If you want the best and make no bones about it, this man is, then there are numerous reasons why Mark is an ambassador for many of the industries leading companies. As a veteran of more than a dozen workshops across the globe, with some of the world’s leading landscape photographers, I can honestly say that Mark was by far the best. His abilities as a professional teacher shine through and you can see why he was the Director of the National Video and Photography course he ran for the Home Office. The way he assessed my work in a nice relaxed atmosphere and gave me a constructive critique was undertaken with a real feel for the craft he teaches. We then spent time out and about in the field getting it ‘right in camera’. He has a straightforward method for exposing an image correctly and managing your filters in a way that made me think why hadn’t any of the previous pros I had been too suggested it?? Simple and systematic. If Mark could patent it he would be a millionaire! Oh yes, you will have fun doing it too!

Have you received a camera and want to get the most from it?

Maybe want to buy a workshop as a gift for someone?

Don't want to be one of a crowd on a group workshop? 

"I would invite you to read the testimonials which I am proud to post on here and are written by 'students' who have now become friends! 

I have been teaching and running workshops for over 40 years now and I personally learn something on every one that I undertake. It is a pleasure to be asked to guide people, so that they can progress and attain the photographs that they want to proudly show off. That gives me great satisfaction!


Most of the workshops I am asked to deliver are 'One to One' and you know I am exclusively working with you. I do run a small group workshop when asked and details are below. I may also be joined occasionally by my assistant Vicki Procter who works with me. It is not unusual for friends to book together and I would never ask you to come on a workshop with others whom you do not know. You want to obtain the maximum out of a days tuition and I want you to attain that. You 'get me' exclusively whether in a small group or my 1-1 and I don't ever 'farm' work out to others.

Please note that I do NOT set dates as I like to be flexible with you and I do not work the weekends due to the footfall in the National Parks

I enjoy delivering them in a relaxed, pleasant, jovial atmosphere. What I can promise, apart from the 'awful sense of humour', is that you will learn more from me in two days than any night school or photography club you will join. Those are not my words but from those who have attended my workshops. 

 I am happy to discuss any particular location that you are keen to explore. It doesn't matter if it rains or shines because I have a huge 6' umbrella for us to stand under. I have been known to paraglide on many occasions.........


Workshops & Prices

What do I offer? 

They are bespoke. Literally.

Whilst I am a FUJIFILM Ambassador I teach people to use their camera no matter which make or model. I am a photographer and understand how to use the camera. You tell me what you want to achieve and I will construct and deliver the day or days to do that for you. Your time with me actually begins when you make contact and then you send me some examples of your best Landscape work. From that point on your workshop begins. The time is designed to suit you and NOT me. The main objective will be to understand the camera and learn a process that will stand you in good stead no matter where you travel to take your photographs. If you manage great shots whilst with me then that is a bonus.

“I feel like shouting out ‘Look what I made!’ All thanks to Mark Gilligan!

I’ve gone from being a ‘geek with a phone’ to a ‘nerd with a camera’. Had a fabulous bespoke workshop with Mark. I would recommend those budding photographers or anyone who’s a whizz to try this workshop with Mark.

He fits his workshop with your level of skill - mine was pretty low but what a learning curve! I am now going off to take some pictures!”

- NANCY BANKS, Gosforth

Obviously, individual needs dictate how much time you wish to spend with me but as someone who was awarded the Investors In People for training I can assess and deliver accordingly.

The days will usually consist of us meeting, going through an understanding of the camera, out and about  with 'onsite' practical work and finished off with processing. This will be more in depth the longer you spend with me but I can promise you that you will achieve your goals.

My lovely customers have ranged from people who are total and I mean total novices. Some have just purchased a camera and want to get the most from it. One thing you don't want to be is over awed by your gear and I can assure you that I will make you feel at ease with it very quickly. I recently had someone come to me who had only ever taken photographs on an iPhone. I lent her a full frame DSLR and by the end of the two day workshop her images were fantastic. Most others who attend are keen amateurs who have a grasp of the subject but want to 'spread' their wings and really get the most from their equipment. I also teach professionals who want to delve into another genre of photography.

" For me, its not just the running of the days, it becomes a friendship as people have entrusted me to guide them, I am pleased that many of them return time and time again and they also keep in touch. I would ask you to refer to the testimonials here as confirmation and I would be happy to put you in direct contact with those people.

One thing you will notice as we spend time together is that I rarely take my own equipment. If its used it is to make a point and not for me to go off wandering around taking images for me - its your workshop not mine. Occasionally I will work alongside you as if we are on a ‘magazine commission’ and we work together.

I am renowned for minimalistic processing and ensuring that you get as much captured in camera. I will show you how to do that. You will still have to learn a few Lightroom techniques but that is the nature of the beast as cameras, just like us, are not perfect!

If you do eventually book me, I will loan you a set of Lee Filters, (this is only for 1-1 tuition and I will have to know your filter thread size in advance. Please note that I don't posses filters for everyone) to match the work we are going to undertake but you will need to bring the following:

  1. A tripod that matches your camera (I do have one for hire as well as a mirrorless camera too)

  2. A cable release or remote trigger

  3. Something to write your notes down on when we get back. A tablet, phone or good old fashioned notebook is fine!

  4. Your camera manual. Please read the sections on Aperture, Shutter Speed, Manual and Live View before hand.

As I mentioned earlier, the beauty of coming out with me is that it isn't a formula workshop. It is tailor made for you. If you are interested, then please go to the contact section here and return it to me. I can promise you a speedy reply unless I am out and about on the mountains and fells. Phone signals can be spartan occasionally but I do my best to respond promptly.
I look forward to seeing you soon!

NB ***All Workshops in the Lake District and Snowdonia with kind permission from the National Trust***

*Please note that should you request payment be made via PAYPAL, an additional £10 will have to be added to the invoice due to their fees*


1-1 ONE DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £230
1-1 TWO DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £420
1-1 THREE DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £575
1-1 FOUR DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £675
TWO PERSON ONE DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £185 each per day
TWO PERSON TWO DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £175 each per day
TWO PERSON THREE DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £165 each per day

THREE PERSON ONE DAY WORKSHOP - Cost £175 each per day

GROUP COURSE ONE DAY  approx five hours duration, minimum four friends - Cost £160 per person

****All Course Fees To Be Paid with a £10 deposit per person and the remaining balance one week prior to the workshop**** 


LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP TUITION AT YOUR HOME - £210 which includes online follow up and assessments plus travelling expenses