Steve Gosling and I have run several trips together in Ireland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. Steve is a minimalist black & white photographer, and I'm a more literal colour photographer. Together, we provide great counterpoints and show you multiple ways to see any given scene. This trip is about seeing the wonders of Scotland, but it's also about broadening your own photography and helping you to develop your own style - and have a lot of fun along the way!
We'll be operating from the Isle of Skye, which is what you might get if you distilled Scotland into its most dramatic essence. We'll be out sunset and sunrise, striving for the best light. As you can see from the images here, excellent images are possible even when the weather doesn't cooperate, so you'll be encouraged to see the potential in every scene. Steve and I will be out with you every day, shooting alongside you and helping you find your own eye.
This will be a photography workshop, not a tour. There will be no formal classroom sessions, just plenty of informal one-to-one instruction. We will also encourage you to observe how we see the landscape when composing our own photographs, and apply those lessons to your own style. We will offer an image critique and review session during the trip to further give you feedback on areas for improvement. With Steve and I coming from different points of view, you'll get at least two different opinions!
I had a fantastic time. Sitting here less than a week later back at work it feels like some sort of vague dream already.
I can’t thank you enough, Peter, for making this workshop such a memorable experience. You gave us magical locations, great food and fun, and most of all your ability to provide useful and positive learning opportunities at all skill levels.
Skye is a wonderfully dramatic and picturesque island off the west coast of Scotland and has been voted ‘the 4th best island in the world’ by National Geographic magazine. It’s a place of extremes – from the craggy outline of the Cuillin that dominate the landscape to the sheer cliffs and imposing headlands that descend down to peaceful bays & beaches. It’s changing weather patterns can crate wonderfully atmospheric lighting conditions for photography and given the right weather conditions Skye can be an ideal location for glorious sunrises and sunsets.
At 12 noon on Saturday 7th October we will collect participants from Inverness Airport before travelling to our base on Skye – the Cuillin Hills Hotel with its fantastic views across Portree Bay.
In general terms the programme will be flexible to make the best use of the locations, the light and the prevailing weather conditions (Scotland is known for its changeable weather at any time of the year and this can make for dramatic landscape photographs) so this outline itinerary is a guide to locations rather than a programme fixed in stone.
We will spend our time on Skye photographing some of the iconic locations as well as some of the lesser known spots that offer a variety of photographic potential and will give you the chance to return with something a little different.
In our time on Skye our itinerary will cover:
On the morning of 14th October we will leave Skye and travel back to Inverness to return participants to the Airport by midday for their departures home.
There will be a maximum of 10 participants on the workshop and the cost per participant is £3500.