I’m delighted to have received the following testimonials for some of the clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

“This was not my first workshop with Karen, so I knew I was in for a great day. My friend Sandy and I booked a while ago but for various reasons we had to postpone which was a blessing because the weather was perfect.  Karen has spent a lot of time finding great viewpoints not generally frequented by other photographers/sightseers and so our images would not be run-of-the-mill.  Karen has a wealth of photographic knowledge and I was able to build on her previous instruction and guidance.  I learnt more about composition, exposure, use of filters and paying attention to detail in the images.  I came away after a full day with very pleasing images and a desire to further my skills.  I look forward to booking another workshop in the new year.”
Charles White (Wester Ross and Torridon Workshop)

“Spent a delightful day in Karen’s company as she introduced me to some hidden gems on the Black Isle. Throughout the day, she took me through numerous aspects of landscape photography, pitching her input to the level of my (limited) expertise but building on her teaching as the day progressed. I attended the workshop on my own, but Karen is very easy to get along with and the day passed quickly and very comfortably. It’s also clear that she can ‘up her game’ with those who are much more experienced than me. She has followed this up with her own e-book summarising much of the advice she gave together with links to useful podcasts. All in all, this was a very worthwhile and enjoyable day. I would thoroughly recommend it!” 
Geoff Hulks (Black Isle Workshop)

“I am so pleased that I booked this photography workshop with Karen at the start of our North Coast 500 tour. I have been dabbling with my camera off of Auto for a while but had not fully got to grips with the manual settings. Karen quickly assessed my current level of ability and knowledge and built on this starting point. I was quickly able to make the connections between terminology I had heard and its practical application. There were many lightbulb moments during the day as I developed my understanding. Working one to one meant that progress was swift and I came away from the day with many new skills to practice over the coming weeks.”
Linda Anderson (Black Isle Workshop)

“Karen provided a very enjoyable and helpful day for both myself, an intermediate amateur, and my wife, who has a great eye, but is not into the tech part of photography. The hikes into the photo locations were very pretty, and Karen knew how to make the best of the conditions, which were sometimes less than ideal. Karen has a genuine warmth and empathy as a teacher that lets her find each student at their level and give calm, helpful suggestions. In between locations, Karen was delightful company and showed us some other Black Isle sights.”
David and Susan van Blarcom (Black Isle Workshop)

“I booked a day with Karen for my friend and I to learn the basics of photography. As complete beginners we had mastered the basics of our digital compacts by lunchtime and spent the afternoon on the more complicated digital SLRs. That success is largely down to the teaching skills of Karen, other things that helped (a) my friend and I almost had the same compact camera and (b) we started at the same level of knowledge – nil. Karen tailored the day to what we wanted and where we wanted to go. Her advice was practical and delivered at a perfect pace – not too much too soon, but at a pace to keep your interest. Add to that her lovely character and professionalism with the booking system and you have a perfect combination. We’re practicing valuable skills in the field and will book again next year to improve even further and discover more fantastic shooting locations in the Highlands.”
Suzanne Duff (Wester Ross and Torridon Workshop)

“I took up photography about six months ago and booked a day on the Black Isle. Karen quickly worked out at what level I was at, and planned the day accordingly. I gained a lot of new knowledge on the day which I think will be of great use moving forward. As well as the learning, the day was really enjoyable and Karen great company. The day passed too quickly!”
Kevin Thomas (Black Isle Workshop)

“Karen is a very patient and kind instructor… a first rate tutor. She simplifies the complicated formulas of ISO, F-Stops and Shutter Speed. Our workshop was on the Isle of Skye. Taking her instructions, we composed professional grade photographs in breathtakingly beautiful areas while avoiding hundreds of tourists. We would highly recommend her workshops for photography enthusiasts of all levels.”
Terry Harrison and Terry Herbeck (Isle of Skye Workshop)

“Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful course we recently attended with you, the whole day was fantastic and seeing some of the area we grew up in and exploring other places on our doorstep was great! While learning some new skills and working the camera to its fullest potential and creating some amazing shots! Now off to practice everything that we learnt before our holidays next year!” 
Clare and Gordon Armstrong (Black Isle Workshop)

“Just a wee note to say thanks for yesterday’s day out to the north west, really enjoyable and your tuition has inspired me to get out and experience this great land through, hopefully, taking memorable images.”
Sandy Young (Assynt and Coigach Workshop)

“Hi Karen. Just had to say what a fantastic time our club members had on the Black Isle workshop last Sunday. Your smiling easy-going way relaxed even our newest members and had them producing better quality work in a short space of time. Thanks again and I am sure we will be booking another workshop for the club in the near future.”
Dave Freeman, President, Nairn Camera Club (Black Isle Workshop)

“I had an enjoyable and instructive day out with Karen on her Black Isle Photography Workshop. I learnt so much and hope to put the extra knowledge to good use. Thank you Karen.”
Charles White (Black Isle Workshop)

“Great workshop on the Black Isle. 41 years living up here and never been to these locations.”
Jacob Christensen (Black Isle Workshop)

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Email: karen@karenthorburn.com

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