Scotland has been an integral part of Great Britain since 1707, but throughout the past 300 years has maintained its distinct identity. Its moody, wild, rugged, remote, and enchanted landscape has inspired imaginations for centuries. Ancient volcanoes, furrowed by ice, form a diverse land of majestic crags and jagged peaks, rounded hills and grand valleys, mysterious forms, boggy moors, and tranquil lochs. It's not difficult to imagine giants roaming the hills, dragons soaring in the sky, and fairies flitting about in the woods and around crystal-clear pools. The unspoiled environment showcases the raw power and beauty of nature. Changing weather patterns create amazing, atmospheric light for dramatic, impactful images that can border on the surreal. And don’t forget the castles.
Explore the rustic reds and browns and colors of autumn in the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Our route takes us from Glasgow through Glen Coe and past Eilean Donan Castle, then across the Skye Bridge to the western side of the Isle of Skye and our vacation cottage overlooking the ocean. From that base we'll venture out to Elgol and the Black Cuillins, the Quiraing, Old Man of Storr, Dunvegan Castle - home of the McCleod Clan for the past 800 years (and set for the Highlander movies), Glen Brittle and the Fairy Pools, Sligachan, and more.
A main concentration of this workshop will be exploring your photographic vision through the practice of using all your internal and external senses. Daily discussions and exercises will lead to better understanding and awareness of your own senses and perceptions and their influence on what and how you photograph.
We will photograph at a “photographer’s pace”, which involves being patient and flexible, especially in an area with changeable weather and light. While we will endeavor to reach various location goals, a photographer’s pace is contemplative and observant, where discovery and exploration is at least as important as collecting the trophy photo. We will spend as much time at each location as is practicable and based on current conditions.
Daily reviews of images in the field and assistance with camera operations, composition, and exposure as you work will be commonplace, as well as practice with long exposure, filter use (polarizer, neutral density), composition, image processing, and more. To get the most from this workshop you should be capable of hiking over uneven and sometimes slick ground for distances up to 5 miles or more round trip on easy to moderately-steep trails. The hike to the Old Man of Storr is strenuous. Long hours of photographing from before sunrise to after sunset will be the norm, though there will be time during the day to relax, explore, and nap if needed.
Transportation is provided on a comfortable mini-bus from Glasgow.
This workshop is limited to 8 people.
Who should participate?
Beginning photographers who have a good grasp on the fundamentals of camera operation and exposure and intermediate to advanced photographers who want to add another dimension of awareness to their work by exploring the influence the senses and perception have on what and how they photograph, and .
- Day 1: mid-morning arrivals - Glasgow to Isle of Skye
- Day 2-9: Isle of Skye
- Day 10: Early return to Glasgow for departing flights
I recommend arriving the day before the start and departing the day after the end of the workshop. We will depart Glasgow around noon on the first day and return to Glasgow by noon on the last day.
Instruction, image review and feedback
Snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments
Admission to sites
Transportation on site
Transportation to and from Glasgow, Scotland
Meals (shared in accommodations)
Personal items and optional activities
Trip insurance (recommended)
Fees for activities not covered in itinerary
A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration.