Cape Leeuwin Landscapes Workshop

A 3-day landscape/seascape photography workshop at professionally curated locations in WA’s beautiful Cape Leeuwin!

Cape Leeuwin Seascape

Instructors: Seng Mah and Nathan Dobbie
Level: Intermediate
Dates: 8-10 July 2022
Location: Augusta
Cost: $750 (This price is for the workshop only. If you are traveling to the region, you’ll need to arrange your own accommodation in Augusta).
Maximum participants: 10 (2 places available)

Ocean falls, Cape Leeuwin

Here is a workshop weekender for lovers of landscapes and seascapes.

Join Seng (Venture Photography) and Nathan (Nature by Nathan) for a weekend immersed in seascapes photography at some of the most stunning coastlines in the South West of Western Australia!

Enjoy learning landscape photography at professionally curated locations set around Cape Leeuwin and Hamelin Bay.

Each location has been selected for its uniqueness and incredible photographic potential: you’ll discover bays and coves swept by wild seas, dramatic rocky coastlines capped by boulders, stark limestone cliffs that make it seem as if you have landed on another planet, and more…

Rock fisherman, Cape Leeuwin

This weekend workshop focuses on giving you the photographic skills to see, capture and create stunning landscapes and seascapes. Learn how to to look for great compositions in landscapes, while refining your photography techniques and use of accessories such as filters.

Discover how to leverage key elements of landscape photography, including creating depth, using motion and working with light, to craft and create beautiful and evocative landscapes.

Red rocks, Cape Leeuwin
Hamelin Bay Aerial

Key learning points include:

  • Using wide angle lenses in landscape photography
  • Creating movement with long exposures
  • Using neutral density and circular polarising filters
  • Working with light in landscapes
  • The elements of strong composition: lines, depth, colour, contrast, visual balance and more
  • Controlling exposure in landscape photography
Cosy Corner rocks
Cape Leeuwin ocean rocks

What you will need:

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera.
  • 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. Feel free to ask questions about your lenses in the comments section of the booking form below.
  • A strong and stable tripod that will let you adjust the position of the camera on the tripod quickly and easily.
  • A circular polarising (CPL) filter.
  • To get the most out of the practical segment of this workshop, you’ll need at least a mid-density neutral density (ND) filter:
    • 5 stop (ND32) or 6 stop (ND64) filter
    • Optional: 10 stop (ND1000) filter for ultra-long exposures.
  • 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, so please dress accordingly for the weather (sunscreen, hat, shoes with good grip etc).

Granny Pool, Augusta

The Fine Print:

  • You will need to organise your own travel to and from Augusta and the photographic locations during the retreat.
  • You will need to cover the cost of your own meals and refreshments.
  • This workshop runs from 4pm on Friday until 9am on Sunday.
  • The workshop organisers reserve the right to change sessions, venue and locations during the workshop (subject to weather, access and availability).
  • This is an Intermediate level workshop. It assumes that you are able to adjust your aperture, shutter speed and ISO on your camera and are already familiar with shooting in Raw image format. You should also be already familiar with shooting in Aperture Priority or Manual Exposure Modes.
Skippy Rocks, Cape Leeuwin

Safety / Fitness Guidelines:

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:

  • You are fully responsible for your own safety and the safety of your equipment during the workshop, and should always observe your own health and safety first.
  • Some photographic excursions will require physical travel on uneven or even wet surfaces including trails, rocky/slippery surfaces and walking on soft sand. You will need a good level of mobility and reasonable level of fitness in order to participate in this workshop (some locations will require 10 – 20 minutes of walking on trails or beaches). You should only go as far as you feel comfortable and safe and avoid taking risks that may lead to injury.
Granny Pool rocks
Reserve your place

Complete and submit the form below to reserve your place in this workshop. For information on our Covid-19 vaccination policy for workshop attendees, refunds and late cancellations, please refer to our Workshops Terms and Conditions.

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    Brand and model of your camera:

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    Images by Seng Mah and Nathan Dobbie (2022)