Isle of Skye


Location

Isle of Skye

Date

6th - 12th March 2022

Price

£1890 / £290 Deposit

Max. Group Size

4

What's Included?

6 nights en-suite accommodation (no shared rooms)
5 full days of practical landscape photography tuition and post-processing
Cooked and/or continental breakfast each morning
2 course evening meal
Transport to all locations each day

What's Excluded?

- Transport to Skye
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks from the bar
- Midday Lunch
Isle of Skye Landscape Photography Workshop with Mark Banks

Isle of Skye

6th - 12th March 2022

Details

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.

Connected to northwest Scotland's coast by a bridge, the Isle of Skye is known for its rugged beauty, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles ~ quite simply, a landscape photographer's paradise! Skye is also noted for its dramatic and craggy Cuillin mountain range formed from volcanic magma chambers over sixty million years ago creating a wonderful backdrop to many a landscape photograph.

Itinerary.

This workshop will be based in Portree at the Portree Hotel and includes breakfast and evening meals. This location gives easy access to many photographic locations around the island. In order to get the maximum 5 days of photography out of this workshop, you will arrive the evening prior to the workshop on Sunday  6th March (included in the price). The workshop will commence the next day on Monday morning after breakfast when I will start with an introductory talk.

For the next five days, you will be transported to numerous amazing locations around Skye - some well known and others a little less, where I will help you explore composition and technical skills in order to make successful landscape images. There will be opportunities for photography throughout the entire day due to the time of year and I will be on hand to answer any questions and issues you may be experiencing throughout. There will also be time for processing your images using my laptop and a large 27" screen where I will explain exactly how to get the 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.

On the final evening, we will have a de-brief of your experience over celebratory drinks. You will then depart on the Saturday morning after breakfast when the workshop comes to a close.

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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
  • 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).
  • Lens cloth

Although entirely optional, you will be encouraged to bring along some prints for us to discuss on evenings or if the weather is particularly inclement. You may also bring with you a laptop computer for processing images if you wish but this is optional as I will have mine as mentioned.

Clothing

The Scottish Highlands can be dynamic at times (which is why it’s so good for landscape photography) therefore it’s important to be equipped with the correct clothing. 

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

Fitness Level - Easy | Moderate | Challenging

A moderate level of fitness with good balance is required for this workshop due to some rugged terrain (but not particularly steep climbs). However, 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 Skye - 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

Due to its location, there is no direct route via train. However, a good compromise would be to take a train to either Inverness or Glasgow and then hire a car for the remaining journey (a beautiful scenic route)! Check train times now at https://www.thetrainline.com/ (Please note that I am unable to offer a collection and drop-off service due to other workshop commitments in the area afterwards).

By Plane

Glasgow and Inverness have airports that regularly runs services from other UK airports and abroad. From here you will need to hire a car for the remaining journey (a beautiful scenic route)! Check flight times now at https://www.invernessairport.co.uk/ or https://www.glasgowairport.com/ (Please note that I am unable to offer a collection and drop-off service due to other workshop commitments in the area afterwards).

Terms & Conditions of booking

Payment must be made in full before the commencement of a single day workshop.  For residential workshops, a deposit of £500 is required and the balance being payable 12 weeks before the course commences.

The balance of the cost of the workshop will be due 12 weeks before the workshop starts. If a booking is made less than 12 weeks prior to the beginning of the workshop, the full cost is payable at the time of booking.

If you, the client, cancels a booking any money you have paid (including the deposit) is non-refundable unless I can find a replacement to take your place. If a replacement is found an admin fee of £100 will be deducted from the refund. If I cancel a booking any payment received will be refunded in full. Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place. It is a term of the contract between us that you will obtain the appropriate travel insurance cover before you set out on the workshop. The insurance must cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the workshop (whether in whole or in part), personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs, loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, flight cancellations and delays as well as your inability to arrive at the workshop destination due to fuel shortages and other such disruptions out of my control.

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, I regret I cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of my obligations under my contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event which I or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, (whether actual or threatened), war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire, epidemics/pandemics, fuel shortages and all similar events outside my control.

Please note, I cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to me by you concerning your booking prior to me accepting it, I could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if I breached the contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by myself where I am responsible for them, my suppliers. Additionally, I cannot accept liability for any business losses.

You will be allocated either a single room or a double/twin room for single occupancy. There is no single occupancy surcharge. Where double or twin rooms are available, they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of check-in.

Mark Banks Photography reserves the right to cancel any workshop. In the event of any cancellation, I will offer either a total refund or a place on an alternative workshop. If the alternative workshop is cheaper, I will refund the difference, and if it is more expensive, you will be required to pay the balance.

All applicants participate at their own risk and Mark Banks Photography accepts no responsibility for injury or damage done to their persons or property. It is recommended that applicants hold their own personal Public Liability Insurance.

The type of workshops I offer require flexibility and must allow for alternatives. For this reason, the outline itinerary and workshop description must be taken as an indication of what may take place on the workshop, and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Mark Banks Photography.

I do not accept responsibility or liability for death, bodily injury or illness caused to you during the workshop, unless arising from the negligent act and/or omission on my part or on the part of any of my employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment). Please note that any itinerary noted on the workshop description is subject to change due to weather conditions and/or the capability of participants.

By booking a workshop with Mark Banks Photography you are agreeing to accept all of the above conditions.

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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