Drone photography and filming

By John MacLean


Drone photography, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides




John MacLean Photography is a fully insured CAA-registered commercial drone photographer based just outside Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Applications for drone work include property photography, land inspections/aerial surveys, construction progress, landscape videography, overhead imagery of archaeological sites/works, imaging of otherwise inaccessible or unsafe areas, and many more. Shown here are some downsized sample drone photographs taken recently.


  • High resolution still images, supplied ready to use
  • 4K aerial filming
  • True overhead photography/filming
  • Photo library of high quality aerial images
  • 4K stock video footage
  • Excellent for marketing, advertising and property selling


I can work on drone/aerial photography and filming throughout the Hebrides. Drone photography is of course highly weather-dependent, so early booking is advised if you want work done in a certain timescale.


For further details and information on availability, please contact me on 07468 297727 or email me at john@johnmacleanphotography.com (please ‘phone or email me, rather than texting).



Drone photography at Scaliscro, Lewis

By John MacLean, November 2023


Afew downsized photos taken recently during the complete rebuild of Scaliscro Lodge, Isle of Lewis. These mid-stage photos were taken for one of the roof window suppliers.


Elevate Your Perspective with Drone Photography

Looking for a fresh perspective? John MacLean’s drone photography services can help you see the world from a whole new angle.

Drone photography allows capture of high-resolution images and videos from the sky, providing unique viewpoints of landscapes, properties, events and more. It’s perfect for real estate, construction, agriculture, tourism, and anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd.

Safety is the top priority: John MacLean Photography, based by Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, has the legally required third-party liability insurance and all necessary pilot licences. The drones used are equipped with advanced features to ensure the best results, even in lower light.


For further details and information on availability for drone and ground-based photography of Hebridean properties large or small, please contact me on 07468 297727 or email me at john@johnmacleanphotography.com



Aline estate, Isle of Lewis

By John MacLean, October 2023


I‘ve been enjoying visits recently to the Aline estate in south Lewis to take photographs for their newly-updated website at aline-estate.co.uk.

Extensive photography was carried out around the estate, including landscape and aerial/drone photos, plus lodge interiors, exteriors and boat trips on Loch Langabhat and round Seaforth Island. Many thanks to the estate staff and to Ben the intrepid German Pointer!


For further details and information on availability for photography of properties large or small, please contact me on 07468 297727 or email me at john@johnmacleanphotography.com



Tourist accommodation and property photography

By John MacLean, 04/04/2023


Looking for a property photographer based in the Hebrides? John MacLean Photography has wide experience of photographing properties large and small, from small holiday chalets to guest houses, bed and breakfasts and whole-property luxurious holiday accommodation, even carrying out an extensive high-resolution photographic recording of the recently renovated Lews Castle in Stornoway. I also photograph all shapes and sizes of private houses coming up for sale, using the best equipment and techniques to present each property to best advantage.

Below are just a few of the photos taken recently at the Marabhat Lodge holiday chalets at Lower Shader, Isle of Lewis.

Have a look at my Interiors page to see some of my work. Feel free to get in touch any time via my Contact page for further information or to book my services.



John MacLean Photography hits 30 years!

By John MacLean, 23/02/2023:


30 years in business - John MacLean Photography, Isle of Lewis


John MacLean Photography first opened its doors on 23rd February 1993, so today marks 30 years in business.

I would like to thank all my customers past and present, in photography and in framing, for their support!


UV-blocking acrylic for archival picture framing

By John MacLean, 20/02/2023:


Archival quality framing by John MacLean Photography, Isle of Lewis


Now available for use in framing high-value work and items prone to fading, such as colour photographs and prints, is UV-blocking acrylic ‘glass’.

Blocking just over 99% of UV light while still retaining the highest optical clarity, acrylic is an excellent solution for increasing lightfastness dramatically and protecting work which could otherwise fade or discolour quickly behind ordinary glass. It is particularly good for protecting colour photographic prints, original illustrations from magazines and newspapers, posters, delicate artwork, medal displays, etc.

If you have important photographs, documents, or artwork in an old frame, the glass may be darkening or ‘blueing’ with age. Replacing it with UV-blocking acrylic will improve clarity and halt the progress of any fading or discolouring that may already have occurred.

The UV-blocking acrylic is totally optically clear, has no colour cast and can be used with all the framing materials and mouldings I normally use. There are cheaper acrylic glazings available, such as the styrene supplied in mass-market picture frames, but they are of poor optical quality, have a colour cast and do not possess UV-blocking properties. The higher quality acrylic, while protecting work from UV damage, also lets through slightly more light than ordinary picture glass, giving a brighter appearance to the photograph or artwork, while still providing maximum protection.

For further details, please contact me to discuss options for framing.



Framed panoramic view, Stornoway

By John MacLean, 02/12/2021


Framed landscape photography of the Outer Hebrides


Framed canvas photographic prints: this detailed panoramic photograph shows Stornoway from Gallows Hill, looking beyond the town towards Back and Tolsta, with Muirneag hill on the left, and Point on the right. The picture was taken while the summer Hebridean Celtic Festival was in full swing in the Castle grounds and in the streets of the town. Shown at the piers are the Loch Seaforth and Isle of Lewis ferries.

The photograph, printed on high-quality canvas and framed in a bare wood canvas inset/tray frame, is available now. The overall size including the frame, is 93.5cm x 33.5cm (36.75 x 13.25 inches).

Please contact me for further details or to purchase: all major credit and debit cards are accepted. This item can also be sent by insured mail delivery (UK only), at extra cost.


Mìr air Mhìr at An Lanntair

By John MacLean, 03/09/2021


Installation photography.


Doing some installation photography of the excellent Degree show at An Lanntair, Stornoway, today.


The exhibition runs till Saturday 4th September.


A first of its kind in the Isle of Lewis, An Lanntair welcomes Mìr air Mhìr (Bit by Bit) – a collaborative show featuring the works of eleven art school graduates from the Western Isles.

Due to the global pandemic, Degree Shows in universities across Scotland during 2020 and 2021 were cancelled, leaving students unable to physically present their years of work to the world. In response, these island students have returned home to showcase and celebrate their final year’s work in An Lanntair’s main gallery.

Mìr air Mhìr presents their own Degree Show, providing a space for our local art students, who have studied all across Scotland and specialised in various disciplines, to present their final pieces to the local community.



Gill Thompson exhibition at An Lanntair

By John MacLean, 21/08/2021




Some of my framing work can be seen at An Lanntair, Stornoway, where artist Gill Thompson has an exhibition of her work in the Café Bar gallery.
Titled Oirean: Borderlines, the exhibition runs till 28th August.


Second Open Studios Hebrides event

By John MacLean, 28/07/2021


Open Studios Hebrides event


I enjoyed meeting those who visited my studio/workshop last weekend: the second Open Studios Hebrides weekend starts tomorrow, Thursday 29th July, and runs through to Saturday 31st. Call in at 22 Upper Coll anytime between 10am and 4pm to see some of my photography and where I carry out bespoke photography/art framing for customers.

There is also a chance to see the beautiful 1870s brass and mahogany camera formerly owned by Peter Liddle, farmer at Gress from the 1890s to 1929.