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Gneiss, shores & moors: 2019 Harris & Lewis Landscape Photography Workshop

per person

Book with payment of: £300
Group info: Up to 8.
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights


The Isles of Lewis and Harris offer a wonderful variety of scenery and subject matter for the photographer, with rugged cliffs and sea stacks, white sandy beaches, impossibly blue seas and windswept moorland; and sometimes, the most incredible display of light and colour.

If you'd like to come, please note that payments made via PayPal will incur an additional charge of 2.9% to reflect their transaction fees.  If you wish to avoid these please email me and I can supply bank details for direct payments and booking confirmation.


Sunrise and sunset are at reasonably civilised times in early October - but the days are still long enough to fit in a really good and varied itinerary. Near to our base are the wonderful sandy beaches of Harris, lined with gorgeously textural marram grass dunes - whether you enjoy your wide vistas or your intimate landscapes and detail shots, you will love the beaches here.

We will be based in a lovely and comfortable hotel in Tarbert on Harris, giving us reasonably easy access to Lewis in the north, as well as the sandy beaches of south west, Harris and the lunar landscape of the Golden Road to the south east.

Our workshop is designed to offer a balance between visiting a variety of locations, learning the technical skills you require and looking carefully at creative interpretation of a scene.

Workshop Content

We will experience the ever changing light and colour at dawn and dusk, as well as learning how to get the best out of the light at all times of day. You will undoubtedly see some great vistas but we will also be concentrating on the smaller, more intimate details to be found within the landscape - looking at ways of capturing our surroundings with more abstract interpretations, helping you to get out of your comfort zone and try a few different techniques and approaches to photographing this wonderful shoreline.

This location photography is then developed during our digital skills sessions where we will show you the fundamental techniques required to process your photographs, including exposure blending, using layers and masks and how to work efficiently in both Lightroom and Photoshop. The emphasis is on encouraging group discussion and lively debate between all participants and we will also use this time to look over and review some of the photographs from our outings.

This has proved a very popular part of our workshops, as it helps take the photographs shot on location through the digital darkroom, ready for print or web display. Lizzie and Alex will share their processing tips with you and are also on hand for support and questions post workshop.

We believe this offers a full and comprehensive workshop that strikes a balance between shooting on location and practical help with the necessary post production side so that you can leave with a wealth of new knowledge and skills to compliment your photography out in the field.

How to get there

Getting to Harris involves either a ferry crossing or a flight from Edinburgh/Glasgow to Stornaway (about 1 hour’s drive from Tarbert). Ferries go from Uig on the Isle of Sky to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, but also from Ullapool to Stornoway on Lewis. Our plan is to designate a flight on which as many of us as possible can travel and then we will drive everyone down to the hotel.

Our suggested flights are with Flybe (operated by LoganAir) - there are several airports around the country which have flights (typically via Glasgow) to Stornaway. We would suggest trying to connect in with flight BE6822 which arrives in Stornaway from Glasgow at 12.10 on 5th October. Then for departure, we will be taking flight BE6823 which leaves Stornaway at 12.40 (to Glasgow) on 10th October.

However, please do consult with us if you’d like a little more information and advice on travel options.

 If any participants are travelling from the same part of the country, then we will endeavour to put you in touch with each other to help further with transport.

This is a Tripod Travels workshop - run in conjunction with my good friend and photography master Lizzie Shepherd.  Lizzie and I have thoroughly enjoyed working together for several years now and share a similar passion for the landscape with often different ways of distilling it into a photograph which, we feel, offers a broad creative resource for you to draw upon when needed.

Please note, payments made via PayPal will incur an additional charge of 2.9% to reflect their transaction fees.  If you wish to avoid these please email me and I can supply bank details for direct payments and booking confirmation.

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