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Whitby, Yorkshire Coast


1st - 7th December 2019



Max Group Size


What's included?

  • 5 full days tuition by Mark Banks
  • You will be tutored in all aspects of camera craft, and in dealing with night-time photography
  • Advance your technique, sense of composition and understanding of light
  • 6 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation
  • Portfolio review
  • Be tutored in subtle post-production techniques using Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Transport to photographic locations for the duration of the workshop

What's excluded?

Transport to the workshop accommodation venue
Travel insurance
Dinner and Evening Meal
Drinks from the bar

Exertion level



"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


He is one of the best educators I have ever worked with, regardless of discipline…I will come back in a heartbeat, to take other workshops at the gallery that Mr Banks is conducting.”

~ Mr R Fosler, Massachusetts, USA


"I just wanted to thank you once again for the Robin Hood’s Bay course last week. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but more than that I left with a far greater confidence in my compositional abilities, and a decent basic knowledge of Lightroom. The location, accommodation and organisation were first-rate, and your maxim of always considering the composition and only later considering whether you could pull it off resounded."

~ Mr N Farrimond, London


The day actually relighted my interest in going out locally.

~ Mr M Taylor, Leeds


Mark not only has an extensive knowledge of photography and Lightroom and a keen eye for making a good picture, he also has the essential skill of all good trainers - the ability to match himself to his client and their way of working and learning. He has combed out the tangles of my (self-taught) Lightroom set-up, shown me how to use the tools properly and effectively, and got me excited about making the most of my pictures. I wish I had known about his tutorials when I first started out!

~ Mrs Carol C, York

Whitby Night and Day Photography Workshop

Whitby - Night and Day
North Yorkshire Coast

1st - 7th December 2019


Whitby is a gem of a seaside town nestled around a small harbour at the mouth of the River Esk on the North Yorkshire coast. With its sweeping piers, Victorian architecture, Benedictine Abbey and cobbled side-streets, Whitby has attracted artists and photographers from around the world for over a hundred years! Due to its amazing Goth weekends held twice a year and one of the locations of the famous book, Dracula (where the vampire turns into a wolf, flees a capsized ship and scrambles up the cliffs towards the Abbey), Whitby has built a lovable reputation with a more sinister, dark side.


This workshop will be based in the very heart of Whitby, which will maximise our time there with very little travelling by vehicle. After breakfast, a typical day will see us heading out to either of Whitby's piers for sunrise or we might make our way a small 5-minute journey along the coast towards Saltwick Bay or Sandsend.  There will be opportunities for photography throughout these shorter days due to the time of year and Mark will be on hand to answer any questions and issues you may be experiencing. After an early evening meal, however, we will head back out into the dark streets and alleyways where Mark will once again be on hand to explain how to make stunning sinister looking night-time images amongst the dark side-streets and alleyways - a lot of them lit by imitation Victorian style gas-lamps for a more authentic effect! During the workshop, there will be plenty of time for processing your images using Mark’s laptop (or your own) where he will explain exactly how to get the very best out of your images using Adobe Lightroom Classic software.

Whitby by Day

Whitby by day
Whitby by day
Whitby by day
Whitby by day
Whitby by day

In order to get the maximum 5 days out of this workshop, you will arrive the evening prior to the start of the workshop on Sunday 1st December and we will leave on Saturday 7th December (overnight stays for these days are included in the price). The workshop will officially start on Monday 2nd December after breakfast when Mark will start with an introductory talk before opening the floor to any questions. 

As this workshop is limited to just 4 participants there will be plenty of time for one-to-one tuition and to discuss photography at whatever level you are - beginner or experienced amateur.

The workshop will officially close on the evening of Friday 6th December with a de-brief of your experience over celebratory drinks. Participants will check out on Saturday morning after breakfast.

Whitby by Night

Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night
Whitby at night

Camera Equipment

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 200mm). 
  • At least two camera batteries
  • Tripod
  • Hot-shoe spirit level (if your camera has a level indicator built in that’s fine).
  • A small set of graduated filters (please contact Mark if you need further help on which filters to bring).
  • Lens cloth
  • Head torch for shooting at night

You may also bring with you a laptop computer for processing images taken during the workshop with guidance from Mark.


  • Appropriate outdoor clothing to meet predicted weather
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Walking wellingtons and/or boots
  • Umbrella

Fitness Level - Easy | Moderate | Challenging

A moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop due to Whitby being steep in some areas - but all locations have been carefully selected for their stunning views, safety, convenience and ease of access.

Getting there

By Road

There is a good road network to Whitby.

By Rail

The nearest train station is in Whitby. Check train times now at

By Plane

The nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley. If you are planning to arrive by air please contact Mark first to discuss travel arrangements as Durham Tees Valley airport is still some distance away from Whitby.