Camera Trap Masterclass

SCOTLAND: Cairngorms National Park

Camera Trap Masterclass

SCOTLAND: Cairngorms National Park

  • Learn how to set up and execute wide-angle camera trap images
  • Opportunity to photograph pine martens and badgers in a natural forest setting
  • Stunning location in Cairngorms National Park
  • Relaxed, house-party style format in our own mountain lodge
  • Tutorial sessions to inform and inspire

Recent advances in camera technology have opened up new creative avenues for nature photographers and one of the most exciting opportunities lies with camera-trapping. Capturing elusive, often nocturnal subjects in their natural habitat allows for images with a stronger narrative than is possible with a conventional approach, with each image captured being unique.

Around our base in the Cairngorms National Park there are healthy populations of pine martens, badgers and red squirrels and these will be our primary targets. The emphasis for this workshop however, is on learning and there will be extended tutorial sessions, both indoors and in the field, covering camera settings, lighting and creative composition techniques. Participants will leave with the necessary expertise to create their own set ups for a range of different species and interpretations.


During these workshops we focus on a particular photographic technique or speciality and using the best exponents around, explain how to secure images that stand out from the crowd.


Dates: 20-24 Jul 2018

Cost: £895

Deposit: £300

Single Supplement: £0

Group Size: 6

Guide: Terry Whittaker with assistance from James Shooter

Principal Subjects: Pine marten, badger, red squirrel, woodland birds

Cost Includes: Accommodation in single rooms; All meals; Use of camera trap equipment if required; Tuition and presentations; Transfers to/from Kingussie train station

Cost Excludes: Travel to/from the workshop; Travel/cancellation insurance; Alcoholic drinks (wine is served with dinner); Personal expenses


James Shooter

James Shooter

James is an established photographer and filmmaker with a passion for conservation communication. He has spent several years at Northshots developing an acute knowledge of Scottish wildlife and has led tours both in Scotland and overseas. A personable and engaging character, James will ensure you get the very best from your time spent with us. 

Terry Whittaker

Terry Whittaker

Terry is a widely-published photographer specialising in wildlife conservation with a particular interest in the relationship between people and wild animals. Past projects include critically endangered primates in Vietnam, the wildlife trade in Asia and hunter-gatherer people in Paraguay. More recently he has been photographing efforts to save the water vole in the UK. It's also fair to say he's a thoroughly decent bloke.



Our accommodation is a lovely converted steading at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains. Ballintean Mountain Lodge is comfortable and full of character - specially designed for photographic house parties. We have a range of single, double and twin rooms, all with private facilities. Kick off your shoes and make yourself at home!


Cars can be safely parked at our lodge. Directions can be sent, as Satnav is not always reliable. Our postcode is PH21 1NX.

Train travel is generally reliable and we can offer free transfers to/from Kingussie station (7 miles).

Our nearest airport is Inverness (45 miles) and we can offer transfers but we charge £40 per transfer, which can be shared if other members of the group are travelling by air. We collect at 4pm on arrival day and drop off at 10am on departure day.


Meals are informal and will be taken within our accommodation. We offer home-cooked, wholesome food prepared with local ingredients. Breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal and home-baked shortbread provide the fuel to keep you going! We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure you get what you want.


Photographic sites are all accessed via a short walk so only a minimal level of fitness is required.


The weather here is variable. You should expect a mix of conditions with temperatures ranging from 10-20c.


On still humid days, midges can be an irritation. Please bring repellent.


This Maserclass is primarily aimed at providing our guests with the knowledge to set up and execute wildlife imagery using specialist camera traps. Our time will be spent between tutorial sessions and in-the-field setting up. Terry will offer guidance on fieldcraft, composition, lighting and photographic technique. For those guests looking for image critique and/or post-processing assistance, this can be arranged subject to time available.

Giving Back

Northshots is a strong supporter of nature-based tourism contributing to rural economies to demonstrate the value of wild animals and wild places. We believe also that “taking” from the natural world obliges us to “give back” so we adapt our business practices to that end. We also contribute 2% of the revenue from this workshop to help local rewilding initiatives establish native woodland corridors.