Isle of Skye
8 - 11 November 2019
Inspiration. Support. Fun. That’s what you can expect from this 3 day residential workshop.
Suitable for photographers from beginner to advanced, the workshop is limited to a small number of participants to ensure you receive plenty of one to one support.
The Isle of Skye is famous for its stunning landscapes, and this trip takes in many of the most famous locations. From the spectacular shores of Elgol, to the magical Fairy Pools and the Old Man of Storr, this small island packs in everything the landscape photographer could hope for!
This residential workshop includes 3 nights accommodation in our rented house on the island, located within driving distance of all the main landmarks.
About the area
There are a wide variety of landscapes and seascapes within a short drive of our accommodation. If you’ve never been to Skye before, it won’t take you long to work out why this island is known as a photographers paradise. If you’ve been before, like me, you’ll want to return year after year.
It really is unparalleled anywhere in the UK, and is among the worlds most iconic landscapes. Spectacular shorelines, incredible waterfalls and amazing light all contribute to a wonderful 3 day experience.
The workshop runs from the afternoon of Friday 8th November until noon on Monday 11th November. We are based in the same accommodation for the entire event, with transport to and from our locations provided.
We will be up and on location in time for sunrise every morning to make sure we catch the best light.
Back in time for a well-deserved hearty breakfast, followed by a photo review session or group tuition as appropriate. We’ll then head out again, taking in some of the most photogenic locations in the Highlands.
Lunch and dinner are likely to be taken on the road, to ensure we spend as much time on location as possible.
A sunset photoshoot close to our accommodation will close off the day, with time to relax in the evening ahead of an early start for sunrise the next morning!
Key features of the workshop
All my workshops are limited to between 3 and 6 participants. This ensures the group can learn from each other but also have enough time for 1:1 tuition and support.
During the workshop transport to and from our photo-shoot locations is provided.
We will travel to locations that give us the best chance of a great photograph, and my knowledge of the area will help us make the most of the light. Scotland has variable and unpredictable weather at all times of year - that is part of the experience and we will make the most of it no matter what it throws at us!
This workshop does not require a high level of fitness, but the ability to walk moderate distances while carrying your equipment is required. Our vantage points are all within walking distance of the car park, and any hills we ascend are modest by Scottish standards.
One exception to this is the climb to visit the Old Man Of Storr. This world famous landmark is perfectly suited to a sunrise shoot, but requires an uphill hike of 45-60 minutes depending on the group. We will go at a pace that allows for the group to stick together, but a moderate level of physically fitness is required for this element of the trip. Of course, the hike is voluntary, if you choose not to participate that’s absolutely fine. Skye has lot’s more to offer besides!
Other key benefits of the workshop
Regardless of your starting point, the locations, support, tuition and relaxed atmosphere will give you the platform to improve your photography.
As well as time in the field capturing images, we will have group and 1:1 sessions that focus on the core concepts of composition and light as well as more advanced concepts and techniques if that suits your needs.
Post-processing is an integral part of producing a stunning image, and we will cover the key concepts using live examples. Adobe Lightroom is the go-to tool for landscape photographers. If you don’t already use Lightroom you can sign up for a free 30 day trial. It’s an incredibly powerful tool, and you cannot achieve stunning images with the camera alone.
Accommodation - your own room in a house which we have rented for our exclusive use.
Duration - workshop begins Friday pm and ends Monday noon. I may be able to collect participants from rail or bus stations en route from Inverness to Skye. Once the group is confirmed, we can make arrangements that suit everyone and avoid unnecessary costs to you.
Breakfast is included in the cost of the workshop. Tea and coffee is provided throughout the day.
Shooting in 3-4 locations per day including sunrise and sunset shoots.
All individual and group tuition.
Transport for the duration of the workshop.
What’s not included?
Transport to and from our base at the beginning and end of the workshop. However, once the group is confirmed, we can make arrangements that suit everyone and avoid unnecessary costs to you.
Lunch / dinner
What to bring
Clothing suitable for a variety of weathers;
Waterproof jacket and trousers.
Walking boots and a change of footwear.
Wellington boots can be useful for seascape locations.
Hat and gloves.
Plenty of layers to adjust your body temperature to the weather.
A head torch for pre-sunrise.
Camera equipment - essential;
Camera (remember the charger for your battery!).
Lenses - anything from wide angle to telephoto.
I always carry 3 lenses 1) 17-40 2) 24-70 3) 70-200, but just bring what you usually use.
Camera bag (backpack style is most suitable).
Camera equipment - useful but not essential;
Neutral density filters.
Camera user guide.
Laptop for storing and post-processing your images.
Adobe Lightroom (30 day free trial available).
Pocket umbrella - to shelter your lens if it rains.