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Max Group Size: 4
Exertion Level: Moderate
Skill Level: All Welcome

Language: Italian/english

AT A GLANCE

Join me for an unforgettable experience around the Isle of Skye to discover its breath-taking wonders and most spectacular viewpoints.

We’ll get to the right place, at the right time, to ensure the best light for your photographs. You will discover the rugged majestic landscape of Skye, considered by many to be a photographer’s dream.

There is an amazingly diverse collection of landscape subjects, mountains, waterfalls, lighthouses, castles, beaches, fishing villages, and iconic rock formations. A true gem.

Due to the notorious fast-changing weather, the island is often wrapped in magic light, an ideal condition for landscape photography. The unmatched beauty of Skye, its atmosphere and the dramatic natural scenery will make you fall in love with this unique part of the world.

  • Dawn to dusk in field tuition
  • Image review and post-processing sessions
  • Lightroom & Photoshop Techniques
  • Advanced composition in landscape photography
  • Shooting against the light and flare control
  • Shooting with GND Filters (available in field)
  • Long exposure photography
  • Focus Stacking Technique
  • Lot of fun and unforgettable adventure
ONE QUIET MORNING
SOUND OF SILENCE
JURASSIC BAY
END OF THE DAY
QUESTION & ANSWER
FREEDOM
EVOCATION
THE WEB
LAST TOUCH
HEAVY WEATHER
BARRICADES
LOST IN TIME
INFERNO
REBIRTH
WATERCOLORS
TRANSITION

DISCOVER THE ROUGH BEAUTY OF SKYE

THE ISLAND OF SUBLIME NATURE

WORKSHOP IN-DEPTH

Spark your creativity.

My photo workshops are designed to be an extraordinary fun and learning experience. The goal is not only to improve your technical skills as a photographer but mainly and foremost to boost your visual skills as an artist. Creativity is at the heart of what I do.

Small groups for total attention.

The tours are aimed at everybody, from beginners looking for advice such as composition, metering, depth of field, etc, and through to advanced photographers wishing only to share their knowledge with other photographers and be guided to locations for new shooting opportunities. Small groups will guarantee total attention, support and feedback at each location we visit.

Flexible timetable and post-processing sessions.

The timetable is flexible and may depend on local weather conditions, but generally, the tour will be something like this:
Most days we’ll start early in the morning to reach our destination before sunrise. Here we have a couple of hours shooting session (if possible in more than one locations) after which we will head back to our guesthouse for a well-deserved full Scottish breakfast. The day will continue with either master classes about post-processing technique or driving to our next destination for sunset, depending on distance and weather conditions.

Push boundaries.

Unscheduled stops at the suggestion of a participant are always welcomed to allow photographs to be taken during our tours, as long as there is enough time and everyone agrees to do so. I myself have found many unexpected stunning photographs down the road while driving, as the Isle of Skye can reveal surprising wonders just at every turn, especially because of its ever-changing light. After all, this is the true essence of adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR INCLUDE:

Neist Point Lighthouse

Probably the most popular location to shoot a gorgeous sunset overlooking the Outer Hebrides, Neist Point is the most westerly point on Skye. We will be shooting the iconic view of the lighthouse and the famous rock formations from a nearby hilltop at sunset. The view is absolutely breathtaking and there are plenty of locations to set up for a variety of different compositions, either you decide to shoot with a wide-angle and include the interesting foreground, or with a telelens for a more compressed perspective.

Neist Point Lighthouse

The legendary Elgol beach

One of my favorite locations in the whole of Scotland. The legendary beach of Elgol is definitely worth the long drive. A unique stunning location with the majestic Cuillin Mountain ridge on the background. Photographic opportunities here are nearly endless, ranging from close-ups of rounded stones, patterns and rock textures, long exposures of crashing waves on the rocks, and the incredible variety of rock formation itself give no limits to your imagination. We will be shooting this location starting way before sunset.

Elgol Beach

The Old Man of Storr

The most popular destination on the Isle of Skye, the Storr is also one of Scotland’s most iconic places. Part of the Trotternish Ridge, the rocky jagged pinnacles were created by an ancient landslide that forged one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. The Old Man of Storr quite deserves its fame and is considered by many one of the most spectacular sights in the world. The viewpoint for the best shot is located a short walk past the rock pinnacles, from where you can see the stunning Sound of Raasay in the background. Once on the top, you will be rewarded with epic views all around.

Old man of Storr

Loch Fada

An excellent location which offers lovely reflections of the Old Man of Storr from the south end of the loch. This location is perfect for shooting both with a wideangle and a telephoto lens, and with a bit of luck we may find boats on the lake for an interesting foreground. We are going to want to be still weather for the best reflections, so this must be planned according to weather conditions.

Loch Fada

Talisker Bay

Talisker Bay is set in a dramatic scenery reminiscent of Jurassic age. The top of the beach is covered in rounded black rocks of all sizes, which are in sharp contrast to the silver sands and represent an amazing foreground to work with. From a landscape photography perspective, the bay offers countless opportunities and is renowned for its sunsets. It is best visited at low tide when a large white sandy beach is exposed. There is both black and white on the beach, often blended by the burns flowing out to create beautiful patterns.

Talisker Beach

The Quiraing

The Quiraing is my favorite place on the Isle of Skye. Raw nature at its best and heaven for a landscape photographer. Part of the Trotternish Ridge escarpment formed by multiple ancient landslips, the Quiraing is the only part of the slip still moving and today features rugged cliffs, green valleys, shimmering lochs, and great stone walls. The area offers spectacular views in nearly every direction from wherever you are on the trail. Experiencing a sunrise up here is absolutely not to be missed. As a landscape photographer, you really couldn’t ask for better.

Sunrise at Quiraing

Fairy Pools

Located at the feet of the Black Cuillins Mountains, the Fairy Pools are natural pools fed by mountain streams and created by the River Brittle, whose waters have incredible transparency and color. The 20 minutes walk takes you along a series of natural pools with crystal clear water that cuts its way through the rocky area and creates a lot of small waterfalls which build stunning contrast to the surrounding mountainscape. The emerald and turquoise waters create a fairy-like scenery which is exceptionally suitable for long exposure photography.

Fairy Pools

Sligachan

Sligachan is the crossroads of the island and as such an easy spot to photograph where it’s worth stopping as there are a number of excellent photo locations in the area. The old stone bridge over the river with the Cuillin Mountains in the background is a classic, yet extremely interesting shot. There are also other impressive hills just behind the bridge, such as the triangle-shaped Glamaig, which is incredibly photogenic.

Sligachan landscape

Eilean Donan Castle

Although not exactly on the Isle of Skye, the castle of Eilean Donan needs no introduction. It is probably the most renowed icon of Scotland and it’s only a short drive outside the island just passed the Skye Bridge so we will head to Kyle of Lochalsh for a sunset photograph of one of the most photographed castles in the world.

Eilean Donan Castle

PUSH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TO NEW HEIGHTS

To help participants improve their photographic skills, you are encouraged to explore each location we visit and to find your own viewpoints and compositions. You will be given assistance to capture the photograph and supported with technical and artistic tips.

The precise locations of most outings will be determined day-to-day according to seasonal developments and weather conditions in order to maximize the photographic potential of each day. Some venues indeed can be more interesting with particular weather conditions such as mist, others with clouds and so on. However, we will visit all the places aforementioned, weather permitting.

I am passionate about what I do and spend a lot of time into planning a workshop in order to ensure that everyone has a great experience and is able to make the most of the photographic opportunities and tuition.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Pick up/drop off at Glasgow airport
  • All transports & fuel during the tour
  • Booking of all accomodation
  • Tuition in & out of the field
  • Post-processing sessions

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • Travel expenses to/from Glasgow
  • Personal & travel insurance
  • Equipment insurance
  • Accomodation
  • Food, drinks & extras

WHAT TO BRING

Following is a list of recommended gear and wear for this workshop on the Isle of Skye.

GEAR:

  • SLR or Mirrorless Camera.
  • Tripod and Remote Shutter Release.
  • Head torch, spare batteries, memory cards, battery charger.
  • Wide angle Lens (for example 14-24 mm). This is the most useful lens to have on Skye.
  • Middle Zoom Lens (for example 24-70 mm). Best lens for a wide range of subjects.
  • Telephoto Lens (for example 70-200 mm. Be sure to bring additional tripod mount to this lens)
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters and/or ND Filters for long exposure. These filters are an essential tool for a landscape photographer. However, they are not mandatory. A set of GND and ND filters will be available for participants during the workshop.
  • Laptop for post-processing.

 

WEAR:

  • Rainproof/windproof jacket.
  • Rainproof pants.
  • Warm hat and gloves.
  • Waterproof boots or Wellies. These are especially recommended as ground can be very boggy in some locations or conditions.
  • Casual clothes.

ACCOMODATION

Comfort is a priority

Since I believe comfort is of primary importance, during this workshop on the Isle of Skye we will stay in quality Hotels, Inns, B&B or self catering guest house. All rooms are single occupancy en-suite, unless otherwise required. You are kindly requested to inform about the type of accomodation preferred, be it shared or single occupancy so that we can make appropriate reservations accordingly.

THE TUTOR

GUIDO TRAMONTANO GUERRITORE

Guido is a photographer with 20 years of experience and over 16 years in Fine Art Landscape Photography. He has always been an advocate of knowledge sharing and a keen teacher. He regularly teaches classes and gives lectures about composition and techniques concerning landscape photography in schools and private organisations. He believes though that the best way to learn and improve skills is practicing in the field with the assistance of an expert photographer’s mentoring. This ensures a much faster and pleasant learning curve. His landscape photography workshops are a full immersion aimed at providing all participants the best support possible throughout the entire course length. The small group number of participants, typically 2 to 4 people, ensures continuous and tailored tuition, both in the field and out of it.

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