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.
The Isles of Harris & Lewis is, in fact, one island, with Lewis to the North with its hard granite-like moonscape terrain amid a myriad of small lochans and dramatic and craggy coastline. To the south is North & South Harris, with its sweeping turquoise shoreline and coral beaches of Luskentyre, Seilebost, Ushinish and others. This workshop will be based in Tarbert in the centre of the Island, which is perfectly placed for easy access to the North and South. We will explore many beautiful locations around the Island as well as discovering old lighthouses and long-abandoned sheilings - many of which still have contents inside as if the owners just left one day, never to come back.
For those also interested in wildlife, you will find a bounty of it on Harris & Lewis including sea-eagles, golden eagles, otters, stags and deer plus many other species. We will also visit the Callanish Stones, the famous standing stones built near the end of the Neolithic period over 4000 years ago.
Participants will arrive on the Saturday by ferry or plane prior to the workshop starting on the Sunday morning.
During the workshop, all participants will be transported around the Island by Mark.
As there is a maximum of just 4 people on these workshops there will be plenty of one-to-one practical tuition time, which will guarantee you leaving with the most beautiful images of this most amazing Hebridean Island.
During the evening or at times of inclement weather, Mark will help with processing your images using Adobe Lightroom software either using Mark's laptop and 27" monitor or your own laptop. We will discuss all things photographic and you are invited to bring along some prints for us to discuss in an informal setting at the Hotel.
The workshop will officially close on Friday evening with a de-brief of your experience over celebratory drinks. Participants will then check out on the Saturday morning after breakfast.
Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…
You may also bring with you a laptop computer for processing images taken during the workshop with guidance from Mark.
The Scottish weather can be hostile at the best of times (which is why it’s so good for landscape photography) therefore it’s important to be equipped with the correct clothing.
A Moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop - but all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access.
The most convenient ferry crossing is from Uig on the Isle of Skye, which takes just 1h:40m. There is a good road network to Uig on Skye - but it would be wise to include, and allow for, an overnight stay en-route if you plan on travelling a long distance. If you have the ability to carry your luggage onto the ferry it is usually possible to leave your car at Uig ferry terminal free of charge and cross as a foot passenger (please asked Calmac first before booking). This is much cheaper and the Harris Hotel is only a 5-minute walk from Tarbert ferry terminal. A Calmac ferry also runs from Ullapool to Stornoway but takes over 3 hours. Tarbert is one hour by car from Stornoway. If this your planned route Mark may be able to offer a shuttle service to and from Stornoway ferry terminal but please get in touch with him first with times before booking.
Stornoway has a lovely small airport which regularly runs services from other UK airports - but mainly Inverness and Glasgow, with connecting flights from there. A taxi or hire car will be required for the journey to Tarbert (one hour away) - although Mark may be able to offer a shuttle service from and to the airport depending on your flight times - please get in touch regarding this.
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.”