What I teach:
The most crucial aspect of Landscape photography is understanding light and composition and this is something I will teach in a hands on basis in all my workshops. Additionally I will help you with the technical aspects of Landscape photography in a field based, jargon free and relaxed manner. These would include:
1. Exposure and understanding the histogram.
2. Balancing exposure between Sky and Land by using graduated neutral density filters.
3. Composition, the rule of thirds and why more often or not why it is often better to break this. We will also try to cover off using a variety of focal lengths to help you to compose compelling images.
4. Manual focusing and achieving a full depth of field by using the hyperfocal technique as well as live view critical focusing.
5. Lighting, the direction of light and how this affects your image.
6. Diffused and non-diffused light.
7. How the time of day affects the landscape in a hands on setting.
8. Long exposure technique for waterfalls etc
In short I cater for beginners. However this shouldn’t put off the more advanced photographer from booking a landscape photography workshop with me. I am a regular shooter in Glencoe, Skye and back here in Glasgow. I know the locations, I know the best time of day for every location as well as which weather conditions flatter which locations best. For someone looking for ideas and inspiration I can guide you through a whole days shooting showing you the various vantage points as well as giving you hands on support and feedback over composition and some ideas to improve your images. You might even be a great photographer who just wants someone with knowledge of the area to go shooting with and to show you around. No matter what your skill level and what you want out of my landscape photography workshop I will ensure you have a great days shooting.
About my Landscape Photography Workshops
Given that my Landscape Photography Workshop’s cater for the beginner and more advanced user I will ask participants to send on some of their images prior to the workshop so I can understand their skill level and individual style. A key feature of the workshop is I will show you fantastic locations/vantage points which will equip you to take great images on your return to the area. After going on one of my landscape photography workshops you will leave with a fuller understanding of the technical aspects of landscape photography, a deeper appreciation of how light and the time of day influences the landscape and also a working knowledge the area you decided to go for.
Meeting places will always be arranged by phone/email prior to the workshop for an agreed meeting point/time. I will provide transport in my car for the day allowing you to take in the scenery as we move from one location to another – if you are going on a Glasgow cityscape workshop it is best to arrive by train to Exhibition Centre Railway station.
I am extremely flexible and so do not be put off to ask me. If I can do it for you, I will. No request is too big or too small as everyone’s requirements are different so please get in touch to check availability and to discuss your requirements.
I can do group workshops on request but ultimately I feel that 121 tuition really is the best way to help someone improve their photography. Feedback from clients who have gone on my workshops has been incredibly positive about the fact I do 121 tuition as I could dedicate all my time to helping them. In a group workshop this just isn’t possible.
Workshops will run the full day (unless you want a half day or morning/evening slot only) and there will be time given to review images and discuss locations. I would ask that participants arrive with a camera and tripod (if you have one), waterproof clothing and decent footwear as some walking will be required. I can always lend out Lee Filters etc to use on the day so if you haven’t got a set of graduated natural density filters don’t worry. Worst case you can always share a tripod with me (and this happened on one of my Glasgow workshops last year). Please note personal accident insurance is not provided in my workshops. None of the locations I will take you too are dangerous nor are you likely to get injured but some of the terrain is boggy and uneven so a degree of care is required. Lunch is not provided but there are no shortage of places to eat in Glencoe, Skye or Glasgow.
I offer the following three 121 Landscape Photography workshops in Scotland.
Glencoe and Rannoch Moor:
A lot depends on the weather but ideally I would aim to start you on either Rannoch Moor, the waterfalls further up into Glencoe or perhaps even Kilchurn Castle . We would use this time to capture the lovely golden morning light and work on improving your camera craft as well as working on composition. Later in the day we would move perhaps on to Black Rock Cottage and down to Glencoe Lochan. In the afternoon we would review images and work on locations down Glen Etive and take in the last light at Torren Lochan or back to Rannoch Moor to a wonderful spot I know at Loch Ba.
Prices: Full day £150 & Half Day £80. Longer workshops available on request.
Please note accommodation is not something I would provide but there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs in the area. Booking a hotel in Ballachulish or Glencoe would be ideal. I personally recommend the Clachaig Inn.
Please get in touch to book your 121 Glencoe Landscape Photography workshop.
The Isle of Skye
Workshop Info: Skye has many great locations to offer. Sunrise would more than likely be taken in either up at the Trotternish Ridge, Sligachan or Elgol. The mid part of the day would be used to explore Glen Brittle and the fairypools. The later part of the day would either be spent at Neist Point Lighthouse or back at Elgol for sunset. Your workshop and the locations I would take you to would be very much weather dependent and ultimately what you wanted to cover off.
Price: Full day only: £200. Longer workshops available on request chargeable at a discounted rate of £175/day.
Please note accommodation is not something I would provide but there are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and self catering accomodation on Skye. I would personally recommend Sligachan.
Please get in touch to book your 121 Isle of Skye Landscape Photography workshop.
Workshop info: This workshop is very much focused around low light photography and covers off shooting the Glasgow Riverside area. Whilst getting still water reflections is ideal we are at the mercy of the tide times and weather conditions. It usually isn’t still sadly. Locations are likely to include the SECC, the Hydro plus the Bells and Clyde Arc Bridge. There are a number of great vantage points I take clients to on this workshop. The key to this workshop is to teach good composition skills and the art of low light urban photography.
2 hours only: £60
Please note these are undertaken late into the evening and using a tripod is essential.
Please get in touch to book your 121 Glasgow Cityscape Workshop.