This workshop is designed specifically for people new to landscape photography and provides an intensive mix of classroom and location-based tuition on the unique Isle of Skye. The workshop will benefit most those photographers who are keen to learn new technical skills with their digital camera that will then enable them to develop a more creative eye and move beyond taking a snapshot of the view at a location.
It is also ideal for anyone who wants to understand more about how to use their digital camera away from the automatic settings. It will also appeal to those who want to follow up that knowledge with expert tuition on the compositional side of landscape photography, enabling them to learn new skills that bring a more individual approach to the photographs they make.
This is a structured workshop covering the entire technical and creative process from finding and making the photograph out on location to converting the RAW file and then producing an exhibition quality print to take home with you.
You may be completely new to landscape photography and fear the thought of apertures, shutter speeds, white balances and RAW settings. But don’t worry, the workshop starts right at the beginning and you do not need any prior knowledge to get the most from the tuition, just a keenness to learn.
Alternatively, you may have already started to enjoy taking more control of the camera settings and now want reassurance that you are using your camera and filters correctly and are ready to start exploring all the really enjoyable aspects of making creative landscape photographs that are unique to you.
My five-day Introduction to Creative Landscape Photography Workshop in the Isle of Skye costs £995. This includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, four nights bed and breakfast in a comfortable room to yourself, a print of your favourite photograph on exhibition-quality paper, followed by unlimited email and telephone back-up afterwards. The deposit is £295 and the balance is due eight weeks before the starting date.
Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks from the bar.
We are based in Glen Sligachan and it would be hard to find a more breath-taking setting. Here the Cuillin Mountains provide a backdrop for one of the most striking and rewarding locations in Britain for landscape photography. This is a true Highland landscape that is constantly changing under relentless weather systems and dramatic photographic light. We'll be staying at the Sligachan Hotel at the entrance to the glen. The hotel has been a destination for lovers of wild Highland scenery for 175 years and has remained in the same family since 1912. It has been recently modernised and offers good-quality, warm accommodation.
The workshop runs over five days. We start on Sunday at 4pm and finish around 4pm on Thursday. If you have taken a week to visit the Scottish Highlands, this leaves you time to continue exploring this unique landscape and to put into practice what you have learned.
During the first section of the workshop the emphasis is on the technical side of landscape photography. You will gain a real understanding for the aperture and shutter speed settings and what depth of field is and how to achieve it in your images. When you learn how to take more control of the technical decisions, rather than letting the camera decide, your images improve significantly and your photography will become more creative and satisfying. The less you resort to your camera's automatic mode and use its manual settings instead, then the more individual to you your images become.
Next you'll learn how to set up your camera so you can achieve its full potential. We look specifically at the difference between the two shooting formats, RAW and Jpeg and learn why RAW is nearly always preferable, especially if you want to eventually produce your own prints. We'll examine the white balance settings and how RAW gives us far greater control over the vital colour temperature and exposure of our images.
We also concentrate on the different light meter options and you will gain a real understanding for using the histogram to obtain exposures that record all the available detail. This section is rounded off by explaining what the ISO settings are and which are the most suitable for landscapes.
We then head out on location to put it all into practice, while also learning how to focus the image correctly to gain the maximum amount of sharpness. We will explore the crucial use of filters in landscape photography, learning when and how to use neutral density graduated filters to control excessive contrast range and how a polariser can have a significant effect on the saturation and clarity of our images.
With the technical side studied, we move on to explore the fascinating creative aspects of landscape photography and learn how it’s the eye behind the camera that really counts. All the photographic equipment money can buy will not create successful photographs for you, so we look at how to find the subject of our photograph in the first place and then examine in detail how we can use elements within the landscape to create successful compositions.
An important aspect of every workshop is when we review the images made out on location using a digital projector and large display screen. This enables you to receive constructive feedback on the photographs you have made, highlighting the successful ones, but also identifying mistakes that can then be rectified when we head back out again.
The final section covers how to set up your computer to get the most from your digital photography, plus the options available for imaging software and how to convert your RAW images. Garry then produces a professional-quality print on Hahnemuehle fine art paper of your favourite image made out on location for you to take home.
The group size is never more than five photographers, whereas other courses, workshops and tours often have many more. This smaller group size means you will receive more personal tuition out on location, plus we can visit more varied locations and have more elbow room when we get there. At the location you'll not line up to take the same photograph as the people standing next to you. Instead you'll be encouraged and shown how to develop your own creative style and make photographs that are unique to you.
Also included in the workshop fee is unlimited follow-up email and telephone advice, plus a mentoring service free of charge. It's a combination that has been successful over the last 12 years, with a substantial number of photographers returning for further courses at different destinations as they look to develop their skills further.
I have many years’ experience of teaching landscape photography workshops in upland and coastal landscapes in Britain and Ireland and have also spent considerable time exploring and researching a large portfolio of varied locations to take photographers to. In addition to some of the well-known destinations, we'll also visit other hand-picked places that are off the beaten track and chosen specifically to match the weather conditions at the time.
The workshop is not nine to five. There will be opportunities to make photographs at dawn, then after a break following breakfast we enjoy a busy day full of photography and tuition followed by a relaxing evening talking all about it. Because we are not a photo-tour that rushes from one location to another, you will have the time to explore and enjoy each location's potential. We'll aim to have a minimum of two hours there and often longer.
Yes. It’s not easy to be objective about your own images, so one of the main ways to improve as a photographer is by putting yourself back into the position of the viewer and looking at other photographers' work. The reviews are usually in the evening and we then head back out the following day to put into practice what has been learned.
The majority of my time out on location is spent working alongside each photographer giving tuition on a one-to-one basis. As part of that teaching process, I use my camera as a practical way of demonstrating the compositional and technical process I go through to achieve my photographs and to also illustrate a location’s potential.
Either a digital SLR or digital compact system camera with interchangeable lenses: wide-angle and telephoto.
You will need a sturdy tripod, although we will also be exploring what can be achieved using the camera hand-held. Please contact me before the course for advice on the best buys.
Yes. Ideally you will already know how to transfer your photographs from the camera on to your laptop using either Photoshop or Lightroom and be able to select the ones you want and copy them on to a memory stick for the review sessions.
Yes, you’ll need a set of neutral density graduated filters. Please contact me before the workshop for advice on the best buys.
We still head out in the wind and rain, often with me uttering: "There's no such thing as bad light, just an inflexible photographer." Some of my favourite photographs are the ones that I had to craft because of the difficult weather conditions. However, after more than ten years of working in Britain's upland and coastal landscapes I know there will be periods when we just cannot get out, so our time indoors will be put to good use reviewing photographs, working on composition and looking at software techniques. I also bring along a wide selection of photobooks, so we are always immersed in photography whatever the weather.
We'll not be climbing mountains. Most of the walks to locations are short and on the flat, although some of the places we visit are away from the main paths and this means the terrain can be uneven or boggy and occasionally uphill.
Email or phone 01748 821041 to check the place you want is still available and I will then send booking details.
Either by internet banking or cheque.
http://www.sligachan.co.uk (off site link)
I learned more on this introductory workshop than all the magazine articles I have read and other courses I have attended, put together. The time you are prepared to spend with people out on location working with them one-to-one made it great value for money.
Just a quick line to say what a wonderful four days I've experienced with you. The workshop gave me just what I wanted...a great leap forward in technical ability and a new way of looking at making images. So thank you for your patience, good humour, and most of all your ability to put over your enthusiasm and expertise in such an understandable way.
A very big thank you for your excellent tuition and patience. You are a great teacher and I got far more out of these few days than I have from seven weeks of evening classes.
The workshop was more than value for money. If you compare similar workshops, you will find that Garry’s is one of the most reasonably priced, and having experienced others, his is by far the more superior.