Tuition

I offer Landscape Photography tuition in the form of full-day or half-day workshops, primarily for those with a digital camera that give the user control over the main camera functions. In other words DSLR cameras, Compact System Cameras (Mirrorless), and advanced Compact Cameras.

The tuition is on a 'one-to-one' basis or for very small groups of friends (max. of 3 persons) so that you are not learning with complete strangers.
The reason for this is that the workshop is delivered around you. In other words, you tell me what you would like to achieve and I will deliver a tailor made workshop.

My approach to landscape photography is simple. I have a workflow which gets me a clean file 'in camera' and avoid being trigger happy, preferring a more measured approach rather than filling a memory card in a few hours. Post-processing involves using only a few tools in the software. The results are the images on my website, on Getty Images site, in photography magazines and in exhibitions throughout Scotland.

Depending on your level of experience, workshops can be relaxed and at your pace, or can be more challenging. Based on a series of practical lessons out in the field, you will use your own camera equipment under my guidance and encouragement to learn new skills. By the end of the workshop you will have the confidence to be working things through on your own. I cannot guarantee the weather, but if it is on our side, and an opportunity presents itself which proves irresistible, then you may get some great images too.



Workshop modules
Include, but are not limited to, the following:
Introduction to your camera, its controls and typical setting for Landscape Photography
Different ways of focusing: auto / manual / hyperfocally
Understanding Depth of Field / Aperture / Lens Focal Length
Correct exposure, exposure compensation and using the histogram
Use of graduated neutral density filters to balance the exposure
Use of long exposure filters for long exposure landscapes
Structuring and strengthening your composition
Creative techniques to inject mood into your RAW files
1/2 day / full day in depth with your Fuji X camera system

Prices
Half day workshop (3 1/2 hrs tuition)
For 1 person - £80.00
For 2 people - £60.00 per person
For 3 people - £40.00 per person

Full day workshop (7 hours tuition)
For 1 person - £150.00
For 2 people - £105.00 per person
For 3 people - £ 70.00 per person

A 10% deposit secures a booking with the balance payable 28-days prior to its commencement



Locations
Half-day Workshops will usually be run in the following locations:
Ochil Hills - Dollar Glen / Glen of Sorrow / Glen Devon areas
Along the Fife Coast - From the Forth Bridge to the East Neuk
Devilla Forest, Fife

In additional to the above locations, Full-day workshops can also be run in the following locations:
Dunkeld, Perthshire - The Hermitage / Atholl Woods / Birnam Hill / River Tay
Eastern Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park - Callander / Aberfoyle areas
Western Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park - Arrochar Alps area - (£20.00 supplement)
Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, Loch Tay, Perthshire - (£20.00 supplement)
Lake District National Park, Cumbria - (£40.00 supplement)

Scottish Highlands - Glen Coe / Glen Etive / Glen Nevis / Glen Banchor / Glen Shee / Glenmore and Cairngorm Mountain - prices on application.

The locations have been selected as I am very familiar with them all from multiple visits over many years. They also offer excellent photographic opportunities.

Dates
Workshops are delivered on dates to suit you, we simply agree a timetable in advance.



What You Will Need
A full list of items you will need will be provided in advance. It will include, but is not limited to, the following:
Your usual camera and lens / cable or remote release / tripod / filters / batteries / memory cards

What is not included
All food, drink, personal gear, accomodation and transportation
Personal Accident and Equipment Insurance

The workshops that are delivered in hill/mountain areas of The Highlands or The Lake District will use well-defined paths and tracks and will be tailored to your level of experience/fitness in visiting these environments, which have the potential to be more challenging. This will be done via a short questionnaire.

Make an Enquiry
If you have read this far then I hope I have tempted you. Yes, you will learn by reading magazines, watching videos, going out with your camera club and friends, but you will learn more and become more confident on a practical workshop tailored just for you. Please complete the enquiry form on the Contact page if you would like more information / arrange a tuition package.

Simon.