Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique cities globally. This photography masterclass is designed to get the very best out of the location with two experienced professional landscape photographers and educators, Steve Gosling and Mark Banks. Their approach to the art of photography is very different and complementary, which will allow participants to explore visual concepts and techniques in various forms throughout the workshop.
December is a magical time of year to visit Venice as the run-up to Christmas makes for more unique images with far fewer tourists and more atmospheric photographs. In winter, Venice is prone to small areas of flooding called 'Aqua Alta', which creates excellent photographic potential and low-lying mist generated from the lagoon adding extra drama and atmosphere. To take advantage of this, we will find ourselves shooting during the day and early evening once dark when Venice's streets light up with the soft, warm glow from the ornate Venetian street lamps. There will also be the opportunity for pre-breakfast dawn shoots for those who wish to take part, too. Both Steve and Mark will be on hand throughout the workshop, offering advice on all aspects of composition and technique so that you return home with beautiful images.
This 7 night/6 day workshop is open to photographers looking for a concentrated & fully immersive experience to help them develop their personal vision and style of photography. Our aim will be to help participants move beyond photographing simply what they see but also communicate what they feel through their images.
We will stay at The Hotel Ala, a beautiful hotel conveniently situated a short walk from Piazza San Marco and the Accademia Bridge as well as being within 50 yards of a Vaporetto stop on the Grand Canal. This will give us a convenient base from which to explore this magical, mysterious, romantic and beautiful city. All rooms will be sole occupancy and have full en-suite facilities.
Places are strictly limited to 8 people. This enables us to offer an intensive event where we will work closely with the participants to ensure that the learning experience is fully tailored to their individual and unique needs.
Accommodation at the Hotel Ala (on a bed and breakfast basis) is included in the cost of the workshop. Lunches and dinners are not included (to allow for maximum flexibility and to enable participants to choose venues that suit their tastes and budget). However, we will encourage the group to have dinner together each evening so we can share our experiences of the day.
Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…
Although many miles south of the UK, Venice can still be chilly in December, so warm, waterproof clothing is required.
A moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop. Although there are no hills in Venice there are many bridges with shallow steps to climb up and down.
Flights are not included in the price of this workshop, so please consult your local international airport for details to Marco Polo airport. From here, you can catch a Vaporetto or water taxi to the Grand Canal. Full Hotel details and Vaporetto stops will be issued nearer the time.
Payment must be made in full before the commencement of a single day workshop. For residential workshops, a deposit of £500 is required and the balance being 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, cancels 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.”