Landscape Photography Workshop – South West WA

Instructors: Seng Mah and Aaron Dowling
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Dates: 17 – 19 March 2017
Cost: $698 (Workshop only. If you are visiting the South West of WA to attend this event, you will need to arrange your own accommodation at Dunsborough)
Location: Dunsborough, Western Australia
Maximum participants: SOLD OUT. Please contact us if you would like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation.


South West Landscape - Wyadup Rocks


A truly epic weekend workshop: two sunset shoots, two sunrise shoots, two great seminars devoted to landscape photography and photo editing!


There’s no better place to learn landscape photography than in the beautiful and commanding coastal surrounds of the South West of Western Australia.

Begin your journey as a landscape photographer with this two-day weekend workshop that combines hands-on shooting with a deep appreciation of the key elements that make visually powerful landscapes.

Learn to master your camera in full manual exposure mode and find out how to control focus and depth of field to ensure absolute sharpness and clarity in your landscapes. Learn how filters affect your exposures and how you can select the best filters to obtain the effect you’re after in your landscapes. Aaron and Seng will guide you in reading the light on the landscape and shooting for stronger landscape compositions.


Cape Naturaliste Landscape
Wyadup Rocks


This workshop will show you how to effectively make use of key landscape photography tools – how to select and use filters to remove glare, enhance colours and to achieve long exposures even in daylight; the importance of a level tripod for shooting panoramas, and more.

You’ll learn about the post-production possibilities in landscape photography, including the thinking and workflow for effective landscape photography post-processing.

Finally, a workshop isn’t complete without hands-on, real-world shooting experience, where you can learn how to shoot great landscapes under Seng and Aaron’s guidance and assistance. We will be embarking on two sunset and two sunrise shoots at several iconic landscape photography locations in the South West.



  • Essential equipment for landscape photography.
  • Focal length and angles of view — what lenses work best for landscape photography.
  • How best to use and compose with a wide angle lens in landscape photography.
  • Shooting landscapes with a telephoto lens.
  • Tripods and remote shutter triggers — how best to optimise their use.
  • Using neutral density (ND) filters and circular polarising filters — when and how to best use them.
  • Light and landscape — how to recognise the best light.
  • Composing landscapes — leading lines, compositional guidelines, use of colour and more.
  • Elements of great landscapes — what to look for in a landscape.
  • Controlling exposure in landscape photography — going fully manual.
  • Understanding the histogram — how best to use it to gauge your exposure.
  • Bracketing exposures — how to do it, why you need to do it.
  • Achieving deep depth of field in landscape photography.
  • Working with RAW files in your landscape image post-production.
  • Exposure blending and high dynamic range photography.
  • Setting up and shooting panoramic landscapes.
  • Landscape photography post-processing workflow.


Injidup Waves
Shooting at Yallingup



    3.30pm – 5.00pm: The tools and techniques of landscape photography — meet with Seng and Aaron and learn about our tools and techniques for landscape photography. We’ll show you how to set your camera up for optimum landscape photography and give you tips for focusing and capturing landscapes.

    5.30pm – 6.45pm: Sunset photography at Castle Rock. This is a casual and informal session for us all to shoot together and to put the techniques you have learned into practice. You’ll be free to ask Aaron and Seng questions about your landscape photography and we’ll be able to help you set up your camera and accessories during this shoot.

    Castle Rock


    6.00am – 7.00am: Sunrise shoot at Quindalup Boat Ramp, where we’ll capture the boat ramp and Geographe Bay in the flush blush of dawn and sunrise.
    10.30am – 3.30pm: Landscape photography seminar and presentation at the Cape Naturaliste Community Centre.
    5.30pm – 7.00pm: Sunset shoot at Sugarloaf Rock, one of the South West’s most iconic locations for landscape photography!

    Quindalup Jetty
    Sugarloaf Rock


    6.00am – 8.00am: Sunrise shoot at Canal Rocks, another iconic landscape location for photographers.
    9.30am – 12.30pm: Landscape post-processing workflow – presentation at the Cape Naturaliste Community Centre.

Canal Rocks




  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera that allows you to shoot in full Manual Exposure mode.
  • A wide angle lens such as a 10-20mm or 18-55mm lens.You’re also welcome to bring other lenses that cover longer focal lengths eg. 24-70mm, 24-105mm.
  • A strong and stable tripod that will let you adjust the position of the camera on the tripod quickly and easily.
  • To get the most out of the practical segment of this workshop, you’ll need at least two types of neutral density (ND) filters for your lens of choice. We recommend filters by Hoya, Haida or Nisi.
    • Either 4 stop (ND16) or 5 stop (ND32)
    • Either a 9 stop (ND400) or 10 stop (ND1000).
  • A circular polariser
  • A remote shutter release (we recommend a simple cable release).
  • Microfibre cloth and lens cleanser (we will be shooting close to the ocean so there may be some sea spray in the air)

The practical segments of this workshop will be run at coastal locations in the South West, so please dress accordingly for the weather (sunscreen, hat, shoes with good grip).



If you are visiting Dunsborough to attend this workshop, accommodation is available (at your own cost) at the Dunsborough Central Motel (50 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough). Visit their website for more information.



This workshop has SOLD OUT. Please contact us if you would like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation.

For information on bookings, cancellations and booking transfers, please view our Workshops Terms and Conditions.



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