Autumn in Ardnamurchan – 6 day / 7 night photography workshop
Dates: 19th – 26th October 2024
Price: £1395 – Deposit £200 balance due 8 weeks before workshop.
Duration: 6 days / 7 nights
Max Group Size: 4 – 6
The accommodation is suitable for 4 people travelling on their own, but there is also the option for 2 couples to share two of the rooms. If you are travelling as a couple the total cost for two will be £1395 plus an extra £650, making the total price for two £2045. This is based on two sharing a double or twin room with ensuite shower and toilet. If you would like to book as a couple please email me to make your booking
7 nights self catering in a luxurious loch side house. The accommodation sleeps 10 in 5 ensuite bedrooms, 4 with super king sized beds and 1 twin room. All rooms have their own ensuite shower and toilet – there are no shared rooms or facilities. The house has a beautiful loch side location on the edge of Loch Ailort. It is very well appointed with a large lounge, kitchen, dining for 10 plus outside terraced areas and a games room with pool table and table tennis.
Linen and towels are provided
Breakfast is included – this will be a mixture of cereal, toast and cooked breakfast on a self catering basis.
Some packed lunches on the days where cafes are not available.
6 days photography tuition
Loan of filter kits if required
Some transport between locations.
Transport to Scotland
Meals aside from breakfast and some packed lunches.
A fantastic opportunity to explore a remote but beautiful part of Scotland. The Ardnamurchan peninsula is the UK’s most westerly mainland point. It is a is a quiet, rugged landscape of lochs, ancient Atlantic oakwoods, volcanic landscapes and stunning beaches. The workshop will be based in Moidart one of 5 areas of land comprising Ardgour, Moidart, Morvern, Sunart and Ardnamurchan. We will be working in Moidart, Sunart and Ardnamurchan as well as the area to the north which includes Arising, Morar and Mallaig. Locations will include:
Loch Moidar and Castle Tioram (pronounced Cheerum)
River Sheil for its old bridge and autumn colours
Ariundle Oakwoods National Nature Reserve which comprises some of the best preserved areas of Atlantic Oak woods in the country.
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse – the most westerly point on mainland Britain.
The fabulous white sandy beaches at Santa Bay, Portuairk and Bay MacNeil.
Arisaig and Morar with their aqua seas and fabulous beaches including Camusdarach beach made famous in the 80’s film Local Hero.
Loch Sunart, a tranquil area with some wonderful rocky bays and inlets.
The photography side of the workshop will be accompanied by some time with the computer looking at post processing using Lightroom and Photoshop. We will cover workflow and how to get the best from your images as well as looking at some more advanced techniques including panoramas, bracketing and focus stacking. I am keen to promote a relaxed and informal atmosphere on my workshops and there will be plenty of time for group discussion and image review.
The format of each day will vary depending on the weather and locations but we aim to take sunrise (8am) and sunset (6pm). Dinner in the evening will be on location in a pub, either locally or in Arisaig. Due to the remote location there are not many local eateries so we may be visiting the same establishment on several occasions.
Why choose a Scotland workshop with me?
I have been coming to Scotland annually for the last 15 years. It is somewhere I feel a complete affinity for and somewhere I have got to know really well. It is a landscape that inspires me and one that I love to photograph.
This workshop is based in a large shared house which I feel is an ideal way to explore the Highlands. Breakfast can be as early or as late as we need it to be and we have more flexibility than we would have in a hotel. The reception areas provide a comfortable environment for relaxed evenings of image sharing and post processing as well as complete relaxation or even a game of pool or table tennis.
This workshop will be a small group of 4 – 6 and the whole session will be run on a relaxed basis with the emphasis on fun and great photography. At the heart of all my workshops is the joy that being out in the natural world brings.
My workshops are relaxed, fun fill sessions that forge friendships and inspire creativity.
We will meet at the accommodation in the afternoon of Saturday 19th October and the workshop will finish after breakfast on 26th October.
This workshop is suitable for all no matter what level you are at photographically or what camera you use. The aim is to get to know a beautiful location with a group of like minded individuals. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 participants with two tutors allowing plenty of individual attention for all. We will cover a range of photographic techniques and will be taking in some diverse locations giving a stimulating few days whatever your ability.
There is some walking required at some of the locations but no more than about 30 mins for any situation. Where there is a walk it is not strenuous and there are no hills or mountains to climb.
What to bring
You will need your camera, a selection of lenses preferably a wide angle and a telephoto, a tripod, memory cards and space batteries. If you have filters please bring them. If you don’t you are welcome to borrow some for the session. It will also be advantageous to bring a lap top if you have one. This will allow you to take advantage of some post processing tuition.
You will also need some good outdoor clothing, a waterproof coat, waterproof over trousers and some good walking boots.
If you would like a more detailed itinerary or have any questions please email me for more information.