Billy Currie PhotographyCourses 2018
Date:- 24th-25th March 2018
Location:- Glencoe Area & Classroom (Falkirk Area)
Experience:- Beginner to Advanced
Max Places:- 3
Transportation between shooting locations
One to one and group guidance
All computing equipment
Lunch (Sunday only)
Pick up and drop off from central belt (Falkirk Area) if required
A great all-rounder, this course encompasses a full day visiting some of Scotland’s most beautiful locations followed by a full day processing the previous days images.
There are not many areas in the UK which offer such varied and beautiful photography locations achievable in a single day or short holiday. During our trip we will visit the highlights of Glencoe, travel down to Castle Stalker on the West Coast and possibly visit Loch Awe to see Castle Kilchurn. During the day we can stop as often or as little as you like for food/refreshments (not provided) but it may also be advisable to bring a pack lunch.
During the second day we will concentrate purely on the digital darkroom, this training is crucial to a good photographer and is classroom based within the Falkirk Area, Central Scotland. Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop (CS5) are the two main pieces of software we will use to guide you through a complete workflow from downloading your images to completing that final masterpiece. The processing will be geared towards landscape photography and may include some of the following subjects – importing, organising, sorting, raw editing, colour correction, lens correction, contrast, colouring, sharpening, masks, channels, plugins, actions, resizing, saving, backups, etc. Lunch is provided on our second day.
Example Itinerary (may vary depending on time of year)
early – travel to glencoe and start shooting
12:00 – break for lunch
13:00 – more shooting around glencoe, etc
16:00 – travel back to Falkirk area
10:00 – photoshop workshop
12:00 – lunch
12:30 – photoshop workshop
14:00 – refreshments
14:30 – photoshop workshop
16:00 – finish
Camera with suitable lens
Outdoor clothes including waterproof boots/gators or wellies
Not Required but will help:-
ND filter or grads
Glencoe is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland which is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland.
It is steep-sided and climbs steadily south east from the village of Glencoe on the sea-loch, Loch Leven. It eventually emerges from its enveloping mountains onto the wet plateau of Rannoch Moor ten miles away and at an altitude of over 1000 feet.
The glen is U-shaped, formed by an ice age glacier with the floor of the glen being less 0.4 miles wide, narrowing sharply at the Pass of Glen Coe about half way along.
The entrance to Glencoe from the East is marked by Buachaille Etive Mor, "the great herdsman of Etive" at the junction with Glen Etive which runs away to the south. The south side of the glen is marked by a succession of distinct peaks: Buachaille Etive Mòr is followed to the west by Buachaille Etive Beag, then by the Three Sisters, shoulders of the Bidean nam Bian massif which itself marks the western end of the glen. By contrast the north side of the glen is a stark wall of mountain, the Aonach Eagach ridge. The Ridge is crossed at the eastern end by the Devil's Staircase, an old military road opposite Buachaille Etive Mòr.
The western end terminates with the conical Pap of Glencoe (Sgùrr na Cìche), above Glencoe village, at the point where the glen opens out to Loch Leven.
This area is without doubt one of the best for landscape photography holidays anywhere in the UK.
About Castle Stalker:-
Castle Stalker, set on its own very small islet in Loch Laich was built in about 1495 by Duncan Stewart of Appin who was granted lands in the area by James IV for his support in destroying the power of the Lords of the Isles. The castle was taken by the Campbells in 1620, before being recaptured by the Stewarts after a siege in 1685. It was abandoned in the late 1700s and roofless by 1830. The beautiful castle you see today has been restored since the 1960s.
About Castle Kilchurn:-
Castle Kilchurn was the ancestral home of the Campbells of Glenorchy, who later became the Earls of Breadalbane also known as the Breadalbane family branch, of the Clan Campbell. The earliest construction on the castle was the towerhouse and Laich Hall which looks onto Loch Awe, the third largest fresh water loch in Scotland. Today, its picturesque setting and romantic state of decay make it one of the most photographed structures in Scotland.