South West Winter Landscapes Workshop

Instructors: Seng Mah, Ty Stedmand and Brian Kinson
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Dates: 27 -29 July 2018
Location: Busselton and Dunsborough, Western Australia
Cost: $698 (Workshop only. If you are visiting Busselton/Dunsborough, you'll need to arrange your own accommodation). $598 if you book this in addition to the Landscape Inspiration Weekend (21-22 July 2018)
Maximum participants: 10

Busselton Jetty Sunrise
Seng Mah

If you have a love for landscapes and the great outdoors, come and join us for a weekend of exploration, discovery, shooting and image-making in some South West's most beautiful locations.

The landscape of the South West is a photographer's feast of rocky coasts, hidden coves, deep forests and raging seas. This three-day workshop is all about developing your eye for landscape photography as we shoot on location and work with you to refine your approach to visualising and shooting landscapes in one of WA's most diverse and stunning settings. You'll develop a deep appreciation of the key elements that make visually powerful landscapes

Shooting and learning on location means that you will develop real world skills and understandings in recognising the way light shapes the landscape and how you can visualise, frame and compose your landscapes to achieve your vision.

Learn to master your camera 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.

Built into this weekend is a comprehensive editing/development session which focuses on how you can bring your vision to fruition using specific post-production techniques, including the use of Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw and luminosity masking techniques for exposure blending and control of highlights and shadows.

Stormy Sugarloaf Rock
Seng Mah

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 your instructors. 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
Seng Mah


3.30pm - 4.30pm: Introduction to shooting landscapes - tools, techniques and vision. Meet with your instructors 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 Sugarloaf Rock, one of the South West's most loved locations for landscape photography. 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.

Sugarloaf Rock Sunset by Brian Kinson
Brian Kinson

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 Castle Rock.

Castle Rock by Brian Kinson
Brian Kinson

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
Seng Mah

  • 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, Nisi or Lee filters.
    • 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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