I’m Angus Mackie, a professional photographer and photography tutor, based just north of Inverness on the beautiful Black Isle. I'm on the North Coast 500 and am well placed to discover most of the Highlands. The iconic scenery of Glen Affric and the Cairngorms are close by whilst many of the wild and dramatic locations on the west coast are within easy reach.
Mountains, landscapes, coastlines.... As a landscape and panoramic photographer who specialises in 360° photography, I enjoy exploring Scotland and its wild and remote places and have discovered some of the best photography locations in the Highlands over the last 35 years of living up here. With a broad and wide ranging knowledge of the Highlands, I still enjoy finding new locations and fresh perspectives for my photography. The use of natural light to capture stunning scenery at spectacular locations is very much a key factor for my photography.
As a fully qualified and insured CAA Aapproved UAS (Drone) Pilot with full CAA Permission for Commercial Operations, I have approval from the CAA for a wide range of commercial aerial photography applications for both day and night time flying.
I’m a qualified Summer Mountain Leader, a Sea Kayak Leader and a UKCC Level 2 Sea Kayaking coach, with many years experience of leading and guiding. I was also a longstanding member of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team for 20 years.
Join in the experience on a sea kayaking journey from the Ross of Mull to Iona. Rotate, zoom and pan the image and whilst you're doing so, enjoy the scenery and the action.
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Some 360° photography fun at Knockfarrel, near Dingwall. With long distance views to Ben Wyvis and Strathpeffer, this 360° "selfie" was taken using a Fanotec Nodal Ninja motorised 360° panoramic head.
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As well as being a professional photographer, I'm also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters with many years of forestry experience. The two disciplines have co-existed nicely throughout the last 35 years and during that time I've also added a number of outdoor qualifications.
My professional forestry experience spans Operational Management, through Windthrow Research to managing Geographic Information Systems and I'm currently involved with Forest Certification for sustainable forest management as well as long term programming and planning for forestry.
I'm a qualified Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and also an Institute of Chartered Foresters Assessor for those aspiring to professional membership.
Over the years in photography, I've produced audio visual presentations, runs of postcards, I've been commissioned by the BBC for an early project in 360° photography from the summits of mountains and I have also been featured in The Guardian, The Scotsman and The Herald, to name but a few newspapers.
I moved into photography tutoring in 2014 and not only have I run my own "Sea to Summit" photography courses but have also worked in association with Skyak Adventures to deliver photography courses for sea kayakers and with a national workshop agency to deliver landscape photography courses.
A contract with Highlands and Islands Enterprise allowed me to develop photography tutoring further in my own specialism of 360° photography. I ran courses in Inverness, Stornoway and Dunoon for managed account businesses to develop the capability for 360° photography for business use. The most popular output from these courses was the subsequent production of Virtual Tours using 360° imagery.
I'm also a qualified UAS (or Drone) Pilot with CAA Permission for Commercial Operations. I have a wide ranging scope of approval from the CAA which further extends my capabilities for aerial photography.
In the outdoor world, I’m a qualified mountain and sea kayak guide and coach with many years experience of leading and guiding. I was a longstanding, active member of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team from 2000 to 2019.
In 2006 I chaired and led the development team for a GIS based search management tool for the then Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland. The product, "Mountain Map" is a digital mapping system, customised for use in Mountain Rescue. This software was provided for all Mountain Rescue Teams in Scotland and is still in use today.
Realising one of my dreams on the photography weekend........overnight camping on top of a mountain to capture dusk and dawn shots. Fantastic experience, definitely one to do again 😊. Already learnt so much thanks Angus.
...Thanks everyone for a fantastic 3 days. I enjoyed every minute - it was really good to learn how my cameras actually work - I might now read the instructions too!!! It was a great laugh and I really hope that I meet you all at some point again in the future for more paddling (and photography) antics...
...It was a great 3 days, thoroughly enjoyed myself, and the company was excellent. Great to have a laugh at ourselves - and each other! I'm impressed with the results achieved in such a short time, and I now have worked out how to take bracketed exposures and sequential shots on my 'big' camera, having read the instructions. Thanks all for your company, and Angus and Gordon for making it happen...
....Angus Mackie and Gordon Brown laid on calm reflective seas and warm sunshine as they taught us about kayaking photography. Superb days with lots of fun and learning. My gear is all dried and put away and I have now had a chance to reflect on our 3 days. I really enjoyed our time together and I felt I learnt a lot about photographing kayaking and scenery from a kayak. Angus and Gordon were such entertaining and instructive coaches and everyone was such good company. I think I will need to renew my acquaintance with Kyle Rhea sometime soon to see if I can master a low brace turn without requiring a snorkel! I am itching to to try some of Angus's suggested editing techniques and maybe even a stitched panorama....
I had a one-to-one tuition session with Angus of Scotland 360 and it was excellent. We spent some time looking at landscape photography, composition, moving water and the effects of filters. The knowledge gained from the session has been invaluable. Would highly recommend to all, from novice to advanced photographers alike.
Angus is a tremendous photographer. His courses are brilliant, allowing you to develop at your own pace whilst being supported by a true technician. Oh, he's also a nice guy..
Angus took some amazing photos of our glamping pod including a 360 degree image of the interior which we'll use for advertising on our Facebook Page and website. The 360degree image is a great way for customers to get a feel for the pod before they arrive. Thank you Angus. Your work is much appreciated.
Brilliant day, learnt some great tips and tricks that I look forward to putting into (perfect) practice on the Faroe Islands. Thanks Angus
For my partner’s birthday, I treated him to a day out with Scotland360 and I couldn’t recommend it more. Angus made sure that we both had a fantastic time and were able to achieve our goals for the day. Angus is a great teacher and very knowledgeable. My only regret is that we didn’t book Angus for our sea kayaking trip as well.
I booked the Low Light workshop on a 1to1 basis in Inverness with Angus at relatively short notice in January. I was delighted he was able to make it work for my only free evening in the city. Angus took the time to understand my skill level and what I was wanting to get out of the session and was very skilled at helping me improve my skill and figure out what the best decisions were in terms of composition and settings without actually telling me what to do. I would definitely recommend booking onto one of his workshops and I'm sure I'll take up the opportunity again when I'm back in the area.
Had a fantastic evening learning how to use my camera , took some stunning images of the Inverness Christmas lights. Looking forward to expanding my knowledge behind a camera with Angus in the future
Angus is an excellent Tutor. He spent time walking around the landscape discussing possible compositions, how they could work, what to look for etc. He advised me on filters and what, when to use, how to study what is happening with the light and how this can change the landscape and exposure. Angus is a really friendly guy who is very easy to talk to. What I particularly liked was that he allowed me to follow my eye and set up my own composition and then advised me if or how it could be improved but left the final decision to me. He allowed me to work on my own trying different filters, compositions etc but when I needed advice he was there. I thoroughly enjoyed the day of photography and learnt such a lot. I would have no hesitation to book another workshop with Angus when I return to Scotland.
Had a great 2 hour evening session with a few nice people and Angus giving us all help and advice on how to get the best out of some tricky lighting situations. Angus really knows what he is talking about and gave me some good ideas on how to improve and introduced me to the use of some different filters that i will definitely try. It was great value for money and I will definitely be going along to many more of his sessions. Thanks Angus.
I've had a camera in my hands for the last 50 years or so and I learned loads of new stuff trying techniques that I've so far not had the opportunity to. A wonderful weekend in a marvelous setting - and a terrific group of people to share it with. I look forward to seeing your images on Facebook. I didn't know what to expect (never done this before) but I've been blown away. Might even have got some decent shots to impress my pals with...