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Capture to computer: Woodland masterclass

Event info

This is a 2-day event; an on-location shoot followed by an online processing session. Please only book if you can make both dates and are able to use Zoom for the online session.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 July.

Situated south-west of Bishop Auckland, Hamsterley Forest is a woodland photographer's dream location. With a good mix of deciduous and coniferous trees, there's plenty of photographic subjects on offer. Professional photographer, Mark Banks will be on hand throughout the day to offer help and advice as well as discussing the importance of choosing a range of compositions that deliver a cohesive feel. Mark will also explain his thought process when considering whether to shoot in colour or black and white.

In an online full-day session a few days later, Mark will invite participants to send him a few of your favourite images from the shoot for him to demonstrate how to get the very best out of them using Lightroom Classic and Photoshop software (where applicable). This session will be recordable for you to replicate processing your images in the future. All processed images will be returned to the participant.

This workshop may be suitable for those with limited capacity to walk long distances as the terrain is relatively flat in the areas we will be photographing.  The terrain is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks to last the day in order to maximise photography time.  Please also bring:

- Lenses that cover 50mm to 100mm focal length will be necessary.

- A polarising filter may also be useful but optional (Mark will bring these along if a participants needs to borrow one during the day).

- Umbrella if rain is forecast.

- Suitable clothing in line with the local weather forecast. The forest is relatively sheltered from the rain and wind due to being in a valley.


This will be a group C event for up to six people.


Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.


Social distancing:

If still applicable, the workshop leader will be following safe practices in line with social distancing guidance and will require participants to do the same.  Please do not attend if you do not wish to comply.


Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information

There are public toilets a short 2-minute drive away at the entrance to the forest.
Parking charges apply, so please bring change.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Hamsterley Forest

Grove Park car park

Hamsterley Forest

Near Bishop Auckland

DL13 3QN