Coastal Abstracts: North Cornwall


Bude, North Cornwall


29th March - 4th April 2020


£1,790.00 / £290 Deposit

Max. Group Size


What's Included?

5 full days tuition by Mark Banks
6 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation
2-course evening meal
You will be tutored in all aspects of camera craft suitable for abstract compositions
Advance your technique, sense of composition and understanding of light
Portfolio review
Be tutored in subtle post-production techniques using Adobe Lightroom Classic and multiple exposures using Photoshop
Transport to photographic locations for the duration of the workshop

What's Excluded?

- Initial transport to the workshop accommodation venue
- Midday lunch
- Travel insurance
- Drinks from the bar
Coastal Abstracts: North Cornwall

Coastal Abstracts: North Cornwall

29th March - 4th April 2020


The coastline of Cornwall stretches over 290 miles and is made up of sensational beaches, picturesque harbours and dramatic cliffs. It's also renowned for its small coves and hidden shorelines, which is where we'll mainly find ourselves on this 5-day (6-night) workshop. Based in Bude, North Cornwall, this workshop is for those looking to make less obvious and more personal abstract images instead of the bigger vista (although you may do this, too if you wish). We will visit a host of small coves with amazing geological interest as well as Bude itself, which has an amazing outdoor pool which floods at high tide - ideal for long exposure abstract images. There's also a plethora of rock pools and beach huts ideal for that more intimate abstract image.

During the course of the workshop, Mark will discuss abstract compositions and demonstrate focus stacking, intentional camera movement and multiple exposure techniques using Photoshop.


This workshop will be based in the beautiful seaside town of Bude in North Cornwall. The hotel looks over the large bay and has easy access to the beach within a 5-minute walk. 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 29th March and depart on Saturday 4th April (overnight stays for these days are included in the price). The workshop will officially start on Monday 6th January after breakfast when Mark will start with an introductory talk before heading out for the day.

For the next five days, participants will be transported by Mark to numerous locations around the area carefully selected for its amazing geology and abstract potential.  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 and Adobe Photoshop as described above.

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 debrief of your experience over celebratory drinks. Participants will check out on Saturday morning after breakfast.

Location Images

All images were taken by Mark in spring 2019 of the locations we will visit on this workshop. Click on one of them to magnify, then use the left/right keys on your keyboard to navigate.

Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020
Coastal Abstracts: Cornwall March 2020

Camera Equipment

Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…

  • Camera body and a selection of lenses that ideally cover wide angle to medium telephoto (for instance 25mm to 200mm). 
  • At least two camera batteries
  • Tripod
  • Lens cloth

If you have a macro lens you might also find this useful - but this is optional. If you would like to also take landscape images you might also wish to bring...

  • Hot-shoe spirit level (if your camera has a level indicator built in that’s fine).
  • A small set of graduated filters (please contact Mark if you need further help on which filters to bring).

You may also bring with you a laptop computer for processing images taken during the workshop with guidance from Mark. Again, this is optional as Mark will bring his along, which you may use to process some of your images.


The climate in Cornwall is always a little warmer than further north but it can be still quite chilly at this time of year. Please bring... 

  • Plenty of layers to keep warm
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Wellingtons and/or boots
  • Umbrella

Fitness Level - Easy | Moderate | Challenging

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.

Getting there

By Road

There is a good road network to Cornwall - but it would be wise to include, and allow for, an overnight stay en-route if you plan on travelling a long distance.

By Rail

The nearest train station is in Exeter, leaving a good 2-hour bus journey afterwards. 

By Plane

The nearest airport is Newquay, which is just over an hour away from Bude if you wish to hire a car.


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."

Benjamin Franklin

“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.”

Joe Cornish
Professional Landscape Photographer

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