South West Winter Landscapes Workshop

Instructors: Seng Mah with Ty Stedman
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Dates: 21 – 23 July 2017
Location: Busselton, Western Australia
Cost: $560 (Workshop only. If you are visiting Busselton, you’ll need to arrange your own accommodation).
Maximum participants: 10 (1 spot available)


Busselton Jetty Sunrise


A truly epic weekend dedicated purely to landscape photography: two sunrises, two sunsets, two seminars on visualising landscapes and post-production techniques.


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. Your landscape photography instructors, Seng and Ty, will guide you in reading the light on the landscape and shooting for stronger landscape imagery.


Sugarloaf Rock


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, using focus-stacking techniques, exposure blending and more.

Finally, a workshop isn’t complete without hands-on, real-world shooting experience, where you can learn how to shoot great landscapes with the guidance of Seng and Ty. 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 and why.
  • How best to use and compose with a wide angle lens in landscape photography.
  • Why and how best to use telephoto lenses in landscape photography.
  • 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.
  • Creating strong landscape composition — lines, colour, visual weight, balance 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 and blending exposures — how to do it, why you need to do it.
  • Focus stacking to achieve deep depth of field in landscape photography.
  • Working with RAW files in your landscape image post-production.
  • Setting up and shooting panoramic landscapes.
  • Landscape photography post-processing workflow.


Quindalup Jetty



3.30pm – 4.30pm: Introduction to shooting landscapes – tools, techniques and vision. Meet with Seng and Ty and learn about our tools and approaches in shooting landscapes. We’ll show you how to set your camera up for optimum landscape photography and give you tips for focusing and capturing landscapes.

4.30pm – 6.00pm: 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 us questions about your landscape photography and we’ll be able to help you set up your camera and accessories during this shoot.

Castle Rock


6.45am – 8.00am: Sunrise shoot at Quindalup Boat Ramp, where we’ll capture the boat ramp and Geographe Bay in the blush of dawn and sunrise.
11.00am – 3.00pm: Landscape photography seminar and presentation at the Naturaliste Community Centre (1 Dunsborough Lakes Drive, Dunsborough)
4.30pm – 6pm: Sunset shoot at Sugarloaf Rock, one of the South West’s most iconic locations for landscape photography.


Cape Naturaliste Landscape


6.45am – 8.00am: Sunrise shoot at Busselton Jetty, another iconic landscape location for photographers.
9.30am – 12.30pm: Finishing the landscape — post-processing, including focus-stacking, exposure blending, panorama stitching, at the Busselton Community Resource Centre (21 Cammilleri St, Busselton).


Photographing Busselton Jetty




  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera that allows you to shoot in full Manual Exposure mode.
  • Wide angle and telephoto lenses; typically, lenses that cover the range from 14mm – 200mm if you are shooting full frame, or 10mm – 200mm if you’re shooting crop frame. Micro 4/3 camera users should look at lenses in the 8mm – 100mm range.
  • 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.
    • 5 stop (ND32)
    • 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)
  • Wet weather gear for your camera eg. a plastic bag to shield your camera from rain or sea spray.

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).



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