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LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOP

April 28 - April 30

  • TRIP AT A GLANCE

    • Dates: 28 – 30 April 2017
    • Duration: 2 nights
    • Location: Gleneagles
    • Start/Finishes: Gleneagles
    • Comfort: Luxury
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Price: £1,165 for single occupancy, £1,697 for double occupancy

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dinner, bed and breakfast for two nights
  • Lunch on both days
  • Tutorials with Colin Prior and a Leica Tutor
  • Tutorials, one-to-one tuition and critique of your work
  • Photography around the Estate, on location and at The School of Falconry
  • Use of Leica Camera equipment throughout the weekend

GRADING: EASY

Easy straightforward hiking generally over good trails with no major ascents. Days are fairly leisurely and we spend about four hours outdoors. Terrain underfoot is mainly on paths or hill trails which may be muddy in places.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

The 232 room The Gleneagles Hotel, just one hour’s drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, is set in an 850-acre estate in Perthshire, Scotland. Renowned for its three championship golf courses, Gleneagles was the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup Matches. Gleneagles boasts four outstanding restaurants where guests can dine in the elegant surroundings of The Strathearn, or enjoy the relaxed informality of Mediterranean deli-style Deseo and the Dormy Clubhouse restaurants.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE AKADEMIE MASTERCLASS:

  • Two nights accommodation in The Gleneagles Hotel.
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner are included throughout.
  • Personal tuition, critique sessions and tutorials.
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Gleneagles.

TRIP DETAILS

Set in an 850-acre estate, The Gleneagles Hotel gives easy access to the Perthshire countryside and to some of its unique landscapes. During the Masterclass, we will cover tutorials, practical field work and a group critique. On Sunday morning, there will be an opportunity to photograph at sunrise before returning for breakfast. Colin will give one-to-one tuition in the field and feedback on individual images to each guest.

The Masterclass is ideally suited to photographers who have a working knowledge of photography and who know their way around their cameras, regardless of what experience you have.

 

The Gleneagle magazine feature:

http://www.gleneagles.com/blog/view-finder/

TRIP ITINERARY

TRIP ITINERARY

Friday Evening

6.00 – 7.15 p.m. Welcome reception and presentation

7.30 p.m. Dinner

 

Saturday

9.00 – 10.30 a.m. Tutorial

11.00 – 4.00 p.m. On location (packed lunch)

4.30 – 7.00 p.m. Return to hotel – group critique

7.30 p.m. Dinner

 

Sunday

6.00 – 8.30 a.m. Early morning photography

9.00 a.m. Breakfast

10.00 – 12 a.m. Tutorial

12.00 – 1.45 p.m. Buffet lunch

2.00 – 3.45 p.m. Photography with The Falconry School

4.00 p.m. End

GETTING THERE

This trip starts and finishes at The Gleneagles Hotel. For timetables, costs and reservations follow these links:

MEETING INSTRUCTIONS

The workshop commences on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with an introduction and presentation. Partners are welcome to join this session.

TRIP PRICING

Price: £1,165 for single occupancy, £1,697 for double occupancy

Price does not include:

  • Transport to and from the workshop start/end points
  • Travel insurance and personal equipment
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Gratuities
RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

The ability to respond to Scotland’s changeable weather with appropriate clothing will enhance your enjoyment. The key is to bring comfortable clothing, which will maintain your body temperature under a variety of weather conditions. If you are at all susceptible to the cold, a down jacket or windproof fleece is the most effective way to keep warm and can quickly change your outlook.

Lightweight boots

Waterproof jacket and trousers

Hat for sun protection or warmth

Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip salve

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Carrying equipment for every eventuality is also counter-intuitive and you should avoid your experience outdoors being overshadowed by the weight of your bag – at the end of the day you are here to enjoy and not endure.

Cameras – Camera equipment is very much a personal choice and is dependent on individual preference, budget, and experience. Whether you shoot with a 35mm DSLR or a mirror-less system is unimportant. What is important however is that you are familiar with your camera’s layout and menu structure and understand the differences between the shooting modes.

Camera bag – bring a camera bag that allows you to comfortably carry your equipment over rugged terrain. Backpacks distribute the weight between your shoulders and hips making walking much easier than a bag with a shoulder strap and are normally protected from wind and rain.

Tripod – the ideal tripod needs to be light enough to carry comfortably but sufficiently robust to be used in winds. A tripod engenders a more contemplative approach to the photography and allows the use of slower shutters speeds. A wide range of models are available from Manfrotto and Gitzo and for more advanced photographers, carbon fibre tripods offer a lighter weight solution but essentially do the same job as those made from aluminum.

Lenses – like cameras, these come down to personal choice and will be determined by the type of subject matter normally pursued. Many photographers choose two zoom lenses; a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm, which will account for 90-95% of the images taken with only two lenses. Another popular combination is 24-105mm and 100-400mm. Some photographers prefer to work with prime lenses which offer improved performance at their designated focal lengths which means carrying more lenses and accordingly more weight. If the intimate landscape interests you, a 100mm Macro lens can be ideal.

Filters – many photographs find it difficult to shoot an image without some sort of filter. A filter needs to add value and if it isn’t then you are potentially degrading the image by placing a sheet of resin in front of your lens. The most commonly used filters in digital photography are graduated neutral density filters. These differ from neutral density filters in that they allow you to control contrast locally. They come in a variety of densities and gradations but in my experience, the most useful are a 0.6 soft and 0.6 medium gradation. Several brands of ‘grads’ are available but by far the best are manufactured by Lee Filters. They also offer a professional filter holder which allows the gradation to be moved within the holder, relative to the scene.

You may find a polarising filter desirable, although personally, I dislike the artefacts that it creates within an image and most what it achieves can be replicated in Lightroom more naturally. Some photographers favour Lee’s ‘Big Stopper’ which increases the exposure by 10 stops and transforms water and clouds into amorphous forms.

Backup and storage – Ensure that you have adequate memory cards and a means of backing up your work, either on a laptop, iPad or supplementary hard drive. Bringing your own laptop will allow you to see what you have shot each day and will facilitate critique sessions.

Remote release – essential to eradicate camera shake when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

Spare batteries – bring extra batteries for backup.

Lens cloth – a lens cloth is useful for removing rain.

Contact: The Gleneagles Hotel

Tel: 0800 328 4010

Web: http://www.gleneagles.com/event/colin-prior-masterclass

The Gleneagles® Hotel | Auchterarder | Perthshire | Scotland | PH3 1NF

Details

Start:
April 28
End:
April 30

Venue

The Gleneagles Hotel
Auchteradrer, Perthshire PH3 1NF United Kingdom + Google Map
Phone:
0800 328 4010
Website:
http://www.gleneagles.com