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 Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the UK and has a huge mass of woodland, beautiful lochs and mountains awaiting any keen landscape photographer to explore. This week-long workshop will find us in the most exquisite places for mist and autumn colour as well as exploring areas that afford grand vistas over the Spey valley and the Cairngorm mountain range itself. Mark will be on hand throughout each day offering advice, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this beautiful and dramatic location.
We will be based at the lovely Rowan Tree Hotel in Aviemore where Dinner, Bed and Breakfast are included in the price. Transport to all locations will be provided throughout the duration of the workshop.
This 5-day (6-night) workshop will suit landscape photographers from beginner to advanced - with tuition provided by professional landscape photographer, Mark Banks. Mark will also be assisted by the very talented Mark Reeves to primarily help with transport and smooth running of the workshop but will also be happy to help participants where he can. Transport will be provided to all locations for the duration of the 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.
The workshop will officially start at 9.30 am on Monday 27th September but you will arrive the day before on Sunday 26th September. Your accommodation and evening meal for the Sunday is included in the price of this workshop.
Moderate fitness level is required for this workshop and due to the terrain, this workshop would be unsuitable for people with limited mobility. All locations are carefully selected by Mark for ease of access and within walking distance of his vehicle at all times. Daily temperatures are usually in single figures at this time of year, so it’s important that participants come equipped with suitable warm outdoor and waterproof clothing, plenty of layers and good walking shoes/boots. Walking Wellingtons are recommended to bring with you as we may shoot close to shallow pools and lochans.
Transport will be provided throughout the workshop and we will visit nearby cafes at lunchtimes where applicable (or request packed lunches from the hotel). Please note that midday lunches are not included in the price of this workshop.
The workshop will officially close at 5 pm on Friday 2nd October and after an overnight stay, we will depart after breakfast on Saturday 3rd October.
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.”