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.
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.
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.