Isle of Skye Landscape Photography Tour | 29 January - 4 February 2023
A five day photography tour of the stunning landscape of the Isle of Skye as well as the surrounding area
Join me for a fabulous photography tour and workshop on the Isle of Skye in Scotland during the late Winter of 2023. The photography tour is centred on the island where our base is in the village of Broadford. We will use our base to photograph the stunning scenery of the Isle of Skye as well as the surrounding Scottish Highlands landscape and lochs.
During February, the area around the Isle of Skye is likely to have some dramatic skies to couple with the scenery so be prepared for changeable but photogenic weather.
Our stay is based in the village of Portree in the centre of the island. If inclement weather sets in on the Isle of Skye then we can also venture to the area on the mainland. Double rooms are provided with breakfast.
Highlights of the photography tour, other than the endless mountainous scenery, will be the Trotternish Ridge, the Fairy Pools and the Old Man of Storr as well as other places such as on the mainland if the weather forces us to change plans.
A Typical Photo Tour Itinerary of the Isle of Skye in winter
During January the average time of sunrise is 0830am whilst sunset is around 400pm. During our photo tour, we will have breakfast before heading out to catch the sunrise.
After sunrise, we continue until lunchtime either into the landscape or in woodland before breaking for lunch.
In the afternoon, we'll head back out again this time concentrating on photographing the landscapes. The day will finish with sunset then we'll head back to our base to eat dinner in the evening.
Photography techniques covered during the workshop
Out in the field
- Exposure and understanding of how to get the best out of the light
- Composition techniques to create balanced images
- Lens choice and focal length. Typically people head for the wide-angle in a landscape but up in the mountains telephoto lenses are also heavily used.
- Panoramic photography. How to best compose the beautiful panoramas that we'll see during the photography tour
- Using Adobe Lightroom or Camera Raw to process our images
- Using luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop
- Colour correction
- Stitching panoramic images
Where do I meet you?
We will all meet at the Portree at 15:00 on the 29th January 2023.
Is it cold on the Isle of Skye in February?
In February temperatures can reach below freezing. You'll need to ensure that you have clothing that will keep you warm from the inevitable cold and wind chill that we will be experiencing during our days out.
What clothing should I bring?
Make sure you bring good quality footwear as well as warm socks. The wind chill is likely to be a factor as if we are standing around waiting for the most opportune light then you'll need to make sure you have the appropriate clothing such as a down jacket to deal with this. Don't forget the all-important base and mid-layers too. A good pair of trousers to ensure that your legs are kept warm. I usually put my Paramo Cascada trousers on to help against the cold. Lastly, make sure a good quality hat and gloves are part of your wardrobe.
Good, sturdy walking shoes that are waterproof are perfect for the terrain that we'll be working in on our photo tour. Places can be wet underfoot and so making sure your feet are protected is one of your priorities.
What camera kit should I bring?
A wide-angle lens (16-35mm) and medium zoom (24-70mm) are the lenses we'll be using the most. A longer zoom (70-300) will be useful to cover most compositional eventualities that we may need to isolate. The most used lens will likely be in the 24-70mm range as a super wide angle can create the pancake effect on the mountainous landscape, so make sure this focal length is covered.
Do I need a computer?
Although not essential, it's a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with me.
What computer support do you give?
I try and make a point of helping those that need it in digital photography. If inclement weather or tiredness takes hold it can help to have a computer session to assess our progress.
How do I pay?
It's easy! Just use the Paypal buttons below to checkout. The balance will be due 8 weeks before the start of the photography tour/ workshop. You can always decide to pay the full amount upfront too if you wish.