I can whole heartedly recommend Ian Cameron's courses should you fancy another visit to Scotland. www.tranientlight.co.uk. The costs are high for the Masterclasses but include food and accommodation, however, it appears that he is only doing 1 budget workshop this year, a 3 day one on Skye. I understand that he has issues filling the places on the workshops for some reason. Not only do you get his time for 16/18 hours a day, but you also get photoshop tuition on the masterclasses. It is also possible to do 1-2-1 sessions with him as well - something I may think about given I can't manage a masterclass with my food issues.
I can definitely recommend them - not only from what I picked up - but from a definite change for the better in my photography. I have done a calendar for my family again this year, I did one 2 years ago, and the quality change in my photos is stunning. Even pictures from earlier this year just do not have the same feel to them. these are a few of the pictures I have taken on the course http://aramok.co.uk/gallery_293616.html I know that quite a few of them I would either never have seen such as the long exposure ones of the post sunset times at Elgol and Loch Rannoch or never managed to have taken satisfactorily such as the Sligachan bridge on which I can't post on TN.
I learnt a lot including finally how to use a light meter other than the one built into the camera and why it is so useful - actually bought one afterwards. most of my shots from the course actually used a tripod (as you know, unusual for me) except for this one - my new tripod is still too lightweight for my 100-400mm lens, but with speeeds at 1/5000th second, it was hardly necessary.
I also finally have been 'bullied' into using Manual for the first time as well.
My course cost me £595 for 5 days. Stuart and I combined it with a holiday to Scotland so I did not need to factor in the travel costs. I'm glad I did it - would I do another - yes if I could work out the food issues I have with a hotel Ian uses - I fancy either the Moray coast or the Inverpolly masterclasses, but I will have to save up again...
As for did I pick up enough to validate the cost. I think so, it also gave me a confidence I have been lacking of late and quite a few new tricks and quite a bit of understanding that I was previously lacking in.
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