Holy Island, Northumberland


26th April 2019


(Landscape) Group member £30

RPS member £60

Non-RPS Member £75

Max Group Size


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Book via the RPS website here. 

What's included?

Approx 8 hours of tuition by Mark

What's excluded?

Transport to/from location
Travel insurance

Exertion level

Easy, with a leisurely 15-minute stroll to the harbour



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“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.”

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Photography Workshop for the Royal Photographic Society on Holy Island, Northumberland

Castles & Causeways:
Holy Island, Northumberland
(Royal Photographic Society)

26th April 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Mark is a proud member of the Royal Photographic Society and runs practical photography workshops for them around the UK. These workshops are a great way of accelerating your photographic skills along with meeting up with like-minded RPS members with a passion for landscape photography. If you are a member of the RPS these workshops offer great value for money!

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is steeped in history which is recorded as far back as the 6th Century AD. Its main attraction is Lindisfarne Castle prominently perched on the highest point of the Island and makes a fabulous backdrop to the many boats and fishing equipment nestled within the small harbour and shoreline. Nearby is the ruined Lindisfarne Priory now managed by the National Trust and made famous by St. Cuthbert - a monk regarded as the patron saint of Northern England.

This workshop date has been carefully selected to coincide with the safe causeway crossing onto the Island. Professional landscape photographer, Mark Banks will be your tutor for the day offering sound photographic advice and tips and tricks on taking coastal landscape images, including... 

  • Achieving balanced seascape images using graduated filters
  • How to make great abstract images 
  • Considering lines, shapes and movement within an image
  • Intentional Camera Movement 
  • Successful black and white images

Holy Island, Northumberland
Holy Island, Northumberland
Holy Island, Northumberland
Holy Island, Northumberland
Holy Island, Northumberland


We will meet 10.30 am at The Barn at Beal (Google Maps - Sat Nav Postcode: TD15 2PB) - a large coffee shop situated on the mainland very close to the causeway where Mark will start with an introductory talk, discuss details about the day and answer any questions you may have. The restaurant offers a wide range of coffees, teas and cakes should you wish to indulge! (not included in the price of the workshop). Toilets are available on the premises. We will then drive in convoy over the causeway to the car park on Holy Island for a day of photographic tuition.
The workshop will finish at 6.30 pm prompt to allow time to safely cross the causeway back to the mainland (If there is a promise of a sunset, you may wish to take a 30-minute drive to the beautiful beach of Bamburgh and its Castle to finish off your day).


This workshop is categorised as 'Easy' by Mark as there are no steep inclines on the Island (unless you wish to visit the Castle). Most paths and walkways are paved or grassed. A short and flat 15-minute walk is necessary from the car park to the harbour where we will be based for most of the day. This workshop would also suit those who rely on wheelchairs or disability scooters for mobility. There is a disabled car-park very close to the harbour for more convenient access. Please contact Mark if you require any further details about mobility. 


What to bring:

  • Camera, lenses and tripod
  • Graduated filters if you have them
  • Outdoor waterproof clothing suitable for the latest forecast with plenty of layers for warmth
  • Wellington boots are ideal but good walking boots would also be fine.
  • Packed lunch & drink (optional)

Participants may bring their own lunch but there are cafe's on the Island offering hot and cold food and drinks.

Please note: Car parking charges apply on the Island, which is not included in the price of this workshop. 

Book Now

Book via the RPS website here.