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Wester Ross is home to some of the most impressive scenery in the British Isles - it has everything from rugged mountain scenery to stunning lochs and lochans, to beautifully remote beaches and plenty of amazing woodland. We will be based in Torridon, very close to Loch Maree – the Queen of Lochs – and Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.
Scots Pine and birch trees are prevalent in the area, the geology is a delight and the mountains are truly magnificent. There are also some wonderful beaches a little to our north that we will visit. We visit in late winter time in the hope of our visit coinciding with snow on the mountains, if not lower down - this makes the backdrop to many of our images all the most impressive.
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 try a few different techniques and approaches to photographing woodland, rock and water etc.
Our location photography is then developed during our digital skills sessions where we will show you some of the different techniques available when processing 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 trips, as it helps take the photographs shot on location through the digital darkroom, ready for print or web display. Lizzie and I will share our processing tips with you and are also on hand for support and questions post workshop. We believe this strikes a good 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 to compliment your photography out in the field.
Our workshops arecarefully planned and adpated to suit the conditions we experience. We like to work with our group to ensure we give you the best possible photo opportunities and are flexible in our approach to ensure you have a fulfilling and rewarding workshop. We also place great importance on our meals together and always seek hotels that can provide beautifully cooked meals.
This is a Tripod Travels workshop - running in conjunction with my good friend and super photographer Lizzie Shepherd. Lizzie and I have thoroughly enjoyed working together for several years now and I’ve included a link to her website here.
Please see below for more detailed information in question and answer format.
What is the cost of the workshop?
The hotel's nine rooms are a mixture of double and single rooms. If you'd like to book one of the two single rooms, the cost is £1730; for the larger double rooms the cost is £1850. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please let us know what you'd like when booking.
Where will we be staying?
We will be staying at the lovely Kinlochewe Hotel, where we will enjoy superb home cooked food and a fabulous bar.
How do I get there?
It's a fair old drive up to Kinlochewe, but there are many incredibly picturesque routes to choose from so, if you have time, driving is a lovely option. We will, however, be offering a pick up and drop off service from Inveness - times to be agreed but, based on current flights, we'd expect to pick up around 3.30/4.00pm on 23rd February and dropping off around 2.00pm on 1st March, to coincide with London flights.
What time will the workshop start and finish?
We will all meet up early evening on 23rd February, although if we are picking you up from the airport, we'll of course see you a little earlier in the day! The workshop will officially end after breakfast on 1st March, but those having a lift to the airport will be leaving early afternoon.
What level of photographer will this suit?
Photographers of any level are welcome - whether a beginner or with many years experience. With a small group of only 7-8 participants, and two tutors, there will be more than enough opportunity to cover everything from the basic skills of landscape photography (if required) to more advanced, creative techniques. We are there to give you as much help as you would like.
How much walking is involved?
Although there are plenty of locations within a short distance of the road, to make the most of what the area has to offer, we expect to do some longer walks of a few miles on occasion. A reasonable degree of fitness will help you get more out of the trip, but please ask, if in doubt.
Torridon & the beaches of Wester Ross FAQs
I have a query not covered here, who do I contact?
Please email Alex for any queries about this event. In an urgent need to contact him, please call his mobile on 07900 576 071.
Tuition with 2 professional & experienced photographers & tour leaders
Pick up and drop off from Inveness airport (specified flight times)
Transport to and from our base each day
6 nights en-suite B&B accommodation (no shared rooms)
Free Fotospeed A3 print of one of your images from the workshop
Carbon offset on your behalf
Loan of Lee Filters kit if required
Personal & insurance, main meals, drinks and other expenses