Personal Photography Tuition

What's on offer? Bespoke photographic tuition for individuals and small groups in Scotland, tailored to your photographic needs and outdoors experience.

For trips of 2 or more days, we can wild camp if you'd like. This allows plenty of time to explore the location properly, experiment with night photography and embed the learning.

An incredible 3 days of photography tuition in and around Glencoe. In stunning surroundings and perfect conditions for shooting landscapes, we learnt a variety of technical and compositional techniques (and plenty of other handy tips) under David’s expert tuition. I came away delighted and feeling that my photography skills had gone up a few much so that I now have the first photo of my own that I’d consider hanging on my wall. If it’s outdoor adventure and top notch tuition you’re after, delivered in a very friendly manner, David’s definitely yer man!
— Mark Sage

Who am I? A photographer and writer about the method and practice of photography. I've even won a few awards for both. It's nice to be acknowledged, but it doesn't prove you can teach. Before moving to Scotland, I worked as a qualified teacher (arts based to degree level) and have many years of informal outdoors experience. I've been taking and making photos for over 3 decades, working across genres and styles. Much of my work now involves photographing people and landscapes for outdoors magazines. For more info, take a look here or browse the website.

What will you need? It helps if you have some walking and camping experience to start off, but you don't need to be an expert - we can work on the rest, and adapt the weekend to fit you. You'll also need to bring your camera, spare cards and batteries, plus a remote timer if you want to make the most out of the night photography session. A tripod and some graduated filters can be provided if you don't have them.

Locations and Prices I have some favourite spots, near Glen Coe, the Cairngorms and on the West Coast, depending on your time and travel arrangements. The price is £125 per day per person, but a small groups discount is possible if you book together. Camping equipment loan and transport transfers can be arranged at little or no extra cost.

There are lots of photographers and lots of workshops, so why this one? Individual tuition from someone with real teaching experience, an authentic wild camp experience if you want it and a flexible itinerary... because the workshop is about you, not me!  Once we agree a venue based on your needs and wishes, there'll be as much structure as you need to make real progress in your photography.

Get in touch below to arrange a guided photo trip, bespoke to you.

Throughout the weekend, David’s tuition was perfectly judged. He alternated between sharing high-level principles and giving me a free rein to find shots myself, and then pointing out possible subjects and helping with framing and picking different perspectives. I found this mix really helpful; the more directive style gave me very tangible way to understand the concepts, and the subtle guidance gave me a chance to practice and work what I was learning into my own style.

David was also a great source of local information about the area. I came home having gained a new perspective on ways to look for and frame images - and having learned a bunch about winter skills into the bargain!
— Tim Granger
David really helped me sort out a fundamental flaw (judging correct exposure levels) in my technique that had been holding me back and frustrating me for years, as well as introducing me to some new ideas for composition. Despite challenging conditions, he was able to identify shots which tested the learning from earlier in the session and built upon them too, making use of interesting scenes and lighting we found throughout the two days.
— Graeme Seggie
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