Who goes on an Inverglen Photography Experience or Workshop?

We cater for photographers of all abilities, from the complete beginner to the serious enthusiast. The key thing is that you enjoy taking landscape images and are keen to learn new skills and hone your abilities. The only exception to this relates to our Landscape and Digital Editing Workshop which is firmly aimed at those with little or no experience with Lightroom and Photoshop. 

Our experiences and workshops are more than simply about photography. We realise that you are also on holiday so we ensure our itinerary is flexible to allow a little sightseeing.

What will you learn?

Everyone has different needs, and we will ensure you get plenty of 1-to-1 time to work on your particular topics.

The main things that people are interested in include:

  • Choosing the correct combination of shutter speed and aperture
  • Learning about the benefits (and drawbacks) of increasing the ISO
  • Using “Back Button Focus”
  • Metering and focus modes
  • Understanding Exposure (including shooting for HDR or exposure blending)
  • Seeing and composing the image ( using the so-called “rules” then breaking them)
  • Understanding why RAW is so powerful (and what are the downsides)
  • Using filters (Polarisers, Grads and Full ND’s – including “The Big Stopper” and “The Little Stopper”)
  • Shooting in low light (e.g. dawn and dusk)

For those attending our Landscape and Digital Editing Workshop, you will also learn the basics of:

  • Importing photos into Lightroom
  • Adding keywords, star ratings and colour coding for advanced searching in Lightroom
  • Creating Collections in Lightroom
  • Using the Develop sliders in Lightroom
  • Making local adjustments in Lightroom
  • Fixing basic image problems in Lightroom
  • Exporting Images from Lightroom
  • Switching from Lightroom to Photoshop for advanced editing
  • Stitching panoramas in Lightroom (and in Photoshop)
  • An Introduction to Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks in Photoshop
  • Saving images for different purposes (e.g. printing, web use, digital projection)

Who are the tutors?

The lead tutor is John Frid who is also the co-owner of Inverglen Guest House. John has extensive experience as a landscape photographer and with a background in training delivery, he will make the learning process as easy as possible.

We are also delighted to have the services of superb professional landscape photographer Keith Wood. His work is regularly published in both local and national publications, several calendars annually and commercial applications. he also has a number of books to his name. Keith will lead some days during our season.

Where do we Stay?

For our Inverness-based workshops, you can either choose to take up our residential option at the splendid Inverglen Guest House, or you can choose our workshop only option. If you decide to take the workshop only option we will be happy to recommend local accommodation providers if required.

For our single day workshops, we can provide a pick-up (and return to) any address within 20 road miles of Inverglen Guest House. For those attending our multi-day workshops (if not staying at Inverglen Guest House) we can arrange a pick-up and return to any address within 5 road miles of Inverglen Guest House.

Guests staying at Inverglen Guest House will enjoy single occupancy of a king double (or twin) en-suite room. Guests who chose to share a room can enjoy a discounted price.

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More information about Inverglen Guest House can be found at www.inverglenguesthouse.co.uk

For our Scottish Island workshops, we will be using good quality Guest Houses, B&B’s or Hotels. If preferred, we also have the option to rent a house which gives us more room and more flexibility – although the cost can be slightly higher.

 

Can I book additional nights of Accommodation?

Yes, subject to availability we can offer additional nights either directly before or directly after your workshop. 

What Meals are included?

For our multi-day scheduled workshops, a packed lunch is provided on every field trip day along with a range of snacks and fruit to keep you going. We also ensure bottles of water are available.

For our single day workshops we provide bottled water and snacks, but do not provide lunch or other refreshments.

Guests taking the residential option will enjoy a full Scottish breakfast (traditional or vegetarian), or a range of other options cater for those who prefer something a little different or lighter. If we decide to leave early for a sunrise shoot we will provide a takeaway bag to be enjoyed on location.

Evening meals are not provided, but Inverness has many top quality restaurants – all within an easy walk of the Guest House.

For our Scottish Island Workshops, we always include breakfast, but lunch and dinner may be an additional cost depending on the location chosen.

Will I have to do any driving?

No – all transport for the field trips is provided. You can sit back and enjoy the scenery. However, please be aware that on our 4-day workshop you do have a day at leisure and you may find that having a car gives you more options. However, there are good photo opportunities in Inverness within an easy walk of the Guest House, and public transport is available to some good locations a little further afield.

If you are travelling to Inverness by car please note that we have off-street parking at the guest house.

If you are intending to stay a few extra days then a car will be useful so you can visit the many scenic areas within easy reach of Inverness.

For our Scottish Island Workshops, we can either provide transport from (and back to) Inverness, or we can pick you up at the ferry port.

What Equipment do I need?

Photographic Equipment

Although a digital SLR camera is preferable, most modern compact, bridge or CSC cameras are capable of taking excellent images and will be perfectly suitable.

The Essentials (beyond a camera)

  • Lenses from wide angle to telephoto (compacts usually have an adequate range)
  • A sturdy tripod (if you do not have one we may be able to lend you one)
  • Batteries & charger
  • Plenty of memory cards
  • Camera bag (preferably with a waterproof cover)
  • Good lens cleaning kit (we can always lend you a lens cloth)
  • Your camera manual

Nice to Have (but not essential)

  • Notebook computer with a recent edition of Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements (more of an essential for the Landscape and Digital Editing Workshop)
  • Cable or remote release (or you can just use the self-timer)
  • Filters (especially a polariser and Neutral Density Grads)

Other Equipment

Weather in the Highlands can be unpredictable and you must be well prepared. We consider the following to be essential:

  • Good quality walking boots and warm socks
  • Good quality waterproof jacket
  • Beanie type hat
  • Gloves
  • Lightweight walking trousers (and waterproof over trousers if possible)
  • Warm clothing (layers are better than heavy jumpers)
  • Sunscreen (just in case!)

When on location John always carries a first aid kit. In addition we ensure our vehicle is carrying a supply of water, food and blankets, as well as other safety equipment. Although we do not take chances with the weather or the terrain, we believe it is best to be prepared and we take the safety of our guests most seriously.

What if the weather is bad?

Landscape photographers are a hardy bunch so we’ll endeavour to get out and shoot in all conditions within reason. Some of the best images involve serious weather!

However, if the weather is too bad to venture out we will have a range of options available. Inverglen has studio lighting and Canon compatible flashguns available and we can always turn our hand to portraiture or still life. We may even try photographing water splashes or smoke (being careful not to set off the smoke alarm). Some may prefer to have some Photoshop/Lightroom tuition, or maybe you just want to kick back and relax.

Whatever the weather we aim to ensure everyone has a great time.

How fit do I need to be?

Whilst we won’t be rushing up any mountains, to get the most from our trips you do need to be able to walk a reasonable distance whilst carrying your equipment on uneven surfaces with a moderate amount of uphill slopes. However, we will always stick to your comfort levels, and many wonderful images can be obtained without too much exertion.

What are the Check-in and departure times?

Check-in is from 2 pm – 9 pm on the day before the first field trip. Earlier or later check-in’s are available if agreed in advance. Check-out on the final day for residential guests is 10 am (a later check-out may be available if requested but cannot be guaranteed).

Are younger guests welcome?

Young people between 14 and 16 years are most welcome if accompanied by an adult. We are unable to accept guests under 14 years old.

My partner isn’t interested in photography – can they still come along?

Many of our guests have partners who do not share their passion for photography. For this reason, we adopt a flexible policy for those who wish to bring along non-participating partners.

Where a partner wants to join the field trips they are welcome to do so, but they will pay the regular workshop price. They also count as one of the participants on the workshop as they are taking an available seat in the vehicle.

Where a partner wants to stay at Inverglen Guest House during a scheduled workshop, but not join the excursions, they can do so at a discounted rate (ask for details).

There are many places of interest to visit in and around Inverness and we can advise non-workshop guests to ensure they take full advantage of what the area has to offer.

Do you take pets?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets.

How do I book?

Details of how to book can be found on our Booking & Enquiries Page

Cancellation & Payment Terms

Our standard cancellation and payment terms are detailed below, however, if taking advantage of one of our special offers you may find that full payment is required at the time of booking. With special offers, we will still apply the cancellation terms stated below.

Workshops that exclude accommodation

A £100.00 deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance due is payable in cash on the day.

Deposit payments can be made via electronic transfer (from UK bank accounts), Credit Card or Debit Card. If you cancel the amount of refund will be calculated as follows:

  • within 30 days of the workshop – No refund of amounts paid
  • between 31-60 days of the day – 50% refund of amounts paid

In the unlikely event of cancellation by Inverglen Photography, participants will be entitled to a full refund of all payments made. However, we cannot be held liable for any other costs (including but not limited to flights, other transport costs or accommodation) that have been incurred and cannot be recovered.

If we chose not to take a deposit at the time of booking it will become payable in the event of cancellation as per the conditions set out above.

You can cancel your experience/workshop/tour booking either by email at inverglenguesthouse@gmail.com or by telephone (01463 716350). 

We strongly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance to cover you in the event of cancellation or curtailment.

Workshops that include Accommodation

We require a non-refundable deposit payment of £100.00 per room booked which is taken at the time of booking. The balance is payable 60 days prior to the workshop.

Payments can be made via electronic transfer (from UK bank accounts), Credit Card or Debit Card. Where a workshop participant cancels after having paid some or all of their account, the amount of refund will be calculated as follows:

  • within 30 days of arrival: – No refund of amounts paid
  • between 30-60 days of arrival – 50% refund of amounts paid (excluding the first £150.00)
  • more than 60 days from arrival – 100% refund of amounts paid (excluding the first £150.00)

Where a booking is originally for 2 workshop participants, and one person cancels, the workshop price for the remaining person will be adjusted to reflect the single occupation price.

Scottish Island Workshops

We require a non-refundable deposit payment of £250.00 per person which is taken at the time of booking. The balance is payable 90 days prior to the workshop.

Payments can be made via electronic transfer (from UK bank accounts), Credit Card or Debit Card. Where a workshop participant cancels after having paid some or all of their account, the amount of refund will be calculated as follows:

  • within 60 days of arrival: – No refund of amounts paid
  • between 60-90 days of arrival – 50% refund of amounts paid (excluding the first £250.00)
  • more than 90 days from arrival – 100% refund of amounts paid (excluding the first £250.00)

In the unlikely event that a photography workshop is cancelled by Inverglen Photography, participants will be entitled to a full refund of all payments made, including deposits. However, Inverglen cannot be held liable for any other costs (including but not limited to flights, other transport costs or accommodation) that have been incurred by guests that cannot be recovered.

If we chose not to take a deposit at the time of booking it will become payable in the event of cancellation as per the conditions set out above.

You can cancel your booking either by email at inverglenguesthouse@gmail.com or by telephone (01463 716350).

We strongly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance to cover you in the event of cancellation or curtailment.

What Insurance do I need?

When a booking is made both the guests and the business enter into a legally binding contract. In the event of a booking being cancelled, we will render a cancellation fee, as shown above. We strongly recommend that you have full travel insurance that includes adequate protection in respect of cancellation or curtailment.

Please note that we cannot accept liability for loss or damage to equipment and again we strongly recommend that you have adequate insurance in place.