Best of Scotland Photo Course
International | 3 Days | Suits all levels
The Grampian Highlands & Aberdeen region is a microcosm of the best of Scotland in scenic terms, from soaring mountain tops, including the high peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains, down to a magnificent coastline, rugged moor land, breathtaking wooded valleys like the Glenlivet Estate and wonderful rolling farmlands. Connoisseurs of architecture have a veritable feast of castles, grand mansions and stately houses to photograph and appreciate. And those interested in the traditional way of life will be fascinated with the juxtaposition of fishing, farming and whisky distilling.
The 3 day Scotland photography course covers:
■ The banks of the River Spey on the Speyside Way. Several distilleries in the surrounding area are open to visitors (Cardhu, Glenfarclas and Glen Grant).
■ The perfectly preserved Village Store of yesteryear in Aberlour and the Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre in Craigellachie.
■ Whisky Trail: You can easily follow the signposts around the Whisky Trail to sample the delights of Strathisla, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and other famous malts.
■ Coastline trail includes Lossiemouth (this old fishing port is blessed with two fine beaches) Burghead, ancient Pictish capital of Moray and site of an important Iron-Age fort and the beautiful, scenic fishing port of Portsoy.
■ Pitmedden with its recreated 17th-century formal garden. A workshop on flora here.
■ Elgin, which dates back to the 13th century. Elgin has retained much of its medieval street plan, making it one of the loveliest towns in the country.
■ Craigievar Castle: This fairytale castle in a Scottish Baronial architectural style was built by William Forbes in 1626.
■ Brodie Castle is a delightful fairytale castle with splendid grounds including a lake, and Crathes Castle famous not just for the building itself, but for its lovely gardens and unusual topiary. Haddo House: this magnificent house stands on the grounds of an ancient castle and is steeped in Gordon family history. It is surrounded by a beautiful rose garden and park. Ballindalloch is one of the most beautiful and renowned castles in Scotland. Surrounded by majestic hills, with the tumbling waters of the Rivers Spey and Avon flowing through the grounds, the setting is truly magnificent.
■ The Braes of Glenlivet where we walk the Malcolm Gillespie Smugglers Trail - embrace the wildest and most isolated parts of the glen. The trail from East Auchavaich passes through a ruggedly beautiful landscape, habitat to red and roe deer, the mountain hare, curlew, snipe, red and black grouse.
The photographic subjects we cover are fully comprehensive making this the ultimate ‘all rounder’ photographic experience!. We cover landscapes, seascapes, architecture, flora and fauna, still life, documentary, portraiture, camera handling with an analysis and critique of all images.
Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact or film camera functions
Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective
Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation
Macro photography of flora at the 17th century Pitmedden Garden
Landscape photography in the Grampians
Architecture photography of fairytale castles such as Craigievar, Crathes and Brodie
Use of your flash & shooting techniques in wireless flash in front of a crackling fire
No prior photographic knowledge required
Ability to walk 4-6km per day
Accommodation, food and items of a personal nature not included
Transportation is included
time & location
9am to 5pm
The Clock Tower, The Square, Dufftown
(Front of Dufftown Visitors Centre)