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Orasaigh: An Introduction to Digital Photography

Digital Photography Workshop

Join photographer Michael Faint in a digital photography workshop that will take place on the inspirational machair and surroundings of Orasaigh, the location of his collaboration with the poet Steve Ely.  Michael will introduce you to the basics of working with your camera to get the best photos you can out of your location, camera and your imagination.

Additional information:

  • Maximum attendance of 5 people, please book early.
  • The workshop is open to photographers of all experiences—from complete beginners to Pulitzer winners.  No experience required, but you will need a digital camera (not a phone).
  • Participants will meet at Garrynamonie Picnic Area, for a brief talk about the basics of photography and what to expect for the workshop before walking to the beach.  
  • If the weather is unsuitable for outdoor photography, this workshop may be subject to cancellation.
  • Bring your transport, camera, lens, tripod (optional) and SD cards –  charge your batteries and bring clothing suitable for the machair and beach!
  • What3Words: orbited.rear.shuffles.

This workshop is held in conjunction with the Orasaigh exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh.  The following workshops are also available to book now: 

Saturday 4th November

Kids & Family Creative Writing Activity, with Steve Ely, Taigh Chearsabhagh, 10-12am

Writing the Apocalyptic Landscape, with Steve Ely, Taigh Chearsabhagh, 2-4pm

Sunday 5th November

Orasaigh Soundwalk Soft Launch. Boisdale, South Uist, 1.00pm-3.30pm

The workshops are free, but spaces are limited so booking is highly recommended.

Michael Faint is an award-winning photographer who lives in South Uist.  Shortlisted for the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, his work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers for over 10 years.  He exhibits regularly throughout the Outer Hebrides with shows this year on the Isle of Harris, North Uist, South Uist and the Isle of Lewis.  He is currently working on the photographs for the book Orasaigh, a collaboration with the poet Steve Ely, which will be published by Broken Sleep books in August 2024.

Image credit: Michael Faint.