It’s no surprise to those who visit Scotland that it repeatedly gets nominated as the best place in the UK for landscape photography. With mountains aplenty and picturesque lochs, islands, shorelines, rivers, waterfalls and woodland there really is no better place to learn about - and improve your landscape photography skills.
This 5-day / 6-night workshop will suit those photographers who prefer more dynamic winter pictures. Winter in Glencoe is truly stunning - usually with frozen lochans, snow-capped mountains, ancient woodland and gushing waterfalls all providing a sense of scale and beauty that is truly spectacular. This is a real opportunity for people who are passionate about the outdoors to indulge and immerse themselves in an amazing week of landscape photography heaven - with tuition provided by Mark throughout the workshop.
This workshop will be based at the Holly Tree Hotel, Kentallen just a 30-minute drive from the heart of Glencoe and includes a full Scottish breakfast and an evening meal. In order to get the maximum 5 days out of this workshop you will arrive the evening prior to the start of the workshop on Sunday 10th January and depart on Saturday 16th January (overnight stays for these days are included in the price). The workshop will officially start on Monday 11th January after breakfast when Mark will start with an introductory talk before opening the floor to any questions.
For the next five days, participants will be transported by Mark to numerous locations around the area including Rannoch Moor, Glen Etive, Glen Nevis and Kinlochleven where Mark will help you explore composition and technical skills in order to make successful landscape images. There will also be time for processing your images using Mark’s laptop (or your own) where he will explain how to get the very best out of your images using Adobe Lightroom Classic software.
As this workshop is limited to just 4 participants there will be plenty of time for one-to-one tuition and to discuss photography at whatever level you are - beginner or experienced amateur. You are also invited to bring along some images - either in print or digitally - for discussion.
The workshop will officially close on the Friday evening with a de-brief of your experience over celebratory drinks. Participants will check out on Saturday morning after breakfast.
Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…
You may also bring with you a laptop computer for processing images taken during the workshop with guidance from Mark.
Winter in Glencoe can be a hostile environment (which is why it’s so good for landscape photography) therefore it’s important to be equipped with the correct clothing.
A moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop - but all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access.
There is a good road network to Glencoe - but it would be wise to include, and allow for, an overnight stay en-route if you plan on travelling a long distance.
The nearest train station is at Fort William. Please contact Mark if you would like collection and drop-off from/to Fort William. Check train times now at https://www.thetrainline.com/
The nearest airport is Glasgow where you will need to hire a vehicle for the 2-hour journey to Glencoe. Check flight times now at https://www.glasgowairport.com/
Mark has public liability insurance for negligence caused by him, which is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Company of Europe Ltd. You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance in case of illness, accident, cancellation or any other factor outside of Mark's control (Terms and conditions apply - please contact Mark for written details).
I just wanted to say thank you for a great workshop in Glencoe, despite the weather! You are an excellent workshop leader with a high degree of professionalism, a methodical approach to landscape photography and the ability to adapt your teaching to your clients and the weather.
~ Fiona M
Thank you so much for such an inspirational day yesterday and for all your patience! I love my prints, thank you! I felt as though I achieved what I had set out to do and learn the principles of printing and look forward to giving things a go myself.
~ Geoff K
Hi Mark, Just a note to thank you again for such a wonderful week in so many respects. I so enjoyed the locations and the photography. Lots to process and think about again and some new exciting things to try. Your tuition and attention to detail is much appreciated and I always feel inspired again to get out with my camera. See you before too long in Yorkshire.
~ Anne W
"Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn."
“Mark Banks is quite simply one of the best teachers of photography I have ever met. His secret is an apparently endless supply of patience, and an acute analytical approach to developing systematic problem-solving tactics in photography, which he makes effortless and fun to learn, whether in the field or in the editing suite. Mark’s artistry, empathy, kindness and charm mean he is always a joy to work with, or to be taught by.”