LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES - Coasts, Mountains, Waterfalls, Forests and other Wild places

We are lucky in the Scottish Highlands to have numerous stunning locations we can visit. Some may be well known, but we can also visit locations that are not so well known and which are rarely photographed. From sea to summit there are endless landscape opportunities to explore and I look forward to sharing these with you.

How long we spend is up to you. We may only be out for a few hours, or we may be out all day. My aim is always to make best use of whatever time we have available. Join me for a small adventure.



During the day can provide plenty of opportunities for landscape photography, especially during the autumn and winter months when the light can be spectacular all day long. The spring and summer months should not be dismissed as excellent opportunities can also present themselves. We will make the most of our time whatever the season and whatever the weather.



There is no doubt that sunrise and sunset can provide the most stunning light for landscape photography. To benefit from this may involve very early rises or late finishes, and walking in the dark either before sunrise or after sunset. You will need a reliable head torch.

These adventures can be added onto a normal daytime adventure, or can be arranged as an extended trip.

On extended trips we may need to backpack and camp overnight to be able to reach locations and to make maximum use of time.



By taking an extended trip (one or more nights) we can reach more remote locations which are rarely visited by photographers, but this will mean backpacking. We will have to carry tents and sleeping bags and food as well as camera equipment. I will discuss this with you in detail prior to booking.




We will learn as we go and as much as possible in practice in the field.

Topics we may cover include:-

  • Planning a shoot, whether at dawn for the sunrise, in the evening for the sunset, during the day, or even night time shooting. 
  • Best time of year for a given location.
  • Technical issues - ISO, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, focus.
  • Use of filters.
  • Live View
  • Use of the histogram
  • Composition
  • In camera techniques in the field for post processing later
  • Why post processing is important and essential

Locations can be easy, short walks or longer excursions into the high mountains.


Photographic Equipment

Bring your usual landscape camera and lenses, but keep weight to a minimum for longer trips.

For my personal photography I consider a tripod is essential. But if you do not normally use one and simply want to learn how to take better photographs with the equipment you have, that is fine.

For longer walks I recommend using a proper rucksack rather than a photographic bag, as a rucksack allows more room for personal food and clothing.

You can keep camera and lenses in a smaller camera bag or bags which fit inside your rucksack.


Clothing and Personal Equipment

You will need comfortable walking boots, spare warm clothing, hat and gloves and waterproof trousers and jacket.

If we are going into the mountains then boots should be suitable for this with a good mountain sole.

You will need to bring your own food and drink for the day.

You will need to bring a head torch and spare batteries if we are going into the mountains or chasing sunrise or sunsets.


Come and join me and let's do some landscape photography.