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Picture2Frames: A Yorkshire Dales Winter



Swaledale, North Yorkshire


26th January - 2nd February 2024
NEW WORKSHOP: 3 places remaining!


£2495 (£595 Deposit)

Max. Group Size


What's Included?

Accommodation in one of two adjoining cottages
Cooked and continental breakfast
Packed lunch each day
2-course evening meals
All transport provided by Mark throughout the workshop
Loan of Mark's lenses, filters/accessories
Workshop tuition by Mark
Advance your concept of project-based photography from concept to completion
All fine art papers used
All frames used including 50x40cm block!

What's Excluded?

- Travel Insurance
- Alcohol (bring your own if you wish)
- Equipment insurance

Picture2Frames: A Yorkshire Dales Winter

26th January - 2nd February 2024
NEW WORKSHOP: 3 places remaining!


Capture the breathtaking beauty of the Yorkshire Dales in winter and transform your photography skills into stunning framed artworks. This immersive workshop is tailored for photography enthusiasts at all levels. Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate photographer, this holistic workshop will guide you through the entire process from concept to a final set of images that portray your vision of the Yorkshire Dales in Winter. Finally, you will choose three of your favourite images which we will print and mount to gallery standard in three different framing styles - all with expert guidance from me.

Based in two exquisite side-by-side cottages in Reeth, Swaledale, this 6-day (7-night) all-inclusive workshop is limited to just 4 participants and includes all meals provided by my wife, Gillian. All material such as a large selection of fine art papers and three frames are included in the price of this workshop - including a very large 50x40cm block board! 

Printing masterclass

At selected points throughout the workshop, we will process some of the images you took using my 27" computer. I will discuss the techniques I use to glean the best out of the image to create mood, atmosphere and delicacy (where appropriate) using Lightroom Classic software. As part of this process, I'll demonstrate how to create beautiful fine-art giclee prints "first-time, every-time" sized to perfection to fit your three frames using my large A2 printer. During the process, I will explain the finer details of printing to gallery standard as well as the pitfalls to avoid when both printing and framing.

An holistic approach

This unique Picture2Frames workshop is perfect for those looking to develop their skills in creating projects - from conceptualisation through to completion.

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This 6-day (7-night), all-inclusive workshop is based in the beautiful village of Reeth in the heart of Swaledale. Using two adjoining and beautifully appointed cottages, this will be our base for the week. Each participant will be assigned their own double bedroom with shared bathroom on a 2:1 ratio. No bedrooms are shared!

For an additional £600, non-photographic partners are welcome to attend on a shared room basis and will also include all meals (please note that non-photographic partners will be unable to attend the practical or processing/printing sessions). There are many lovey walks from Reeth for partners to enjoy. Full joining instructions will be sent near to the time of the workshop.

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Key Locations

I've lived on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales all my life, so I know it intimately. During the workshop, I will drive you to many different locations within Swaledale, Wensleydale. Arkengarthdale and Ribblesdale to fullfill your brief. We will, of course, photograph at dawn on occassions (which isn't particularly early) and dusk for the best light.

What you will experience

  1. Project Planning:

    • Learn how to conceptualise and plan a landscape photography project around the theme of 'A Yorkshire Dales Winter'.
    • Understand the importance of story and mood in your photography.
  2. Location Scouting:

    • Embark on guided photography excursions to iconic Yorkshire Dales locations.
    • Master the art of scouting for the perfect composition and lighting.
  3. Image Processing:

    • Dive into post-processing techniques using Lightroom Classic to bring out the beauty of your images.
    • Enhance your images while maintaining their natural feel.
    • All processing and printing sessions will be recorded to help you in the future
  4. Soft-Proofing and Printing:

    • Discover the secrets of soft-proofing to ensure your prints match your digital vision.
    • Learn about printing techniques, paper choices, and color management.
  5. Gallery-Standard Printing:

    • Create gallery-quality giclée prints that showcase the intricate details of your images.
    • I'll discuss how to size and position your images to perfection to avoid the many pitfalls associated with framing.
    • Gain insights into fine-art printing processes that elevate your work.
  6. Framing Artworks:

    • Explore framing techniques that complement and enhance your images.
    • Frame your three selected photographs under expert guidance from me - including onto a large 50x40cm block board! (large frames can be posted for those flying from outside of the UK).
    • Three of your images framed in three different ways; Modern Classic, Japanese style hanging & Fine art block - large 50x40 cm (similar to a canvas mount but far higher image quality)!
  7. Take Home Masterpieces:

    • Depart with three professionally framed artworks that capture the essence of the Yorkshire Dales in winter.
    • All images processed on Mark's computer will be sent to you after the workshop

Camera Equipment

Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…

  • Camera body 
  • At least two camera batteries
  • A lens (or lenses) that cover focal lengths ranging from wide-angle to medium telephoto
  • Lensbaby lenses / vintage lenses if you own any (optional)
  • Tripod
  • Lens cloth
  • Polariser
  • Graduated filters (ideally 1, 2 & 3 stop hard graduated). You are welcome to borrow mine where necessary if you don't own any filters.
  • Long exposure filters. You are welcome to borrow mine where necessary if you don't own any filters.


  • Outdoor clothing suitable for photographing in cold/wet weather
  • Waterproof coat in case of rain
  • Walking shoes/boots
  • Wellington boots (optional but useful on certain paths)
  • Umbrella

Fitness Level - Easy | Moderate | Challenging

The fitness level for this workshop is classed as moderate as their may be a little uphill walking on occasions. However, all locations are selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access. Due to some locations we visit, this workshop is unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Getting there

By Road

There is a good road network to Reeth in Swaledale - I will send specific location postcode a few weeks before the start of the workshop.

By Rail

There is a railway station in Northallerton and I am offering a collection and drop off service from the station by prior arrangement. Please get in touch.

By Plane

The nearest airport to Swaledale is Teesside International and I am offering a collection and drop off service from the airport by prior arrangement. Please contact me if you're travelling from outside the UK to discuss.

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 after all other places have been filled. 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