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The Best Landscape Photographers in Scotland – Eilidh Cameron

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 by Rupert Shanks

Can you be taught to take powerful photographs?

Or is it something that only comes through learning to see light and landscapes in a very personal way?

We are featuring Scotland’s best landscape photographers as part of a series. Eilidh Cameron, an ambassador for Visit Scotland, has been chasing Scotland’s most beautiful views for many years. Here she shares her favourite images and an insight into how to progress your own landscape photography.

 

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Eilidh Cameron

My advice to anyone wanting to get into landscape photography would simply be to get out into the countryside and take photographs. People may disagree with me here but I believe that you can teach someone to use a camera but you can’t teach someone to make a photo; that’s something that’s got to come naturally or be self taught with practice and experimentation.

What I mean by that is it’s fairly easy to teach someone how to use the (aperture, shutter speed etc) settings on their camera and you can explain techniques like the rule of thirds for creating pleasing compositions but actually applying these techniques requires more than an expensive camera and an understanding of how the camera technically works, to make a good photo you need to have an eye for it.

Hence that is why I believe the best thing you can do is just go out and take loads of photos and practice, that way you’ll learn what makes a good photo and what doesn’t. Also by doing this you’ll begin to understand how light, weather and time of day can totally change how the landscape photographs. But most importantly enjoy being out in the landscape making pictures and all the joy that comes with it as at the end of the day that’s what is important.

Jura

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Jura paps

 

This photograph of Jura was taken late January of this year from one of my favorite viewpoints in Argyll. I had hiked up the hill with the intention of capturing the surrounding landscape during Golden Hour however I was not expecting the conditions to be as good as this. About 10 minutes before sunset the sun slipped behind the clouds, I was happy with the shots I had taken so started packing up to leave but suddenly rays of light burst through the clouds and across the peaks of the Paps. It was truly a magnificent sight. This is my favorite photograph I’ve taken so far.

Kilmartin Stones

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Kilmartin Stones, Argyll

 

As I was driving through Kilmartin Glen the day this was taken I noticed the sun starting to break through the clouds as it began to set, there was also a wee bit of snow lying on the ground which made the glen look pretty so I decided to stop off at the stones to see if it was worth a photo. As I reached the stones the sky began to turn to beautiful pastel shades and the sunlight reflecting of the snow illuminated the scene. I was glad I decided to stop off, however I don’t think this photograph would have worked as well without the snow.

Crinan 

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Crinan

 

The making of this photo was down to sheer luck, I had been out for a walk one evening last summer and what seemed like out of nowhere the sky began to explode with colour and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture it. It has to be the most dramatic sky I have ever seen.

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Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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