Composition Series: Rock Abstracts


Composition Series: Rock Abstracts, Northumberland


27th March 2023
1 Space Remaining
10 am to 5 pm


Please ask about discounted post-processing session!

Max. Group Size


What's Included?

Approx 7 hours of tuition by Mark
Discounted post-processing session

What's Excluded?

- Transport to/from location
- Travel insurance
Capture to Computer: Shoreline Studies (RPS)

Composition Series: Rock Abstracts

27th March 2023
1 Space Remaining
10 am to 5 pm


This workshop concentrates on composing beautiful rock abstracts at Spittal Beach in Northumberland - a location with incredible rock formations! I will guide you on how to find and compose a successful abstract image along with the technical know-how ready for adding the finishing touches in post-production - including focus-stacking. Processing your images to create beautiful abstracts is equally important to the final result. I am, therefore, offering discounted post-processing via Zoom after the workshop.


For those who attend this workshop, I'm offering a one-off 20% discount on a follow-up 2-hour (or more) Zoom session to help process images taken on the day using Lightroom Classic (Offer valid for 3 months after the day of the workshop - please ask about this upon booking if interested).

Please bring/wear:

  • Packed lunch
  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • Tripod
  • Lenses covering a range of at least 50-100mm focal length.
  • Polariser (optional)
  • Warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the weather, location and time of year
  • Wellington boots
  • Black umbrella (to act as a parasol if it's sunny).

Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies
Shoreline Studies


Meet at Spittal Beach Parking (free) overlooking the promenade car park - use postcode TD15 1RW. Google Maps


Full joining instructions will be sent prior to the start of the workshop

Please bring a packed lunch and drink. 

Please bring suitable clothing in line with the local weather forecast. It is generally always more chilly at the coast so please bring extra layers in case. A pair of wellington boots are essential for walking through rock pools etc… Please also bring an umbrella whether raining or not as it can work well as shading from the sun, too.


This is a one-day workshop, therefore, accommodation is not provided. However, for those travelling from further afield, I can recommend the Premier Inn at Berwick upon Tweed - just a 20 minute walk to Spittal Beach.

Getting there

By Road

There is a good road network to Berwick via the A1 - please use postcode TD15 1RJ to navigate to Spittal Beach

By Rail

Berwick is conveniently situated on the East-Coast rail line. Mark will be happy to collect and return you from/to Berwick station (with prior arrangement). Please get in touch. The Premier Inn mentioned above is a short 12-minute walk from the train station if you are planning on staying overnight.

Booking/Enquiry Form


Please use this booking/enquiry form or email Mark: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Terms & Conditions of booking

Payment must be made in full when booking a single day workshop (you will be sent an invoice).  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."

Benjamin Franklin

“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
Professional Landscape Photographer

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