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.
This 5-day / 6-night workshop will suit those photographers who prefer more dynamic winter pictures. Winter in Glencoe is truly stunning - usually with frozen lochans, snow-capped mountains, ancient woodland and gushing waterfalls all providing a sense of scale and beauty that is truly spectacular. This is a real opportunity for people who are passionate about the outdoors to indulge and immerse themselves in an amazing week of landscape photography heaven - with tuition provided by Mark throughout the workshop.
This workshop will be based at the Holly Tree Hotel, Kentallen just a short drive to the heart of Glencoe and includes a full Scottish breakfast, packed lunch and a three-course evening meal. 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 8th January and depart on Saturday 14th January (overnight stays for these days are included in the price). The workshop will officially start on Monday 9th January after breakfast when Mark will start with an introductory talk.
For the next five days, participants will be transported by Mark to numerous locations around the area such as Rannoch Moor, Glen Etive, Glen Nevis and Kinlochleven where Mark will help you explore composition and technical skills in order to make successful landscape images. There will also be time for processing your images using Mark’s laptop (or your own) where he will explain 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. You are also invited to bring along some images - either in print or digitally - for discussion.
The workshop will officially close on the Friday evening with a de-brief of your experience over celebratory drinks. Participants will check out on 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.
Winter in Glencoe can be dynamic (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.
There is a good road network to Glencoe - but it would be wise to include, and allow for, an overnight stay en-route if you plan on travelling a long distance.
The nearest train station is at Fort William. Please contact Mark if you would like collection and drop-off from/to Fort William. Check train times now at https://www.thetrainline.com/
The nearest airport is Glasgow where you will need to hire a vehicle for the 2-hour journey to Glencoe. Check flight times now at https://www.glasgowairport.com/
Payment must be made in full before the commencement of a single day workshop. For residential workshops, a deposit of £500 is required (unless otherwise stated) and the balance is payable 12 weeks before the course commences.
The balance of the cost of the workshop will be due 12 weeks before the workshop starts. If a booking is made less than 12 weeks prior to the beginning of the workshop, the full cost is payable at the time of booking.
If you, the client, cancel a booking any money you have paid (including the deposit) is non-refundable unless I can find a replacement to take your place. If a replacement is found an admin fee of £100 will be deducted from the refund. If I cancel a booking any payment received will be refunded in full. Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place. It is a term of the contract between us that you will obtain the appropriate travel insurance cover before you set out on the workshop. The insurance must cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the workshop (whether in whole or in part), personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs, loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, flight cancellations and delays as well as your inability to arrive at the workshop destination due to fuel shortages and other such disruptions out of my control.
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, I regret I cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of my obligations under my contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event which I or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, (whether actual or threatened), war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire, epidemics/pandemics, fuel shortages and all similar events outside my control.
Please note, I cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to me by you concerning your booking prior to me accepting it, I could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if I breached the contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by myself where I am responsible for them, my suppliers. Additionally, I cannot accept liability for any business losses.
You will be allocated either a single room or a double/twin room for single occupancy. There is no single occupancy surcharge. Where double or twin rooms are available, they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of check-in.
Mark Banks Photography reserves the right to cancel any workshop. In the event of any cancellation, I will offer either a total refund or a place on an alternative workshop. If the alternative workshop is cheaper, I will refund the difference, and if it is more expensive, you will be required to pay the balance.
All applicants participate at their own risk and Mark Banks Photography accepts no responsibility for injury or damage done to their persons or property. It is recommended that applicants hold their own personal Public Liability Insurance.
The type of workshops I offer require flexibility and must allow for alternatives. For this reason, the outline itinerary and workshop description must be taken as an indication of what may take place on the workshop, and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Mark Banks Photography.
I do not accept responsibility or liability for death, bodily injury or illness caused to you during the workshop, unless arising from the negligent act and/or omission on my part or on the part of any of my employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment). Please note that any itinerary noted on the workshop description is subject to change due to weather conditions and/or the capability of participants.
By booking a workshop with Mark Banks Photography you are agreeing to accept all of the above conditions.
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.”