ISLE OF SKYE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Spend 5 days on the beautiful Isle of Skye
ISLE OF SKYE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
SPEND 5 DAYS PHOTOGRAPHING THE ISLE OF SKYE INCLUDING ACCOMMODATION WITH SINGLE OCCUPANCY
8th to 12th November 2021
4 People Max
Self Catering Single Occupancy
No Transport Provided (Unless Social Distancing Allows)
Easy/Moderate Difficulty ( i )
Meet at Broadford
Join me on a 5-day photography workshop on the beautiful and picturesque Isle of Skye where world class landscape locations await us.
This is a fantastic opportunity to visit and photograph the beautiful misty isle and spaces are limited, with previous workshops having all sold out.
As an avid fan and lover of Skye myself, you can be confident you’re in good hands with an intimate knowledge of the area having been many times before. I will take you to the best spots at the best times to suit the conditions. With such a small group size you’ll be sure to get plenty of 1-2-1 tuition, ensuring you learn as much as you possibly can over the week as well as enjoying your time on the beautiful misty isle.
We will be staying in a self-catering cottage a 5 minute drive from Portree to ensure we are as close to the locations as we can be. As we are in a self-catering cottage, this gives us much more flexibility to come and go as we please and also cook meals in the cottage. A certain amount of flexibility will be required as we may be out shooting during some meal times but we will discuss on a day-to-day basis. With the sunset being around 16:20, we will be back most days in plenty of time for an evening meal. If you wish to eat out, you are more than welcome to and we are just 5 minutes from the town centre. We generally tend to have a meal out on the last night to sign off the week and celebrate.
There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms in the cottage, enabling you to have a room to yourself. All rooms are spacious with linen and towels provided. If you would like to bring a partner or friend, then there is a 50% discount available for the second person to those wishing to do so and happy to share a room (please consider COVID-19 rules at the time if you are not from the same household). There is only one opportunity for this discount as it would raise the number of participants from 3 to 4. The rooms vary in size and bed size and will be handed out on the basis of who booked first for fairness.
The cottage also boats a large comfortable lounge, decent sized kitchen with facilities, WiFi, a huge conservatory and ample parking.
Upon booking you will be provided with a questionnaire to fill out which is a requirement of attending. I will also provide a recommended kit list and what to bring.
The course has been chosen for this week in November with reasonable sunrise and sunset times just before the clocks change. We should hopefully still get some good weather and light. November may seem a risky month for the weather but in truth any month in Scotland can be excellent or awful! I took my Storr shot featured in the gallery with the sky fire in November and is probably my most popular Skye photo! I run these workshops mainly focussed on sunrise and sunset with breaks in the day. However, if the weather is good we may be out for prolonged periods. We take a completely flexible approach and I will inform you on a day by day basis. If the weather is poor for example we may also leave sunrise but spend more time out at somewhere like the Fairy Pools which suits poor weather. Post-processing can be done in the cottage either during periods of bad weather or in the evening.
I run relaxed workshops that require flexibility. With the Scottish weather, plans can often change and I will advise on a day-by-day basis what we are to do. I aim to take you out and show you how I would work as if I was there on my own. However, I always keep personal photos to a minimum, only setting up to demonstrate my workflow once everyone is happy or if the conditions are unique.
Throughout the week we will look at basic techniques such as focusing, using a tripod, use of filters vs exposure blending, composition, working with the light and much more. We will also look at more advanced techniques as the week progresses and there will be plenty of processing sessions where we can showcase our images (if you’re comfortable) to each other.
For those who have concerns for travelling on the first day, a good stop off is Fort William the day before. If you feel the drive is too long, there are trains direct to both Fort William and Inverness as well as the option of flying to Inverness. A bus service runs from both places direct to Portree. I am happy to pick up from from Broadford or Portree, depending where we meet.
A note about transport during COVID-19. Under current guidance transport cannot be provided, however by November 2021 this will hopefully change and I will be more than happy to provide transport around the island and this would be preferable. If for whatever reason transport cannot be provided there is an option that I hire a large 7 seater to allow social distancing, this would be totally optional for clients but also chargeable at cost of hire. I have not booked this option currently to reduce the cost of the workshop rather than building it in initially and not using the hire vehicle. If you do not wish to opt for this then you would need to drive yourself around the island, please bear in mind if we have a group of 4 that would be up to 5 cars including myself to park at some popular spots, not impossible but a consideration. It could be that half the group choose to drive the car and the other half pay for the cost of hire, which is totally fine. I am trying to keep this option free and flexible to whatever suits you as an individual and as I say I am hopeful by November that this will be a non-issue and I can use my car as normal.
This course has been listed as easy/medium difficulty but please read the itinerary closely below. Most locations are less than 15 minutes from the car except the Old Man of Storr and the Fairy Pools. If you have any health concerns, please contact me for advice prior to booking. Please also check out the photo gallery and video below so you can see some of the locations we will be visiting and what to expect from your experience.
See below for testimonials from previous workshop clients who have been to Skye with me.
Below is a rough itinerary to give you an idea of what the trip entails. We are likely to change the order depending on the weather and light. We essentially aim to do sunrise and sunset every day but if the weather is bad, we may be out in the day for longer e.g. at The Fairy Pools.
Day 1: Meet around 12:00 at Broadford to go onwards to Elgol for sunset. We will do a quick meet and greet with everyone before heading down to the coast. We will spend a hour with me getting a feel with how you are getting on, working our way to shooting the sunset. After that, we will drive to the hotel to unpack and settle in.
Day 2: Sunrise at the Quirang. Daytime shots at the Fairy Pools before heading off to Neist Point for sunset. The Fairy Pools is a relaxed walk of around a mile.
Day 3: Sunrise at Sligachan Bridge or Alt Dearg Mor looking towards the Cuillin. Visit Loch Cill Chrisod (aka Hairy Loch) before heading to Talisker Bay for sunset.
Day 4: Sunrise on the Old Man of Storr. A tough walk for sunrise, but well worth it for the views. This walk is the toughest of the week at around a hour long walk up often over fairly steep terrain. Please keep this in mind. It’s a classic location that would be a crime to miss. If you feel it is too hard going for you, I am more than happy to take you to another local location while taking the rest of the group up. Photograph Kilt Rock waterfall on our return. A sunset around Sligachan.
Day 5: Sunrise from Loch Fada looking up to the Old Man of Storr. Head back to the cottage to debrief before checking out at 10am.
The itinerary is subject to change, usually due to weather and more suitable locations may be scouted in these instances.
There is a £200 non-refundable booking fee required to secure your place with the balance due no later than 6-weeks before the start of the workshop.
- Technical tuition
- Transport (If permitted)
- Post-processing tutorials
- Single occupancy accommodation
I can also provide
- Set of filters
What You Need
- Suitable outdoor clothing (No jeans or trainers)
- Camera with spare battery(s) and SD card
- Walking boots
- Tripod (Can also loan)
- Camera manual
- Food & Drink
- Personal insurance if applicable
Good to have
- DSLR with a selection of lenses
- Remote Shutter
Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. It will also largely be dictated by your own perception and also your previous experience in this kind of environment. The rating is a rough guide and in context to the type of workshop e.g. a hill-walking workshop moderate is different to a standard day workshop moderate. I have tried to explain more about the day in the description above also.
This workshop is listed as easy/moderate. Most locations are within 15 minutes walk with returns to the car between locations. The Storr and Fairly pools are much longer, with the Storr being the hardest at a hours walk up steep terrain. This is an optional location and we may also not do it if the weather doesn’t look favourable. You may be covering some steep ground over mixed-terrain. Some footpaths may be paved, however please also expect natural trails of a stable surface where you may encounter natural and unavoidable features such as rocks, tree roots, mud etc. It is unlikely we will be off the beaten track and these paths will be well used and popular. Once we arrive at our photography location we may be off the main path and as such extra care must be taken with any potential hazards. I will advise if I can see any hazards and if you are unsure, please ask.