Scotland Photography Workshops
Landscape Photography; Master the Craft
Landscape photography tuition on a private basis for individuals and small groups.
A photography workshop gives you the chance to develop a clear vision of what you want to capture, and how to do so.
Tuition is always tailored to the needs of the individual, and takes place in stunning locations that always have plenty of inspiration to offer.
In the Highlands of Scotland we are spoiled for choice when it comes to dramatic scenery. Together we’ll explore inspiring locations that make the heart sing.
Before your workshop we will have a detailed discussion about your photography experience to date and your key learning outcomes.
It Only Begins Here
I’m a big believer in long term learning and maintaining contact with my students. I’m happy to offer continued feedback and advice as you continue to gain experience after our workshop.
What and How I Teach:
I believe that the skill of landscape photography is 1% cameras and 99% understanding the landscape. But the confusing technicalities of our cameras often stop us unlocking our true vision.
On most workshops we therefore begin by understanding the camera. I want to get you to a point where you are so confident in using your camera that you can forget about it. With confidence in every shot, you can keep your attention on the land itself. On what’s happening, and what’s going to happen next.
We will discuss what we are looking for in a great photo, and how to be there at the right place and time. When we find these moments, I’ll show you simple and practical techniques for composing and capturing great shots that work reliably in many situations. Once you are equipped with this knowledge you can practise for yourself, and then build your own style as you continue to progress.
Prior to your workshop we will have a discussion about your personal learning desires for the day so I can deliver the right balance for your needs.
On a typical workshop our discussion and learning points usually include:
- Technical Fundamentals
- Colour, Contrast and Composition
- The Landscape – Light, Weather, Season and Location
I will consistently seek your feedback and input throughout the day to ensure that you are getting the learning you want.
What a joy to spend time in the forest with David, learning some new technical and creative skills. We talked about how to leverage layers and contrast to build interesting compositions in an environment that can so often seem noisy and dazzling with detail. Despite having to really work the “soft” light I learned new things and enjoyed the quiet of the outdoors with a knowledgeable photographer and guide.
Excellent day out with David today. Relaxed and supportive teaching style personalised to our needs. Just a joy to be out and about in such a stunning location.
We shared the day with David and it was magical. My husband is a professional photographer and David knew all of the perfect places to visit with photographer’s light and composition in mind. He was knowledgeable of all of the flora and fauna of the Caingorm area.
David is a true professional and an absolutely excellent guide. Thank you David for our day of magic.
My wife bought me a two day trip with David for my “special birthday”. Despite the inclement weather David was able to turn a couple of days walking and camping into a Landscape Photography Masterclass. His thoughtful explanations of how to take great photos in typical Scottish autumnal weather increased my excitement to capture the mood and nature of the countryside.
Workshops can take place throughout the Highlands and even Islands.
Potential areas include:
Cairngorms, Skye, Torridon, Assynt, Hebrides, Perthshire, Glencoe, Fort William, Ardnamurchan, Knoydart and more.
I prefer to work with small groups. This allows me to ensure that everyone gets the full benefit of my attention during the workshop. I frequently work with individuals, couples and families. If you have a larger group please contact me to discuss.
How Physical Will it Be?
I am happy to offer workshops tailored to your personal needs. That means it can be as physically easy or challenging as you like; from strolling on flat trails to hiking to mountain summits. On most workshops we do easy walking with some off-path exploration. A good sense of balance is handy when off path in the rough to reach those must-get compositions.
I love to teach and to introduce people to the wonder of the Scottish landscape. I have fifteen years experience as a landscape photographer and ten years as a guide. In that time I’ve worked with hundreds of people from many different countries and all walks of life.