GROUP 1: MAY 12 - 17 // GROUP 2: MAY 19- 24
5-DAY PHOTOGRAPHY LEARNING ADVENTURE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS. BETWEEN THE HIGHLAND… blah blah blah…
Have you ever experienced never-ending light? It's quite a trip! imagine, it's 2 o' clock in the morning, & it's still bright outside. Not just any kind of bright, either: the softest, most gorgeous orange & magenta light diffuses through the night. Are you seeing the photography potential? We are willing to bet that you can! Keep scrolling… BLAH BLAH BLAH…
SCOTLAND: THE PLAYGROUND OF MOOD
This is a workshop in honor of the glorious midnight summer light within which Iceland is bathed. Just as Iceland is bathed in glorious, never-ending light, we will be too. This will be a journey through dramatic landscapes, soaring peaks, majestic glaciers & lonely islands. The unbelievable over the Highlands await!… BLAH BLAH BLAH….
ISLE OF SKYE
A valley, carved by glaciers, wrought by volcanoes & shaped by light. Thorsmork is a Highland oasis hidden behind two great glaciers & volcanos, including Eyfjallajökull, of 2010 eruption infamy. Canyons, waterfalls, peaks & immense networks of glacial rivers await in this highland wonderland. This is without a shadow of a doubt some of the greatest hiking in the world. Add this dramatic, ever-changing landscape the eternal light of the midnight sun, & you have a match made in heaven… BLAH BLAH BLAH….
THE SHOTS THAT YOU CAME OUT HERE TO GET:
Your PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM:
All members of Sony Alpha Collective! #BeAlphaFemale
Coming straight out of the Pacific North West, Charlotte is British Photographer that has been blazing her way through the world of photography & social media for years. She received her Bachelors Degree in photography at the University of California, Santa Cruz & now focuses on travel & portrait photography. She's a loves hiking, climbing, tattoos, toast, & feather collecting.
Catherine Simard is a Canadian-born self-taught travel / landscape photographer with a passion for the outdoors and the wilderness. After quitting her job as a fashion stylist and model, she left Quebec and spent 4 years exploring the world while sharing her photos with her signature style on her Instagram page @mydetoxtravel. She is now traveling the world full-time, on a mission to share her passion and vision by leading photography workshops and creating content for her clients.
Gunnar is acting as a special guest on this workshop, where he will be with us on the first & last day, sharing his expertise, editing & printing skills. Icelandic by birth but raised in Denmark, Gunnar threw in the towel on the corporate life in Denmark to pursue his dream of being a photographer. Two years later, he has resolutely achieved that dream, embarking on a life-long mission, exploring Iceland ever since. He places adventure at the heart of his lifestyle, and his expertise will be invaluable over the coarse of the workshop.
Dates: Group 1: May 12 - 17th
Dates: Group 2: May 19 - 24th
Price: $3499 USD
Spots: 9 students in Group 1, 9 students in Group 2
Workshop instruction for 6 days / 5 nights
Accommodation for 5 nights
Breakfasts at accommodation
All transportation from Workshop kick-off point in Inverness (It is the participant’s responsibility to get to Inverness) until Workshop end-point back in Inverness
Landscape / Night Photography (weather dependent )
Dramatic / situational portraiture
Wildlife Photography (cows, sheep, & horses)
Image & exposure analysis in-the-field, as-we-shoot
Editing & post-production workflow advice from beginning to end
Social media advice, assistance & strategizing
WHATS NOT INCLUDED?
Your flights to & from Scotland
Provision of photography equipment
Miscellaneous gear that you might need for the workshop
Make sure you are well-equipped for the Scotland climate, it can be very temperamental.
Eldfell (Westman Islands)
Tonnes of other sweet secret spots
*** Itinerary may change due to the weather & / or other unforeseen events. Times are estimates. Some places may take longer or shorter to drive to / hike to / photograph. Be prepared to pull over at the sight of hairy highland coos.
11:00am Pick-up in Inverness, begin drive to Isle of Skye
1:30pm Stop for lunch at restaurant + Briefing
5:00pm Check into hostel/hotel in Portree
6:00pm Food shopping for the week (breakfasts +some lunch + some dinners + snacks)
8:00pm - 10pm Dinner at restaurant
6:00am Breakfast at hostel
6:30am Leave hostel
7:00am Start Old Man of Storr hike (1 hour to viewpoint)
12:00pm - 2:00pm Back to hostel Portree for lunch (most of restaurants open at 1pm so that’s why eat at the hostel)
2:00pm - 4:00pm Editing session #1
4:30pm Leave hostel
5:00pm - 6:00pm Glen Sligachan (bridge, waterfalls, river, trail)
7:00pm - 10:00pm Explore/shoot around Neist Point until sunset (packed dinner)
10:00pm - 11:00pm Drive back to hotel
8:00am - 12:00pm Leave to The Quiraing (roughly 2 hour hike loop + many stops, features The Needle, The Table, The Prison)
1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch in Portree
3:30pm - 5:00pm Fairy Pools
6:30pm - 8:00pm Dinner at restaurant in Kyle of Lochalsh town
9:00pm - 10:00pm Eilean Castle
10:00pm - 11:30pm Drive back to Portree
9:00am - 10:00am drive up to Bla Bheinn
10:00am - 5:00pm Full hike up the mountain, 900 meters elevation gain, 5-6 hours walk (packed lunch + snacks)
6:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner at restaurant
8:30pm to sunset Elgon Beach (15 minutes from Bla Bheinn)
10:00pm - 11:15pm Drive back to Portree
7:30am Leave Hostel
8:00am - 12pm Kilt Rock, The Quiraing (practice lifestyle shots)
1:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch at restaurant or hostel
3:00pm - 5:00pm Edit session
6:30pm Start Old Man of Storr hike
7:30pm to 11:30pm Shoot sunset + Blue hour (packed dinner)
1:00am Back to hotel
10:00am Late breakfast
11:00am Leave hotel
2:00pm Stop at Loch Ness
2:30pm - 4:00pm Lunch
4:30pm - 6:00pm Culloden Viaduct
6:30pm Drop everyone off in Inverness. Cry goodbye tears (either of heartbreak or joy)
SOME QUESTIONS, ANSWERED...
WHAT LEVEL OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO WE REQUIRE?
We welcome all levels of photography expertise. What we want to see is that you love photography, want to learn more, push yourself, take it to the next level, & take in the atmosphere & experience of working with other creatives in an epic context.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
Since there we be some hiking, we advise a good level of fitness in order to participate in the workshop. Our estimated distances will be 5-10km at 5000m elevation. Not for beginner hikers. Students must be comfortable with intermediate hiking. We would rate it a 7 out of 10 difficulty.
SHOULD I BRING A DRONE?
If you have one, absolutely! If you don't, that’s okay too!
HOW MUCH CAMERA GEAR CAN I BRING?
Bring what you have. In general, consider bringing a range of focal lengths: wide-angle (ex: 24mm), standard (ex: 50mm), & a telephoto (ex: 85mm or above). Having said that, a large part of the workshop will be about making the most out of the equipment that you already have!
Neutral Density Filter (5/10 stop)
Batteries & memory cards
WHAT OTHER EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Good, sturdy, ankle-or-above hiking boots.
Waterproof shell (GORE-TEX or similar).
Warm Coat or outer layer.
Backpack to carry your gear & other things you might need during the day.
Reusable water bottle.
WHAT & WHERE WILL WE EAT?
Breakfast at our accommodations along the way & then along the way, as we go. If you find a restaurant you want to try, let us know!
I'M A VEGETARIAN OR HAVE ALLERGIES, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Let us know! It won't be a problem at all, but it is something that we need to know in advance.
HOW WILL THE WEATHER BE?
The Scotland climate varies considerably season-to-season & on a year-to-year basis. Having said that, the temperatures will range from 5-12 Celsius. Wind, precipitation, & maybe sun is to be expected. Pack layers!
WHO ARE YOU?
Our Scotland Workshop is open to 9 photography enthusiasts per group. We will focus on capturing the immense landscapes as well as dramatic, situational portraiture that surrounds us in here in these remarkable locations.
We will be providing a very small group experience. With three instructors, our ratio of 1:3 is very low. This means that we will be able to focus our attention & expertise on technique & locations, thereby making sure that our participants get the right shots.
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