Highland winter; a week in Assynt (RPS)


Organised for the Royal Photographic Society

Location

Assynt, Scotland

Date

17th - 23rd January 2021

Price

£1,556.00 (Landscape) Group member
£1,656 RPS member
£1,756.00 Non-RPS member

Max. Group Size

7

What's Included?

5 full days tuition by Mark Banks
Transport to each location during the workshop
Hotel Accommodation
Breakfast
Packed Lunch
Evening Meal

What's Excluded?

- Travel insurance
- Drinks from the bar
Highland winter; a week in Assynt

Highland winter; a week in Assynt (RPS)

Organised for the Royal Photographic Society
17th - 23rd January 2021

Details

Mark is a proud member of the Royal Photographic Society and runs practical photography workshops for them around the UK. These workshops are a great way of accelerating your photographic skills along with meeting up with like-minded RPS members with a passion for landscape photography. If you are a member of the RPS these workshops offer great value for money! You do not have to be a member of the RPS to attend this workshop.

The area of Assynt is located North of Ullapool in one of the most beautiful mountainous areas of the Scottish Highlands. Its rugged landscape and many lochs create a fascinating foreground to the many iconic mountain peaks such as Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Cul Beag and Cul Mor. This week-long workshop will find us enveloped in this dramatic landscape at the most dynamic time of year.

 (RPS)Workshop leader Mark Banks will be on hand throughout each day offering advice, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this incredible location. During the week Mark will also give informal demonstrations of image processing and offer image review sessions for participants.

Images from Assynt

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Fitness

No mountains will be scaled on this workshop but a moderate level of fitness is required due to some locations being elevated with short inclines. However, all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access. Most locations to be visited will feature uneven rocky terrain and so this workshop is unlikely to suit most people with limited mobility. However, please contact Mark Banks to discuss further if you would be interested in attending.

Accommodation

We will be based at the Royal Hotel in Ullapool where dinner, bed and breakfast and packed lunches are included in the price. Transport to all locations will be provided throughout the duration of the workshop. Mark Banks will be assisted by Mark Reeves for logistical and safety reasons during this workshop.

During the evenings (or days of particularly inclement weather), Mark will be on hand to help process images taken during the workshop using Adobe Lightroom Classic on Mark’s laptop or your own if you have one. Participants are also encouraged to bring along prints or digital images to discuss composition, processing and advice about printing.

Equipment to bring

  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • Tripod
  • 6- and 10-stop neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Graduated neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the weather, location and time of year
  • Walking boots
  • Wellies
  • Grippers/microspikes for wellies (wet rocks can be very slippery)
  • Umbrella
  • Torch / headtorch

Insurance

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).

Testimonials

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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