The Isles of Lewis and Harris offer a wonderful variety of scenery and subject matter for the photographer, with rugged cliffs and sea stacks, white sandy beaches, impossibly blue seas and windswept moorland; and sometimes, the most incredible display of light and colour.
We will be based in a lovely and comfortable hotel in Tarbert on Harris, giving us reasonably easy access to Lewis in the north, as well as the sandy beaches of south west, Harris and the lunar landscape of the Golden Road to the south east.
Our workshop is designed to offer a balance between visiting a variety of locations, learning the technical skills you require and looking carefully at creative interpretation of a scene.
We will experience the ever changing light and colour at dawn and dusk, as well as learning how to get the best out of the light at all times of day. You will undoubtedly see some great vistas but we will also be concentrating on the smaller, more intimate details to be found within the landscape - looking at ways of capturing our surroundings with more abstract interpretations, helping you to get out of your comfort zone and try a few different techniques and approaches to photographing this wonderful location.
We will also provide a digital skills sessions where we will show you the fundamental techniques required to process your photographs, including exposure blending, using layers and masks and how to work efficiently in both Lightroom and Photoshop. The emphasis is on encouraging group discussion and lively debate between all participants and we will also use this time to look over and review some of the photographs from our outings.
This has proved a very popular part of our workshops, as it helps take the photographs shot on location through the digital darkroom, ready for print or web display.
We believe this offers a full and comprehensive workshop that strikes a balance between shooting on location and practical help with the necessary post production side so that you can leave with a wealth of new knowledge and skills.
This is a Tripod Travels Photo Tour workshop run in with my good friend and felow landscape photograper Lizzie Shepherd. Lizzie and I have thoroughly enjoyed working together for several years now and share a similar passion for the landscape with often different ways of capturing it which, we feel, offers a broad creative resource for you to draw upon when needed.
Spring 2019 Harris & Lewis Landscape Photography Workshop FAQs
How to get to Harris & Lewis & away
Our suggested flights are with BA, Flybe or LoganAir - there are several airports around the country which have flights (typically via Glasgow) to Stornaway. Sometimes the airlines do a deal with each other and you can, for example, get a BA flight to Stornoway from Gatwick which includes the Glasgow to Stornoway leg with Logan Air, which saves booking two seperate flights. Check the operators to see what they have on offer.
Then for departure, we will be taking the flight which leaves Stornaway at around midday to Glasgow.
If you don't fly, then getting to Harris involves a ferry crossing to Stornaway (about 1 hour’s drive from Tarbert). Ferries go from Uig on the Isle of Sky to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, but also from Ullapool to Stornoway on Lewis.
Our plan is to designate a flight on which as many of us as possible can travel and then we will drive everyone down to the hotel from the airport at Stornoway.
However, please do consult with us if you’d like a little more information and advice on travel options. If any participants are travelling from the same part of the country, then we will endeavour to put you in touch with each other to help further with transport.
If it’s Fully booked what can I do?
Please get in touch via email or telephone and we can put you on the reserve list. If a place becomes available we'll let you know.
27th April - 1st May, 2019
6 days tuition with 2 professional & experienced photographers
pick up and drop off from Stornoway airport (specified flight time)
transport to and from our base each day
5 nights en-suite accommodation (no shared rooms)
full Scottish breakfast
Transport to the Outer Hebrides, insurance, main meals, drinks and other expenses