Lyon Lodge

Lyon Lodge

Glen Lyon Photographic Retreat with Jamie Grant and Jo Cound

Photographers Jamie Grant and Jo Cound are offering a unique residential photographic retreat in stunning Glen Lyon (Perthshire) from Friday May 5th to Sunday May 7th 2017. With the course limited to only four participants this is a unique opportunity to get to grips with two distinctive approaches to nature photography in Scotland’s longest glen.

Jamie Grant will run a master class in black and white landscape photography and Jo Cound will focus her workshop on mastering colour close ups. The training will include field work in varied locations in Glen Lyon, one-to-one tuition from the tutors and time to develop your own photographic practice. The retreat includes comfortable accommodation for two nights in Lyon Lodge, full catering and a dram or two by the fire.

The cost for this exclusive photographic retreat including accommodation, meals and tuition starts at £300. Spaces are limited so book soon!


Jamie Grant, 01887 822 817, 07960 686477, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Course Schedule

Friday 5th of May

Arrive at Lyon Lodge any time from 4pm
6pm: Dinner and introductions
7:30pm: Presentation by Jamie Glen: Winter in Glen Lyon

Saturday 6th of May

7am – 9:30am: Breakfast
10am: Tuition by Jamie Grant starts with introduction to Black and White photography. Session includes exploration of different approaches: Digital, 35mm, medium and large formats.
11:30am - 1pm: First field trip to photograph veteran beech avenue
1pm – 2pm: Packed lunch on location, or back at Lyon Lodge depending on weather conditions
2pm – 5pm: Excursion to split rock, Roro
6pm – 7pm: Debrief and review of images
7:30pm: BBQ and fire in the garden of Lyon Lodge

Sunday 7th of May

7am – 10am: breakfast
9:30am – 10:30am: Jo Cound introduces her close up workshop and covers first principles of composition, focusing and light
10:30am - 12:30pm: Field trip to photograph wild flowers on Lawers
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch at the Bridge of Balgie Tea Room
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Excursion to photograph bluebells at Woodend
4:00pm - 5pm: Debrief and review of images
5pm: Course finishes and guests depart

Additional information:

Although all the locations are short hikes and easily accessible a reasonable level of fitness is required. Please note that the locations may change depending on weather conditions and flora. Please bring warm clothes, wet weather gear, walking boots and a waterproof case for your camera. Please also inform us of any relevant medical conditions and/or dietary requirements ahead of the course.

Lyon Lodge (pictured) is situated in the heart of Glen Lyon, between Innerwick and Bridge of Balgie. This Victorian manse offers comfortable accommodation and is surrounded by spectacular scenery and fantastic walks in every direction.

Glen Lyon photographic retreat tutors:

Jamie Grant

Photography has been in Jamie’s blood ever since his father took him on long hikes with a camera on the west coast of Scotland. He went on to shoot a mix of landscape, travel and street photography in South America where he worked as a photojournalist for three years. Jamie moved back to Scotland in 2000 and worked on photographic commissions for charities, including the Scottish Refugee Council, WWF, John Muir Trust, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Mercy Corps.

Since 2014 Jamie has published three books of mainly landscape photographs: Winter in Glen Lyon, The High Oak and most recently Summer in South Georgia. Winter in Glen Lyon, shot in black and white over ten years, was voted runner up for Scotland's favourite photo nature book 2014. Recent exhibitions have included work in The Watermill in Aberfeldy, Birnam Arts in Dunkeld, Perth Museum and The National Gallery in Edinburgh. He is currently working towards a solo show at The Discovery Centre, Dundee.

“Although most of my workflow these days is digital, shooting black and white film still remains my first love. This for me is photography at its most simple and rewarding - nothing more, or less, than a luminous glimpse into our fleeting world,” commented Jamie.

Caledonian-pines-gallin by Jamie Grant Meall-ghaordie by Jamie Grant

Jo Cound

Jo studied Photography at Staffordshire University before working at Kodak Professional for a year. She went freelance in 1999 and has exhibited all over Britain, including The Waterlily House at Kew Gardens, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Crieff Visitor Centre and Crieff Hydro Hotel. Her images were awarded a Silver-Gilt medal at the RHS London Flower Show. Jo is an experienced tutor, teaching photography and digital imaging on National Diploma and Degree Courses and running photography workshops for 20 years.

Jo specialises in photographs of the natural world. On many occasions her images have been mistaken for paintings due to the painterly qualities of her photographic style. “I love nature and all things that grow. I am usually attracted to details, things that are often overlooked, and irregularities I find intriguing,” commented Jo.

“I prefer to shoot on film and hand print my images in the darkroom. I do shoot more digitally these days, but the print is still paramount to me. Achieving a good print with colour accuracy and subtle tones to bring out the detail is possible using digital capture when printed through the light sensitive traditional process.”

Jo-cound-2-images by Jo Cound

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