This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn, discover and explore the moody mountain peaks, roaring waterfalls, dramatic coastlines and unique volcanic rock formations of Scotland with passionate and like-minded enthusiasts, using the best photographic equipment on the market.
BETTER MOMENTS & PHASE ONE EXPLORER is your gateway to working with top of the line equipment from Phase One, while simultaneously exploring one of the most scenic destinations on the planet.
We provide participants with exclusive access to the power and versatility of the Phase One Premiere XF Camera System and Capture One software, as well as continuous support and training from both Phase One experts and award-winning Better Moments photographers.
All our guests will receive exclusive Phase One equipment, software and training for use during this workshop, including:
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop.
One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop.
CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop.
Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
Tom D. Jones is famous for his fine art photography, from which he has received numerous awards, for example the European Fine Art Photographer Of The Year 2009. He’s part of the prestigious association Master Qualified European Photographer and in 2012 he distinguished himself with the well deserved Hasselblad Master Award 2012 in Landscape/Nature.
A certified Better Moments photographer will be assisting Tom D. Jones on location.
Arrival and meet-up in Edinburgh. The city is divided in two parts with the old and the new. The new part has diverse and exciting shopping possibilities and the old part is a wonderful and historic area with many museums
We drive from Edinburgh to Skye. On our way we’ll see the amazing Glen Coe pass, stopping at the famous Three Sisters continuing to Mallaig, where we take the ferry to Skye. We will also stop to shoot Glenfinnan Viaduct, the famous “Harry Potter bridge”. In the evening we arrive at the Cuillin Hills Hotel and its wonderful restaurant with panoramic views over the harbor and Cuilin Hills
The morning begins with a hike to The Old Man of Storr. After lunch we continue to The Quiraing, with wonderful panoramic views over Trotternish. The Quiraing is a fascinating rugged landscape on the Trotternish Peninsula with views east across to the mainland and the iconic Old Man of Storr. We will work a full day in the hills until the last light of day and make sure to be at the best locations at sunset – thus you get a soft light to work with, as well as massive cloud formations over the hills. After dinner we will work on photos from the day and Tom will guide and advise in Light room and Photoshop.
We’ll be doing coastline photography and a boat trip from Elgol to ‘Loch Coruisk’ in the heart of the Cuillin Hills, where we’ll be dropped off to work around the lake. During the boat trip we will spot a seal colony on the small isles in front of the Cuillin Hills.
The Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle. A location dominated by the Cuillin Hills. The water running off the hills flows down into the glen via a series of picturesque rocky waterfalls. After lunch we continue to Neist point. The beautiful lighthouse, which is located at the most western point on the Duirinish Peninsula, is astonishing with the dramatic and extremely photogenic cliffs surrounding the lighthouse. The location also offers the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks – if we are lucky.
After dinner, objective criticism by Tom on today’s pictures, and advice about how to optimize your photographic skill
Due to the unpredictability of Scottish weather, we have put in an extra day here which will allow you to explore more of your favorite locations on Skye – either to do reshoots or discover new possibilities.
On our way back to Edinburgh we’ll shoot over the Sligachan stone bridge crossing the river which carries the water down from the Cuillin. The bridge is a magnificent sight, surrounded by the hills. Afterwards we stop by Eilean Donan Castle. One of the most photographed Scottish Castles. A real “Braveheart” feeling and a perfect closure for this Scottish Highland adventure. In the evening we arrive in Edinburgh for a farewell dinner – with real malt whisky!
After breakfast we depart for our home destinations.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
October 05- 12 – 2019
Number of guests: 7-12
Local transport: 4×4 bus and boat is included
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotel is included
Meals: All meals are included
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop. – One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop. – CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop. – Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
Travel to and from the workshop destination: not included
Visa and taxes: not included
Alcoholic beverages: not included
Travel insurance: not included
€ 4,650 in shared double room.
€ 4,950 in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.
The program will be flexible to make the best use of the locations, the light and the prevailing weather conditions.
Better Moments will arrange one pickup transfer and one return transfer to the airport on the arrival- and the departure day.
There are several flights, many on a daily basis to and from international Airports, possibly with change in Manchester or Dublin.
You must have a valid passport from before the start of your journey to Scotland. Visitors outside UK and EU may need a visa, otherwise you can stay as long as required. Please check with the local embassy and read more at http://www.visitscotland.com/travel/information/passports-visas-customs
The main language spoken in Scotland is English, while Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. The dialect of English spoken in Scotland is referred to as Scottish English.
The monetary currency used is British Pound (GBP).
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalogue are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.
“I have very fond memories of my workshop in Scotland with Better Moments and Tom D Jones. Of course, the Isle of Skye is a fabulous playground for photographers and landscapes lovers: old stones and rocks with unreal shapes are everywhere; so is water: rivers, waterfalls, sea waves, raindrops falling on you head (!). And then there’s this crazy light in the sky of the Hebrides…
The workshop was a good balance between indoor technical sessions and outdoor shooting sessions. It’s important to know, as the weather can be quite unpredictable there. The organisation of the trip was top-notch and our “accomodation” in the heights of Portree was probably one of the nicest hotels in this area.
Besides all this, there is Tom. He’s not only capable of talking about the right settings to use with your camera. No, the most important thing is his ability – always with kindness – to push you outside your comfort zone: the best composition is the thing to look for, before anything else. First of all, he tells you to move, move, and move again in order to find a better perspective, a better foreground, a better reflection. He doesn’t care to put his feet in the water because photographers should “suffer” a little, make some efforts and do their best if they really want to produce something different, more personnal, and more personally rewarding.
Tom knows that. And if you follow his advice, who knows? – you could meet Tom in the same place you finally decided to go by yourself, and that will be rewarding too.”
Laurent Guigue, France