Gleneagles Landscape Masterclass with Colin Prior

For more information or to reserve please call 0800 328 4010

Workshop Description

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.


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


Whats Included

  • 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.


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

Meeting Instructions

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


Friday Evening

6.00 – 7.15 p.m. Welcome reception and presentation

7.30 p.m. Dinner


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


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

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

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 against 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 aluminium.

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.

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.

Venue: The Gleneagles Hotel,Auchteradrer, Perthshire ,PH3 1NF 

Phone:  0800 328 4010



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.


Getting There:

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

  • 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

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