Orkney Islands Photography Workshops

Orkney Islands landscape & seascape photography workshop with Steve Walton FMPA FBIPP 18th-20th November 2022

I am delighted to offer our Orkney Islands photography workshops on 18th-20th November 2022. 

Sunrise at the Ring of Brodgar
Ring of Brodgar stone circle at sunrise. Image by Steve Walton.

Workshop itinerary

Our Orkney Islands photography workshop is limited to six attendees.  You will be picked up and dropped-off each workshop day at our meeting point near the Hamnavoe ferry terminal in Stromness.

Our local guide and minibus driver, Mark, is a fully insured Orkney Islands Council licensed guide. Mark’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the Orkney flora and fauna and the fascinating history of the Islands will add to a great Orkney Islands photography holiday experience for you.

Our Photography Workshop Locations in Orkney

Our workshop itinerary includes the following locations:

Brough of Birsay (tides permitting)

Ring of Brodgar (sunrise and sunset)

The Stones of Stenness

Marwick Head (dramatic coastline)

Yesnaby (sea stacks and cliffs)

The Cost

The cost of this three day workshop is £750 per person. £250 non-refundable booking fee is payable on booking, the balance of £500 is payable on 18th September 2022 (two calendar months in advance).

Please contact me for booking and payment details.


In the event of unavoidable cancellation by Steve Walton, all payments received, including the £250 booking fee, will be refunded in full.

Whilst I will always endeavour to take into account personal reasons or circumstances for client cancellation and respond accordingly, the £250 booking fee will be forfeit in the event of cancellation by attendees before 19th September 2022.

If cancellation takes place after the balance has been paid I will refund up to 50% of the balance paid (not including the £250 booking fee), depending on the reason for cancellation.

Optional Workshop Extensions

You are very welcome to extend your number of workshop days to follow on from the 20th November 2022. Workshop extensions are charged at £250 per person per day. As an example, a two-day workshop extension to include 17th & 21st November 2022 would include a full day visit to the dramatic island of Hoy and a day at other Mainland Orkney locations not covered earlier, such as Broch of Gurness, Maes Howe and Hoxa.

A two-day workshop extension as illustrated above will cost an additional £500 per person.

Additional workshop days must be booked in advance and paid for with your final balance.

Please contact me to register your interest so that I can keep you updated with workshop details.

Dramatic Orkney Islands photography workshop locations

The Orkney Islands are home to many iconic locations such as the prehistoric sites at Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar Maes Howe the Stones of Stenness and many more, there is also a wealth of lesser-known coves, sea stacks, natural arches and breathtaking cliffs around the dramatic and often stormy coastline.

Such a wealth of choice and variety for a great Orkney Islands photography workshop experience! Please contact me for booking details and more information.

Sunrises and sunsets

Landscape photographers will be familiar with the blue, and golden hours of sunrise and sunset and no landscape photography workshop portfolio would be complete without the dramatic light that can be had during those brief periods.

We cannot guarantee the type of light we’ll have on our Orkney Islands photography workshop, but there will be light and it often changes rapidly. Even the seemingly least inspiring conditions offer great photography opportunities. The bottom image below, taken at Evie Bay in rapidly fading light on a wet evening, is an example of how conditions are not always as poor as they may seem!

The Islands in November are often bathed in stormy, intense light and there is always the possibility that that we may be lucky enough to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis!  The unpredictability of the light and weather at this time of year is one of the reasons why our photography workshops in Orkney have been scheduled during November and you can concentrate on your photography without being plagued by midges!

The days are shorter and it is perfectly possible to photograph both sunrise and sunset on the same day without having to endure an exceptionally long and tiring day in the field.

Sunset at Birsay, Orkney. Image by Steve Walton.
Sunset at Eynhallow Sound after a day of heavy rain. Image by Steve Walton.
Ring of Brodgar stone circle at sunrise
Ring of Brodgar at sunrise. Image by Steve Walton.
Skara Brae neolithic village. Image by Steve Walton.
Ring of Brodgar stone circle at sunset. Image by Steve Walton.

Ring of Brodgar at sunset in monochrome.

Ring of Brodgar at sunset. Image by Steve Walton.

Evening rain at Evie Bay, OrkneySoft evening rain at Evie Bay, Orkney. Image by Steve Walton

Orkney Islands photography workshop notes

Our Orkney Islands photography workshop with guiding and personal tuition by Steve Walton FMPA FBIPP is available to photographers of all abilities, whether you’re taking your first tentative steps or have many years of photography experience behind you, all film and digital photographers are equally welcome.














This creative photography workshop in Orkney will take place during 18th-20th November 2022. The workshop is three days duration, approximately 8-10 hours per day. There are no arduous hikes or climbs but attendees do require a moderate level of fitness and mobility.

There are numerous toilets situated around the Islands and they are generally well maintained in good, clean condition. There are also plenty of options for refreshment stops, but attendees must be prepared for the outdoors and possible rapid changes of weather conditions.

Warm and waterproof clothing is mandatory and a layering system is advisable. You will need to provide your own accommodation, food and refreshments each day as this is not included in the cost of the workshop.

The weather can be warm and balmy in the morning and suddenly change to cold wind, rain, sleet and hail in the afternoon, so please come prepared for, and expect, all weather conditions. Take the view that it’s a small price to pay for the dramatic light and sea conditions that landscape photographers love!  

Daily minibus pick up and drop-off at our meeting point near Hamnavoe ferry terminal in Stromness and transport to workshop locations by our licensed local guide is included. A maximum of six attendees on the workshop will ensure that you will have ample 1-to-1 tuition and guidance by Steve.

In order to provide clients with maximum flexibility during their time on Orkney, we do not include accommodation or meals in the cost of the workshop. However, socialising with our guests is important to ensure a great time for everyone and you are positively encouraged to meet up with us in the evenings as a group for dinner at a bistro or restaurants in Stromness.

Please Note:

Our clients are responsible for providing their own return travel to Mainland Orkney, accommodation, meals, refreshments and photographic equipment during the workshop.

Steve Walton will not accept liability for any injury or loss. Please ensure that you have adequate insurance for your travel and photographic equipment.

I am looking forward to welcoming you on our Wild Light Orkney Islands photography workshop in November 2022.  See you in Stromness!

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