Zenfolio | Chris Stuart Highland Photography | General Information

If you:-

  • are new to photography and want to learn how to use your camera.
  • are already a keen photographer and want to learn more.
  • would like to spend some time watching wildlife.
  • would like to do some hill walking or walking to wild and remote locations, but with the benefit of a guide.

Then please get in touch and join me for a small adventure in the Scottish Highlands. I am a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer) and member of the UK Mountain Training Association and have insurance to take people into the mountains anywhere in the UK. I hold the Mountain Rescue Casualty Care first aid certificate. 

I like to think of all time spent outdoors as an adventure, even if only a small adventure.

The point is to have fun and learn as we go.

 

FLEXIBLE COURSES

Workshops, and Tuition are available for both Landscape and Wildlife photography, and for Guided Hill Walking.

One-to-one or small groups only. Generally I will usually only take a maximum of 3 persons which means I am able to spend more time with people individually

  • Half day
  • Whole day
  • Multi-days

Courses can be customised and tailored for your benefit.

All courses are practical in nature so you gain hands on experience with your camera.

Rather than offer set packages I like to keep courses flexible so that you can get the most out of them according to what you want.

We can keep locations to easy, low level walks, or we can venture into the high mountains.

You may want help with various techniques or you may only require assistance getting to certain locations.

The choice is yours.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

EXAMPLE COURSES

LEVEL ONE COURSE

This course is suitable for anyone from a complete beginner to someone who has maybe had a camera for a while,

but who needs help learning how to use it.

We will cover:-

  • Camera settings including colour space
  • Exposure - camera light meter 
  • Aperture and Shutter Speed
  • Depth of field
  • Use of ISO
  • How to focus
  • Introduction to the Histogram
  • Thoughts on composition
  • Thoughts on image processing, use of JPEGs and/or RAW files

We will spend as much time as possible in the field.

By the end of this course you should have an understanding of the above matters and be happy using your camera on manual settings.

 

LEVEL TWO COURSE

Suitable for anybody who has completed the Level One Course, or who is already familiar with how to adjust camera settings, but who perhaps lacks confidence and is unsure what settings to use and when to use them.

We will look at all of the matters listed in the Level One Course but in more depth.

We will spend as much time in the field as possible.

We will consider techniques to use in the field to maximise the potential of how we may process the image afterwards.

We will consider methods of processing images, particularly the use of RAW files.

By the end of this course you should feel confident using your camera and be excited to get out there and take good quality images.

 

LEVEL THREE COURSE

Suitable for anybody who has completed the Level Two Course, or who is comfortable controlling the camera and adjusting settings,

but who is perhaps feeling stuck and looking to take their photography forwards.

We will recap on all the basic settings and quickly move on to employing techniques in the field.

We will spend time looking at ways to plan shoots at different times of year.

We will look at techniques such as exposure blending and focus stacking.

We will consider some photographic problems, such as flare, and ways to deal with these.

We will consider image processing of RAW files in more detail, in particular use of Lightroom and Photoshop.

By the end of this course you should be armed with some advanced techniques and, more importantly some enthusiasm, to help you move forwards with your photography.

 

IMAGE PROCESSING

There is no doubt that to be a photographer today is daunting. You not only need to know how to use your camera,

you also need to know how to process the RAW image to develop the best final image you can.

We will therefore look at image processing of RAW files and how you can take images in the field to get the best out of them in post processing.

We can look at the basic software settings and use of Lightroom and Photoshop.

We can look at simple use of layers and layer masks in Photoshop for powerful control of developing our images.

We can also look at using luminosity mask techniques for extremely fine control of the adjustments we make.

We can look at the process of monitor calibration, colour management and producing prints using ICC profiles.

 

ACCOMMODATION

We can provide B&B accommodation for one couple in our double room en suite, with use of your own lounge.

We can also arrange accommodation locally in local B&B or hotel.

For courses and workshops further afield we will normally arrange a self catering holiday house as a base for day trips, except, of course, when we are embarking on a backpacking trip.

 

COSTS

Excluding accommodation, the cost of each course or workshop will depend on what we do and for how long, and that depends on what you want.

As a rough indication I charge from £195 per day for One-to-One tuition.

For two people the charge would be from £300 per day (£150 per person)

For three people the charge would be from £375 per day (£125 per person)