast and a dawn shoot at the mighty waterfall, we will make our way to Dyrholaey and the Hotel Dyrholaey, stopping at several locations along the way including some lesser known ones and the better known Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls - before continuing along the coast to Vik and Reynisfjara beach to focus on it's sea stacks, seascapes and cliff top views.

Day 4 and 5. Further east the landscape changes yet again. We'll base ourselves at the Hali Guest houses close to the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull and nearby Jokalsarlon Lagoon. The lagoon lies at the base of the glacier where glacial ice calves off, making it's way down river and out to sea before being washed ashore, this provides a stunning contrast to the volcanic black sand beach and makes for some unique and wonderful images.

The days are getting longer quicker at this time of year but our chances of getting suitable conditions for observing and photographing the Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis) are good. You'll also photograph some dramatic features around the Skaftafell National Park where a optional ice cave photography session with Glacier Adventures may be available subject to favorable weather. Venue - Hali Guest House near the lagoon

Day 6 We'll leave Hali to explore the dramatic scenery further east basing ourselves for a night in the fishing town of Hofn for 2 nights to photograph majestic mountains around Vestrahorn and Eystrahorn. Our accommodation venue will be the new Milk factory guest house.

Day 7 will provide a day of mixed opportunity of classic landscapes and vistas east of Eystrahorn

Day 8 Our final day will allow time we make our way back towards Reykjavik where our trip will come to and end. 17:00pm on the 12th of March in Reykjavik .

Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis ) are visible at this time of year and we will be on the lookout when conditions are favourable ( Aurora alert and clear skies ).

The itinerary above is flexible and not all the locations we visit are listed above. Things change as weather is fickle in this part of the world.

There are several options for accommodation before and after the trip, these include convenient Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel, Center Hotel Midgardur, Baron Foss Hotel and a range of convenient guesthouses. You will be picked up and dropped off from one of these.

Airport transfers: Reykjavik is about 45 mins from Keflavik Airport. The Flybus and Flybus+ offer a transfer service to and from the centre bus terminus and most accommodation in the city ( Flybus+). This can be pre booked at https://www.re.is/flybus/. There are buses leaving every few minutes after a fight arrives.

Not included

Evening meals or restaurant lunches these will be taken when convenient to our photography sessions

Return flights to Iceland

Optional Ice cave session (€160) or land access fee at Vestrahorn (€8)

Alcoholic beverages.

Return transfers from airport to Reykjavik on arrival.

This trip will start and end in Reykjavik. Visas are not required by EU residents, the currency is Icelandic Krona but cards are widely accepted everywhere. Alcoholic beverages are available in out lying areas and are more expensive that in the EU, Duty Free is the way to go if you fancy a tipple. We will make a supermarket stop prior to leaving Reykjavik.

Iceland Air is the national carrier to Iceland and fly from major European and US airports. Aberdeen Edinburgh, Manchester and London and other major hubs are serviced by Easyjet. Wow air is a budget carrier that may also be worth a look.

Price: £250.00

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Moray Coast seascapes workshop 2018

NEW 24th to 27th March 2018 -  4 days  £995.00 -  3 places left Book now

The Moray Coast Seascapes workshop features unspoilt beaches, coves, quaint fishing villages, castles and dramatic sea stacks.  All combining to see it added to the world's top 12 coastlines list by a recent National Geographic panel. Book your place online.

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Highlights include

The Bow Fiddle Rock in Portknockie, shot in dusk and dawn light, the Daisy rock and beaches around Hopeman and Findhorn, dramatic Findlater castle, the quite fishing villages of Pennan ( used as the setting for the 1982 film Local hero) Crovie and Gardenstown. Portsoy's 17th century harbour and the village of Cullen where you'll be based. 

Trip Summary From The Cullen Bay Hotel perched above the local beach with stunning views over the Moray Firth, you'll explore and photograph one of the UKs most beautiful coastlines. From Findhorn in the west out to Gardenstown in the east its packed with scenic seascapes and hidden treasures.

The days are still short enough to allow dawn sessions, so we'll be making good use of our convenient location to photograph the Bow Fiddle rock at both the dawn and dusk hours. Hopeman beach further west also has hidden gems, and at low tide we'll explore the eastern beach, and photograph the daisy Rock at sunset.

This workshop will also feature image editing sessions and a participant image critique and review in the hotel's business suite. During the day you'll explore and photograph some of the historic locations, including Findlater castle, Portsoy's 17th century harbour and the small photogenic villages of Pennan, Crovie and Gardenstown.

A workshop packed full of natural seascapes and historic and cultural interest. Book a place online now.

Whats included 3 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfasts, Transport to all locations, Dusk and dawn sessions, Practical help and guidance, Detailed itinerary, Post trip image review, Lightstalker Adventures Beanie.

Fitness level Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and uneven slippy and rocky surfaces. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to 45 mins one way, however participation is optional at every location. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for this trip.

Getting there commences 10:30hrs - 24th March in Inverness, ends 16:30 - 27th March in Inverness.

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. Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop / Lightroom for preparing and editing images.

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

Price: £150.00

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Orkney & Caithness Photo Tour 2018

  7th - 12th May 2018 6 days  £1495.00 - available book now   

Orkney Islands

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 . 

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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 pf photography. Book you place online now.

Duncansby sea stacks

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

What's included

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 equipment

With 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 - medium

Average 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.

Price: £200.00

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Wild Scottish Highlands Photo Adventure 2018

19th to 23rd May 2018  5 days  £1395.00 -  4 places left  book now

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. 

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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.

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"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 Summary

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, 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

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 .

Glencoe

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 Monday Inverness - ends in Inverness on the Friday around 5pm

Additional Info

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.

Getting Here

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)

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Price: £175.00

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The Kimberley and Cape Leveque Australia 2018

New 3rd - 14th June 2018  13 days  £4795.00 - 3 places left book now

The Kimberley region in the West Australian outback is a very special place. From the rich red mountain escarpments and rivers of the Cockburn ranges, to hidden gorges the weird and wonderful Beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle, this is the ultimate Outback Photo Adventure. Book your place now !

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Highlights include

In the far north of Western Australia you'll capture and explore the many photographic subjects and landscapes of the east and west Kimberley regions. Highlights include El Questro, Emma Gorge, Home Valley Station, the Pentecost River, Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungle, Echidna Chasm, Palm Gorge and Piccaninny Creek. In the clear dark skies of Purnululu you'll also have an astro photography session. Heading west you'll break for the night at the outback town of Fitzroy Crossing and photograph nearby Geikie Gorge National Park at dusk.

From here we'll make our way to the coastal township of Broome and the sunset magic of Cable beach with its camel caravans. From Broome you'll head north to the seascapes and vivid hues of the Red Pindan cliffs at Cape Leveque.

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Trip Summary

This photo adventure explores one of the last frontiers of Outback Australia. Almost every dusk and dawn session offers up a stunning sunrise or sunset with this being the settled dry season in this remote part of the island continent. You'll explore and photograph the more remote eastern regions as well as the contrasting seascapes of Cape Leveque on the Dampier peninsula further west.

Home Valley, El Questro and Emma Gorge

After a night in Kununurra on the 3rd we'll head to the rivers and gorges of the eastern Kimberley around the cattle station's of Home valley and El Questro both feature meandering rivers and gorges, classic Boab trees and high Cockburn escarpments that all combine to offer classic outback vistas.

This is where Baz Lurmans epic "Australia was filmed" due to it having some of most iconic landscapes in the Australian Outback.

Pidgeon Hole lookout

Purnululu National Park

Further south you'll encounter Purnululu National park, home to the Bungle Bungle ranges. Only discovered by Europeans in the mid 1980's, a stunning four wheel drive track takes us deep into the park before arriving at our comfortable bush safari camp, with delicious 3 course evening meals using some native herbs and produce to give you a real flavour of the outback.

Bungle Bungle

The unique Beehive domes with coloured banding make fantastic subjects and nearby gorge walks let us get up close to explore some of the key features of the park, including the fantastic Echidna Chasm, Picaninny Creek and Palms gorge. All offer some great photogenic options and walks. To get a different perspective theres an optional "doors off" helicopter flight over the domes in early and late light to get some more abstract compositions. You'll be briefed on what to use and how best to capture your images from above.

Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek

Breaking the drive between Purnululu and Broome brings us to Fitzroy Crossing where we'll have the chance to catch the late sun on the walls of Geikie gorge by the Fitzroy River. The limestone Gorge is part of an ancient Devonian reef system that used to exist here millions of years ago. The coulours explode as the late sun reflects off the walls.

The following morning we'll make our way up to Tunnel Creek and photograph its interior, again part of a limestone cave system carved out by underground river systems. From here its onto Broome, an old centre for the Pearling industry that still operates today. Full of frontier and old style charm, a great place for a break before heading further north.

Broome, Cape Leveque and the Dampier Peninsula

After resting in Broome for a night and a colourful session out on Cable Beach to photograph the camel caravan at dusk, you’ll travel north by four wheel drive up the Dampier Peninsula to the remote and colourful Cape Leveque. This is Aboriginal land and has been a nomadic hunting ground for indigenous Australians for thousands of years.

Cape Leveque beach

Cape Leveque is a seascape wilderness of vivid red rock, white sand and warm turquoise waters dotted with aboriginal communities. Here you’ll stay in luxury Safari tents at the Aboriginal owned Kooljman resort with views over the eastern beach. Plenty opportunities for vivid seascapes and hopefully an insight into some Aboriginal culture.

Experience this peaceful location with dusk and dawn sessions on the beach and maybe an early morning dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Cape Leveque East beach

Here we'll have the chance to edit and review our images, explore the coast, experience some bush tucker with a local aboriginal guide and just relax and take it easy before returning for a final night in Broome.

What's included

*Meet up in Kununurra, Western Australia on the 3rd June and drop off in Broome at airport on the 14th - info and assistance with booking domestic flights

12 nights ensuite accommodation with breakfast - twin share

13 day fully guided photography itinerary

3 nights x 3 course dinner with wine or beer at the Bungle Bungle Wilderness camp

Four wheel drive transport to all locations

Guiding and assistance in the field

Refreshments ( water, soft drinks and beer ) and snacks on location

*Domestic flights - Info and assistance with which flights to book will be provided

Limited edition Lightstalkers hat

What's not included

International or domestic flights to pick up locations

Meals and beverages unless otherwise stated

Optional Helicopter flights in Purnululu NP

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for this trip

Getting there

International flights into Australia Darwin NT or Perth Western Australia are easiest. Internal flights into Kununurra and out of Broome from both Perth and Darwin with Qantas and Air North.

If you need any informationon any aspect of this trip don't hesitate to contact me directly

Fitness levels

A reasonable level of fitness is required as some walking in gorges over rough, slippy and rocky terrain will be encountered.

General conditions

It will be winter in the southern hemisphere and this part of Australia has a tropical monsoon climate. June is the ideal and most comfortable time to be here with a dry heat with low humidity levels. Cooler nights with daytime temps in the range of 25 - 32 Centigrade on average.

Price: £250.00

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Isle of Skye and the West Highlands 2018

20th to 25th August 2018  6 days  £1595.00 - available 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.

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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.

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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.

Tour summary

20th - 22nd Glasdair Guest House, Inverness

Day 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.

22nd- 25th The Old Inn, Carbost Isle of Skye

It'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.

Whats included

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 included

Flights, 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.

Getting Here

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.

Price: £200.00

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Hebridean Adventure Skye Harris and Lewis 2018

22nd - 27th October 2018 - 6 days -  £1495.00 -  4 places left  book now

Explore and photograph some of the Isle of Skye's most iconic landscapes before crossing the Minch by ferry to the outer magical Hebridean Isles of Harris and Lewis. Deposit £200.00  Mangersta Isle of Lewis

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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.

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What's Included

5 nights' accommodation (single occupancy room with full Scottish breakfast) 1 Night at the Portree 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.

Workshop itinerary

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.

Saturday

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.

Price: £200.00

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Cinque Terre and Tuscany Italy Photo Adventure 2017

1st - 8th October 2017  8 days £2095.00 - Sold out

This classic Italian photo adventure combines two beautiful locations, the tumbling colourful villages of Cinque Terre ( five lands ) and the soft rolling hills and villas of iconic Tuscany.

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Highlights include

The leaning tower of Pisa, Manarola and Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, Le Crete Senesi, World Heritage site Val d'Orcia, the Chianti region and Montepulciano .

Trip Summary

After coming to terms with Pisa's leaning tower you'll make your way north to the five villages of the Cinque Terre in Liguria. The villages are all connected by a train that cuts through tunnels in the cliffs making it easy to jump on and off between them.

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Colourful houses cling to the cliff tops and huddle around ridiculously quaint harbours, a setting that has virtually remained unchanged for centuries. The seascapes around Riomaggiore and Manarola with their colourful houses as backdrops are as atmospheric and photogenic as it gets at dusk, dawn and the blue hour.

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You'll also have time to explore a couple of the more compact villages such as Manarola and Vernazza during the day.

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After feasting on and photographing the delights of the Ligurian coast you'll track south by our own transport to Pienza, the renaissance town where the landscape is a total contrast to that of the previous days shooting. Basing ourselves in the World Heritage listed Val D’Orcia and town of Pienza for 3 nights, the photography here is unrivalled for a pure, subtle mix of rolling hills, Tuscan villas, Cypress trees and soft light at dawn and dusk.

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We’ll also photograph and explore the medieval towns of Pienza, Montepulciano and Montelcino. Magical image making in one of the most photo rich parts of Europe. From here on our final day we’ll return to Pisa via Crete Senesi with some handpicked photo locations along the way.

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In the evenings the wine will flow and combine with simple Tuscan and Ligurian flavours while by day you explore and photograph the villages, towns, seascapes and landscapes of these classic heart stirring regions, all photographed in glorious autumn light.

What's included

8 days / 7 nights' accommodation.

Pick up and drop off in Pisa with transport to photo locations and guiding.

Image review and guidance from award winning master photographer Glen Campbell

Refreshments and snacks in Val d'Orcia

Dawn and dusk sessions

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Tour commences 1st October @ approx 3:30pm - City of Pisa - after your arrival you'll check into the comfortable Grand Hotel Duomo in central Pisa for an introduction and briefing before exploring and photographing the Campo dei Miracoli ( field of miracles ) with its centre piece leaning tower and other iconic buildings in soft evening light. We'll have an informal dinner at a central Tuscan restaurant where you can sample some local Tuscan favourites.

Day 2

After an early session and breakfast we'll depart Pisa at 09:30 making our way north to Cinque Terre where we'll catch a glimpse of the coastal towns from high above before checking into our apartments. The villages are connected by train line so we'll use this to aid easy access to Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. In the evening we'll make the first of our dusk seascape sessions at our base, Riomaggiore

Day 3

After a sunrise session, breakfast and some time to relax, you'll have plenty time to explore an capture the scenes and reflections of the colourful village of Vernazza which we'll visit by train in the afternoon. From here we'll make a stop in Manarola for another dusk session overlooking the extremely photogenic harbour.

Day 4

After a dawn session in Riomaggiore and breakfast we'll spend an afternoon session exploring cliff top Corniglia and photographing the village and it's little beach. You'll then take the train back to Vernazza again to capture the dusk light on its picturesque and colourful harbour. From here it's back to Riomaggiore by train for dinner and the chance to review some of the last few days images.

Day 5

After a final seascape session in the Cinque Terre, you'll travel south to the heart of Tuscany through the rolling clay hills of Le Crete senesi, past numerous hill top towns and monasteries to our accommodation in the Val d'Orcia. La Crete and the Val d'Orcia are home to some of Tuscany's finest landscape scenery, walled towns, buildings, churches and fine local produce. You'll wander the town of Pienza with its break talking views of the surrounding hills at dusk before taking dinner at one of its many restaurants.

Day 6 and 7

You'll spend two days exploring the Val d'Orcia and the hill top towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano and maybe some wine tasting and getting lost in the many laneways that criss cross the hill tops. Both dusk and Dawn sessions will give us the chance to capture some truly beautiful images in this fantastic region.

Day 8

After a final session around the hills of Val d'Orcia we'll travel back to Pisa via Volterra or San Gimignano for a final shoot. Return to Pisa @ 1530hrs - Drop off Central Pisa - 8th October.

Accommodation*

1 night Grand Hotel Duomo in central Pisa, 3 nights Affittacamere Anna Michielini apartments in the heart of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, then 3 nights at the wonderful Tuscan Villa Cosona, just outside Pienza.

* subject to availability - other rural accommodation options may be used near or in Pienza. Breakfast included in Pisa and Tuscany.

Level of ability and fitness:

This Italian photo tour is suitable for all levels of experience and average and mobility fitness levels. It does require some walks and climbing of stairs around villages and low hills.

Book your place on this fantastic photo adventure via the website today!

Easy jet offer good value flights to Pisa from Gatwick and other UK hubs as do other European budget airlines.

Price: £250.00

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Slovenia Autumn Colours Photo Adventure 2017

New 22nd - 29th October 2017 8 days  £1895.00 - sold out

Slovenia might be small but its packed with drama and beauty. The jagged high Julian Alps, scenic Bled around its stunning lake and colourful coastal Piran, one of the Venetian empires best preserved towns.

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Highlights include Ljubljana the capitol at dusk, Jamnik village, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge, Julian Alps vistas, Kranjska Gora, Vrsic Pass, Soca valley, Bovec and Kobarid, Kozak falls, Lake Fusine and Mt Mangarta plus many more

Trip summary This is one of the best times to visit this fascinating and friendly corner of Europe. We'll meet up in this little European nations gem of a capitol Ljubljana, where you'll spend your first night and enjoy an evening photo shoot session in it's historic and picturesque centre.

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The following day, you'll head north west towards the Julian Alps to jaw droppingly beautiful Lake Bled and explore and photograph the stunning surrounding lakes and mountains. Bled has it all, a small town surrounded by mountains, a castle perched upon a cliff top, a lake complete with an island that appears to float, along with it's atmospheric Baroque church, just for good measure.

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From our base in Bled we'll also photograph beautiful Lake Bohinj, walk through and photograph Vintgar gorge, plus the surrounding mountains and iconic churches such as Sveti Tomaz that dot the region.

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Leaving Bled for the day we'll head west and winding our way up to traverse the stunning Vrisc Pass, the highest in the Julian Alps. The vistas here are stunning, linger long in your memory and offer some amazing photo opportunities. Desending down into the beautiful Soca valley we'll capture its aquamarine river that tumbles from the mountains before arriving in the little town of Bovec for lunch. Kozak Falls From here we'll focus on some of the waterfalls of the region including Slap Virje and Kozak falls near Kobarid. Late afternoon we'll take a side trip into Italy to capture Lake Fusine at dusk below the north face of Mt Mangart as the sun sets. Returning to Bled mid evening

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From Bled we'll leave the Julian Alps and travel south to the medieval coastal town of Piran which will offer a complete contrast to the Julian Alps. Piran sits on the Adriatic Sea and it's here that we'll have our final photo sessions. Your base for two nights Piran 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.

From Piran we'll return to Ljubljana via both the Skocjan caves and Predjama castle. An action packed photo adventure with a backdrop of Autumn colour and breathtaking mountain scenery.

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Whats included 7 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfasts, Transport to all locations, Dusk and dawn sessions, Practical help and guidance, Detailed itinerary, Post trip image review, Lightstalker Adventures Beanie,

Fitness level Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and even snowy surfaces. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 45 mins 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.

Commences 16:00hrs 22nd October in Ljubljana, ends 16:00 29th 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 Hotel Emonec Ljubljana - 1 night , Nature Hotel Lukanc in Bled - 4 nights , Hotel Piran - 2 nights TBC

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 the are comfortable with their cameras.

If you require any further info please contact Glen directly.

Price: £200.00

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Northern lights Lofoten Islands

Northern Lights, Lofoten islands Norway © Glen Campbell 2017

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 Old man of Storr Isle of SkyeThe Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye - Scotland © Glen Campbell 2017