Will I have a room to myself?
Where accommodation is included, this will normally be based on single occupancy of a room. Should a couple join a tour there is usually a discount applied to the tour cost to allow for sharing.
How good do I need to be?
All comers are welcome from beginners wishing to learn the basics of camera set up etc to advanced photographers who appreciate the benefits of being taken to great locations at the right time.
What equipment should I bring?
Beyond your camera and lens(es) I recommend that you bring a fully functioning tripod (don’t go for the cheapest-a sturdy tripod is essential for making quality landscape images, especially in low light) and neutral density graduated filters and a holder ( There are three main makes available in Britain; Cokin-fine for beginners and priced as such, Hi-tech from Formatt Filters-good intermediate quality but I’m not completely convinced of their neutrality and Lee-top quality but at a huge cost and with a long waiting list to boot). I will have samples of each to try should you attend without them. Also bring plenty of memory for your digital files or film if you still work with the fantastic ‘analogue’ sensor.
What about clothing?
We shall be spending as much of the daylight hours out as possible and will work through lighter rain and showers. Make sure you bring adequate clothing to deal with this; water and windproof outer garments for upper body and legs, plenty of layers to keep you warm while you wait on location for the light, stout walking boots and/or wellingtons, hat and gloves. Bring something waterproof to go over your camera too in case of a shower and a torch ot headtorch as we could be walking back to our vehicle at twilight.
How fit do I need to be?
Typical location are rarely more than half a mile from a road. I do try to take clients to lesser known places to make unique images but none of these require high levels of fitness. They will often however involve travelling out over rough and wet terrain, along rocky shoreline, stalker path and natural woodland but always at a comfortable pace.
How many places will we visit?
My tours are not about racing around in a vehicle, leaping out, lining up, shooting and moving on. Typically we will visit 3-5 locations in a day and spend a good 2-3 hours at each exploring the possibilities and watching the play of light. Far better to dig deeper into less locations and come away with truly satisfying images. We will always head out to photograph on the evening of the first day (weather permitting) to maximise our photographic time returning to our accommodation to eat and then take part in an informal introductory talk.
Do I have to make my own way to the hotel?
If you are arriving by public transport we will be able to pick you up en route. This is usually at Oban or Fort William Railway Station for tours in the central/southern highlands or islands, Fort William and Kyle of Lochalshe for Skye or Outer Hebrides tours and Fort William and Inverness for tours in Ullapool, Torridon and Sutherland. If we are sailing to our destination clients will be responsible for finding suitable parking at the ferry terminals although some may wish to take their own vehicles across on the boat which will be their own responsibility.
How do I pay my deposit/balance?
We can accept payments by cheque with your booking form or alternatively by Bank Transfer or Paypal. If you are sending payment electronically we will then send out our booking form together with a short questionnaire helping us to find out exactly what you hope to gain from our tour.