Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye Landscape Photography Masterclass

May 24th - 31st, 2023

€3,700 (a saving of €400 over the regular price of €4,100, if booked on or before November 30th, 2022)

Join me and my good friend and landscape photographer extraordinaire Andy Bitterer as we visit and photograph some of the most stunning scenery Europe has to offer!

This workshop is 100% focused on landscape photography. During it, we will teach you all of our secrets for taking advantage of the light and creating beautiful and timeless photographs.

This is an intimate workshop during which we are going to give our undivided attention to a small group of only 6 photographers. That's a 1:3 instructor-to-student ratio!

We will go deep into such topics as:

  • Planning and scouting locations.
  • Learning to recognize the best light.
  • Nailing the exposure in camera.
  • Ensuring perfect focus every time.
  • Creating compelling compositions, through choice of lens, framing, and orientation.
  • Using filters.
  • Getting the most out of your RAW files with digital darkroom techniques.

Who This Is For

Are you adventurous and have a desire to explore?

Do you love nature and the wilderness?

Are you looking forward to producing stunning landscape images and to improving your skills dramatically?

Are you looking for somebody to create an itinerary that would maximize your chances of getting the perfect shot?

Are you willing to sacrifice sleep? To relegate lunch and dinner to strange hours, all in pursuit of the moment when the light is magical?

If so, then this tour is for you.

TOUR CO-LEADER AND INSTRUCTOR

Andy Bitterer


Andy Bitterer is a freelance photographer from Hamburg, Germany. As a frequent traveller, Andy focuses mostly on travel and landscape photography, capturing the beauty of nature at the far corners of the world. His work has appeared online and in print, from news websites and magazines to book and music album covers.


Portfolio: andybitterer.com

Itinerary

We will spend a week exploring some of the most iconic spots of Western Scotland, including:

  • Glen Coe
  • Glen Etive
  • Kilchurn Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Castle Stalker
  • The Isle of Skye (the Quiraing, the Storr, Neist Point, the Fairy Pools, Elgol, Sligachan Falls, Talisker Bay, and more).
The Old Man Of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Please notice that this is an incomplete list that is subject to change, depending on weather conditions. The weather in Scotland is always unpredictable, so we'll have to be flexible and ready to change our itinerary at the last minute.

You can expect our journey to start at either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport in the morning. of May 2nd. We'll make our way north from there, stopping along the road to capture some of the stunning scenery this region has to offer. After a sunset shoot in a suitable location, we'll reach a B&B in the vicinity of Glen Coe.

The next two days are dedicated to exploring the area around Glen Coe and Glen Etive. On the evening of the third day, we move on to Skye. Before reaching the island, we stop at the famous Eilean Donan Castle for a blue hour shoot.

We will then spend four full days on the Isle of Skye, before making our way back to Edinburgh or Glasgow on the last day.

if you are not familiar with the landscape of the Scottish Highlands and of the Isle of Skye, I recommend that you take a look at the following articles I've published on my website, based on my previous trips there:

The Jacobite steam train, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

The Jacobite steam train, Glenfinnan Viaduct

This is an intensive workshop, during which we will stay outdoors as much as possible and exploit every possible opportunity to take advantage of the light conditions. At that time of the year, at those latitudes, sunrise will be at around 6AM and sunrise at around 9PM. If the weather permits it, we will be up well before sunrise to reach a location. If the distance allows it, we will back to our B&B for breakfast, some rest and discussion, before heading out again for the rest of the day. Most of the days, we won't be back until after sunset.

There will be some hiking to do, sometimes on sloping terrain. Make sure your fitness level is adequate for the type of activities we will be doing. If in doubt, contact me and I'll provide you with more details.

The Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Quiraing, Isle of Skye

What is included

The price of the workshop includes:

  • Support and instruction during the whole workshop by Ugo Cei and Andy Bitterer.
  • Exploiting our knowledge of the best shooting locations.
  • Review and post-processing sessions during the whole workshop.
  • Seven nights' accommodation in select B&Bs, double room sharing. A supplement applies in case single room accommodation is preferred, depending on availability.
  • Transportation in a private vehicle during the whole workshop.
  • Assistance about equipment choice, image selection, and post-processing before, during, and after the workshop.

What is NOT included

The price of the workshop DOES NOT include:

  • Transportation from your place of residence to Edinburgh or Glasgow airport and back.
  • Any food, except for breakfasts at B&Bs, drinks, or extras.
  • Personal health and travel insurance. Proof of having a travel insurance policy, covering medical, hospitalization and repatriation costs in case of illness or accidents is required prior to departure.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the "What is included" section.
Glen Coe, Scotland
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Cristina Piva São Paulo, Brazil

To travel and work with Ugo is a delight. He is resourceful and knows his destination, so no matter what weather awaits you, Ugo will always suggest a way to make the most of the day. He is energetic, non-stop, productive. A travel/work experience with Ugo motivates you to become a better photographer. Must mention that he is very fun company, and loves good food!

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Murray Silver Jr. Savannah, Georgia

An "Experience", not a vacation. A "journey", not a tour. I've pushed film before but I've never been pushed out of my comfort zone in search of photographs that cannot be obtained otherwise. We put in 19-hour days to take full advantage of Scot sunlight in late May...and it was worth every minute.

Workshop Price

The price for taking part in this exclusive workshop is €4,100.

A deposit of €1,000 is required to secure your seat at the time of booking.

Early Bird Pricing

All bookings for which the deposit has been paid on or before November 30th, 2022, will benefit of a discounted Early Bird price of only €3,700.

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Terms and Conditions

Basis of Rates: All prices are based on two person occupying a double room. All prices are quoted in Euros. In case you are traveling alone and would like a single room, please contact me. The rates are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Eligibility: Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire journey.

Group Size and Booking Considerations

The tour will be confirmed only if a minimum number of 3 participants is reached. In order to keep the group size small and the experience enjoyable for everyone, the maximum number of participants I accept is 6.

Payment Schedule

The payment for this trip is split into 2 installments, due as follows:

  • €1,000 deposit is due at the time of booking.
  • Your balance payment is due by Feb 28th, 2023.

Cancellation Policy

The booking deposit will be refunded if participant numbers are not reached.

After your group has been confirmed, the deposits are non-refundable.

If you cancel after February 28th, 2023, you will forfeit 100% of the tour cost. Where the full cost of the tour has not yet been paid, it will be immediately payable on cancellation.*

* Note that if you cancel after February 28th, 2023 and I are able to backfill your place, I may refund recoverable costs at my discretion.

Payment Options

To book your place, click on the “Pay With Card” button above or on the PayPal link. Contact me if you’d prefer to pay by direct bank transfer.

Travel insurance

It is advisable to take out your travel insurance at the time of booking your trip as cover will commence for pre-departure cancellation from the policy issue date. This will therefore provide cover should you have to cancel your trip for an insured reason such as illness or serious accident.

I require that you and all members of your party are adequately insured, providing financial protection against unforeseen circumstances. Cover should include medical expenses, as well as repatriation, in the event of accident or illness. In addition, I strongly recommend that you have cover for personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation. If you are undertaking any sports or adventurous activities on your trip, including trekking, you should also make sure that your policy covers these. Please also ensure you read the policy conditions and exclusions.

Responsibility

Ugo Cei will provide education enrichment during photo tours. The other providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. Ugo Cei and its designated tour leaders shall not be held responsible for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government, or by acts of nature, strikes, fire, flood, war, terrorism, sickness, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Ugo Cei and its designated tour leaders for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.  Ugo Cei reserves the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on any photo workshop. Ugo Cei reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the itinerary whenever, in their judgement, conditions warrants, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

You have assumed the responsibility to select an activity appropriate to your physical abilities and interests. You are personally responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake the activity.

Country Graveyard and Ruined Church, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK
Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK
Loch Tulla, Highlands, Scotland
Highlands Cattle, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK