Instructors: Seng Mah and Ty Stedman
Dates: 13 - 15 October 2017
Cost*: $598 (instruction/guidance only. Visit to Ngilgi Cave included in this price. If you are visiting the South West, you will need to organise your own accommodation)
Maximum participants: 10
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 visually epic settings.
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. You'll have award-winning fine art landscape photographers working with you throughout the weekend to refine your vision and to help you with your camera craft where required. You will learn both technical and creative aspects of landscape photography that will improve the way you see and shoot.
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.
We gather in Dunsborough, where we welcome all participants and provide an overview of the weekend and the locations where we will shoot.
Sunset photography at Sugarloaf Rock, one of the South West's most iconic locations for landscape photography.
We shoot the sunrise at Castle Rock, looking at a range of ways in which we can photograph the landscape here using both wide-angle and telephoto lenses, and carefully choosing the locations from which we shoot.
From Castle Rock, we travel to Meelup Beach to photograph this popular and pristine beach in the light of early morning.
After breakfast, we visit Ngilgi Caves, one of the most extensive cave systems in the South West, where we will venture deep into the ground to see what the subterranean environment has to offer. This will be a partly self-guided experience and a great way to experience a very different part of the South West.
After lunch, we head further south to Boranup, with its majestic Karri Trees, for some photography in the forest.
Afternoon shoot at Wydaup Rocks and Wyadup Spa, a natural ocean pool fed by sea water cascading through an ocean waterfall, followed by sunset at Injidup Beach, with views along the south west coast to Cape Naturaliste.
Sunrise shoot at Quindalup Boat Ramp, where we will capture this iconic boat ramp and Geographe Bay in the blush of dawn and sunrise.
After breakfast, we focus on the editing/development of landscape photography using Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop, in a presentation led by Seng and Ty.
We wrap up the weekend with a group lunch where we bid each other goodbye before returning home with great images and new landscape photography skills.
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).
The Dunsborough region of the South West offers a range of comfortable accommodation from which to choose: from motels (Dunsborough Central Motel), resorts (Smiths Beach Resort) and private holiday homes. Accommodation is also available in Yallingup (about 15 minutes from Dunsborough) and Busselton (about 20 minutes from Dunsborough).
There's always the fine print, so please make sure you read the following to make sure you're aware of other details pertaining to this retreat:
Your safety is our concern, but it is your own responsibility, so please read the following safety points that will give you a better picture of the types of terrain we will be exploring at this retreat: