Billy Currie PhotographyCourses 2017
Skye/Assynt (Landscape and Long Exposure Photography) (full)
Date:- 14th October - 20th October 2017
Location:- Skye, Sutherland & Torridon
Accommodation:- 6 nights, self catering
Experience:- Beginner to Advanced
Max Places:- 3
6 Nights Accommodation
Individual rooms, no supplement
Transportation between shooting locations
One to one and group guidance
Lightroom and Photoshop 'digital darkroom' techniques workshops
Computer equipment and course notes provided
This is the ultimate holiday for photographing much of Scotland’s most dramatic and beautiful landscape. From our centrally located accommodation we will be within easy reach of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery including Skye, Torridon, Wester Ross, Sutherland, Assynt and the North West Highlands.
During our holiday, our exact shooting locations will be decided depending on the weather but some of the highlights we will attempt to visit during our holiday are - The Cuillin Mountains, Old Man of Stor, Neist Point, Elgol, Torridon, Suilven, An Teallach, Stac Pollaidh, Quinag, Loch Assynt, Loch Droma, Loch Broom, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Loch Maree, Loch Torriden, Glen Docherty, Glencoe, Lochalsh, Eilean Donan Castle and many other hidden gems along the way.
By playing the weather wisely there will also be plenty of opportunity to learn digital darkroom techniques with all computing equipment provided as part of the workshop.
If you are interested in photographing a wide variety of Scotlands most beautiful landscape and enjoy the challenge of switching between general landscapes, seascapes, mountains, rivers, lochs and maybe even some night skies then this is the workshop for you.
Although the course is based around general landscape photography we will have plenty of opportunity to learn about, capture and process long exposure images for any students who are interested. If interested in long exposure techniques but don't already have the relevant neutral density filters, I am normally able to supply these for the duration of the course by prior arrangement. If not arranged in advance I may not have the correct filter size for your specific lens.
The usual meeting point is at the accommodation but transport from the Stirling area might be possible by prior arrangement.
Sample Schedule (times may vary depending on time of year and weather)
Fixed start and end times for the courses are impossible to advise in advance as this depends so much on time of year and specific accommodation guidelines. As a rough estimate most courses meet late afternoon on the arrival day and depart late morning/early afternoon on the final day. Specific times and location, etc will be advised to students prior to course commencement.
During the course itself we don't have any set hours but prefer to maximise shooting and post processing opportunities taking into account weather, time of year, tides, location, etc.
Camera with suitable lens
Outdoor clothes including waterproof boots/gators or wellies
Not Required but will help:-
ND filter or grads
About The Regions:-
The Island of Skye, situated off the West coast of Mainland Scotland is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides with a coastline that is a series of peninsulas and bays radiating out from a centre dominated by the Cuillin hills.
Skye is joined to the mainland by the Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh and it also has two mainland ferry connections from Mallaig and Glenelg, the latter summer only.
At 1,656 square kilometres (639 sq mi), Skye is the second-largest island in Scotland after Lewis and Harris. The main peninsulas include Trotternish in the north, Waternish, Duirinish, Minginish and Strathaird to the west and Sleat in the south.
The Cuillin Mountains, the Red Hills, Trotternish and Storr have long been favourites with photographers and deeply indented coastline means you are never far from the sea. The Black Cuillin Mountains include 12 Munros and provide some of the most dramatic and challenging mountain terrain in Scotland. To the south, the Red Hills are sometimes also known as the Red Cuillin, they are mainly composed of granite that has weathered into more rounded hills with many long screes slopes on their flanks. Of all the variety of UK landforms, the mountain profiles of Skye create the strongest sense of awe, and they have drawn visitors to the island for many many years. Not far from Skye on the shores of Loch Duich, is Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most-photographed castles in Scotland and another essential location on our holiday.
A characteristic part of the Highlands, Wester Ross is noted for its spectacular mountains, some of which are located in Glen Torridon which is a glen easily enjoyed from the roadside. North of Ullapool, the Coigach peaks are also dramatic, notably the famously pinnacled profile of Stac Pollaidh. The Bealach na Ba (the pass of the cattle) on the Applecross peninsula is one of the very highest drivable roads in the UK and also offers grand views from the summit. The Corrieshalloch Gorge is also easily accessible, close to the main Ullapool road, this mile-long (1.6km), 100ft (61m) river carved channel is one of the best examples of a box canyon in the UK. As well as easily viewed landscapes, Wester Ross also has some of the most remote and wild (and roadless) landscape in all of the Scotland and the UK, making it perfect for a photography workshop.
Sutherland is an area that covered the vast majority of the North West Highlands as well as across to the east to include the Ross and Cromarty area. Many people still associate the north west part of the highlands as being Sutherland. This is a largely unpopulated area with small settlements being the main services points north of Ullapool. Its landscape is dominated by high rocky mountains cloaked in wet bog with hundreds of freshwater lochs in between. It also varies from wild cliffs and tiny islands to lonely moorland and remote sandy beaches with superb panoramic mountain views, plus tree-lined twisting roads and foaming rivers. Here you'll find dozens of ruined castles and ancient monuments, a perfect place for a wee holiday.
The stark, eerie but hauntingly beautiful area of Assynt in the North West Highlands of Scotland is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in either Scotland or the UK. This area offers some of the most spectacular scenery both for variety and beauty anywhere in the UK. The landscape and geology of Assynt (designated as a National Scenic Area) is different from other parts of the Highlands or Scotland as the mountains have distinctive shapes (such as the sugar-loaf Suilven) each rising up from the barren plains which are interspersed with many many wonderful lochs.
No-one who visits any of these areas whether for photography workshops or a holiday leaves without a feeling of awe at its unmatched and very distinctive beauty.