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Mark is a professional landscape photographer and has been running residential and 1-2-1 workshops, as well as courses on post-production, since 2006. His teaching could be described as relaxed and methodical and every participant is made to feel at ease in order for them to learn as much from a workshop as possible. Mark also teaches workshops alongside other professional landscape photographers, too.

Please take a look at some of the testimonials provided by previous workshop participants - none of which have been solicited but sent post-workshop within thank you emails. Surnames have been shortened for privacy reasons.

All workshops currently available can be found on Mark's Workshop Page here.

Joe Cornish - professional landscape photographer.

“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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Jen F - Australia

...I had such a wonderful day with you. Learnt so many new things. I think the most profound was portrait landscapes. I used my learnings yesterday whilst out and about. I have some beautiful photos which can be printed. North Yorkshire is so beautiful!

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Nicky R - UK

Hi Mark,
Just to say thanks very much for the two days last weekend. I really appreciated your input & came away with some great suggestions which I can put into practice & hopefully improve my photography!

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David B - UK

Hi Mark,
I write to thank you for an exceptional day of tuition last Wednesday, both myself and Andrew learnt so much and we enthused about the day all the way home. Quite honestly, it felt like we had been given the keys to Pandora’s box or that you had helped us discover treasured secrets behind the photographic curtain, in other words we are privileged to have been taught by you.

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Leigh F - UK

Hi Mark,
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for the excellent workshop day, yesterday.
Despite the weather in the morning, I learned a great deal from you and enjoyed the day immensely.
You gave me a lot to think about, and your support during the day was most welcome and helpful - I will definitely try to slow down in the future.

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Juliette S - UK

A quick email to thank you so much for the most amazing day yesterday.  Obviously the location was stunning but more importantly, your tuition was wonderful.  From the classroom chat to your tuition at the arboretum to the after-course notes - I came away buzzing and so happy to have picked up so many new tips. 

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Carol C - UK

Mark not only has an extensive knowledge of photography and Lightroom and a keen eye for making a good picture, but 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!

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Steve B - UK

“Mark was strongly recommended to me as someone who could help me in developing my post-processing skills, in particular, my knowledge and use of Lightroom in cataloguing, processing and printing my landscape images. I worked with Mark through a one-day one-to-one session and found him to be an excellent teacher and coach with a detailed and extensive knowledge of Lightroom and its potential capability. We worked through a tried and tested process flow from downloading an image all the way through to final printing. His practical advice and guidance, together with his patient and supportive approach, has been incredibly valuable to me and I would strongly recommend him if you are looking for some support in developing your photographic skills and knowledge”.

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Chris S - UK

Hi Mark, I hope you are keeping well and the business is thriving. Just thought I would drop you a note about a meeting I was at recently. It was a group of photographers just out for a days photo shoot. Over coffee afterwards, the subject of courses came up and what we all thought about them. About 80% of us had been on a course at some time and quite a few had been on courses which either you ran personally or in conjunction with somebody else. You were universally praised for your professionalism, humour and teaching ability. in particular that you modified your approach to the equipment your students had in order to get the best out of it and not criticise the tools they possessed. 
So many times people are quick to criticise and slow to praise so I thought I would let you know some extremely positive feedback. Keep it up and I hope to take another of your courses in the future.

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Phil D - UK

I have been on an excellent photography workshop in Torridon which was run by Mark Banks.  I was very impressed with his knowledge of the area and the locations that we photographed to reflect the climatic conditions, which ranged from woods, beeches, vistas and waterfalls.  I personally feel that Mark’s approach was spot on and I learnt a very effective standardised workflow for camera set-up, which allowed me to concentrate on the compositional elements of photography.  Mark proactively worked with me on the composition and showed me a number of approaches and practical examples.  What I feel was particularly impressive is that his approach is based on teaching techniques so you can further develop your photography skills after the workshop in a number of different environments from woods to big vistas.

I also learnt a great deal from Mark on developing my images in Lightroom, his approach is to sympathetically develop the images taken to reflect the mood and the conditions when they were taken, this has really improved my photo editing technique and skills.

I have no hesitation in recommending Mark’s workshops to anyone who has an interest in photography and I’m looking forward to attending my next workshop with him.

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Julie W - UK

I had an excellent day with Mark. I found the balance between theory and practice perfect for me. I feel that I have had my eyes opened to new approaches to help me to take my photography onto the next level. Mark has a great style combining wisdom and a pleasant friendly approach which also added to a really enjoyable day. I am looking forward to working with Mark again.

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Martin T - UK

Hi Mark, thanks for giving us an excellent filters workshop - I learned a lot.

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Richard F - Massachusetts, USA

He [Mark Banks] 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.

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Nick F - UK

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.