Billy Currie PhotographyCourses 2017
Assynt (Landscape and Long Exposure Photography) (full)
Date:- 1st - 4th July 2017
Location:- Assynt, Sutherland & Torridon
Accommodation:- 3 nights, self catering
Experience:- Beginner to Advanced
Max Places:- 3
3 Nights Accommodation
Individual rooms, no supplement
Transportation between shooting locations
One to one and group guidance
Lightroom and Photoshop 'digital darkroom' workshops
Computer equipment and course notes provided
The Northwest Highlands and Wester Ross encompass some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views anywhere in either Scotland or the UK. Having our workshop based in this area ensures we are in easy reach of endless spectacular scenery perfect for landscape photography. Our exact shooting locations will be decided depending on the weather but areas we usually visit include Assynt, Torridon and even as far north as Durness. By visiting each of these our scenery will range from mountain views to loch side locations right to white sandy beaches perfect for long exposures. There is even a remote chocolate factory up that way which always proves popular for a quick snack.
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.
During our workshop you will also have plenty of opportunity to learn various digital darkroom techniques on the computers provided using Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop.
If the group has any specific locations of interest, styles of photography or would prefer to spend more time shooting and less time in the workshop or vice versa, etc then I am also happy to accommodate and use my time as you prefer.
The usual meeting point is at our accommodation but if anyone has transport issues I can normally offer a lift from the central belt. (Falkirk Area)
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:-
A characteristic part of the Highlands, Wester Ross is noted for its spectacular mountains, notably 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) land in all of the Scotland and the UK, notably north and west of Loch Maree.
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 it's unmatched and very distinctive beauty.