Cape Naturaliste Photo Safari

Instructors: Seng Mah
Level: Intermediate
Dates: 4pm, Friday May 16 – 3.30pm, Sunday May 18
Cost*: $489 (accommodation is not included)
Location: Dunsborough, Yallingup, Cape Naturaliste and Bunbury.
Maximum participants: SOLD OUT. If you’d like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation, please contact us.

* Please note that price listed is for workshop tuition and entry into Ngilgi Caves in Yallingup only. It does not include accommodation or meals. Please refer to details below for accommodation options in Dunsborough.

Cape Naturaliste Photo Safari


We’re heading back to the South West and would love for you to join us! If you enjoy landscape photography and would like to ramp up your skills and understanding in taking fine art landscapes, then this epic weekend will show you how — from setup, composition, shooting, exposing, to how to post-produce your images to create stunning images you’d be proud to display on walls!

The coastal and interior landscape of Cape Naturaliste is a photographer’s feast of rugged coastlines, hidden coves, wild oceans, deep caves and quietly beautiful bays. Join us for a weekend of intensive photography as you discover the Cape’s most unique and photogenic locations and learn how to shoot this landscape — from framing and composing, to understanding the way light plays across the landscape, to using filters to achieve elegant long exposures, to capturing the vistas as panoramas. You’ll even learn how to shoot night landscapes lit by the light of a full moon, and play around with long exposures to capture star trails!

Then, you’ll delve into the post-production side of fine art landscape image making. Learn how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to help you realise your vision and bring colour, drama and impact into your landscape images!


Cape Naturaliste Photo Safari


Photo Safari highlights:

  • Shoot the dramatic coastal landscape of Wyadup Beach at sunset.
  • Shoot daylight long exposures at Wyadup Rocks.
  • Photograph the night landscape and star trails at Eagle Bay.
  • Sunrise shooting at Meelup and Point Picquet.
  • Explore (and photograph) the depths of Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup.
  • Sunset shooting at Bunker Bay, Shelley Cove and Eagle Bay.
  • Sunrise shooting at the iconic Sugarloaf Rock.

What you will learn:

  • Optimum exposure settings for shooting fine art landscapes.
  • Lenses and focal lengths for landscape photography.
  • Composing for your focal length.
  • Analysing light and landscape – finding the best light and location to shoot.
  • Metering for light in landscape photography.
  • Shooting in RAW picture format.
  • Using Live View for composition and focusing.
  • Using hyperfocal distance and depth of field calculators to ensure depth of field and sharpness.
  • Using filters (ND8, ND400) to create long exposures.
  • The role of circular polarisers in landscape photography.
  • Shooting in Bulb mode for extreme long exposures of moonlit landscapes.
  • Bracketing exposures using your camera’s auto-exposure bracketing (AEB) function.
  • Shooting for panoramic stitching.
  • Processing your RAW images using Lightroom.
  • Panoramic stitching using Photoshop and Automerge.
  • Manually blending exposures in Photoshop using Layer Masks.


Cape Naturaliste Photo Safari


What you will need:

  • Your digital camera (we recommend a DSLR).
  • Lenses with focal range covering about 15mm to 150mm.
  • A sturdy tripod (we recommend tripods with thick, sturdy legs and with heads that allow you to tilt and pan easily for panorama shooting).
  • A remote shutter release (we recommend using a cable release instead of a wireless release).
  • Neutral density (ND) filters: 3 stop (ND8) and a 9 or 10 stop (ND400 or ND1000) filter (Brands include: Hoya, B&W, Heliopan, Kenko, Haida, Lee). NOTE: Do not use variable ND filters
  • A sturdy camera bag that is easy to carry around (backpack or a sling bag).
  • Spare batteries, battery charger, spare camera cards.
  • A large plastic bag to protect your camera gear from moisture, drizzle or sea spray.
  • Lens cleaning fluid and cloth (for sea-spray or drizzle).
  • Warm, weatherproof clothing.
  • Flashlight and insect repellant.
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven and wet surface.
  • Laptop, external hard drive and mouse or tablet for the post-production session.

The fine print (please read):

  • The price for this weekend workshop is for tuition and entry into Ngilgi Caves only. You will need to book and cover the cost of your accommodation and meals for the weekend. We recommend staying in Dunsborough on Friday and Saturday nights eg. at the Dunsborough Central Motel.
  • You will need to organise your own travel to and from the photographic locations. This workshop begins in Dunsborough at 4pm on Friday 16 May and finishes in Bunbury at 3.30pm on Sunday 18 May.
  • You will need to cover the cost of your own meals and refreshments.
  • 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 in Manual Exposure mode on your camera, and that you have started shooting in Raw image format.

Safety points (please read):

  • 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 such as trails and across rocky and sometimes slippery surfaces. You will need a good level of mobility and reasonable level of fitness in order to participate in this workshop.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a standard waiver at the beginning of the workshop.


This workshop event has SOLD OUT. If you’d like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation, please contact us.