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Location

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Date

10th - 16th March 2019

Price

£2,500.00

Max Group Size

4

What's included?

  • 5 full days tuition by Mark Banks
  • You will be tutored in all aspects of camera craft, and in dealing with Britain’s elusive weather and lighting conditions!
  • Advance your technique, sense of composition and understanding of light
  • 6 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation
  • Evening meals and lunches
  • Portfolio review
  • Be tutored in subtle post-production techniques using Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Transport to photographic locations for the duration of the workshop

What's excluded?

Transport to the workshop accommodation venue (although a collection and drop off service is being offered from Glasgow)
Travel insurance
Drinks from the bar

Exertion level

Moderate to (infrequently) Strenuous

 

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

~ Benjamin Franklin

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“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

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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, London

 

The day actually relighted my interest in going out locally.

~ Mr M Taylor, Leeds

 

Mark not only has an extensive knowledge of photography and Lightroom and a keen eye for making a good picture, he also has the essential skill of all good trainers - the ability to match himself to his client and their way of working and learning. He has combed out the tangles of my (self-taught) Lightroom set-up, shown me how to use the tools properly and effectively, and got me excited about making the most of my pictures. I wish I had known about his tutorials when I first started out!

~ Mrs Carol C, York

Cuillin Mountains, Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye
(Joe Cornish Gallery)

10th - 16th March 2019

 

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.

Join Mark Banks on this exciting 5-day / 6-night workshop to the Isle of Skye to witness and photograph some of the most astounding landscapes in the UK. You will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the more famous landmarks such as the Quiraing, Needles (Old Man) and along the shores of Elgol as well as a variety of lesser known locations.

Mark is running this workshop in conjunction with the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton.

Itinerary.

This workshop will be based in Portree on the Isle of Skye. In order to get the maximum 5 days out of this workshop you will arrive the evening prior to the start of the workshop on Sunday 10th March and leave on Saturday 16th March (overnight stays for these days are included in the price). The workshop will officially start on Monday 11th March after breakfast when Mark will start with an introductory talk before opening the floor to any questions.

For the next five days, participants will be transported to numerous locations around the area where Mark 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 Mark will be on hand to answer any questions and issues you may be experiencing. There will also be time for processing your images using Mark’s laptop (or your own) where he will explain exactly how to get the very 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.

The workshop will officially close on the evening of Friday 15th March evening with a de-brief of your experience over celebratory drinks. Participants will check out on the Saturday morning after breakfast.

Skye Landscape Photography Workshop
Skye Landscape Photography Workshop
Skye Landscape Photography Workshop

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

You may also bring with you a laptop computer for processing images taken during the workshop with guidance from Mark.

Clothing

Skye can be hostile at the best of times, 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 - Moderate to (infrequently) Challenging 

A moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop - although one of the mornings/evenings might find us taking pictures from the Old Man of Storr, which we would class as a challenging location. Participants who may find this location too much for them may wish to spend a few hours around the exquisite small harbour in Portree as an alternative.

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

The nearest train station is at Glasgow. Mark will be offering transport from Glasgow train station to Portree on the afternoon of Sunday 10th March. He will also drop you off back at the station on the afternoon of Saturday 16th. Please contact Mark before booking your train ticket to discuss exact timings first. Check train times now at https://www.thetrainline.com/

By Plane

Glasgow has an airport which regularly runs services from other UK airports and abroad. Mark will be offering transport from Glasgow airport to Portree on the afternoon of Sunday 10th March. He will also drop you off back at the airport on the morning of Saturday 16th. Please contact Mark before booking your flight to discuss exact timings first. Check flight times now at https://www.glasgowairport.com/