Isle of Harris Photographic Workshop

Outer Hebrides

6th - 12th February 2023

A small, bespoke landscape photography workshop for you to develop your photography on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. A landscape photography workshop for those who love truly remote, beautiful places. This workshop focuses on the individual with gentle and encouraging tuition.

 

Isle of Harris Photography Workshop

The Outer Hebrides is tranquil, peaceful, and welcoming. One of the most remote places you will ever go and ideal for a coastal photography workshop. I have been visiting and photographing the Isle of Harris for 14 years. It has become like my home and is very close to my heart. I now spend half my year on the Isle of Harris, enabling me to photograph my seascapes on Harris with a depth and emotion that comes from a long-term connection to the island.

My intimate knowledge of locations, sea states, and wind direction contribute to leading a group into the best spot each day, depending on the forecast. My desire now is to share this with you. Sharing with openness is at the heart of what I aim to do with my photography workshops on the Outer Hebrides. To lead you to places that I know and love, find locations that will inspire you and give you freely all the knowledge you need to develop your own photographic work.

The coastline is second to none, and Harris feels like an island on the edge of the world in the winter months. In February, we will likely have a beach all to ourselves. Perfect for landscape photography, the weather can be wild, changeable, and bracing. Daylight will be at its most atmospheric at this time of year with some great weather patterns. On Harris, you can often see many seasons in one day – experience fast-moving weather and clouds, rainbows, and sunshine all in one day. The Isle of Harris is best known for its sweeping, beautiful coastline.

Much of my work is photographed on the beaches of Harris. These beaches and seascapes will be the focus of this workshop. Yet, in addition to the wide-sweeping scenes, you will find opportunities to photograph textures, intimate details, minimalist imagery, and creative photography such as ICM and multiple exposures. I will ensure that the locations are varied enough to balance seascapes and traditional Harris landscapes, such as the rugged east side.

As an experienced astrophotographer, I will also be looking out for any clear skies or Northern lights. As these are very random, it can never be guaranteed, but if they occur, there will be the option to photograph the stars, the milky way or Northern lights over the Outer Hebrides.

Expect to be cut off from the real world for a few days, immersed in the wild open spaces of some of the finest and emptiest beaches you will ever see. As well as capturing landscapes and seascapes, this is an opportunity for you to recharge your personal batteries and reinvigorate your photographic practice by connecting with nature.

GROUP SIZE

3/4 participants: A very small group size has been purposefully set in order to provide bespoke teaching and individual attention.

This workshop has been designed to provide an intimate setting for attendees which means I will be able to help each and everyone in a way that best suits.

The workshop will be viable and will run with 3 participants. 

OVERVIEW

Duration: 6 nights / 5 days Tuition

Dates: Meet at dinner 6 pm on the 6th Feb. Finish after breakfast on 12th Feb.

Included: All tutoring. Complimentary Transport

Excluded: Accommodation staying at The Harris Hotel, meals, Alcoholic Drinks, travel to the island & camera insurance.

GRADING

Fitness level: Easy / Moderate – most locations are within walking distance of parking but every workshop requires a basic level of fitness to access the landscape.

You should be able to walk approx 20 mins with your camera gear across uneven ground. There will always be options to stay closer to the car and some flexibility, although this may mean separating from the group for a while. 

LOCATIONS

Locations will include some of the following:

The roaring waves and sheer expanse of Scarista Beach,

The white sands and turquoise waters of Luskentyre beach

The abandoned chapel at Northton 

Exploring the rocky headlands on the Eastside 

Bagh Steinigidh, rocks, swirling seas and views to Taransay

Northton Salt Marshes 

Astro photography if the opportunity arises!

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DAILY OUTLINE

What the days will look like

We start with a hearty breakfast at the hotel and adapt the timings to suit the weather forecast each day. We will pack our gear into the landrover after breakfast and head out to the most suitable location given the weather and wind forecast that day.

The best use of each day is important, and equally important is balancing this with everyone's comfort. We often stop for tea or coffee on location after a few hours and continue photographing until lunchtime. Lunches are usually taken at places like the Butty Bus, which serves fresh homemade soup outdoors, or a cafe stop. If the weather is really against us, we may return to the hotel for a while to have lunch and take the time to do some editing while it passes. However, if everything is flowing and the photographic opportunities are there, we tend to stay outdoors all day.

If we have been out all day, we will have some time to relax before meeting for dinner in the evening around 6.30pm. But if we have had a more relaxed day, we often meet a couple of hours before dinner so that I can help you with your images or lightroom. A small group means that I can help everyone individually.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation for this Isle of Harris photographic workshop is your own responsibility, but rooms have been reserved at the Harris Hotel. The hotel is in Tarbert, close to the ferry terminal and only 20 mins drive to the beaches of Harris. The food is excellent at the hotel and we will gather in the evenings for dinner together. The Hotel also has a bar and plenty of lounge space for gathering for editing and discussion.

Payment for your own accommodation and meals at the end of your stay can be made direct to the hotel. The hotel has arranged a special delegate only rate for you with no single supplement.

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TRAVEL

How to get to the workshop

There are two ways to travel to the Outer Hebrides. By plane which arrives in Stornoway on Lewis, or by ferry. 

PLANE : Collection from Stornoway airport approx 2 pm on the 6th Feb. Please note that it is a 3 hour round trip to collect you, so I will make only one collection on the start date. You may consider flying in the day before and staying in Stornoway. I can recommend the Stornoway B & B if you are staying overnight. 

FERRY Drive and catch the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry or Skye (Uig) to Tarbert (Harris) ferry. You can also leave your car at either ferry port free of charge and walk on. 

Ullapool - Stornoway. The morning ferry arrives at Stornoway at 1.15. I am able to collect. Uig - Tarbert. Arrives at Tarbert where the hotel is located about 5 mins' walk away. You can view timetables and book tickets on the Calmac website, Please note that during the winter months, both ferries are liable to disruption or cancellation. Your tickets are transferrable if you need to switch ferries and generally, delays are at most 1 day. It may be advisable to consider arriving on the island a day early. 

Drop off in Stornoway by 11.30 am on our final day.