All of the landscape images on this website have been taken by your host, Steven. He has a passion for photographing the landscape, coastline and dark skies that can be found across Sunart, Morvern, Moidart, Ardgour and Ardnamurchan. If you’d like to see more of his work, you can do so by visiting his website at www.smarshall.photography.
Steven also offers photography workshops for beginners and intermediates, location guiding for those who want to go to some great locations for photography and sessions on Lightroom for those who want to organise and develop their images.
Photography Workshops for Beginners
Steven offer’s one-to-one beginner’s photography sessions to guests staying at Rockpool House or elsewhere throughout the West Highland Peninsulas of Sunart, Morvern, Moidart, Ardgour and Ardnamurchan. So, if you are here on holiday and want to learn how to get more out of your camera, then one of these sessions could be for you.
Each session will be around 4 hours long and can be held on the lochside at Rockpool House or alternatively at a location of your choosing in Sunart, Morvern, Moidart, Ardgour or Ardnamurchan.
He will begin with a few questions to help us understand what you would like to get out of the session, followed by some time to cover how your camera works and then composition, aperture, exposure time and ISO setting. For the final part of the session he will bring it all together so that you can practice your new skills by photographing the stunning scenery we have in this area.
By the end of it all you will be able to shoot in Manual Mode and control the brightness, focus and motion blur in your photos. You will also have a basic understanding of composition and some simple rules to make your photos more dramatic and aesthetically pleasing.
All you’ll need for the session will be your digital camera, fully charged batteries and your instruction manual. Also, if you have a tripod, please bring it along, but if not, he can loan you with one. Also, don’t worry if the sessions overrun a little as the most important thing is that you get what you need out of them.
Are you already familiar with how your camera works? Do you want to learn something new? How about long exposure, night sky or time-lapse photography? There are ample opportunities for any of these along our coastline, in our landscape and under our dark skies.
For long exposure photography, you can learn how to pick the right weather conditions, choose a good composition, initially expose your image, add the correct filters and adjust your exposure and finally take the shot. All you need is your own camera, filters and a tripod. If you don’t have filters or a tripod, then one can be loaned to you.
With the dark skies we have here on the West Highland Peninsulas, you could try your hand at photographing the stars in the night sky. You can learn about the night sky and the photographic opportunities that exist; learn how to focus and compose your shot in the dark; and learn how set the correct ISO and exposure time to capture as much light as possible. You can use your own camera, provided it can go up to around ISO 6400. Just bring it along with the widest lens that you have. Alternatively, you can try it out using one of our Steven’s own camera and lens combinations.
Why not try making your own time-lapse videos? Steven can help you learn about basic time-lapse gear; how to pick a suitable subject/composition; and how to decide on the shooting interval and set the correct exposure. All you will need for this is your own camera and an intervalometer to control the shooting sequence. Alternatively, you can try out time-lapse on Steven’s own equipment.
Finally, if you just want to find yourself in some great locations when the conditions are such that you get the best shots you can with the limited time you have here, then Steven can act as your guide to show you around the area.