Scotland’s West Coast
6 - 10 March 2020
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.
People flock to this area for a number of reasons, but perhaps most of all for the powder soft sandy beaches and turquoise sea. We will visit many of the most photogenic beaches, as well as waterfalls and lochs on a trip that will live long in the memory.
About the area
The workshop focuses on areas on, or close to, the world famous North Coast 500 route. We will visit Ullapool, the largest town in the area, as well as the spectacular Loch Assynt and beaches of Clachtoll and Achmelvich.
Ardvreck castle offers the photographer a number of spectacular views across Loch Assynt, and there are many more hidden surprises awaiting us on this 3 day adventure.
The workshop runs from the afternoon of Friday 6th March until noon on Monday 9th March. 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.
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.
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.