ISLE OF SKYE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP TOUR
22nd October –
Included Single Occupancy
PHOTOGRAPH THE MAJESTIC AND STUNNING ISLE OF SKYE
SPEND 5 DAYS PHOTOGRAPHING THE MISTY ISLE INCLUDING SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOM AND TRAVEL ON THE ISLAND
Meet at Broadford/Potree (TBC)
Price: £745 per person (Deposit £200)
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 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 in 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 18:00, 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 rooms 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. There is only one opportunity for this discount as it would raise the number of participants from 3 to 4.
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 October with reasonable sunrise and sunset times just before the clocks change. We should hopefully still get some good weather and light during a time where Autumn is on it’s way out with some fantastic colours about. With some luck, we may even get a dusting of snow. Our days are likely to be full and busy if the weather is good. We will return to the cottage for small breaks during the day for food and particularly if the weather is bad, we will make these decisions as a group. 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, 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 either Broadford or Portree on the day of the workshop.
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 13:00 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 Leathan looking up to the Old Man of Storr. Head back to the cottage to debrief before checking out.
The itinerary is subject to change, usually due to weather and more suitable locations may be scouted in these instances.
Please note: There is a minimum number of people for this course to allow it to run. Anyone who books and the workshop shouldn’t run (unlikely), then the workshop will be refunded or you can transfer to another. As much notice will be given as possible. All bookings should be made 6 weeks prior to the workshop, this is to allow me to finalise numbers before paying final payments to the hotel. However, if the workshop is still listed after this date, then the workshop will still be going ahead and is available to book.
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.
Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. This is largely affected by your own perception and 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.
•Transport from meeting point.
•Technical tuition and advice.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
• Transport to meeting point.
• Food & Drink.
• Personal Insurance.
I attended James’ Skye workshop in Nov 2018 and can’t recommend James highly enough. He clearly loves the place and has a great knowledge of the locations as well as the best conditions and light to visit them in. He has a relaxed, patient approach and is very generous with his photographic knowledge and experience. I was particularly impressed that he rarely got his own camera out, he was focussed on helping us improve our skills rather than making his own shots. The small group size meant that James was able to give each of us plenty of his time. All in all it was a great workshop, despite some very Scottish weather.
I recently attended James’ 5 day workshop to the beautiful Isle of Skye and had an amazing week, even considering the average weather! James is an excellent teacher, his knowledge and experience means he is always able to answer any questions you have. However what makes James’ workshops really stand out is his passion for his craft and the way he ensures the whole group receive as much time as they need. With a small group he is always on hand to offer advice and suggestions. If you want to improve your landscape photography then spend a day, or five, with James and you will be well rewarded!
I have just enjoyed James’s trip to Skye. Although I have a few physical limits I was well catered for. My son accompanied me, he is well experienced as a hillwalker and photographer, and thoroughly enjoyed the trip whilst keeping an eye on me!
This was my second trip with James, I have found him to be a gifted photographer who is prepared to share his knowledge with other aspiring photographers whatever their level of expertise.
After this week’s workshop I have come away with a better understanding of my camera and a rekindled love of photography.
Highly recommended. I did the 5 day workshop in Skye on March 2019. The service was excellent in general, the locations were great, the accommodation was very comfortable, and James is very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. This was my first workshop with James and I look forwards to repeat the experience.
I attended the March 2019 Isle of Skye Workshop. Although the weather was less than ideal, James’ knowledge of the island ensured that we were able to get out each day to shoot some of the iconic locations – and some of the more hidden gems too. James suggested some classic compositions and settings to get the best out of landscapes, but was also very happy to help identify some alternatives so we could get some unique photos with our own spins of them – tailoring his tutorage to each individual on the workshop.The cottage we stayed in offered privacy if we wanted time to ourselves, but we spent much of the “downtime” in the communal spaces editing photos and sharing tips. This was a fantastic workshop, and I came back not only with some amazing photos, but with new knowledge, new inspiration – and feeling more rested too! I’d highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a photo workshop in Skye, and James’ workshops more widely for anyone looking to improve their photography (I’ve got several more planned myself!).
James clearly knows his craft and how to integrate a group of people who have never met. His knowledge of the different locations combined with weather conditions and second guessing what other groups might be planning all made for a fabulous week. The images I got of the Old Man of Storr with the guidance and pointers from James are simply stunning and attract positive comments from others. Highly recommended.
Spent 4 days on a landscape workshop with James Grant. Learned lots of stuff particulary composition, histograms & use of filters. Really enjoyed Skye & the course James is very knowledgeable & explains things in an easy to understand manner. Would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn landscape photography.
My husband and I attended the 5 day Skye workshop in April 2017. It was a great, memorable experience., and we both came back much more clued-up about landscape photography and wanting to do more. James is a really good teacher and knew where all the best spots were in Skye. I don’t think there was a weather condition we did not experience – we had sun, rain, strong winds and blizzards but still came away with some lovely shots. I would thoroughly recommend his workshops to anyone interested in landscape photography.
WHAT YOU NEED:
• Camera with spare batteries and memory card
• Sturdy Tripod
• Walking Boots
• Appropriate, outdoor clothing
• Head Torch
• Camera Manual
WHAT I CAN PROVIDE (GROUP SHARE):
• Selection of filters
GOOD TO HAVE:
• DSLR with selection of lenses.
• Remote Shutter