The Highlands of Scotland provide the perfect setting for a landscape photography workshop. Join me, Dean Allan, and learn photography on my 5-day course in Torridon and Wester Ross, the heart of Scotland’s North West Highlands.
There is a pleasure to be found in taking a good photograph of any place, but our greatest satisfaction is in the sense of discovery enjoyed when we experience something for the first time – a new location, some rare weather phenomenon, or simply just a new way of looking at a scene we have loved for years. It is forging a deeper connection with what is around us. To do that, we need to be out there just a little longer, to explore just a little farther, the next photograph is always the best one.
Wester Ross in the North West Highlands has, what I consider, to have some of the best locations in Scotland. It’s the combination of remoteness, distance from population centres and importantly, the character of the landscape. Diverse, angular mountains with deep glens and fjords run out to sea.
The Wester Ross region has some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery on any part of the Scottish Highlands, and its very remoteness means that it is relatively quiet and peaceful even at the height of the summer months. It is perfectly possible to spend an entire day walking without ever seeing another person on the hill beside you, and during that day you may be able to catch sight of eagles, deer, pine marten, dragonflies, and other rare animals and insects.
Torridon & Wester Ross is an area of incredible beauty and limitless possibilities for the landscape photographer. With rugged mountains, sweeping glens and beautiful lochs, there are a myriad of breathtaking views and no matter the weather, you’ll have beauty to enjoy.
When tourists head towards Scotland’s wonderful north-west coast, most turn left at the Kyle of Lochalsh and head over the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye. And that’s no surprise, for Skye is a marvel; magnificent scenery, wonderful walks, and the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine. But those who follow the tourist route to Skye may be missing one of Britain’s secret gems – the glorious region of Torridon & Wester Ross.
Let us simply say that this area of Scotland has beauty, peace, and a sense of living on the edge of Europe which can only begin to be appreciated by as casual visit along some of the many small roads and villages dotted along our coastline.
It’s a unique area with it’s mosaic of landscapes, some of the highest mountains in the UK, through moorland and ancient pinewoods, down to lowland deciduous woodland, deep glens and deserted beaches.
So, do you fancy the chance of capturing some of the most spectacular scenery the British Isles has to offer?
I am offering the opportunity to join me on a journey which will take you to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles.
Quintessential Highland country such as this, with breathtaking emptiness, a wild, fragile beauty and single-track roads, is a rarity on the modern, crowded, highly urbanised island of Britain. You could get lost up here for weeks – and that still wouldn’t be enough time.
Whether in blazing sunshine or murky greyness, the character of the land is totally unique and constantly changing – for that window of time in which you can glimpse it, you’ll capture an exclusive snapshot of this ancient area in your mind.
The Iconic mountains such as Liathach, Beinn Eighe & the Torridon Hills will provide a stunning backdrop to our pictures. The Torridon Hills are among the most spectacular peaks in the British Isles and made of some of the oldest rocks in the world and sit on the even older rocks, Lewisian gneiss. Some of the older peaks, such as Beinn Eighe are crowned by white Cambrian quartzite which contain fossilised worm burrows and dates back to circa 500 million years old. This area is particularly rich for opportunities, with its mountains, lochs, beaches and seascapes.
Wester Ross is situated amongst some of the wildest and most remote scenery in the United Kingdom. The area is dominated by spectacular mountain scenery. We will have plenty of opportunities to explore and photograph the ancient caledonian forestry. The marvellous scots pine and autumn birch trees will certainly be a feature in the workshop.
During the evenings, we will enjoy looking back over your images shot on location in the digital darkroom. Here, we will look at the techniques used in Lightroom and Photoshop to process your images ready for display. I will be there to help and support you through the post-production process and I will be happy to show you processing techniques such as exposure blending, using layers and masks. These evening sessions will be a balance between the days shoot and the post-processing. I always encourage a positive group discussion so that you will all leave the week having gathered a wealth of knowledge and new skills.
This photography workshop is very relaxed and I hope photographing this amazing landscape will leave you feeling fulfilled and rewarded.
Torridon & Wester Ross; these are areas of Scotland that have no equal anywhere else on this planet. Mountains, glens, lochs and stunning locations are all waiting to be discovered. Combined with my in-depth experience of the area and superb autumnal light, it can only be a recipe for photographic indulgence. Autumnal days add drama, beauty and tranquillity to this rugged and weathered landscape.
Enjoy a week of photographic indulgence in the majestic landscape of Wester Ross with its spectacular mountains, ancient pinewoods, tranquil lochs and stunning coastline.
If remoteness, tranquillity, total isolation and awe-inspiring scenery is what you are seeking, then this place comes on top of any other in my list of places in Scotland.
I am only running this landscape photography workshop with a small number of places on this particular occasion which will allow everyone space to photograph and provide me much more time with each participant.
Camera controls and settings, Composition & light, Which lens to use, Finding images, Decisive moments
Thinking like a photographer (not merely someone with a camera), The use of Filters, Confidence …
Dean Allan is an Award Winning Landscape Photographer based in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. We will be based at The Old Inn in the small town of Gairloch.
Ideally located for easy access to all the locations we intend to go in this region.
The Old Inn Gairloch is a Traditional Highland Coaching Inn overlooking Gairloch harbour on the west coast of Scotland. The Old Inn is well known in Scotland and has managed to retain all its original features expected of an ancient West Highland Drovers Inn. Its cosy fire-side corners and comfortable surroundings making you feel instantly relaxed. With a large variety of individually decorated en-suite rooms, including Family rooms available with views to Gairloch Bay and the Outer Isles.
All of the bedrooms are comfortably furnished and have en-suite showers, colour television, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities.
HOT-Spot Access – all guest bedrooms and public areas have wireless access to broadband internet and is free of charge.