Autumn: Torridon and Wester Ross
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Autumn: Torridon and Wester Ross
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.
Due to the more inclement weather that the Scottish Highlands experiences during the year, Torridon and Wester-Ross offers some of the most spectacular autumn colour in the UK. With dates carefully chosen for the optimum time, you'll witness the highlands alive in a kaleidoscope of colour! To the north of our base in Poolewe are the sweeping turquoise seas of Wester Ross including Mellon Udrigle beach which has great views of the distant mountains of Assynt. To the South-west is the Torridon mountain range which offers a great backdrop for big vista landscape images. In the centre, we have Loch Maree which offers stunning views up and down its length with swathes of woodland, full of autumn colour at this time of year.
I've been photographing this area for decades, so I know it very well indeed. Checking the weather throughout the workshop, I'll make sure we're in the right place at the right time to get the best images! This workshop includes all meals throught the day provided by my wife, Gillian. This gives us the flexibility to photograph whenever we like without the constraints of hotel mealtimes - particularly at sunrise and sunset.
On some evenings (or if we experience a particularly poor spell of weather), we will use the time to process some of your images taken on the workshop using Lightroom Classic on my computer and 27" monitor.
Be inspired by majestic mountains, misty lochs, golden beaches with turquoise waters and woodland colour that simply takes your breath away. Whether you're an amateur seeking to refine your skills or a seasoned photographer looking for fresh inspiration, join me at this spectacular location and experience for yourself the beauty of the Scottish Highlands in all its beauty!
Carefully Chosen House
We will be based in a large 5-bedroom house in the village of Poolewe, a location carefully chosen as a central base for our activities. Accommodation details and joining instructions will be sent before the workshop.
Fully Catered For
Although the house is a self-catering property, don't worry, you won't need to do any cooking (or washing up)! My wife and business partner, Gillian, will provide all meals at a time to suit our photography. We will provide a cooked breakfast, packed lunch and a 2-course evening meal with complementary drinks each day - all included in the price! Bedrooms are either double or twin with shared bathroom facilities.
You may arrive any time after 3 pm on the afternoon of Sunday 27th October, 2024 and we'll meet in the lounge for drinks at around 5.30pm to discuss in detail the format of the workshop and to answer any questions you may have. A more detailed itinerary will be shared after I have checked the weather forecast for the coming days. An evening meal and drinks will be served at around 7.30pm. For the next five days, you will be transported to numerous locations around the area by me, where we will discuss composition and technical skills to meet your expected goals. There will be opportunities for photography throughout the entire day due to the soft, warm light at this time of year. I will be on hand throughout each session offering tuition, advice and help with any technical issues. The workshop will come to a close after breakfast on Saturday 2nd October, 2024.
Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…
- Camera body and a selection of lenses that ideally cover wide-angle to medium telephoto (for instance 25mm to 100mm).
- At least two camera batteries
- Hot-shoe spirit level (if your camera has a level indicator built-in that’s fine).
- A small set of hard graduated filters (please contact Mark if you need further help on which filters to bring).
- Lens cloth
The weather in the highlands at this time of year is mixed (which is why it’s so good for landscape photography). Therefore, it’s important to be equipped with the correct clothing.
- Plenty of layers to keep warm
- Waterproof coat
- Waterproof trousers
- Walking wellingtons and/or boots
Fitness Level - Easy | Moderate | Challenging
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 Poolewe. It would be wise to include, and allow for, an overnight stay en-route if you plan on travelling from the south of the UK.
The nearest train station is Inverness. I am offering transport from Inverness train station to Poolewe the day before the workshop on Saturday 26th October. I will also drop you off back at the station on the morning of Saturday 2nd November. Please contact me before booking your train ticket to discuss exact timings first. Check train times now at https://www.thetrainline.com/
Inverness has an airport which regularly runs services from other UK airports and abroad. I am offering transport from Inverness airport to Poolewe the day before the workshop on Saturday 26th October. I will also drop you off back at the airport on the morning of Saturday 2nd November. Please contact me before booking your flight to discuss exact timings first. Check flight times now at https://www.invernessairport.co.uk/
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."
“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.”