"Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn."

~ benjamin Franklin


He is one of the best educators I have ever worked with, regardless of discipline…I will come back in a heartbeat, to take other workshops at the gallery that Mr Banks is conducting.”

~ Mr R Fosler, Massachusetts, USA


"I just wanted to thank you once again for the Robin Hood’s Bay course last week. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but more than that I left with a far greater confidence in my compositional abilities, and a decent basic knowledge of Lightroom. The location, accommodation and organisation were first rate, and your maxim of always considering the composition and only later considering whether you could pull it off resounded."

~ Mr N Farrimond, UK

Welcome to the first of my four part tutorials on the practicalities of landscape photography. I hope you enjoy reading them and hope they help you with your own journey into the wonderful world of landscape photography. Although these are my own views, they are based on running countless photography workshops over the last ten years or so, taking into account the many questions I get asked again and again.

If you think you could benefit from some practical tuition then consider joining me on one of my group workshops or why not treat yourself to a personalised one-to-one session instead? Details of all my current workshops can be found under the 'Tuition' tab at the top of the page.

The points below are all the things I try to remember when travelling to a location. The list isn’t exhaustive and it’s very likely I will add to it in the future. I simply think (and even to talk to myself) about all the possibilities listed in points 3,4 & 5 below. This way, when I reach my destination all these thoughts are already running around in my head.

Landscape Photography Tutorials by Mark Banks - VISION

  1. Rules
    There’s only one rule in landscape photography: There are no rules!
  2. Finding the image
  • Balance - This is key to a successful image. Be sure that all components within an image is accounted for and work as a whole.
  • Your Vision - an image should be of your vision, a composition you like, not one you’re composing to please someone else.
  • Remember, it’s not what’s in your image necessarily, it’s what you leave out. The most simple compositions can be the most profound.

3.   Think Format

       What format would suit the image best?

  • Portrait or Landscape Orientation
  • 1:1 (Square)
  • 3:2 (Longish rectangle)
  • 3:4 (More Boxy Rectangle)
  • 5:4 (Very Boxy Rectangle)
  • 16:9 (Panoramic - the shape of your TV screen)

4.   Colour or B&W

  • Ask yourself the question: “Is colour adding anything to the image?”. If not, try converting it to Black & White.
  • Generally, high contrast images lend themselves to B&W conversions.

5.   Form Factor

      Here are a few things you should consider before making an image:

  • Always work with the elements - you’re more likely to make a pleasing image more often.
  • Movement - either intentional camera movement (ICM) or organic (wind for instance)
  • Texture
  • Rain, Frost, Mist etc..
  • Lines & Shapes,
  • Light & Dark
  • Exposure times (long exposure or short?)

Learn more

If you've enjoyed reading Mark's tutorials and would like to learn more why not consider a one day practical or post-production workshop on a one-to-one basis with Mark. Alternatively, Mark runs several group workshops every year in some of the most beautiful places in the UK. Take a look on the 'Tuition' page for a full list of workshops currently available or contact Mark by e-mail - for available dates.