Glencoe Photographic Workshops

Saturday 6th March 2010 to Monday 8th March 2010 - 0 spaces left

Friday 2nd April 2010 to Sunday 4th April 2010 - 0 spaces left


Glencoe and the surrounding areas provide some of the most beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer. The area has captivated photographers for years with its diverse range of landscapes which include the iconic views of Buachaille Etive Mor from the River Coupall, the wild and desolate beauty of Rannoch Moor, and the immense scale and grandeur of Glen Etive.

Even in turbulent weather conditions, there is a certain mood and atmosphere represented here that few other locations can better. Watch as the light transforms the landscape and you will be amazed at how quickly scenes change during breaks in the weather. It is often during situations like these when the most dramatic photographs are captured.

In the winter months the overnight frost and clear air provide a magical sense of tranquility around the hours of sunrise when the morning sunlight bathes the landscape, and the stunning snow-capped peaks provide a memorable backdrop.

The session commences at 10am on the first day and ends at sunset on the final day. It is aimed primarily for beginner DSLR users who are looking to learn about landscape photography while getting the best out of their equipment. It is also ideal for intermediates who may wish to improve on their existing skills while experiencing new photographic locations.

The trip will include photographic excursions to a variety of stunning locations which will include Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Etive, Lochan na h-Achlaise and of course Glencoe.

Overall the course will be quite intensive and apart from breaks for meals we will be out in the field as much as possible in the hours of daylight and civil twilight, early morning rises will be required!

Ultimately the itinery will evolve according to the conditions that present themselves to us however each shoot will be planned so that we are visiting the location at the best time of day allowing for the best light (if the weather is kind to us!)

Most of the locations in our itinery will involve short walks no more than 15 minutes from the road. We will be walking mainly on boggy moorland therefore waterproof footwear with good support around the ankles is an absolute must.

While in the field I can offer practical advice regarding composition, camera settings, and getting the best from filters. After sunset there will be scope for informal sessions with photoshop aimed at improving post processing workflows, discussions regarding composition and technique, open sessions for constructive criticism, and also time to chill and relax.


Our base for the duration of the trip will be the Kings House Hotel which is on the doorstep of the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor. Facilities are basic and comfortable and this is a perfect location for access to many photogenic sites.


£100 (private single room, shared facilities) or,
£150 (private double room, ensuite facilities)

The workshop is self catering, typically we will have breakfast at the hotel after a sunrise shoot, lunch in the field and dinner at a nearby hotel/pub.


What's included in the price?
- 2 nights accomodation (first and second night), tuition, and transport around the area to photographic locations.

What's not included in the price?
- Insurance, meals, transfers to and from the workshop's base location.

What camera equipment is recommended?
- There is no real need to spend a fortune on gear for this trip however I feel that participants would benefit greatly from a sturdy tripod, a remote cable release, a weatherproof camera bag, at least one lens with a focal range between 18-55mm, and plenty of memory cards.

What clothing is required?
- The weather in Glencoe and the surrounding area is very unpredictable at this time of year therefore warm and weatherproof clothing is an absolute must. Sturdy and waterproof footwear with good support around the ankles is also essential as we will be walking over undefined paths or boggy ground.

How do I book?
- A deposit of £50 is required to secure your place on the workshop with the outstanding balance payable 6 weeks prior to the tour date. Please contact me to request a booking form. All terms and conditions will be specified on the form.

How many participants will there be?
- In order to ensure a more personal service, there will be no more than 3 participants per workshop. This allows us to travel around together.

Anything else?
- If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.


Alasdair McIntosh
"The weather didn't play ball during the Glencoe trip but this didn't deter David's enthusiasm. We visited places where spectacular light and enormous skies were less important. He showed me all the little details in the land I never even knew existed and took me to locations that I'll be able to revisit in better light with the confidence to do the scene justice. His meticulous planning and perseverance for interesting skies paid off on the last morning where the surrounding mountains parted the clouds enough for us to capture some colour in the sky."

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