Scotland, Isle of Skye, August 23-September1


Tuition: $4450
Deposit: $300
Dates: August 23-September 1, 2023
Type of Excursion: Workshop
Skill Level: All Levels
Duration: 10 days
Group Size Min: 4 Max: 8

  • Landscape and architectural photography
  • Astrophotography, weather permitting
  • Camera Operation
  • Exposure, Working with light
  • Workflow
  • Filters, Time Lapse, & Long Exposure

  • Instruction, image review & feedback
  • One-hour pre-workshop Zoom meet-n-greet & prep
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from gateway city (Glasgow)
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Meals (there is a kitchen or local restaurants)
  • Alcoholic beverages and personal snacks
  • Personal items & expenses
  • Fees for activities not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (recommended)


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Scotland has been an integral part of Great Britain since 1707, but throughout the past 300 years has maintained its distinct identity. Its moody, wild, rugged, remote, and enchanted landscape has inspired imaginations for centuries. Ancient volcanoes, furrowed by ice, form a diverse land of majestic crags and jagged peaks, rounded hills and grand valleys, mysterious forms, boggy moors, and tranquil lochs. It’s not difficult to imagine giants roaming the hills, dragons soaring in the sky, and fairies flitting about in the woods and around crystal-clear pools. The unspoiled environment showcases the raw power and beauty of nature. Changing weather patterns create amazing, atmospheric light for dramatic, impactful images that can border on the surreal. And don’t forget the castles.

Explore the changing colors of late summer in the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Our route takes us from Glasgow through Glen Coe and past Eilean Donan Castle, then across the Skye Bridge to our vacation cottage. From that base we’ll venture out to Elgol and the Black Cuillins, the Quiraing, Old Man of Storr, Dunvegan Castle – home of the McCleod Clan for the past 800 years (and set for the Highlander movies), Glen Brittle and the Fairy Pools, Sligachan, and more.

A main concentration of this workshop will be exploring your photographic vision through the practice of using all your internal and external senses. Daily discussions will lead to better understanding and awareness of your own senses and perceptions and their influence on what and how you photograph.

We will photograph at a “photographer’s pace”, which involves being patient and flexible, especially in an area with changeable weather and light. While we will endeavor to reach various location goals, a photographer’s pace is contemplative and observant, where discovery and exploration is at least as important as collecting the trophy photo. We will spend as much time at each location as is practicable and based on current conditions.

Daily reviews of images in the field and assistance with camera operations, composition, and exposure as you work will be commonplace, as well as practice with long exposure, filter use (polarizer, neutral density), composition, image processing, and more. To get the most from this workshop you should be capable of hiking over uneven and sometimes slick ground for distances up to 2 miles or more round trip on easy to moderately-steep trails. Long hours of photographing will be the norm, though there will be time during the day to relax and engage in personal exploration. The hike uphill to the Old Man of Storr is strenuous. Long hours of photographing from before sunrise to after sunset will be the norm, though there will be time during the day for personal time to relax, explore, journal, etc. I prefer workshop time to be spent photographing rather than image processing, though I am open to image processing questions.

Transportation is provided on a comfortable mini-bus from Glasgow.

This workshop is limited to 8 people.

About one month before the workshop, I will invite you to attend an optional pre-workshop Zoom meet and greet, itinerary overview, gear discussion, and Q&A.

A release form, gear list and other information will be mailed to you upon registration. Please see the FAQ link at the left for details about deposits, refunds, and other general workshop information.