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!
The late, great Alfred Wainwright (fell walker and author) said Swaledale was the finest of all Dales and in early June each year its many meadows are covered in a carpet of lush and colourful wildflowers. The quaint village of Muker is the epicentre of this activity and where we shall meet for a full day of wildflower photography. Professional photographer Mark Banks will be on hand throughout the day to give practical advice, tips and tricks.
It is recommended that participants bring a macro lens and although it’s totally optional, a Wimberley Plamp can be a very useful piece of equipment, too (holds flowers steady in a breeze).
Due to tight stiles, this workshop is unsuitable for wheelchair users. The meadows are accessible via a small 5-minute walk to the rear of the village up a small but steep incline of around 50 yards. The meadows are relatively flat and easy to walk on so may be suitable for those with limited mobility.
You may bring a packed lunch and drink or choose to use the cafe or pub in Muker for lunch.
Please bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the predicted weather forecast and any medication necessary. An umbrella would also be useful for shading flowers when in direct sunlight. Suntan lotion and a hat would also be advisable if the weather looks good.
Please bring your camera, a choice of favourite lenses including a macro lens, charged batteries, memory card and a tripod will all be necessary. A Wimberley Plamp is a very useful tool for macro photography but not compulsory (Mark will bring his with him but only has one, so if you can purchase or borrow one that would be ideal).
There is a lot of free roadside parking available in Muker but it can be quite busy at this time of year. There is also a small car park but parking charges apply, so please bring some change with you.
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.”