The Isle of Skye, rugged mountains, weather battered beaches, rolling hills, waterfalls, light houses, castles and stunning scenery, it’s easy to understand why this island off the west coast of Scotland is so popular amongst landscape photographers. Having visited Skye many times I still find myself in awe at the scenery, locations and photographs you produce. Changeable conditions and variations in season means no two images are the same.
Our three day workshop will be action packed and when not out photographing we’ll be working on post production and location planning.
During the three days I’ll be teaching various techniques and methods of work including.
- Landscape composition – using lead in lines, rule of thirds, separation and image structure.
- Focusing, hyperlocal distance and maximising depth of field.
- Long exposures with the use of filters.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) images with exposure bracketing,
- Focus stacking and editing
- Creating panoramic images.
- During one of the evenings I’ll demonstrate my editing techniques using Lightroom and Photoshop to edit some of the images from that day.
- Light painting, a fun and exciting after dark light painting session (possibly two) using artificial lights and a drone.
All tuition is included along with use of filters if required for creating the images. Neutral density and graduated neutral density filters are available for your use on the workshop
Each morning we’ll be leaving from the the Uig Hotel where we’ll be staying, but you are welcome to select your own accommodation location for the workshop and meet each morning. Accommodation and meals are not included in the workshop. The workshop is self drive, although usually we manage to share driving so not everyone takes their own car.
Fitness Level Required: 3/5
We’ll be working in the mountains, near waterfalls and on beaches. This will involve working on uneven ground and some inclines. A general level of fitness is required for this workshop. Due to the environment of this workshop, a number of locations are not be accessible to wheelchair users.
Photographic equipment required:
- A sturdy tripod is essential for landscape photography
- Lenses from wide angle to around 70mm. Lenses with a filter thread are ideal as these allow the use of filters, some extreme wide angle lenses such as 12-24mm don’t allow the use of conventional filters.
- A cable release for long exposures is an ideal and inexpensive way of activating your camera shutter
- Camera rain cover – either a bespoke cover or a simple plastic bag to protect your camera from the element
Other recommenced equipment.
- Warm and waterproof clothing including hat and gloves
- Sturdy walking boots, ideally waterproof
- Windproof umbrella – not essential but very helpful if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Some of our images from previous workshops.
Light Painting, long moonlit exposures aided by light painting using a drone and LED lights.